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Making a Case for the Ohio State Buckeyes Being the No. 1 Team in the Nation

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Reasons Why the Buckeyes Could be the No. 1 Team in the Nation

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The Ohio State Buckeyes most likely will not be ranked No. 1 in the nation when the season starts, but they have a good enough team to win a national championship this year. Although the Buckeyes will be playing in a very loaded Big Ten Conference this season, there are three reasons why the Buckeyes could be the No. 1 team to start the season.

Yes, it is true that either Louisville or Indiana will most likely be the best team entering the season, but Ohio State has a lot of upside to them. Many people thought that the Buckeyes would not be as good as they were last season, thanks to Jared Sullinger leaving for the NBA, but this team is very good. The Buckeyes did make it to the Final Four and all last season. One player does make a difference, but the Buckeyes won’t flop or anything like that with the loss of Sullinger.

Ohio State is, of course, losing Sullinger and William Buford, but it is also bringing back Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas. Both of these players are not only some of the best in the Big Ten, but the entire nation.

Buckeye fans should be in for a treat this season because their team will once again be one of the best in all of college basketball. Although Ohio State most likely won’t be the No. 1 team in college basketball to start the season, here are three reasons why the Buckeyes could make a case for being the top team.

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Buckeyes Defense

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Ohio State may not be the most lethal offense in college basketball, but it definitely has one of the best defenses in the game. Aaron Craft is one of the best defenders in the game to say the least.

However, Ohio State also has Amir Williams who will play a much bigger role this season. Williams only played 6.6 minutes per game last year, but he will do one heck of a job on defending the post in the upcoming season, when he is much more valuable to the team.

Thad Matta always puts together a great defensive team and this year should be no different.

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Ohio State’s Point Guard

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Aaron Craft is one of the best point guards in all of college basketball. He may have only put up 8.8 points per game last season, but his 4.6 assists per game wasn’t too shabby. However, what makes Craft so good is the fact that he plays mad defense, has amazing court vision, a high basketball IQ and he always puts his team first.

Craft really doesn’t have a flaw in his game. If he wanted to score the ball more, I am sure he could, but it is his job as a field general to set up plays and get his team involved. That is exactly what he does.

You will never see Craft not going his hardest on the court. Defense and offense, this guy has it all.

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One of the Best Scorers in the Nation

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Jared Sullinger leaving really opens the door for Deshaun Thomas. Last season, Thomas averaged 15.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. However, Thomas was able to average near 20 points per game in the NCAA tournament.

At 6’7’’, Thomas is one of the most unstoppable scorers in the game. He has amazing strength, which allows him to get to the hoop, he can knock down shots from behind the arc and he is near impossible to guard when he puts the ball on the floor.

Thomas has the skill set to be one of the most lethal scorers in college basketball this year. Oh yeah, he can also rebound the ball at a high rate.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes will have one of the best teams in the nation in the upcoming season, thanks to their defense alone. Although the Buckeyes make some great cases for being the best team in the nation, the most glaring issue is their lack of offense.

Sure, Thomas and Craft will certainly do their thing when the Buckeyes have the ball, but outside of those two players Ohio State will have to find some other scoring options. However, this does not mean that this team is horrible on offense because it is not.

Defense wins championships or that is at least what I am told. Ohio State will have one of the best defenses going for them all season long, along with a great scorer in Deshaun Thomas and one of the best field generals in the game in Aaron Craft. For those three reasons alone, Ohio State could certainly make a great case for being the No. 1 team in college basketball.

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