Commentary

Ohio State's easy road is over

Don't be fooled by the seeds in the Midwest; the Buckeyes could bow out soon

Updated: March 21, 2010, 7:30 PM ET
By Matt Giles | ESPN Insider
Evan TurnerFrank VictoresEvan Turner will see more pressure from Tennessee in the Sweet 16.

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When you watch Ohio State operate this season, you may be reminded of the classic children's book "Dick and Jane." See Evan Turner, see Evan Turner run, see Evan Turner shoot. Well, Spot never shot the ball the way the 6-foot-7 junior has: 19.9 ppg on 56.2 percent shooting on 2-point field goals. In fact, Turner is just the second guard ranked in Ken Pomeroy's statistical database to have an offense rating in the top 20 (110.5, 15th in the nation) and a 2-point FG percentage over 56 percent. (UNLV's Tre'Von Willis is the other.)

These points all illustrate how valuable the junior guard is to this Big Ten squad. However, the Buckeyes' dependence on Turner may ultimately cause their do-it-all engine to break down and leave OSU stranded on the road to the Final Four.

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