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.
Sam Thompson went 1-4 from the free throw line, had 1 assist and 3 turnovers. You must grade on a curve.
I don't know about "go-to-scorer", but I do know he is one of the two players on the team who can actually put the ball in the basket. The other eight? meh.
A lot of talent? I don't think so. Name the talented players, by major college basketball standards. Everyone of these guys, except Russel and Thompson, has major flaws.
You are missing the point. Russell is the offense because nobody else can score. It's not because he is a selfish player, not because he wants to see his name in lights.... NOBODY ELSE CAN SCORE!
Did you see the bounce pass he made to Thompson, who subsequently missed the bunny? Russell could have shot the two but he saw that pass before anyone else did. He was trying to make a play for the team.
Matta admitted this earlier in the season when he was asked why we are playing zone. Paraphrasing, "to hide the defensive liabilities of guys who needed to be on the floor because they can score". We are talking Russell and Loving.
Matta is responsible for this cl&$*ter of an offense, and for putting together this disfunctional roster. Until we put together a structured offense or recruit a big man who can score and rebound (Terrance Dials, where are you?) this is what the team is going to look like.
we are seeing what Matta's offense looks like without an All-B10 center.
ask yourself "why do we need a true freshman to carry the team?"
this team is like last years team: liability at center, 4 who is a slow-footed 3 pt shooter, Thompson is the same as last year. difference is we have a freshman guard who can actually shoot and score.
1. yes we do. he'll be here maybe one more year.
2. ask yourself: "why is that?" the benefit will be 2-3 years down the road, when they, and next years class, have some experience under their belts. we should be really good again.
3. agreed. lots of confidence in his ability to score.
4.-7. fall under the category of "yes the sun did rise again", so I guess that's a good thing.
five top scorers were four freshmen and a sophomore?
go get the money when you can. now, if you think there is a significant difference in $ if you wait a year, then think about it.
you can always come back and get a degree.
just re-watched the Walsh game. I may have been a little harsh. Lets see what happens when the game counts.
Just for the fun of it, I would like to see how a lineup of Scott, Russell, Thompson, Lee, and Tate would do. Probably too weak inside /small, but they could probably run the socks off of some other teams.
watched the Walsh (I know) game last night. To my eye the offense looked the same as last year's. Bunch of screens that resulted in somebody taking a 3 pt. shot. 77 pts against Walsh?... there is a message there.
what kind of WR play should we expect when one of our guys starts because he's a great blocker?
death to Tresselball.
The Gibson, Cager, Richmond, Jefferson, UT connection is giving me a nervous feeling.
you bet. He had college and pro experience, and is articulate and professional.
Orlando Pace and Shawn Springs.