New Rochelle, NY
Driving Distance from OSU Campus:
576 mi - 8 hours, 50 mins per Google Maps
1940 – Iona was founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. It is named after the island monastery of St. Columba located off the west coast of Scotland.
Number of students:
Gaels. Their mascot is a whimsical little Leprechaun-like dude named Killian.
Things to do in New Rochelle:
New Rock City – An entertainment complex with a glow-in-the-dark bowling alley, billiards hall, go-kart race track and movie theater with an IMAX screen.
Thomas Paine Cottage Museum – The home of writer and Revolutionary War hero Thomas Paine.
The Museum of Arts and Culture – A museum located on the campus of New Rochelle High School.
Notable Iona Alumni:
Terry Finn – Best known as Gussie Carnegie in the original Broadway cast of “Merrily We Roll Along.” However, she was also the Heavenly Greeter in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.
Bud Cort – Harold in “Harold and Maude.”
John Gilchrist – Mikey in the Life Cereal ads.
Don McLean – Singer/Songwriter of only one of the most iconic songs, ever, “American Pie.” He attended Iona Prep, however, and did not continue on at Iona College.
Record Vs. OSU:
OSU -14 1/2
Iona, the school that has caused much confusion over the years. There have been many times I had tried to figure out why Iowa was playing Marist or Rider in the middle of the season. Iona, however, is no stranger to the NCAA Tourney. In fact, Iona became the first MAAC team to receive an at-large bid since 1995. They lost in the first round to BYU after losing a 24 point lead. After that successful run, they would enter this season with nine newcomers to the bench.
Iona, however, played with very heavy hearts this year. Forward Michael Haynes was at his home on the South Side of Chicago when he was attempting to break up a fight over a stolen necklace. He was killed after being shot in the wrist, chest and back.
Iona would go on to earn the fourth seed in the MAAC tournament after losing 7 conference games, all by 5 or fewer points, three in OT and two of those went into double OT. They would win the tourney, including one win over regular season champ Niagara, and earned the auto-bid and the 15th seed in the NCAA tourney.
Iona plays an up and down style of basketball, so they have a tendency to score a lot of points. Obviously, that’s not how The Buckeyes roll. If the game becomes a fast-paced shootout, it could be a bit more exciting than any Buckeye fan would like. 15s have knocked out 2s before, after all.
Having said that, I trust Craft to stay dreamy on D and Deshaun Thomas to light them up. It may be close early, but I suspect the Buckeyes will pull away and have this one in hand by the 5 minute mark in the second half. Before that, however, don’t be shocked to get a little nervous.
Tip is at 7:15 PM EDT.