- Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider
The Ohio State Buckeyes have quietly risen to the No. 3 team in the land, despite a lack of signature victories and an early Christmas gift of a win courtesy of Notre Dame on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Thad Matta’s team has no peer when it comes to defense, especially on the perimeter with Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott. These guys guard like no one else in the country.
But the offense is a major concern. Everyone, for the most part, realized scoring would be an issue in Columbus this season. There’s no Evan Turner, no William Buford, no Jared Sullinger and no Deshaun Thomas.
The face of the program is clearly its rosy-cheeked senior floor leader, Craft -- who remains reluctant to shoot the basketball.
“I think too much,” Craft said. “It’s my biggest problem.”
Sullinger, who played with Craft with All-Ohio Red in the summertime and also for a couple of years at Ohio State, said Craft used to be known as a shooter. Craft said he shot 44 percent from beyond the arc as a senior in high school while averaging 27 points per game.
“I’m not sure what happened,” Craft said.
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