CLEVELAND – Ohio State's David Lighty wanted to keep the cap and gown in storage.
His graduation ceremony can wait.
Lighty is more interested in placing at the top of a different kind of class — such as helping the Buckeyes win a national championship.
"First of all, I'd like to say thank you to Ohio State University. I just graduated," he yelled in the locker room. "Now, boom, let's make a tourney run."
Before the game, Lighty learned he had passed his last final at Ohio State, his last hurdle to a degree in consumer affairs.
He helped the top-seeded Buckeyes ace their first tournament test, a 75-46 win over Texas-San Antonio in the second round Friday. This day was more about "Romp and Circumstance" for the Buckeyes in front of their home-state crowd.