The ultimate goal of course is to beat Purdue Thursday night, then win three more games and cut down the nets as Big Ten Tournament champs. Short of that, however, what kind of a run could improve Ohio State's seeding in the upcoming NCAA tournament? After a 21-10 regular season including an 11-9 record in the Big Ten, CBS Sports braketologist Jerry Palm currently projects the Buckeyes as a 5-seed but said that could get better or worse, depending on what transpires in Indianapolis this weekend.
"If they won the Big Ten Tournament, they might even get to a 3," Palm told Joel Riley Tuesday on 610 WTVN. "If they lose to Purdue, the could drop to a 6 and if things went sideways in other places, a 7 but their realistic range is a 4-to-6."
The Buckeyes are part of a Big Ten loaded with depth. Palm currently has 10 teams in the field, with the Buckeyes Thursday opponent, Purdue, on the outside looking in, but still entertaining faint tourney hopes. Palm talked at length about the Big Ten Tourney, selection Sunday, Ohio State and more. You can check out his conversation with Joel Riley and me by clicking on this link to get to our podcast page.