In March of 2014, Aaron Craft played his last collegiate game with Ohio State. He missed a game-winning floater and laid flat against the hardwood, knowing how close he was to moving his Buckeyes along in March Madness. Craft didn’t want to fall to Dayton once more and it showed. The throwback Buckeyes were able to pull away in the second half and win 85-71.
Once again, William Buford was lights out. He shot a tremendous 9-15 from the field, totaling 23 points on the day. Buford had a bit of a quiet second half, but he dragged a sluggish Ohio State offense through the first half.
Three other Buckeyes totaled double figures this afternoon. David Lighty totaled an efficient 18, Evan Ravenel scored 11, and Aaron Craft dropped 10.
Head Coach Jared Sullinger found great ways to utilize Ravenel on the offensive end. On most stoppages of time, out of bounds plays would usually run through the 29-year-old. He’d set a screen and leak back towards Craft who was inbounding the ball, and it worked perfectly.
Carmen’s Crew has to wait a while before they find out who they play. They’ll face the winner of the Salt Lake Region. Eberlein Drive is the by far favorite out of Salt Lake City, but don’t count out Team Challenge ALS or Sons of Westwood (UCLA), to face the Buckeyes in Chicago.