The Ohio State basketball team opens another season of high expectations Friday night.
Such has become the norm with that "other" sport in Columbus.
The basketball Buckeyes under Thad Matta won big on both a regional and national level. They've recruited and operated with sport's big boys, too, and Matta isn't afraid to say his program has earned the right to say it belongs on the court and in the conversation with just about anybody.
"From the standpoint of what we set out to do nine years ago, yes, we do think we've earned the right to be elite or however you might say it," Matta said. "Nobody remembers where this program was when we started. I know in the last six years we've won 176 games and that's just behind two schools, North carolina and Kansas.
"We're there. We've won three straight Big Ten championships and five of seven in a great conference. There are no breathers on our schedule. Staying good, consistently playing at a high level, it's hard to do, especially wh...