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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Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket.... Full Bio

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