has the 2016-2017 schedule been released?
when is the last time you remember seeing a list of the top Ohio HS players and none were from Cleveland/Youngstown/Warren area?
Giddens a stretch four? YHGTBFKM. He can barely hit the rim from the free-throw line.
small forward Ho Li Shit will soon verbal to OSU
you are your own best friend.
I think Matta is a good coach, not great, with a questionable staff.
When he has a stud, we do well. When he doesn't then we become the Amir/Scott/Thompson kind of good.
When the next Jared Sullinger walks in through the doors of the Schott, we can contemplate B10 championships.
Honestly, this thing is going to take care of itself. Matta has too much equity with OSU to be on the hot seat right now. If the next two years don't produce a sweet 16 type team, then attendance will probably be down, and Smith's hand will be forced. That's assuming Matta's back holds out that long. We just need to let the next two years play out.
In the B10 conference OSU currently ranks:
10th in FG%
11th in 3 pt FG%
13th in FT%
11th in assists per game
12th in assist to turnover ratio
Matta either needs to coach up the offense, find an a capable assistant or get another lottery pick.
lot a people in the bball picture look like they'd rather be somewhere else.
Talk about the elephant in the room. It seems to me some people just can't/don't want to see the truth. Our offense blows without a guy who can score on his own. Look at the rebounding vs wins correlation. If we out-rebound the other team we generally win. If we don't out-rebound then we lose. Why? Because we need to offset our crappy offense with a differential in possessions.
This team will be good defensively...Matta teams usually are. Thompson and Giddens will give us a defensive presence in the middle, It will take time. Diop is already a good defender. Until we get a player who score on his own, we are going nowhere. I'm talking about the Turner, Sullinger, Thomas, Russell type of player. Our offensive scheme stinks and people still want to talk about tenacity, selfishness, and team defense.
wonder how clark's skill set will work in meyer's offense.
let the shots fly?
come on. he can't shoot. another one-trick pony on the team. if he had Loving's stroke then yeah we would have a future starter, but he doesn't. If Loving had Mitchell's energy level then you would have another quality starter, but he doesn't. This team is littered with one-dimensional players.... Mitchell, Loving, Harris, Giddens, Bell. Similar to last year.
one game that was out of character vs 7 games that include three against top 20 teams. aint happenin.
team runs best with Harris at PG. Gives the team some quickness at guard.
Need a center, so Thompson or Giddens is on the court. Bell only plays as the foul situation dictates.
Need Tate's energy. Mitchell can pass and rebound a bit, but that about it (like Tate not a shooting threat),so he should get a some of Tate's minutes.
Kam seems to be O.K. with coming off the bench and can provide instant offense sometimes.
So to me the question becomes: "which of the following three should get more minutes, Diop, Lyle, or Loving?" Who can play defense. Who can score? Who complements the rest of the team make-up? Who brings some energy (or conversely doesn't pout)? Pretty frickin obvious to me.
recruiting is done for the near future. it's now all about improving this team for the next two years.
Matta is partially responsible for how they play. He recruited them, he coaches them.
Why is it that Matta gets a pass for bringing in a slew of lazy players (Amir, Thompson, Scott, Loving) over the course of four years?
Foul shooting: Why did OSU finish 225th out of 345 Div I schools in free throw percentage last year with essentially a whole different squad?
Craft was never good offensively: Doesn't that mean he had a good opportunity to improve?
Indeed, UC was a national contender under Huggins. However did you see what Mick Cronin was left to work with when he first became head coach? Nothing, nada, zilch. Conner Barwin, a walk-on from the football team, was their starting center at 6'-5". Cronin has built that team up from nothing. Xavier has got to their highest ranking without Matta. This has happened in the last couple years.
Honestly your post smacks of "can't we just leave Matta alone", I like the guy too. He is personable, honest, and represents the university well. Unfortunately that not all he needs to be.
I have a friend who is a rabid UK fan. He's said essentially the same things.
Tim's lineup is what I have wanting to see for a while.
Playing Loving less puts a quicker and better defensive team on the floor.
That lineup still has sufficient rebounding strength.
That lineup has two natural scorers.
last year, with essentially a completely different roster, OSU finished 308th out of 351 teams in Div 1 free throw %.
Matta isn't in Meyer's area code.
Matta's staff isn't in in Meyer's staff area code.
Matta's roster talent isn't remotely close to Meyer's.
Meyer has proven that he can pull it of, Matta hasn't.
I am optimistic about the football bucks next year. basketball? not so much.
need someone who can install a real offense.
the defensive problems with this team are due to roster issues... lack of quicks and undersized 4 spot.
i guess you could shake-up the starting lineup to make a point, but the lineups you propose would score 45 points a game. Why do you think Loving plays? Is it because of his defense? No. Is it because of his passing ability? No. Is it because of his rebounding? No. Is it because of his hustle? No. He plays because he can score. Period. One-trick-pony.
This team has some talent, but has glaring roster issues. Add in marginal x's and o's, youth, and lack of leadership and this is what you get.
Lyle going off is what is needed. When has a Matta team done well when they haven't had a guy that could make his own points? Today Lyle got his points through one-on-one play, not within any team offense.
egg-nog not wear off yet?
IIRC, Adolphus was listed at 6'5" when being recruited. Alabi is the only one of those listed with that approximate height. None of the rest of those guys have Adolphus' frame.
Maybe not having a lock-down defender will help with the offense and with depth. Matta won't be hyper-focused on keeping an offensively challenged player on the floor.