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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State basketball punches its NCAA Tournament ticket

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Ohio State picked up a vital win on Thursday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State basketball punches its NCAA Tournament ticket

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise! Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Ohio State basketball gets its win

Ohio State basketball picked up a monumental win on Thursday afternoon, beating Indiana 79-75 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament against No. 1 seed Michigan State. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward broke down the win and what it means for the Buckeyes, who are almost certainly headed to the NCAA Tournament now.

New Bracketology projections 

Here are the projections of where experts see Ohio State basketball following the conclusion of all games on Thursday. Of interest is the fact that all three sites put Ohio State straight into the regular 64-team field instead of in a play-in game in Dayton — a sign that the consensus is that the Buckeyes are no longer in danger of missing the tournament.

ESPN: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Villanova in Tulsa, Okla.

The Athletic: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Villanova in Hartford, Conn.

Sports Illustrated: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Wofford

USA Today: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Auburn in Tulsa

CBS Sports: No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Mississippi State in Des Moines

Get on-court ‘Family’ Buckeyes gear for Big Dance

family-march madness

Ohio State unveiled them on the sidelines as the postseason opened in the Big Ten tournament and March Madness got rolling.

Now join in with the Buckeyes “Family” by grabbing this on-court long sleeve tee from Nike. Click HERE to purchase and gear up as Ohio State starts aiming for a deep run in the tournament.

How to watch Ohio State vs. Michigan State

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Michigan State

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

Channel: Big Ten Network

Location: United Center (Chicago, Ill.)

Mitchell Melton preparing for visit

One name that was included in Lettermen Row’s recent “too early predictions for the Class of 2020” was Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 3-star linebacker prospect Mitchell Melton.

A 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker, Melton was offered by Ohio State just days before Urban Meyer retired and has more than 20 total scholarship opportunities total, including Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas A&M. His recruitment by the Buckeyes has seen some ups and downs as coaching changes occurred, but he’s remained a consistent target.

“It was a really weird coincidence, but it doesn’t change anything,” Melton said. “I have a great relationship with them. I talk Coach Day and [linebackers coach Al] Washington. The Ohio State staff has shown a great amount of love. I felt equally wanted by both staffs throughout the process.”

For Melton and the Buckeyes, the biggest obstacle could be overcoming the push from Maryland, a program that’s begun to push very hard with its own coaching change. Melton suggested he’s not feeling any pressure to stay home, though, and believes he has his next visit set to Columbus.

“We’re aiming for the 26th of this month,” he said.

For the latest on Ohio State recruiting, check out Thursday’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Beanie and The Boom 

Fitness entrepreneur Cory Gregory joins Beanie and Boom for this week’s episode of Beanie and the The Boom Podcast. Gregory is the founder of several business including MusclePharm, Max Effort Muscle and the Old School Gym. He is also the co-host of the top-rated Business and Biceps podcast with Maurice Clarett and John Fosco.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Michigan State: Today
  • NCAA Selection Sunday: 2 days
  • Oho State spring game: 29 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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