When Ohio State is on offense this season, a number of things are going to happen.
Aaron Craft is going to do what he does (namely penetrate and finish at the rim or dish it out when the defense collapses), LaQuinton Ross is going to be the No. 1 scoring option and the primary focus of the defense and Amir Williams is going to fumble away passes he should catch on the post.
That means the complementary pieces of Sam Thompson and Lenzelle Smith Jr. need to step up.
Granted, Thompson certainly has the chance to be more than just a complementary piece, but he and Smith must contribute if the Buckeyes want to have an elite offense.
Even if Ross does make the leap so many are expecting him to make this year, this offense still struggled far too often last season with the Big Ten’s best pure scorer in Deshaun Thomas.
It is a bit much to expect Ross to lead the conference in points per game like Thomas did, so Smith and Thompson have to take advantage of their opportunities when opposing defenses are focused on Ross and Craft.
It could be the difference between a Big Ten title and a fourth-place finish.