Purdue Open Thread

By 11W Staff on February 7, 2012 at 8:30p
221 Comments

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thatlillefty's picture

so will this be the night WB drops 35?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You almost had it. lol

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Yamosu's picture

We are only an 8 point favorite?

Bish's picture

anyone else thing espn is going to cut off the first 5 minutes of the game?

mcollier's picture

Got to have the ones we are supposed to win!
Let's go Bucks!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Last I saw Buckeyes were 15 pt favorites tonight.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I AM GOING TO TRY TO WATCH THIS 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I just watched UK and they looked real good!  At home this shouldnt be a problem for the Buckeyes.

Michigan Sucks!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

DJ: Why the anguish? They ain't playing human photosynthesis in "action," aka Wisky Badgers.  

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thomas will get +20 tonight.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Bad prediction if they keep singling sully.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Oh Craft you pesky SOB hahahahah

Michigan Sucks!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Almost made an ACL joke.....

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Kicking ass already, well done Bucks!

Class of 2010.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Good start i expected them to be a little flat after that big wisky win.

Michigan Sucks!

thatlillefty's picture

nice 7-0 to start the game... me likes

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

LSjr is quickly become a favorite.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Purdue is going the Wisconsin approach and loading up with un athletic white guys!

Michigan Sucks!

thatlillefty's picture

don't like all these ticky tack fouls, even if they are going are way

Idaho Helga's picture

I am having to follow this on gamecast...   :(

 

I think Smith has a good game.

 

 

Idaho Helga's picture

NO espn3 here.  I also was trying the internet on OSU's student radio...which said they'd broadcast it.  I have listened to BB and football there. No tonight.  I give tonights crew an "F" on this midterm.

 

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

lol luckily i get it on ESPN.

Michigan Sucks!

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Buford and Sullinger need to be on that same side so they dont leave and double so quickly they dont respect crafts shot.

Michigan Sucks!

slippy's picture

Man we always have trouble guarding the white guy shooting 3s.  The 2 that dude has hit have been deep though.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

ESPN loves to point out Thomas' defense or lack thereof.  Could turn into a drinking game or a mutefest. 

Class of 2010.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Well it only took them two tv timeouts to start talking about duke vs north carolina

Michigan Sucks!

slippy's picture

There's the pick and roll we talked about earlier.  And that wasn't sully.

buckeyechad's picture

ah so birds going to be the paul, taylor, moore today. cool.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

i didnt know purdue recruited larry bird!

Michigan Sucks!

Ohio1St81's picture

Oh how refreshing, someone is going to step up and have his best game of the year against us. That hasn't gotten old at all. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Purdue is using the Mr. Magoo strategy. Hopefully, the Buckeyes will get some defensive intensity going now.

slippy's picture

Why does Ravenel play?  He's not big enough to be a big, not athletic enough to move with the athletes, doesn't really contribute on offense...

buckeyefan927's picture

There always seems to be one player that just goes off on them every game...

buckeyechad's picture

As much as sullingers improved outside the post, whenever he leaves it leaves no one to rebound. thomas isnt big enough and ravenel is the worst basketball player on the team.

rdubs's picture

WOAHHHHHH that was hotttt.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

luckily Bird is not near athletic enough to get his own shot!

Michigan Sucks!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'll state the obvious: they're playing fine offensively, very spotty on defense. Hopefully, they've had enough of it.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That poster dunk looked pretty but also woke our guys up.  Sullinger was trying to take a charge so that takes the rating down from a 10 to about a 7.

Class of 2010.

slippy's picture

Is this Bird kid for serious?

rdubs's picture

Shrek is on fire tonight

buckeyefan927's picture

1 point off his career high already....

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

If this was NBA JAMS Bird would have flames coming off of him!

Michigan Sucks!

slippy's picture

Sully did a much better job hedging those picks.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Worst half of defense since 2nd half of ILL game.

buckeyefan927's picture

And Buford misses a layup...

rdubs's picture

Buford has doen a good job of driving, but he can't hit a lay up

buckeyechad's picture

buford is cursed. he never gets a roll on those layups

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Gotta Finish at the Hoop!  But that being said no way purdue shoots 80 percent in the second half.

Michigan Sucks!

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Hack a Weatherspoon is this guy an idiot or what?  How many people does he want on purdue to foul out? 

Michigan Sucks!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

When Craft is playing crappy defense, you know it's a bad night on D.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

By far worst half they've played this year, because this was at home. I'm willing to chalk it up to Wisky hangover, but if they don't play D in the 2nd half, they could very well lose.

Neilwoodgables's picture

Who is the top 5 team here?

 

It cant be the team in white that cant stop the only thing that Purdont has on offense.

 

 

fucking pathetic

I Hate Michigan.

PharmBuck's picture

This is some horrible, horrible defense

"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

Ohio state, your defense.  Woof.

DallasTheologian's picture

How/Why does one player from each team we play go HAM!!!

DallasTheologian's picture

How/Why does one player from each team we play go HAM!!!

BuddhaBuck's picture

Another player having the game of his life: DJ Byrd.

tOSU looks hungover after beating Wisky..

Don't text while driving.

tennbuckeye19's picture

why was weatherspoon getting so much pt in the 1st half?

BuckeyeMike74's picture

Fucking crowd is lifeless

Idaho Helga's picture

ok, back and geeze, a close game at home???? Is this at home? I thought so.

Anybody want to tell me whats wrong? Can't see the game; relying on shitty gamecast.

p.s. have many huckleberrries and northwest raspberries  and blackberries...we're like the bears we live off on 'em.  Just kidding.  Had chicken and salmon for dinner.  GO BUCKS. (I digress..)

 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Bad defense and getting caught up in ball screens allowing Purdue open looks. Purdue shooting well, especially from outside. OSU playing with little to no energy on both sides of the ball. Seem to be sleep-walking through the game thus far.

Idaho Helga's picture

Hope they pick it up . If not , sorry, sorry for this team.  They seem inconsisitent not from the team as much as player to player.  KY is the bomb this year. poop.  :(

 

tennbuckeye19's picture

I hope they come out after the half with some energy or I smell upset. 

buckeyefan927's picture

Resorting back to the old ways of shooting free throws 7-13 (53%) isn't helping any.

tennbuckeye19's picture

yeah and weatherspoon shooting free throws has not helped. Sully missed some as well though.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

We are having a real bad game, missing shots, free throws, and our D isnt at it's best. They are hitting from deep. This OSU team seems so inconsistent. Looking ahead to Sparty?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Combo of being hung over from the Wisky win and looking ahead to Sparty perhaps. 

tampa buckeye's picture

its called a fucking zone defense matta, and there is this thing called a press.  worst coach ever=thad.  Guy gets the best talent in the country next to UK and does next to nothing with it.

BuckeyeMike74's picture

Thad better have a great halftime speech. I can't bear another loss, in bb or fb, to Purdont....

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I dont think an upset they will come out charged and still win by double digits.

 

 

I HOPE lol

Michigan Sucks!

tennbuckeye19's picture

This is not even a good Purdue team. They are average @ best. 

TLB's picture

just got home...........WTF?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

That's a fitting response....

DallasTheologian's picture

As per usual, one player is singlehandedly keeping the opponent in this game. Guy is 5/5 from 3.

tampa buckeye's picture

Byrd is 5 for 5 from three pretty much.  We can't guard a tree right now.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I hate playing @ the level of an inferior opponent. Tressel's teams did it in FB and it drives me crazy.

Idaho Helga's picture

Soooooooo Ditto.  I would say Wake Up America but I think I need Wake Up Buckeyes!

 

thePhilipJFry's picture

Is there a more overated defensive player than Craft?  Jackson gets to the rim anytime he wants with or without a screen. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Don't think Craft is overrated. He's just had a bad half. 

741's picture

Ridiculous. Or, perhaps rediculous (sic).

PharmBuck's picture

Yikes @ Thad worst coach ever comment. Simmer down 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."

tampa buckeye's picture

Zero adjustments at the half. I rest my case.

Neilwoodgables's picture

unreal

I Hate Michigan.

thePhilipJFry's picture

get fucking craft out now!

BuckeyeMike74's picture

Is there an Urb of basketball we can hire?

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Hi Samantha Steele

Michigan Sucks!

TLB's picture

Samanta = tasty vittles

TLB's picture

WB has gone straight down hill since all the talk started about him being the all-time leading scorer

buckeyefan927's picture

He didn't fall down a hill, he fell off a cliff

Neilwoodgables's picture

Once he didnt have Diebs as a threat to get him open looks he has looked very average

I Hate Michigan.

thePhilipJFry's picture

throw that crappy one armed high fastball pass a little harder next time craft

DallasTheologian's picture

Did Craft steal your girlfriend?

buckeyechad's picture

while I would say UK is the number one team right now its easy to forget theyre playing a pretty weak conference

Neilwoodgables's picture

Are you insinuating that Florida couldnt beat Purdue?

I Hate Michigan.

buckeyechad's picture

We beat florida.. just because our game is right after a uk game doesn't mean those are the only two games of the season to compare. (as the guy at halftime was doing)

TLB's picture

confident stroke by WB

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Fucking guy isnt even looking at the basket now and making them

Michigan Sucks!

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Can someone fucking challenge a shot!

Michigan Sucks!

buckeyefan927's picture

It only took Thad 7 minutes into the 2nd half to realize something was wrong with his defense?

tampa buckeye's picture

Great recruiter.  Couldn't coach Jordan Pipen and co. to a NCAA title. 

thePhilipJFry's picture

another play with craft watching a purdue player walk right down the lane for an easy layup. 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Purdue?

Well, I do.

That is all.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Powers's picture

miss craft now? jesus

TLB's picture

Time for WB to put us on his back for once.

DallasTheologian's picture

Hey, here's an idea...... play some defense

 

tampa buckeye's picture

Sully plays worse d then a guy a the ymca

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Time for someone to stop the ball on defense!

Michigan Sucks!

thePhilipJFry's picture

sullinger has to help craft who can't guard anybody on Purdue and it leads to another dunk

TLB's picture

No sir. That was Sully being slow.

TLB's picture

We're overreacting a bit here. It's one game and we aren't playing well.

Then again, this is the kind of mid-level team that we'll see in the tourney

DallasTheologian's picture

BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Terrible CALL!!!!!!!!!

Powers's picture

wow if this goes OT its gunna be bench vs bench

thePhilipJFry's picture

craft with a come from behind foul to disrupt the open layup he gave up this time

TLB's picture

Damnit Craft.....let him drive from the bench.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

can someone please please slide over and stop penetration!

Michigan Sucks!

TLB's picture

they might work on that in practice the next few days.

madhatterhater's picture

Scott can't cover him either!

go bucks

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I like what this game means to our resolve as a team. Good time to test it. Better than in March.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

thePhilipJFry's picture

look at the D from scott!  MORE PLEASE!

DefendOhio's picture

Defense looks awful. Every time we are letting them drive to the hole. How??

Neilwoodgables's picture

Would the kids drop the 7 nation chant already.

 

You would think that they could come up with something original

I Hate Michigan.

thePhilipJFry's picture

can we start calling craft the next greg paulus?  great as freshman morphing to unplayable as his career progresses.

BuddhaBuck's picture

When is Matta going to tell his guys to switch to a 3-2 zone?

Don't text while driving.

TLB's picture

dude just air'd one from 12 feet

thePhilipJFry's picture

Scott had 3 assist in 10 minutes.  Craft had 2 in 30 minutes.  Hopoefully it was just one awful game as opposed to getting exposed by aggressive point guard play.

rdubs's picture

i'd recommend zone, but the way they shot in the first half, I am not sure that would help.  something has to change.  sullinger is an idiot too.  should have used the pick and roll to get him going, instead he picks up a dumb foul 35 feet from the basket.

rdubs's picture

we don't have athletic enough bigs to prevent people from attacking the lane. anyone with athletic guards will be able to exploit this.  we could lose by 30 to missouri.

madhatterhater's picture

I really can't stand watching B1G reffed games. If everyone on both teams are in foul trouble that's on them.

go bucks

Powers's picture

Buford doin work

TLB's picture

W BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

madhatterhater's picture

Bufford taking over!

go bucks

buckeyefan927's picture

William Buford has been HUGE in this game

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Let's Go Bucks!!!!!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

tampa buckeye's picture

thats more like it willy

rdubs's picture

bad TO by Purdue with the 4 minute TV timeout coming up and now they only have 1.

741's picture

He feelin it.

TLB's picture

hahahahaha........................his comeback game

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Oh. My. God.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

madhatterhater's picture

Someone kidnapped the real WB.

go bucks

TLB's picture

how could we not get called for a foul there?

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Because the refs suck. Only this time we were not the sucker, but the suckee...

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

thePhilipJFry's picture

Scott and Thompson huge difference defensively

buckeyewarrior's picture

Enough already. Craft and Sully need to come in...

Texas Buckeye's picture

Atta boy, Will! Big Willie Style finally showing up in the clutch for tOSU! Go Bucks!

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

buckeyewarrior's picture

Can we not use that nickname which comes from an awful album who's biggest selling track is "Welcome to Miami"...Thanks.

Texas Buckeye's picture

That won't happen again. I promise you that was a one-time only reference. Considering how much Buford has struggled recently, it's nice to see him step up and play well.

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Willie has been an easy target for all of us to hit this year, but that sequence of events was undoubtedly my favorite moment of the season this far. 

/chills

buckeyechad's picture

same been rooting harder for buf than anyone on the team

TLB's picture

our dance teams needs to work on their talent

 

madhatterhater's picture

Craft is scary sometimes when it comes to crunch time.

go bucks

JakeBuckeye's picture

I guess I'm not crazy. I've thought the same thing for a while now.

tampa buckeye's picture

Hope this gets Willy going for the title run we need him.  

TLB's picture

what the hell was scarey linda cohn wearing?

madhatterhater's picture

Sully thrown to his back. No over the back?

go bucks

TLB's picture

I guess an elbow to the face is not a foul.

 

but a touch foul on the inbounds is

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Jezus. The Twilight Zone....

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

thePhilipJFry's picture

crrap, got to let Bufford handle the ball from here on out

Neilwoodgables's picture

he better drain these

I Hate Michigan.

rdubs's picture

hit the free ones and we win, no dumb fouls and we win. closing time

TLB's picture

Willllllieeeeeeeeeeeee

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

BBBBBUUUUUFFFFOOOOORRRDDDDDD!!!!!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

buckeyewarrior's picture

Again...terrible album with most popular track being "Welcome to Miami" not ideal for Ohio nickname.

741's picture

I love Sully, but man up bruh.

tampa buckeye's picture

He is soft and not ready for the NBA.

741's picture

I didn't mean it like that - damn. I mean, just get your ass back in the game today, Sully.

tampa buckeye's picture

that whole OH thing has got to go.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

That O-H is really dumb.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

thePhilipJFry's picture

yeah got to be all crowd

thePhilipJFry's picture

Crowd making a difference

Powers's picture

Very fitting end of the game. Buford saved us. but seriously some of you here need to settle the F down during a regular season game like this

buckeyechad's picture

hahahahaha for real

TLB's picture

I'll chalk it up to a sandwich game. I just hope they learn.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Lulz...

We still should have destroyed this Purdue team and we need to play for the best seat available. I'm sure Gene Smith can politic for us to get a great draw.......

TLB's picture

officiating is so damn erratic

BuckeyeW's picture

I think Sully REALLY needs to toughen up. He's always grimacing, limping around after bad plays, taking himself out of games. It's not a good look when one also does not seem to give full effort on defense.

tampa buckeye's picture

He needs to drop 20 pounds of fat.  His feet can't move that big ass fast enough imo.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

How can you not laugh at this comment? Sully needs to turn that baby fat into muscle if he wants to play facing the basket.

rdubs's picture

That would help, but he just isn't that athletic in general.  That is why Thomas will have a better NBA career.  Sullinger isn't tall enough to be a pure post player and isn't quick enough to do anything else.  

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Hold up....I have to go vote for Willy B now.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Thank God. If OSU would've lost to a 6'5" white guy named "DJ Byrd" then I'd have quit college bball forever. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

tampa buckeye's picture

Ya cause white guys can't shoot, right?

AcrossTheField11's picture

His name is DJ Byrnes... sounds close... has more to do with that than race.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I don't know, the DJ with the last name of Byrd probably shares your antipathy toward Turkey Day. Are you sure you're not DJ Byrd? You posted a comment before the game, then nothing until the end of the game . . . 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

People may get butthurt about that comment, but I lol'd.

Gotta love Ohio State athletics,. Thanks to the Tressel era and this game, some of us won't make it to 50. -_-

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I wonder how our free throw percentage for this game compares to the rest of the season. Seemed like we were hitting those this game more than usual.

thePhilipJFry's picture

It would have been nice if 15 minutes into the game when it was obvious that Craft couldn't stay with Jackson and Sullinger couldn't slide down low to block shots off the penetration if Matta could have tried to defend with Scott and Amir Williams just to see what they could do defensively.  Even if it didn't work out could have been excellent teaching point for next season.

rdubs's picture

anyone know where the OSU all time scoring list is?  link?

rdubs's picture

awesome, thanks, you would think they might put up the top 10 or so in major categories on the official osu site, but nope

AcrossTheField11's picture

This Buckeye team would get sodomized by Kentucky if they played today.  The offense, which can look sluggish at times without a true outside scoring threat looked good tonight but the defense regressed 200%.  After seeing UK destroy Florida, I was hoping for an OSU blowout to restore some confidence and this is what we got.  Hopefully the team was looking ahead to Sparty.

Silver Lining: Willie B found his swag... Lets see if he continues to step up through the B1G tourny into the dance.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Bobcat04's picture

I completely agree. This was not a good Purdue team, and OSU made them look like they were top 5. Ridiculous. Sparty destroyed this Purdue team by 30 POINTS at MSU. We made Kelsey Barlow look like Vince Carter. This team has no future beyond the B1G tourney if they can't hold a substandard Purdue team to less than this. What in the hell happened to the defense? I have a really bad feeling about the MSU game this weekend OSU just might get crushed at home.

rampageripster's picture

Reading this thread is pathetic... overreations... hyperbole... throwing insults left and right... fire matta, bench craft, cheer something different, we suck... go people, we won a trap game between two MASSIVE saturday matchups... Buford had a career game and we pulled it out... jesus christ

Cause I couldn't go for three

VestedInterest's picture

LOL...yeah...+1. This is why I don't pay any attention to in game threads. During games you're more likely to see people stomp on a box of puppies and punch babies. Not a stellar look.

funky123's picture

The way I saw it this game and this year has been the worst officiated games in memory. Now I'm not a violent man by nature but sometimes you just have to take control of things and do what needs to be done to rectify the problem. Now if four or five of these so called referees were to disappear, none that I would care to name, and then turn up with a change in their physical appearance then the others might take notice and amend their ways of doing things. Just sayin.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

For God's sake!  Overreactions abound tonight.  I think there's a big picture here that a lot of people have been missing due to the frustration of this game. 

I have a very funny feeling about this year.  This season, this team haven't been as strong in the regular season.  We've already taken 3 more losses than what we had at this time last year.  The reality is this year, Ohio State is not looking like the team to beat - not the best team in the nation by any stretch.  At least, it certainly has looked that way.  This team has stuff to work on.  There's chinks in the armor that need attention.  There's improvements that need to be made.  This is a team that is perfectly capable of continuing to improve and peaking come NCAA tournament time, because they need to.  This team is good enough to beat anybody anywhere.

Last year's team - we were the best.  Remember?  The need was not seemingly there to improve, and between January and March, we didn't.  We were the same team - capable of rolling through the first two rounds on sheer talent.  But what happened when we got in that real slugfest against someone who could match up with us and was confident?  We went down because that was foreign to that team.  This year, a game like this, and some other games we've had this season, might help us win a game like this against a #4 seed in the Sweet 16. 

I love that Kentucky is getting all the attention about being the best team in the nation this year.  Being that so-called best team that gets all the attention lays a big fat target on your back.  We would know about that.  Not that being #3 doesn't bring that target, but it's not the same as being #1. 

Let the Jimmy Dykes of the world overreact to how poorly we played defensively.  Let him forget the fact that teams do, from time to time, have off nights, and don't bring the usual and necessary energy every single night.  Let him forget the fact that when you're holding teams in the 50s of points per game, a game allowing 84 is probably more of a fluke than some weakness that Purdue has magically exposed.  I think tonight was more lack of intensity than not being able to handle what Purdue ran on us.  So Florida is the best in the nation at that "high ball screen" stuff that Purdue did?  Uh, we beat Florida.  Purdue had a hot shooting night, which can make any off effort defensively look worse than what it really was.  Not that I'm not frustrated with the game tonight...but this season has had more of a 2002 OSU football feel (underdog in the national title picture), whereas last season had more of a 2006 OSU football feel (the favorite until someone proves otherwise, which someone did). 

Class of 2010.

funky123's picture

Jimmy Dykes is a know nothing ESPiN hack.

SouthernBuck's picture

do any of you bitchers remember the days when we were almost always unranked and just trying to get into the dance?  it was a close game that we found a way to win.  purdue shot lights out from the arc, it happens. 

philipjfry, wow dude, watch some basketball.  it's funny how all the opposing coaches say he is the best defender in the country yet you and your basketball IQ see differently.

thePhilipJFry's picture

It could just be one matchup problem, that a guy who couldn't stay in the starting lineup for a subpar big ten team had Craft's number.  Whatever the reason I felt really bad for Craft.  He wanted to keep his man out of the lane and away from the basket, but so many times that the announcers started (then stopped because it became mean spirited) a tally of how many times he was beat for lay-ups.  I hope it was an just an off night and he returns to the form that absolutely killed Burke.  Matta is a fantastic basketball coach, we are lucky to have him.  His teams play great defense year in and year out.  He has the ability to coach teams to play great defense in man or zone depending on the talent available.  Matta does struggle with in game adjustments.  Purdue found a defensive match-up to exploit and it wasn't until foul trouble forced Scott into the game (with Sam Thompson) that Ohio State found a lineup that had some (not great, but some) success keeping Purdue from getting to the basket.

 

Point taken, I will stay off the 11w message boards in game.  Which is a shame because it was a whole lot of fun sharing William Buford's end game performance with all of you.  Go Bucks.

SouthernBuck's picture

i'm not saying don't express your opinion.  it is fun to see how others are seeing the game as we watch it.  i will say, craft had a very "un-craft-like" game.  but why the hate?  he had trouble with the pick up top.  there was no communication between the big that came up and craft.  one has to know the other is going to either A, stop the drive, or B, step out to keep from giving the open 3.  it's hard to make that communication adjustment mid game and we didn't do that.  it's not all craft, although he needed to fix it.  i'm sure they'll be working on it between now and 6:00pm saturday.  i am happy to see the freshmen coming in and playing defense.  that is what they should do with fresh legs and being on the sideline coming up with a plan to stop it.

thePhilipJFry's picture

True, it takes 3 people to successfully defend a pick an roll (screener's man must jump out on the opposite side of the screen to force the ball out wide, the man getting screened has to bump the screener to stop the quick roll to the basket and then get back to his man to keep him out of the lane, and weak side defender has to hedge to keep the screener from getting the ball while the screener's man recovers).  But while Purdue did kill Ohio State from the three point line, it was not primarily off ball screens.  Their ball screens were almost always on Craft, and they were getting the ball to the basket, which is the part he needed to stop.

I don't hate Craft and don't think he should be banished to the bench forever, just thought Matta needed to get him out of a situation where Craft was having no success to see if the quicker Scott could change this specific matchup in Ohio State's favor.

(The comparison to Paulus was out of line and due to my frustration watching the game and seeing Paulus on the bench during the game.  The comparisson as I made it was also incorrect because Paulus had 3 strong years before a dissapointing senoir season that saw him get significantly fewer minutes)  

 

 

PharmBuck's picture

Dang. There were some knee-jerk reactions last night.

"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."