CINCINNATI – The Big Ten. The Big East. The American Athletic Conference. The Atlantic 10. Ohio's entries into the NCAA tournament this year are going to run the gamut.
There might even be one from the Mid-American Conference.
Ohio is set to get at least four and maybe five teams into the NCAA tournament, extending its run as one of March's marquee states. Ohio has sent 11 teams to the tournament in the past three years, trailing only North Carolina (14) and California (13), according to STATS.
Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati and Dayton are poised to make it as the same foursome from last year. Dayton pulled off one of the most notable upsets in last season's tournament by beating Ohio State to reach the Sweet 16.
Their conference tournaments will have a lot to say about where their NCAA seeds and their chances of turning into a big story in a couple of weeks.
"Our bags are packed, we're ready to get on the bus and get on the plane," Xavier center Matt Stainbrook said, before heading to Madison Square Garden for the Big East tournament. "Everybody is excited to get the process started."
How they stack up heading into conference tournament week:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats (22-9, 13-5) won their last five games to get the No. 3 seed in the AAC and position themselves for an NCAA tournament berth. Their biggest shortcoming all season has been offense, and it got better in the past few weeks.
Dayton: A 55-53 loss at La Salle in the final regular-season game left the Flyers (23-7, 13-5) a game behind Davidson for the Atlantic 10 title. Their undersized lineup is looking at the conference tournament as a chance to regain a good feeling.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes (22-9, 11-7) are built around spectacular freshman point guard D'Angelo Russell, but they haven't been able to develop a consistent threat to complement him. Russell is averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
Xavier: The youthful Musketeers (19-12, 9-9) set a school record by winning four games against ranked teams during the regular season, going 4-2 overall against the Top 25. Playing in a conference with the second-best RPI in the nation, they got better in February and March.
The rest: Kent State got the No. 3 seed and Toledo the No. 4 seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament, with the winner going to the NCAA tournament.