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Nobody is going to mistake Ohio State’s Big Three in 2013-14 for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh—especially on offense—but the Buckeyes are going to need consistent scoring production from Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson.
For a team with such high expectations heading into the year, offense could be an issue.
Many are working under the assumption that Ross is going to seamlessly replace Deshaun Thomas’ conference-leading scoring production, but Ross has never been the No. 1 option in a collegiate atmosphere. There will likely be some level of growing pains.
Thad Matta is going to need Craft to continue the offensive push he made in the second half of last year by driving to the basket more and not relying on his jump shot as much.
Furthermore, Thompson should benefit from the defensive attention that Ross should draw and could even lead the team in scoring by the end of the season.
If the Buckeyes are going to win the Big Ten, these three players must provide plenty of offense in tightly contested games.
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