Bracket projection: Ohio State

With lockdown D, only scoring issues could keep Buckeyes from deep run

Updated: March 17, 2014, 5:50 PM ET
By Bill Doherty | ESPN Insider

Ohio State's regular season had more rises and dips than the streets of San Francisco. The Buckeyes cruised to a 15-0 start and top-three national ranking, then lost five of six, then won six of seven and then closed the regular season by losing two of three. The Buckeyes have made four straight Sweet 16 appearances, including a Final Four berth in 2012 and an Elite Eight appearance last year. Their dogged defense allows them to play with anyone in the country, but do they have enough firepower to make another deep tourney run?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.



Best wins: at Marquette, Maryland, at Wisconsin, at Iowa, Michigan State

Worst losses: at Minnesota, Penn State (twice)