The Big Ten produced four of the top 12 offenses in the country last season according to Ken Pom, but you never would have known it if you watched enough Ohio State basketball. In a way, the Buckeyes personified the worst stereotypes of what the rest of the country believes the conference to be. There was little floor spacing or shooting, no attempt to run even with several great athletes and the general sense that the offense was always stuck in the mud. The Buckeyes started 15-0 and climbed as high as No. 3 in the polls before a lifeless offense finally started to take its toll. Ohio State failed to score at least 65 points in five of its conference losses on the way to a disappointing 10-8 mark during Big Ten play. When Ohio State fell to Dayton in a 6-11 upset in the very first game of the NCAA Tournament, few acted surprised that the country's No. 3 defense couldn't keep the No. 128 offense afloat. The challenge for the Buckeyes next year is reinventing the offense even after losing the the team's three leading scorers in LaQuinton Ross, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft. Ohio State could have argued it was addition by subtraction with a few new pieces set to enter the rotation, but those plans took a step back on Tuesday when freshman guard D'Angelo Russell didn't report with the rest of the Buckeyes as he waits for a standardized test score that would clear him to play. There's still plenty of time for Russell to become eligible, and the Buckeyes better hope he's able to be cleared. The 6'4 lefty has the type of pure shooting stroke that can unclog the middle of the floor and finally let Ohio State get some easy buckets.
Ohio State desperately needs D'Angelo Russell to be eligible
SB Nation | Jun 20