Sunday , Mar , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hoyas and Buckeyes meet in second round of NCAA Tournament

(Sports Network) – With the advantage of playing close to home, the second-
seeded Ohio State Buckeyes hunker down in Dayton Arena this afternoon as they
prepare for their meeting with the Georgetown Hoyas. As one of eight teams to
make the 68th annual NCAA Tournament from out of the Big East Conference, the
seventh-seeded and 23rd-ranked Hoyas had a tough time of it against Northern
Iowa in the first round on Friday, but the squad finally put a little bit
of space between itself and the Panthers in taking the 54-49 decision. The
victory for Georgetown, which won the 1984 national title, moved the program
to 39-21 all-time in the event.

As for the Buckeyes, ranked sixth in the current polls, they didn’t have
an easy time of it in the first round two days ago either, allowing Davidson
to stick around just long enough to make the final margin of victory for OSU
a mere eight points. The Buckeyes, who won the 1960 championship and
contended for several others around that same time, are now 38-21 all-time
in the tourney.

In 1981, when Georgetown was ranked fifth in the nation, the Buckeyes
recorded a narrow 47-46 victory as part of the Great Alaska Shootout, but the
next time the schools met in second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1987 the
Hoyas were up to fourth in the national rankings, helping the squad slip
past OSU by a score of 82-79. The most recent meeting took place on a neutral
floor as well in Las Vegas in 1990, with the seventh-ranked Buckeyes picking
up the 71-60 decision over 12th-ranked Georgetown. The winner of this meeting
will be off to the Sweet 16 to face either Wisconsin-Milwaukee or Florida.

Northern Iowa came right after the Hoyas from out on the perimeter on Friday,
firing up 14 of their 24 field goal attempts in the first half from beyond the
arc, which is one of the reasons why UNI held a slight 30-26 lead at the
break. But in the second half, Georgetown was better prepared and clamped down
on the Panthers on the outside, allowing the Missouri Valley Conference squad
to convert a mere 2-of-12 behind the three-point line and 6-of-24 from the
floor overall in capturing the five-point win.

Before fouling out, Roy Hibbert put together a strong effort with 17 points
and nine rebounds, both of which were team highs, while shooting 8-of-10
from the floor for a squad that finished at 43.5 percent on the day.
Ashanti Cook checked in with 14 points to help pick up some of the slack
left by Jeff Green who missed all five of his shots from the field and
finished with a mere two points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

Like the Panthers again Georgetown, Ohio State thought its best mode of attack
against Davidson would be to let fly from three-point range as much as
possible in the first half, but that simply wasn’t working. The Buckeyes
converted just one of those 14 opportunities, and while Terence Dials didn’t
take a single three-point attempt in the frame, he still made only 3-of-12
tries from the floor as the Buckeyes went into the break down by four points,

In the second half, Dials came alive and finished with 19 points and 13
rebounds for the victorious squad, while Ron Lewis matched his scoring output
and J.J. Sullinger did the same on the glass while also scoring 13 points. The
double-double for Dials, the Player of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, was
his eighth of the season and 18th of his career, and yet he still showed a bit
of a flaw at the free-throw line (1-of-4) in a relatively close matchup. Then
again, OSU as a group made the game too close for comfort as the Buckeyes made
good on only 13-of-23 at the stripe and allowed Davidson to outrebound them,