Points are exactly what we’ve come to expect from Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer. It’s why I’m not entirely impressed or surprised with his scoring prowess, even if he did score 25 points in Tuesday’s win over Wisconsin, the league’s stingiest defense.
Instead, it was his four assists that have me far more intrigued.
For months, all we’ve heard is that Ohio State lacks a complementary scorer. Who’s going to step up? Deshaun Thomas’ scoring and Aaron Craft’s defense just about sums up the Buckeyes, at least perception-wise.
But as Tuesday night proved, the Buckeyes don’t need a complementary scorer as long as Thomas is passing the ball. I shouldn’t say don’t need one. They do need one. It’s just that Thomas’ passing makes it come organically.
Defenses like Wisconsin’s have doubled down on him all year, and instead of hitting a man cutting to the hoop or making an extra pass from the…
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