I was left to wonder if it was an ACC officiating crew, since the game was figuratively and literally a UNC home game; but with that said, our women's team plays with an intensity that made me extremely proud as a fan / alumnus.
"Do you think he could handle being put in the starting line up from the get go? "
Easily, this kid's Scoonie Penn on steroids!
They reflect their coach's intensity, and I expect a final 4 appearance within the next couple of years after watching how they've competed and won with 7 or 8 players this season.
Wow, how cool is that? . . . Enjoy the upset!
So Andy, do I owe you a retainer? . . . 'cause you've stated my position, in consecutive posts, as eloquently as any barrister or paid spokesman could ever do. Thad has done a great job of resurrecting OSU b-ball and establishing credibility and a high national profile, but I simply don't forsee us winning national championships under this regime; and it's especially frustrating to hear so many people that believe we can't possibly do better than Matta as a coach. We are The Ohio State University, and as such should never accept less than national championship caliber performance as being a realistic expectation for our "money sports.".
Over the past 3 or 4 years I've listed Coach Smart, the Miller brothers, Greg Marshall and a couple of others, whenever the question is permitted to be realistically discussed here. Someone asked what would these guys bring that Matta doesn't, and in trying to be brief, my one word answer is HUNGER. Thad has become comfey in his lavish work environment with matching salary, to the extent that IMO he's happy to work the "formula" (20+wins assured by scheduling his dozen or so annual cupcakes) which keeps most of Buckeye Nation content within the confines of upscale mediocrity. Based on what I've seen over the last 2 years from Coach McGuff's women, who've shown shown amazing grit and intensity despite extreme adversity, I'd even consider him to be a viable candidate to take our program from perennial pretenders to the Duke, KY, Kansas level. To truly understand what I'm talking about you'd have to see the differences in a Tressel as compared to Urban--some guys are happy to be good or even great, while there's a breed that hungers for legendary status. Tress did a great job of restoring some of what we lost during the Cooper years, but became associated with playing "not-to-lose" in big games. By the time of "Tatt-Gate" he had set the table for a Meyer to come in and dominate, and I believe that Thad has done much the same with the b-ball program, and has become known as a stellar recruiter but sub-par bench coach, whose teams underachieve on the big stage. And for all of Matta's extended family that permeate this site please don't mistake me for a Matta hater, because the truth is that I am a OSU Basketball lover who'd like to see a second national championship in my lifetime. That just might require a championship coach.
Interesting that he played under Francis because that's the Former Buckeye that Tate reminds me of with his intensity.
As a long time fan of the women's team dating back to June Byers, Yvette Angel and Tracy Hall, this team has a special quality that I haven't seen the likes of since Katie Smith's Final Four team; and if coach McGuff is not selected as B1G women's coach of the year, it's a flat-out robbery!
3rd place in a 14 team Big 10 conference with a 7 "man" rotation that starts 3 freshmen and plays an uptempo style?!!!--who does that? What I see this coach doing reminds me of the early days of UCONN's Auriema, and I expect to see this program listed among the nation's elite within the next couple or 3 years.
Great article about a dangerous young team that's a joy to watch, and if you haven't seen 'em yet, tune in Friday @ 9:30 on BTN!--ask yourself this . . . when's the last time our men's team scored 100 pts. in a B1G game?
BD, I'm recommending you as Cleveland's new head of football operations,as well as the minister of common sense!
Hey, . . $hit happens and feces sometimes occurs!
I wish I could give more HS's for " Ass Bag." (LOL)
Hawk's still a baller; not flashy or overly dynamic, but definitely heady and steady. Ray Farmer, are you listening?!!!
Or play 'em apparently!
You ain't right!!! . . . (though absolutely correct!) (LOL)
Audio Engineer / Radio Producer . . . (as evidenced by the high volume of audacious behavior I've displayed) Former parochial school basketball coach.
I always look at those numbers as the math section of Urban's first interview, in becoming the football coach at TOSU.
I've seen the last couple games by D'Angelo as a case of freshman meets wall, but I also tend to believe that this kid's collective braintrust is visionary enough that adding his premature tweet to Lyle about " . . . runnin' tables" next year, to the fact that he's clearly not yet physical enough for the next level, might just mean he's about to shock both pro and amateur prognosticators by sticking around for another year to "wreck the league!"
One can only imagine what the infusion of Mitchell, Grandstaff, Giddins Thompson, etc., along with the pruning of senior deadwood might produce on the hardwood moving forward.
Cook was never the factor on that team that Russell's been this year . . . no comparison.
Yeah, try puttin' that toothpaste back into the tube! Take frosh out of the equation and the whole March Madness landscape rearranges, and what would the Buckeyes record this season be under our senior leadership?--scary!!!
Both kids have proved to be lousy self-coaches.
I thought they crowned the team that wins the championship game!--My bad.
The point is not about winning right away. It's about taking the progran to another level beyond bright mediocre.See: Urban Meyer.
Yep, jettison the evil seniors who failed us both as players and coaches!
And why do you say that Stu?