December 25, 2013

Stocking stuffers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Amid stuffing my face full with pizza, cookies and other carbohydrate-saturated foods Tuesday evening, I realized that the end of football season is absurdly close. And that, of course, means basketball season is on the brink of becoming interesting (no offense to Ohio State's non-conference slate of games, but I simply can't take it anymore.)

Speaking of the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes, Thad Matta's crew has roared out to a 12-0 start after a gutty win against Notre Dame Saturday in Madison Square Garden.

Ohio State, though, is far from flawless. We saw that against the Fighting Irish over the weekend. Their inconsistent shooting/scoring remains an unresolved matter and it's unclear if its defense -- which appears to be among the best in the country -- is good enough to bail it out when the offense sputters.

Since Wednesday is Christmas, here's five Buckeyes basketball related things that should be on your holiday wish list heading into the new year. I've touched on a few of them already.

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