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Comment 11 hours ago

The way that I understand it they would only need to beat Iowa once.  I think it used to be a double elimination until the end but looking at the B1G site, basically the winner of the "losers' bracket" is playing to get back to the final game to face the sole undefeated team left in a 1 game championship.

I still cannot believe they let a 4-0 lead in the 9th vs Iowa get away, that is insane!  Regardless of how they finish today they have probably secured a #2 seed in a regional, which is phenomenal compared to where they stood at the start of May.

Beat MSU! then beat Iowa!  Go Bucks!! 

Comment 27 May 2016

Yeah he drove me nuts too with those turnovers, but I bet if we went back and counted it up he "won" more games for us than he "lost".  One thing that speaks volumes about why so many players love to play for Matta is that he doesn't punish guys for mistakes when the effort is there.  Had Turner been here during the O'B years he would have either left after year 1 or lagged on the bench for 4 years due to the yo-yo effect.  

This was a good game to pick, although I had to admit before I clicked the article I was expecting this to be the Purdue game where he and Robbie Hummel traded all-time halves in one of the all time classic B1G regular season games ever played.  That game was more of Turner taking a while to get his mojo back and then taking off, whereas this one did show more of his foibles along with his unbelievable talent.

Comment 27 May 2016

Earlier this Spring I went to the Nelsonville-York's stadium for a track meet and was all kinds of confused.  Their colors were orange and brown, like the Cleveland Browns.  The logo at midfield was NY, shaped to look like the Yankees.  The place was called Boston field, and the name Buckeyes was everywhere.  

Having said all of that, I was very impressed with the facility and the way the track meet was run.  Looks like it would be a great place to watch some high school football in the fall.

Comment 19 May 2016

It's a combination of things.  #1 it is a "multi purpose" facility.  Since it isn't specifically for basketball some of the other uses detract from basketball - namely 1) the seats are too comfy and 2) there is WAY too much sound absorption.  SJA is all metal and wood that reverberated the sound, and the seats are not that comfortable so you actually want to get up on your feet and cheer.  Cushy seats in the Schott don't reverberate and give you no reason to stand up and be loud.

And yes, the seats not being as close are an issue as well.  It's good that the students are behind the benches, but the ones that are behind the baskets aren't anywhere near close enough as they should be.  

And the ridiculous TV timeout "skits" they have started doing again are absolutely destroying any crowd momentum that might have existed going into that time out and completely suck the air out of the arena.

Comment 19 May 2016

Regarding the whole TV thing, much ado about nothing.  It doesn't matter where the B1G and OSU are televised, the eyeballs will follow them.  People watch espn because of the games that are on the network, not the other way around. In fact with all the way TV habits are charing in this country, it wouldn't shock me if espn didn't even exist 10 years from now.  Disney has taken, and continues to take, large cutting shears to their budget.  espn was nothing until college football and basketball made it the place to go to watch games, as the best teams move on to other venues, so too will the viewers. The B1G, and OSU in particular doesn't need any "exposure" from espn, they create enough of that regardless of any network affiliation.

Comment 17 May 2016

This is good for him and OSU, and college basketball in general.  I liked the move from the start, and his comments clearly show that his head is on right - he clearly had no delusions of actually getting drafted.  He wanted to learn how he stacked up and what he needed to improve upon.  I think this will help him get better over the summer and I am looking forward to see how he improves his game once the season starts.

Comment 17 May 2016

OSU has always had a balance of Ohio players and national players, but take a look at some of those "national" players and you will find a lot of OSU or Ohio ties.  So even though a player may have been raised in Florida or California or somewhere else, a lot of them are "Ohio bred" and have the same kind of desire to help OSU win as the guys who were born and raised right here.

And that list of people living at the airport gave me the shivers.  A few of my stays/delays in O'Hare or Newark felt like they could rival the dude who stayed for 17 years in the Paris airport...

Comment 05 May 2016

I expect 15-0 and a national title, like pretty much every other season.  What realistic OSU fan can look at that schedule and assume any game is a loss?  Yes @Okie will be tough, but we are a better program with a better coach, and just a better team.  As far as I am concerned, no other B1G team scares me.  It would take a major upset for OSU to lose any games in conference, yes even at East Lansing where we haven't lost in nearly 20 years.

Comment 04 May 2016

The way the rules are now he'd have to petition the NCAA to allow the 6th year.  For some unknown reason those petitions are always hard to predict.  You would think that an organization that tries to act like it is looking out for players' interests and furthering education, blah, blah, blah would grant most of these, but the opposite seems to be true.

Comment 04 May 2016

His announcement of testing the NBA waters shouldn't have been shocking considering the recent rule changes.  Hell some schools had walk ons testing the waters.  I think it's good that he did it, the best way to get extra motivation to improve is to find out where you really stack up against the competition you hope to challenge one day.

Given all that has happened since the end of the season I am very excited for the '16-'17 season!

Comment 27 Apr 2016

Since most of my time in Chicago has been spent in the winter - a work trip in January one year, a handful of B1G bball tourneys, and last years CBS Sports Classic in December - I don't have great feelings for the place.  In the summer I would imagine it is much better, based on a 10 hour flight layover I had once up there in the summer.  The El is an efficient way to get around town and there are great restaurants.  It is not a place I would EVER want to live though.

And regarding the 1932 freshmen.  I am so glad I was born when I was and not back in those day.  Having seen pictures like this one, and the one where they wore beanies, etc.  I would have been a rebel and probably kicked out.  And look at how those people dressed to go to football games. Full formal attire.  WTF?  I mean I know the season didn't start till mid October back then, so it wasn't like the first 3 or 4 home games were sweltering, but still, it can be warm in October, and even if it's not, who the hell wants to be wearing a coat and tie in a football stadium for 4 hours on a Saturday?  Insanity.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

Winning the B1G is always a successful season, and I see no reason why we can't win it next year.  I won't call it a failure if we don't make a deep tourney run - unless we flame out like MSU (lolololol) did this year.  Even though this season ended up as a disappointing season, the team itself was actually more talented than the last couple of "down years".  There is a lot of talent on this team and the only reason why we didn't contend this year was due to youth.  Had we won 2 more games we would have finished second alone in the conference. 

I think Tate will be fine, he has done this rehab before.  Thompson isn't going anywhere, he is just trying to find out where he stands (he will grade back as "likely to go undrafted") and I hope he uses that as motivation to get better - I suspect he will.

Jent is a HUGE shot in the arm to this team - his intensity is strong (obviously) and his basketball IQ is very high.  The combination of him and Matta is going to be something special.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

I've been saying since early in the season that just ended, next year is going to be fun.  A young team grew up and was really just hitting stride when Tate got sidelined with his injury.  I expect next year's team to win the B1G and be a serious national title contender.  There is a lot of talent here, and it is going to have experience now.

And we all overrated a little about the transfers, which is understandable the way they came one after another, but the one thing that stands out about transfers from Mata's program.  Not one time can I ever remember there ever being 1 word written about him blocking a player from any school unlike most of his peers.  That says a lot about his character. 

Comment 21 Apr 2016

I think you are right. Jean played when I was a student and he was the most intense player I have ever seen come through here. Martta has certainly been that way as a coach, and from what ii have heard as a player as well. Whatever the eventual outcome these 2 guys clearly work very well together and I am thrilled that "the band is back together again" so to speak.