UPDATE, 1:14 p.m. ET, May 29: Ohio State beats Michigan State, 7-3. It'll be the Buckeyes vs the Iowa Hawkeyes for an NCAA Tournament berth and the Big Ten crown.
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UPDATE, 10:01 p.m. ET, May 28: The Buckeyes beat Michigan State in extra winnings, 3-2, to setup a do-or-die de facto semifinal Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET. The winner gets Iowa for the Big Ten title, Sunday, at 2 p.m. ET. The loser goes home.
Let's Go Bucks:
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UPDATE, 6:19 p.m. ET, May 28: Ohio State beat Michigan after their latest matchup with That Team Up North was delayed by weather just like the Iowa game before it. Now they need to beat Michigan State twice and Iowa to claim the Big Ten Tournament crown. They may need to win all of them to make the NCAAs:
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UPDATE, 10:31 a.m. ET, May 28: This has been one of the craziest Big Ten Tournament's in recent memories. After multiple rain delays have messed up start (and finish) times for the baseball Buckeyes, here's where we stand heading into Saturday:
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UPDATE, 10:07 a.m. ET, May 26: Here's the latest Big Ten Tournament bracket after a wild first day in Omaha:
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Ohio State concluded their regular season with another clutch victory over a ranked opponent, a 6-5 victory over the Big Ten regular season champions, Minnesota. Ohio State's NCAA Tournament fate is still unclear, but the Buckeyes are still postseason bound, and they'll participate in the Big Ten Tournament, hoping to solidify their postseason profile. They'll start against the most familiar of foes, the Michigan Wolverines.
Ohio State is the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, and will face fifth seeded Michigan at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on BTN. Also on Ohio State's side of the bracket are Minnesota, who earned the top seed in the tournament, and eighth seeded Iowa. Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State and Nebraska will compete on the other side of the bracket.
The Big Ten baseball tournament is a double elimination tournament. If Ohio State is able to beat Michigan again, they'll face the winner of the Minnesota-Iowa game. If they lose, they'll face the loser. The full bracket can be found below.
As of late Saturday night, Ohio State has a sterling 38-17-1 record, but an RPI of only 60. That's a massive improvement of where it was only a few weeks ago, but it likely isn't good enough to earn a tournament bid. If Ohio State is able to pick RPI boosting victories over Michigan and Minnesota again though, their computer profile may be rehabilitated enough to sneak in, even without winning the tournament.
The Buckeyes are a combined 7-2 against Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa, winning a series against each program. Ohio State is also a perfect 3-0 against Michigan this season, sweeping the series in their final Big Ten regular season homestand.
Here's the full Big Ten baseball tournament bracket. Here's hoping that Ohio State can shake off some of the disastrous finishes from the last few seasons, continue their hot streak against quality competition, and a find a way to extend their season.