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CBS' Clark Kellogg says OSU's NCAA ceiling a No. 4 seed

Ohio State's men's basketball team has a chance to be as high as fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg said earlier this week on a visit to Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

The Buckeyes' case for such a high seed would be helped immensely by a deep run in the upcoming Big Ten tournament, which starts Thursday.

"I'm thinking Ohio State ... the ceiling is a number four," Kellogg said. "I think that's about as high as they can get, unless some craziness happens. Anywhere from (seed) four to seven is where I think they could potentially land."

Ohio State (23-7) bolstered its case for a higher seed with a strong week leading into the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes went on the road to defeat Indiana, 67-58, last Tuesday. They then ended their regular season on Sunday with a 68-55 win over visiting Illinois.

The pair of wins afforded Coach Thad Matta's team the second seed in the league tournament. Ohio State will play the winner of seventh-seeded Purdue and 10th-seeded Nebraska on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Boilermakers and Cornhuskers play their opening game on Thursday.

"The game they played the other night in Bloomington was perhaps the best performance I've seen from the team," Kellogg said, "and I've done 3-4 of the games courtside and have watched another half dozen games up close."

Recalling OSU's performance at Indiana, Kellogg praised his alma mater's composure, championship mentality and execution in a difficult environment. He said a big key was shot-making in the late part of the game, which "is something that's kind of been a challenge for this team."

Said Kellogg of OSU's tournament future, both in the league and in the big dance, "If they can bottle what they showed in that Indiana game, then they have a chance to be really dangerous in the tournament."

When asked about the seedings for the tournament, Kellogg shied away — sort of. He said he doesn't "lock in" to seedings until the days leading into Selection Sunday — which is six days away.

As of Thursday, Kellogg tapped Duke, Gonzaga, Indiana and Kansas as his four No. 1 seeds. A lot could be determined this week by the conference tournaments, of course.

Kellogg said he doesn't put of weight into seeding in the tournament. He said matchups, how well a team is playing at that time of the year and health are bigger indicators of success.

"Seeding is just a number next to your name and provides you a perk or two maybe close to home," he said. "But none of that helps you between that 94-by-50-foot box. None of that (seeding) means anything. It's about how you're going to play and whose going to be better that day. Everything else is quite meaningless.

"Unless you're a bracketologist."

 

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Ohio State's men's basketball team has a chance to be as high as fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg said earlier this week on a visit to Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

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