Six hours before facing George Mason in the third round of the NCAA East Regional, four Ohio State players received their undergraduate degrees in a ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena.
David Lighty (family resource management), Jon Diebler (marketing), Dallas Lauderdale (communication) and Nikola Kecman (aviation) each were awarded their diplomas by senior associate athletics director Miechelle Willis.
Lighty said last week he plans to walk at the spring commencement so his family could see him.
"I'd rather be here,'' he said.
Women's basketball player Jantel Lavender was also among those who graduated. In football, the list included Brandon Saine and Dexter Larimore.