Ohio State Earns 5-Seed, Will Play James Madison In First Round of NCAA Tournament
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The
Ohio State women's basketball team has earned a No. 5-seed in the NCAA
Tournament and opens play against James Madison on Saturday, March 21 at 1:30
p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Buckeyes are making their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and the first since 2012. This will be the first NCAA appearance for all eight Buckeyes on the active roster.
Ohio State has an all-time record of 23-21 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.
Ohio State enters the tournament playing some of its best basketball. Winners of 12 of their last 15, the Buckeyes (23-10) made a run to the final of the Big Ten Tournament before falling to top-seeded Maryland.
James Madison is 29-3 on the season and is coming-off winning its second-straight Colonial Athletic Association tournament this past Sunday. The Dukes have tied a single-season school-record with 29 victories and last season, won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1991 with a victory over 6-seed Gonzaga.
This is the third time the Buckeyes have earned a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State was a 5-seed in each of its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1982 and 1984.
Head coach Kevin McGuff is taking his second team to the NCAA Tournament and will be making his seventh appearance. He guided Xavier to the tournament six times from 2003-11 with a run to the Elite Eight in 2010.