Ohio State Basketball: 5 Teams Standing in the Way of a No. 1 Tourney Seed

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Ohio State Basketball: 5 Teams Standing in the Way of a No. 1 Tourney Seed
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Prior to this season, Ohio State was one of the favorites to win the National Championship this year. They had the trio of sophomores returning, and a great core to support them.

Many believed Ohio State would run away with the Big 10 title and cruise to a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

This was all coming true for the Buckeyes up until a few weeks ago. Ohio State has struggled to close out games, and haven’t played very smart. They are now tied with Michigan State for the conference lead in the standings, and their once guaranteed spot of a No. 1 seed is slipping away.

The Buckeyes have a 22-4 record and rank 10th in the RPI and 31st in strength of schedule. That’s a successful season for most other teams, but not for this Buckeyes team with dreams of chasing that elusive national title.

We all know that we can pretty much pencil in Kentucky and Syracuse as No. 1 seeds for the tournament next month. Both teams have a combined 51-2 record and currently sit No.1 and 2 in all the polls and the RPI.

That leaves two spots left for a No. 1 seed in next month’s big dance. These are the five teams that can steal two of those spots from Ohio State.

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