Maybe the timeout isn't necessary, but perhaps we just needed one of the following: 1. Gus Johnson, 2. Ron Lewis, 3. Someone who had been 'awesome'...
That was a different situation, because it was after a missed free throw and they had over 9 seconds left. Besides, we don't know for sure whether Thad had any TO's left at that point. In last night's game, we know he had all of them left and so it's a puzzle why he didn't use one in that situation. I mean, what else are time outs for, if not to draw up a play to get a good shot?
I would've preferred we call a timeout - I mean it did lead to a made Diebler 3 just seconds earlier - but I know it's not Thad's MO so it is what it is.
With our array of three point shooters I don't think a timeout does much for us. In fact, I think it would have given KY a chance to set up their defense making it harder to inbounds the ball and get it up court, etc.
My only problem with the last five seconds was to whom Craft passed to. He had a wide open Deibler to his right - and I would have slept a little better last night knowing that the BIG 10 record holding three point shooter took our last shot.
If you have the timeout, use it - especially, if your team has been dropping too many bricks.
They lost by two points. Matta should have pulled'em aside and drawn up a play.
I never understood the concept of "letting the defense set up" they have no idea what you are about to run and the offense should always have the advantage.
Agreed. How many times have we seen that situation before and watched as the coach took a TO, drew up a play, sent the team out to inbound, and then took another TO when he saw what the defense was doing? Then he draws it up specifically for that defensive alignment and it's that much more effective. I'm not saying that we would have made the shot; heaven knows we missed much more than we hit last night, but I would have preferred to see the coaches use every trick in the book to win the game. We don't get any points for saving time-outs.
I look at that situation this way: OSU would be putting the ball in play under KY's bucket. No doubt in my mind that KY would have jacked up backcourt pressure after a TO to take time off the clock. Good move in my mind by OSU. If a TO was called it should have been at mid court with at least 3 seconds left.
"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)
"OSU would be putting the ball in play under KY's bucket."
When you are inbounding after a made basket, you have the entire baseline to work with. You can run along the baseline, or even pass to a teammate who is out of bounds on the baseline, before inbounding, and all of that can happen before the clock starts. As long as you get the ball in before the five count, you're good.
Here's something else to think about: OSU had only taken one timeout in the game up to that point and so they had multiple TO's remaining. They could have taken one timeout just to draw up a half-court pass, after the completion of which they could call another timeout and probably less than a second would go off the clock. They could then inbound from half-court with almost a full 5 seconds left. I saw Illinois execute this strategy to beat Indiana back in the 80's when they had only 4 seconds left after IU made a basket. After completing the half-court pass, they called timeout. Then after the TO, they inbounded to an open Doug Offenberger and he hit a 3 to win it. You can imagine how steamed Bob Knight was after being out-foxed by Lou Henson.
"When you are inbounding after a made basket, you have the entire baseline to work with. You can run along the baseline, or even pass to a teammate who is out of bounds on the baseline, before inbounding, and all of that can happen before the clock starts. As long as you get the ball in before the five count, you're good."
I know that Joe after officiating HS and some college ball for 14 years, just phrased it wrong. Trying a half court pass with the way KY defended all game would have been iffy at best. I hate to use the overused phrase "long and athletic" but that's just how it was. There was a TO right before KY's posession and I'm sure certain scenarios were discussed. To paraphrase Matta, these guys know what to do.
At the end the Bucks got a good look and a decent shot off; it just didn't go in.