COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a closer than expected win over Winthrop on Tuesday that saw Ohio State trail the Eagles five minutes into the second half, I asked Aaron Craft if a wakeup call was what the No. 7-ranked Buckeyes needed heading into their primetime matchup with No. 9 Kansas this Saturday (4 p.m., CBS).
Ohio State’s mild-mannered point guard dismissed my attempt at a positive premise immediately.
“If we need a wakeup call to get ready for this game, I don’t think we should be playing in it anyway,” Craft said. “Every team that we play, we try to take it one game at a time, this game was no different, Kansas is going to be no different either. If we’re not ready to play with what’s at stake, the past that we have, I’m not sure what type of basketball team we’re going to be.”
With conference play having yet to begin, it may seem as though Craft’s assessment of what the Buckeyes have on the line this Saturday is a bit of a stretch. But regardless of current rankings and program traditions, the recent history that Ohio State has had with Kansas is reason enough to justify the bullseye that the Buckeyes have placed on the Jayhawks’ backs.
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