While Buckeye Nation’s collective attention has been squarely focused on the debate between Ohio State and Auburn for the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings (where the Buckeyes’ loss from seven years ago to Florida somehow holds more weight than the Tigers’ loss three months ago to LSU in the eyes of some), the basketball team in Columbus has quietly climbed to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Thad Matta’s team has struggled at times on offense, but it features the top defense in the land according to Ken Pomeroy’s pace-adjusted defensive efficiency rankings and will contend for a Big Ten title because of it.
Matta has utilized his bench often this year, but let’s dig into the stock watch for the starters for the undefeated Buckeyes right now.