MADISON, Wis. – Ohio State will welcome back its 1960 national championship team, including Bobby Knight, when it hosts Illinois on March 5.


It will mark the latest high-profile return for Knight, the former Indiana coach who returned to Assembly Hall on Saturday for the first time in 20 years to a rousing ovation.


"It was hard not to watch it, and a pretty special moment for anybody that’s grown up following college basketball," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said shortly after a 70-57 loss at the Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon. "It was a pretty special, touching moment. Glad it happened, from my perspective."


He’d been back to his alma mater more recently when Knight returned with his teammates for the 50th anniversary of the lone national championship in program history. He also returned in 2011 and was honored by the university individually when the Buckeyes hosted a Lamar team coached by his son, Pat.


In 74 games for the Buckeyes, Knight averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds and played in the shadows of the likes of Jerry Lucas and the late John Havlicek.


The game will be senior day for Ohio State, where it will honor current players Andre Wesson and Danny Hummer.


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