Buckeyes return to NCAA tournament, face South Dakota State in opener

Buckeyes return to NCAA tournament, face South Dakota State in opener

Buckeyes return to NCAA tournament, face South Dakota State in opener

The Atlantic 10 Champion George Washington women's basketball team has earned a No. 14 seed in the Spokane Regional and will open the NCAA Tournament with a First Round game against No. 3 Seed Ohio State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

SDSU's season featured non-conference wins over Ole Miss and Iowa.

The Jackrabbits are 0-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

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When the at-large bids were announced during the Selection Show, it was no surprise to see Ohio State's name called. In their 10 previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats have tallied a 7-10 record.

The Buckeyes (24-8) are the number-five seed. Bates-Diop leads in rebounds with 8.8 while Jackson tops in assists with 3.9.

Kaleb Wesson #34, Mike Watkins #24, Keita Bates-Diop #33 and Andrew Dakich #13 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate the play against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 2, 2018 in New York City.

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This is the 11th time in program history and the first time since 2013 that the Wildcats are headed to the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore guard Kelly Jekot and junior guard Adrianna Hahn average 11.3 and 10.7 points per game, respectively.

Chris Holtmann, the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year, guided Butler to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs. Give Ohio State credit, for hanging with and taking down some tough competition like North Carolina, Clemson, Butler, Stanford and Gonzaga.

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