There was a point during the 2012-13 Ohio State basketball season that the Buckeyes looked like a mediocre squad that was destined for a first weekend exit in the NCAA tournament.
Blowout losses at Illinois and Wisconsin, paired with close defeats to almost every other talented team on the early schedule, had Buckeye Nation counting the days until spring football. One eight-game winning streak and Big Ten tournament championship later, and it is Final Four or bust for the men in scarlet and gray.
While Thad Matta’s team was mired in inconsistency and plagued by frustrating losses, there was a mantra repeated ad nauseam: If a supporting cast would emerge and a No. 2 offensive option would step up behind Deshaun Thomas, this could be a dangerous group.
The talent level was clearly there, and the defense was still suffocating on all except the rarest of nights, but offensive ineptitude was gradually ruining the season.
However, the eight-game winning streak has revealed some…
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