Five Things: Walsh

Chris Lauderback's picture
November 3, 2013 at 9:57p

1. I found it interesting that Scott was in the starting lineup with Craft, Smith, Ross and Amir, effectively pushing Thompson to the bench. I love having Craft and Scott out there to hawk the starting opponent's PG and SG but whether or not that lasts probably hinges on whether or not Craft can be a much better off-guard offensive player than we saw a year ago when that experiment failed pretty decisively. Against smaller teams, I love the lineup. Against bigger teams, Sam might have to see the floor more though Smith is the best guard/wing rebounder on the team.

2. I liked what I saw from Marc Loving. He's a multi-skilled player who will be a factor in coming years regardless of what happens this year. That said, I won't predict it (yet) but I could definitely see a scenario in which he becomes a reserve that comes in with a threat to shoot the three (or score in general), maybe stealing those categorized minutes from Della Valle. I know fans have a crush on ADV - I like him too - but thus far, he looks like a one-dimensional player and Loving could project to have a much higher ceiling than that. Loving needs to put on weight but he looks stronger than Della Valle was a year ago. Either way, I like that there's someone to push Della Valle for the perimeter minutes not chewed up by Craft, Scott, Smith Jr, Thompson and Ross.

3.  The Post - Amir and Trey still not only look like twins, they still play like twins. Amir has the most potential but both are clearly far more advanced defensively than offensively. Amir, for example, blocked the first shot he saw at the defensive end, then promptly airballed a 4-footer at the offensive end. I think both can be sufficient enough to anchor what will be one of the most dominant defensive backcourts in the nation but foul trouble will be a concern against the taller, more physical teams Ohio State plays, especially on the road. 

4. The new hand checking rules are going to turn more than half of college basketball games into free throw shooting contests in the last 8-ish minutes. The rule is intended to create more offense by giving players increased room to operate but from what I've seen and read, it's going to take time for players to adjust. Craft will be smart enough to adjust but it'll be a painful process for many players, coaches, refs and fans. 

5. Those shoes, tho. Brutal. 

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OH_IO's picture

I feel like you've left us a cliffhanger with #5.  I don't think I've ever said this before, but I NEED to see the shoes.

Oh yeah... Is it reasonable?

TheShookster's picture

He ain't even stretch doe!!

OH_IO's picture

Okay, those aren't nearly as bad as I was expecting.
Which, as it turns out, isn't saying much because of what I was expecting: 

Oh yeah... Is it reasonable?

TheShookster's picture

Thanks for the summary! I was interested to see how the game went.
It's exciting that, if OSU deserves a shot at the national championship in basketball, they won't get screwed by being in an awful conference. Also, I know it was talked about before, but I was just looking through the bball schedule; who was the genius who scheduled the Marquette game to conflict with the football game at Illinois?
I know that next year the recruiting class is ridiculous, but I can't wait to watch THIS team. Even with the loss of their leading scorer, I think they are going to be a better TEAM this year. And those nights where every shot from the baseline to half-court goes in for Ross...those will be fun.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

thatlillefty's picture

I like Scott coming off the bench, personally. Especially if Slam Thompson has developed a j and some better ball handling skills. Good time to play around with the lineup though.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I have an opinion about the supposed new rules on hand-checking; namely, are they really "new," or is it more the NCAA telling refs to please enforce the rules that were already on the books? Because it seems to me we've been down this road before, with the refs promising to call the games tighter, and actually doing that early on ... before gradually getting worn down under pressure from coaches, media, and fans (the average fan already thinks there are too many damn free throws late in games).
My bet is that by the end of the season, the games will look pretty much as they always have, and hand check fouls that were called in November will again be allowed to slide.

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

Chris Lauderback's picture

I think it's a "clarification" and an "added emphasis" that the refs have been asked to enforce:

Additionally, it has been stressed to officials that they must consistently call hand-checking when a player keeps a hand or forearm on an opponent, when a defender uses an arm bar to impede the movement of a player, and when a defender places two hands on an opponent.

RBuck's picture

Craft will be smart enough to adjust but it'll be a painful process for many players, coaches, refs and fans.

Looks to me that Craft will have to do some adjusting real quick. 4 fouls in about 23 minutes of PT.

Long live the southend.

Bolt's picture

If they're trying to make games more exciting by stressing that the refs call more fouls, the NCAA is extremely misguided. It may or may not generate more points (probably will) but that doesn't make the game more exciting for the fan. Stopping the play every 30 seconds for a foul will only make the game slower and more frustrating.

GoBucks713's picture

I'm still wondering why the updated basketball schedule isn't up on 11W.

-The Aristocrats!

GoBucks713's picture

Really?? When will the 2013-2014 Schedule be posted?

-The Aristocrats!

sb97's picture

Let me add another thing...
I really enjoyed George Reese's commentary.  Especially when Amir Williams tried to dribble across half court after a steal.  The BTN should really look into hiring this guy.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Matta MUST make an unbreakable rule for Scott. DO NOT SHOOT MORE THAN 5 TIMES PER GAME. He took 12 shots in the Walsh game. 3 more shots than anyone else on the team and he only made 4. An indisputable fact since Scott arrived on campus, he is a TERRIBLE shooter. He has trouble making lay ups unless on undefended breakaways.