Being the Ohio State Buckeyes, you would think that they would play at least one powerhouse in their non-conference schedule, but that does not seem to be the case for the upcoming season.
Don’t get me wrong, both Marquette and Notre Dame could be good this season, but neither team is really a big boy in college hoops. With that in mind, both teams will be good enough to beat Ohio State.
The road game against the Golden Eagles will be a true test since Marquette will be one of the favorites to win the Big East this year.
Outside of the two opponents listed above, the Buckeyes’ next toughest challenge will be against Maryland. Those are three solid opponents, but there is no powerhouse on the non-conference schedule.
Luckily, Ohio State does play in the Big Ten, which will host a couple of top 10 teams. The Buckeyes should be one of them. However, a team needs to be tournament tested–at least in most cases–if it plans on making a deep run in the dance.
The team will be led by point guard Aaron Craft, but they will need a new go-to guy in the upcoming season to take that next step. They have Elite Eight and Final Four potential written all over them, which is why you would think that the Buckeyes would have a tougher out-of-conference schedule.
Whether the case, wins against Maryland, Notre Dame and Marquette would look great, but this program could have tried a little harder when it came to their non-conference schedule.