Bracket projection: Ohio State

Picked to finish 11th in the preseason Big Ten poll, Ohio State was one of the nation's surprise teams this winter, finishing second in the conference. Coach Chris Holtmann, a terrific X's and O's man, arrived from Butler this summer and squeezed every ounce of effort out of the Buckeyes. Led by 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State enters the Big Dance with a 24-8 record, but there are doubters who wonder if the Buckeyes (14-2 combined mark in December and January) peaked too early. Are the doubters right, or will the Buckeyes continue to overachieve under Holtmann?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as analyst Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.