There are just some numbers and trends that need to be known before the start to the biggest match of the season.
Check out this breakdown of the upcoming NCAA Tournament finals between BYU and Ohio State.
No. 1 seed BYU (27-3, 19-3 MPSF) vs. No. 3 seed Ohio State (30-2, 15-1 MIVA)
Match vitals: 8 p.m. Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania
Season series: Have yet to play each other this season.
All-time series: BYU leads 11-4
Last meeting: BYU defeated Ohio State in four games in 2006
NCAA Tournament record: BYU (9-3); Ohio State (9-22)
NCAA finals record: BYU (3-2); Ohio State (1-2)
Last NCAA Tournament title: BYU (2004); Ohio State (2011)
Last NCAA finals appearance: BYU (2013); Ohio State (2010)
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: BYU (2014); Ohio State (2011)
How they got here: BYU (defeated the No. 4 seed Long Beach State in NCAA Tournament semifinals); Ohio State (defeated the No. 2 seed UCLA in the NCAA Tournament semifinals)
Historical stats to know: This is the first time in their programs’ histories that BYU and Ohio State have played each other in the NCAA Tournament. A West Coast team that was the higher seed has only twice lost to a non-West Coast team in the history of the NCAA Tournament finals. One of those losses, though, was Lewis defeating BYU to win the 2004 NCAA championship. In addition, the No. 1 seed is 4-3 in the NCAA Tournament finals during the last 10 years, including the top-seed BYU losing to UC Irvine in 2013. If BYU wins, Shawn Olmstead will become the third coach to win a national championship in his first year as a team’s head coach. Ohio State coach Pete Hanson with a win will join Al Scates, Ernie Hix, Marv Dunphy, Carl McGown, John Speraw and Shane Davis as the only college men’s volleyball coaches to win multiple NCAA Division I-II national championships. Ohio State can also become the second consecutive No. 3 seed to win the national championship after Loyola achieved the feat last year. In addition, the MIVA has won three of the last five NCAA championships. Ohio State All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen is the fourth player this decade to win the AVCA National Player of the Year and compete in the NCAA Tournament finals during the same season. Previous winners of the national award are 2-1 in the championship match since 2010.