Conference: Big 10 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 6 seed in the South
The Buckeyes still have two things going for them. One is Aaron Craft and the other is that stingy defense. There are clearly more than two things that make Ohio State a great basketball team, though.
Regardless, Craft is one of the best defenders in college basketball, he is clutch and he is one heck of a leader.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: LaQuinton Ross (15.3 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: LaQuinton Ross (6.1 rpg)
Leading Passer: Aaron Craft (4.7 apg)
Bad Losses: Penn State (twice)
Good Wins: Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State
I still cannot believe Thad Matta‘s team lost to Penn State at home, but upsets happen.
This Buckeyes team does not have Deshaun Thomas to rely on in the dance this season and Jared Sullinger is long gone. Thomas was capable of scoring 20 points a game against the best defenses in college hoops.
LaQuinton Ross has emerged as a reliable scorer, but he is not Thomas. At least not yet. Maybe he will prove me wrong once the tournament starts.
The Buckeyes are going to have to play great defense and multiple players are going to have to come up big in the scoring department.
Ohio State has had a lot of success in the tournament as of recent and it is really hard to go against Aaron Craft. Any game could be his last, but you can bet that he will be playing his heart out every single contest and will probably be outworked by no one.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are dancing!