Ohio State has been a difficult team to understand. Is it the team that was ranked No. 2 for five weeks and gave Duke a 22-point whipping? Is it the team that struggled down the stretch of the regular season, dropping three-out-of-seven? Is it the team that charged to the Big Ten title game and lost a hard-fought game to Michigan State?
Ohio State (27-7, 13-5 Big Ten) grabbed the No. 2 seed in the East bracket of the NCAA tournament, but this is no gift. The Buckeyes will be tested early and often.
Ohio State will need to pass through a battle tested field of teams looking to continue their late-season success. Big East regular season champion Syracuse sits atop the East bracket as the second overall seed. Other potential match-ups could be Vanderbilt, which took out Kentucky on Sunday to win the SEC Tournament and Florida State, which not only beat North Carolina to win the ACC title on Saturday, but became the first time since Georgia Tech in 1996 to beat North Carolina and Duke twice in the same season.
While other teams, such as Syracuse, are looking to work out the kinks, Ohio State has struggled to discover exactly which problems need to be addressed. It’s not that the Buckeyes are a bad team. Of its seven losses this season, Illinois was the only unranked team to defeat the Buckeyes. But a closer look at Ohio State reveals some flaws which could be exposed as fatal and will most likely mean doom for the Columbus school.
Perhaps the Buckeyes can catch fire and make me look a fool, but it's unlikely.