The 2-seed Ohio State Buckeyes will up the degree of difficulty Sunday when they meet the 10-seeded Iowa State Cyclones in Dayton. Let's take a look at the the third round matchup as the two teams prepare to play for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m. EDT
Location: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
TV: CBS (1010 on Time Warner Columbus)
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson
Records: Ohio State (27-7), Iowa State (23-11)
Seeds: Ohio State (2), Iowa State (10)
Iowa State's last game: The Cyclones dominated 7-seeded Notre Dame from the initial tip until late in a Friday night second round NCAA Tournament en route to a 76-58 win. The Irish never look nor felt in it as the Cyclones played one of their best games of the season.
Series: 5-0 all-time. Thad Matta is 2-1 all-time against Iowa State.
Last meeting: Ohio State played host to the Cyclones in Value City Arena in mid-December in non-conference play. Behind 21 points from Daequan Cook and Mike Conley Jr. bearing down defensively, the Buckeyes cruised to an easy 75-56 home win against Iowa State.
Iowa State this year: The Cyclones were 22-11 (11-7 in Big 12 conference play). They played Cincinnati non-conference (lost at home, 78-70), at UNLV (lost 82-70), at Iowa (80-71), but hey! They did beat Florida Gulf Coast, 83-72. Suck it, Georgetown. They had the disservice of starting conference play against eventual 1-seed Kansas, but actually managed to take them to overtime before losing, 97-89. They later outplayed Kansas and if not for some suspect officiating, arguably could've taken down the Jayhawks. Instead, they fell in the rematch, 108-96, in overtime. Their best conference wins were a 73-67 win over then #11 Kansas State (which after Friday, feels considerably less impressive) and a 87-76 victory over then #13 Oklahoma State... who lost to Oregon. Yeah.
Iowa State last year: In 2011-2012, Iowa State went 23-11, making the NCAA Tournament as an 8 seed, taking down UConn 77-64 in the Second Round before falling to eventual national champions Kentucky, 87-71 in the Third Round.
Iowa State coach: Fred Hoiberg (Third season) - Perhaps better known as 'The Mayor', Hoiberg both grew up and played his college ball in Aimes. He was a front office executive for the Minnesota Timberwolves prior (where he was a role player for three seasons) to taking the job. The former Iowa Mr. Basketball played for Iowa State's legendary coach Johnny Orr as well as current UTEP coach Tim Floyd when he was at ISU. He was first-team All-Big Eight in '95 and since replacing Greg McDermott (who left Iowa State to take the Creighton job), he's won 62 of his 100 games while making the NCAA Tournament two out of the three seasons.
Best tournament finish: Iowa State made the 1944 Final Four (!) and have twice made the Elite Eight ('44 and in 2000). They've made the Sweet Sixteen just three times in their over one hundred years of playing college basketball.
Iowa State blog: Wide Right & Natty Lite