OHIO STATE is unbeaten as it prepares to face the University of Kentucky in the national championship game.
The Wildcats and Ohio were tied on the scoreboard before a late 3-pointer by Kyrie Irving put Ohio State ahead for good.
The Buckeyes had lost to Kansas and Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes won their first-ever national title with a 71-69 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The last time Ohio State played Kentucky was in the 2009 NCAA Tournament Final Four, a 66-63 win.
The Ohio State victory over Kentucky marks the seventh straight time the Buckeyes have won a national championship in the sport.
They were one of three schools to beat Kentucky in a regular-season game before losing in the title game to Oklahoma.
Ohio State won its fourth straight national title last season, but the Buckeye offense fell short in the last two years.
Kentucky beat the Wildcats 85-74 on Saturday, the third straight loss for the Wildcats this season.
Kentuckys last victory came in the 2015 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
Ohio state is coming off a 78-66 victory over Florida State on Sunday.
The Wildcats had won four straight before that game.