Aaron Craft Continues to be Key to Ohio State Buckeyes' Success

By Taylor Sturm
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Marquette Golden Eagles in a crucial game between two teams who no one really could predict in the 2013 – 2014 college basketball season. Marquette was coming off a great finish in the Big East last season while Ohio State finished with a disappointing exit from the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

After going into halftime tied, Ohio State scored 33 points to win the game 52 – 33. The Buckeyes relied on 13 points from Sam Thompson as well as 13 from Shannon Scott. However, their best player was Aaron Craft, who had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Craft is the best all around point guard in the NCAA. There are others that are better at each specific category, but there are very few who do everything quite as well. If Craft can play like he did against Marquette in Big 10 play, Ohio State could win the toughest conference in the country.

Next up for the Buckeyes is an easy game against the American University Eagles and they aren’t tested again until they play the Maryland Terrapins in early December. Maryland isn’t too strong of a team in the ACC, but will still put up a fight against Ohio State.  The Buckeyes cannot overlook this game.

Ohio State has what it takes to go into the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a top two seed, but they are going to have to win some tough games in conference play against teams like the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines. The somewhat easy nonconference schedule helps their case, but they have to stay focus or they could drop a game against a team like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Big 10 is going to be extremely competitive this season, and the Buckeyes will definitely compete for a top spot.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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