I cringed as soon as I saw the announcement.
Ohio State vs. Dayton in the first round of the tournament.
My first thought: “That’s a first-round loss for the Buckeyes.”
I hope I’m wrong. But look:
- Ohio State has no consistent scoring.
- Ohio State had a weak finish to its season.
- Ohio State may not be especially interested in a first-round game against Dayton, a team that will definitely be interested in beating the state’s biggest and best program.
Classic trap game, in every way. I haven’t decided how I’m going to pick this one — but I could very easily pick the Flyers to win.
Which, of course, means I’m probably totally wrong, and you should pick Ohio State to win the whole freaking thing.
And that, boys and girls, brings us to our now-daily reminder: Registration for the Ninth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown) is open for just about another 24 hours. Entries are coming in at a steady pace, but it’s looking like we’re going to have a smaller-than-usual field this year. And that means the odd of you winning a $30 Bocktown gift card are better than ever.
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The good news is the Buckeyes could potentially even knock off a struggling Syracuse. I do actually have that in some brackets.
The bad news is that Ohio State could very well, as you mention, lose their first round game to Dayton.
I wouldn’t panic. I think this team is experienced enough to remain focused.
And if they don’t, at least it’ll be over early with them being the first team out.
You’re exactly right. If OSU comes up with solid defensive efforts — which they can do — and a hot scorer, they could find themselves in the Sweet Sixteen or better. And if they don’t, they’ll be watching the tournament on TV this weekend.