Pretty sure they will be good enough to make the dance. How long they will dance remains to be seen.
One thing I am ready to see however is the way this new group works together in the half court offense. Let's face it, the last 2 years for sure and maybe the last 3 years has been a struggle to generate anything consistently in the half court. The departed players just didn't have what it takes. New players and eventually, I hope, a better half court offense. With Thad though, remember defense will be taught first. Point guard play, whomever that will be,Lyle or Harris or someone else will be critical.
Gene: maybe you only get 16k for games in the Schott because the other 3k seats are really bad ones.
If Gene wants a rocking house then he needs the ushers to confiscate the knitting needles and copies of Cat Fancy as the people come in. Stay home if your going to sit on your hands.
Good OCC schedule this year. Even if they are not home games. UCONN will be here next year.
Better schedule. Great. Hopefully this quiets the complainers. Only that could make it better is to include mid major opponents that are picked towards the middle or upper end of their conferences instead of the cellar.
Good call Riggins. I have said that for a few years also. Send it in to our "friends" at the NCAA office!!
I do believe their is a timeout being taken away also with TV games this year but it might need to be two to's in my book.
Oh. And I forgot to mention to Gene that the concessions prices are outrageous at the Schott. Where else can I get a personal pan pizza and a coke for 15$. Answer. Nowhere. Because I can get it for a bunch less anywhere else in town.
First of all, there are only 15k decent seats in the Schott. Most folks would rather be at home watching the big screen then be in one of those seats near the top.
The 15k people there can be loud and make that atmosphere that Gene wants if they will do it!!! Problem is they don't much of the time.
Everyone wants a marque team every week at home in the out of conference schedule but it cannot work like that. Those teams require return to their house next year and that does not compute in the budget for Gene. Home games means dollars for OSU. Where I think Thad misses it is the quality of mid major teams we play. The mid majors need to be projected to be near the top of the conference.
Wins will help for sure, and we need kids to stay for four years.
Four timeouts in a televised game with four TV times is still too many.
Like I thought before, sounds like A.J. Is.going to start and play a lot.
Different combinations certainly will be tried but I would call it as Harris, Lyle, Tate, Loving, Thompson.
It's nice to see a B1G team full of non Mcdonald AA players win with a solid Team effort. Like him or not Bo's system is working. Poorest officiated game I have watched this year. UK fans just don't take losing well. Still can't believe flagrant foul wasn't called! Once again, why do officials use video replay? Holy crap!
Your going to have to let go of "the worst franchise in professional sports" Your killing me!
Good stuff Eric. Thanks for the info. Would you happen to have any numbers on OSU basketball payouts? Let's say Sacret Heart payout compared to a Big East or Atlantic 10 school.
Not saying that I agree with it but this is what an abundance of home games do for your bottom line even if it is XYZ State.
Potter has been described to have perimeter skills as well as the inside the paint footwork. So he may play either 4 or 5 in college. A "big" with low post skills only seems to be non priority in college now unless he is REALLY good.
Jaxbuck. Agree with almost everything you said. Except for Turner was not a superstar when he got here.
I just hope Funderburk is a real legit stretch 4.
Thanks for the hoops update. Keep them up during the off season. Does anyone have any info where Kipper Nichols is.looking for college? Saw him play last year in finals and thought he was best player on the court. But don't see him connected to any college.
Your right on--- a 3 pt shot and make free throws will make Tate a guy that other coaches will have to defend with a plan. He needs a little more conditioning also. He was out of gas at times also.
Not too many kids turn down an offer from Duke. Coach K has few if any peers. it's like OSU football offers from Urban, out of state kids come to be in the best programs if they are offered. I hate seeing them leave the state also but the top players will go elsewhere sometimes. We pulled a top player from Kentucky!
Sure hope Harris is ready for B1G basketball. I think he will.find himself in the lineup or at least on the court a bunch. And does anyone know if he can make a 3?
I wouldn't use the word terrible but I am with you on the rest of what you saying.
One reason is that the selection committee always makes sure we play them anyway. I don't disagree that the OOC needs improved. Those Ohio schools want a return trip to their place next year however. The Donatos at the Schott can't sell you a nine dollar personal pizza and seven dollar coke if the game is played at UC.
Gee, it is weird how, just in the last two years Thad has forgot how to coach and develop players!!!
I will say one truth, if this team had been able to hit shots other than what Russ did and we had a mediocre presence in the post both offensively and defensively this teams wins at least two if not four or five more games this year. Plug those numbers into a 24-11 record and the season is not so bad despite the other problems this team had.
I do not think the 20th win is a target for anyone connected to this program, coaches, players, nor fans. The 20th win usually signals at least a respectable season playing in the B1G and at least a bid to the dance. I understand what your saying, 20 wins is somewhere between a great season and a subpar one. If I am not mistaken all of those programs you mentioned have had years like these last two in their previous 11 years also. I am positive that did not go over well at those schools.