DAYTON, Ohio - Above and across the bracket from Ohio State, some of college basketball's name programs have been falling.
Friday night, the Buckeyes were too busy soaring to even have to fret about being next.
With No. 15 seed Iona knowing just one speed and determined to keep the game a race it couldn't win, the locked-in, No. 2 seed Buckeyes extended their win streak to nine and most importantly made it 1-0 in the NCAA tournament in a 95-70 runaway.
A bunch of high-flying dunks -- four of them by Sam Thompson -- and the usual hustle plays by Aaron Craft provided the highlights. Eleven Ohio State players scored, four in double figures, and save for one Iona surge in the final five minutes of the first half, Ohio State cruised.
"We ran into a buzz saw," Iona coach Tim Cluess said, and no one would argue.
Deshaun Thomas led everybody with 24 points, and Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
His first alley-oop dunk, one that capped a 1...