We've seen in the last year or so the stark differences between the massive cash grab of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and nearly every other sport. Women's Soccer and Men's Tennis last year both had to start their tournaments with road games.
The NCAA Women's Basketball set up is much the same, and it was highly unlikely that UB's team would grab the 11 seed necessary to avoid a true road matchup in their opener, as the top 16 teams host pods of four for the first two rounds before the regionals.
The Bulls learned this evening that they'll be headed to Columbus, as a #14 seed pitted against the #3 seed Ohio State Buckeyes on their home court. West Virginia and Princeton will also play a first-round game in Columbus.
The Buckeyes roll into the postseason not just as a 3-seed, but as the 2nd-place finishers in the Big 10 Conference regular season behind Maryland, finishing the regular season 23-6 and lost in the Big 10 tournament semifinals to eventual runner-up Michigan State.
Ohio State will put UB head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's defense to the test as they boast the Big 10's highest scoring offense, averaging 86.7 points per game. Land Grant Holy Land, SBNation's Ohio State blog, notes that the Buckeyes were ranked in the top five for much of the season before a late slide, and were bounced from their conference tournament in part because second-leading scorer Ameryst Alston suffered a wrist injury one game prior against Rutgers.
The game will be Friday, March 18th at 2:30 PM airing on ESPN2; however because of the Ohio State high school basketball tournament taking place at Ohio State, the game will take place at St. John's Arena rather than the Value City Arena.