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November 1, 2013

Michigan State picked to win Big 10

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Ohio State has to replace leading scorer Deshaun Thomas after he decided to forgo his senior season and jump to the NBA. But with four starters back after a run to the Elite Eight, the Buckeyes have plenty of experience.

Craft and backcourtmate Lenzelle Smith Jr. have won 94 games in their career already. Both are excellent defenders, but the Buckeyes will need more consistency on offense from Smith.

"Deshaun Thomas had the ability to make difficult shots, and we gave Deshaun a lot of opportunities to score," coach Thad Matta said. "The thing that I've seen to this point so far is everybody on the team has made drastic improvements offensively. And that's exciting for me. I think the dynamics of our offense will be very unselfish play."

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