COLUMBUS, Ohio Jamar Butler scored 20 points and spurred a 17-2 first-half run with three 3-pointers to lead Ohio State past California 73-56 in an NIT second-round game on Monday night.
The Buckeyes (21-13) were helped along by an emotional return to their old home court.
The game was contested before a capacity crowd of 13,276 at 52-year-old St. John Arena. The Buckeyes' home court, Value City Arena, was hosting a concert by Bruce Springsteen on Monday night, so the game was shifted a few hundred yards away to where they played their home games a decade ago.
The Buckeyes, fifth in the Big Ten, advanced to host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday night against Dayton.
DAYTON 55, ILLINOIS STATE 48: At Normal, Ill., Dayton went on a 17-0 second-half run to break open a close game en route to a victory over Illinois State.
Brian Roberts led Dayton (23-10) with 16 points.
VIRGINIA TECH 75, UAB 49: At Blacksburg, Va., A.D. Vassallo scored 18 points as Virginia Tech came out strong and never looked back, beating UAB.
The Hokies (21-13) will play a quarterfinal game at home Wednesday against Mississippi.
MISSISSIPPI 85, NEBRASKA 75 (OT): At Oxford, Miss., the Rebels' Zach Graham scored 10 of his 14 points in overtime and Mississippi beat Nebraska.
The Rebels (23-10) missed two shots at the end of regulation with the score tied at 70, but outscored the Cornhuskers (21-13) 15-5 in overtime to win.
Chris Warren led Ole Miss with 18 points, Eniel Polynice scored 15 in his return from a knee injury, Kenny Williams had 14 points and Dwayne Curtis added 10.