Ohio State Preview Capsule
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State
Last season: 24-11, lost in NCAA Tournament third round.
Coach: Thad Matta.
Conference: Big Ten.
Key Returnees (2014-15 statistics): F Marc Loving (9.4 points); F Jae’Sean Tate (8.8 points, 5.0 rebounds); G Kam Williams (5.4 points); F Keita Bates-Diop (3.8 points).
Who’s Left: Not only did the Buckeyes lost G D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick of the NBA Draft, but solid players F Sam Thompson; G Shannon Scott; C Amir Williams leave a lot of scoring and rebounding to replace.
The Skinny: Usually a contender for the Big Ten title under Matta, the Buckeyes are young, unproven and picked for the middle of the conference at best. But a return trip to the NCAA Tournament is likely.