Ohio State's postseason for 2016 will come in the NIT, and will face the Akron Zips, who posted a 26-8 record, and just missed out on the NCAA Tournament after losing to Buffalo in the MAC title game.
The Buckeyes missed out on the NCAAs after a loss against the Michigan State Spartans in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, but have shown flashes of greatness at times, and hope to continue that into the NIT, finishing off the 2015-16 campaign strong. The Buckeyes haven't faced the Zips since 1989, which also happened to come in the first round of the NIT.
The Zips narrowly missed their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Keith Dambrot, who are currently ranked 84th in the KenPom rankings. This is the Zips fourth NIT appearance under Dambrot, who has the support of one of the greatest basketball players on the planet in LeBron James. The Buckeyes hope to turn LeBron back to their side by knocking out the Zips in Columbus.
How to watch
Game date/time: Tuesday, Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. ET
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: 97.1 The Fan