Ohio State has been one of college basketball's most puzzling teams this season.

Are the Buckeyes a squad that raced to a 15-0 start and reached No. 3 in the nation?

Or are they the team that lost at home to Penn State, a club that came into that game with one Big Ten victory?

Is Ohio State the squad that beat ranked teams Wisconsin and Iowa on the road in impressive, back-to-back dates?

Or is this a group that lost at Nebraska, just 16 days after beating the Cornhuskers by 31 points?

Could Ohio State reach the Sweet 16 for a national-best fifth straight season?

Or could the Buckeyes collapse to the point they miss the tournament field completely?

Yes is the correct response to all of those questions, making this perhaps the most perplexing team Matta has had in his 10-year tenure in Columbus.

The 20th-ranked Buckeyes are 19-6 overall, 6-6 in the Big Ten. They have looked brilliant at times, pedestrian at others. The only thing consistent about them is their inconsistency.