Two members of a team that just wrapped up the #2 seed in the post-season tournament for college basketball's best conference (and a top 10 final regular season ranking to boot) were honored Monday as members of the 2013 All-Big Ten men's basketball teams. As announced by the league, junior Deshaun Thomas was named 2012 First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Classmate Aaron Craft was named to the league's All-Big Ten second team but was All-Big Ten first team by the media.
Thomas and Craft alike have been staples for the Buckeyes since their inaugural seasons on campus back in 2010. In the three years since, they've evolved to become the bread and butter of what Thad Matta's basketball team strives to do, with Thomas often dominating the offensive flow, and Craft setting the tone on the other end of the court. Even when the offense seems to run out of gas, Aaron Craft's relentlessness both on and off the ball have often been able to breathe new life into both ends of play for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State finished the 2012-2013 regular season with an overall record of 23-7. The Buckeyes concluded league play with a mark of 13-5 and open post-season play Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. EDT against the winner of 7th seeded Purdue and 10th seeded Nebraska. The Buckeyes enter the conference tournament on the heels of a five game winning streak including defeating then #4 Michigan State and then #2 Indiana.