starter should be whoever reads the defense better and makes the better decisions. There is so much talent on this team.
lots of people here, but actually floatin' down that river in Egypt.
Mickey better develop a jump shot.
fwiw i like these rules changes. would like to see fewer timeouts as well.
i would expect that a national top 150 player should be more than a contributor.
Ivan Harris, Matt Terwiliger? come on man.
6' 225 lb linebacker is immense? don't think so.
we have DE depth...behind Bosa are Lewis, Holmes, and Hubbard; not exactly chopped liver.
Dremont Jones has an injury that in all likelihood means a redshirt this season.
Define "we'll do just fine".
Put 5 Aaron Crafts on the floor consistently and watch Matta be out of a job shortly thereafter. You can't win in a big-time conference or on the national level with a bunch of "skill-limited over achievers". There is a reason why college coaches go after the talent... the best teams have talented players.
Saw a comment this morning attributed to Mickey Marotti that I liked. I can't remember it exactly but it went something like "champions have blue chip talent and blue collar work ethic"
subjective question: There are 17 players listed that went to OSU. If we say that it's too early to pass comment on A.J. Harris and Tate, then how many of the other 15 have met your expectations at OSU given their relatively high ranking coming out of HS?
and yet somehow the punt is the most important play in the game and the offense's primary job is to not put the defense in a bad position.
Give me a team that wants to take it to the other team instead of playing not to lose. Minnesota should play not to lose, but not Ohio State.
I read it as referring to position.
No, we can't sign all the top players from Ohio. Ask yourself this though... given a choice between who we signed from Ohio and didn't sign from Ohio, who turned out to be the better players?
So we don't have scholarship room for King, but do have scholarship room for Potter. That's rich.
why would we desire Wisconsin's player development?
not a waste of time commenting on it. that's how change starts.
waste of my time reading this. oh well, at least it only took a few minutes. on to some other article with some content.
this would be freaking awesome. two bigs on the floor.
I'm thinking the opposite... Matta will be in full half court defense mode and we'll have another team that loses games after scoring in the 50's.
fortunately for OSU, the head football coach doesn't think that "doing very nicely against just about anyone" is good enough.
What does 20+ wins mean when you play the OOC schedule we do? 11 of our wins came against OOC schools that were a combined 90-105 OOC. The two big boys we played OOC both beat us. Why don't we step up and schedule Cincy, Xavier, and Dayton some? We all know why.
1. Matta trots out the same starting five.
2. Amir has the ball stripped by VCU guards twice in the span of first 3 minutes. Out goes Amir.
3. Trey comes in for Amir and is immediately called for moving screen. Out goes Trey.
4. Scott, Russell, Tate and Thompson do well in the up-tempo game. OSU wins.
5. Matta wonders why he never went up-tempo.
Yep, the NBA is full of 6'-4" power forwards who don't have an outside shot. And don't hand out that Charles Barkley stuff either.
"I think defensively we weren't communicating at the level...."
WTF? We shot 34% for the game, 20% from behind the arc. Thompson went 0-fer. Matta is talking defense. Whatever.
The FT shooting % in the table generally reflects the scoring ability of the individuals. Those that can score... Russell, Loving, Kam, and Diop, are shooting FT's O.K. The bottom feeders on that table are the offensively challenged players that have been getting more time because they are generally better on defense or rebounding, or bring a higher energy level.
As to the % over the first half of the season compared to conference games, Amir's playing time has migrated to Lee (53%), and Loving's time has migrated to Tate (54%).
Matta's offensively challenged senior class is not among the top 4 shooters. This is a team of one-dimensional players. Those that can score aren't especially good on defense, and vice-versa.
Thad has placed so much emphasis on defense that other parts of the game are lacking... FT shooting and half court offense to be specific. Without a stud center who can score his own points, we are a slightly better than middle of the road B10 team.