Agree we all knew Russell would be good, but Tate has been one of the few positives of the year. High motor, effort. When his skills catch up, he will be a damn good player.
Didn't want to earlier, but am now turning it off. Matta as of now is failing to put the players he has into a position to compete with relevant teams. It's sad, considering that his recruiting hasn't dropped off. I'm nowhere near calling for the guy's head, he has won way too much for us to think that, but he is really starting to look like he is struggling to develop players, and to make coaching decisions that give them the best chance to win.
Seriously. If this team is not shooting a three, they have absolutely no idea what to do with the ball on offense.
Last year's team couldn't hit a three to save their life. That is this team's only skill.
Has Carolina failed to score or be fouled on any possession yet?
All you have to do is camp out under the rim against us. Eventually the pass will come, and you will be all alone.
Hell, the analysts are ripping the zone.
So: only two pre-conference games against good to decent teams. Both soundly outplayed, at least in the first half. I hope Matta has a plan, because this may be a long winter. I had a feeling that this year's team may not be as good as last year's.
You saw it when Slam went to the hoop: you can just strip the ball all day from our guards/forwards.
I did NOT mean to DV you. Total fat finger. Sorry...
Not even a great Carolina team. This team needs work to even stay in the top half of the B1G. Sometimes it looks like they don't even practice...
If we weren't hitting the occasional 3, we would be getting smoked. This defense is AWFUL.
4/15 from 2...
Get within 4, back to 10...
Never seen a team as unable to get to the hole without losing the ball as OSU the last few years.
Effort is getting better, but only person who can hit is Loving. Everyone else cold as hell.
Matta has a lot of work to do this year.
Yeah, I thought Lee might be a plus this year, but not so far. Have to wait for Giddens, I guess. By then Russell will probably be gone.
Hope they wake up, because right now it's another slow start against a decent team.
I don't think any of the seniors on this team have improved much.
3 chances in a row for Carolina. Matta going to zone = genius.
Yup. He plays against the SOC 1. Not exactly D-1A. Though I'm proud of fellow Southern Ohio teams, that was my worry when he committed. Green is not exactly getting him prepared for the B1G.
Chris, I love how you called Indiana's RB Tevin Campbell! "Round and Round", anyone? Fits right with what Johnny was saying about 90's R&B. :-)
Woof. Don't we play Louisville this year? Ouch. Potential, but this team is REALLY rough around the edges. Did not do the little things well at all. If they want to finish in the top half of the B1G, they need to clean things up badly. The shooting has improved, but that's it so far.
I'll play. A win, first and foremost. Beat a team that, if lacking for overall talent, was really well coached fundamentally. Even maligned Jalin had 100 total yards, as DJ pointed out. Everyone is feeling that "it should have been 38-14" or so, but the things we have to fix to make it so are really minor. It was just a hair away from a game no one would be griping about. Sometimes you have to win the grinders, and we did. We are fully capable of hitting on all cylinders (see: MSU), and when we aren't we still won against a ranked team in 20 degrees with snow. I'm not really displeased at all.