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.
How many times did Miller provide a lead block for Hyde? Hyde was consistently reliable. Either with his own performance at running back, or providing a lead block for Miller. I just don't understand the short yardage calls against MSU. With Hyde in the backfield, you have multiple options on the play call. With Miller alone in the backfield, the MSU defense wasn't looking for a pass play because Miller didn't prove that was a real threat. We made the job for their defense much easier. With our offensive line and Hyde, we could run with numerous different quarterbacks and be successful.
Picture-in-picture on a 60" TV. Switch the audio as needed. Although I do expect that the football team should have things well in hand by the time the basketball game starts.
I wonder what would have happened if Roby hit the receiver prior to catching the ball with the same hit? Same targeting penalty, or just pass interference? It looks to me that contact was first made with Roby's shoulder to the receiver.
I wish the forecast would improve. Debating a trip over there from Indianapolis, but sitting in 50 degrees and rainy isn't very appealing. Those conditions make watching from the couch more practical.
Regardless of the type of hit, or even if he hit her at all, what is he doing in a place like this in the first place? I realize he is still young, but screw your head on for a minute. You are a top rated back on a top rated team. You have a tremendous amount of upside potential staring you in the face in the next 12 months. Can you think about how wonderful that can be and forego doing stupid things like hanging out in a bar? When is the last time a football player was involved in an incident in a bar and wound up being a hero?
I'm certainly not gifted at analysis, but looking at the box scores for the last two games, we had no sacks against the opponent's offense. None. PU sacked Miller twice, IU three times. Suggests to me we aren't winning the line play. It also seems to my untrained eye that it still takes too long for Miller to go through his reads, which leaves him in a number of scramble positions. Since he is a talented runner, some of those situations wind up as big gains, but I doubt many of those are the originally called play. Conversely, both PU and IU QBs made quick passing decisions and weren't left scrambling to improvise.
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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.