Yes, JaQuan, Whoops...
Yes, lately they have shot well from the charity stripe, but they have been poor for the last couple of years as a team. The season is young yet, but I concede that they have shot better.
Poor foul shooting tells me a lot about a player and a team.
I've tried to stay away from commenting about the basketball program, but I can't help myself anymore. I can't watch Evan Lyle who isn't a point guard try and be Lebron James. I appreciate his athleticism, but his problem is, he's NOT Lebron James. I don't mean to pick on him. He's clearly playing out of position, but I'm not the head coach. Thad Matta is. Having said that, I CAN decide whether to watch this team play or not and I can't stand to watch the offensive ineptitude. For awhile, I gave Thad and his staff the benefit of the doubt. Even when a whole recruiting class decided to jump ship thinking it was their (the spoiled recruits) fault. Now I'm starting to look back at player development and finding it hard to defend this current staff. We have had some great players come through Columbus under Thad Matta. Most left early to the NBA because they were just that talented. Few Seniors were developed and became great. The current state of OSU basketball rests squarely on the shoulders of the current staff. I wish them the best of luck the rest of the way, but I do not expect to see any improvement because either the staff isn't reaching the players or the players really don't care to buy into the Thad's system. Either way, it's bad sign for our current coaching staff in my opinion and changes will eventually be made.
Very saddening... :( Condolences to his family.
I don't know if any recruits ever read these boards or our comments, but if they do, I just want to say that I respect him and his decision. I will root for him wherever he plays and as far as I'm concerned, I will associate him with being a part of the buckeye family. Good luck young man!
Being a student athlete, you have to be a lot smarter. If this is the same girl he was with in the back of the police car during the marijuana incident who kept on talking and incriminating them, he should've known better. That is a volatile relationship and he (allegedly) handled this very badly. There is NEVER a reason to put your hands on a women. Walking away is the best thing to do. There are always exceptions, but very rarely. I was looking forward to seeing what he could do this year, but he has lost that privilege with his behavior.
Politics is just filthy, isn't it? Makes you want to take a shower when just brushing up against it.
Agreed. I think Thad knows what he is doing.
This could be the "Amir Williams effect". Humor me here. Thad learned that sometimes even players who are recruited with great potential can't be coached. Enter Amir Williams who couldn't figure out how to follow the "after getting a rebound a foot from the hoop, stop bringing the ball down which lets defenders knock it out of your hands" instruction! Thanks to Amir, Thad is cutting bait with some of these guys early on and will bring in players he thinks are a better fit. He's not kicking them off the team, he's just letting them leave. In the end, I think the team will actually be better next year.
Cuttin' the fat! You know, Thad might be persuading them to leave. Neal and Johnson may be a better fit for next year anyway. Those scollies will be filled...
Let 'em go! With what I saw on the court this year, I didn't see anything that outstanding and it would appear that some of these players have entitlement issues. News flash! If you work harder and get better, you will play more! Jashon Tate's 60% foul shooting is embarrassing and is directly related to not putting in the time like Russell stated the other day. There are players that will come in and work hard at this historic university. If any more of Buckeye players want to leave, open that door wide open for them. OSU wasn't winning a championship next year anyway even with all the players returning. Russell leaving, hurt this team a lot more than we may have thought. Giving Thad a pass this time, but he will have to find out what is going on with the kinds of players he is recruiting. If it is systemic, which it could be, he'll have to find a way to adjust moving forward. This could be Amir Williams fault too. (please note the italics)
The good news is, Diop can heal completely from his illness now.
Even at the end of the season they lack the fundamentals. They look confused on defense often. Not sure what to make of it, maybe we've been spoiled. Maybe Thad will get them to buy in next season, cuz they sure didn't this year.
Kelsey Mitchell is tearing it up for the Ladybucks, At least they come to play at home. Can't watch any more of the men's debacle...
Too bad Kelsey Mitchell of the Ladybucks can't play for the men's team. She can at least shoot,,,
I dunno what's going on, but an illness taking him out for another game? He couldn't play ANY minutes off the bench? Maybe I'm being too skeptical, but I remember being barely 20 and my body could fight off an illness very quickly, a matter of days. I wish him the best and hope he can get back to 100% soon.
Whoops! It's "D'Angelo... He wasn't here long enough for me to get his name right. LOL!
Nothing surprising from Deangelo. We all knew Amir Williams coasted through without working hard, you could see that clearly. These young guys are doing some of the same things. It all goes back to free throws. I believe that is the barometer. If you can't hit 70% from the line, you aren't working on your game. If this team can't hit free throws down the stretch, they won't win those tough games that they need to get into the REAL tournament. It's sad really, I like Thad Matta. I think he is a great coach, but some of this has to land at his feet. As a fan, I'm just tired of the mentality of this team as of late, which is evidenced by Deangelo's statements.
Looks like a legitimate stud!
How can this team expect to win regardless of offensive/defensive scheme if they are that abysmal at the charity stripe? Coach Matta must be ripping out his hair having to face this handicap. At this level of basketball, I can't understand how a player doesn't concentrate on that part of his game on their own time, if necessary. I know they are a young team, but this must be corrected asap. Horrid team free throw shooting is costing them wins.
Epic day!!!! :)))
This team is very athletic, but they still have trouble with the basics. They had better learn how to box out in the paint if they want to go anywhere this year. It was embarrassing watching Indiana dominant in the first half. That was as much as I could stomach. They're learning though and hopefully by tournament time, they'll be ready for the big stage.