COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State received a No. 1 seed in the 2008 National Invitational Tournament Sunday. The Buckeyes will tip off against UNC-Asheville at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Value City Arena.

“In postseason play every team is a quality opponent,” Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, said. “UNC-Asheville will be another difficult test for our basketball team. We are fortunate to keep playing and have another chance to play on our home court at Value City Arena. Like always, we hope our fans support us like they have all season.”  

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WBNS Radio 1460 The Fan. Fans also can follow the game live at

UNC-Asheville Quotes:

Eddie Biedenbach, head coach

“We are very excited about being in the NIT and this is a tremendous opportunity for our young men to play a team as rich in tradition as Ohio State. We were a little disappointed in losing the Big South Conference championship game (a 66-48 loss at home to Winthrop last Saturday) but we’re excited about getting into the nation’s oldest post-season tournament.

“I’ve always had tremendous respect for Thad Matta. He’s a great coach and does a super job coaching. We know we’re in for a very tough game on Tuesday but we’re looking forward to playing Ohio State.”

Bryan Smithson, senior guard

“This is a tremendous opportunity to play in the NIT. We’re looking forward to playing a great team at Ohio State. It should be great atmosphere.”