Ohio State’s 2012-13 season took a turn for the better when it recommitted to defense and spread the minutes accordingly.
Suddenly, defensive weapons such as Shannon Scott, who didn’t see much action in the first half of the campaign, were on the court for the majority of games, and the Buckeyes were shutting down some of the best offenses in the conference. Every key defender outside of Evan Ravenel returns this year in what should be an even better defense.
Aaron Craft is clearly the engine that drives the effort to stop the opposition, and he should be even more tenacious as a senior. By now he knows almost every angle to take in every on-ball situation, and he has to be considered the favorite for the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award.
His running mate Scott, along with quality defenders Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Sam Thompson, is back as well. Throw in the shot-blocking ability of Amir Williams (perhaps the one thing he does well) and the Buckeyes have a complete defense.
Freshman Kameron Williams could contribute to the full-court pressure with his quickness, and Marc Loving should help replace the lost rebounding production of Thomas and Ravenel.