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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State alums back in The Basketball Tournament

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Ohio State will have players on two teams in The Basketball Tournament. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State alums back in The Basketball Tournament

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.


The Basketball Tournament bracket released

The bracket has been released for the 2019 edition of The Basketball Tournament, and a team comprised of former Ohio State players is the No. 1 seed in the Columbus regional. There’s been a name change, though, as the group led by Scoonie Penn has switched from Scarlet and Gray to Carmen’s Crew.

Here’s a look at the teams they’ll have to top in order to win the Columbus regional:

  1. Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State Alumni)
  2. Kohl Blooded (Wisconsin Alumni)
  3. Red Scare (Dayton Alumni)
  4. Big X
  5. West Virginia Wildcats
  6. The Region
  7. Mid-American Unity
  8. Illinois BC

Interestingly, the No. 4-seeded Big X also has four former Ohio State players on it — Andrew Dakich, C.J. Jackson, Jaesean Tate and Keyshawn Woods.

Joe Royer quickly sets Ohio State official visit

Offered last Friday by Ohio State after a dominant one-day camp performance, Cincinnati Elder High School 2020 tight end Joe Royer has wasted no time getting an official visit set with the program.

“I am taking my official visit to Ohio State on the weekend of June 21,” Royer told Lettermen Row on Monday. “It is the first official visit I have set up as of now.”

For the Buckeyes, the big question is whether or not they can make next weekend’s visit Royer’s only official visit. Ohio State wants two tight ends in the Class of 2020, and Royer will make that visit alongside another top target at the position, Cam Large, from Dedham, Mass.

Last weekend Royer visited Michigan with another tight end, Matthew Hibner. The trip, which Royer said went “well,” ended with Hibner committed. The Wolverines and reportedly shutting down their tight end recruiting in 2020, so who knows what that means for their efforts in recruiting the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Ohio athlete. So what happens now? Expect Royer to narrow his schools list soon as he works toward a college decision.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Tuesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Ohio State opens as big favorite

Ohio State’s season opener against Florida Atlantic is still more than two months away, but the betting line has been set.

Ryan Day will make his full-time head coaching debut at Ohio Stadium on Aug. 31, and the Buckeyes will be a 26-point favorite over Lane Kiffin and the Owls, per BetOnline.ag.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

New Birminology episode

There are a number of schools in the mix for 4-star running back Donovan Edwards, but there’s a sense that this recruitment is likely to turn into a good, old-fashioned Ohio State versus Michigan battle. That’s why it’s so important that Michigan’s fourth-ranked 2021 prospect, sees exactly what the Buckeyes have to offer as much as he can. He saw some glimpses during his late November visit when he watched Ohio State score 62 points against Michigan’s top-ranked defense.

“The environment was incredible,” he told Lettermen Row in November. “I knew it was going to be a hype game, but I didn’t know it was going to be like that. It was amazing.”

How hard is it to be in Michigan and really consider Ohio State? What does he like about the Buckeyes and when does he want to make a college decision? Donovan Edwards talks about those things and more in this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

WATCH: New Birminology episode features interview with Donovan Edwards

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 37 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 81 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 172 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 Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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