Hilliard is a 5***
Also Cornell is rated a 5*** by a couple recruiting services
Hilliard is a 5***
Also Cornell is rated a 5*** by a couple recruiting services
Oden would be a bad investment imo. The Heat already tried him last year as insurance in hope he could work back into the league. The Blazers tried multiple times. Sadly, his time has passed
Strongly agree. Fear is the biggest motivator. Shake things up and start some of those freshmen who are itching to play. Effort and work ethic should not be a problem on a team like this. There are a lot of freshmen but the seniors have a ton of experience. Williams, Scott, Thompson, McDonald; they've made deep runs in the NCAA tournament multiple times, won multiple B1G championships, and should be showing more leadership
Benching Willimas has to prove a point. There is no denying that Tate makes an impact( and it shows) almost instantly when he comes in. The point in putting Williams on the bench is that Thad isn't afraid to play him in favor of someone who is "contributing more".
Unfortunately Lee has even less of an impact than Amir when in the game and if he continues to play bad than you lose the motivating factor with Williams because your replacement is just as ineffective
Never heard of a cutoff date. Hard to believe when the game is still over a week away
The recruits are fine. Try your best not to be "that fan". Leave that to Tennessee fans
Here's a thought: Matta should insert Ja'sean Tate into the starting lineup for Amir Williams. In fact it wouldn't hurt to bench Amir for an entire half in order to send a message about playing harder and with more intensity.
I know at times others on this board have advocated for Trey McDonald to start because at least he hustles and tries hard. The sad fact is that McDonald is not very good and has virtually no impact on the game when he plays. He has actually shown less improvement over four years than Amir has.
I feel like Thad has to try something radical/out of the box to motivate Williams. He hasn't ever had to fear not playing because after Sullinger left there hasn't been anyone other than McDonald to challenge him; hence he is the starter by default. If Thad inserts Tate into the lineup and the team plays well, maybe that fear of being benched will serve as motivation. I can't really think of anything else in regard to Williams. It's been four disappointing years for him. It's still early enough in the season that this tactic might work.
OSU needs an inside presence. The frontline has been badly exposed by the two good teams we've played and I believe it's time Matta finally sends a message to Williams that he is not irreplaceable
There seems to be a general lack of basketball IQ between Amir and Trey. They're seniors but are being outplayed by much younger/inexperienced players. Amir likes to beat up on the weak but when he plays legit competition his lack of bball IQ and general situational awareness becomes apparent and is a huge detriment. Extremely disappointed at lack of development
Loving in particular is being pushed around on the inside. The team plays zone now and so Loving is positioned under the basket. He just doesn't have the lower body strength needed to play inside. He is more of a 3
People are always selling them on Craigslist...
Thompson's shooting has improved more than anyone on the team. He's also really the only guy other than Q that can his shot whenever he wants with his athletic ability. He just needs to look to score more!! He's unselfish to a fault. Fortunately, he has been more aggressive lately and that bodes well for this team going forward.
Also, if the team can get out on the break like they did in the 2nd half vs Minn, then they can better exploit their athletic advantage and not have to rely on 3's so much. Play to your strengths
The team needs to play to its strengths. The Buckeyes are mostly above average athletes and below average shooters. Thompson, Craft, Smith and Scott all struggle in half court sets, but excel in transition. The big run we had against Minnesota was mostly Thompson, Ross and Scott on the fast break.
Self awareness is a very underrated trait in life. Realize what you're good at, and what you're not. Play to your strengths. Hopefully the Bucks have figured this out just in time for another late season push in the postseason
Thank you representing The Ohio State University as an exemplary student athlete, Aaron
I feel like if Thompson can continue to be aggressive offensively and use his athleticism then this team can go much farther than the sweet 16. Of all the players Sam definitely has the highest ceiling. The rest of the players are who they are at this point. But Sam is the wildcard because do his athleticism. He has the ability to do things no one else in the B1G can do and he is an absolute monster in transition. The team has to run though. Until we can get some sharpshooters on the perimeter this team will always struggle in half court sets.
It's imperative this team plays to its strengths. Scott, Thompson, Smith and Ross are best in transition and are very unselfish. These guys also struggle in half court sets. Make the other team adjust to your style. It shouldn't take until halftime to figure these things out.
Excited to se how the stretch run plays out. Once again Thad has the team playing its best ball in late Feb/March
Probably Wilson and Samuel as KR. I feel like I want the guy with the best hands to be the PR. Seemed like Philly Brown was bobbling too many punts last year. To me, it is more important to have the sure hand guy than perhaps the faster option with better juke moves
I would've taken Thompson against the field in the NBA dunk contest last week. And it wouldn't have even been close....
Two other things of note:
1) Lenzelle plays like he's 6"9 under the basket on rebounds. This cannot be understated on a team that needs rebounders
2) Amir is really becoming a force on the defensive end without fouling. He dominated defensively today and only had 2 fouls the entire game. He still needs work catching the ball on the offensive end, but he is getting better at finishing quickly when he does get it
If Sam can continue to get in this mindset offensively, he is going to be a high level NBA draft prospect in a year. He has off the charts NBA athleticism, he just needs the mindset of a scorer. It seemed like he finally is realizing that he can dominate on t)3 offensive end because of his athleticism.
Also this is the best I have seen the team execute on the fast break all year
Thompson looking like an NBA player!!
How is it possible that a bunch of tournament tested upperclassmen get worse and worse on offense as the season goes on?
How does a team full of upperclassmen look this clueless on how to beat a zone. Teams have figured out Craft. They don't even try do guard him on the perimeter and Craft doesn't even look at the basket or attempt to shoot. Instead he barges into the lane and turns it over.
Absolutely inexcusable to only have only 6 baskets in the 1st half!!Agreed with poster above that Thad should be throwing chairs. We act like we've never seen a zone this year!
Tired of hearing Austin Carr saying " Deep in the Q" after every made 3 and " Throw the hammer down" after every dunk. It gets old AC....
Their defense has and will continue to be excellent. They have and will continue to play hard. Those are pluses.
Unfortunately their offensive woes and lack of quality interior play has been exposed by B1G coaches. The team needs to get stronger physically( Ross, Thompson, ADV, Loving) and have more consistent shooting and inside play. These are not things that are learned in the middle of the season. They should be worked on in the offseason so you can refine them during the season.
This team could make a small run at the end of the season playing some of the weaker competition in the league. But it's doubtful they get very far in the tournament with the lack of discipline on the interior and the inconsistent shooting on the perimeter
All the underclassmen need to improve. However, the biggest need at the moment is a consistent low post presence. Williams and McDonald combined 1/5 FG, 0/2 FT, 6 rebounds and 5 fouls. Any team that expects to go far in the tournament needs to have a " run stopper" , a guy who go on the block and score when other teams are going on runs. Think Deshaun Thomas, Jared Sullinger, Greg Oden, Terrance Dials. These guys could be counted on to score when the other team has seized momentum.
The Buckeyes don't have that this year. I still believe Ross needs to get stronger before he can be a dominant force in the paint. That leaves Williams. He's got to get better if the OSU hopes to get anywhere in the postseason. This team doesn't shoot the ball well enough from the perimeter to withstand big scoring runs by the opposition. They need easy baskets. Amir needs to improve the most and become a go- to scorer if the Bucks hope to advance in the NCAA