CHICAGO - The biggest guys get off the bus first, especially in a tournament setting when other teams might be watching, and Michigan State's Adreian Payne has always been one of those guys.
There were plenty of times he was just getting out of a van or even unfurling himself from a regular car, but Payne has been making that trek for a long time. For a long time, too, Ohio State's Aaron Craft was just behind him. Craft doesn't pass the eye test the way Payne does on the way im, but he generally leaves the gym after playing on the winning side.
This weekend's Big Ten tournament is a reunion of sorts for Payne and Craft, who spent their high school days playing AAU together for the All-Ohio Red program. That really doesn't tell the full story, though. Former Ohio State star Jared Sullinger was on the team, too. Ohio State's recruiting class of 2010 had four players from that team.
That team got up and down the floor, shared the ball and got more than its share of easy baskets. ...