The bad news: Advance to the Sweet 16 and they will run into 31-2 Tennessee.
The good news: The game will be played 90 miles down the road.
Athletic department release:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's basketball team (22-9) earned a No. 4 seed in the Dayton Regional and will play No. 13 seed Central Florida (22-10) around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship at St. John Arena in Columbus. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Ohio State is making its record ninth consecutive appearance in the Big Dance and its 20th overall.
The winner of the Ohio State-Central Florida game will take on the winner of No. 5 seed Georgia Tech (23-10) and No. 12 seed Bowling Green (28-4) Monday, March 21.
Ohio State will be facing UCF for the first time. The Buckeyes have never played Georgia Tech and are 24-3 all-time against Bowling Green after defeating the Falcons in the preseason WNIT last season, 91-72, in Columbus.
The 18th-ranked Buckeyes are on a 9-game win streak entering the tournament, winning their last six games of the regular season and sweeping through the Big Ten tournament to win its record-tying third consecutive title.
Head coach Jim Foster is making his 12th consecutive trip to the tournament and his 25th overall with a record of 32-24 all-time. In Foster's nine seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have earned No. 1 (2006), No. 2 (2005, 2010), No. 3 (2009), No. 4 (2003, 2007, 2011) and No. 6 (2004, 2008) seeds in the tournament. Ohio State has earned at least a second-round finish in six of eight seasons under Foster, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2009.
Besides the 1993 Final Four trip, the Buckeyes have advanced twice to the Elite Eight (1985, 1987) and have been Sweet 16 participants on five occasions (1986, 1988, 1989, 2005, 2009). Ohio State's participation also includes five first (1982, 1984, 1999, 2007, 2008) and six second round (1990, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2010) finishes.
Tickets are available online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. All-session passes are priced at $28 for adults and $18 for children. Single-session passes, which go on sale Wednesday, are priced at $17 for adults and $12 for children.
New this year to the NCAA tournament: all practices are closed to the general public.
Free parking will be available in the North St. John lot off Lane Avenue and in the lots surrounding Ohio Stadium. ADA parking will be in the lot north of French Field House. Fans are encouraged to use these parking locations because of the OHSAA girls’ basketball championships underway Thursday through Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.