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No. 8 seed shocking to Prahalis, Buckeyes

3/13/2012
Samantha Prahalis will be playing in her last NCAA tournament for Ohio State. Rick Osentoski/US Presswire

It's crazy to believe that March is already here and I'm about to play in my last NCAA tournament. I can't believe how fast the time has passed. It seems like yesterday I was just a freshman.

Tonight was Selection Monday. Our entire team headed over to Coach [Jim] Foster's to watch the show and talk to the media afterward. Coach Foster's wife, Donna, prepared an amazing dinner for us. It was good to be hanging out with my teammates -- I truly value all the remaining time I get to spend with them. After we saw the Stanford's ''Nerd City'' music video, we all joked about what the Ohio State version would look like (very different!! LOL!).

We all sat around anxious and excited to see where we would end up in the bracket. As we were watching, we realized we were going to end up in the last bracket that was announced. As the brackets were unfolding, we found out we were an eighth seed. I'm not going to lie -- we were pretty shocked. We were not shocked in regards to the teams we would have to play (every road to the Final Four is difficult), but it was the eighth seed that stood next to The Ohio State University that shocked us. After the initial shock, we settled down and realized we need to focus on a real tough Florida team. Our team is really excited to start playing again. It feels like it has been forever since our last game.

After losing four seniors last season, we weren't predicted to do very well this year, and we proved a lot of people wrong. We hope we continue to do that and make some noise in this tournament!

They don't call it March Madness for nothing.

Go Bucks!