I, like everyone on here is bummed about the NIT but after reading this article I started thinking of how good we have it with Thad Matta the last 11 seasons.
The highlight of my 'Eldon Miller' years was suffering through the loss to Xavier in the NIT in the Cincinnati Gardens. We made it to the Sweet 16 a few times but Miller won just 59% of his games. We found out the next three seasons under Gary Williams that the Buckeye head coaching job at the time was just a stepping stone to a better job. He too won just 59% of his games. Randy Ayers had a few good years and a few B1G titles but I can't forget watching in person as Miami waxed us in St. John Arena. Ayers won just 53% of his games. The NCAA (with a lot of help from O'Brien himself) wiped out anything of note from Jim O'Brien's tenure. After the NCAA cleared the slate of any game that Boban Savovic played in O'Brien won just 47% of his games. Even if you count the O'Brien years along with the previous three coaches you get total of 1 NIT championship, 4 B1G titles, 3 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Great Eight, and 1 Final Four. That's in 28 seasons!
In the 11 years with Matta at the helm he has won 74% of his games and we have 1 NIT championship, 5 B1G regular season titles, 2 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Elite Eight, 2 Final Fours including a runner up, and an NIT championship.
Thank God for Thad Matta!