Oho State Buckeyes’ Deshaun Thomas just got done dropping 24 points against the No. 11 Illinois Fighting Illini. What an amazing performance by one of the best scorers in all of college basketball, but there was one problem about that game, and that was the fact that the No. 8 Buckeyes got blown out 74-55. Will someone please help Thomas in the scoring department?
Sure, Ohio State was playing on the road, but that did not stop Thomas, who scored nearly half of the Buckeyes’ points. The next highest scorer for this team was Aaron Craft with 11 points. Craft is a great player and all, and his defense and point guard abilities speak for itself, but he needs to learn how to put the basket into the hoop more.
Sure, Craft scored more than his season average in the game, but he scored a lot of his points late when the Buckeyes were already getting killed. Still, let’s not just pick on Craft because the Buckeyes shot 33.3% from the field in this one. Not to mention, other than Lenzelle Smith Jr., Craft and Thomas, no other player scored more than three points.
Thomas is averaging 19.9 points per game on the year, Craft 8.3 points per game and Smith Jr. 11.6 points per game. There are only two Buckeyes averaging in double digits in points this year, which is not going to get the job done.
Sure, Ohio State has a great defense, but the team with the most points on the scoreboard at the end of the game does in fact wins the game. Thomas will score his 20 points per game, but someone has to step up because the Big Ten is as good as it has ever been this season.
You have the Indiana Hoosiers, the Michigan Wolverines and the Minnesota Gophers. Those are just the teams ranked in the top 10. Then there is Michigan State and, of course, Illinois who are ranked in the top 25.
Ohio State is clearly a good team, or else it wouldn’t have been ranked No. 8 in the country entering this game. The Buckeyes will compete for a Big Ten title, but someone has to help Thomas when it comes to scoring.