Can the Ohio State Buckeyes Win Without Evan Turner?

Sean JacksonContributor IIIDecember 8, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the California Golden Bears during the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic on November 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ohio State defeated California 76-70.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Evan Turner will be out eight weeks with two cracked vertebrae. Turner was averaging over 18 points a game and 11 rebounds.

Turner is a game changer. Opponents had to pay special attention to him, which created open looks for other players. His ability to rebound and create plays will be missed. Still, the Buckeyes have encountered injuries in the past and rebounded well.

Can other Buckeyes step up and keep this team going in Turner's absence?

Turner will miss the Buckeyes' showdown with No. 20 ranked Butler this Saturday, as well as the first month of Big Ten play. Expect other Buckeyes like P. J. Hill , Jon Diebler , and David Lighty to step up. Each brings capable skills to the table and can keep the Buckeyes a contender while Turner heals.