Ohio State and Dayton are too close in proximity—the two campuses sit merely an hour apart—to have played each other in basketball only six times in their history.
The NCAA tournament selection committee, in its quest for juicy television storylines, decided to remedy that issue by matching the Flyers and Buckeyes in a second-round matchup from Buffalo, N.Y. (Thursday, 12:15 ET, CBS).
The sixth-seeded Buckeyes have righted the ship, winning nine of their last 13 after a 3-5 Big Ten start, although losses to Penn State and Indiana are cause for sustained concern.
No. 11 seed Dayton has stormed to 10 wins in its last 12 games, not losing to any team other than St. Joseph's since Jan. 25. Like Ohio State, the Flyers had to pick themselves up off the canvas after a four-game losing streak early in conference play.
These two teams have a lot in common, but who has the advantage heading into this rare head-to-head Buckeye State battle? Read on as we examine the matchup position by position.
All KenPom.com links should be assumed to require subscription.