Hot Take Alert: This Historical Ohio State Basketball Team Would Be Fun to Watch

By D.J. Byrnes on February 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm
This team is nasty

Ohio State's men's basketball team doesn't play until Sunday, but thanks to the efforts of Joseph Milrod of, we now have a fun thought experiment to pass the time until then.

Milrod compiled a list of historical collegiate teams, and while the usual suspects like Kentucky and Duke are borderline illegal, Ohio State's team is nothing to sneeze at either, as you can see above.

I wouldn't do it, but there's an argument to be made for Jim Jackson's inclusion over Michael Redd. What I might do, due to Greg Oden's alien-like collegiate abilities to protect the rim, would be to shift Funderburke to the bench, Hondo to the four, and play Redd at the three and Jackson at the two.

Milrod, after weighing the crowd's cries, shifted to this lineup:

That's spicy

Orrrrr, you could do that too. (I like this game; I like this game a lot.)

While it's fun to tinker with hypotheticals like, "How many games would that latter group win if Byron Mullens was swapped with Jerry Lucas?" or "Could Michael Redd have averaged 70% from three-point land due to all the open shots he'd have?" one thing is clear: Ohio State has a bevy of lineups that would wax Michigan's historical lineup of Jalen Rose, Glen Rice, Jamal Crawford, Rudy Tomjanovic, and Chris Weber.

And in the end, isn't that all that matters?

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