Six for Saturday: Ranking Thad Matta's Best Buckeye Teams
No. 1 -- 2006-2007 | 35-4 (15-1) | 1st in B1G
This is really the only answer that fits here and not just because they got further than any other Thad Matta team. Greg Oden (15.7 ppg) and Mike Conley (11.3 ppg, 6.0 apg) were freshmen, but they were leaders from the outset. Each of them was able to control a game in their own individual ways. When the Buckeyes played Florida in the national title game, Oden was the most dominant player on the court -- when he was allowed to play -- and there wasn't a close second. Had Jamar Butler shot as he normally did that season, the Buckeyes would have won a national championship.
It wasn't just Oden and Conley, however, because Butler (8.5 ppg) ably moved over to shooting guard and was backed up by freshman Daequan Cook (9.8 ppg). Then you had Ron Lewis (12.7 ppg), who finished second on the team in scoring and first in pizza doughing. Ivan Harris was a great spot-up shooter for Conley and Oden to find. David Lighty started seven games as a freshman and was exactly the kind of glue every team needs. Power forward Othello Hunter was also a great find, proving himself a capable rebounder, defender, and jump shooter.
If there is one downside to this team it's how quickly everybody left for the NBA. The good memories, however, should trump the feeling of abandonment.
How would that team do against this year's Buckeye squad? The 2016-2017 team better hope the jumpers are falling, because there would be no scoring in the paint. I'm not sure this year's team gets into the 60s, and I don't see them holding the 2006-2007 team out of the high 70s.