Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ohio State Buckeyes guard C.J. Jackson (3).
- Ohio State enters Big Ten conference play with just one loss, but the top of the conference is extremely crowded.
- With the Buckeyes' title odds at 66-1, they present an interesting opportunity for bettors.
Chris Holtmann, you’ve done it again.
Not only have his teams reached the NCAA tournament in each of his four seasons at major programs (Butler, Ohio State), but he’s accomplished that feat without a dominant point guard. From point-forward Roosevelt Jones to N.C. State transfer Tyler Lewis, Holtmann has found a success by making the most of his entire roster.
The second-year Buckeyes coach has his group in position to earn a ticket into March Madness yet again as a 66-1 national title future bet, going 12-1 straight up and 7-6 against the spread thus far.
Where does this team’s value sit as its Big Ten docket resumes vs. Michigan State on Saturday?
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CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm pegged Ohio State as a No. 6 seed in his latest projections, but he’s not bullish on its finish come the big dance.
“The way I see the Big Ten is you’ve got Michigan and Michigan State — small gap — and then three through say 10 are all about the same [right now],” Palm told The Action Network. “I think if they (the Buckeyes) can finish third in the Big Ten, which I’d say is their ceiling in the league, that could be a three-seed [in the NCAA tournament].”
The Big Ten is a jumbled mess after non-conference play. The Buckeyes are knotted in a three-way tie with Wisconsin and Purdue for Caesars’ fourth-best conference tournament title odds (10-1).