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"Craft's defensive prowess at Ohio State will leave an indelible mark on the school's basketball program long after he graduates. (Just ask Michigan's Trey Burke.) He's the Buckeyes' best defensive player since Chris Spielman roamed sideline-to-sideline for the OSU football program. It is a nice security blanket for Thad Matta to know that there is virtually no guard in the tournament that Craft can't slow down, if not shut down. The unexpected bonus for the Buckeyes is that Craft was their second scoring option behind Deshaun Thomas in the Big Ten tournament. In the semifinals, he torched the Spartans' interior defense for 20 points and 9 assists. That's critical because, on a team with far less offensive talent than he's played with in the past, his assist rate is nearly the same. He's getting into the paint off the dribble more than ever. And six times in the last eight games, his offensive efficiency rating has been a gaudy 126 or better."