Six for Saturday: Ranking Thad Matta's Best Buckeye Teams
No. 2 -- 2010-2011 | 34-3 (16-2) | 1st in B1G
You look at the photo above and can almost hear the angelic music playing in the background. As far as hallowed teams go at Ohio State, this one is right up there. In fact, if you want to tell me this is Thad Matta's best team, I won't put up a significant argument. Just look at that team.
They spent the entire season ranked in the top four, and much of the season ranked No. 1 overall. Jared Sullinger (17.2 ppg), Deshaun Thomas (7.5 ppg), and Aaron Craft (6.9 ppg) were freshmen, and they definitely bolstered a lineup that returned William Buford (14.4 ppg), Jon Diebler (12.2 ppg), and David Lighty (12.1 ppg). Craft played 30 minutes a game off of the bench, Diebler hit 50% of his three-point attempts, and Lighty became the first 30-year old collegian to ever average more than 10 points per game in a season.
After two blowout wins in the NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes fell 62-60 to Kentucky in the final moments, which is still a point of disbelief for many Ohio State fans. That game alone may have created a bad taste in the mouth of some fans for this team, but this team was loaded with talent and effort, and right now that's something that should never be brushed aside.
How would this year's team do against the 2010-2011 team? Not well. I see one of those games where Diebler hits like eight threes and Craft gets six or seven steals. The one thing that this year's team would have going for it is that sometimes the 2010-2011 team would allow lesser teams to stay with them. When it mattered, however, the 2016-2017 team would be outdistanced by 12-18 points.