The scenery was much different. Instead of breathtaking seaside views, there were luxury suites. But there also wasn’t a slick surface.
Who'da thunk Value City Arena could outshine a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier?
After Ohio State’s picturesque season opener on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., was scrapped Friday night due to condensation on the court, the Buckeyes finally got their 2012-13 season under way – albeit 43 hours later than expected – defeating UAlbany, 82-60, in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
Ohio State’s scoring also took a respite. The Buckeyes missed their first five shots from the field and didn’t score until nearly three minutes had passed. But once Aaron Craft hit a three-pointer from the top of the key, it was only a matter of time before Ohio State took hold of the overmatched Great Danes.
Craft’s initial three was a harbinger of things to come. Already well known for his defensive skills, Craft set out during the offseason to improve on his offense and make himself a more all-around player. Consider the mission accomplished.
“After the season that was one of the biggest things we talked about,” Craft said. “We put a lot of effort in having guys shooting behind screens. My teammates have to trust me to make those shots, and I feel like I earned their confidence in the summer and fall. It’s not hard to knock down wide-open shots when you have great players around you.”
Craft finished with career highs in points with 20 and made three-pointers with five. He also dished out seven assists.