No team is unbeatable in college basketball - a team gets hot, catches Kentucky on a bad night...but at their best, there is no other team out there right now that could play within 10 points of them (reminds me of a certain football team from Columbus...)
I don't really see it as being a problem with Matta - as someone mentioned above he manages to get top tier talent and seems to get the most of out of his players.
My opinion, is that the team and program are more lacking a long term identity. With the one and done of college basketball now firmly entrenched within most programs I think a team needs to choose one of two paths to sucess:
1. The Kentucky model: get a roster full of 5 stars and use the regular season as a warm up for the tournament, building cohession in a group of 18 and 19 year olds. This has been adopted and expanded on by Duke, UNC and Kansas - basically your perenial top 10 teams. This is not something most teams can do (maybe 4 or 5 at most), but the few that can and do it well assure themselves at least some high level success in a given year.
2. The Gonzaga model: recruit great talent, but build success on having a team with a lot more chemistry because of upperclassmen. You may not have success every year, but you can guarantee longevity with the occasional Elite 8 and Final 4 run.
It seems like Ohio State (along with a lot of other teams) are straddling the lines of the above 2 paths. Championship success comes from #1, consistency with #2.
I don't doubt Matta can bring the program up into the top tier, but to get there they need to choose an identity and stick with it.
Reason #1,203,290 to hate TTUN.
the overflow of talent on the roster
I think this is also a big help in fighting complacency as a team. How can any player on this team remain complacent when great players keep getting added to the roster every year?
I can already forsee douters next year in the media given that we don't play in the SEC West (joking aside I believe there are plenty of writers out there that will place most of the SEC West in the top 15 next year)...
...But what the doubters will fail to realize - Ohio State has the hardest schedule of any team in the country next year. It's just from Monday to Friday instead of Saturday like most teams!
Jamarco as the 5th slob:
.gifs - 2 to 10 seconds of awesomeness.
Score another win for the NCAA in their battle against common sense.
Exactly - it's been a pretty boring time lately. World oversupply following excellent weather last year. Barring a major weather issue the next six months could be more of the same.
Agricultural commodity trader - mostly corn and wheat, though some barley (someone has to make sure there is enough for beer making).
That's awesome news. And if he ever needs support again, I hope he knows there's always a community that will rally around him.
618, you have a whole community of people behind you. Please listen to all the voices on here that care about you without having ever even met you - please stay with us.
1. The Wire
2. Everything else (too many to list)
Second only to when I beat Iron Mike in a legendary battle that will never be forgotten:
I'm usually able to stay logged in at home for about a week before it resets - at work it kicks me off over the weekend (I think that's probably something internal with the company though).
I'll make sure to tweet that out to our recruits - make sure they stay away from those crazy fans.
Seriously though - I can't imagine having to deal with all that exposure, pressure, and craziness as a 17 or 18 year old kid. It's easy for me to say, "just get off Twitter if you don't like the negativity", but I'm sure when all of your friends and other recruits are on there that's easier said than done - I'm sure they just want some normalcy in their lives.
I wholeheartedly agree that the negativity and personal attacks need to stop. That being said I feel like lately a few bad apples have been ruining the whole bunch - the majority of the 11W community is respectful, thoughtful, and in general pretty positive. Remy's 99% club is the perfect example - so many people here want to be positive and build each other up!
In the end the most of are here for the same reason - we love the Ohio State Buckeyes - and if we can just remember that fact when things turn negative it might help ignore the negativity.
From a coaching perspective time will tell, but Urban knows what he's doing. From a recruiting standpoint it sounds like a great hire.
Sounds like it's going to be a great competition between Gibson and Burrow for the next 3+ years. Next man up!
Sounds like a great hire from a recruiting standpoint!
Who is going to downvote a Rookie of the Year reference?!?
As they should...lifetime sentence to 11W jail!