Jon Diebler will be missed next season.
The often-criticized Buckeye put on a clinic tonight as he tied the record for most three-pointers made in a game with nine.
Diebler finished with 29 points, a game high.
The Buckeyes have seldom been challenged with their schedule so far this season and tonight was no different; Ohio State cruised to an 83-55 win over Florida Gulf Coast after going into the half up 42-16.
Jared Sullinger struggled after his record-breaking performance against IUPUI; Sullinger finished the night with only 11 points and three rebounds.
William Buford is now Buckeye No. 47 to score at least 1,000 points in his career. He did it by pouring in 17 and was the only other Buckeye in double figures outside of Sullinger and Diebler.
Aaron Craft continues to impress, adding eight points, seven assists and six rebounds. His continued improvement makes the Buckeyes increasingly dangerous as the season goes on.
Deshaun Thomas continues to struggle since being injured in the Florida State game. He finished with two points and six rebounds during his 21 minutes tonight. Thomas needs better production out of the time he’s given, but tonight his shots just wouldn’t go down.
Jordan Siebert got some limited action and looked decent, adding three points and an assist during his 12 minutes. Siebert has the potential to be a spark off the bench for Ohio State this season, if given the opportunity.
The Buckeyes need to continue to develop their depth this season during this soft part of their schedule. Eddie Days, J.D. Weatherspoon and Lenzelle Smith Jr. all saw some very limited action tonight.
As the season moves into conference play, experimental play will be a luxury and knowing what the bench is capable of is an extremely valuable tool for Thad Matta to have.
Injuries and foul trouble have a habit of wrecking successful seasons, and last season the Buckeyes had their fair share of both before going into April.
Having at least semi-seasoned players waiting on the bench is never a bad thing to have over a course of a season.
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