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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's basketball team earned a No. 3 seed in the Sioux Falls Region of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will host No. 14-seed Buffalo in the opening round on Friday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m.
The other game in Columbus on Friday will pit No. 6 seed West Virginia against No. 11 seed Princeton at Noon. Both games will be played at St. John Arena. The winners will then meet on Sunday.
The Buckeyes are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance and are playing in Columbus for the first time since 2011. Last year, Ohio State won its opening round game over James Madison before falling at the buzzer to host and No. 4 seed North Carolina.
Ohio State has an all-time record of 24-22 in the NCAA Tournament and has made seven Sweet 16 appearances. The Buckeyes have advanced to the Elite Eight three times with its best run being a runner-up finish in 1993.
Buffalo is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance after surprising everyone in the MAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed. The Bulls (20-13), knocked-off No. 1 seed Ohio in the opening round after beating the regular season champions twice in the regular season.
This will be the 12th time Ohio State has hosted the NCAA Tournament opening round games. The Buckeyes have a record of 11-2 in their previous 10 years of hosting games. Ohio State hosted the first and second round games of the 2013 tournament but did not receive a bid to participate.
Head coach Kevin McGuff is making his second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance with the Buckeyes and his eighth appearance overall as a head coach. He guided Xavier to the tournament six times from 2003-11 with a run to the Elite Eight in 2010.
All Session and single session tickets for the NCAA Women's Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds will go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Athletic Ticket Office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All Session tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students, youth and seniors. Single session tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students, youth and seniors, and $10 for groups of 10 or more (service charges may apply). Ohio State women's basketball season ticket holders will receive detailed instructions regarding purchasing all-session ticket packages Monday night via e-mail to the address on record in their ticket account.
Those with questions may contact the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.