Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/10/12
In 2010, Ohio State won the Big Ten, the Big Ten Tournament and had a #2 seedin the NCAA Tournament. They were loaded with talent yet they only played 6-7 guys regularly, and were overly reliant on National Player of the Year Evan Turner. They were upset by Tennessee in the sweet sixteen. Last year, the Buckeyes were the tournament’s #1 overall seed, again loaded and deep, yet again over-reliant on one star- this time Jared Sullinger. Again they were upset in the tournament’s second weekend, and did not make the Elite Eight. Coincidence? Is it time to go deeper on the bench to get fresher legs and go further? Tom Izzo at Michigan State is “Mr. March” and he more often plays 8-9 deep. Bo Ryan knows how to get his Badgers to the sweet sixteen, he likes playing role guys and giving his bench some minutes. Maybe Thad Matta, hailed as a phenomenal recruiter, and rightfully so, needs to get called out for his coaching decisions. They have two McDonald’s All-Americans in Shannon Scott an...
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