Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft just seems to be in control of things when he's on the court.
When he had to sit after committing his second foul in the first half against Arizona, the Wildcats stretched a five-point lead to 11. When he returned, the Buckeyes immediately began cutting into the lead, eventually overcoming the deficit.
Craft has been more aggressive offensively in the postseason, looking to drive to the basket more often than he did in the regular season.
He had just four points in the blowout of Iona when his offense was not needed. But he had scoring outputs of 18 and 13 points in the next two games, both of which were decided in the closing seconds.
His three-pointer with two seconds left beat Iowa State, and he delivered the assist that led to LaQuinton Ross' game-winning three-pointer against Arizona.
Craft is also averaging 6.0 assists in the NCAA tournament.
Nonetheless, Craft's greatest value is on the defensive end. He held Arizona's Mark Lyons in check for the middle portion of Thursday's game. But Lyons helped get Arizona back in the game in the closing minutes and finished with 23 points, more than Craft typically allows.
Presumably, Craft will defend Wichita State point guard Malcolm Armstead, who is averaging 16.0 points in the Big Dance.