SHOE SHINE BOY!!!!!
Jerseys in the rafters, or what?
And Haiku to you too!
All ACC center Stephanie Mavunga transfers in from UNC (scorched us for 27 and double figure boards last season), as well as 6'4" 5-star Tori McCoy, and we have 2 6'6" returnees and 6'3" Hart so we'll have size and skill players galore.
Yeah, but both balls were already taken.
After seeing what these ladies accomplished last season with 7 players, I'm looking forward to an historic effort against Tennessee.
Thad's slacking has finally been confirmed by a former OSU All-American player, HOORAH!!!
Item 1, this ain't the NBA it's college and the inmates should never run the collective NCAA asylum, like they do in the pros. Are you a blood relative or did you marry into the Matta brood? Of course I'm asking because you've given excuses ranging from different breeds of athletes to NBA culture, to blaming Scott, Thompson, Williams, for their failure to develop themselves adequately, because Sam's body weight wasn't the only thing that stayed at a high school development level from day 1 thru his graduation. Even Aaron Craft came into the program as a one-trick-pony that stayed offensively challenged throughout.
I'm just hoping that DeAngelo's reality check reminds people that coaches, like most other commodities, have a limited shelf life before they begin to go stale. Thanks to coach McGuff for at least giving us an up-close look at what a program that's on the rise looks like. Too many on here seem to have forgotten.
At 3+ million salary per year, short changed is a really nice way of puttin' it
[Partially deleted by staff - no personal attacks] --go in peace my goofy fellow Buckeye fan.
Watchin' the first half gave a pretty good snapshot of why we're an NIT squad this year. Oh yes, we're young compared to MSU, so that probably explains why they're running sets and scoring inside while we run the old Celtics perimeter weave but basically play alley ball otherwise. Our perimeter defense has improved a lot since the first game which has kept us in the fight. The future looks pretty great with the kids we have returning and the ones coming in these next couple of years. Who knows, Matta might just recruit us back into the national championship conversation soon.
Siegfried and point guard Mel Nowell were the ideal back court to start with Lucas, `Hondo and Roberts. I was pretty young when I watched that fuzzy NC game telecast back in `60, but I remember Siegfried being good as a shooter and all around guard. Good to see him get some mention in 2016. Kudos to Evan Turner for reminding us of arguably the most overlooked All-American in OSU roundball history.
Them and Notre Dame always have been!!!
Dood's frustration with the season is understandable, since Urban Meyer's NC hangover and talk show tour may yet cost us a few more of these showcase-minded recruits; just as it's likely reduced Braxton's NFL draft status to undrafted FA camp invitee. If you were a top offensive skill player, would you wanna hitch your wagon to the crap offense that we all witnessed this season?
IMO this team has fallen victim to unrealistic expectations for a repeat, from much of Buckeye Nation, especially in light of the ungodly strain on both time and mental focus of our kids and coaches from ESPiN, alumni groups, rotary clubs, book publishers etc. (especially Meyer). But objectively speaking, an 11-1 regular season and a Jan. 1 luncheon engagement with The Fighting Irish aint half bad for a team whose HC was too distracted to insert the best QB for this offense into the lineup for 9 weeks! GO BUCKS!!!!!
" . . . his own success is biting him in the ass."
Thad's numbers have always been skewed, due to high cholesterol as a result of excessive annual consumption of pre-conference pastries.
Lyle is being played out of position at PG, and our bigs show early signs of the same neglect that made our last center into "a-mere-Williams," rather than the potentially dominant specimen that got McDonald's recognition in HS.
As a Buckeye fan since Lucas, Nowell and Hondo's National Championship team, I'm hoping that these kids actually end the succession of players who leave here after 4 or 5 years, essentially the same as they came in, with little or no measurable growth or development. People seem to think of Matta as being OSU's best ever coach, but coach Taylor took Ohio kids from Middletown, Shelby, Columbus, etc., and DEVELOPED players that competed at a high level both in conference and nationally, with virtually no support from School administrators that strictly understood this to be a "football school."
Matta has compiled a resume that confirms his being a good coach who wins 20 games yearly, but that same resume suggests that he's not an elite coach, based on mediocre in-game bench coaching and his reliance on cream puff wins that would have us at 10-0 if not for this season's tougher schedule. (thanks for raising the bar coach McGuff)
IMO, Thad has brought the program back to relevance, which is his limit. Now for all of his many plebes and concubines who can't wait to defend his record and honor, remember that many of you wept and screeched about losing Tressel until Urban came in and won the Natty through more effective usage of players Tress recruited, along with his own. (as we all broke into our "happy dance"). All I'm sayin' is that Matta's version of hardwood Tresselball is looking older & tireder over the last few years.
Lyle is NOT a PG anymore than he is a center! He's a SG that can't really shoot, but has decent handles. AJ IS a true PG who should be starting, except that Lyle had more stars as a HS recruit.
Replacing the usual pre-conference pastries with actual basketball teams will hurt in the early season but should pay dividends at tourney time, like it does annually for Izzo and MSU--be patient!
This could be the year that Thad earns some respect for player development with this lengthy, athletic, potential-laden group of kids. I've been happier this year than most , because we're not just playing the same old menu of pre-conference pastries that have earmarked the Matta years thus far. I credit Coach McGuff for raising the competition bar with the women's team, to the extent that the men's program had little choice except to follow suit. I truly hope that this young crew becomes a team to be reckoned with by tourney time.
I saw what you did there (kudos) . . . and as a guy who really gives-a-SCHUTT about interior line play, I'm hoping that the next man up really knows his SCHUTT!!! (Too much?)
Considering that there's a new OC (who's on the sideline rather than in the sky box?!!!), and that there's still unsettled position battles, and that defense is usually ahead of offense in the early season, and that we're still undefeated, we're actually slightly ahead of where we were @ this time last year . . . and you see how that turned out--lol.
"Obviously the starter was told well before kickoff. . . "
And you know this . . . how?!! Jones is lying because Urban, being the son of Zeus, could not possibly have shared an untruth with Dom Tiberi or ESPN? C'mon dude!
As a Buckeye fan since tickets at the Shoe $6 each, I'm happy to see a fan carve out a niche by creating a character that's become iconic around the nation. Is he a pretentious, self absorbed weenie? . . . yes!!!--but you can't deny that he's just as much a part of comtemporary Buck-Lore as script Ohio is! So why not can the Mark May sounding prattle and give Grubby his moment?!!!
Jones can't run Meyer's whole offense because he . . . can't walk? . . . can't run? . . . made a dumb tweet 2 years ago? . . . but, it's a great Sunday, so I'll just say--GO BUCKS!!!!!
Both of these kids look like they're battling middle-schoolers!