It was a good week for the Buckeyes, and now their leader is getting some official credit for it.
Ohio State senior guard Aaron Craft was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday following a strong week for the Buckeyes that included an upset win on the road at Iowa and a Saturday thumping of Purdue.
Craft averaged 12 points, five assists, 4.5 steals and three rebounds over the two games.
He factored especially big in the big win over the Hawkeyes, scoring 17 points and recording six steals and six assists. The 17 points were his second-highest scoring output of the season, trailing just the 18-point night he had against Ohio on Nov. 12.
Craft, leading the Big Ten with 2.6 steals per game, is getting the recognition as his team is getting its groove back. The Buckeyes started the season 15-0 before dropping four in a row and five of six to lower their Big Ten record to 3-5. But it’s been three straight wins since, including a pair of road wins over ranked teams in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Ohio State’s remaining schedule isn’t filled with too many steep challenges, but one of those that are left comes Tuesday, when they host No. 15 Michigan in Columbus.