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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State basketball playing with house money in NCAA Tournament

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Chris Holtmann has made the NCAA Tournament two straight years at Ohio State. (Brett Rojo/USA Today Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State basketball playing with house money in NCAA Tournament

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Ohio State hits the Dance floor 

After a season that got pretty rough at times, Ohio State still managed to earn a second consecutive NCAA Tournament spot. The Buckeyes will get a chance to extend their season on Friday when they face Iowa State.

“I’m really appreciative of our players,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “We had guys step into new roles and grow into new and increased roles and embrace that. Then you had a new group that blended in pretty seamlessly. We had our bumps, there’s no question.

“But we earned the right to be here. And I think the appreciation has really been from Sunday on — but now that you’re here, you’re hungry to see how long we can be here.”

What’s it going to take for the Buckeyes to stick around after taking on Iowa State? Lettermen Row was on hand for the open practice in Oklahoma, and here are the takeaways from senior writer Austin Ward.

How to watch Ohio State-Iowa State

No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 11 Ohio State

Date: Friday, March 22

Location: Tulsa, Okla.

Time: 9:50 p.m. ET

Channel: TBS

Potential next opponent: No. 3 Houston/No. 14 Georgia State

Tim May breaks down the Bullet position

Ohio State beat writing legend Tim May retired from the Columbus Dispatch following the end of the 2018 football season, but he was back at the ol’ typewriter on Thursday to churn out some words on Ohio State football.

The Bullet position is a new role on the Ohio State defense, and the dean of Buckeye beat writers broke down how it works and who will play it.

Kalen King call Ohio State ‘dream school’

The next Ohio State and Michigan battle for one of the best Detroit prospects could be for 2021 cornerback Kalen King. A 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior-to-be, King already has an offer from the Wolverines but didn’t jump on it immediately when Michigan extended the scholarship opportunity in mid-January. His unusual and surprising affection for Ohio State could be one of those reasons.

“Ohio State is my dream school and has been since I was very young,” King told Lettermen Row. “I grew up loving Ohio State because I like how they manage their defensive backs. It’s like every year they have two new defensive backs being brought up and two others going to the NFL. I’ve always loved Ohio State, even before the Michigan offer.

“I haven’t had a chance to talk to the new staff yet,” he said. “But an offer from them would make them one of my top schools automatically.”

The Buckeyes are always looking for ways to strike inside of Michigan, and it seems the door is still open at Cass Tech.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Thursday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Terence Dials on Keyshawn Woods

After going for 34 combined points in the two postseason games so far, can Keyshawn Woods keep that momentum rolling against Iowa State? Are the Buckeyes poised to spring an upset? Former Ohio State standout Terence Dials was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down the difference Woods is making for the program as it heads into the Big Dance in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

WATCH: Terence Dials breaks down Keyshawn Woods’ improved play

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Iowa State: Today
  • Oho State spring game: 22 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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