Last Team In or First Team Out?

By Jason Priestas on February 11, 2008 at 7:00 am

The official NCAA blog (sounds exciting, right) recently posted about a mock tournament selection that they put on. It's a long read, but it gives you a little insight into the process and what the committee uses to determine tournament-worthy teams -- bracket freaks will love it.

How do the Buckeyes fare? Well, the post went up last Wednesday and at that time they were the last at-large team in, securing a 10 seed. I'm not sure how much the loss to the Hoosiers technically hurts that cause as Indiana was the favorite coming in, but as Chris mentioned, the Buckeyes' strength-of-schedule won't do them a damn good if all of those tough games go into the books as losses.

Matta's crew travels to Evanston on Wednesday and Ann Arbor on Sunday for two very winnable games before ending the season with Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan State. A 4-3 finish to the regular season (which is highly optimistic at this point) puts the team at 20-10 heading into the conference tournament.

One thing is for certain. If the team continues playing like it has been for the past few weeks, Matta's streak of 20+ win seasons will be coming to an end and we'll be staring down the NIT.

(Via Get The Picture)