A year after capturing the No. 1 overall seed for March Madness, Ohio State is far from the favorite entering the 2012 tournament. The East region’s No. 2 seed comes in with a decidedly mortal 27-7 record, but it would be a grave mistake to discount the Buckeyes’ chances of making the national title run they couldn’t pull off last season.
For one thing, those seven losses have hardly come against lightweights. Among the teams that have beaten OSU: No. 1 seed Michigan State (twice), fellow No. 2 seed Kansas and a trio of No. 4 seeds in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Of course, the Buckeyes were achingly close to earning a top seed themselves, falling 68-64 in the Big Ten title game against the Spartans. Even from the next line down on the bracket, though, Ohio State is a very real threat to win its next six and cut down the nets in New Orleans.
Have a look at this set of factors that give the Buckeyes a shot at their first national title in 52 years.
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