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Too much of a stretch?

NuthouseFan01's picture
August 8, 2014 at 3:39pm

Somebody please tell me if I'm overly optimistic here, but I believe this years team has the potential to make a Final Four run.  Although we will miss the intangibles and leadership Craft offered and the scoring of Q, this years team should be better than last years.

You could argue scoring will be an issue again this year but I don't see that being the case.  This freshman class has scorers, and if Thompson and Scott prove themselves as scorers, which they showed flashes of last year, then we could be dangerous on the offensive end.  Also, Kam Williams is flying a little under the radar but he can shoot the ball and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on this offense.  The only question mark on offense this year is the center position but Lee should be able to fill that void. I am not completely discounting Amir because I think he could definitely have a much better season considering the scoring will be more spread out, hopefully opening up some space for him to work down low. If Thad can get this offense to fire on all cylinders, which I believe he can, then I think we can put up some big numbers.  I also think we will have one of the best defenses in the B1G again, so I am not too concerned there.

IMHO, with the combination of experience, raw talent, and depth, I think this Buckeye team has the ability to make some serious noise...

Side note- It is a crime that we are not ranked in the preseason top 25.


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Earle's picture

I'll have what he's having.

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luckynutz's picture

Heres the biggest obstacle I see for them...losing the steadying force of Craft during the Big Ten season. This is the toughest basketball conference in College BBall. And their will be a lot of youth on this team. If Scott can take on that role, it will be huge. Yes, the young guys are very talented. But the level of physicality in this conference will be a big change. How they adjust to that will be a big key to how far they go.

NuthouseFan01's picture

100% agree with this.  Big Ten is the best basketball conference in the country and the physicality is unmatched.  It will be interesting to see how these freshmen adjust, and even Lee coming over from Temple... 


Better than 25-10 is not too far fetched. There's going to be growing pains but I truly believe 28 wins and another Sweet 16 run is realistic. Anything more than that is a bonus

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ITWASME's picture

Maybe not this year but definitely next year especially if D'Angelo Russell stays. Just think a starting lineup containing... Hell I don't even know who would start it's that good! so yeah next year is the special year I'd say Sweet 16 this year

GreatLakesMike's picture

The 2011 NCAA Championship match-up shows that even mediocre teams can win it all if they catch the breaks.

Yes, this team does have the potential. Realistically, I think they're a year away though.. 

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

UCONN was a 7 seed and won the whole thing. Anybody can make it to the Final Four, and OSU has the pieces to do so.

Buckeye fan from PA