Sam Thompson reached back with his right hand, snared the slightly off-target pass and dunked it in one forceful motion, providing Ohio State with its grandest slam. And far from the only one.
Even though Ohio State hasn’t fared all that well in Dayton since he’s been the head coach — never made it through the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament intact — it’s still the place for his fondest college basketball memory.
Iona knew it wasn’t going to get a second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. This year, the fourth-seeded Gaels (20-13) won their way in.