Ohio State is holding onto a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament one day before Selection Sunday.
In the latest tournament projections updated after Friday night’s conference tournament games, the Buckeyes are now projected to be a No. 5 seed by both ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS’ Jerry Palm. Both have them as playing their first two games in San Diego, with Lunardi placing them in the East and Palm placing them in the West.
Lunardi predicts a first-round game against New Mexico State, a team featuring former Ohio State point guard A.J. Harris, for the right to face the winner of a game between No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 13 seed Murray State. Palm predicts an opening-game matchup against South Dakota State with the winner facing the winner of a game between No. 4 seed Arizona and No. 13 seed Charleston.
Sports Illustrated also has the Buckeyes as a No. 5 seed in the West, facing the winner of a play-in game between No. 12 seeds Oklahoma State and Saint Mary’s. That bracket was updated Friday.
According to BracketMatrix.com, which compiles dozens of bracket projections from across the internet, the Buckeyes are holding onto the final No. 5 seed in the field. However, the website was last updated Friday at 8:30 p.m. with the caveat that most of the brackets it analyzes had not yet been updated with Friday’s games.
The biggest challengers to Ohio State’s No. 5 seed, according to the Matrix, is Florida, which is the top-ranked No. 6 seed. The Gators lost last night to Arkansas in the SEC tournament quarterfinals.