A lot of teams would love to have the leading scorer in their conference.
No. 14 Ohio State has Deshaun Thomas, averaging 23.2 points a game in conference play to lead the Big Ten by a wide margin.
The problem for the Buckeyes, who have had difficulty gaining much traction once conference play began, is that they are still on the lookout for somebody to pick up the points left after Thomas gets his allotment.
''Other teams have that second- or third-leading scorer,'' Thomas said Monday as the Buckeyes (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) went through their final paces before hosting Iowa (13-5, 2-3) on Tuesday night. ''With the offense we've got, anybody can score. Everybody thinks it's a play running for me, but it's not. In our offense, it's for everybody to get a shot off.''
The thing is, they often do not. Or, at least they don't make it if they do get a shot.
No Ohio State player one other than Thomas is averaging more than 8 points a game in conference play. So opposing defenses can conce...