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By Matt McCoy
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A week ago on Basketball Bucksline, 610 WTVN Basketball analyst and former OSU captain Tony White talked about the season being at a crossroads.
"This is a huge week. They could easily go 0-2 because Minnesota and Michigan State are two tough teams and Ohio State right now is not showing great toughness," Tony said at the time. "If you go 0-2 this week that would be disastrous."
But instead of the disaster scenerio, the Buckeyes got back to defense and turned it around with wins over Minnesota and Michigan State, completely changing the outlook on this week's Bucksline Monday night.
"It could have been a season determining week," Tony said Monday night. "They were playing two good teams including Michigan State who's a very good team...and I thought Ohio State stepped up and they played tough games. They didn't play perfect but they played tough and they won the games."
The obvious key to Sunday's 68-60 win over Michigan State was the play of point guard Aaron Craft who scored a career high 21 points, dished out six assists, had one steal and was his ususal pest defensively. It was a performance Tony said may have been Craft's best ever.
"It wasn't just the offense when he was the guy who was really scoring points when Ohio State needed points, but on the defensive end he was dominating," Tony said. "He created many more opportunities and possessions for Ohio State that a stat sheet can reflect...and the fact that he also had six assists...he was really the central focal point for Ohio State in that win."
It was a big week for Craft, who earlier was named an academic All-American for a second consecutive year, and then played at a high level in the big win over the Spartans.
"He powered in there early in the game and he made his first lay-up...he got past (Michigan State's) Adreian Payne and he flipped that thing in and from that point on you could see the Ohio State big men really wanting to get him that avenue down the lane," said our Bucksline guest, SportsRappUp.com's Jeff Rapp. "Aaron exposed (Michigan State) to his credit but it was really a team effort the way Ohio State looked for that, opened that lane, sealed guys off and let him get in there and do his thing."
Tony, Jeff and I got into several other topics Monday, including NCAA tournament projections, the development of Amir Williams and the upcoming schedule. I'm obviously biased but it was a good show if you'd like to check it out.
Also, a big thanks to those sending e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweets to @MattMcCoyWTVN. I've been getting a lot of good comments which are often talking points for us on Bucksline. Keep them coming!
She did it again!
Last week I posted the video that went viral of William Carey University cheerleader Ashlee Arnau making an incredible midcourt flip shot. It was a shot that would have made the Harlem Globetrotters envious.
In fact, the Globetrotters saw it and contacted Ashlee. Firefly Fisher of the Trotters was on a promotional tour and happened to be in Hattisburg, Mississippi--the locale of William Carey University--and asked Ashlee to demonstrate.
Proving that it was no fluke, with the cameras rolling again, Ashlee nailed another one. Fisher hit a couple too--but still needs work on the flip shot. Here's the video---enjoy: