Pat Glasser has his eye on the Ohio State basketball team. Good thing one of us does…
Even though deer hunting season is now upon us I am referring to another group of Bucks. Last week the defending Big Ten champs and national runner’s up Ohio State men’s basketball team started their 2007-2008 season with 2 solid wins. Beating Wisconsin-Green Bay and Columbia at the Schottestein Center. Two things led them to their 2 wins; good defensive pressure and good outside shooting.
This year’s young Buckeyes will always be reminded of what they do not have in 3 first round draft picks 2 graduated seniors that were a big part of last year’s run to Atlanta. What people are forgetting is that this year’s point guard (senior) Jamar Butler played that same position 2 years ago when OSU won their first of 2 straight Big Ten titles. He backed off last year and played a 2 guard, while letting Mike Conley run the 1. This shows the type of player, leader and person Butler is. Butler not only can start the break and run he also knows when to shoot, which he does very well. 2 other players returning from last year are Othello Hunter and David Lighty both are in the starting line-up this year and playing really well. Lighty had the best all-around game their first night with Hunter adding defense around the basket like last year’s All-American and first pick Greg Oden did.
Biggest surprise the first 2 games was the play of Kosta Kufos. The 7 footer from Canton, played amazingly well. He has great touch around the basket, can stretch and shoot from outside and also adds a defensive presences around the basket.
The Buckeyes travel to NYC to play at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night against #23 Syracuse. Early success in this tournament could be just what Ohio State coach Thad Matta needs to get this team ready for a battle next week against #1 North Carolina in Columbus as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
But before Thanksgiving and all the turkey Thad and his crew need to take care of business in the city that doesn’t sleep.