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Ohio State basketball vs Loyola Chicago NCAA Tournament preview: TV info, key players, starters, prediction 

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Ohio State basketball hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2019, and an opportunity to end that drought matches it up with Loyola Chicago.

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The Ramblers have made a habit out of playing spoiler for Power Five programs in recent years. That reputation combined with OSU’s late-season struggles is why this game might be the biggest

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toss-up of any first-round game. OSU will try to get its fifth win over the Loyola program as it hopes to finally take that next step on its road to the second weekend in the NCAA Tournament

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What: No. 7 Ohio State (19-11, 12-8 Big Ten) vs. No. 10 Loyola Chicago (25-7 (13-5 Missouri Valley Conference)
Where: PPG Paints Arena a, Pittsburgh, Pa.When: Today, 12:15 p.m.

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TV: CBSProjected StartersOhio State: Jamari Wheeler (7.4 ppg), Malaki Branham (13.3 ppg), Eugene Brown III (3.4 ppg), E.J. Liddell (19.6 ppg) and Joey Brunk (2.5 ppg).

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Loyola Chicago: Lucas Williamson (14 ppg), Tate Hall (5.7 ppg), Braden Norris (10.3 ppg), Aher Uguak (9.1 ppg) and Chris Knight (7.7 ppg).

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Making OSU guard: Zed Key and Kyle Young are listed as game-time decisions, and the two have done just a little more than the bare minimum during practices in preparation for this

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game Whether either plays or not will be significant given that Joey Brunk is the only big man who’s 100% healthy right now But winning the outcome of this game may come down to the two best

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players on the floor playing like it. OSU needs E.J. Liddell and Malaki Branham to be at their very best if it hopes to escape becoming yet another upset story in this year’s tournament.