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This Season

route4buckeye's picture
March 16, 2014 at 9:09am
10 Comments

Just wanted to take a few minutes and share my thoughts from this season with you guys.

From this point on, we only have one guaranteed game to watch :(. That means only one more game to watch Aaron Craft irritate coaches and opposing point guards, to see all of our fans on here get agitated (rightfully so) at the ineptitude of the offense.

This season started off great. A lot of people bitched about our non conference schedule, but it was actually very solid. Ohio was a 20 win team. American was a 20 win team and won the Patriot League. Maryland was decent ACC team. Notre Dame was decent until they lost to us. North Dakota state won the Summit and had 25 wins. And even Delaware won the CAA and had 25 wins. So the non conference schedule was not as bad as perceived. In fact, it was pretty decent.

Then conference season arrived. A win at Purdue and a win at Nebraska started us off before derailing and losing 4 straight games. At this point, you began feeling like this team was not going to be anything like the teams we've seen in the past 5 years. Inconsistent offense. No proven scorer. Inability to score down low were all issues that we had, but one thing we had going for us was defense. I can't tell you how proud I am of this team's defense. We haven't had a decent defense in football since the 2010 season, so I'm living vicariously through the basketball team's defense. Aaron Craft is Aaron Craft. Shannon Scott cemented himself as an elite defender this year. It seems like he is constantly getting 3 or 4 balls deflected each time he comes in. Amir Williams showed flashes of being a post presence, but often got himself in foul trouble which is something he definitely needs to work on. Trey McDonald was solid defense and energy off the bench. He will never be great, but I like his hustle and the energy he brings to this team. Lenzelle excelled in on ball defending like he always did and had a decent defensive year. LaQuinton Ross looked lost out there at times, but has shown that he can defend to a certain extent.

Unfortunately, this team did not have a Deshaun or a Jared which ultimately became our downfall this season. The inability to score when a basket was needed hurt us all year in several games such as the first Michigan State game and the Michigan game at home. Ross has shown that he can be that guy lately, but we need a solid #2 guy to give us 15-16 points a night and that hasn't happened all year save a few LSJ and Craft appearances with 12+.

As we enter what could be our final games watching this team this weekend, I want to remind everyone what a great coach we have. If this is a down season for us, I will take a down season every couple years if it means we have the sustained success that we've had in Matta's tenure! While this is not the greatest team to ever play at Ohio State, they are still Buckeyes and I will still be rooting for them hard until the final buzzer sounds on the season and we go into full football mode. Next season brings promise although we are losing Aaron. We bring in a solid group of freshman, plus a redshirted Kam Williams. Loving should evolve as a player and everyone should improve. I'm looking forward to next season. This team could lose to a 12 seed or go all the way. You'll never know. Enjoy the ride and Go Bucks!

osu07asu10's picture

 but if any team can lose in the first round of the NCAA and win 6 in a row to win the National title, this team can do it. Enjoy the ride and Go Bucks!

 

That would be a mighty impressive feat, losing in the first round and winning the whole tourney...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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route4buckeye's picture

Pretty sure you misunderstood what I said...

I meant if any team could lose in the first round in one NCAA tournament, and win it all in a separate one, it would be this team.

osu07asu10's picture

Pretty sure you misunderstood my sarcasm dots, and then misused the sarcasm dots

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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buckeyestu's picture

No that is not exactly how you worded it in your post. OSU07 was correct.

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route4buckeye's picture

Apologies. Edited to make more sense.

halfmile78's picture

Agree with most of what you say. Would have liked to see Loving play more. I know he had confidence issues, but the only way to get him out of that is to play him. Williams drove me crazy all year. Anyone that says he doesn't have talent doesn't know basketball. The guy was just too laid back. He needs to be more aggressive and want it more. Will he ever get there? I don't have an answer.

Halfmile78

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FROMTHE18's picture

During the undefeated stretch to start the year, I had a similar feelings like I did for the football team: we were missing something. Wins were there but the team didn't look sharp often, there were early signs of 3 point problems and no inside game. For what its worth though, Matta did a great job with a team that I think may have been his worst since the NIT team. How you get swept by Penn State makes no sense to me at all though. 

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ColoradoBuck's picture

I can't help but imagine how good this team could have been if we had landed Rodney Hood. Could have been better than the team last year IMO. But it is what it is, and all things considered I think Thad deserves a lot of credit for this team being relevant despite the offensive woes. It should say something about his coaching ability that a team likely to be seeded in the 5/6 range feels like a disappointment. I could legitimately see us losing on Thursday/Friday or making a run all the way to Dallas, and I don't think either would surprise me. I just want Craft's legacy to end in a fitting way.

bergy22's picture

This team is/has been very frustrating. Lots of talent left on the roster for next year with really nice pieces coming in. As much as I'd like next years team to be better I think they'll perform very similarly. Losing Craft will hurt more than people think.

Big Ten will be wide open next year. I expect Michigan to be the favorites but behind them its WIDE OPEN. Sparty loses a lot, Nebraska and Wisconsin will be solid. Iowa could be good again. Interesting year.

route4buckeye's picture

I think Wisconsin will be the favorites next year.