What has been obvious for some time became official Sunday evening. Ohio State will not be playing in the NCAA Tournament.
That wasn't in doubt heading into the tournament's selection show Sunday, but the Buckeyes did not hear their name called among the 68 teams selected for college basketball's top postseason tournament for the first time since the 2007-08 season, snapping a seven-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances that was the nation's seventh-longest active streak and the longest in program history.
Instead, the Buckeyes received a No. 3 seed in the 32-team NIT and a first round game against No. 6 Akron. The Buckeyes will host that game Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
After being bounced from the Big Ten Tournament in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Michigan State Ohio State finished 20-13 on the season. The last time the Buckeyes went to the NIT they entered the tournament 19-13 on the season before winning five straight games to capture the 2008 NIT championship.
The 2016 Buckeyes join the 2008 edition as the only two teams in Thad Matta's coaching career to miss the NCAA Tournament when eligible for the postseason.
Ohio State, which finished seventh in the Big Ten after sixth- and fifth-place finishes the previous two seasons, has not won a a Big Ten regular season or tournament title since 2013. Matta has coached teams to either a tournament or regular season title six time in his Ohio State career, doing so for four consecutive seasons from 2010-13.