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Ohio State’s Aaron Craft somehow passes to himself for a layup

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Here's a sign Ohio State had everything working in its favor during Tuesday night's 85-63 victory over Duke: Aaron Craft managed to even throw an assist to himself.

With Ohio State comfortably ahead by 17 midway through the second half, Craft corralled a loose ball at mid-court, attacked the rim off the dribble and attempted to feed teammate Jared Sullinger with a bounce pass through Miles Plumlee's legs. Instead, the ball ricochets off the inside of the Duke big man's right leg and left calf and bounces back to Craft like some sort of trick pool shot, allowing him to score an easy layup.

Craft's self-assist was the most memorable highlight from one of the best offensive games of his career. In addition to shadowing Seth Curry the entire night and playing his usual brand of physical perimeter defense, Craft showed an ability to score off the dribble or with his jump shot, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists.

It helped Craft a lot that he made his first shot of the night, a 3-pointer less than two minutes into the game.

"Anytime you come out and make your first shot, it kind of relaxes you, especially in a big game like this with a big crowd," he told the Big Ten Network on Tuesday night. "It helped a lot to ease the nerves and make me understand it's a basketball game just like any other."

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