Wednesday Skull Session

By Sarah on February 22, 2012 at 6:00a
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Bonjour mesdames et messieurs. Now that it's The Day After Mardi Gras Day, I hope everyone is recovering nicely from king cake, glitter shoes, "Indian Red"1, and the basketball team serving a cold dish of revenge once again.

And since hell hath no fury like Ohio State scorned, I suppose I wouldn't mind if they faced off against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.

As cathartic as it was to watch this team shoot well and handle their opponent in a way that allowed Matta to clear the bench, it also made me want to scream at them for the times when they underperform. At this point, I think the only predictable element about the Buckeyes is that if you put a Rubik's Cube in front of Aaron Craft, he'll solve it in under a minute.

Then again, last year's squad ran like clockwork, and they didn't make it past the Sweet Sixteen, so you never know what March will bring. Well, except for the return of awesome TV shows.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS2. Besides taking on the downward spiraling Illini, what else contributed to OSU's 65% shooting performance, their best since meeting VMI in November? In his postgame interview, Thad Matta told Bob Baptist, "We didn't do anything magical or anything like that. They just went down for us."

Of course, it's not that simple. Matta's bunch also played a more up-tempo game, and he added, "I thought our spacing and, overall, the angles that we wanted for the drives, those types of things were much, much better tonight."

One adjustment he made was substituting Shannon Scott, not Sam Thompson, for Lenzelle Smith Jr. during the first timeout. That move put Craft and Scott on the floor together and kept the contest going at a quick pace. Although the freshman PG missed on all of his five field goal attempts, he did tally four assists, three rebounds, and a steal in his 22 minutes. 

In turn, Matta replaced William Buford with Thompson, which gave the senior more rest than he has been getting during games. Weekday Buford responded with 17 points on 7/9 shooting. He also started for the 126th time, an Ohio State record he currently shares with Jamar Butler and Alex Davis, and one that he will own outright this Sunday against Wisconsin. Hopefully, Weekend Buford, the evil one who shoots 2/12, does not make an appearance on Senior Day. 

 IT'S ALL ABOUT THE GREATER GOOD (THE GREATER GOOD). Speaking of the WB3, he didn't attempt a FG until six and a half minutes into the game last night. Unlike against Michigan, he explained, "I was just trying to pass up good shots for great shots."

If he can, on a consistent basis, play like he did against Illinois, "outlook good".Which Buford turns up in March? Cannot predict now.

It was that improved shot selection that helped him account for such an efficient offensive performance, and it's what Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News calls "the most vital component of Ohio State's assault on another Big Ten championship and perhaps its first Final Four since 2007."

In some ways, its not a huge surprise that Buford the Good Witch showed up against Illinois. Earlier this week, both Chris and Jason covered his struggles versus ranked teams, something the deflated Illini haven't been for a while now.

However, if after 126 career starts, he finally learned his lesson that forcing shots rather than finding the open man is not the approach to winning, then the rest of the season could be special for the Scarlet and Gray. 

REPLY HAZY, TRY AGAIN. Breaking out the Magic Eight Ball, SI's Luke Winn takes a delightfully analytical look at eight national championship contenders.

While he notes that it's unlikely Ohio State will earn a #1 seed anymore (as they currently cling to a #2 seed), Winn lays out the reasoning for not overlooking the Buckeyes, and as just mentioned, Buford's the key:

But it's worthwhile to keep in mind that they still have the country's most efficient defense -- one that forces turnovers at a high rate, limits opponents to one shot and keeps fouling to a minimum. Jared Sullinger's offense is just as good as it was during his freshman year, and he's become a better all-around defender due to his weight loss. If William Buford heats up again, as should happen, Ohio State will be the scariest No. 2 seed since UCLA's loaded 2006 squad.

The two other Big Ten teams that Winn included were Michigan State and Michigan. Under the guidance of Izzo and senior Draymond Green, the rebounding-proficient Spartans have the tools for a run in March. As for Michigan, they also have a streaker shooter (Tim Hardaway Jr.) whose play could make-or-break the Wolverines, and their current resume bares a strong resemblance to UConn, last year's national title winner. 

Among the rest of the eight were both the usual suspects (Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina) and not (New Mexico, Wichita State). Despite their youth, Kentucky appears deserving of their #1 ranking. They had to rely on senior Darius Miller to lead a comeback last night versus Mississippi State, but UK still won 73-64, giving the Wildcats a 27-1 record. That lone loss came on a buzzer beater against Indiana. Unstoppable in late February means little, though, and I can only hope they meet the same tourney fate that they handed last year's #1 team. 

Notably absent from his list were Missouri, Kansas, and Duke. Each has characteristics, like Duke's struggle on defense, that caused Winn to believe they're ripe for getting upset when March Madness rolls around.  

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (FOR SIX MONTHS). After leaving Tennessee for the younger and prettier USC two years ago, Lane Kiffin is still feeling the Vols' wrath. He has a way of getting under people's skin, as he did with Urban Meyer when he accused the then-Florida coach of cheating to try to land a recruit. Unsurprisingly, that did not go over well. 

Now that both are away from the cesspool that is the SEC, Kiffin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it's water under the bridge:

"Yeah, I'm glad Urban and I are where we are in our relationship. When you're young, you make some mistakes. We've moved forward from that. Who would've guessed we are back at battling each other for recruits even though we're a long ways away? I have tremendous respect for what Urban Meyer does."

I imagine the two bros trade laughs about Brady Hoke's weight, Nick Saban's height, and Bret Bielema's repulsive pick-up lines. Then like frenemies4, they try to subtly one-up each other at all times. 

ONE STEP CLOSER TO KNOWING. Just like they will again today, a group consisting of 11 conference commissioners, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick, two BCS officials, and a BCS lawyer gathered yesterday to confer about a playoff system. Since any changes wouldn't be implemented until 2014, nothing has been decided, but all indications point to a plus-one model taking effect then. 

Still, there's a lot to be discussed before anything is set in stone. Where and when to schedule the semifinals and finals are important issues, though most prefer the championship game to happen closer to New Year's Day, for both school and ratings purposes. How regular bowl games fit into the system is another question that will be debated at these meetings.

A four-team format, rather than one with eight or 16, appears to be in the cards. While that may not be ideal for many playoff proponents, it's at least progress. However, no one should expect a verdict on the matter for at least a few months. 

YOU MIGHT LINK I'M CRAZY. It's the best time of the year for Ohio State wrestlers... Binghamtom finally got a win... The Danny O'Brien case... The full title sequence of Breaking Bad... Have you gotten your "cut it out" fill of the day yet?... Who doesn't miss the 90s?... Maddie the Dog likes to take a stand... The teacher must be a dog person... What happens in the shower.

  • 1 About 95% of any real knowledge I have of Mardi Gras comes from Treme
  • 2 Somehow, that movie franchise is starting to rival Harry Potter in length
  • 3 Though, not the now-defunct network that was represented by a trolly frog that shares a name with everyone's least favorite university. 
  • 4 Or, eternal enemies for six months.
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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

If we lose to Sparty, Michigan wins out, and we don't make a deep run in the B1G tourney do we drop to a 3 seed?

I remember the 90's differently - Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Clerks, Grunge prior to Courtney Love, Lallapalooza, X-Files, Sega, Mortal Kombat and losing to Michigan pretty much every year. I don't miss losing to Michigan every year.

buckeyedude's picture

Good to see they're helping Buford get over his mental issues.

Plus one here, 15 years later, plus one there....WTF? Maybe before I die, they'll have a real playoff. I would be happy to see an eight team playoff. Anything less than that, I wouldn't call a playoff. Why does it always have to be this +1 B.S.?

And why was ND invited to "confer about a playoff?" I doubt they'll ever play in it anyway. They should just join the Big East for football and get it over with, IMHO.

 

 

BoFuquel's picture

I loved the 90's I was 20 years younger.I especially liked That Cooper Guy.Much more than Eldon Bruce.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

DallasTheologian's picture

Love the Hot Fuzz reference.

Denny's picture

Have you ever fired a gun in the air whilst going 'arrgh'?

Taquitos.

DallasTheologian's picture

No I've never fired a gun into the air whilst going 'arrgh.

"Have you ever fired your gun whilst jumping through the air?

No

Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?"

Maestro's picture

Nice solid ass whoopin'.  Well done.  Bring it Bucky.

vacuuming sucks

Bam_Childress's picture

I like the Matta's idea of subing in Scott for Smith, and Thompson for Buford.  It gives us more depth and keeps the defense guessing.  

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Squirrel Master's picture

Well I am a happy camper today, for now! Even though all our suggestions on what the bball buckeyes coach should do to the lineup did not happen, he did make some alterations to his substitutions. I still think he can switch it up more but the fact that he tried something new gives me hope.

Using 2 attacking style PG at the same time is intriguing! Speed up the tempo and put opposing teams back on their heels a bit is a nice change of pace. I also like giving Buford a nice rest although I am concerned these little changes were only because it was Illinois. We shall see if Matta has another trick up his sleeve this weekend.

I still think the bench did not get enough work especially since it was a beat down of a lesser team. I expect this type of substitution during regular matchups like Wisky. Scott and Thompson were the only bench player to get double digits in PT. Not that I expect that much all the time, it should have been more in this game.

I did like Ross's numbers last night. 2-3 with 5 pts and a rb/ast each. I hope that quells his issues with PT for a bit.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

sandytowne's picture

Matta's refusal to use his bench is somewhat of an overrated complaint.  Come tourney time all teams shorten their benches so you may as well play the ones who brought you there. 

I do think that when someone is playing terrible or in a horrible slump (like say, William Buford), Matta should look to the bench to see if someone can create a spark.  Wataching Buford abuse the rims to the tune of 31% against competent defenses gets old quick, and merely because he's a senior doesn't mean he should be assured 30+ minutes of playing time a night when he simply doesn't have "it."

Squirrel Master's picture

I actually disagree. Yes teams shorten the bench come tourney time but lets say you get a starter with an injury during the tourney, you want to be confident that the next guy stepping in has some PT experience so there is not that much of a drop off. Not to mention a college bball season can wear on players, especially in the B1G where its a battle every game, and rest can be helpful. The thing I am worried the most is Sullinger. He has to battle in the post every game and his body gets beat up so come tourney time he is whiped out. A few minutes of rest or at least playing against smaller PF could keep him fresh.

I live in Louisville and Rick Pitino subs in alot of players. He has at least 2 guys get at least double digit PT from his bench. He also plays matchups. Now I am not saying Matta should follow what other teams do, but the nights where he REALLY shortens that bench and you may get 2 players with little PT, that is a problem.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Baroclinicity's picture

A lot of those 90s pictures could have passed for late 80s pictures and I never would have noticed.  I was at Ohio State from 93-97, and to me, the most recognizable thing was the flannels/alternative look and all of a sudden not being cool if you liked a band that became popular. 

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Maestro's picture

Killed 311 for me.

vacuuming sucks

Squirrel Master's picture

not really for me. "All mixed up" was over played but I still liked it.

Red Hot Chili Peppers hasn't been the same for me. Sold out! The 2 worst were Phil Collins and Elton John. They were so cutting edge and cool and then in the 90's they went DISNEY! Still puke when I ever hear Circle of Life. That is not the same person that wrote "Rocketman".

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BuckeyeSki's picture

311 is still a great band today. Been going for almost 20 yrs now and still have more energy on stage than most new bands that come out. If anyone really likes 311, try and make it to 311 Day sometime. Sick festival. They play 3 different 2 hr sets at different locations in the selected city

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OSUNeedles's picture

My wife & I were very tempted by the 311 cruise last march... Couldn't quite justify tne cash since all my student loans for grad school had just kicked in. Definitely fun to watch live even though I am now becoming the old creepy guy at concerts who I probably would have made fun of when I was in college.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Nah, because at least your not the half-naked, unshaved and unshowered, peaking on LSD 55 yr old hippie that is at EVERY 311 show

/SilverLining

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OSUNeedles's picture

No... That's me! I didn't know I was that famous! Sometimes I go all the way naked, though, if it's a nice outdoor venue... Or I just nap in a Port-a-john once I've come down a little bit...

BuckeyeSki's picture

I don't wanna ruin your liquid but can I grab an autograph?

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CoachGrasso's picture

Finally activated my account to post on this thread...

Headed to my 2nd 311 Day (06 Memphis) in Vegas in a few weeks with the wife and a few good college buddies. Good to see some fellow excitable ones on 11W!

Pam's picture

Wasn't Circle of Life written for "The Lion King"?  I don't think you can hold it against Elton if he wrote it for a Disney movie. I saw Elton at Vets Memorial in 1971. I will never ever forget it.

Squirrel Master's picture

Yes it was and doesn't make it any better! It's a disney movie!

Back in the 90's when our rock icons would sell out, it was heart breaking. It is one thing when a song is so good it is used in a commercial (Like "right now" in a pepsi commercial), it is something totally different when they deliberately write for money! Elton John got paid. I don't fault him, it just ruins the iconic reverence. Songwriters in the 60's and 70's wrote for passion and to speak their minds. Not to glorify dancing cartoon Hyenas!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Pam's picture

Considering how many songs he wrote that were amazing I am not going to let one song written for a children's movie diminish his body of work. Elton is a songwriter from the 60's and 70's by the way. His first album was released in 1970, but he had been writing songs long before that for other artists.  "The Lion King" was one of those kid's movies that adults could enjoy. My son was a baby when it came out and when I put the tape in he would laugh his head off.  Does Tom Hanks doing "Toy Story 1-3" make his performance in "Phildelphia" less passionate? Nope

Chris Lauderback's picture

I'm indifferent on EJ as a whole but Madman Across the Water is a crank. Government Mule does a sick version.

Baroclinicity's picture

+1 for Government Mule.

I always liked "Funeral for a Friend".

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Very fond of "Tiny Dancer". That's some quality song writing, Mr. Taupin.

Pam's picture

"Burn down the Mision"

Northbrook's picture

"Come Down in Time"

Tumbleweed Connection is a great album.

Squirrel Master's picture

Hold on. I never said I hated "the Lion King". I dislike the songs in that movie and other disney movies written by iconic rock artists. And I did say songwriters in 60's and 70's referring to Elton John. I am old enough to know that "Rocketman" was not written in the 90's.

Tom Hanks is an actor! Not the same thing. Rock icons in the 60's and 70's and even 80's were not viewed like that. They were never Pop! Alot of these musicians wrote and played because that was their passion. They traveled the road, rocked and partied. Not work with Disney.

Tom Hanks never stood for a time like the 70's. He is a great actor but I will never confuse him for artists that was revolutionary and subculture.

If your rock icons start writing jingles for cereal commercials, wouldn't you be a bit put off?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I hear ya, but at least EJ had the integrity to sell out honestly, writing and singing silly new songs for the Disney movies - he directly laid his artistic image on the line and literally inserted himself into the media products.

Lately, many so-called "alternative," cutting-edge bands end up stealthily sell out their music to corporations for t.v. commericals and whatnot. They cut a song and then, like, 18 minutes later the song is being used to sell cars, beer, and cologne. When you ask them about selling out, they sort of go, "huh?" shrug their shoulders and say, "talk to my agent, brah."      

NC_Buckeye's picture

Funnest sellouts for me were the funkmasters, Sly, p-funk, etc. For them, it wasn't technically selling out. It was more like gaming the system.

Pam's picture

Some of my rock icons that travled the road and partied are dead, Janis, Jimi and Jim. I think their passion for attention and getting loaded were about the same as making music. I don't know what those three would be doing know, but if they wrote a cereal jingle as good as Foxy Lady, The End or Mercedes Benz, I would be buying that cereal.

Squirrel Master's picture

lol. Foxy Lady fingers by General Mills!

Well I guess it is just my opinion but I do feel strongly about it. I do understand that the idea of artists starving for their art is a bit outdated but I hate to think there were other motives for writing said song. I should also point out that I love musicians when they are up and coming more than established ones. I am not against artists making money. Its just my taste.

It just gets to me when I see Steven Tyler on American Idol. I don't know! I don't want the guy lying in a pool of urine with a belt around his arm but I don't like him posturing on that show. Let Simon do that job!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Pam's picture

I believe 'lol" is against the commenting policy.

Squirrel Master's picture

It was removed! and anyways it was for when people just post "lol" at a comment and nothing else. the series of lol taking up a whole page was annoying.

Talking off topic is against it as well. I go down, you're going down with me Pam!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Pam's picture

There are quite a few of us going down!

Squirrel Master's picture

I know. Might as well break all the rules then and go down in flames! We should discuss the politically situation that the catholic religion is in while we "lol" at derogitory comments by others while promoting how great some fat guy up north is. That should do the trick!

BTW, some punk on another site said Hoke got the better of Urban. I gave him a swift font lashing about "Urban has 2 rings on his hand and Hoke has 5 rings around his waist!" amongst other stuff that I could get kicked off here for. :)

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

Why do you hate dancing Hyenas that enjoy Elton John Songs!?!?

BuckeyeSki's picture

Someone didnt review the commenting policy. Animal Racism will NOT be tolerated!

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Denny's picture

#RIP5DeadZebras

Taquitos.

Squirrel Master's picture

well back in the day, those dancing Hyenas were hallucinations! for disney to actually capture it on film ruins the high man!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

It is kind of funny how not PC Disney movies, even recent ones are.  I mean for crying out loud a significant part of  the movie is spent making fun of a mentally retarted Hyena character. 

Maybe that Hyena's brain got cooked with those hallucinations back in the day!

Squirrel Master's picture

Walt himself thought up a talking, dancing mouse as his main character driving a tugboat! I think drugs had something to do with the start of that idea.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

pcon258's picture

i dunno, im kinda torn on the whole selling out thing. i guess im looking at it from a fairly neutral standpoint, because by the time i was aware of elton john, he was well past his prime, and lion king had been out for almost a decade. I mean, i'd prefer if every artist stayed "pure" or whatever, but im not too offended by writing for a movie. I look at it almost like johnny cash, the ultimate badass, the man in black, performing on the muppets. like its not at all his persona, but when you actually watch it, its kinda cute (i dont know if "cute" has ever been used to describe mr cash....). i dunno, maybe im a product of my generation, but the writing for movies, typically, doesnt bother me

also i love the music discussion on an osu thread haha, its great

Squirrel Master's picture

Can only vent so much about basketball in one day! lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

The whole "selling out" thing is laughable. For people that probably spent a large amount of time waiting to make it, and are unsure of how long it will last they have to take the money as it comes. I know I would. You could call me a sell out all you want. It would be hard to hear you from the top of my mountain of cash.

 

dolla dolla bills ya'll

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btalbert25's picture

Exactly, being an artist you never know when your product is no long going to be popular.  Of course Elton John was wildly successful by the time of the Lion King, but it ain't exactly like he has a pension or health plan either.  Barring causing physical harm to someone else, I'd sell out in a heartbeat.  Put my songs on Etrade commercials and every damn cartoon on TV.  How musicians have come out with 1 hit song or 1 hit album only to be never heard from again.  How many have never even made it that far? 

I don't see how doing something at one point in your career, like Circle of Life, at all diminishes the achievements of the 70's.  Plus old Elton may have needed the money anyway. He led a pretty crazy lifestyle for a long long time. 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

It's the same thing as someone leaving school early to play in the NBA, NFL etc.

 

Look at Greg Oden, for example. If he wouldn't have left, he probabaly never would have gotten that money. From what I've read, he's smart with his money and is probably set for life as a result. If he would have stayed at OSU even 1 more season I don't think he ever gets drafted and then all he can do is wonder "what if".

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btalbert25's picture

I remember after he was drafted and he had all that money I read an article about him.  He was still driving around his like 97 taurus or something like that.  I read a lot of his comments in that article and thought damn I hope he makes it, that's a really good guy right there.  He was a guy who wasn't going out and buying 100,000 dollar cars, or taking his entourage of 50 people out to expensive dinners.  He was still living like a college kid basically.  I'm sure he blew some money just for the sake of doing it, but you just really knew he had a good head on his shoulders.  It's really a shame the guy's career has worked out the way it has, you almost have to think at this point he's gotta be considering just hanging it up. 

If he has played his cards right it would be a pretty awesome thing to be retired by 25. 

Northbrook's picture

Nice post.

Greg is always welcome back in Columbus and Buckeye nation in general. His bonifides are established. You can come home again, Greg.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I read that same article, and it stuck with me also. Sounds like he has a good head on it's shoulders, which makes it even more of a shame that his knees haven't held up.

 

I hear that he's typically taking classes every summer at OSU to finish his degree too. Sounds like an all-around good guy and great representative for OSU.

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OSUNeedles's picture

This is what has always struck me about OSU... If you do things the right way while you are here as an athlete, this town will take care of you. I have always loved Oden's personality and character. There is no doubt that Cbus will help the man out if he needs a nice job as a medical equipment rep or something, but hopefully he can get in a few years of bball first.

btalbert25's picture

It is cool.  It's also cool that the kid went to Eat 2 Brutus.  

Squirrel Master's picture

I don't mind selling out for money as much as how it happened. Sorry, Disney movie soundtracks might as well be "Glee" soundtracks. I will listen to yellow brick road while you guys enjoy Circle of Life!

I am pretty sure Elton John has had plenty of money through out his life. He came from a well to do family and started young enough.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

Even if he did, I don't think Circle of Life makes earlier work like Rocketman somehow cheaper.  That's the problem I often have.  People get mad when the Rolling Stones sells one of their songs to a company for use on commercials, but who cares.  If nothing else it's pretty impressive that 40 years later they are still relevant.  Plus those dudes are like 150, they need every dime they can get. 

I guess I can understand losing respect for the artist, but I don't think it makes the great work of their past somehow not as great anymore. 

sandytowne's picture

Yeah so Illinois is terrible and has been in free fall the past month or so.  A victory over the Illini is not nearly as cathartic as some would like to believe.  tOSU has some serious, unsolveable issues that are going to spell trouble come tourney time.  

Specifically, the lack of any outside threat will cause teams to double down on Sullinger and squeeze the lane.  There isn't a shooter on the team or bench who will be able to spread the floor either so unless Buford or Craft get on an unbelievable hot streak (which hasn't happened all year), this is going to be the downfall of the Buckeyes.   

Squirrel Master's picture

I think that is why I liked subbing Scott for Smith Jr. It sped up the tempo and got away from that stagnant half court offense without reliable outside shooters. You are very right that this team really doesn't have a great outside shooter. Buford and Thomas are the best and their numbers don't reflect anything for opposing teams to worry about.

Change is good! How about a few minutes of Thomas at the 5 and surround him with all the best shooters and play small ball. Just a few minutes. Playing the same style every minute of every game will not get it done. It will be the downfall of this team if they keep doing that.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

mclovin's picture

I did like Scott and Craft on the floor at the same time, but I'm still more a fan of a lineup that would utilize the size and athleticism of this team to create mismatches.  I'm not in love with where Craft or Scott is at with their respective games, but I can appreciate the effect it has on changing the pace of a game with two ball handlers capable of pushing the offense. 

One thing I thought we would see out of this lineup is some kind of full court press, but I think Matta really must not be in favor of that kind of defense because I can't even recall him ever using it.  With such a long and athletic bench, it'd be nice to see if that kind of defense could compensate for our offense when it isn't exactly running on all cylinders. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I do hope they are at least working on a full court for when it will be needed and during the tourney, there will be a time it would help. I think Matta's defense is working fine based on the numbers. Getting everyone back and letting Craft pressure on ball seems to be working out well. Biggest issue on defense from what I see is Sullinger is not able to stick with those centers like Leonard. That is when I do wish Matta would play the matchup game and get someone on him that could run around a bit. Leonard is a tough guard because he is skilled enough to stay off the block and pull out the post defense but then he is big enough to post up against smaller defenders.

I think Williams looked bad against Illinois in defending Leonard but I think he needs that experience. I think he would do better against a low post banger with his height. Either way, each possesion that Sullinger doesn't have to fight down low on defense, is good for him fighting down low on offense. I am sure if Williams can battle someone on defense and Sullinger can battle the same person on offense, that player would be tired as hell near the end of the game. Plus it also helps sully avoid foul trouble which we saw last night, although BS calls!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Bam_Childress's picture

Its sad to see williams so underdevloped...Mattas has done such a nice job developing young big guys guys fast (i.e Greg, Kosta, BJ, Jared).  

5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

mclovin's picture

Williams has a ways to go but I don't think he is underdeveloped.  Say what you will about Matta's coaching and his usage of the bench, but you said it yourself -- he's got a great track record of coaching bigs.  It's hard to say how much progress Williams has made since the beginning of the season, seeing that he's not on the floor all that much, but the fact that he is getting floor time at all after really appearing lost early on speaks for itself about his development.  Personally I have liked what I have seen recently with his ability to defend the low post (not necessarily in a man-defense scenario but as a general shot disruptor), his ability to finish around the rim (he gets vertical quick and throws it down w authority), and his shot from the free throw line. 

Riggins's picture

Sarah, if you're gonna link a version of Indian Red, make it the best version.

Mightaaaaaaay-cooty-fiyo!

Poison nuts's picture

They called the SEC a cesspool....Amos?...Catch 5?

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Sarah's picture

No, I called the SEC is a cesspool. They were probably just thinking it. 

ArTbkward's picture

Don't mention a certain word that sounds like rover-bining or those two will be here like white on rice.

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(Also, I'm not a dude)

Denny's picture

Danny Glover whining?

Taquitos.

Maestro's picture

Did you know that there is "beauty" in rover-bining?

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

But what does it mean? Do I want to know the answer?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Clover mining?

Rover dining?

 

ArTbkward's picture

Hehe... clover mining.  I like that, especially with St Patty's rapidly approaching.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Poison nuts's picture

Damn - I was hoping to check back here & see that those 2 had engaged in a 7 hour argument with all who would participate. No dice. Surprised they didn't catch the rover-bining & come out swinging. Maybe the article needs to be written by DJ to peak their interest.

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