Ohio State knows its path in the NCAA Tournament as well as its opponent in the round of 64, No. 14 seed George Washington.

Well, sort of.

“We just found out who we play so we don’t know that much about them,” senior guard Kelsey Mitchell said moments after the mathchup was announced Monday. “We don’t know what they bring to the table, but they’re a champion, too, and they’re in the tournament for a reason.”

That reason, of course, is the Colonials winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament. George Washington defeated La Salle by 20 in the opening round of the A-10 Tournament on Feb. 27 and then dropped George Mason, Dayton and Saint Joseph’s March 2-4 to reach the NCAA Tournament as an automatic qualifier after finishing fifth in the conference with a 10-6 record.

Coach Jennifer Rizzotti has led the Colonials to postseason play in each of her two seasons at George Washington. The Colonials fell to Navy in the opening round of the WNIT last season.

No. 3 seed Ohio State is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and George Washington is making its 18th, but their paths have never crossed in the tournament. In fact, Ohio State has not faced George Washington in any setting. Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff faced George Washington a handful of times when he coached Xavier but, obviously, with much different personnel.

“We’ll get into (scouting) even as early as tonight,” McGuff said. “With technology nowadays we can pull film off pretty quickly, so we’ll start to get a feel for them and what we need to do to be successful on Saturday.”

George Washington was 15-13 entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament but punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with defense — not one of the Colonials’ four opponents reached 60 points — and points off turnovers. According to The Washington Post, George Washington outpaced opponents 71-19 in points off turnovers over four games in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. George Washington opponents average 16.2 turnovers. The Colonials average 10.9.

Seniors Brianna Cummings — a third-team all-Atlantic Ten selection as well as an all-defensive team member — and Kelli Prange, the conference’s sixth player of the year, are the only two Colonials to average double figures this season at 14.3 and 12.2 points, respectively.

Doss ready

Asia Doss missed the Big Ten Tournament with an ankle injury but will play Saturday against George Washington, McGuff said.

“She practiced a little bit (Monday) and so she’ll play Saturday,” McGuff said. “Exactly the minutes and that type of stuff I don’t know yet, but she’s definitely going to play.”

Doss, a senior guard, has averaged 34.2 minutes this season, second only to Mitchell (35.8 minutes).

Around the Big Ten

Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams to reach the NCAA Tournament, along with No. 5 seed Maryland, No. 6 seed Iowa, No. 7 seed Michigan and No. 10 seeds Minnesota and Nebraska.

Left out were Purdue and Rutgers, both of which were revealed by the selection committee Sunday night as two of the final eight teams in consideration. Minnesota was also one of the eight, but wound up as one of the last four in the field of 64.

Asked about Rutgers (20-12, 7-9 Big Ten) during the post-selection show conference call, selection committee chair Rhonda Lundin Bennett pointed out a couple factors working against the Scarlet Knights.

“Some of the things that we thought were their 3-7 record in the last 10 games as well as their ninth-place finish in the Big Ten standings,” Bennett said. “Those bad losses that they had as well were some of the things that differentiated them. Those losses were Washington State and then Northwestern at 175 (RPI).”