Ohio State Basketball: The Buckeyes Thrive Under Challenging Circumstances

Sean JacksonContributor IIIJanuary 26, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Guard Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sets on defense against the Florida Gators November 16, 2010 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Buckeyes looked impressive in their 87-64 win over Purdue. In their toughest game to date, Ohio State played its best game. They were strong in all phases and seemed to shock Purdue from the start.

The result was an impressive performance that shows why the Buckeyes are the No. 1 team in the country.

Last night’s performance was indicative of the Buckeyes. They play within their defined roles. Take Aaron Craft for example, he has been the most pleasant surprise this season.

He has a natural ability of creating plays off the dribble. His playmaking abilities allow others a chance to make huge plays. While he only averages seven points a game, it’s his ability to create that has added versatility to their offense.

His defensive skills should also be recognized. He has gone against some of the best guards in the Big Ten and has shut each down.

It’s also apparent the ranking has no effect on the Buckeyes. Even though they know they are going to receive each team’s best shot, they seem to be having fun and thrive in challenging circumstances.

This is a testament to the team’s coaching, leadership and unity. If they can maintain this confident persona, they’re going to be tough to stop.