Ohio State Basketball: Minnesota Open Thread

By 11W Staff on January 16, 2014 at 8:45p
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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Well... time to dial into the US vpns and watch the Buckeyes online!!!  GO BUCKEYES

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

skid21's picture

This should be interesting.
 

SnooBucki's picture

Let's get fired up boys and get back on track! #Intensity

ibuck's picture

Time to worry?
In the pregame Coffee with The Coach, Matta wasn't certain that the Buckeyes had learned to do what was needed to win this game. He thought they might be, but wasn't sure.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Seattle Linga's picture

Let's bring it tonight boys!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

PAYBACK FOR THE 72 BRAWL!

No Dick Vitale and no Bobby Knight!

Seattle Linga's picture

Nice memory CBD that was crazy

JOhio1560's picture

We've been repaying Minnesota for that game almost every time we've played them since.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

Thomas's picture

Q goes off tonight, calling it! Maybe...

skid21's picture

Oh good God. Just stop Missouri. This sucks.

German Buckeye's picture

How is it going, have no TV  :(

skid21's picture

Don't know. I have a TV but watching Missouri drag the game out forever. Damn it. 13 seconds lasts forever.

thekornidentity's picture

WHAT THE HELL LENZELLE?

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

SnooBucki's picture

What is Slam's field goal percentage outside of the paint?

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Come on smith two hands 

st pete bch buckeye's picture

How much much fuckin air is in this ball

kareemabduljacobb's picture

7-4 Bucks.  This Mizzu game needs to hurry up and get over already.

Braxton2Devin's picture

I will forever hate Mizzou. Those motherfuckers never had a chance of winning, just dragged out the last minute for about a half hour.

skid21's picture

I hate ESPN. Can no one step up and compete with them?

TLB's picture

FOX will own the B1G in a few years

skid21's picture

Minny's coach kinds looks like Pee Wee Herman.

TLB's picture

a brink from smith jr
 

Braxton2Devin's picture

That is not Craft's shot, yet he still takes it

Thomas's picture

 
And the shooting troubles continue...     

Zimmy07's picture

I think Ross got benched for that last Ole defense

dubjayfootball90's picture

Lets get some offense!!!

9Route's picture

Man, I just can't see a Thad Matta-coached team losing to a Mr. Vampire, Jr.-coached team.

#Lil_Vamp_Is_Outmatched

I'm just happy to be here

Braxton2Devin's picture

This team's shooting is atrocious. Won't make it in the tourney

dubjayfootball90's picture

Craft is going 100% all the time man. Even though the ball was out, I love seeing that guy dive. Shows tons of heart all day every day

TLB's picture

Size just kills us

Zimmy07's picture

The Zone kills us

Braxton2Devin's picture

Minny playing like absolute shit (6 TOs) and we are only winning by a point. Says a lot about this season

Go1Bucks's picture

5 fouls already!?
 
...and ESPN analass is calling us Ohio...

Go Bucks!

kareemabduljacobb's picture

We need to recruit more big men. 
 

Go1Bucks's picture

we have em coming, just need Matta to get Turner and we are great!

Go Bucks!

Thomas's picture

My eyes, my eyes...

TLB's picture

has the bottom line scroll jumped the shark?

dubjayfootball90's picture

wow, 8 TOs... Wow
edit: for Minny ;)

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

Our offense is incredible

Buckeye fan from PA

JOhio1560's picture

Thank goodness for that because we're Ohio State and we can't play defense.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

st pete bch buckeye's picture

8 t.o and we are up 3 jezzzzzus

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Thankfully we have a good D.  Otherwise, with the lack of shooting on this team, we would be pretty terrible.

SnooBucki's picture

Our guys are scared to death to shoot and you can see why. No confidence at all

CPDenn's picture

MOAR FORCED TURNOVERS. MOAR.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

As it stands, Lunardi has us as a 3 seed playing in a rematch with Delaware.
 

TLB's picture

playing like this, we'll be an 8-9

TLB's picture

errrr.....10-12

kareemabduljacobb's picture

God Amir is so weak in the post.

skid21's picture

Wow, Amir has no guts.

dubjayfootball90's picture

oh my goodness, this is pathetic

Braxton2Devin's picture

Another strong finish from Amir. Pussy.... Give me Oden and his knees anyday

Thomas's picture

God we need shooters. A big man would be nice as well.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

The need to go to the hole quit taking jumpers

dubjayfootball90's picture

shouldn't that have been a kicked ball on the last TO we made?

johnblairgobucks's picture

Looks like Lucy is ready to shoot some hoops, Buckeye style

Go1Bucks's picture

Any one else feel that the B1G officials were told to be meaner on rules with Craft and OSU?  Cant fathom no turnovers to monstrous numbers in a 2 game swing.

Go Bucks!

dubjayfootball90's picture

The minny big guy took 3 steps, and stupid fans are yelling BS for a travel call. Wow, bunch of idiots...

Braxton2Devin's picture

Yep, they're booing at anything not going their way

hspbuy1's picture

OSU masons- we're putting up a lot of bricks!

hspbuy1

Murph32's picture

Does anyone have a online link?

Go1Bucks's picture

neolive.eu might.

Go Bucks!

TLB's picture

You're better off without one.  It'll just frustrate you like the rest of us.  Playing much like the last 2 games
 

skid21's picture

WTF was that? Ross throws up shit and then lucks out. This is going to be a long season.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Dont get carried away they are 5 for 20 and still tied on the road, d will keep them in it

skid21's picture

Not getting "carried away" at all. This team leaves A LOT to be desired. The fact they are close after sucking isn't much of an endorsement.  This is not a Final Four caliber team. Matta may mold them into one but right now I'm not impressed at all.

Braxton2Devin's picture

What is Lenzelles dunk FG percentage lol?

johnblairgobucks's picture

At least Lenzelle goes hard, plays strong and isn't afraid to shoot.  If you could morph him and Amir, you might have a good offensive player.

Go1Bucks's picture

Sloppy play tonight. Matta needs to read riot! Damnit!

Go Bucks!

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Why do we keep shooting these kid range garbage shots?

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

Lenzelle Smith should be replaced with Sam Thompson..

Buckeye fan from PA

HattanBuck85's picture

This is an ugly game. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

Go1Bucks's picture

Looked like some backlash to Craft calling out plays.  Wonder whats going on with team unity?

Go Bucks!

Mute's picture

Boy is this offense painful to watch most of the time

Zimmy07's picture

I like the strategy we are using to attack the zone we just need more close shots to fall.
If Craft can hit a 3 they'll loosen the spacing

BuckeyeJosh's picture

but we all know he can't.

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it."     -Woody Hayes

TLB's picture

from way downtown.....BANG

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Thompson should have that range 

Thomas's picture

I would like to see slam take more jumpers, good looking shot.

skid21's picture

Sam needs to sit. He needed to sit much earlier in the last game.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Id like to see adv get some playing time.  We need balance out there.  This line up is terrible.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Thompson has a nice stroke, he just needs to be more confident out there. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

this is a very sloppy game. And that charge call... woof.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Are you kidding me ref ?  Two bad calls 

hspbuy1's picture

No way A C! (charge BS)

hspbuy1

wyatt's picture

Craft called for his charge? He is always on the other end.

okiebuck's picture

Buckeyes need to stop looking at the refs for a foul call; we've been getting mugged up there since the 70's; that's just the way it is; play through it!!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Deadly Nuts's picture

Both those guys were camping in the semi-circle and were not even set.

LEBRON

Go1Bucks's picture

yeah, replay showed no charge, robbed again

Go Bucks!

mh277907's picture

How are we this bad offensively?

buckeyebobcat

TLB's picture

when was the last time we lost 3 in a row?

Go1Bucks's picture

that was no foul
 

Go Bucks!

johnblairgobucks's picture

OSU's shot chart is starting to resemble a Bauserman passing chart

wyatt's picture

No box out on a free throw.  No excuse for that.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Amir needs to man the f*ck up, and box the f*ck out. WTF Amir, you are freaking huge, STOP PLAYING LIKE A PANSY!!!!

okiebuck's picture

Wish Lenzell Smith would stop trying to get on Sports Center and just make the damm layup!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Go1Bucks's picture

hell yeah

Go Bucks!

Mute's picture

OSU's interior defense and rebounding continues to be embarrassing

OSU069's picture

Well on the bright side, it looks like Slam is starting to find his offensive game again 

Thomas's picture

Paging Myles Turner.

dubjayfootball90's picture

horray for offensive woes

Jack Fu's picture

Lenzelle made a shot. I think I just had a stroke.

Go1Bucks's picture

Do we even know how to rebound?!

Go Bucks!

Seattle Linga's picture

Not playing Stanford football

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Tight rims and fair ball

wyatt's picture

I like the defense intensity of OSU.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

The question is why doesnt osu press?

TLB's picture

Cant afford any fouls

st pete bch buckeye's picture

They are turnover prone but it doesnt do good to get the ball 90 feet from the basket.

Zimmy07's picture

I read that we practiced pressing a lot in the fall.
Our press break doesn't look much like it though.

TLB's picture

Frustrating as hell.......but we are tied at half

Go1Bucks's picture

Thank god the half is over...

Go Bucks!

johnblairgobucks's picture

Does Amir even have hamstring muscles?  the way he shuffles up and down the court just looks awkward.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Ah cub foods brings back memories

beamga's picture

Gotta love Pitino's hustle on the backside haha
 

hspbuy1's picture

Nice one Q!

hspbuy1

Zimmy07's picture

Tied.  Could be worse.  Nice run at the end.

BuckeyeLuv's picture

Shannon Scott was the key to that mini-run......penetrating, getting inside that zone

Always BuckeyeLuv!

brandonbauer87's picture

Ohio State Basketball zone offense vs. Ohio State Football zone defense. Who wins?

BuckeyeJosh's picture

ttun

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it."     -Woody Hayes

BuckeyesMJ's picture

Our Zone offense is garbage! Craft & Scott have got to knock down a shot or 2! Teams are going to just play zone & find Ross. Our best zone offense is a back screen & lob to Thompson. And Amir just plays when he wants to. That comes from our lack of big men on the roster. Nobody is pushing him for minutes.

OHIOST1087's picture

Anyone have any info on why Della Valle didn't dress for tonight's game? Saw him on the bench in a suit and right before half.

okiebuck's picture

I don't give a rip about RPI ratings; the B1G is hands down the best league in the country; there are absolutely no gimmes in this conference.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

TLB's picture

That might be true, but we are going to have to play .500 ball in conference because our non-conference schedule was a joke.

okiebuck's picture

I know it was just one W but; it was a joke to beat ND who beat Duke the other day.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

oregonianbuckeye's picture

In street clothes due to a bone bruise on his knee from the Iowa game. 

Seattle Linga's picture

No where to be found

buckeye4life050233's picture

Q Ross and Thompson are the only buckeyes shooting above 33% in the first half......embarassing......

oregonianbuckeye's picture

A couple of thoughts from the first half. 
1) Our zone offense has changed significantly. We shifted L to the high post, which seems to have been effective at getting open shots. We just can't make them.
2) Matta decreased Scott's minutes, and took him out earlier than usual. I contend that Scott and Craft can't really play together offensively vs. the zone.
3) Sam T. looks really good. Love that guy.
4) At least we decreased our turnovers.
5) Defense looks good, but Trey and Loving are getting beat up on the boards. 

Zimmy07's picture

Sorry about the DV I was trying to up vote harder on the phone.

TLB's picture

big dude just walked around Amir for that rebound

TLB's picture

Lenzelle needs to sit

Thomas's picture

Jesus christ i'm going to get sick. This is terrible.

dubjayfootball90's picture

we are looking like a 4th grade team out there. This is so pathetic. 

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

o my, we suck

Buckeye fan from PA

skid21's picture

Wow, we seriously suck.

Mute's picture

This offense is unbelievably bad and will not improve any time soon
Play zone and you will beat OSU
 

thekornidentity's picture

I'm not having fun watching Ohio State basketball anymore.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

Go1Bucks's picture

what a joke, Minnie step OB, now officials no calling on reach ins

Go Bucks!

Roger's picture

That's a terrible call by the ref. When a defender jumps in to you, you can use your arm to maintain personal space. 

ibuck's picture

4 straight OSU TO's. Thes guys have poor poise and no pluck.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Go1Bucks's picture

the one TO, minnie step on the end line, no call

Go Bucks!

CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

No interior defense, poor shooting and playing to fast leading to sloppy ness. Slow down!

Pay It Forward!

Thomas's picture

Can we just play the first 15 games this year over again and call it a season?

johnblairgobucks's picture

I think my TV may be broken..... I have it on ESPN 2 and I'm only seeing this:

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

It's another frustrating game. Hope it gets better. 

Read my entire screen name....

mh277907's picture

What's amazing to me is that these kids are juniors and seniors! 

buckeyebobcat

CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

We have two open scholarships, any way we can add at this point?

Pay It Forward!

Go1Bucks's picture

arrrggghhh, embarrassing play right now

Go Bucks!

wyatt's picture

When is the first football game?

nightmuse's picture

Repeat after me Q....Catch and Shoot

Seattle Linga's picture

Be Aggressive all night long and we might win

okiebuck's picture

Wow we really suck; but are down one fricken point; go figure.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Seattle Linga's picture

Brick city lives in Minny

Go1Bucks's picture

now if only one other player would step up and score...

Go Bucks!

Mute's picture

I really don't like the one man offense thing we've been doing for the last 2 years

johnblairgobucks's picture

If I were Thad, I would Bench Amir back to the Stone Age.

TLB's picture

We must be in Minnesota

dubjayfootball90's picture

stay classy, gophers...

Seattle Linga's picture

Stay classy Minny you don't live in _ichigan

okiebuck's picture

Typical Minnesota class; remember Luke Witte.....

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Go1Bucks's picture

oseanics was sent out to cause fouls..
nice faking by patino

Go Bucks!

TLB's picture

The review will show a nice flop

johnblairgobucks's picture

Minnesota Basketball, a tradition of Home Court Class

okiebuck's picture

Nice flop

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

TLB's picture

I don't think that was technical worthy

AltaBuck's picture

Flopper

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Go1Bucks's picture

Thug is the new Barnyard animal for Minnie

Go Bucks!

Thomas's picture

Pitino just has one of those faces you want to punch.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Always go to the basket after a technical. Refs will call things very close in the next few minutes. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Shot clock was at 8 darn it

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Trey is killing us this game. Not rebounding and really struggling on the ball screen.

dubjayfootball90's picture

why have been been playing so terribly the past three games... this is so uninspiring

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Team with last possession wins?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

TLB's picture

Sam trying to cover for Tre's error

Go1Bucks's picture

godz, someone tell the officials we need to actually play the game

Go Bucks!

TLB's picture

A rock n roll machine

Seattle Linga's picture

Now we are missing bunnys

dubjayfootball90's picture

hahahahahaha, wow. Just wow. point blank misses. So pathetic

Go1Bucks's picture

bullshit call
 

Go Bucks!

Mute's picture

This team is not fun to watch

TLB's picture

One team is going to the bucket, Oregonian

wyatt's picture

At least we're keeping it close.

Seattle Linga's picture

What the H is going on out there

wyatt's picture

Sounds like Vince Lombardi...

hspbuy1's picture

This is looking ugly

hspbuy1

Thomas's picture

This has been easily the most irritating game yet this year. The Wisconsin game will be un watchable 

Go1Bucks's picture

Can someone tell Craft hes allowed to shoot the ball?

Go Bucks!

Roger's picture

In case you haven't noticed, he's a full time brick layer.

TLB's picture

great on D, liability on O

Braxton2Devin's picture

Wow this is just sad. Why can't these 4 and 5 star recruits pan out? 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Amir only has 1 foul. Not sure our defense can stand not having him in right now. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Let's hope we are playing our best basketball in March and April !!

Braxton2Devin's picture

Sadly, this is our best. Stellar defense, atrocious offense.

Braxton2Devin's picture

Just give this team a little more time

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

Atleast D'Angelo Russell can score. Next season we'll have a better offense.

Buckeye fan from PA

Go1Bucks's picture

Damn, Im done, can't watch this steamy pile anymore.

Go Bucks!

okiebuck's picture

I love Aaron Craft but after four years you would think he would have enough confidence to step up and make a jump shot.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Braxton2Devin's picture

Matta is a great coach and I wouldn't trade him for almost anyone else, but you've got to be wondering what happened this year? He really hasn't made much of this team

buckeye4life050233's picture

Maybe shows how much chris jent really meant on the offensive side of the ball, coaching wise......we just have no offensive game whatsoever......

TLB's picture

Thomas is the difference, not Jent

JakeBuckeye's picture

UGH ITS JANUARY/FEBRUARY AND I'M AN OHIO STATE BASKETBALL FAN SO NATURALLY I'M VERY ANGRY AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON.

Braxton2Devin's picture

I don't understand the sarcasm. We haven't fucking beat anyone of importance....

JakeBuckeye's picture

Oh my God. We do this freaking dance literally every freaking year! When will Ohio State "basketball fans" EVER comprehend the concept of COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOT BEING COLLEGE FOOTBALL. The middle of basketball season is by far my least favorite time to visit Eleven Warriors, because without fail a hive of college basketball illiterates mob the forums with their doomsday thoughts and theories, failing every year to realize that mid-season struggles and a few losses mean nothing in the long run. I take that back, they do mean something, cause these struggles and losses are going to HELP this team! That's how college basketball works. Unlike the idiocy that is the college football system, we're able to grow because a loss does not doom us.
/rant.

ibuck's picture

I'd like to see evidence of these Buckeyes learning from their mistakes, or getting better. Even Craft is screwing up.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

johnblairgobucks's picture

Will shooting 30% from the field will help us in March? 

JakeBuckeye's picture

ITS NOT FREAKIN' MARCH!!!!!!!! MY GOD ITS FREAKIN' DEJA VU EVERY YEAR WITH YOU GUYS.
Seriously. None of you remember how much you cried last year and the year before during regular season struggles? How did that turn out? Oh, that's right, a final four and an elite eight.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Whatever dude.... When Deshaun comes back, maybe this year's team can be compared to last year's.  Until then we'll just have to have faith that outside shooting and an inside presence will develop in the next 8 weeks.

Braxton2Devin's picture

Jake, this team is not like our past ones. We simply cannot shoot. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

You must have no memory of how much our fan base has irrationally freaked out in the middle of the season the two seasons before this one.

pjtobin's picture

Score?

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

down 48-42 with 6 min left. 

Mute's picture

When Craft, Scott, and Thompson are all in against a zone it's basically 2 on 5

wyatt's picture

turnovers...........

Seattle Linga's picture

Where is Sully when we need him

Buck Commander's picture

Amir Williams  is weak no clue what to do ,this shit is making me sick givin up waaaaaay too many easy lay ups ....horse shit

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

Seattle Linga's picture

Just when you thought we got it back

wyatt's picture

getting out hustled too...

thekornidentity's picture

This game is terrible in so many ways.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

cdwcub's picture

This team is so frustrating to watch. Fundamentals are lacking

CDW

Mute's picture

Holy shit this offense is a complete joke
Minnesota gets a steal just because Scott was about to go into "pass it around the perimeter for 20 seconds" mode

dubjayfootball90's picture

That strip just shows how freaking lacksidaisical we are playing. Our heads are not in this game. That just shows we expected them to lay down be we are ohio state. There are a bunch of kids wearing scarlet and gray that have their heads up their asses and have no idea they are playing a freaking basketball game right now... On the road... in the B1G. This is so freaking pathetic

Thomas's picture

38% on the night, seems about right.

TLB's picture

hmmmm.....didnt know you could dribble up by your head

pjtobin's picture

Can you kind buckeyes fill me in on what the score is, please?

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Roger's picture

OSU: 42
MIN: 46

Thomas's picture

46 - 41 minny has the lead. Be happy you are not watching.

pjtobin's picture

Thank you all!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

This pathetic display of hoops makes me truly wonder if we will win 20 games this year.  This is the worst Ohio State basketball team in the past 10 years - BY FAR!

skid21's picture

We're not a good team. Very weak in the middle and no consistent offense.

AltaBuck's picture

Call a moving screen on these assholes
 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

TLB's picture

1 game under .500 in B1G play puts us at 23-10.  With our non-conference schedule, does that get us in the tourney?

Thomas's picture

Shooters and a strong aggressive big man. Something a team needs to be good. We have neither. 

AltaBuck's picture

I've got shooter!
 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

I guess I am not the only one who feels we were a little overrated. Lenzelle Smith needs to sit on the bench, but who would replace him that isn't less of a liability?

Jack Fu's picture

This is hideous. Jesus.

skid21's picture

OMG that is some pathetic shooting

kevdale86's picture

This is some kind of cruel joke

Seattle Linga's picture

Time to lay the hammer THAD - give them coffee and wake them up

Thomas's picture

Between this teams offense and the football teams defense I have aged 20 years in the last few months.

wyatt's picture

Haven't liked Minn since Corky Taylor, Ron Behagen, Clyde Turner and Dave Winfield mugging in '72.

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

exactly i can not stand Winfield and I hated him when he was an Indian too. that was total BS and I don't think much was done about it, from what i remember Anyways.

AltaBuck's picture

Abandon the half court offense and ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK! What do you have to lose?

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

oregonianbuckeye's picture

You know, the missed shots is frustrating, but not surprising. What really has caught me off guard is the amount of silly turnovers by Scott and Craft against the zone. Some of the passes, particularly to the high post, are just awful. Did not expect that this year out of those two guys.

lax20's picture

This team is very average.  It will be hard to finish in the top half of the B1G.  I see an 11-7 conference record at best.  This will not be their year.  Sure wish Deshaun Thomas stayed.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

this team doesn't win 11 games in conference - 8-8
We are te 7th or 8th best team in the league right now.  Shit, I'm not sure we could be Northwestern.

Braxton2Devin's picture

And this is the part I don't get. How are our great recruits not being able to play better than the 2 and 3 stars at Iowa and Minny. Some of this lies on Thad Matta

johnblairgobucks's picture

OSU has that "High School Girl's JV Offense" thing down pat. 
Can't stop watching though........ still hoping the clouds part, the light will break through and the Buckeyes will start running an effective offense.

dubjayfootball90's picture

wow, good series, FINALLY!

dubjayfootball90's picture

the game clock is running

Zimmy07's picture

Why is the clock running!

dubjayfootball90's picture

15 seconds ran off the clock

brandonbauer87's picture

Does this team ever do shooting drills while winded?  It seems like any pace throws off their accuracy. They can't afford to lose even the slightest precious bit of that. 

Buck Commander's picture

Ross is pushing his shot and not following through.......I smell a comeback.We never play well till there is 5 minutes left in a game....MSU/ND

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

Braxton2Devin's picture

Matta needs to stop getting all these athletic, physical specimens, and instead focus on getting pure shooters (white boys) such as KENNARD! I know, D'Angelo Russell is a start. Kam Williams hopefully too.

Seattle Linga's picture

Field goal percentage sux

wyatt's picture

Why do white guys play so well against OSU?  First Iowa...now Minnesota.

Jack Fu's picture

Hey, maybe we should MAKE A GODDAMN FREE THROW.

Thomas's picture

There FREE for god sakes!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Q Ross has really struggled since that technical on Pitino.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Need to go on a run here.

Seattle Linga's picture

Just wait until we play princeton some year

thekornidentity's picture

A team this bad on offense can't afford to miss all these free throws and turn the ball over so much.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

dubjayfootball90's picture

so many weak hands on the team. No strength down loa. None

Thomas's picture

Just burn Kam williams redshirt. Couldn't hurt.

toad1204's picture

This game is flipping painful

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Seattle Linga's picture

Can someone please pull our heads out of our A--

toad1204's picture

They aren't playing as a team and are missing the big who can play the post and defend the post.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

I understand why Matta went small with Loving at the 5, but he hasn't given us anything offensively this game (zero points). At least Amir can push guys off the block and get a rebound occasionally. 

ITWASME's picture

God I wish we had this thing that has killed us what is it? Oh yeah FUCKING SIZE

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Pretty sure ADV on one leg could help our offense right now.

PharmBuck's picture

Turned this game on for a few minutes then remembered why I have avoided watching this team. Like watching a high school offense. Our "vaunted" defense is vastly overrated as well. We shoot so bad we can't even dunk, LOL.

"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."

topgun67's picture

I have not seen this bad of basketball in a long while.
We are pathetic on offense...  LQ scores but he makes a lot of mistakes and can't seem to get the free throws.
Where is Craft, Scott, and Smith's offense?  we have no one who can score...
last time i checked, basketball is about who scores most

brandonbauer87's picture

The last time the Buckeyes looked this lost they ended the season in the NIT. They have the same struggles every game. B1G opponents know how to use our weaknesses against us. 

Mikefletcher24's picture

Where's the energy that we saw late vs sparty? Something is up with this team 

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Can we have next years recruits now please?

TLB's picture

Folks, this team is in danger of not making the tournament

JakeBuckeye's picture

Excuse my fucking language, but this is fucking ridiculous. Look at yourselves in the freaking mirror. Every damn year.

TLB's picture

it wasn't this bad last year.  There is nobody here to bail them out of the free fall like Thomas did last year.

JakeBuckeye's picture

TLB I remember your name from the same group of people that freaks out every year, so give me a break buddy.

Jack Fu's picture

Not that good. Just not that good.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Awful. All I've got to say. You really on ross for everything and he shuts down. I'm embarrassed.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Seattle Linga's picture

Boy do we miss Deshaun

lax20's picture

This game is over.  Blowout city and down to the basement.

Seattle Linga's picture

We miss 8 footers and they make 30 footers - unbelievable

PharmBuck's picture

Could these announcers be any more pro-minnesota?

"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."

kevdale86's picture

This team is done!!!

st pete bch buckeye's picture

Just no excuse for that... fuck everything

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Welp, can't wait for football season to start.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

The fat lady just knocked on my door and said it was bed time....

Youngbuck85's picture

Any recruiting news?

Thomas's picture

Turned the channel, couldn't stomach anymore. Hopefully they get things set straight. The B1G schedule is unforgiving. They will be lucky to go 500. in the conference. 

Baroclinicity's picture

Man, this is tough to watch...

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

skid21's picture

Gonna be a long season with not much fun involved.

Mute's picture

This team is going to struggle to make the tournament at this rate

dubjayfootball90's picture

wow. this team needs to wake the f*ck up. This is atrocious. Absolutely atrocious.

toad1204's picture

There's something's going on.  Teams not playing together at all.  I have a hard time believing Minny is this good.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

brandonbauer87's picture

Scott really isn't taking advantage of the extra minutes this season. I think his style fits this team better as a spark from the bench. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Rolling the ball on the court like the last 7 years isnt going to be enough anymore

dubjayfootball90's picture

awesome. I love missing free throws.Best strategy to get back into a game and win it. KEEP IT UP!!!

TexasBuck11's picture

If we were even a decent free throw shooting team, we could still be undefeated. The FT % is deceiving because it doesn't calculate how many times we miss the front end of a 1 and 1. All three previous games have been horrendous at the line. We show energy on D when we are down and it's required to be up on the ball but we don't have the bodies on the bench to play in your face the entire game which we need to be doing since our offensive is sputtering, and using the word sputtering is generous.

Seattle Linga's picture

Is it April Madness yet

bigbadbuck's picture

I'd say by what I've read here so far Linga it's January madness. The kind of madness that makes some fans want to throw themselves off a ledge.

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks Triple B - that was funny

OSUBias's picture

These team just doesn't have it. No clutch players. Very frustrating. 

Shitter's full

st pete bch buckeye's picture

No adv all fuckin night benched smith for most the second half matta is a joke

Jack Fu's picture

Yeah, 'cause Smith was fucking terrible.

TLB's picture

I'm frustrated too, but c'mon

skid21's picture

Most ridiculous post ever. Yeah, Matta is a joke and Smith is the best player ever. Smith is a selfish, unreliable average at best player. ADV didn't even dress for the game genius.

bigbadbuck's picture

Get a grip!

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

Mikefletcher24's picture

Even craft looks like he's resigned to losing.

Jack Fu's picture

Get ready for bubble discussion this year, boys. Yeesh.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

This is the first Thad Matta team in a while without either an All-American or a former Top 10 recruit (Thomas) or both. And boy, does it show.
 

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

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

How hurt is Ross? That's at least 4 shots from the lane within 8 feet that came up short.
I was hoping Aaron would have a better season, and prove the nay-sayers wrong, and that he could make t in the league. I think a pre-req. for the league is that you can put the ball through the ring.
Still wouldnt want him on any other team though

WB

jaxbuckeye's picture

Just remembered the game was on.  Just turned it on to see we are getting beat down.  Can anyone give me a  summary?  Typical not being able to score?  Craft not asserting himself on offense?  Ross playing soft?  Smith disappearing?  Amir being Amir?  For as good as this team is defensively, what I've seen this year is that this team is soft.

wyatt's picture

All the above and turnovers.

Jack Fu's picture

We're not very good.

hspbuy1's picture

Pitiful
 

hspbuy1

topgun67's picture

Losing is one thing; this team has nothing - you name it.  pathetic, lethargic, under-sized, lack of confidence.  All in all we stink. 
We might make the big dance... but don't count on it.  we might just be the 6th best team in the B1G. 
When you have 1 scorer and no one else shows up, you can't win much

CPDenn's picture

"We might make the big dance...But don't count on it." LOL. Can't tell if trolling or serious.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

If we go .500 in the Big Ten, with no significant nonconference wins to boost us, we're a bubble team at best. And where's the improvement going to come from? This is a veteran team. Except for freshman Loving, what you see from these guys is pretty much what you can expect in March.

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

Jack Fu's picture

He's totally serious. At the rate we're going, we're gonna end up with a record somewhere around 20-10. Those teams always end up on the bubble, and when you're on the bubble the committee focuses on whether or not you've beaten any good teams. We really haven't. If things don't turn around, hell yeah we might not make the dance. To think otherwise would be myopic.

dubjayfootball90's picture

alright, I would much rather work on this stats homework than watch this trainwreck...

skid21's picture

Craft shoots like a girl. Really? After 3 years in the program he still has that pitiful stroke? Who is the shooting coach?

oregonianbuckeye's picture

For the past three years it was Chris Jent, who was regarded as one of the best shooting coaches in the NBA prior to his time at osu. Lebron credited Jent with developing his shot when he was in Clev. Not sure who took over the role this year. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Tough loss in a tough road environment. This was just a bad time (after two losses) to have to play this game against a good team in a tough arena. Let's get the troops rallied, look at ourselves in the mirror, and start next game with a fresh mentality. Thad and Craft will get this show on the road, just like they do every year. Go Bucks!

UrbanCulture's picture

3 straight games I have been too pissed to finish watching

AltaBuck's picture

These announcers suck ass.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Seattle Linga's picture

We came back against ND but not tonight

oregonianbuckeye's picture

I understand people getting frustrated with a lack of shooters on this team, but I don't blame Matta. He's brought in Kam Williams, ADV and Q, all lights out shooters. Loving will be a really good shooter in time as well. Saying he recruits athletes and not shooters ignores Diebler, D. Thomas, D. Cook among others. This is a short term problem in the Matta era IMO. 

Zimmy07's picture

Tied for 9th in conference

topgun67's picture

yup. that's about right.  i think we are a bit better than NEB, NW of the world's.  ILL is prob better than us... MN better...  M State, WI, Iowa same.
Purdue might be close. 
Just not liking our team this year - chemistry isn't there.  LQ isn't the answer - he is all offense and little else, not to mention he worries about ref too much. 
Well, I guess we were bound to have a down year...
Can't wait til football season.  what a long long season of cold misery winter
 

Seattle Linga's picture

Just another brick in the wall

Seattle Linga's picture

When are we going to beat a team like we are supposed to 

wyatt's picture

Congratulation to Minnesota for kicking our ass all over the court. Bye.......

Seattle Linga's picture

Another Buckeye Beatdown - unbelievable

jaxbuckeye's picture

I know I am going to get DV'd into oblivion, but I don't care.  Getting really sick of seeing the basketball team achieve less with more.  What's the point of having 5 stars if they play like 2 stars?  Where is the motivation and coaching?  There are many, many coaches that get more out of less.

skid21's picture

Who are all these 5 stars you are talking about?

jaxbuckeye's picture

Would you prefer "McDonald's All Americans" and "Mr Basketballs"?

topgun67's picture

Against M State - come back from a huge deficit and gave it a go
Against Iowa - melt down in the last several min to lose big
Against MN - melt down in the last several min to lose big - missed FT's by LQ, TO's, you name it.
What's up w/ this team? 
Look like a BAD HS team with one scorer on the team. 

lakejamesbuck's picture

Ohio State Bricklayers...how can Thad find some offense...do you wait on the upper classmen or go with the young guy Loving. I hope he goes with Loving and prepare for next year. It is painful to watch but I still love the Bucks!!!!

JakeBuckeye's picture

I am willing to make a $500 bet that this team will make the tournament. So all you crazies can put your money where your mouth is and take my wager if you are so confident in how horrible our team is and how incapable they'll be at turning this around.

skid21's picture

So is making the tournament is your goal? 60+ teams make the tournament. Big f*cking deal. We have a ton of wins against bad teams so as long as we finish in the top half of the B1G we should make the tournament. Not all that considering we were a top 5 team a week ago.

bigbadbuck's picture

Fans meet ledge. "Look out below!"
 
shakes head

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

Gametime's picture

The whole idea of recruiting great players is to recruit alphas - and to put it frankly Thad doesn't stock up enough of them in succession. He builds excellent teams; guys who are willing to lay it all out for each other: BUT we need to have more than ONE guy who will step up and take over a game on both sides of the ball. 
The LAST time we did (the 2010-11 and 2011-2012 teams) saw us loose heartbreakers, but those guys were championship-caliber teams that lost to teams with similar or more NBA level talent.
Thad has to keep building like he does, and hopefully he'll be able to land some of these "1 and Done" caliber guys he keeps just missing out on. 

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

Come on guys, it's impossible to be an amazing team every year. Anyone who thought this was a top 10 team needs to look them selfs in the mirror. The media put them do high, this team is what it is, no real game changer. Next year beings a lot of talent and the Bucks will be back. Blame the guys who leave early, what's Thomas doing these days?

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