The Ohio State women's basketball team is going dancing for the third straight season under fourth year head coach Kevin McGuff as the Buckeyes were awarded a No. 5 seed and will play No. 12 seed Western Kentucky (27-6) in Lexington, Ky. on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the first round of the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament.
Should Ohio State win its first round matchup, the Buckeyes would take on the winner of the No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 seed Belmont in the second round in the Lexington regional.
Ohio State avoided UConn's side of the bracket after UCLA earned the No. 4 seed in the Bridgeport regional. Many projections had the Buckeyes coming in as the lowest No. 4 seed in the Huskies region with UConn coming in as the No. 1 overall seed. Riding a 107-game winning streak, the Huskies dominated Ohio State by 19 early in the regular season.
As a No. 5 seed, the Buckeyes will open the tournament on the road for the second time in three seasons. Last season, Ohio State earned a No. 3 seed and won its first two games against Buffalo and West Virginia at St. John Arena before being bounced by Tennessee in the Sweet 16 in Sioux Falls, S.D. A top-four seed for OSU would have meant hosting the first two rounds in Columbus.
In his career at Ohio State, McGuff is 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament but had advanced as far as the Elite Eight in his career, when he led Xavier to the regional final in 2009-10 with an overall record of 30-4.