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Ohio State Women's Basketball Draw A No. 5 Seed In NCAA Tournament

The Ohio State women's basketball team drew a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Selection Monday.

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. 

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