As the past few weeks have unfolded, I have been expecting the Buckeyes to break out of their slump, to get their 20th win, and to get into the NCAA tourney.
It doesn't look like those will all happen anymore.
The Bucks lost their 6th game in the past 8 contests tonight, 71-57 to Minnesota. The loss drops their record to 17-12, and it looks like it'll take a minor miracle to get into the Big Dance.
They have home games against NCAA-locks Purdue and Michigan State, followed by the Big Ten Tournament.
Maybe, just maybe if they win both home games and two games in the tournament, they might be able to salvage a berth in the NCAAs...but I just don't see it happening right now. The only other option is to win the Big Ten tournament, which will require four wins in four days in Indianapolis.
An NIT bid is most likely on our schedule, and at least it'll mean some more home games. And a better chance for Thad Matta to continue his streak of 20-win seasons.....