Ohio State basketball: TBT preview for Carmen’s Crew

A team of former Ohio State basketball players will be playing their first-round matchup of The Basketball Tournament on Friday evening. We take a look at the team and how they should fare in that matchup.

Carmen’s Crew, a team of mostly former Ohio State basketball players, will once again take part in the TBT. Carmen’s Crew is once again a one seed in this tournament, as they have been the last three years. In fact, they won it back in 2019 in a superb run.

Unfortunately, the crew of former Buckeyes lost their first-round matchup a year ago in a shocking upset. Now, they are back and are looking to avenge that awful loss. Much like this year’s version of the Ohio State basketball team, they have a shot to be better than a year ago.

The team is stacked with former Buckeyes that were fan favorites while they were wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Everyone’s favorite wonderboy Aaron Craft is back after initially deciding to retire from basketball to go to OSU medical school. Now he’s back to lead the team at point guard.

Job Diebler is back as their three-point specialist. David Lighty, who is one of my favorite Buckeyes to ever play basketball, does all the right things to win games. He is reliable on offense and always is on defense. He will be the key for Carmen’s Crew to win their second title in three years.

William Buford is once again the squad’s best player. He was the TBT MVP back in 2019 when Carmen’s Crew won it all. They also have Keyshawn Woods, Lenzelle Smith Jr., and Shannon Scott in the backcourt. They are very heavy on frontcourt depth.

That frontcourt includes versatile forward Evan Ravenel and former first-round pick Kosta Koufos. This will be Koufos’ first time playing in the TBT. He had a long NBA career and now looks to help his former Buckeyes win a title.

The team is rounded out by Jeff Gibbs, who has played with the team every year, and Julian Muvanga from Miami (OH). This is a team that should contend once again to win the final prize of $1 million.