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Aaron Craft, Shannon Scott, Lenzelle Smith Jr., LaQuinton Ross and Marc Loving
When Ohio State is leading late in the game, there are a handful of things it wants to take care of to ensure victory.
For one, the Buckeyes need to avoid turning the ball over and allowing the opponent to climb back in the game with easy baskets. Craft, Scott and Smith are the best three ball-handlers on this team and should be able to take care of that.
Ohio State will also need to hit its free throws down the stretch when the opposition fouls to stop the clock. Loving leads the team in free-throw percentage at 82.6 percent and has looked very comfortable from the stripe even as a freshman. Craft will have the ball in his hands and is second on the team in percentage. He will likely be the one Matta wants taking critical free-throws down the stretch.
Finally, this lineup includes Ross and Smith, probably the best two scorers on the roster. So if a crucial basket was needed, there are options.