The Ohio State basketball team entered the 2012-13 season with high hopes and a Top Five ranking, but it never really felt like it was a legitimate threat to win the national championship like it has in past years under coach Thad Matta.
Deshaun Thomas is a dynamic offensive weapon and Aaron Craft may be the best defender in the country, but there was no bona fide NBA talent such as a Jared Sullinger, Greg Oden or Mike Conley Jr. There was almost a “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” feel with this season’s Buckeyes.
Yes, the winning streak to close the year and the Big Ten tournament title were both impressive, but Ohio State wasn’t quite in the upper echelon of the elite like a Louisville. The unpredictable nature of the tournament granted the Scarlet and Gray a clear path to the Final Four nonetheless, but they weren’t able to take advantage of the golden opportunity.
So what will Matta and the Buckeyes have to do to take the next step…
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