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Can Ohio State limit South Dakota State’s deadly three-point shooting?

Corralling the Jackrabbits perimeter offense may be the key to advancing to the round of 32.

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South Dakota State comes into tomorrow’s NCAA Tournament matchup against Ohio State with one of the most high-octane offenses in the country. The Jackrabbits rank 10th nationally in offensive rating (points per 100 possessions), have a prolific scorer in two-time Summit League Player of the year Mike Daum, and aren’t afraid to play fast (56th nationally in pace).

The crux of the Jackrabbits’ attack is their three-point shooting. SDSU hit the sixth most threes in the country during the regular season, and averaged just over 10 and a half triples per game (11th nationally), a startlingly high number compared to Ohio State’s 6.8 per game.

On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Patrick Mayhorn break down why they think that the Buckeyes are in for a tough game against the Jackrabbits, and everything surrounding tomorrow’s matchup, including:

  • Keita Bates-Diop taking over the way that he did earlier in the season.
  • Whether young players like Andre and Kaleb Wesson can step up in the high-pressure environment that is the NCAA Tournament.
  • What effect the two-week layoff between games will have.
  • Avoiding the slow starts we saw to end the regular season, and more.

The guys also discuss the recent Football Study Hall piece on whether Dwayne Haskins can take Ohio State’s offense to the next level (with accompanied Haskins video from this season), and continue to make fun of Michigan’s recent offensive coaching hires.