Ohio State gets No. 5 seed in NCAA Tournament; Chris Holtmann calls Buckeyes ‘easy upset pick’
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Ohio State gets No. 5 seed, will face South Dakota State in first round
For the first time in three years, Ohio State is back in the Big Dance. The Buckeyes learned Sunday evening they are a No. 5 seed and will face 12th-seeded South Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (4 p.m. ET, TNT). Playing in the West Regional, Ohio State will play its first in Boise, Idaho. Find the full NCAA Tournament bracket — which features only four Big Ten teams — here.
Chris Holtmann: Ohio State is ‘easy upset pick’
Chris Holtmann led Ohio State to an NCAA Tournament during his first season in Columbus. His next challenge will be avoiding an early exit. Holtmann thinks plenty of people could pick against the Buckeyes when they’re filling out their brackets. Holtmann said Ohio State — which lost three of its last five contests and will go nearly two weeks without playing a game — is “an easy upset pick.”
While 12-over-5 upsets are always a popular pick during March Madness, Land of 10’s Austin Ward explained why Ohio State will avoid any letdown. Ward says the Buckeyes can use their NCAA Tournament draw as motivation.
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Thad Matta reportedly a serious candidate for Georgia opening
Thad Matta, who led Ohio State to nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 13 seasons, could be returning to the sidelines next season. Matta is a “serious candidate” for the coaching vacancy at Georgia, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Mark Fox was fired by Georgia on Saturday.
Former Ohio State HC Thad Matta is a serious candidate for the vacancy at Georgia, per multiple sources. Discussions between both sides could begin as early as today.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 11, 2018
Women’s basketball to learn NCAA Tournament foe Monday
The women’s basketball NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed Monday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). Ohio State is 27-6 record with Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. The Buckeyes will likely be a No. 3 seed in the tournament and host the first weekend of games, according to Andrew Erickson of the Columbus Dispatch.
Women’s hockey heads to first Frozen Four
The best season in program history for Ohio State’s women’s hockey team got even better Saturday. Playing in their first NCAA Tournament game, the Buckeyes knocked off Boston College 2-0 on the road. Ohio State is heading to its first Frozen Four. The team will face top-seeded Clarkson on Friday in Minneapolis.
5 things to know about Ohio State’s spring practice position battles
And finally, some football news. As spring practice continues, there are a few position battles to keep an eye on — at center and elsewhere. Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn listed the five things to know about the Buckeyes’ battle for reps at quarterback, wide receiver, center and safety.
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