Great golfer, great man and great Buckeye!
Not intended to be snarky, just an honest question: what has he done that qualifies him as a "great man"?
I like Thad Matta. I don't think he's the greatest college basketball coach of all time, perfect in every aspect of the job. But I have lived through the Eldon Miller, Randy Ayers, and Jim O'Brien eras, and I appreciate what Matta has accomplished here.
Almost every good coach will occasionally have a group that doesn't meet expectations. Roy Williams, Bill Self, and Mike K have been through it.
In my opinion, Matta deserves the benefit of some patience. The last two teams have been disappointing, but that disappointment owes as much to our expectations, based on Matta's past success, as it does to actual performance. Let's put down the pitch forks and torches, and see what next year's team looks like.
I think we can all agree that Oden and Conley had/have more talent than Noah and Brewer.
I think we can all agree that Noah and Brewer had more experience than Oden and Conley. I think Oden's inexperience (he missed much of his only season with injury) contributed to his tendency to pick up cheap fouls; the foul trouble led to time on the bench, and tentative play on both ends of the court. Imagine how good Oden and Conley might have been with a second year.
More muscle on Loving, Kam, KBD. (And probably Bell and Thompson, also.)
More vertical leap, and better free throw shooting, from Tate.
Rim protection, rebounding, and nominal offensive contributions from Bell and Thompson.
Also, considering the effectiveness of the zone vs. VCU and 'Zona, I'd like to see the team be capable of switching from man to zone, as needed; sometimes, it's an effective way to take an opponent out of their offensive rhythm.
Harris looks like an offensive force; defensively, we'll see how his quickness offsets his size.
I recall Matta saying that what really stands out about Harris is his competitiveness; I think that might be a trait that receives more emphasis in future recruiting. (From the video I've seen, it seems that Mitchell is very competitive, also.)
When you score as often as OSU, the importance of kick-off coverage increases.
Scott is pretty good at 2-pointers from the "elbows", and it seems like he makes an acceptable percentage of his threes from the top of the key; but it seems like he shoots about 15% from the baseline.
67.3% of all statistics are made up.
This information is enlightening; I was under the impression that Izzo had been born with Whiny Bad Call Face, and that he had spent his youth torturing his parents and teachers with it.
A lot was made of the fact that Hyde had zero negative-yardage carries, until the bowl game, in 2014. No doubt, Hyde was a beast and he had a great year, but this play demonstrates Braxton's role in that achievement. In the zone read, success begins with the read.
If there was evidence he did bet on his team or the team he was playing that day, then I would be all for keeping him out of the HOF... as a manager.
For what it's worth, the Wikipedia article on Pete Rose includes this:
In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds.
Apparently, that admission occurred in a book that Rose published in 2004.
Is the early line a reflection of how Bovada thinks the Buckeye team will do, or a reflection of how Bovada thinks Buckeye fans will bet?
Woody Hayes said, "There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
I guess we'll see if a sparkling-clean soul correlates to better shooting; can't hurt, I guess.
Well, as soon as they let Shoeless Joe Jackson in, they can let Pete Rose in, too.
Yes, Kaminsky is a tall order.
I witnessed the shining light of the Neutron Man beamed brightly in his Scarlet and Gray regalia, like the light of Galadriel in the lair of Shelob.
11W: you'll come for the sports, you'll stay for the poetry.
I love his aggressiveness in attacking the rim. Hopefully, he'll improve his foul shooting, over the summer; I have a feeling he'll draw a lot of fouls in his career.
Geezus, that is an ugly tie.
Craft was a very good on-ball defender; good lower body strength, good lateral quickness, able to physically impede the ball handler without fouling, quick hands. All those steals didn't happen by accident.
Craft's relentless peskiness caused a lot of frustration, and that's what would make the Craft-guarding-Russell scenario so fascinating. Russell plays with uncommon composure for a freshman, and it would be interesting to see if Craft could harass him into losing his composure.
Thad's how it's done.
Great article, that really captures the essence of the situation. I hate to see people behave as if Amir has reneged on a campaign promise; he never promised a chicken in every pot, to go with 15 points and 10 boards per game. Other "experts" made that promise.
I do think the article merits one edit:
Amir has always had the size, frame,
hands, feet and ability to dominate games.
Amir can't catch. I think that is the root of his discontent; in Amir's hands, a basketball becomes a greased weasel trying to escape; and the fun escapes along with it.