Early true road wins carry weight in March

Updated: November 17, 2010, 10:20 AM ET
By Andy Katz

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith watched as much of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon as he could while also cheering on his beloved Buckeyes.

As the chair of the NCAA tournament selection committee, he'll have to recuse himself in March when it comes time to discuss Ohio State's seeding in the field of 68. But his colleagues will take note of the true road win the Buckeyes picked up Tuesday night, a convincing 93-75 victory over the Gators at the O'Connell ...

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