Ohio State Buckeyes: NCAA Tournament Profile

Ross is the Bucks' top offensive threat (Shelby Lum/The Lantern).

Ross is the Bucks’ top offensive threat (Shelby Lum/The Lantern).

Ohio State Buckeyes (25-8, 10-8 Big Ten)-The Buckeyes have been less than impressive after a 15-0 start to the season that included an incredible comeback win over Notre Dame.

The Bucks are led by senior point guard Aaron Craft (9.6 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.5 spg), who sets the tone on defense and can be described as the Tyler Hansbrough of Big Ten point guards. He’s not the most athletically gifted point guard you’ll see–not by a long shot–but he’s gritty and knows how to win. He was a major reason the Buckeyes came back from 18 down to beat Nebraska in the Big Ten quarters.

LaQuinton Ross is a physically gifted player with great size (6-8) and guard skills. He’s a terrific three-point shooter (37.8%) and can create his own shot and get to the basket. He’s a potential NBA prospect. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg) seems like he’s been in Columbus forever, and adds veteran leadership.

The Bucks aren’t ever going to be confused for an offensive juggernaut. They rank 208th in points per game and in the 200’s in several offensive categories.


12th Points Allowed (59.8)

38th Steals per Game (7.6)

208th Points per Game (69.8)

211th Rebounds per Game (34.2)

147th Field Goal Percentage (.448)

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