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Today is Selection Sunday, and for many bubble teams across the
nation they will find out their fate on whether they are in or out of
the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Fortunately for Buckeye fans,
there is no such drama as the Buckeyes are already in, and the only
real question mark is what region they will be a #1 seed in.
The Buckeyes square off in the Big Ten Conference Tournament
Championship game against Wisconsin at 3:30 pm today. It will be the
third meeting between the two schools this year, with the two teams
splitting the first two games and each holding serve on their home court.
Both games were very entertaining contests as the two games were
decided by a total of four points.
Today's game will be the final game before the Buckeyes enter the
land of 65 and try to win six games to become NCAA Men's Basketball
Champions. The Buckeyes will be a high seed and a heavy favorite by
most to make it to the Final Four, but can the Buckeyes win it all?
TheClevelandFan.com staff opines:
biggest obstacle would seem to be their unwillingness to get the ball
into that great center and have the offense go through Greg Oden. They
are way to willing to bring the ball up the floor, make a couple of
passes around the perimeter and launch the first open three they get
offered. One cold night can end an otherwise great run to a National
The other point is, I do not know how good this team really is. Sure
they played North Carolina tough in their gym, but where blown out by
the only other top tier, non-Big 10 team they played. Overall, the Big
10 is extremely weak, when compared to the other big conferences in the
country. Will the fact that they have an over-inflated view of their
own worth cost them when playing a middle of the road team from the
ACC? Will they continue to play down to the level of their opponents,
like they have against some of the also-rans of the Big 10?
So, here is my prediction for the Buckeyes in the Big Dance. Getting
upset in the Sweet 16 by a hot shooting team that finds a way to get
Oden in early foul trouble. Sorry, Buckeye fans!
1. The Big Ten - The conference was as weak as it has ever been.
Since January 1st, the competition, other than an overrated Wisconsin
club, has been inferior. The Buckeyes have been in close games, but
playing teams like Penn State, Michigan State (who are a one man team),
and Purdue extremely tight is telling. The Big Ten Tournament wont help
them either - they wont meet a decent opponent until the finals.
2. Non-Conference Games - Yes, Ohio State had Florida and North
Carolina on their schedule on the road. The Florida game was
non-competitive and UNC outclassed them without Greg Oden. Their only
"marquee win" came over an average Tennessee team in which they needed
a Ron Lewis three with three seconds left to pull it off. Tennessee
didn't win a road game until February 24th. What happens when they meet
a stiffling defensive team like a Creighton or a high scoring team like
Oregon in round two? Will they be ready?