Sophomore guard Aaron Craft knocked down a three-pointer on the first possession of the season for the third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and they would never relinquish the lead in their season-opening game against the Wright State Raiders, rolling to a 73-42 win.
Thad Matta had to enjoy the way his Buckeyes started the game, showing why they are a team expected to contend for a national championship this season. While jumping out to an 11-4 lead to start the game, all five starters scored at least two points during the run, capped off by a nice dunk from Deshaun Thomas.
Matta is known for his tight playing rotations which wasn't a factor in this blowout, but the starting unit did have an efficient night in disposing of Wright State. Senior William Buford is the leader of the bunch surrounded by super Sophs, Craft, Thomas, Lenzelle Smith, Jr. and of course, Jared Sullinger.
Sullinger flashed his dominant game needing just seven field goal attempts to score 19 points and grab 9 rebounds against the Raiders. Buford pitched in 13 points and four assists including setting up Thomas for the first half dunk. Craft wouldn't shoot another three-pointer but did finish with 10 points while giving Wright State fits with five steals.
A.J. Pacher led the way for Wright State, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds.
The 1-0 Buckeyes will be put to the test in their next game when they host the eighth ranked Florida Gators on Tuesday night.