This year's college basketball season will be a treat for many fans around the country. The Ohio State Buckeyes are primed for a title run, due a strong returning roster blending in with a great recruiting class.
The sky is the limit for the Buckeyes this season. Anything less than a title run will be looked at as a failure. With a pre-season ranking of No. 3 the Buckeyes have to live up to their billing.
Despite losing a strong senior class to graduation and the NBA, the Bucks are still a threat to win the National Championship. Like all College Basketball seasons, it is important to play your best ball in the month of March.
A prime example of that is the Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies started their run in the Big East Tournament and never looked back.
Last season, the Buckeyes played flawless basketball until they reached the Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen. There are many factors that may have contributed to the loss; lack of depth, fatigue and the Wildcats simply out played the Buckeyes down the stretch. Also, Jared Sullinger did not play his best against Josh Harrellson and William Buford was invincible.
The taste of defeat left a bad taste in the Buckeyes mouth and they have more than enough motivation to improve on last seasons 34-3 record. It is quite frightening to say that a team can improve after a season like that. This comes to show you that the group of kids that Thad Matta has are hungry and determined to reach their full potential.
It will take a collective effort to win the NCAA title. The road to New Orleans started last Friday for the Buckeyes against a lowly Wright State team.
The Buckeyes will face real tests in their non-conference games against Duke, Kansas and Florida. By playing against these teams, it will prepare them for the NCAA tournament. There is no better measuring stick by playing against three top teams from three of the most competitive conferences.
Memo to the fans: Fasten your seat belts, because it will be a great ride this season. Hopefully the train will stop in New Orleans.