Back in the NCAA tournament after missing the Big Dance two years in a row, Ohio State faces the always dangerous 5 vs. 12 matchup when they take on South Dakota State in Boise on Thursday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start around 4 p.m. ET (about 25 minutes after the conclusion of Gonzaga vs UNC Greensboro, which starts at 1:30 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast nationally on TNT. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game, as well as other NCAA tournament games, live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live channels, including TBS, TNT, TruTV and CBS. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: TBS, TNT and TruTV are each included in all of DirecTV Now’s four main channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay one month. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: TBS, TNT, and TruTV are all included in the “Sling Blue” channel package, while TBS and TNT are also included in the “Sling Orange” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of either, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
Note: You can also watch any tournament game on your computer via the March Madness Live website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the March Madness Live app. To watch these streams, you’ll have a free preview before needing to sign in to a TV provider to keep watching, but if you don’t have cable, you can do this by logging in with your Hulu credentials. DirecTV Now and Sling TV aren’t on the list of TV providers, though.
This game has one of the better individual matchups of the first round, as Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop and two-time Summit League Player of the Year Mike Daum will battle it out down low.
After missing the majority of last season due to a stress fracture in his leg, Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes in points (19.4), rebounds (8.8), three-pointers made (1.8), steals (1.0) and blocks per game (1.7), helping transform this team from one that had very little expectations at the start of the year to a legitimate contender.
“His mid-post game is his strongest asset, but he’s also able to take it out and play like a guard,” future NBA lottery pick and Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson said. “With his long arms, you can contest his shot, but he can get it over anybody.”
Daum, meanwhile, has resumed his role as one of the country’s best players who gets zero attention. The 6-foot-9 forward put up 23.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest, ranking in the Top 10 nationally in points per game (sixth), player efficiency rating (third), points produced (fourth), offensive win shares (seventh) and total win shares (sixth).
Obviously they have a NBA player,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtman said of Daum. “A lot of people know of him or have heard of him in college basketball. Obviously he’s exceptional.”
Bates-Diop vs Daum is must-see TV, and while the Buckeyes are favored by 7.5 points, whoever gets the better of this individual matchup could very well advance his team to the second round, where Gonzaga or UNC Greensboro will await.