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CHICAGO – Selection Sunday came and Ohio State will learn its NCAA Tournament fate in the unfamiliar confines of a Big Ten tournament arena.
The Buckeyes beat Wisconsin for the conference tournament championship at the United Center in Chicago Sunday. It was their fifth straight appearance in the Big Ten title game, winning the program’s fourth tournament championship under Thad Matta.
Maybe one day, Matta and his players will get to wake up the day the NCAA Tournament field is announced in their home beds in Columbus.
“Just once … ahh, you know what? I don’t mind staying in whatever hotel we’re in,” Matta said after Saturday’s 61-58 Big Ten tournament semifinal win against No. 3-seed Michigan State.
The NCAA Tournament bracket will be unveiled at 6 p.m. With the Big Ten title game not wrapping up until about 5:30 p.m., the field is normally set before the conference’s championship game is decided.
Where do the bracket projectors have OSU seeded right now?
Most of them have the Buckeyes as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region.
Joe Lunardi, a bracketologist for ESPN, has the Buckeyes as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, playing in Dayton for the first two rounds with the regional final being in Indianapolis. Lunardi has OSU facing No. 15 seed Western Kentucky. Louisville, the Big East tournament champion, is projected to be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region in Lunardi’s bracket. The full bracket can be found here: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology
Andy Glockner, a college basketball writer for “Sports Illustrated,” also has OSU as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, playing in Dayton for the first two rounds. Glockner has OSU playing No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast. He, as well, projects Louisville to be the No. 1 seed in that region. His full bracket: http://college-basketball.si.com/2013/03/17/bracket-watch-which-teams-will-be-the-first-four/?sct=hp_t11_a8&eref=sihp
Jerry Palm, a bracketology specialist for CBS Sports, yet again has the Buckeyes as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region, playing in Dayton for the first two rounds. He also has OSU playing No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast in the round of 64. Louisville is projected to be the No. 1 seed in the region. Palm’s bracket: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/bracketology
Andy Bobbins of FOX Sports, has OSU has a No. 2 seed too, but in the South Region. OSU would play in Dayton for the first two rounds and the regional final would be in Dallas. Bobbins has Duke has the No. 1 seed in the region. He has OSU playing No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast. Bobbins’ full bracket: http://network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_external/ncaa_tournament_bracket_projections_mar_5/13054975
The other two regional destinations for OSU are Los Angeles (West) or Washington, D.C. (East). Other likely first-weekend possibilities are Auburn Hills, Mich., and Lexington, Ky.
Does Matta think OSU is worthy of a No. 2 seed?
“I would hope,” Matta said. “I like what this team has done to put us in that position.”