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Comment 07 Apr 2015

My (always) unreliable source just told me that unless Russel does not want to get a college degree, or unless he does not enjoy playing college basketball anymore, he won't be gone for NBA until next year if he can convince OSU not to worry about buying a multi-million dollar injury insurance policy for him, and if he can play increased minutes at the PG position next year.  Is he most likely going pro this year or not?

Comment 05 Apr 2015

More coincidences: both #4 seeds were from the same conference, were clear underdogs against the #1 seed, and won/will win the NC.

Comment 20 Mar 2015

Thank you both for the information and explanation.  I have absolutely no knowledge about wrestling but I assume that the team scoring system is too complicated for someone to easily figure out the scenarios that the Buckeyes are going to take home the NC.

Comment 20 Mar 2015

How many IOWA wrestlers are in the finals?  Can any other teams practically challenge the Buckeyes tomorrow for the NC?  For the benefits of the ones like me who are not fortunate enough to watch the matches and/or to understand the team scoring system, could someone lay out what need to happen tomorrow for the Buckeyes to earn the NC?  I won't be able to experience the excitement tomorrow as I will be on an airplane 35,000 ft about the pacific ocean around the time the Buckeyes are on their way to win the NC.

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Birm had been right on the money on his CBs on 2015 recruits, I hope that he will be wrong two times in a row when it comes to his CBs on 2016 recruits-he recently CB'd Sandwisch to the Buckeyes.

Comment 10 Mar 2015

Not many schools even have a decent team for all three sports so I guess that no school has ever won a NC for all three sports in one season.  Of course, there must be quite a few schools that won NCs from two out of the three sports in one season, such as the Gators football NC and men's basketball NC in 2008(?) and the recent NCs won by the Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams in one season.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

Ironically, I mistakenly thought that Zimmy07's post was referring to Cait Craft.  Fortunately, my post was applicable to Kelsey Mitchell anyway.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

Second that.  Have not had a chance to watch any lady's game until yesterday.  Very impressed with the team intensity and chemistry.  They are a solid team now with three freshman starter, two junior starter, and one of the best 6th man/woman in the league (Cooper).  Unfortunately, currently they only have 8 serviceable players on the roster due to three pre-season (?) season-ending injuries to three players.  We have the lady's equivalent of Russel on the team (Mitchell), and a very talented and very efficient freshman center (Hart).  

With all 5 starters coming back, coupled with another highly ranked recruiting class, many experts believe that the next year's team is going to have a very high ceiling.  Like everyone else, from the two games that I just watched, I am very impressed by the basketball IQ that Mitchell has displayed in addition to her obviously unbelievable talent and athleticism.  I am equally impressed by how efficient Hart was as a post player.  Obviously she needs to improve her FT shooting (only 45% for the season and Iowa almost got away today by choosing the hack-Shaq strategy on her in the last couple of minutes of the regulation).  The good news is that her FT shooting form appears to be decent, so I hope that with more practice she would be able to raise her FT % significantly next year.  Otherwise, she would put the couching staff in a difficult position in the last few minutes of a tight game.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

I believe that the top 4 seeds get double bye.  As you correctly pointed out, the outcome of the Illinois game is irrelevant for OSU to earn the #3 seed.  However, it is relevant for OSU to earn the #4 seed.  Therefore, the outcome of that game is relevant for determining whether OSU will get the double bye.

Edit:  all my interpretations were based on the assumption that ALL of the information presented in the charts were correct.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

The chart is actually self-explanatory:  the four columns on the left side list the winner of the four relevant games, the outcomes of which will have implications on the B1G tournament seeding #3 - #6, and the four columns on the right side list the corresponding seeding outcomes based on the winners listed on the left side.  I hope that I won't confuse you even more. 

Comment 05 Mar 2015

I applaud you for keeping our recent football and basketball success in perspective in life.  Every athletic program has certain realistic expectations or ceilings.  I only started watching the Buckeye basketball in the 90's.  Without knowing too much about the history and tradition of college basketball, I feel pretty confident to say that Thad has placed the OSU basketball program back on the map nicely, perhaps in a more prominent position.  I understand that as fans we all want more success from our beloved sports teams in terms of NCs, final fours, but at the same time we also need to keep everything in perspective, and refrain ourselves from having too many unrealistic expectations.  I agree that Thad's records in the last couple of years were subpar (only to his own standard and success).  At the same time we all need to recognize that even the perceived more successful coaches such as coach K and coach Izzo also had dismal seasons or very bad losses (e.g. coach K's 1st round loss in a recent NCAA tournament as a very high seed).  To me as fans  under those disappointing situations we should ask more relevant and constructive questions, such as whether the coaches and players were making the best efforts, whether the program was heading to the right direction, and whether the disappointment could be attributed to uncontrollable events.  If the answers to all or most of the relevant questions were yes, as a fan I can live through the pain and continue supporting my beloved teams wholeheartedly. 

Some of the discussion here remind me of a related thread regarding coach Izzo's recent somewhat controversial comments on Thad when he compared coach Matta to coach Carr.  While his comments were interpreted differently by different posters, I believe that he was trying to say that Thad was a victim of his own great success that kind of made us fans have unrealistic expectations on him and his team. I certainly don't want to live the lives of the Wolverine fans who bitched coach Carr in his later coaching career when his records were kind of subpar to his own success.    

Comment 05 Mar 2015

I don't think that anybody (including UFM) would like a momentum killing out-of-bound kickoff.  However, the fact that despite the obvious problem with the directional kickoff strategy, the coaching staff never bothered changing the "seemingly" not working approach throughout the season.  This strongly suggested to me that they believed that the somewhat compromised approach was still the best option for the OVERALL kicking game, including the coverage.  Therefore, personally I took the out-of-bound kicking issue as a simple imperfection intrinsically associated with all parts of a football game, such as turnovers, false starts, and missed tackles etc.  Yes, the problem needs to be minimized for sure, just like any other problems for the game, but I can live with it even though sometimes it was kind of painful to watch.

Comment 04 Mar 2015

I am not familiar with the context of this particular photo, but it does "magnify" one of Amir's main weaknesses on defending the post: he stands straight up or nearly straight up too often.  I bet that even the slam dunk Sam would not be able to jump up more than two inches from a straight up standing position.  

Comment 04 Mar 2015

Thad's inability to address the center need in the past few years was not necessarily because of a lack of efforts from him or his coaching staff.  If my memory serves, after the current senior class arrived Thad has been trying hard to upgrade the center position by targeting quite a few top center recruits.  Unfortunately for him and for Ohio State, for some reasons all highly ranked centers that he went after decided to go elsewhere until this incoming freshman class.  With the bad experience Thad has encountered from taking a handicapped center a few years as a somewhat "desperate" move, he most likely did not want to go the same route by settling with a very compromised or plan C big man for the sake of just addressing the center issue.  As a result, he failed to get a single center recruit for three years in a row.

Comment 25 Feb 2015

I agree that it is not easy to find a "Meyer" in basketball these days.  More importantly, if there is a "Meyer" out there in basketball, I am not sure whether he would take a job at OSU.  I understand that as fans it is easy for us to say that since Thad has not won a NC for us in 10 years, and since Meyer replaced a legendary coach to win us a NC in three years, let's replace Thad with a "Meyer" that will win one for us soon.  Unfortunately, the reality is that although both the OSU football program and the OSU football coaching job are most likely among top 5 in the country, despite the fact that Thad raised the OSU basketball program to a pretty high level, any unbiased person would agree that the OSU basketball program or the OSU basketball coaching job is not up to the same level.  These differences between the two programs certainly affect our ability to recruit the top-notch high school basketball players on a CONSISTENT basis, attract a "Meyer" type basketball coach, and to get up over the hump (i.e. winning a NC). 

Because of the differences mentioned above, I believe that Thad's inability to recruit elite big men in the last few years and willingness to "settle" with Williams and McDonald was not because he could not evaluate talents on big men or did not make enough efforts on recruiting big men (if I remember correctly, he did try very hard to recruit quite a few better big men prospects in the last few years but got struck out each time), but because, at least in large part, the OSU basketball program does not have the same ability as top five basketball programs or the OSU football program in term of competing with other top programs to attract elite recruits.  Every time when I see a poster questioning Thad's settling with Williams and McDonald, I cannot help but laughing simply because if Thad had a better option (e.g. a better big man was willing to commit, or he could afford a team without any big man for the 2011/12 season), I am pretty sure that he would be smart enough to not take either or both of the two obviously compromised centers.  My point is that although it is easy for Thad to always take a Davis or an Okafor instead of a Williams or a McDonald, it is much more difficult for him to put himself in a position to make those easy decisions.  In other words, Thad settled with his best options at the time, which is most of us would do for our daily lives.