Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) drives against Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Kansas Non-Conference Basketball Preview: Ohio State

The seventh-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, and fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes face-off on Dec. 22nd in Columbus. Last season, Ohio State posted a 31-8 record overall, including a 13-5 mark in Big 10 play. The Jayhawks eliminated Ohio State in the final four of the NCAA tournament last year.  Gone are stalwarts like Jared Sullinger, and William Buford. Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas return to key this squad.

Last season, Thomas was second on the team in scoring and rebounding to Sullinger. Now it is up to the junior forward to step up and grab that leadership role. Thomas as a sophomore averaged 16 points and five rebounds per contest. Craft, the returning starting point guard is a master with the ball, averaging five assists a game. Craft, may need to increase his scoring average which was nine points per game last season. Ohio State will also count on a key reserve from last season, Lenzelle Smith, Jr. to step up. Smith, Jr. averaged seven points and five rebounds in around 25 minutes of play as a sophomore.

The Buckeyes will be looking to avenge their final four loss to Kansas last season here. Expect a classic game, between two of the best programs in the nation.


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