Ohio State beat Loyola Chicago 54-41 in a game many thought LUC could win. They made it their customary ugly rock fight to win the game and were in control the majority of the game. The Buckeyes got 16 points out of EJ Liddell and held LUC to less than 27% shooting from the floor.
How to Watch the second round game between Ohio State vs Villanova:
Game Matchup: No. 7 Ohio State (20-11) vs. No. 2 Villanova (27-7)
Venue & Location: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time: 2:40 p.m. ET
TV: CBS (Click here to watch online)
Villanova easily beat Delaware by 20 points and never let the game enter the “danger zone.” Villanova shot 46.4% from beyond the arc and held the Blue Hens to 15% from deep. The Wildcats got 21 points from Justin Moore, 15 from Jermaine Samuels, and 14 from Collin Gillespie to lead the team.
Ohio State vs. Villanova Odds and prediction
- Ohio State +5.5 (-110)
- Villanova -5.5 (-110)
- Ohio State +180
- Villanova -225
Total: Over/Under – 132.5 (-110)
Odds are via BetMGM.
Ohio State came into the postseason limping a bit, but has avoided the upset most people believed would happen. Now the Buckeyes are playing with house money and if they pull off the upset of Villanova, they’ll have had an incredibly successful season. They’ll likely have to make this one a rock fight as well if they want the chance to win the game.
Villanova will try to control the game and slow it down unless they have an obvious transition opportunity. They only allow teams to score 63 points a game and score about 73 themselves. They also are an excellent free throw shooting and hit those freebies at the highest rate in the country at a 82.5% clip. They also shoot a solid 36.2% from beyond the arc.
Ohio State has EJ Liddell and Malaki Branham playing incredibly well right now. But those two are likely not going to be enough to beat a balanced Villanova squad. Zed Key, Jamari Wheeler, and Justin Ahrens will have to give the Buckeyes a little more than normal to advance to the Sweet 16.