Of course, he also wants his Buckeyes to win in the tournament as they build momentum for the NCAA tournament.
Obviously, the approach is a good one to take. Not everyone realizes just how tough it is to win night in and night over the grind of a long regular season, not to mention the pressure that comes with being expected to win every time you take the floor.
It’s easy for fans to say a team didn’t play hard enough in a game or it didn’t show up for a game, but sometimes it’s just a case of not being a team’s night. Ohio State has had a few of those nights this season, but it appears to be playing its best basketball at the right time of the year, having rattled off five consecutive wins.
Aaron Craft is starting to show that he can be a consistent secondary scorer, and my guess is he will probably use the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year snub as added motivation in the tournament.
Craft is the best defender in the league. It’s not even a topic worth debating. Craft hounds the player he is guarding, refusing to leave him alone. His effort on defense is relentless.
So combine a motivated Craft with an Ohio State team that is expected to have fun, and what you get is the recipe for success in the Big Ten tourney.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.