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In years past, the inclusion of a slide for Thad Matta’s bench would have been virtually unnecessary. However, this season Matta has consistently utilized an eight-man rotation and has received productive minutes from three key bench players.
Evan Ravenel began the season as the starting center but selflessly gave up his role to the younger Amir Williams. That has proven beneficial to the Buckeyes because Ravenel is the higher-energy player and has given the team a spark off the bench a couple of times this year.
His six points and nearly five rebounds a night are both better than Williams’ totals, and he plays solid defense for someone who is somewhat undersized in the lane.
Shannon Scott has been a breakout player for the Buckeyes this year, and it is apparent that he has learned from Aaron Craft. Scott is tenacious on defense and can fly with the ball in his hands. If he can develop a jump shot he will be a formidable force in the future for Thad Matta.
No player has been more polarizing for Buckeye fans that LaQuinton Ross.
Some want him to play significantly more minutes because of his raw talent and the potential that drew the attention of so many college coaches in the first place. Others have grown tired of his inconsistency and turnovers.
The good news for all involved is that Ross has picked it up as of late. He scored a crucial eight points behind two threes in the Wisconsin game last week and has made noticeable strides on the defensive end.
If Ohio State hopes to hang with the likes of Indiana and Michigan down the stretch, it is going to need these three players to deliver.