Ohio State basketball will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday, and the program is inviting fans to join in on its celebration.
The Buckeyes will host a NCAA Tournament Selection Show watch party, where fans can look on with the players and coaches as the team learns its playing site, first-round opponent and potential path to an 11th Final Four.
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The free event will take place at Value City Arena starting at 5 p.m. Coach Chris Holtmann and select student athletes will then address fans at shortly before the Selection Show at 6 p.m. and then briefly afterwards. The event will conclud at 7 p.m.
Fans should expect to see either a No. 5 or No. 6 seed next to Ohio State (24-8, 18-3 Big Ten) when the bracket is revealed. That’s a high seed considering the Buckeyes were picked to finish 11th in the preseason Big Ten poll. Instead, they rolled through the conference and finished second behind Michigan State.
ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has Ohio State as a No. 5 seed in the South Region, where it will play No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee in the first round in Boise, Idaho. Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm projects the Buckeyes as a No. 5 seed in the West Region. He expects they’ll play No, 12 seed New Mexico State in San Diego in their opening game.