It’s time to wipe the slate clean for the Ohio State basketball team.
For as frustrating as this up-and-down season has been for Buckeye fans who had Final Four aspirations before the year began, a few wins in the NCAA tournament would cancel out the multiple losses to Penn State, the season-long rebounding woes, the clanked free throws, the heartbreaking loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament and the fact that this team only appears comfortable when facing a double-digit deficit.
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But the only way the Buckeyes are going to advance in the Big Dance is if they answer a number of questions. Here are five of them.
Can Ohio State make its three-pointers?
Ohio State’s three-point shooting, or lack thereof, becomes of particular concern if the Buckeyes beat Dayton and face Syracuse in the round of 32.
The Orange play a 2-3 zone almost exclusively, which means opponents will have to hit perimeter shots if they plan on walking away with a victory. Considering the fact Ohio State shot less than 33 percent as a team this year and doesn’t have a single player shooting better than LaQuinton Ross’ 36 percent, this could be an issue.
Asked if he was worried about this potential matchup, coach Thad Matta seemed to have the one-game-at-a-time mentality that is necessary in March, via Kyle Rowland…