Buckeyes Finish Out Like Champions

Finally – after losing to Florida 84-75 in last year’s NCAA championship game and to Texas A&M 70-47 in this year’s NIT pre-season title game – the Ohio State Buckeyes won a basketball championship by defeating the Massachusettes Minutemen 92-85 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. This victory secured the Buckeyes’ NIT crown.

Ohio State became the third team in history, besides Dayton (1968) and Kentucky (1976)  to lose in the NCAA title game the previous season, and win the NIT the next season.

Some people may say “Who cares?” But to finish out the season the way they did, and for an Ohio State team to win a championship, instead of keeping the reputation of a second place finisher, is good for the university.  Although they are not NCAA Champions, the Buckeyes can at least feel proud of their accomplishments. They should be especially proud of how they played and progressed at the end of the season.

As Jamar Butler quoted in an ESPN article, “This is what happens when you put an NCAA tournament team in the NIT.  Write that down and send that to the committee.” Butler finished his last college basketball game with 19 points and 8 assists. The Buckeyes proved their point and built momentum going into next year’s basketball season.  Ohio State has a great 2008 recruiting class and should be a pre-season top 25 team.

One Response to “Buckeyes Finish Out Like Champions”

  1. sportsman1 says:

    I agree that it’s good that the Buckeyes won

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