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Big Ten champion Buckeyes earn NCAA Tournament’s overall No. 1 seed

Andy Gottesman / Multimedia editor

Ohio State could not be in a better position entering the NCAA Tournament.

Shortly after the Buckeyes knocked off Penn State, 71-60, to capture their second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, OSU was revealed to be the top overall seed for the NCAA Tournament.

The Buckeyes will face the winner of a play-in game between Texas-San Antonio and Alabama State. OSU will play Friday in Cleveland.

Kansas, Pittsburgh and Duke are the other No. 1 seeds.

OSU was a No. 2 seed for the tournament last season, when they lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Tennessee.

The Buckeyes last earned a No. 1 seed in 2007, when Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. led OSU to the National Championship game, which it lost to Florida.

En route to the conference tournament crown, OSU defeated Northwestern, 67-61, in overtime on Friday and Michigan, 68-61, on Saturday before Sunday’s victory against the Nittany Lions.

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