I'll be the first to admit, I've been tough on Thad Matta in the past. Not anymore.
The 2012-2013 team represents the best Ohio State Basketball coaching job I've seen in my 29 years of life. This is a team with one legit star and a bunch of role players, and they're on the verge of the Final Four. If this was Jim O'Brien we have no chance. If this was Randy Ayers we'd be at home right now.
The fact is that without the mastery of the Wizard of Woody's World, we'd likely be intently watching the NIT with faint hopes of a Jamar Butler "that's what happens when you put a tournament team in the NIT" moment. This team has no business being this far into the tournament; in fact, 1.5 months ago we barely deserved to be IN the tournament.
But now? Now it will be a let down if we don't make the Final Four.
This is where I realize it is time to collect my thoughts and embrace that this is the golden age of Ohio State basketball. I lived through Randy Ayers, Jim O'Brien and the like.
It's time to embrace what we have and relish it for what it is: an era unrivaled since a man named Lucas crashed the boards of St. John Arena.