Fans can watch the Ohio State vs. Dayton basketball game as the 2014 NCAA Tournament kicks off with what could be the first upset of March Madness.
The game pits the Dayton and coach Archie Miller against his mentor, Ohio State coach Thad Matta. Their relationship goes back 20 years, when Matta was an assistant at Miami (Ohio) and Miller was still in elementary school.
To give the game an even greater subtext, the teams are separated by just 75 miles and will be facing off in Buffalo, just a few hours from the Ohio border.
The matchup will be the first game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, with tipoff scheduled for 12:15 pm EST, Thursday, March 20, 2014
As Thad Matta said, none of the other circumstances matter about the game — it’s all about winning and moving on to play again on Saturday.
“I think people want to put tags on situations,” Matta said. “But for us, and for Dayton, you win or you go home. There’s not a whole lot more than that.”
Miller also said he’s just focusing on the game, and not getting sucked into the hype of playing a powerhouse program in Ohio State
“Everyone understands in the state of Ohio, what it’s about in that state: That’s Columbus. It’s a powerful, powerful place,” Miller said. “We feel like we’ve earned the right to be here. And regardless if it was Ohio State or somebody else, we have to prepare to be ourselves, not who we play, and not what part of the state they live in.”
Fans who watch the Ohio State vs. Dayton basketball game live online will see a battle-tested group for Ohio State. Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. lead a team with a combined 53 games in the Big Dance, one that has made it past the third round in each of the last three years.
“We’ve gone through it enough that we know and can help our team, lead and be ready to play,” said Craft. “But the experience isn’t going to put the ball in the basket for us this year. So it’s a balance of understanding that it’s a new year and a new team.”
They face a Dayton squad that won 23 games in a very competitive Atlantic 10, which sent six teams to the Big Dance.
Fans who want to watch the Ohio State vs. Dayton basketball game live online can click here.