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No team asks as much from their star player as Ohio State asks from Deshaun Thomas.
Thomas leads Ohio State in scoring (20.8 ppg; No. 9 in the nation). Only one other Buckyeye, Lenzelle Smith Jr. scores at least double figures (10.1 ppg).
In fact, Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft, Ohio State's No. 3 scorer (8.7 ppg), score two points less combined than the 6'7" junior forward.
Thomas has a nice touch from beyond the arc. He hits 42 percent of his shots from distance. It seems out of balance, though, that Thomas shoots more than one-third of Ohio State's total three-pointers.
The fact that he has shot 43 more three-point shots than Smith Jr. (the Buckeyes No. 2 three point shooter) is surprising. And, if you add Smith Jr. and Craft's attempts together, they only have shot five more than Thomas.
Because Thomas nails almost 80 percent of his FT attempts, you would think that OSU head coach Thad Matta would do everything he could to help him take full advantage of that.
But because they rely on him to be their threat from three, he only takes less than four FTs per game.
Thomas also is the Buckeye's leading rebounder (6.6 rpg). He leads the team on the glass at both ends of the court (78 defensive and 35 offensive rebounds).
And finally, because Thomas does so much for Ohio State, it's hard to take him off the court. He leads the team in minutes played (33.6 mpg), which could become problematic as the Buckeyes fight through the grueling Big Ten schedule.
In the first five games in conference, Thomas is playing more minutes per contest (37.2 mpg) than his season average. This last weekend, he never came off the court in the Buckeyes' loss to Michigan State.
With all that he did in the rest of the game, it is ironic that Ohio State didn't get Thomas the ball in the closing seconds to attempt a three to put it into overtime. After all, he scored 28 of the team's 56 points.