Before Ohio State dives into what will amount to an all-night study session, the Buckeyes will allow themselves to enjoy the moment Sunday.

When the official NCAA Tournament bracket is unveiled, Ohio State is expected to be included for the first time in three years. The Buckeyes — who will be well-rested thanks to a Big Ten tournament that ran a week earlier than in past years — will be at Value City Arena watching the selection show on the scoreboard at center court.

And everyone is invited, with doors opening at 5 p.m. in advance of the 6 p.m. show, as Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann carries over a tradition he used at his former school, Butler.

“We’ve done it the last couple of years, and it’s a fun thing for your fans and for your team to appreciate,” Holtmann said. “I don’t think you ever want to take for granted the opportunity to be one of the few select teams that are playing in this thing. It’ll be a good moment for our guys to take a deep breath and take it in, that they’ve earned the right to play in this tournament. They deserve that moment.”

Ohio State is almost certain to be a No. 5 seed, according to the majority of the bracket projections., which compiles dozens of bracket projections from across the internet, listed the Buckeyes as the final No. 5 seed in its aggregate rankings as of Saturday. They have never been a No. 5 seed.

The Buckeyes last reached the tournament three seasons ago, when they were a No. 10 seed and upset No. 7 seed Virginia Commonwealth in overtime before falling to No. 2 seed Arizona.

They are almost certainly headed out west again this season, with both ESPN and CBS projecting the Buckeyes to play their first two games in San Diego. CBS has Ohio State in the South Region and ESPN has it in the East Region, which play their Sweet Sixteen games in Atlanta and Boston, respectively.

It’s a recent change from what had been steady predictions placing the Buckeyes in Boise, Idaho, for the opening weekend.

“I’ve not been out west in my tournament experience,” Holtmann said Tuesday. “I’ve been in Pittsburgh and Raleigh and down south a couple of times but not out west. It looks like that’s the area that we would fall probably. We’ll go to Boise, or I hear San Diego’s nice, too. Either one is fine.”

First, though, Ohio State will now finally have a team to prepare for after spending the past nine days in limbo after its loss to Penn State in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal.

The Buckeyes have spent the past week working on their conditioning and “re-establishing our habits,” as Holtmann put it, before holding a closed scrimmage Friday off campus.

Holtmann said the selection celebration will be short-lived, as Sunday night will be spent frantically preparing for a new opponent.

If the Buckeyes open tournament play Friday, they will have gone through a stretch of one game in 21 days.

“Listen, we’re a team that made the tournament and nobody thought we would,” guard Andrew Dakich said after the Penn State loss. “Now it’s a whole new season. Obviously this (loss) stinks, but we’ve got to learn from it and get better if we want to make a run in this (tournament).”