Ohio State is opening its doors for its first NCAA Tournament appearance in three years.

When the official bracket is revealed Sunday at 6 p.m., the Buckeyes are inviting fans to watch right alongside them at Value City Arena. Coach Chris Holtmann and select team members will address the crowd starting at 5:45 p.m. and then again briefly once the team’s opponent and destination are unveiled.

Admission is free and fans can enter the arena through the Northwest Rotunda. Seating will be on the south side of the arena, and the show will be shown on the center video board.

Limited concessions are available, and the event will conclude once the entire bracket is revealed by 7 p.m.

At 24-8 overall, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 17 nationally in the most recent Associated Press poll released today. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015, when they finished the year 24-11.

After losing to Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday in Madison Square Garden in New York, Ohio State is now widely projected as a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket projection, which was released today, lists the Buckeyes as a No. 5 seed in the South Region playing No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee in Boise, Idaho, alongside No. 4 seed Texas Tech and No. 13 seed Buffalo.

CBS’ Jerry Palm has the Buckeyes as a No. 5 seed in the West Region facing No. 12 seed New Mexico State in San Diego alongside No. 4 seed Arizona and No. 13 seed Buffalo. New Mexico State features former Ohio State point guard A.J. Harris, who transferred out of the program after his freshman season.

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