Mar 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes watch from the bench during the second half of the finals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament against the Wichita State Shockers at the Staples Center. Wichita State defeated Ohio State 70-66. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

[Link] Men's Basketball Preseason Poll, Buckeyes Round Out Top 10.

USA Today released a brief analysis about each team in the top 25. Here’s what they had to say about the Buckeyes:

Outlook: PG Aaron Craft will continue to wreak havoc defensively and get under the skin of opposing fans. Lenzelle Smith Jr. will continue to be solid beside Craft in the backcourt. But can the Buckeyes overcome the loss of Deshaun Thomas and his 19.8 points a game? If LaQuinton Ross can provide more scoring, coach Thad Matta’s name finally might be removed from the list of best coaches yet to win a national title. Opens: Nov. 9 vs. Morgan State.

Craft, Ross, and Smith will join Amir Williams and Sam Thompson in the starting lineup. We will continue the keep you up to date with the Buckeyes basketball team as the season approaches.



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