Scoring Drought Costs Buckeyes in Loss to Michigan

By Kyle Rowland on February 11, 2014 at 11:05p
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just when it looked like Ohio State was going to upend another ranked foe, it reverted to its old ways. The Buckeyes led by double digits over Michigan in the first half Tuesday night and eight in the second half before it all evaporated, thanks to mistakes not seen since January.

Poor free throw shooting, failure to grab rebounds and miscues on defense were all present as the Wolverines went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half en route to a 70-60 win. They outscored Ohio State 33-17 over the final 12 minutes. It was an all too familiar collapse for the Buckeyes.

“You can’t get comfortable. We found a way to go on the road and get a couple wins, and today we didn’t have it,” senior point guard Aaron Craft said. “Today, we weren’t the tougher basketball team down the stretch. That’s what hurts.”

LaQuinton Ross led Ohio State with 24 points and seven rebounds, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points.

Michigan dominated the second half, shooting 52 percent from the field and nearly 60 percent from long range. The No. 15 Wolverines outrebounded Ohio State 39-27 overall and 14-8 on the offensive glass. They scored 11 second-chance points and had 18 bench points.

The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes were 3-of-20 from three-point range.

“We definitely wanted to limit them to one shot and try and get offensive putbacks,” Michigan forward Jordan Morgan said. “It was a team mentality on offense. We came up with some loose balls and fought for some rebounds that could have gone either way. It really made a difference in the game.”

Nik Stauskas scored 15 points for Michigan on just four field goals. He made three 3s and four free throws. Freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Zak Irvin had 10 points.

Ohio State held a 26-16 advantage with a little over five minutes left in the first half, but missed nine of its final 10 shots. It allowed the Wolverines to creep back in and they closed to within one late in the half. The Buckeyes’ next field goal didn’t come until the 18-minute mark of the second half, a drought of more than eight minutes.

“It probably started with our defense, getting some momentum and getting stops,” Morgan said.

In many ways, it was a tale of two halves. Michigan began the game 5-of-22 before its turnaround, while Ohio State shot nearly 70 percent during the opening 10 minutes and then quickly went south.

“They got inside on us and [created mismatches],” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “They got a couple big rebounds and we had to defend again and defend again. “From what I saw, we went to block some shots and the rotation wasn’t there.”

The loss is a setback for the Buckeyes’ redemption tour. They’d rebuilt their image and reputation by defeating two ranked opponents on the road and winning three consecutive games. But all of Ohio State’s deficiencies were there for everyone to see during Michigan’s second-half onslaught.

This season’s been defined by the unordinary, going against the grain at every turn. The Buckeyes’ horrid January stretch got further in the rearview mirror with each passing win. Losses to cellar-dwellers Nebraska and Penn State seemed like ancient history, but visions of those performances appeared Tuesday night at inopportune moments.

“We didn’t have the execution we needed,” Matta said. “We had a couple careless turnovers.”

Michigan ended a nine-game losing streak inside Value City Arena, winning its first game in the building since 2003 and only its second ever. Ohio State has lost three home games this season, its most since 2007-08.

“The atmosphere in here was tremendous,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said. “It felt like a Final Four game.”

The Buckeyes, once again .500 in the conference, travel to their personal house of horrors – Illinois’ Assembly Hall – for a Saturday night main event.

“I don’t think it will be difficult [to bounce back],” Ross said. “I think everyone is going to come back to practice with a different mentality. Guys will be down tonight, but we have to look forward. We have six games left in the Big Ten and have to be ready for those.”

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dubjayfootball90's picture

At least we did well on the defensive boards...

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Mute's picture

Just didn't play Stanford football tonight

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I can literally step back and say we played the better game at least 90% of tonight. They really just hit the shots though.

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

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RedStorm45's picture

The point is to score, so michigan played better.

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OSUStu's picture

Uh, maybe we played better during 90% of the first 15 minutes...

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

stevebelliseeya's picture

When does football season start? 

 

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Maybe Harris commits? The only thing that could make my night.

LEBRON

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M Man's picture

Harris now planning his visit to Michigan...

Coming next Saturday to Michigan's winter "Junior Day" plus MSU @ UM basketball in Crisler:

http://michigan.247sports.com/Article/Damien-Harris-Update-177082

GoBucksOSU's picture

This is what happens when you don't make 3s and the other team does. Bucks were outscored by 14 points in the 2nd half.

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buckeyefanatic's picture

I think we survive with the shooting, IMHO it was all the second chances and offensive rebounds that we allowed them.  REDIC

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d5k's picture

There's a critical tradeoff between first shot 2pt% defense (which was probably incredibly low/good last night) and defensive rebound %.  We need to figure out a way to help without giving up easy offensive rebounds.  In the losing streak we were giving up ole' layups at times so this is the better alternative compared to that.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

A team of juniors and seniors blew two separate leads and got dominated on its home court by what is basically a team of sophomores. 

I have a bad feeling we're going to be looking up at these guys for a long, long time. 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

They are building a three and done program up there. 

LEBRON

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jamesrbrown322's picture

So freaking typical of this team...

Still thinking Sweet 16 is a possibility, but probably the ceiling. Any word on Mickey Mitchell? :)

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Yamosu's picture

I think we should be attempting more 3 point attempts... This team just has too many pure shooters on the outside to attempt 50% of their shots from inside the arc.  

On a separate note, I want to hug and kiss a poisonous snake.

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Jack Fu's picture

This team just has too many pure shooters...

wat

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Jugdish's picture

sarcasm

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Amir done did it again.... I guess Matta wasn't on his di... back these past few days.

LEBRON

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Deadly Nuts's picture

strikethrough didn't work

LEBRON

WC Buckeye's picture

I hate to pick on the guy, but how many more times are we going to see him bricking it from 4 feet, not muscling for rebounds, fumbling feed passes down low, and making stupid fouls before he sits?!? He's coming along, but too slowly IMHO, and someone's got to step up into the 5.

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Mute's picture

Can't wait to lose to Siena 2 Electric Boogaloo in the second round, whatever team that may be this year

Next year's recruiting class can't come soon enough

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Jugdish's picture

3 of 19 from 3 land, poor at the foul line, rebounding was bad. How did we not lose by more?

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LouBuck35's picture

If you can't rebound and shoot better than 15% from 3, well, you can't typically win. Plain and simple.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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FLAMikey's picture

Amir's foul on the desperation 3 was the nail in the coffin.

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Nashville Buckeye's picture

So disappointing to see us getting out rebounded like that on our home court. I can understand not making some shots- it happens. But being out rebounded so terribly, much less to give up 10 rebounds to the shortest guy on the court.... That's a lack of effort. 

 

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Nutinpa's picture

No need to over-analyze. 

This team is Amir Williams and 4 smurfs.  They are too small to compete especially as a horrifically...and I mean grade school poor, outside shooting team.

Something tells me a (well) below average Illinois team on Saturday night will be licking its chops.

Whoever does the color commentary with Paul Keels on radio was right....when he hinted the Buckeyes needed to run TTUN off the court in the first half when Michigan was stone cold.  They didn't ...and paid for it.  He could not have been more foretelling. 

 

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buckeyebowhunter's picture

I just can't believe we are this awful of a shooting team.  It is unbearable to watch.  

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NCBuckeye2011's picture

Freakin' 6'1 point guard had a double-double, and it wasn't points/assists like one would assume. 13 points 10 boards. R U KIDDING?!

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Haybucks's picture

The 1st 9 minutes and 31 seconds were awesome!

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Firedup's picture

Maybe we should try to get some layups from passing, cutting and ball movement instead of perimeter ball screens.  Their guards were defending Scott and Craft from damn near the elbows.  There is no ball screen in world that will open up the lane with the D sagging that far.  Less dribbling more screening and cutting please

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Craft....

 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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Furious George 27's picture

Make it rain!

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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German Buckeye's picture

This is really funny.

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Hello_Heisman's picture

What gets me is how he holds his shooting pose the whole way a la MJ.  I'm pretty sure he must have known about halfway into the trajectory of that shot that it had no chance, so why go for the "frozen in time" pose?  He would have been better off doing what I do when I play pickup basketball - assume the shot is NOT going in, and immediately take off running towards the basket in hopes of getting the rebound.

60% of the time it works.....every time

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buckeyefanatic's picture

This was totally Sam Thompson's fault ... obvious ally oop!

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M Man's picture

I have such high regard for Aaron Craft; he might be the only player in the Big Ten with the gravitas to take that shot, hold the pose, ariball the net entirely, and NOT look stupid doing it.  Craft, more than anybody, gets away with saying to the world, "Man this second half was not our night.  Yeah, everybody can go home now.  Sorry.  We're better than this."

But the funniest thing in the .gif is Buck.I.Guy sitting in his full regalia with everybody walking out up the aisles.  Poor Buck.I.Guy.  I didn't know he did the full-attire for basketball games.  I wouldn't want to sit behind him, with that hat.

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IBleedSandG's picture

Uggggggh. This may have been one of those games were we should have went with the smaller lineup some. Oh wait, then we would have probably got killed on the offensive boards even more. How does that Walton kid grab 10 boards?

I've officially given up on Amir. If you can't play with more effort than that against your archrival, well, you're never gonna get "it".

Final thought: This team should never take over 15 threes in a game.

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-UFM

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Come on August....

 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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Ebvine96's picture

Best part of game was Urban showing up with #1 rb recruit in nation, Damien Harris (also former decommit from TTUN).

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wyatt's picture

The Bucks can't block out, shoot, or play defense in the paint. Only Ross can score. They are not even fun to watch this year. 

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

What's funny is Ross can score, but he's the worst at blocking out and playing defense in the paint.  Amir is a good post defender, but he's too slow and this really hurt on high ball screens last night.  Between Amir and Ross, rotation was slow and they were able to get the lane almost every time, ending in a layup or pass to a big on the block - it was a very good game plan by our opponent.  Then, when they missed, they got their rebound, not part of their game plan, but we are awful at rebounding.  And when we got a rebound, we couldn't hit a shot.  That's just a really bad formula.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

I still say OSU needs 20 regular season wins to get into the NCAA.  We're at 19 still.....

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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gm3jones's picture

They need more than that. That means they would drop next 5 of 6.. That wouldn't go well for seeding. I also think we need to at least win first round of BIG tourney. SO I am thinking we need like 23 wins for a 8 or 9 seed (or somewhere around there, maybe a little higher if they win a few in BIG tourney).

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4cardpoker's picture

It's really hard to believe that Amir and Trey have been in the program 3 years and are as raw as they are.  Williams has improved but still has terrible footwork and he brings the ball down on offense instead of keeping it in the air.  These are basic fundamentals and should have been taught long ago.

Irs truly hard to see what the coaches saw in McDonald in HS that made them offer him a scholarship.  He can't shoot, defend( avg's a foul every 3 mins) rebound or shoot ft's.  He hustles. That's it. 

I also think both big men lack basic basketball IQ.  The guards get it.  Amir and Trey still look like they're learning the game.  That is why they look so raw.  

The fact the staff missed on both the big men in that class is really hurting this team right now

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BeijingBucks's picture

at least Slam is fun to watch gliding over the rim.  Can't they just alleyoop him all night and forget the three bricks?

in fact.. why not just have ADV throw one up and if he feels it is off he can call 'SWEEEEEEP or something in Italian' like in curling (the olympics are on so deemed appropriate) at which time Slam can elevate, pluck the ball from the sky like a raven on a white dove released by the Pope, pause for an espresso....... and still jam it home for yet another top ten list.

who cares if we win then?  we look so good and will get so much air time on the only basketball recruiting network (blah blah blah...) we can take our pick of recruits for the coming seasons.

i think maybe watching that game broke a little something inside of me....

 

 

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gwalther's picture

Anyone else kind of wishing the old 11W format was back?

Class of 2008

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gm3jones's picture

To quote DJ, "The old site is never coming back". I just wished they brought back some old features and made things a little easier to find. Instead of going back to old one, lets all try and pitch in to improve this one?

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acBuckeye's picture

I don't understand why they started jacking up 3's when they can't shoot, AND they were getting to the basket any time they wanted to in the first 10 minutes.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

They got to the basket early on because they were pushing the pace.  We are excellent in transition and not good from half court.  Without a shooter or a dependable big, we run circles around the perimeter for 25 seconds and then realize we have to heave one up.  I'm not exactly thrilled with this half court offensive set.

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Hello_Heisman's picture

Michigan is also very inconsistent when it comes to playing effectively on defense in transition.  They started off the game very passively which allowed OSU to get the running game going.  Against Iowa, it was a similar story but Michigan never recovered because when they did try to protect the interior, Iowa was left wide open for a number of 3's that went down.  I think Michigan's strategy in this one was, "we don't think OSU can shoot the 3, so let's just collapse our interior defense and see what happens."  What happened was an ugly assortment of bricks and a pretty stagnant offense.

As I was watching the game develop, I kept thinking how unafraid I was as a fan of OSU taking long jump shots - there's just nobody on the team this year that scares me as a jump shooter.  I got much more concerned when OSU started to run a little bit more and got inside midway through the 2nd half to cut the lead down to 51-50.  But OSU couldn't really sustain the pressure and that was that.  This Michigan team definitely has its flaws, but OSU doesn't seem to have the roster necessary to properly exploit those flaws over a full 40 minutes.

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acBuckeye's picture

But that's been one of our offensive sets for the last several seasons. Dribble handoffs around the perimeter for 15 seconds, then throw up a contested shot. It's hard though, when your roster doesn't have many guys who can create off the dribble. Craft is pretty good at it, but he blows too many layups. Ross can from time to time, but he's not strong enough to handle a big defender. Scott is probably the best at it.

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DLJad's picture

Their difficulties will continue as long as the main offensive threat from the 7-footer is setting a high ball screen.

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DLJad's picture

By the time we get to the B1G tournament, only the starting 5, Scott and McDonald will see significant playing time.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

ughhhh forgot about that Craft airball after a couple of beers. There are times where Craft is a great help to this team and other times where he is detrimental to our success. It was what..the 2:30 mark I believe last night and he stormed the lane and just started forcing everything. Add on that airball while you are at it. You could see the whole team start to panic and play outside their means when if they would've taken the extra 3-4 seconds they would've been able to set up a better scoring chance. I'm sitting on the couch and I feel the over-frantics so I can't imagine how they feel on the court when those actions are taken.

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

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RedStorm45's picture

He had some terrible turnovers late.

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RedStorm45's picture

Just imagine if McGary was healthy.  Would have been utter destruction inside.  We are awful on the defensive glass.  Every game I watch, the opposition grabs 8+ offensive boards.  We usually get like 5.

This team just isn't good.  When Q isn't hot, the offense is pathetic.  Like MAC-level pathetic.  I may be insulting MAC teams.  No one can shoot outside of Q - sometimes Zelle will hit a few in a row, then he'll brick layups.  I have no clue what they're trying to do on offense in the half court other than iso Q, alley oop to Sam, or hope Amir can throw one up an in.  That's their offense.

Really would love to see more of Kam Williams.  Loving looks like a freshman lately - dumb plays, dumb fouls, turnovers, etc.  Perhaps that's because of his inconsistent PT.  But Amir and McDonald as your bigs?  That spells trouble.  Add in two PG who are turrible from 3 as well as Sam not having a jumper and you see one of the most inept offenses in D1 ball.

 

Lastly, HOW THE HELL DOES a 6'1'' PG grab TEN FREAKING REBOUNDS ON YOU??!!

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d5k's picture

I don't want to rain on your negative Nancy rant/parade but while we have a mediocre offense we have a top 5 defense by any metric.  We will be a tough out in the tournament if we play just above average offense (i.e. don't turn the ball over, attack in transition and play aggressive).  We have been doing that the last 4 games including last night.  Q is not going to go 0-4 from 3 very often and he was incredible from 2 and attacking.  Disappointing loss to a very good team but we are who we are which is a top 20 team that is great on defense and mediocre on offense.  Those types of teams can make runs in March, see Butler.

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Nutinpa's picture

I wouldn't bet the house that we are "top 20 team"...and I think you are giving the offensive limitations of this OSU team the short shrift.  Yes, the recent Wisky and Iowa wins were great, but they masked the real scoring deficiencies of this team that were evident (again) last night.  This team is capable of playing good D.  They are also capable of the opposite.  Here is hoping you are right about the Buckeyes being a "tough out" in the Tourney.  Based on how they played vs. Nebraska and Penn State, they could also be "1 and done".   Time will tell.  

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Hello_Heisman's picture

The answer to your last question is pretty simple.  Entice a bad shooting team to settle for long jump shots by leaving them wide open while the 6'1 PG sags back near the free throw line.  Watch ball riccochet way off the rim for a long rebound, send speedy 6'1 PG from free throw line to random spot in the corner where the ball has bounced to and secure rebound.

If OSU had played to its strengths offensively and kept forcing the issue inside, there's no way Walton would have pulled down 10 boards.

60% of the time it works.....every time

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Jack Fu's picture

The answer to your last question is pretty simple.  Entice a bad shooting team to settle for long jump shots by leaving them wide open while the 6'1 PG sags back near the free throw line.  Watch ball riccochet way off the rim for a long rebound, send speedy 6'1 PG from free throw line to random spot in the corner where the ball has bounced to and secure rebound.

Yep. As MGoBlog said in their review of the game, they basically told Craft "we don't think you can beat us with your jumper," and sagged Walton back, clogging the lane, daring him to shoot. And you know what? Craft can't shoot. I don't see why every single team we play wouldn't do this exact same thing, and mix it in with some 2-3 zone. It would utterly confound OSU offense. Um, moreso.

Hello_Heisman's picture

Considering how poor of a shooter Craft is, it makes his last second 3 in the NCAA tournament last year all the more remarkable. If you gave him that same shot 20 times, how often do you think he makes it - 3 or 4 at most?

60% of the time it works.....every time

Jack Fu's picture

I will say I was pleasantly surprised and leave it at that.

4cardpoker's picture

On a positive note, it was to goo to see Q starting to be more assertive.  His mid rage game and fadeaway jumper are really improving.  He is also attacking the offensive glass more than he used to.  Q also was much better finishing at the rim than he has been in the past.  He has 3 dunks in the last two games, whereas previously he was the only one who didn't dunk; he would just shoot lay ups because his upper body is so weak in traffic.  So it's good to see him finally stepping into a more assertive offensive role. He still needs to get better in late game situations, but it's improving

d5k's picture

Q was amazing despite going 0-4 from 3.  He would have put up 30 if he went 2-4 which is way more typical for him!

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I'd like to add that Q was also amazing despite his inability to play defense or get defensive rebounds.  Basically, Q is only good at half the game when he plays his best.  It's a little disappointing to see so many praise Q sometimes.  Not that this team is strong, but he's more of a weak link than a glue.

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d5k's picture

We do have def. rebounding issues but we had Amir fouling on a 3 point attempt to extend their lead out of reach with .5 seconds on the shot clock, and then Amir gets fouled in a 1 and 1 situation on a defensive rebound (I HATE THIS RULE) and missed the front end.  Both plays were hustle plays by Amir where he got somewhat unlucky but that turned a close game into a desperate comeback attempt.

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Go1Bucks's picture

We had a bad 6 mins at the end and the better team lost. Thats how it goes sometimes.

Go Bucks!

ColoradoBuck's picture

Just like the Iowa game, didn't finish. Too bad we don't get a chance for revenge in A2, hopefully we meet em in the conference tourney.

Josh P's picture

I don't understand why Matta doesn't embrace lock down defense as the teams identity.  Forget set offenses and a half court game, considering we have the two best defensive guards in the B10 and maybe the country, why isn't the defensive pressure constantly turned up?  A lot of teams couldn't handle 3/4 court pressure from Scott and Craft for the majority of a game, and it would help highlight our one offensive strength which is scoring in transition.  

ibuck's picture

Being short on shots in the 2nd half is usually due to fatigue. Craft and Q each played 37 minutes last night. And having to defend again and again and again on the same possession is tiring both physically and mentally.

Injuries, illness, and in Q's case, test scores, and folks going pro early (who aren't good enough to do so, like Deshaun and Q) are part of the reason this squad has not done better. Not having guys around to understand what Matta and staff are teaching hurts; it lost Kam & Q whole seasons; others transferred. Imagine this team if Deshaun were still here. Not living up to expectations is another reason: Scott, Slam and Deo's shooting, Q's defense, and most of them blocking out and rebounding). Some of that is due to expectations that were too high, and some is unfulfilled potential. And some is desire, or lack of it. That contributes to mental issues like lack of confidence in your shot.

But Matta and staff will keep after them, and if they get just a bit better, more wins are in store for the Buckeyes.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

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Nutinpa's picture

I am not "hating on" Matta by any means, buck, but you may need to step away and realize that:
LSJ, Craft, Sammy T and Shannon Scott are either the same or only marginally better on Offense now than they were 4 years ago. Amir is better, no doubt...but he started with humble beginnings for a McDs AA.

All elite teams and coaches have to deal with early departures.  Matta had the luxury of Jon Diebler 4 years; Will Buford 4 years; David Lighty four years; Sully 2 years;  DT for 3 years;  Craft, LSJ, Scott and Sammy T for 4 years.  You can argue with credibility on both sides of the coin, the "player development" issue or lack thereof as compared to coaches and players of other elite programs.

ibuck's picture

I think you may be saying the same thing as I am. Yet, one can't hang lack of player development just on the coach(es). Even a coach like John Wooden can't develop a player who is not buying what the coach is saying. It's easy to see they're not learning what Matta & co are preaching. Just look at rebounds and points in the paint.

As dogged a competitor as Craft is, the coaches tried to improve his shooting motion, and it hasn't worked. His own sister called him out on his shooting this season. If your senior leader (point guard) isn't buying in, how can one expect underclassmen to? 

To me, there are only two things one can reasonably fault Matta for: playing his best players too many minutes, and misses on recruits. And even with those minor flaws, usually his teams succeed very well. Even at 35+ minutes in a game, Craft sometimes hits key shots in waning moments. And when these Buckeyes rebound well, they usually win.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

PhilbertTheGreat's picture

I can't get that Craft 3 pt air ball out of my mind. How can someone as athletic as him that practices so much be so bad at shooting?

Philbert

ibuck's picture

Tired legs after playing nearly the entire game (37 minutes).

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !