Ohio State Basketball: Why OSU Will Rebound from Losses of Sullinger and Buford

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Ohio State Basketball: Why OSU Will Rebound from Losses of Sullinger and Buford
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The Ohio State Buckeyes had a successful season in 2011-12, posting a 31-8 record on their way to the Final Four, before a heartbreaking 64-62 loss to Kansas in the semifinals.

The Buckeyes will be without key contributors William Buford and Jared Sullinger this season, as critics have begun to question the team's ability to repeat the same level of success.

There is no question that the loss of Buford and Sullinger, who combined for more than 42 percent of the Buckeyes' scoring output last year, leaves major voids for head coach Thad Matta to fill. It's not every year that a coach is presented with the task of replacing a two-time All-American and one of the program's all-time leading scorers, but there is enough talent on the roster for Ohio State to be optimistic about the future.

Sullinger was a handful for opponents the last two seasons, as he produced more than 1,200 points and 700 rebounds for the Buckeyes, leading the team to a 65-11 record.

However, Matta has shown the ability to reload from key departures in the past. Here is why he will do it again after the major losses of two of the Big Ten's best players.

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