After Up-And-Down Season, Ohio State Not Invited to NIT

By Tim Shoemaker on March 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm
Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving.

Ohio State's 2016-17 season has officially come to an end.

Hours after the NCAA tournament field was revealed and it did not feature the Buckeyes for the second-straight year, the NIT field was also made public.

Ohio State was not one of the 32 teams in the field. The Buckeyes were not extended an invitation, NIT chairman Reggie Minton said. 

“I think we have two that jump out at you. Probably Ohio State and UNC-Asheville," Minton said on ESPNU after the field was revealed. "And both of those teams were tough decisions for us. They were worthy, but when we matched them up against the other resumes from the other teams, we just felt that they came a bit short.”

Minton also said no teams declined invitations to this year's NIT.

The Buckeyes are 17-15 on the season and lost to Rutgers on Wednesday on the very first day of the Big Ten tournament. They will not play in either the CBI or CIT.

This marks the first time since the 2003–04 season there will be no postseason for the Buckeyes when they were eligible.

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