No. 6 Arizona and No. 2 Ohio State meet in Los Angeles on Thursday for the chance to advance to the Elite Eight. It is a matchup of preseason top 12 teams in both the AP and Coaches polls. Arizona had a somewhat disappointing end to its season, while Ohio State capped off its year with a Big Ten Tournament championship.
Neither team has played a team with a single-digit seeding thus far in the tournament, so this will be a huge test for both teams. Each is talented and experienced, but there are two key things that Ohio State must do in order to move on to the next round.
In its first-round game, Ohio State beat Iona handily while winning the rebounding battle 41-32. In its tightly-contested second-round game with Iowa State, Ohio State was out-rebounded by 15 and it nearly cost the Buckeyes the game.
Ohio State struggled to rebound in its seven regular-season losses as well. It won the rebounding battle just once, besting Michigan by one in a two-point…
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