OSU Sends Their Message

By Chris Fedor

The Ohio State Buckeyes sent a message to the rest of the country on Sunday night. They made it known that if any team wants to slay Goliath they better bring more than a slingshot and a rock, or they better at least bring their “A game.” The Buckeyes, along with the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Duke Blue Devils are the most complete teams in college basketball and it will take a Herculean effort to beat all three of them. When you look back at the two losses for Ohio State this year that is exactly what has taken place. Two players, Jordan Taylor and E’Twaun Moore, had career nights and carried their teams to victory on their own home courts.

George Mason, a Cinderella from the past, knew it would be tough to beat Ohio State and they would more than likely have to play their best game to take out the top seed in the tournament in an arena that turned scarlet for two nights in March. This isn’t about George Mason though. George Mason is a good basketball team. They rallied from behind to beat Villanova in the so-called second round for a reason and their 16-game winning streak and 27 wins didn’t happen by accident either. I will say it again; George Mason is a good team. The only problem is Ohio State is a great team. They wouldn’t say it in the locker room after the game, so I will say it for them. When Ohio State brings their “A game” and plays the way they did Sunday night, it doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the court.

Aaron Craft was the floor general and the sparkplug off the bench that he has been since the first day he walked onto campus. The Buckeyes were down 11-2 early when Thad Matta turned to Craft. At that point, the Bucks went on a 50-15 run. Coincidence? Not at all. All Craft did was bring his feistiness to the defensive end of the floor and dish out an Ohio State tournament record 15 helpers.

David Lighty hit all seven of his three point bombs and scored 25 points in front of his friends and family. Not to mention he was far too much for the Patriots to handle when he decided to slash to the basket.

Jon Diebler did what he always does: light up the scoreboard from downtown.

William Buford did anything he wanted after a slow start en route to an 18 point evening and caught fire to kill mason’s will early in the second half.

And of course Jared Sullinger was a beast in the paint and on the boards like he has been all season long.

Ohio State shot nearly 62 percent from the field, hit 16 of their 25 three pointers, had a plus-seven margin on the boards, and had 22 assists to just 8 turnovers.

I asked every player in the locker room what message they sent tonight with their win. Dallas Lauderdale said, “We’re on a mission.” It’s clear their mission won’t be complete until they’re cutting down the nets in Houston and if they play the way they did against George Mason Sunday night that is exactly what they will do.



1 Comment

  1. Nice detail C-Fed! Please make sure Aaron reads it and stops embarassing himself blasting the Buckeyes!!!

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