March Madness: Five Teams Ohio State Doesn't Want To Meet in the NCAA Tournament
Ohio State has been burning up the NCAA down the stretch. They have won 10 of their last 11 games, and the one loss came in a close game against then, No. 4 Purdue.
Evan Turner has led Ohio State, the Big 10, and the country, for that matter, in statistics, leadership, and toughness. He is a leading contender to Player of the Year, and he should be a crucial part of Ohio State in the "Big Dance"
Depending on how Ohio State does in the Big 10 tournament will determine their seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
Right now, Ohio State is sitting at a No. 2 seed.
But a Big 10 Tournament victory and a quick loss for Duke in the ACC Tournament could mean Ohio State getting that last one seed.
These five teams are the teams that could give Ohio State trouble in the NCAA Tournament. For some teams, a win over Ohio State would mean an upset; others would be games down to the wire.
Either one, Ohio State has to look out for all of their opponents and not overlook anyone.
Butler defeated the Evan Turner-less Ohio State Buckeyes earlier in the season 74-66.
But even with Turner, Ohio State could still face problems with Butler.
Butler has two very reliable scoring threats in Matt Howard and Gordon Hayward that create problems for any team.
Butler has become a big problem for many major conference teams in the NCAA Tournament. They play harder than just about any team, and this year, they have great talent, too.
These teams could potentially meet in the second or third rounds, and Ohio State would have to be on their "A" game to get through Butler.
Another notable loss without Evan Turner, Wisconsin won huge in December, blowing out Ohio State 65-43.
Wisconsin then battled Ohio State tough in January but came up a little short.
Wisconsin should still be considered a threat to Ohio State. Evan Turner or not, losing by 22 has no excuses.
Another match-up in the Big 10 Tournament would be a great indicator to see how far these two teams have come. They have a great chance to meet in the quarter finals, and both teams would be playing at their top.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Despite having a 12 point, half time lead against West Virginia earlier this year, Ohio State managed to blow it.
It was a hard loss for the Buckeyes, and was mainly because of the strong performance by Da'Sean Butler and Darryl Bryant.
With big shooters and a tough zone, West Virginia has a chance to beat any team. They pose a lot of tough matchup problems with Ohio State, and their length and athleticism really gave them problems on the outside.
In a potential rematch, Evan Turner and William Buford would need to be great. This game could definitely happen either in the Elite Eight or Final Four.
Both teams are playing well and a game two would be great to see.
Louisville is the type of team that could come out of nowhere in the NCAA Tournament.
They have three veteran guards in Edgar Sosa, Jerry Smith, and Preston Knowles, and a star down low in Samardo Samuels.
The Cardinals experience and athleticism could cause big problems for Ohio State in the dance.
Louisville is a potential second round matchup and could definitely pull the upset over the Buckeyes.
If Dallas Lauderdale could not contain Samardo Samuels down low, then it could be a long night for Ohio State.
Texas, like Louisville, has been under performing for most of the season.
Their starting lineup is arguably one of the best in college basketball, but they are often lazy on defense and selfish on offense.
Still, Texas has to be considered one of the biggest sleepers come tournament time.
They have experience in Dexter Pittman and Damion James, and young talent in Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton.
If Ohio State would meet Texas in the second round; it would be an extremely great game.
Ohio State would need to contain Pittman and James down low, while not forgetting about Bradley, Brown, and Hamilton outside.
This would be a tough matchup for any team, so Ohio State will have to look out.