Friday, April 4, 2008


Well, Ohio State can’t win the BCS Championship or the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship, but they can beat UMass to win the NIT 92-85.

A year removed from a loss in the national championship game, the Buckeyes have a trophy to carry home—even if it’s not the one they had wanted.

Jamar Butler had 19 points and eight assists in his final college game, which culminated with the kind of raucous victory celebration inside Madison Square Garden that he couldn’t have last year in Atlanta.

The Buckeyes lost to Florida in the Final Four, and a snub by the NCAA selection committee kept them from playing for another trip there. They rebounded to dominate each of their four opponents on the way to New York, then had enough to withstand every UMass run.

“This is what happens when you put an NCAA tournament team in the NIT,” Butler yelled, surrounded by his teamates Thursday night. “Write that down and send that to the committee.”

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Ohio State's Kosta Koufos holds up the most outstanding player award after Ohio State beat Massachusetts 92-85 in the final of the NIT basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, April 3, 2008. Koufos scored 23 points. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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