Wish we had used it against Wisky on Thursday. Sometimes with a slow plodding team you just need to break their concentration, or at least make them spend much more energy than they want to just to get the ball across half court. That can be enough to disrupt their flow and make them take some bad shots.
This was totally insane. I remember at one point when LSU scored a miracle TD on a ricochet, Gary Bender said "well the final score won't be indicative of how close this game actually was" LOL
And how many people left the stadium that day before the end? They had to be kicking themselves!!!
For sure. If it had been a close game we wouldn't have had the mental capacity to do that, all our energy would have been focused on that radio!
I remember the last time I used the delay for fun. It was early 2000s when satellite dishes were just starting to become portable. My sister and her husband had gotten a space in a tailgate lot so a bunch of us went there, and about 5 or 6 didn't have tickets, so we just listened to the game on the radio. We quickly realized that the people around us who were watching on TV were about 7 or 8 seconds behind us. Since we were playing Northwestern and the game was a blowout we started having fun. We started out cheering louder just to see how people would react when they heard us, then saw it a few seconds later. Then we would just yell random things like "FUMBLE" really loud when they didn't happen just to mess with them. Made that 40-0 game more entertaining for us at least :)
I remember that '87 Iowa game almost like it was yesterday. I was a junior in high school, and on a bus to Steubenville to watch my school in the state playoffs. A lot of us had handheld radios that we were using to listen to the game (damn I'm old), and as we got farther from Columbus and started to lose the radio station (none of us knew there was this "OSU network" and probably could have found another station) I heard it was 4th and long for Iowa. I figured we were safe and didn't worry too much about not being able to hear. Then the station got clearer again. The game had just ended and Iowa had won. WTF? How could that possibly have happened? As soon as word traveled on the bus it became like a funeral. As if that wasn't enough heartbreak for a day, our team lost the playoff game (with bad officiating as I recall) and our bus broke down outside of Wheeling on the way home. Just an all around great day...
The aftermath was insane. I can still remember the Columbus Monthly cover "The week the town went crazy". I remember watching espn and they are showing the band at Earle's house, he's crying, his wife is crying, the band is crying. And even as a 16 year old I remember thinking, why they hell is the band there? Why is everyone crying? Why is espn trying to make OSU look bad? We WANTED him fired all year, he's gone now, we should be happy...
I continue to be baffled why we don't press teams earlier. As well as NW shoots, they do not handle the ball that well, they live by getting open 3s from misdirections, screens and cuts. They are not built to play an aggressive full court defense. Same for the game @ Wisky. Had we pressed them from the get go we'd have won that one too. On the positive side, free throws!! wow, that was fun to watch. And all 5 staters got into double digits. Now if we can just work on putting teams away earlier that would be great, this felt like the Rutgers game all over again.
Even with the 2 give aways vs Maryland and Wisky this team can still get an upper division finish. The next 3 games, all of which we will be favored to win, MUST be wins. Then the tough ending stretch of MSU, Iowa, MSU - probably need to get 2 of those. If they can manage that, a 12-6 B1G record gets a bid for certain. If not 11-7 puts some real pressure on the B1GT. If they drop more and end up 10-8 it is going to require at least a run to the B1GT finals, and might even require winning it. I hope they can put it together because it would be a shame for this team to miss the tournament.
Oh and it's well beyond time to stop looking at that Kentucky game as some kind of big upset. The reality is that if UK were in the B1G they would be mired in the mushy middle right along side us. As I said shortly after that game, by Feb it wouldn't be viewed as a big upset, we didn't do anything "magical" to win it, we got a lead hit some FTs (although missed a few too) and hung on to win a game we led the entire way on a neutral court.
Yeah, I was hoping we'd go to him more as well. They could not handle him down low. As big as Olah is he isn't mobile at all and TT was easily able to go around or through him Tate did too a couple times. The formula for this team is pretty simple, pound the ball inside early and establish that post game, sucking in the defense. Then knock down some perimeter shots to get the defense guessing and thinking. Add in a full court press. When those things are clicking, AND making FTs, this team can beat just about anyone. But for some reason our offense is built on a perimeter weave, which is complete and total nonsense with a team like this. Use your length and speed to your advantage.
The officiating tonight was terrible too. They missed a 10 second call on NW that allowed them to hit a 3 when we were up 4 and stay in range. They totally fucked up that goaltend call - and it was funny they replayed it like 5 times in the arena, I don't think I've seen them do that before. Tate got away with a clear double dribble, and Lyle got away with passing the ball to himself (when he put back his own airball). There were a few other questionable foul calls and the tie up they called when Olah clearly traveled before Thompson touched the ball was bad too. At one point it was so bad I hollered to the refs that they were missing a bad game...
NW lives by the 3. Wisky has in the past but this year was something like 250th in 3pt shooting coming into our game, but they just exploited our lapses on defense. What frustrates me is that how you start a game is SO important in basketball and we have had horrendous starts to almost every game this year. Down 0-8 to Illinois, down 0-11 to Wisky and again tonight, after being up 9-6 we fell behind by 10 to North-fing-western at home! If you let the other team get comfortable it makes the whole game much tougher. Make them work for it to start with, they won't get into a groove and the shots will get tighter when it matters.
Man that was hard to watch, and in a nearly empty arena at that. For the life of me I cannot understand why in the hell we didn't go with the press in the first half. Had we done that this game would never have been in doubt and it would have been a routine 20 point bashing of the Mildcats. This is now games in a row where teams have gone OFF on us from 3. That needs to get fixed ASAP, in fact it needed to NOT happen to begin with. Luckily we didn't throw away a 3rd straight game, but these games are getting harder and harder to watch, and I have been the optimist all year long.
Huge plus was making 16! straight FTs to end the game. Now let's hope this represents a real shift and this team can consistently hit near 80%.
One final observation - I guess we found out just how cold it has to get for the scalpers to loose interest. As I was walking into the arena around 30 minutes before tipoff they were just giving tickets away. Literally they were saying "who wants free tickets?" In all my years of going to OSU games I have never seen that before.
The last 2 losses were real give-aways in games that we should have won. We blew so many chances to get a 6-8 point lead in the second half of the Maryland game and just couldn't make layups or FTs. The Wisconsin game was absolutely mind boggling. Fell asleep so many times on defense and gave up wide open 3s to a team that could not hit a 3 to save their lives all year.
The next 4 are games that we absolutely have to win, and frankly I think the Iowa and MSU home games are now must wins. Tonight's game should be a blow out Northwestern is not good, not by a long stretch, and we handled them easily up there - a place that we have had tight games in the recent past. NW hasn't won here since the '70s and there is no way they are going to be within shouting distance tonight either.
See he was telling the truth about being sorry. He is sorry he wasn't able to make it into the end zone on that play. It's OK Joey, we forgive you.
I'm done with this. Wisconsin isn't even any good. 2 throw aways in a row. When we win the next 4 games it won't matter now, this is a lost season. I really expected this team to come out with some kind of desire to win tonight. They just have no clue what they are doing out there.
You know what, just go out and knock them down on the perimeter. Just ram into them. Better than giving the 250th ranked 3 point shooting team a record night from the arc. This is the most embarrassing game of the year.
I just cannot believe we are down this much in this game. This is sooooo frustrating.
Lyle has to go the rest of the way, we cannot afford to have him out.
Loving is totally and completely lost. We are just absolutely giving them this game. Just giving it away.
Garbage foul call there.Wisky player just lost the ball
2 empty possessions followed by giving up a 3. That is an 8 point swing
Wow I have never seen Kam hesitate like that. He was going to get fouled. We just cannot do anything right tonight at all.
They should put him outside and turn off his mic :)
Nah, Wisky can't score that much even as hot as they have been from 3. We just need to break their rhythm and get this game faster. It's very winnable.
This is maddening, we should absolutely not be trailing in this game. You just cannot let them drag this game down to this pace. Speed them up and make them tight.
Are you kidding me? They can't even control the ball and get a lucky 3.
They are supposed to, and if they are going to review elbows they need to review flops and call those Ts. That was awful!