2013 NCAA Tournament: No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes Putting Up Big Numbers

By Trevor Lowry
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes have not been the highest scoring team in the country all season long, but they have all of a sudden found an offense in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Although playing in the tough Big Ten Conference probably has something to do about it, the Buckeyes struggled to score this year, averaging 69.9 points per game (110th in the nation). In the Big Dance, Ohio State is putting up 86.5 points per game, which is actually the most in the tournament.

Deshaun Thomas has been doing his part, like he has done the entire season, by scoring 24 points against the No. 15 Iona Gaels and 22 points against the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones.

Sam Thompson was the difference against Iona, though, scoring 20 points in the game. The Buckeyes were able to score 95 points against the Gaels.

Against Iowa State, Ohio State scored 78 points, with Aaron Craft coming up big with 18 points and, of course, his clutch three with barely any time left. LaQuinton Ross also came up big, scoring 17 points against the Cyclones.

Ohio State has desperately needed a second scorer on its team all season long and it is getting it at the right time. Other than Thomas, one other player is averaging in double figures in points. Craft is averaging 10 on the dot and Lenzelle Smith Jr. isn’t too far off the 10-point mark, putting up 9.4 points per game on the year.

For a team that has struggled all season long when it comes to scoring points, the Buckeyes have been very impressive in the scoring department in the Big Dance, which makes them very capable of going on a Final Four run if they can keep this up.

Ohio State will take on the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats next in the Sweet 16.


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