There’s no question that it has taken improved play across the roster for the Ohio State men's basketball team to propel itself into its current situation.

But aside from the rising stardom of Keita Bates-Diop, the Buckeyes’ recent run of success owes as much to guards C.J. Jackson and Kam Williams as anyone else.

“(They’ve been) really critical,” coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday. “Almost completely tied into our offensive efficiency and offensive production is C.J. taking better care of the ball and then shooting it at the level he’s shooting it at, and then Kam really staying aggressive and being ready to shoot the ball and make shots.”

With Maryland coming to Value City Arena on Thursday night, the numbers bear out Holtmann’s points. As the point guard, Jackson started the first eight games and averaged 13.1 points and 4.0 assists per game but also 3.5 turnovers. He had two games of at least five turnovers during that stretch, which helped lead to Holtmann pulling him from the starting lineup when Big Ten play began at Wisconsin on Dec. 2.

After coming off the bench for two games, Jackson has started the past seven and increased his scoring average (14.0) and his assists per game (4.9) and nearly cut his turnover average in half, to 2.0. Of the five games in which Jackson has had one turnover or none this season, three have come since he lost his starting spot.

“It just allowed me to see the game differently, coming off the bench and kind of doing what I was doing last year,” Jackson said. “It allowed me to have more poise, see how the defense was playing in the beginning of the games I was sitting in. And it helped me and gave me another sense of more aggression once I got out there.”

Williams has been in and out of the starting lineup, and Holtmann has flopped him with freshman Musa Jallow. He has scored in double figures in 10 games, but just one was in the first 10 games of the season, when he was 10 for 29 from three-point range (34.5 percent).

In the past seven games, the fifth-year senior has made 15 of his 25 three-point shots (60.0 percent) and has scored in double figures in each game except the loss to North Carolina, when he was a nonfactor to the tune of zero points and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

“(I’m) just taking what the defense is giving me,” Williams said. “Since North Carolina, all my numbers have been up. Us playing through guys like C.J., Kaleb (Wesson) and (Jae'Sean Tate) opens it up for everyone else, and obviously the way Keita’s playing, that makes everyone’s job a lot easier because the focus isn’t on one person.”

Most important: Ohio State is 6-1 in those seven games, is ranked No. 40 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency and has improved to No. 114 in turnover percentage.

“I think those two (guys) have really elevated our offense, for sure,” Holtmann said.