Ohio State vs. Loyola Chicago March Madness Live Free: How to Watch, TV, Odds | NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State begins its 2022 NCAA Tournament on Friday when the Buckeyes take on Loyola Chicago. Tipoff in Pittsburgh is at 12:15 p.m. Eastern.
The Buckeyes’ last game was on March 10 when they lost in the Big Ten tournament to Penn State, 71-68. They have lost four of their last five games.
Loyola Chicago defeated Drake, 64-58, in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Game on March 6.
WHO: No. 10 Loyola Chicago (25-7) against No. 7 Ohio State (19-11).
When: Friday, March 18, 2022.
Time: 12:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
Or: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh (19,000).
Last line: Ohio State -0.5.
Advertisers: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller and Dana Jacobson.
Read some of what cleveland.com’s Stephen Means wrote about what the Buckeyes can learn from Illinois’ loss to Loyola Chicago, which has had quite the history of recent tournament upsets.
Loyola’s anger against Illinois in last season’s NCAA tournament can tell us a lot about what Ohio State’s basketball tournament game with the Ramblers might look like on Friday afternoon. .
Kofi Cockburn worked his way through the contest, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds. Loyola was undersized and knew he wouldn’t have an answer for him, so he didn’t even bother to try.
Instead, he focused on making Ayo Dosunmu a non-factor by giving him Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year Lucas Williamson. The result was just nine points on 4-of-10 shooting and six turnovers.
The Illini had two surefire NBA players on their roster, and the Ramblers concluded that removing the correct one would lead to a victory. They were right.
A year later, the same scenario exists with EJ Liddell and Malaki Branham of the Buckeyes.
“Obviously Ohio State is an incredibly talented opponent,” Loyola head coach Drew Valentine said Thursday. “Two really top guys, and then they also have a ton of really good players around them.
“The combination of just Liddell – everyone knows what he does from the outside, from the inside, draws fouls at a high rate and then obviously their inside presence. I don’t want to miss either respect to Branham, but I think those two things I would say would be most important to us.
Liddell is the built All-American at the moment physically at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds as a three-tier scoring threat. He’s the Kofi Cockburn of the tandem, and the Ramblers might be better off not putting an unnecessary amount of resources into stopping him. This strategy has worked for a plethora of teams over the past month, with Penn State being the most recent beneficiary.
The Nittany Lions let it go by 25 points and eight rebounds, but that didn’t stop them from overcoming a 13-point deficit and coming away with a 71-68 victory in the Big Ten tournament. Nebraska saw him rack up 27 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks and still left Columbus with a 78-70 victory.
The thing is, surviving a Liddell All-America-type game isn’t an unrealistic concept. Just as Cockburn’s numbers haven’t stopped Loyola from moving forward.
The biggest problem was keeping the other guy from joining the party. Last season, the mission was Dosunmu. This year it will be Branham, the Big Ten Rookie of the Year.
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