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.