Sure. But Horford was Florida's best player and OSU had no answer for him. Add to that the fact the Bucks were 2 for 21 from 3, or something of the like, and you can see that Thad Matta had his team right in position to win the title.
I'll say again, as I've said many times on this site - for many Ohio State fans, it is national championship or bust. That comes from our football culture. In college basketball, if you are not Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, or Kentucky, it is really difficult for that to be your standard of success. Whether people want to admit it or not, Ohio State is not a basketball blue blood. They are one notch below that, in my opinion, and ONLY because of Thad Matta are they in that position.
From 1977-2004 (post-Fred Taylor/pre-Thad Matta), Ohio State basketball was 489-357. That is winning at a 58% clip (17 or 18 wins, on average, in a 30 game season). The program won exactly 2 Big Ten conference championships during that time ('90-91 and '91-92). They advanced to 1 Final Four (since vacated), 1 Elite Eight, and 1 Sweet Sixteen in the time the tournament was increased to 64 teams. This was not an ideal landing spot for many, if any, big time coaches.
Thad Matta wins - he wins conference championships; he wins conference tournaments; he wins NCAA tournament games. He wins, and he does it with good kids and without any ounce of impropriety. He's had two years in a row, with an overvalued class of senior recruits, where the season was not ideal. OSU still won 49 games at a 70% winning percentage. These are bad years.