After what transpired in the Big Ten Tournament, what’s next for the Ohio State Buckeyes? What’s their postseason fate? Land of 10 breaks down the implications from NYC with a little help from CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm …
Overall record: 24-8
Conference record: 15-3 (T-2nd)
B1G tourney seed: 2
B1G tourney record: 0-1 (lost in quarterfinals)
RPI Top 50 record: 3-5
Last 10: 6-4
CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Monday morning: 23
KenPom.com rank as of Monday morning: 16
SOS rank as of Monday morning: 35
CBSSports.com projected NCAA Tournament slot as of Monday morning: 5 seed.
Did New York City help or hurt their case? Hurt, but not by much. Critics question whether one of the Big Ten’s best Cinderella stories — and one of its biggest overachieving squads — is starting to run out of steam, and losing to Penn State for a third time this season won’t quell those fears. The Buckeyes might’ve been in line for a top-4 seed line performance with a win or two at Madison Square Garden, but anything better than a 3 was likely a longshot, either way. They know they’re in. And they know they’ll get a chance to add to that Cinderella narrative next week.
Jerry Palm’s NCAA tourney prognosis: 5 seed. “They could move either way. In terms of who to root for, all four [Big Ten] teams [in the projected field] should root for the top seeds to win each of the major conference tournaments. They’re less likely to get jumped that way.”