Ohio State University has one of the most successful athletic departments in college sports and the men’s basketball program is no exception. The Buckeyes are one of two teams to make an NCAA Tournament appearance in every decade since the tournament began in the 1930’s. This continued success has contributed to Ohio State’s passionate fan base and made the Buckeyes an attractive option for top recruits.
Ohio State’s lone National Championship came in 1960 when the Buckeyes beat California 75-55 in the championship game. This championship came during the second year of future Hall of Fame head coach Fred Taylor’s 18-year tenure at Ohio State and his first NCAA Tournament appearance. Two future NBA players, Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, as well as Bob Knight, a future legendary college basketball coach, led the team.
The Buckeyes have been very inconsistent in terms of appearing in the NCAA Tournament. Since their legendary head coach Ned Wulk left the program after the 1981-1982 season, Ohio State has only made the NCAA Tournament five times. However, since the hire of Herb Sendek, the Buckeyes have started to turn the basketball program around and snapped their four season drought of missing the tournament in 2014.
Ohio State Buckeyes Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2013, Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament and received an automatic bid in the West Regional as the #2 seed. Ohio State would make it all the way to the Elite Eight where they lost 70-66 to the #9 seed Wichita State Shockers. One of Ohio State’s least successful tournament appearances came in 2014 when the Buckeyes received an at-large bid as the #6 seed in the South Regional and lost 60-59 to the #11 seed Dayton Flyers in the first game.