Thursday, April 03, 2008

Best of the Rejects

The Ohio State University men's basketball team defeated the University of Massachusettes (92-85) this evening to become known as the best basketball team rejected by the NCAA tournament selection committee. What an honor! :)

Seriously, what I saw of the game was hard-fought by both teams. My computer couldn't handle ESPN360.com's netcast very well. So, I was only able to watch the first and last five minutes. UMass took an early lead, but after losing the lead were unable to get it back. Although they hit some key threes toward the end, the Bucks were able to answer each time.

I'm happy for the team and especially for the seniors such as Jamar Butler, Othello Hunter and Matt Terwilliger. But now that they've won the tournament, it's a bit of a let down. What did they really accomplish? Yes, they finished strong and added several wins to their record (24-13), but having missed the NCAA tournament makes it somewhat of a hollow victory.

2 comments:

EggsnGrits said...

Well, when Vanderbilt won the NIT in 1990, we felt vindicated because that year several lesser teams were selected for the NCAA simply because they were ACC and Big Ten teams. That went for us, Saint Louis (whom we played in the championship game) and one or two other teams that year.

In your case, it seems that Ohio State got much better as the season went. I'd say that you accomplished being a much better team at year's end than you were at the beginning of the year.

P.S. You've got an extra "e" in Massachusetts.

Andy Rupert said...

From what I've read of the news write up, the team does feel vindicated. So, I'm happy for them.