Michigan State Open Thread

By 11W Staff on February 11, 2012 at 6:00p
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Chris Lauderback's picture

Dont panic if you are at home watching. Tip pushed back to 6:11pm. 

thatlillefty's picture

also, espn3 is always an option when the prior game runs over

Urban Ohio's picture

Ohio State Brickeyes

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

thatlillefty's picture

any 11Warriors at the Schott for this one?

Chris Lauderback's picture

not me, unfortunately.

William's picture

Buford with a stupid turnover, shocker.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Why is the crowd asleep?

LABuckeye's picture

My mom and stepfather are there courtesy of my Christmas gift... I assure you they are not quiet. My mom is so quiet and reserved unless she is watching OSU basketball, when she turns into a nutcase from another planet.

William's picture

Is anyone else's feed going in and out? ESPN/OSU Cable sucks..

buckeyechad's picture

ya its getting really annoying

thatlillefty's picture

mine is too... Glad you said something, i was about to call the cable company

BuddhaBuck's picture

YES. Time, effing, Warner.

Don't text while driving.

741's picture

PISSING ME OFF!

thatlillefty's picture

how the fuck is that not a foul

buckeyechad's picture

Sullinger flops so much it's kind of embarassing

William's picture

The feed is still shitty, I'm about to throw my tv from Morrill Tower.

slippy's picture

It's ESPN.  I'm on comcast in Baltimore and it's messed up.

slippy's picture

Ravenel does nothing to help this team.

aforsbach's picture

I'd love to punch Dan Dakich in the face.

BuddhaBuck's picture

^this.

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Bassplayer132's picture

This is just terrible all around. Terrible crowd, terrible play, terrible feed, terrble dakich.

PharmBuck's picture

God. We must not have practiced offense at all after that Purdue game. Do we have any offensive sets?

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Bucksfan's picture

Ugh.  last 7 shots missed.  A little off?   Travel on Buford.  Sheesh.

dbit's picture

Things pissing me off right now:

ESPNs feed

The announcers

The referees

thatlillefty's picture

Craft mauls the kid and draws a call... love it.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I do too. He's on point most of the time. Some folks just hate hearing the truth when it's negative. When Dakich was calling out Thomas he was spot on. Bad shots, horrible D. Dakich said as much. He also accurately defended Urban for trying to win at recruiting. And he noted Sully's stupid frustration foul when he reached in on Payne for no reason, among other things so far. No analyst is going to be perfect especially through the ears of a fan but I prefer him calling our games over just about anyone else. 

johnblairgobucks's picture

Dan Jockitch is annoying.  It's not that I hate hearing bad things about OSU, it's that Dan says some stupid things and won't stop talking/yelling.

snoodogg22's picture

Damn lookin like trash so far, Buford pisses me off!

Tough times never last, tough people do

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Tough schedule.
Sparty seems to be improving every game. We seemed to have maxed out against Duke early in the season.
Refs make real bad calls but Sully flops so it's hard to be mad at the refs.
Super tired of tech difficulties.

slippy's picture

Alright Sully has played soft as shit the past 3 or 4 games.  Stop diving like a damn soccer player.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Not sure I get the soccer thing but he does seem to be playing soft. He's goin SAM.

slippy's picture

Have you watched a world cup or european soccer game?  Player gets touched at ALL (sometimes even not at all) and they just dive looking for a foul.  Half the time they'd be in better position if you just played through it.

William's picture

Depends on what teams you're watching.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

No. But I get the analogy.

William's picture

Lets take a time out..

Bucksfan's picture

This looks remarkably like the way the Bearcats played today.  Hope the Bucks can settle it down.

PharmBuck's picture

Sullinger flops aside...these refs are GARBAGE. Hightower shouldn't be allowed to ref 6th graders let alone college.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

slippy's picture

For as terrible as he's been his shot is so damn pretty when he's on.  I've never seen anyone make shots like he does.  When they go in they're nothing but net every single time.

PharmBuck's picture

Also, ESPN fix your poor ass video feed. Worldwide leader at sucking ass right now.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

BuddhaBuck's picture

Just right now? I think it's perpetual.

Don't text while driving.

rdubs's picture

Sullinger has always been soft, he just needs to get the killer instinct instead of hoping for some help from the refs.  I think teams are starting to realize this now though and are pounding him a bit harder than they used to (as they should until he shows that he can play tougher).

BuddhaBuck's picture

WHY ARE THE GUARDS DIPPING DOWN TO HELP ON NIX??

#VeryBadCoaching.

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William's picture

Sully needs to take a seat on the bench.

Urban Ohio's picture

You got that right!!!

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

PharmBuck's picture

I guess Payne doesn't have to abide by basket interference rules

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

William's picture

Second time he's done that.

Buckeye06's picture

The positive of this is that Matta is going to absolutely rip into the guys

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Wow. Maybe if we quit flopping the refs make better calls? This is hard to watch.

DrBuckeyePete's picture

everything is terrible about this game right now. the student section is embarassing too. make some effing noise.

Ohio State Alum '10 
Go Bucks! 

Alex's picture

Sully needs to stop crying like a baby and be a man....we need him to establish the down low game in the second half by whatever means neccessary...where is Buford once again? Thomas having a horrible game.....that being said this is winnable

BuddhaBuck's picture

Setting my expectations really low: final scar MSU 66 - tOSU 63.

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DefendOhio's picture

Wish this team had more heart. This team like Craft and Matta have said, plays with a sense of entitlement that gets them in trouble. MSU is coming into our home and beating the crap out of us. 

snoodogg22's picture

Our biggest problem is no shooters, that spreads out everything! Buford is too inconsistent.

Tough times never last, tough people do

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Amazing to think anyone ever had a doubt as to who the top coach in the Big Ten is.

Winning Signing Day < winning in March.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Agreed, I would rather win on signing day too

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

slippy's picture

Sully's been stripped like 8 times this game.  WHen you're the tall guy you learn when you're 8 to keep the ball over your head when you rebound the ball.

DefendYoungstown's picture
  1. We don't have a legit threat from beyond the arc
  2. We were exposed as not being able to defend the ball screen the other night
  3. Sullinger just isn't as good as we all think he is, last year (before the back issues) he was dominate, he seems to have lost something this year.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

rdubs's picture

he hasn't lost anything (besides some weight), we just lost our outside presence and now it is easy to collapse on him.  if buford steps it up the last 3rd of the season it would help sullinger a lot.

Michael's picture

I have never seen such persistant technical problems on a major broadcast before.

snoodogg22's picture

Put Jent in!

Tough times never last, tough people do

buckeyechad's picture

There's clearly an espn conspiracy to make our game unwatchable to non-fans of either team

slippy's picture

Smith seems to want this more than anyone else.  He's workin hard.

JasonBuck's picture

Ok I am not usually one too whine abt refs but.......wow is all I can say!

snoodogg22's picture

Sullinger can't play against guys who are taller/longer than him cause he can't jump, kills him. And we have a bunch of brick layers!

Tough times never last, tough people do

PharmBuck's picture

Somebody needs to be fired over these "technical difficulties". A couple minutes is understandable, but 2/3 of one game is unacceptable with the capabilities that they have.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

mike78's picture

Remember last year when they moved the ball so well?  Does anyone else feel like this team (Buford, Sully and Thomas in particular) forces way, way too many shots?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

WTF can't they fix this tech issue!?!?!?

LABuckeye's picture

My guess is they have bad wires and they can't change them.

741's picture

Worst broadcast in history. WTF?!!!

 

slippy's picture

Why can't matta get a coach to teach free throws?

rdubs's picture

we're 12/16 which isn't too bad and prior to sully and thomas' misses we were nearly 100%

slippy's picture

Most of the guys don't have good strokes though.  Crafts elbow flares out and DT has no arc.  Lenzelle is just bad.  They're shooting above average tonight.  When they're shooting under 30% from the floor FTs are all we have.  There's no reason a college kid at this level should be under 80%.

snoodogg22's picture

Last year lighty and Diebs spread things out shooting and helped sully in the process, now look. They collapse on him and he gets stripped! Hell put Ross in.

Tough times never last, tough people do

slippy's picture

Sully needs to take a seat and calm the hell down.  He's forcing everything.

PharmBuck's picture

Can no one on our team dunk? I've never seen so many soft-ass layups get blocked/miss in one game.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

snoodogg22's picture

How far has Buford's draft stock fallen at this point in the season?

Tough times never last, tough people do

jerkyrizzo21's picture

I'm sorry, but God help the foolish NBA team that drafts William Buford, especially if they ever intend to play him against a team with more talent than Northwestern or Purdue...

Buckeye Chuck's picture

What happened to that team that pulverized Duke? I liked that team.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

I think they have entitlement issues, others have said it, I have to agree.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

PharmBuck's picture

God I loathe Buford. I can't wait till he graduates.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

mike78's picture

Sullinger has been way worse than Buford tonight

Cubbies115's picture

I agree. My best friends father works with William's dad and William's dad specifically said he will never succeed because he does not care or put in enough work. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Sorry, but bullshit. What kind of father would say that about their kid to anyone? Even if his dad really feels that way, you don't say that to some one, that your kid "will never succeed." Either bullshit or a super shitty father.

Cubbies115's picture

 William's father is a very good guy, atleast with my experiences from him coming into the company I worked for. He just knows his son does not have the drive to succeed in basketball with his current work ethic. It is not too far of a reach for a father to admit the truth. Watch William on the court and it is obvious to see. 

 

William's picture

Or maybe a father that believes his son isn't utilizing his talents? Don't call bullshit on a situation that you know nothing of. Constructive criticism never hurt anyone..

snoodogg22's picture

Haha brick brick brick

Tough times never last, tough people do

slippy's picture

Jesus sub out everyone but craft please.

jerkyrizzo21's picture

We're just out there chucking...

PharmBuck's picture

This game is an embarassment to watch. Michigan St is handing us the game and we are such terrible shooters that we can't take it. 2nd round exit for this team.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

LABuckeye's picture

We're playing some of the worst basketball I have ever seen.

dubjayfootball90's picture

wish i could like this post

dubjayfootball90's picture

this is absolutely terible

jerkyrizzo21's picture

3-20 in the 2nd half... Lord and baby Jesus...

William's picture

Give me 5 Aaron Crafts. Seriously, does anyone else on this team care if they lose?

snoodogg22's picture

Shallow Hal is on, he scores more than us!!!

Tough times never last, tough people do

LABuckeye's picture

It's my mom's fault. I bought her and my stepdad tix to this game for Christmas. I talked to my mom last night and she said she was really excited, but also concerned because OSU has lost every game she has been to. She said she was jinxed. I told her that was bull and with the home win streak I was sure we would be fine... despite Purdue, which I thought would be an eye opener for the team. Guess I was wrong. My mom is a jinx.

dubjayfootball90's picture

i lol'ed at ur last sentence. haha

rdubs's picture

I like the two big man look for us.  Sullinger can't hold down the post on his own without better outside shooters.

Cubbies115's picture

Encouraging your team during a timeout is no longer acceptable? The Big Ten has the worse officials ever

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm shocked this is still a game. Whoever the losing coach should be insane with rage.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

this is seriously terrible

ekeith21's picture

Never going to win it all with Matta at the helm!

PharmBuck's picture

This is the worst attempt at college basketball I may have ever witnessed

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

snoodogg22's picture

Our McDonald's all Americans not coming in and contributing kills us too! Might as well not of had a recruiting class this year.

Tough times never last, tough people do

jerkyrizzo21's picture

These last 4 mins, OSU will have to be as red-hot as they've been ice-cold the entire game...

TLB's picture

Can you be disappointed in a team with so few losses?

Sweet 16 is best they will do.

BuckeyeMike74's picture

Matta doesn't have these guys rdy 2 play.

ekeith21's picture

Bufford and Sullinger will be a bust in the NBA. Sullinger is the next May from North Carolina! Where is he these days? 5 years from now we will be saying the same thing about Sully! Keep laughing Sully when you get abused! Fat chubby kid with MAC athletic ability. 

rdubs's picture

wouldn't surprise me if Buford has a much better career in the NBA.  He has the tools, he just needs to put it together on a consistent basis.  Sullinger has yet to look like an NBA player.  If he stays 4 years he has a shot because he will have time to work on his mid to long range game which would make him a lot harder to guard.

DefendYoungstown's picture

When you played like you're owed something this can happen.

 

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

TLB's picture

Yep.  Create the fouls rather than looking for the cheap ones.

dubjayfootball90's picture

i hate these f*ck*ng tech difficulties. I CANT SEE SH*T!!!!!!!

snoodogg22's picture

Haha EKeith doesn't tear walls though! Go see The Vow!

Tough times never last, tough people do

snoodogg22's picture

Matta, go get a white dude that can stand at the 3 and stroke!

Tough times never last, tough people do

BuckeyeMike74's picture

Sully's 3" vertical won't make it in the NBA? Lol!!!

LABuckeye's picture

Despite the fact that Matta has brought us more consistent success in basketball than most of us have seen in our lifetimes, I - as a simple fan on my couch - do declare that he sucks and should be fired and that all of our players are horrible and should be playing on MAC teams. </sarcasm>

ekeith21's picture

Haha SnooDogg go watch 20/20 with your girl.

snoodogg22's picture

He is great recruiter but where are the tourney results?!

Tough times never last, tough people do

BuckeyeMike74's picture

What a waste of time this game was.

William's picture

Sullinger with 9 TOs..

TLB's picture

Time to drink heavily.

slippy's picture

Kinda hope Sully picks up his 5th so someone else can come in the game.

GABuckeye's picture

sullinger.. take note from mr craft.. THATS HOW YOU GO TO THE BASKET

ekeith21's picture

LaBuckeye Matta was brought in to win National Titles not Big Ten Titles. Kinda why Urban was brought in to coach our football team. Matta has no offensive stragedy and doesn't use his bench. Why are we always getting ousted in the Sweet 16? Why you have sarcasm you should probably get a clue!

DefendYoungstown's picture

Matta hasn't been too successful if he's here to win NC's. haha

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

William's picture

You're right Matta is clearly lacking offensive "stragedy."

snoodogg22's picture

I suggest everyone go get very drunk, im on my way there...we need a Duke vs Carolina comeback

Tough times never last, tough people do

rdubs's picture

time to go offense defense with Ravenel and buford

dubjayfootball90's picture

what is out fg% right now?

 

PharmBuck's picture

less than 25%

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

dubjayfootball90's picture

haha, thanks to both of you, this is seriously pathetic

PharmBuck's picture

So...much...fail. Is it a coincidence that Brick and Buford start with the same letter? What about Soft and Sullinger?

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

jerkyrizzo21's picture

And we're done... worst performance this year.

TLB's picture

Dakich is pretty good.

snoodogg22's picture

Is matta a tressel, good in conference but not great nationally. I'd say so.

Tough times never last, tough people do

jerkyrizzo21's picture

I knew this team would miss Diebler and Lighty, but this much?  Cmon...

Breakawayspeed's picture

Too late now but Matta stubornly refuses to use his bench when he needs to.  We are being killed inside and 6'11" Amir Williams sits.  Thomas cant hit a bull in the ass with a base fiddle but continues to brick them 

TLB's picture

Sully showing he isn't ready to handle the strength of NBA players.

Cubbies115's picture

With all the Matta hate going on look at Roy Williams up until his first Championship with UNC. He was spoken of the same way of not being able to win championships. Many great coaches take time to win their first Championship. 

Breakawayspeed's picture

Hope your right but Williams at least uses his talent

Cubbies115's picture

I agree but Ohio State is not North Carolina with talent and the ability to get players in basketball. Ohio State should be using some of these top recruits and a 9 or 10 man bench though

LABuckeye's picture

Everyone acts like it is easy to win basketball championships every year. Let's get a better coach and we'll win the championship every year like Coach K! Wait... you mean Duke isn't in the National Championship game every year?

Buckeye Chuck's picture

If he couldn't get it done last year, with a veritable dream team, it's safe to wonder if it's ever going to happen.

Certainly there's no one next year's team who looks like someone you can build a national champion around.

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snoodogg22's picture

Congrats sully on your first triple double!

Tough times never last, tough people do

rdubs's picture

sullinger with the kind of triple double no one wants...

snoodogg22's picture

Sullinger for Stoneburner's backup

Tough times never last, tough people do

Jdadams01's picture

What this game comes down to is MSU getting right in our guys' faces and playing very physical ball. It became apparent early on that the refs were gonna let MSU shove and grab and our guys didn't respond. Threw us off out game and that was that.

mike78's picture

I'd argue that this game comes down to the act that our guys are not a team.  They're a very talented group of kids that can not play together.  It's just a few guys chucking up any half open shot they can find.

3 Yards And A Cloud of Dust's picture

This.  It was like they kept waiting for the refs to step in, instead of stepping up and taking it back to them.  Then, their shooting stayed in the freezer.  

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Like every Michigan State team ever? I can't see how this could have come as a shock to us.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

ekeith21's picture

I only hope the media quits riding our N**t* and takes us out of the top 10 this year. We need to realize that we aren't worthy so we are start playing like we have nothing to lose.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Well said.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

mike78's picture

couldn't agree more

dubjayfootball90's picture

terrible, terrible day, 26% shooting, and we were still in the game. Putrid offense, good defense. ugh!!!!

Neilwoodgables's picture

sullinger is crybaby

 

I Hate Michigan.

Nick's picture

Need a shooter out there like LaQuinton Ross

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I suppose we can always console ourselves with the knowledge that some computer somewhere still thinks we're the "real" #1 team.

 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

ekeith21's picture

Matta says he plays no defense. However, I don't see Thomas locking anyone down! Love Matta but gotta question some of his decisions.

Breakawayspeed's picture

I am gonna chauk it up to a bad shooting night that every team has from time to time.  If some of Sully's missed bunnies go in...maybe its a different outcome.  Still .....where were the coaching adjustments? 

Michael's picture

Both Thomas and Bufford were a combined 4/24 for FTs and 0/7 from 3.

There was a reason Sullinger had so much trouble tonight; Sparty knew he was the only inside scoring threat and the only person worth guarding on the perimeter was Craft.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Spike Lee is never, ever, never allowed back.

snoodogg22's picture

Whitney Houston died, damn!

Tough times never last, tough people do

johnblairgobucks's picture

I think I just witnessed OSU going from a NCAA tournament #1 seed to a #3 seed

FLAMikey's picture

Ohio State now = a team with a very good post player who struggles when bum rushed in the paint + a very good PG with limited offensive skills + a group who are are now infected with the Forrest Gump box of chocolates virus. This adds up to a very short run in March.

 

mike78's picture

This game, to me, showed exactly how far we have to go to be the #3 team in the nation and a championship contender:

Sully, as much as I love the guy, is overrated at this point.  When has he been dominant this season?  He's been frustrated and has been forcing shots.

The two and three options, Thomas and Buford, have zero consistency... As games progress they become a chucking contest, they are not moving the ball trying to find Buford or Thomas for an open shot... they are trying to create shots when there aren't any.  The bottom line is that this is a group of very talented players and not a team.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Sully used to be a lock for POY but then took an arrow to the knee.

btalbert25's picture

I think the reason he appears over rated is exactly because of what you are saying about the other options.  Who else does the other have to stop?  No one really.  At times Thomas gets hot, and once in a while Bufford pulls his head from his anus, but overall where is your Diebler who the other team has to defend on the perimeter because he's going to knock down open shots.  

Bufford has regressed from last year, Lighty was better than Thomas, and Diebs was a bigger loss than we thought he'd be.  Sullinger is frustrated because he's drawing 2 and 3 defenders every time he touches the ball.  There is absolutely no one else on the team who is consistent enough for the defense to respect. 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Not that he could jump last year, but do you think Sully's back is bothering him?

btalbert25's picture

I think it is from carrying this team lol.  They need someone else to step up, and actually do it every night not play great one night, jack shiz for 3 strait games after. 

 

mike78's picture

The other team absolutely has to respect Buford and Thomas from 3.  Both of these guys have shown that they can drop 30 if you leave them unguarded.  Sully is not kicking it out like he did last year, this team has no inside out game... when the ball goes inside to Sully he is shooting it, and he is forcing it.   

William's picture

This team is almost entirely compromised of Freshmen and Sophomores, and that showed tonight. Stupid fouls, stupid turnovers, and a lack of will to win.

Buckeye Black's picture

Wow, wow, wow.  Or ow ow ow...  My eyes hurt from that shit show.  Any dope could tell Thomas should not have been out there guarding Green.  Matta has to make adjustments if he is going to let the other team dictate how the game is run.  Which, by the way, should never, ever happen at home.

btalbert25's picture

After the defensive effort they had against Purdue I realized this is not a team that is capable of winning it all.  They play sloppy at times, they play disinterested at times, every team goes through cold spells, but man these guys get epically cold.  Unless something changes fast, they are likely going to lose the 2nd weekend of the tournament again. 

PharmBuck's picture

Green wasn't really a problem. 4 - 15 from the field. The problem was Matta is so worried about this team playing defense that they can't run an offense and players who can create their own offense sit the bench because they don't play defense to his standards.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

snoodogg22's picture

Get Amir Williams in!

Tough times never last, tough people do

Hoody Wayes's picture

Thad Matta owns this one.

No NC in hoops, this year.

buckeyemitchell's picture

ted valentine was izzo's best defender on sullinger

 

jr bucks fan's picture

why not put in spoon, williams or Q?  cannot win in the end[March] with this type of performance

JR Bucksfan

OSUbonobo23's picture

Everyone is jumping all over us for this performance. Yea it sucked, but we aren't exactly out of contention for the national title. This isn't football, and as we've seen in the last few years, anyone can make it to the national title. Relax people, shitty play today, but doesn't mean it's going to be like this the rest of the year. 

I put the The, in The Ohio State Univeristy.

miller2234's picture

I think Matta is doing the best job he can at this point.  We are young, relatively inexperienced, and not deep enough with no true leaders.  We have good talent on the bench but they haven't adjusted to the college game and are either a liability on defense or offense.  MSU was a matchup nightmare for this team, experienced, great (big) inside play who could hold Sully, and capable guard play.  Who else could we have put on Green?  DT has the size he's just not a good enough defender to guard him.  You can't put Thompson on him, ravenel is too slow, amir is too slow, weatherspoon too small.  I do think we should try some different defensive sets.  I think our guys are getting worn down against physical teams playing man 40 minutes.  I also would have inserted Shannon Scott or someone to try to provide a spark on O.

The dismal shooting performance is why we lost the game but the bigger issue is the consistency with this team.  A senior leader should never follow up a career high in points with a 4 point dud in the biggest game of the season.  We are too inconsistent and do not have enough scoring threats to be in the same breath as Carolina, Kentucky, Syracuse or Missouri IMO.  Yes we blew Duke out but it was early in the season and we were on fire.  Plus they are a finesse team.. any team that has come with attitude and size this season has taken it to us.  Buford is lost on another planet, Thomas just struggles against good defensive teams, smith isn't good enough, and Sullinger has become too soft with the ball.    I love the guy but Sully has to mature a little bit.  I know he gets nothing called for him but what does he expect at this point?  nothing's changing so adjust - you can't barge the lane, do the same spin moves into traffic, or put the ball on the deck around guards who can swipe the ball.  Yes he gets beat to death but man up stop whining and complaining to officials and adjust your game.  I think his complaining is hurting him as well.  refs notice when a player does that and probably makes them reluctant to call fouls.  but yes they are god awful 

This team is a matchup problem and cold shooting from a second round exit let alone sweet 16.  I hope I'm wrong because we have the talent to get to New Orleans but unless Buford and the rest (excluding Craft) become more consistent I'm afraid we are in for another disappointing March.  

on a side note - Dan Dakich is the best announcer on TV from great analysis and calling out Hightower and Valentine and I'm done watching games on ESecPn after that "broadcast" today.  Rather listen to Paul Keels.

GO BUCKS

stevezt4's picture

I don't understand why they didn't up the tempo and make some transition baskets. If they were in a dog fight do something to change it, put it some guys with legs who can run up and down the court! If your not physical enough that is what has to be done. At least Williams can block shots, we have absolutely no presence down low on defense! Sometimes when players are having a bad game they need to be benched. What didn't we put in Jordan Sibert. He has proven he can knock down a 3. Matta has to be able to make some changes. I love Thompson but other than dunking he can't shoot

rinkevichjm's picture

Buckeye fans shouldn't complain about the officials especially when for every point made from the floor, the Buckeyes made 0.6 of a point at the line. The Spartans only got 0.4 of a point for each point scored from the field and much of that was from purposely given fouls at the end of the game. The Spartan put on a clinic in bumping and tapping the ball and causing the offensive player to either mishandle it or take a shot without good control of the ball.