By Ari WassermanOriginally published at BuckeyeSports.com
As Tom Izzo meticulously sifted through a seasons worth of Ohio State film, it served more as a confirmation of what he already knew about the Buckeyes than it did a lesson of new things for his Michigan State team to watch out for.
But what ended up beating his Spartans on Feb. 24 wasnt displayed on that film, not even for a moment. It was an offensive-minded Aaron Craft.
Craft was the difference for an Ohio State team eager as ever to earn a statement win. The Spartans just happened to be the victims, as the junior point guard methodically cut through their defense while tallying a career-high 21 points and putting the Buckeyes on his back for the 68-60 win.
He didnt do that in the other games, Izzo said. I watched 23 other games on tape on them (and) I dont think hes ever done it. I couldnt plan for something I never saw.
No one else had seen it either, but once it was clear, Ohio State instantly went from being a team tha...