Six for Saturday: Ranking Thad Matta's Best Buckeye Teams
No. 5 -- 2005-2006 | 26-6 (12-4) | 1st in B1G
Thad Matta's second team may still be his best coaching job at Ohio State. He mixed in Jim O'Brien's holdovers and his own players and won the Big Ten pretty much out of nowhere. The Buckeyes had five players average double figures in scoring, and that didn't even include Matt Sylvester (7.4 ppg), who started 27 of the team's 32 games. It wasn't the deepest team, but having Ron Lewis (11.2 ppg) and Ivan Harris coming off the bench wasn't too bad.
Terence Dials (15.3 ppg) was the Big Ten Player of the Year, Jamar Butler was just coming into his own as a starting point guard, and J.J. Sullinger did whatever was asked of him. Had Je'Kel Foster not gone cold for the final part of the season, maybe this team wins a couple more games and they improve their seeding in order to avoid Georgetown in the tourney. They weren't the most talented of Matta's teams, but they were one of the toughest.
How would they have done against the 2016-2017 team? The 2005-2006 team was a collective unit who stopped being individual pieces of a puzzle when they were put together, which is pretty much the exact opposite of this year's team. I'll take the 2005-2006 team by between 12-25 points, depending on whether or not Foster and Sullinger are hitting their threes.