Since Thad Matta took over the reins in 2004, Ohio State basketball has enjoyed a level of sustained success unseen at the football-oriented school since the 1960s.
Matta has led the Buckeyes to two of the school’s 11 Final Fours (the 11 includes the forfeited 1999 appearance—sorry NCAA), five regular season Big Ten championships and three Big Ten Tournament championships.
Furthermore, he has had a player named to the AP All-American First Team four times and even led Ohio State to the NIT Championship in the one year an eligible Buckeye team failed to make the tournament under Matta.
With the Olympics right around the corner, what would a Dream Team of Buckeyes who played under Thad Matta look like?
Since Matta has traditionally played a short bench as the Buckeyes’ head man, here are five starters and two bench players who would constitute a Thad Matta Dream Team. Only the college versions of the players were considered.