The NCAA tournament selection committee seeded the Buckeyes as a No. 5 and sent them to Boise, Idaho, where they will play Summit League champion South Dakota State.
It is the first appearance in the tournament for the Buckeyes since 2015, when they were eliminated in the third round by No. 2 Arizona. Ohio State also must find a way to stop South Dakota State's 6-foot-9 forward Mike Daum, the conference player of the year after averaging 23.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. I have Ohio State somewhere in between the two and while anything can happen in the Big Dance, I see Ohio State winning this one by double digits, so I'll lay the points here. Defensively, Ohio State yields 66.7 points per game against the opposing teams.
The Sunday selection show followed a surprising season for the Buckeyes (24-8), who rose to the ranking of 13th nationally during the first season for new head coach Chris Holtmann. (16.1), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.0) and Tevin King (9.3).
Here's what the latest NCAA Tournament projections are showing for the Buckeyes. Andrew Dakich leads Ohio State with three games of NCAA experience in his time at MI while Tate, Kam Williams and Keita Bates-Diop each played in two NCAA contests for the Buckeyes in the 2014-15 season. Bates-Diop leads in rebounds with 8.8 while Jackson tops in assists with 3.9.
After the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament 39 total appearances and 16 starts of postseason experience on the roster (combined Big Ten, NIT and NCAA Tournament games).
Ohio State went 5-5 in the 2017-18 season against teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament.