Where Ohio State, Dayton, Wright State project in women’s NCAA tourney

The Ohio State women’s basketball team poses with the Big Ten championship trophy (Courtesy OSU Athletics Communications).

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The Ohio State women’s basketball team poses with the Big Ten championship trophy (Courtesy OSU Athletics Communications).

Ohio State women's basketball appears to have picked the right time to hit its stride.

Despite losing the Big Ten’s leading rebounder (Stephanie Mavunga) to a foot injury in early February, coach Kevin McGuff’s Buckeyes have won 11 games in a row and enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed.

They are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll.

ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme moved the Buckeyes up to a four seed in his latest NCAA tournament field projection, which means (if the tournament committee agrees) a strong showing at the conference tournament in Indianapolis this weekend should clinch the opportunity to host first- and second-round games.

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Could they have some local company if that happens?

The committee has recently made a concerted effort to keep teams close to home in order to boost attendance, so it stands to reason Dayton or Wright State could join the Buckeyes in Columbus if things break right.

For the Horizon League regular season co-champion Raiders, that almost certainly means winning their conference tournament. Their RPI was 135 as of Feb. 28.

Dayton, the Atlantic 10 co-champion, is 45th in the RPI, and Crème projects them as an 11 seed this week with fellow A-10 member George Washington a 10 seed.

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However the final seeds shake out, the committee has the discretion to adjust them to make enable easier travel, avoid rematches and prevent conference teams from playing each other too early.

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