Ohio State Needs to Stay Aggressive on Offense

By Josh Walfish
Greg Bartram- USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes looked bad against the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon. The 81-68 loss was a bit misleading and the Hoosiers seemingly had their way on the offensive end. The Buckeyes’ offense was decent, but could not match the Hoosiers shot-for-shot. However, Ohio State looks good on offense is when they attack the basket and utilize their big men.

The issue of course is the Buckeyes shoot about 70 percent as a team from the line and only two players shoot better than 80 percent from the charity stripe. The aggressive offense does put Ohio State on the line a lot, but that’s what happens when a team relies on the big men as much as the Buckeyes do. Three of Ohio State’s five leading scorers are forwards and most of them do their best work near the rim.

The obvious focal point is Deshaun Thomas and his 20 points per game, but after him nobody is really lighting up the score sheet. Aaron Craft scored 16 points against the Hoosiers, but he’s not someone who will drop 15 points every game. LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. are more than capable of scoring 20 points on a given night, but they are not as consistent as Thomas.

If the Buckeyes commit to being aggressive on offense, the team should in theory become more consistent and help out Thomas a little bit more on offense. The Buckeyes will be better down low than many of their remaining opponents and they must use that to their advantage. Craft can drive and dish out to an open forward or the Buckeyes can utilize the low post. Either way it should help the Ohio State offense to be more consistent.


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