Preseason plans with precocious frosh are panning out

Before the season started, Thad Matta thought he had the talent to win titles, so beating Wisconsin to clinch the Big Ten crown put the Buckeyes right on schedule, Andy Katz writes.

Originally Published: February 25, 2007
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Thad Matta had a sales pitch that most coaches may use, but few can hardly deliver on: Come to my school and we're going to win championships. Not down the road, but right away -- league, tournament, and NCAA.

This wasn't spin. It wasn't some sort of fantasy. It was, in this fluid era of college hoops, a distinct possibility for a talented group of freshmen.

Forget for a minute that Michigan's Fab Five never even won a Big Ten title, let alone a national ...

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