Depending on your perspective, the 2011-12 Ohio State basketball season ended successfully or in gut-wrenching fashion.
On the one hand, the Buckeyes reached their 11th Final Four, good enough for sixth all-time. But on the other hand, they squandered a double digit lead in the Final Four game against Kansas and left fans hoping for a shot at powerhouse Kentucky wondering what could have been.
With the losses of Jared Sullinger and William Buford, some prognostications do not see the Buckeyes as a top ten team next year. However, even if Ohio State may not appear poised to return to the Final Four, there are plenty of reasons for optimism among Buckeye Nation.
In fact, here are 10 reasons why Buckeye fans should be excited for next season.