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NCAA Tournament glance: 3-18


No. 14 Ohio State vs. Florida

What: NCAA tournament first round

Where: Bowling Green State University Stroh Center

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Records: Ohio State is 25-6; Florida is 19-12


Series: First meeting

Notes: Ohio State is the eighth seed in the Des Moines regional and received an at-large bid, as did ninth-seeded Florida. … The Gators are making their 13th NCAA tournament appearance, but their first since 2009. … The Buckeyes are in the tourney for the 21st time overall and 10th in a row. … Ohio State coach Jim Foster is 261-68 in 10 seasons with the Buckeyes and 765-293 in a 34-year career. … Florida coach is Amanda Butler is 97-66 in her fifth year with the Gators and 137-88 in seven seasons. … Ohio State's leading scorers are senior G Samantha Prahalis, the Big Ten player of the year who averages 20.1 points and led the league with 6.4 assists per contest, and junior G Tayler Hill, who leads the team in scoring (20.3). … The Gators are led by junior F Jennifer George, an All-SEC first team pick who averages 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and senior G Jordan Jones, who averages 11.6 points and has hit 66 3-pointers this season.

No. 1 Baylor vs. UC Santa Barbara

What: NCAA tournament first round

Where: Bowling Green State University Stroh Center

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Records: Baylor is 34-0; UC Santa Barbara is 17-15


Series: Baylor leads 2-0

Notes: Baylor is the top seed in the Des Moines regional and received an automatic bid by winning the Big 12 tournament. University of California Santa Barbara is a 16 seed and earned an automatic bid by winning the Big West tournament after finishing sixth in the nine-team league in the regular season. … The Bears are making their 11th NCAA tournament appearance and have played in the tournament nine straight seasons. … The Gauchos are in the tourney for the 14th time overall, their first since 2009. … Baylor is coached by Kim Mulkey, who is 332-79 in 12 seasons with the Bears. … UC Santa Barbara's coach is Carlene Mitchell, who is in her first year with the Gauchos after spending 10 seasons as a Rutgers assistant. … Baylor is led by 6-foot-8 junior C Brittney Griner, who averages 23.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and also leads all Division I players with 5.2 blocks per contest. Sophomore G Odyssey Sims contributes 14.8 points and a team-high 4.6 assists per game. … The Gauchos are led by senior G Emilie Johnson, an All-Big West second team pick who averages 9.5 points and 2.9 assists per game, while junior C Kirsten Tilleman, who was named MVP of the Big West Tournament, averages 6.8 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per contest.

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