COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - For a change, Thad Matta doesn't have to introduce a bunch of newcomers to college-level hoops this fall.
Having lost eight players early to the NBA draft in his nine seasons with the Buckeyes, the Ohio State coach is accustomed to acquainting first-year players to the college game while plugging holes left by premature departures.
Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten's leading scorer, surrendered his senior season last spring to be drafted in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs.
But Matta has a veteran crew back that includes two seniors and seven juniors from a 29-win squad that came within a whisper of its second straight trip to the Final Four.
Led by Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., the Buckeyes return four starters.
Advertisement

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Kentucky vs. Mississippi State Pick Is Kentucky laying too many points to Mississippi State tonight at 7:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Illinois vs. Purdue Pick Will No. 21 Purdue have any trouble at home when it welcomes Illinois to town tonight at 7PM ET?
Thumbnail Texas vs. Baylor Pick No. 6 Baylor looks to make quick work of Texas when the two meet up tonight in Big 12 action at 7PM ET?
Thumbnail Kansas vs. Iowa State Prediction Iowa State is a home underdog tonight against Kansas in Big 12 play. Are the Cyclones a good bet to cover when the teams tip-off at 9:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Syracuse vs. UNC Pick No. 11 North Carolina is a big favorite at home today when it welcomes Syracuse to town when they meet at 7PM ET.

NCAAB Team Pages