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Bracketology: Ohio State a homecourt hero no more

Ohio State ruined Indiana's Senior Night and picked up a huge win for its tournament resume on Tuesday night. Before that, the Buckeyes' best and only top-100 RPI win away from home came against Washington on a neutral court.

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The loss drops the Hoosiers from the overall No. 1 seed to No. 2, replaced by Duke

It's never good to be a homecourt hero in the eyes of the committee, whether you're a team on the bubble or fighting for a higher seed. The tournament isn't played on home courts, and they want to see that you can beat good teams away from home.

Teams like Arkansas and Iowa will have a hard time getting any attention because they haven't won away from home.

For teams like Ohio State, the inability to win away from home is a seed-killer. The same is true of Florida, which a lot of people like as a one-seed. However, as we enter March, the Gators still haven't beaten anyone better than Middle Tennessee State away from home. It's hard to make a case for them as a top seed as long as that is true.

Despite their homecourt-hero status, the Hawkeyes join the expanding bubble, along with Providence.

 
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