After picking up a huge 76-69 victory over Iowa on Tuesday night, it would appear we wrote off Aaron Craft and the Ohio State Buckeyes far too soon.
When the midseason Top 25 was announced for the Wooden Watch, it was just the latest time that Craft was given the benefit of the doubt. In the four games prior to the announcement, Craft had committed 19 turnovers while tallying just 19 assists. Ohio State lost all four games.
Yet there he was, allegedly one of the 25 players most deserving of eventually being crowned the best in the country.
Even his biggest fan knew people would argue he didn’t belong.
Bless his heart, Craft didn’t ask to become the most polarizing player in the game any more than Tim Tebow did. But people like Dan Dakich have been showering him with so much endless praise over the past three years that we simultaneously grew tired of hearing about him while expecting him to put up great statistics.
No, his numbers weren’t great prior to Tuesday night. But they were pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect from him over the last two-plus seasons.
On Tuesday night, though, Craft was Mr. Wonderful.
Craft had six assists, six steals and three rebounds to go along with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting—pretty doggone efficient compared to Marshall Henderson’s night of 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting for Ole Miss against Kentucky.
Aside from the rebounds, he led the team in each of those categories. He had undeniably his best game of the…