Ohio State Basketball: Buckeyes Who Must Step Up Besides Thomas or Craft

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Ohio State Basketball: Buckeyes Who Must Step Up Besides Thomas or Craft
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To those who follow Ohio State basketball (or college basketball in general) it comes as no surprise that the two unquestioned leaders of the Buckeye team this season will be Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas.

Craft, who basically is the embodiment of every fundamental-loving high school coach’s dream, plays better defense than anyone in the nation, and Thomas can score at will from almost anywhere on the floor.

However, if Ohio State has any hope of returning to the Final Four or contending in the incredibly deep Big Ten, it is going to need contributions from more than just its two stars.

While Thad Matta is going to need career efforts from his top seven or eight players to continue posting the win totals Ohio State fans have become accustomed to, here are four Buckeyes in particular that need to step up in 2012-13.

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