NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a play against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to improve to 5-0 this season following Wednesday night's match-up with the VMI Keydets. Jared Sullinger is nearly averaging a double-double with 20.5 points and 9.8 rebounds heading into the game.
The Ohio St. Buckeyes are ranked third in the nation with nearly a week left until their match-up with the Duke Blue Devils, but Thad Matta's team would be wise to not look too far ahead. His team, led by sophomore Jared Sullinger, still has games against the VMI Keydets and Valparaiso Crusaders on the schedule before next Tuesday's match-up.
The Buckeyes are undefeated through their first four games of the season, but the eighth-ranked Florida Gators were the only team to keep the game within 30 points at the final buzzer. Ohio State is likely looking to run up the score against VMI on Wednesday night, too, as Sullinger looks to improve on his averages of 20.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
The Keydets enter their match-up with the Buckeyes at 3-1 this season, their lone loss being to the rival Air Force Academy, with their goal to put points on the scoreboard. Senior guard Keith Gabriel is averaging 19.3 points this season while teammate Stan Okoye, 6-foot-5 forward, isn't far behind with 16.3 rebounds per contest.
VMI shouldn't pose much of a threat to the third-ranked Buckeyes, but Matta will have to make sure his team isn't looking too far ahead if they're able to avoid an upset.