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Conley carries Ohio State in time of need

Mention Ohio State and Greg Oden's name follows. But without point guard Mike Conley Jr. the Buckeyes wouldn't be playing for the national title, writes Andy Katz.

Originally Published: March 31, 2007
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Somehow, Mike Conley Jr. got lost in the Greg Oden mania.

Oden was the face of Ohio State once he signed to play in Columbus. He was the name that drew the attention to Lawrence North High in Indianapolis. But it was Oden's playmaking teammate who was the real get for coach Thad Matta.

Sure, it sounds crazy, but the reality is that if you take Conley off of the Buckeyes, then they simply aren't playing for the national title Monday night.

Conley's ...

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