Ohio State Basketball: 6 Ways OSU Can Rebound from Losing Sullinger and Buford

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Ohio State Basketball: 6 Ways OSU Can Rebound from Losing Sullinger and Buford
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Losing two key starters from a Final Four team leaves Ohio State facing a stiff challenge in 2012-13. Departing standouts Jared Sullinger and William Buford combined to account for 32 points a game—or 42.6 percent of the entire Buckeye offense last season.

The burden for replacing that lost scoring will fall largely on the shoulders of combo forward Deshaun Thomas. Already a versatile scorer who finished second on the team with 15.9 points a night, Thomas will need to expand his offensive game in a variety of ways as he becomes The Man in Columbus.

Read on for a look at a key skill Thomas needs to add, along with five other changes that will help the new-look Buckeyes stay in the Big Ten title hunt next season.

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