Prior to the game, after shootaround, and before any of the fans crowded the arena, Ohio State’s David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale and Nicola Kecman each received their diplomas in a makeshift graduation ceremony.
The team put this together because the four were scheduled to participate in winter graduation with the rest of the Ohio State students. However, with the NCAA tournament going on, the four Buckeyes had to miss the ceremony.
In front of coaches, teammates and family, the four wore their red Ohio State practice uniforms with silver sashes around their necks and black graduation caps. After each received their diploma and were acknowledged as graduates, they all threw their caps in the air just like they would have had they been with the rest of their classmates.
One of the funnier moments was when Lighty, who is from the Cleveland area, screamed like a 5-year-old girl when one of the pointy edges of a tossed graduation cap headed straight for him on its descent.