The Ohio State men’s basketball team went to the Final Four last season. But don’t let that lofty accomplishment fool you—there is/was room for improvement.
The Buckeyes hit a rough patch late in the conference season, appeared outmatched (save for a 10 minute stretch in the second half at East Lansing) against Michigan State and struggled to put away lesser teams in Gonzaga and Cincinnati in March.
Of course, this ultimately seems like nit picking for a team that won a share of the conference title and made it to college basketball’s premier stage. However, most conversations about the Buckeyes’ excellence began and ended with their defensive prowess.
If Ohio State has any room for improvement heading into 2012-13, it is primarily on the offensive side of the ball. The Bucks ranked 35th in points per game last season and struggled in a number of different categories.
While adjusting for pace of play in the sometimes glacier-like Big Ten moves the Buckeyes to seventh in Ken Pomeroy’s offensive rating system, there are still strides to be made.