The second round of the South region continues into Sunday as the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats in Pittsburgh for a chance at advancing to next week’s regional semifinal.
All odds below are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Game date: Sunday, March 20th
Game time: 2:40 p.m.
TV channel: CBS
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Odds: Villanova -7, O/U 131.5
No. 7 Ohio State 20-11 (12-8 Big Ten)
First Round: Defeated No. 10 Loyola-Chicago 54-41
KenPom rating: 30 Overall, 13 Offense, 106 Defense
Leading scorer: E.J. Liddell (19.6 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Friday’s win was marked the Buckeyes’ lowest scoring victory of the season.
Ohio State held the Ramblers to just 26.7% shooting on Friday and walked away with a 13-point victory to open the tournament. Important for the Buckeyes was getting back Zed Key and Kyle Young, who had missed the past few games due to injury.
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats 27-7 (16-4 Big East)
First Round: Defeated No. 15 Delaware 80-60
KenPom rating: 12 Overall, 9 Offense, 29 Defense
Leading scorer: Collin Gillespie (15.9 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: The Wildcats have now won 11 of their last 12 games.
The Wildcats put down the Blue Hens to advance on Friday, but had the sweat a little bit in the first half. This was a tight ballgame deep into the first half until Villanova broke off an 8-0 run to end the period. The team would then begin the second half with another 8-0 run, giving them enough of a cushion to cruise to the win.