I'm looking forward to our team scoring at least 14 points in the first quarter. Something we haven't done since week one. Easier to win games when you start out ahead and stay there.
I didn't get to watch the game until Sunday night. One other thing that stuck out, and was mentioned by the TV announcers, was the lack of clock management late in the 4th quarter. They obviously were not going to cover the spread, so they should have focused on maximizing clock usage when our offense had the ball. The ball should have never been snapped until it was under 5 seconds on the play clock, yet we were snapping early, and even snapped with 20+ seconds on the clock for our last punt. It should have been a steady diet of Zeke up the middle, not passing plays or other plays that could stop the clock. This falls squarely on the coaching staff. If we can't get the easy things like that right, it's not a surprise we're also struggling with play calling and player selection.
Just saw this today. Perhaps VT can use it in the future.
Send him some nuts.
You forgot a beverage to wash down that meal.
Our zone defense stymied Arizona for the first 8 minutes. After that, they figured it out, and took us out to the woodshed for a whipping on the offensive glass. No significant second half adjustment, and we got spanked as we should have. But at least I'm done watching Amir play. Ready for football season now.
If he worked his ass off, why was Tate the primary defender on Kaminsky today? We played a 6'4" guy against their 7 footer. Tate worked his ass off the entire game. Show me where Amir has given that level of effort and heart.
I agree that Amir isn't the only reason this team has underperformed, but he has been one of the most consistent underachievers throughout the year. As a senior (along with the other seniors as well), he should be exhibiting leadership and motivation for this team. He hasn't shown personal motivation let alone an ability to motivate others. He had at least two bunny shots in the first half that he missed. In previous games where he was in foul trouble, teams would just drive by him as they knew he wouldn't defend. At that point, he should be on the bench if he isn't going to play defense either.
I can live with the DVs. Amir has been a consistent under-performer and I'm not going to miss him.
Is anyone aware of why KDB has seen so little playing time in the last few games? He had a string of games where he was producing the most points per minute played and now he has been relegated to trash time after the game is already decided. Loving seems to have lost his mojo, and now KDB. Guys that have shown an ability to light up the basket are now irrelevant.
At least we won't have to watch Amir play another game in Columbus.
Perhaps Amir should try a tweet like this: "Why should I have to go to basketball if I came here to play SCHOOL, I ain't come to play BASKETBALL games are POINTLESS "
In all seriousness, I hope his OSU degree lands him a good job. If all else fails, he could always try being a matador at the bull fights. Some of his defense reminds me of watching them swing the red cape and yelling Ole! as the offensive player runs by unblocked.
Ask Greg Oden if he regrets not returning for a sophomore season. Yes, Russel could potentially increase his first year pay by polishing a second year. He could also wind up injured and never play in the NBA.
KBD played 19 minutes and scored 12 points (.63 pts per minute played). Next closest was Russel with .44 pts/min. I still don't understand how bringing Scott (.07 pts/min) in for KDB just after the 14-0 run made any sense at all?
KBD makes the most of his minutes when he gets them, but I think the numbers show he isn't seeing the amount of playing time he should.
Awesome video! Thank you so much for placing a good soundtrack to it as well. Seems half the time I watch videos I have to turn the speakers off because I can't stand the music. I must be old :)
I went to this game today. Started out great with a 9-2 early lead. Our bigs were very disappointing. Like some others, I'm ready for Amir to graduate and go. He shows so little energy on the court and always looks like he just woke up about 5 minutes ago. He had a couple of opportunities where he had the ball down low in what should have been an easy dunk, but with his lack of ball handling skills, nada. The officiating was a bit suspect at times, and Terrible Ted Valentine seemed to be mutually disliked by both teams. I am glad to see that we are staying with man-to-man defense now, but this was one that should have easily been in the win column for us.
We were -4.5 points odds @MSU, and -4 in Indy against Wisc. I think we have a very good chance in this next game. Plenty of reason to come out with a chip on their shoulders since they aren't the favorite. They should be fired up to prove they belong in the playoff discussion. Add to that the desire to support JT and honor the memory of Kosta. There are plenty of inspirations to help motivate these men to elevate their game. Add to this that there are still a number of opportunities for teams above OSU in the CFP to fail next week. One step at a time and next man up!
Maybe we should try a faster start with the coin toss. Win the toss? How about we don't defer, and instead take the ball, open up the offensive playbook and march it down the field and score on the opening drive. Let the opponent play catch up for a change instead of the other way around. There is no sense in giving opponents, that you are favored to beat, an opportunity to be ahead in the game. If they get an early lead, they just might believe your are beatable and continue to play that way.
It's bad when I find myself wishing Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway were the announcers.
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Buford needs some time on the bench until he gets out of this current slump. At Iowa he played 35 minutes, went 3 of 14, but at least contributed 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Last night was 37 minutes and he went 7 of 18, 3 rebounds, 0 assists and 4 turnovers. Diebler went through phases where he was cold. I just don't understand why Matta thinks leaving the guy in there to fight through it is the only answer. We have plenty of options to try on the bench. Let Buford try and get his swagger back at a home game, then try again on the next road game. The minutes played by Buford just doesn't make sense when you look at the results you get for those minutes. Shake it up a bit and perhaps you find another person that creates the right chemistry to win on the road.