Ohio State had a surprising season this year, ending the 2017-18 regular season with a 24-8 record overall.
The Buckeyes went 15-3 in Big Ten play and earned a No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament. Due to having the No. 2 seed, Ohio State received a double-bye and faced No. 7 seeded Penn State in the quarterfinal round.
The Nittany Lions have had the Buckeyes’ number all season, as in the two regular season matchups, Penn State won both. The Big Ten Tournament proved to be no different.
Ohio State lost its first game of the tournament on March 2, 69-68 to Penn State. Because of the loss and earlier-than-usual start time for the Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes are now playing a long waiting game.
Selection Sunday is set for 6 p.m. ET Sunday on TBS and then the first round of the NCAA Tournament will be played on March 15-16.
If it works out that the Buckeyes — who could receive a No. 5 seed according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi — play on the second day of the first round, the team would essentially have a two-week stretch off between their Big Ten Tournament game and NCAA Tournament game.
With the long stretch between games in mind, first-year coach Chris Holtmann talked about what the long stretch means for not only his team, but the Big Ten in general:
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) March 8, 2018
While Selection Sunday is right around the corner, the Buckeyes will have quite the time off between games leading up to the NCAA Tournament. There’s no doubt about that.
How will Ohio State fare with the long layoff? Only time will tell.