Thad Matta simply reloaded after losing Evan Turner to the NBA. The trade was Evan for Aaron Craft, Jordan Sibert, Deshaun Thomas, J.D. Weatherspoon, and Jared Sullinger. The other 4 starters returned from last season. Obviously, the expectations were high coming into the 2011 season, but could anyone have expected Ohio State to be THIS good?
After starting 2-0 in the Big Ten with a win @ Iowa last night - the Buckeyes are sitting at number 2 in the polls, and in prime position for what many expect to be a possible #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes are absolutely incredible. Last nights' game marked the first time an opponent came within 11 points. The Buckeyes beat #10 Florida in Gainesville by 18 points. They pummeled Florida State by 14(58-44), and South Carolina by 22(79-57). Quite simply, they are on a roll.
What makes these Buckeyes so difficult to stop? It's the sheer volume of potential scoring threats. There are 5 guys on this team capable of dropping 20 on the opposition on any given night:Lighty, Deibler, Sullinger, Thomas, and Buford. Every player on that list has hit 20 points on at least 2 occasions this season.
What that means is that the opposition cannot concentrate on shutting down one player. Ohio State has the perfect mix. The pesky little ball handler(Craft), the shot blocker(Lauderdale), the post-man frosh supreme(Sullinger), the best shooter in the land(Deibler), the silky-smooth guy who has the NBA scouts salivating(Buford), and the dependable veteran who can score and still jump out of the gym(Lighty) - who so happens to be one of the best defenders in the country.
Ohio State is outscoring their opponents 82-52.
Last night was a double-dose of celebration as the Ohio State basketball and football teams both won big games.
This is the best OSU basketball I've seen in my 37 years on this planet.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
Here's the remaining schedule:
1-9-11 vs #21 MINN 2:00 PM EST
1-12-11 @ Mich 6:30 PM EST
1-15-11 vs PSU 5:30 PM EST
1-19-11 vs IOWA 6:30 PM EST
1-22-10 @ #20 Illinois 12 PM EST
1-25-11 vs #10 Purdue 9PM EST
1-29-11 @ NW 6PM EST
2-3-11 vs MICH 7PM EST
2-6-11 @ #21 Minnesota 2 PM EST
2-12-11 @ WISC 2 PM EST
2-15-11 vs #19 MSU 9 PM EST
2-19-11 @ #10 Purdue TBD
2-22-11 vs #20 Illinois 7 PM EST
2-26-11 vs IND TBD
3-1-11 @ PSU 9 PM EST
3-6-11 vs WISC TBD
The BigTen Tournament
The NCAA Tournament