For Ohio State to make the NCAA next season seems impossible at this point, no? So, I agree w/your point. But few schools, though, will set the NIT as a goal. See my point as viewed through the eyes of Jae'Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Keita Bates-Diop. The NIT is unacceptable to them. Realistically, it might be the best that can get done by OSU but the players in the program will be disappointed if that, or less, occurs.
To have players simply improve and dig as far into the details of Holtmann's system as possible will "show" the story of how far this team can go for one season but will set the stage for further improvement in years to come.
Recall, in Matta's 1st season he took an unvarnished team to some good moments, aka a victory over an undefeated & #1 Illinois team at home in the last game of the regular season.
All that to say I boil this down to one item, Coach Holtmann's team just needs to manufacture energy for the program in how they play each and every game. Play hard and together through all ups and downs. Bring hope back to that miserable home court at the Schottenstein Center.
If Andrew Dakich can walk in and add positives however many minutes he plays, it will be big for his teammates.
Sounds good to me. I just want to enjoy a Buckeye hoops season again. Andrew Dakich will add leadership, I feel. Something OSU has been missing. Maybe he can teach the OSU guys responsible for winning games to get after it.
His presence in a Scarlet & Gray uniform has unknown texture right now. Can't wait for his first interview to explain his situation.