LOS ANGELES Aaron Craft was joking about a tweet referencing him the other day from a former Ohio State teammate. It was a riff on the popular Chuck Norris tough-guy theme.
I believe it said I would kick Chuck Norris butt, Craft said.
Then he would shave his head to look more like me. Norris will not coverBuckeyes junior guard Craft in the NCAA West regional game Thursday. Nick Johnson will, at leasta majorityof the time. The way Johnson has played defense the last three weeks, Craft might hope for Norris instead.
The Wildcats (27-7) excelled at the defensive end in a sweep of Belmont and Harvard in the second round of the tournament in Salt Lake City last week, limiting them to a combined 33 percent shooting from the field. Harvard made 27.6 percent in the UAs 74-51 victory on Saturday, the lowest percentage by an opponent in the Wildcats 76-game NCAA tournament history.
Johnson has had a lot to do with it, and it starts with taking ownership on the defensive end.