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The narratives surrounding the Ohio State basketball team heading into the season were very well defined.
The Buckeyes would be suffocating on defense and make life incredibly difficult for opposing offenses, but their own scoring was going to be an issue. Deshaun Thomas is no longer around, meaning a half-court offense that was already only average at best was going to take a step back if someone didn’t step up.
Thus far, LaQuinton Ross, Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott and Lenzelle Smith Jr. have provided scoring at various times, but turnovers are keeping the Ohio-State-struggles-on-offense narrative alive. The team is averaging 13 a night, which isn’t exactly crippling, but it is the individual numbers that are worrisome.
Aaron Craft is coughing it up 3.5 times a night, while Scott has turned it over three times a game. Craft and Scott are typically very strong with the ball in their hands and have posted impressive assist-to-turnover ratios in the past, which means this pattern will likely decrease over the course of the year.
However, the turnovers from the backcourt thus far are certainly worrisome from Thad Matta’s perspective.
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