Buckeyes Capture NIT Championship

Ohio State tops Massachusetts, 92-85, after missing out on NCAA title last year
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2008 10:06 PM CDT
Ohio State's Dallas Lauderdale, right, hugs coach Thad Matta after Ohio State beat Massachusetts 92-85.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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(Newser) – A year removed from a loss in the national title game, Ohio State has a championship trophy to carry home. Never mind that it's from the NIT. Jamar Butler and his buddies couldn't care less. Butler had 19 points and eight assists in his final college game, leading the Buckeyes to a 92-85 win over Massachusetts on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes lost to Florida in the Final Four last year in Atlanta, but never dwelled on a snub by the NCAA selection committee that kept them from playing for another trip there. They dominated each of their four opponents on the way to New York, then had enough at the end to withstand every run the Minutemen could muster.