North Carolina at Ohio State second round preview

The Ohio State women’s basketball team has made a habit of comebacks this season.

Seven times in their 33 games — 21.2% of the time — the Buckeyes have erased double-digit deficits and found a way to win. The trend began with their first game of the season, an 87-75 win over Tennessee after trailing by 12 points in the second quarter, and it reappeared periodically throughout the regular season before carrying over into the postseason. Ohio State pulled off the biggest comeback in Big Ten Tournament history to beat Indiana in the semifinals.

And against No. 14 seed James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the No. 3 seed Buckeyes had to do it again. A poor shooting performance in the first half led to the Dukes taking a 16-point lead in the second quarter, and though Ohio State eventually pulled away for the 80-66 win, it wasn’t the start-to-finish performance the Buckeyes were looking for.