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Ohio State (5) vs. Utah State (12)

Nickname

Overall record

Conference

Conf. record

Last 10 games

RPI

AP Ranking

Buckeyes

20-10

Big 10

11-5

7-3

29

24

SCOUTING REPORT: The Buckeyes placed third in the rough-and-tumble Big 10 but lost in the quarterfinals of the league tournament . . . Jim O'Brien was named Big 10 coach of the year . . . Center Ken Johnson, at 6-11, is a top shot blocker. He swatted away 118 shots and was voted as the Big 10's top defensive player . . . Brian Brown, a 6-4 guard, leads Ohio State in scoring with a 14.5 average . . . Ohio State is not a good free throw shooting team, yet it still managed to beat both Michigan State and Illinois — both No. 1 seeds — this season . . . Utah State returns four of five starters from last year's team that earned valuable NCAA experience against Connecticut . . . The Aggies have great balance with all five starters averaging 9.2 points or more. Guard Tony Brown leads the way, with a 12.2 average followed closely by 6-6 forward Shawn Daniels, who averages 12.1 points . . . Utah State plays outstanding team defense. Aggie opponents shot just 39 percent from the floor during the regular season.

Aggies

27-5

Big West

12-3

8-2

59