In a surprise to few, Ohio State participated in this year's postseason NIT. The Buckeyes' youth movement banked some additional minutes and experience while getting a chance to play in one of the more storied postseason tournaments in the process, but unfortunately fell at home to the Florida Gators, 74-66.
Though this had felt like Ohio State's most probable outcome for a number of months now, it's still disappointing for a team that without a Jae'Sean Tate injury could've had a shot at sneaking in as one of the final teams in the Big Dance.
The Buckeyes may be out of the littler dance, but there's still plenty of solid NIT action to come. Florida, as they proved in Columbus, is a pretty fun team to watch. And one seed St. Bonaventure is already out, proving that much like the main event, anything can and will happen in college hoops if you give it a chance.
Here's an updated NIT bracket and schedule: