Ohio State rates 5 seed in 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, analyst says

Jan 22, 2018
  • By Sean Keeler
  • Land of 10

At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest hoops contest …

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OHIO STATE

Overall record: 17-4

Conference record: 8-0 (T-first)

CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Sunday night: 14

KenPom.com rank as of Sunday night: 11

RPI Top 50 record: 3-3

Last 10: 9-1

The week that was: Jan. 17 — W at Northwestern, 71-65; Jan. 20 — W at Minnesota, 67-49.

Next on the docket: vs. Nebraska (14-7, RPI: 66) on Monday; vs. Penn State (13-8, RPI: 135) on Thursday.

The skinny: With two solid road wins under the belt last week and a chance to pick up two more home victories over the next seven days, first-year boss Chris Holtmann’s grip on the Big Ten Coach of the Year award gets tighter as February comes around the bend. Forward Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 20.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 3-point makes a game against league foes as the Buckeyes continue to match Purdue, stride for stride, atop the standings.

Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop (33)  is averaging 20.9 points and 9.6 boards in eight Big Ten contests this winter. (Ryan Ginn/Land of 10)

Jerry Palm’s prognosis: 5 seed. “I think you could argue that [they’re] the most pleasant surprise in college basketball this year,” the CBS Sports bracketologist tells Land of 10. “The thing about Ohio State is they’ve got some nice wins — Michigan State, Michigan, both at home. Michigan State is their only Tier 1 win, so the lack of higher-quality wins is going hold them down a little bit. But they don’t have a bad loss, or anything that resembles a bad loss. [A record of] 17-4 is definitely good enough for a top-15 type of seed.”

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