Yesterday, ESPN's Doug Gottlieb said, "OSU hasn't been the same since David Lighty went down," and Shaver Sports couldn't agree more.
With Lighty in the line-up, OSU got out early, recording wins over #22 Miami in Miami, and #7 Notre Dame in Indianapolis en route to a 7-0 start. When Lighty went down in the final minutes of the Jacksonville game, he had just finished recording a career high in points that night with 21. At the time of his injury, the Cleveland Hoopster was averaging 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, playing 33 minutes per game.
His void has not been filled as of yet. Since he went to the IR, the Buckeyes lost by (30) to an unranked West Virginia team, squeaked out a (3) point win against an unranked Iowa team, and lost yesterday to #21 Minnesota by (9) 68-59. Expect the Buckeyes, currently ranked #23, to fall out of the top 25 with the loss.
With (4) other Big Ten teams currently ranked in the top 25, someone wearing scarlet and gray is going to have to step up in a hurry if the Buckeyes hope to be dancing come March. It is hard to say for sure if the Big Ten is going to be a (5) or (6) bid league, and if the conference only ends up sending (4), OSU is going to have to finish ahead of a Michigan State (#15), Purdue (#11), Michigan (#24), or Minnesota (#21) for their dance card to be punched.