While it's certainly not the NCAA Tournament championship game, the Ohio State Buckeyes will look to get revenge on the Florida Gators when they visit Columbus Sunday afternoon. Both teams are coming off of wins against in-state foes from the first round, and trying to earn a chance to play the winner of top-seeded Monmouth, and fourth-seeded George Washington.
The Buckeyes have home court on their side, thanks to $65 million renovations being done at Florida's O'Connell Center. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes will be shorthanded, as they are without forward Jae'Sean Tate, and will also miss Keita Bates-Diop for a second game due to an illness. With Bates-Diop out, expect Kam Williams to fill that void.
Florida knocked off North Florida in their first-round NIT game, but will be without 6'11 center John Egbunu, the team's leading rebounder who had season-ending thumb surgery on Thursday. The team will rely on Dorian Finney-Smith to step up for the Gators on the glass. The Gators should still find themselves at an advantage, only being down one man as opposed to two. Look for them to capitalize on that.
How to watch
Game date/time: Sunday, Mar. 20 at 12 p.m. ET
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: 97.1 The Fan