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OSU grad, born in Cincinnati, now living on west coast.


  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: 49ers –Yorks. Met Joe Montana, R Lott, S. Young.
  • NBA TEAM: Muscleball? Nope.
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants! Champs!
  • SOCCER TEAM: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 27 Feb 2015

Rather than calling yourself an apologist, I think you're just a savvy basketball fan and a Matta supporter.

The very few, but vocal folks who want a different coach, don't (or won't) seem savvy to me at all. Nor do they seem to understand what Matta is doing (his system), how a football first school has a more difficult time recruiting than a Duke, Kansas or Kentucky, or how the Big Ten is a much tougher league (along with toucher academic requirements than Wichita State or a VCU. 

Comment 27 Feb 2015

 It's probably a shame his health won't allow him to coach that much longer.

I have not heard this and would like to know what this statement is based on. Has Thad said anything in this regard? 

Comment 27 Feb 2015

Thanks for the Chic Harley rundown . . . Really sad his story.

Makes you wonder if Chic suffered brain trauma from concussion(s).

Comment 27 Feb 2015

Hope he puts in the work because he looks like the real deal.

Is his release point a bit low?

Seems to see the field well and find open receivers, but form does need work. Would tutelage with George Whitfield be beneficial?

Comment 26 Feb 2015

By now, OSU fans should know that Matta is really big on Defense, Defense, Defense!

You don't need a degree in math to know that if your team shoots 50% (which is really good), and is just average at offensive rebounding, while the other team is scoring on 7/10 (or even 6/10) possessions, your team falls behind.

Playing good defense generally increases playing time on Matta's teams, even if your shooting is not stellar. 

If your shooting is pretty good, but you are a liability on D, you're going to spend more time on Matta's bench than on the court.

Thad's been very successful with this approach.

Comment 23 Feb 2015

Ron Burgundy, I'm with you on...

"B1G officiating lets teams beat the crap out of you"

...especially in road games. Russell is also playing over 36 minutes per conference game. That translates to less than 2 minutes rest each half.  As point guard, bringing the ball up court is more tiring than just jogging or running back. Being tired also leads to missing free throws and making turnovers/bad passes. 

The other OSU players have to step up, so that Russell can get a bit more rest during games and perform better down the  stretch.

Comment 23 Feb 2015

Is it the coaches fault that Chris Jones was dismissed from the University of Louisville team? NYDaily News says “This is the second straight year that Pitino has had to throw a player off the team.” and “Pitino said that it was not related to a basketball activity and used the word "knucklehead" when asked about the suspension.”

The clues are all about, if you notice. Many media folk have noted in dismay the entitlement today's recruits demonstrate. These kids "know better" and just don't listen to the coaches. How many times has Amir been told not to take the ball down to his waist when it's passed to him or on offensive rebounds, to just shoot it. Yet he still does it. Matta keeps telling players (Loving, Scott) to shoot the ball, yet they pass up open shots. Matta told the team not to take UM lightly, yet they did. Matta has repeatedly mentioned player mental lapses on defense. After losses, those seniors keep saying they didn't do what they were coached to do, and admit they are not leading. And these seniors were not exactly stellar last year either. Amir whined about Matta often getting on his err, back. 

If you want to blame Matta for not being perfect, well OK. He's not. Despite that, he's on the cusp of being the BEST Hoops coach in OSU history. Fred Taylor won 65% of games he coached. Matta has won 76%, and with 4 more wins, will eclipse Taylor’s 297 wins. And if Florida didn't have everyone back from their 2006 NC team, shooting treys at (10-18) 55.6% in that game, he would likely have a NC too.

As in football: sometimes the 5 star guys just aren't as good as some 3 star guys. It's been apparent in Craft's comments last year and the seniors' comments this year: these guys are not doing in games what they are coached to do, despite doing it in practice. If you're still clinging to the HIGH SCHOOL ratings of these underperforming seniors, IMO that's denial. 

Comment 23 Feb 2015

Russell is one player. If the rest of the Buckeyes can't produce with 4 guys on Russell, I don't care how many awards or stars they have.  Potential doesn't win games. But applying one's coaching during games does. These Buckeyes haven't done that consistently, and it's cost them games.

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Agreed, KevinJ. McDonald All American status recognizes what they did in HIGH SCHOOL.

Lots of guys don't pan out when they make it to the next level, where the competition is better. You can probably name guys who were studs in high school or college, but didn't succeed at college or pro ball. 

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Is all criticism of the coaches downvoted? Or just some?

Is the criticism constructive? Reasonable and well-reasoned—taking into account all the factors? Like academic and behavior standards in the B1G? Like attending class, making academic progress, staying out of trouble, etc?

Does coaching criticism help improve team play? Does it get existing players to buy-in to what a very successful coach is trying to implement? Does it improve recruiting? 

Sure, there are some things we may wish the coaches had done differently. But then, hindsight is 20-20. And we don't have much knowledge of what happened in practice, as well as a host of other factors. And the coaches won't or can't tell us. So we don't know what goes into their decisions. Do they make mistakes? Of course, but generally they make good, even excellent decisions.

Criticism that "it's time to find a new (and better) coach," assumes that there is a "better coach" who would leave where he is and come to what many consider a "football school."

Critical comments raised after a loss or one disappointing season are hard to take seriously, especially if they are emotional or very negative or obnoxious, don't impress those with a longer view. And may garner downvotes.

Comment 22 Feb 2015

How are the Buckeyes better than UM's scholarship athletes? Did the Buckeyes show better mental toughness? Better hustling and scrambling for the ball? Better defense? OSU had 14 turnovers to UM's 9, 3 steals to UM's 5. Better shooting? UM 47% OSU 42%, on treys UM 37% OSU 26%. Better acceptance of coaching?  Better huevos? Being better on paper (or fans expectations) doesn't show up on the box score. They have to show it—consistently—and these Buckeyes haven't done that. Until they prove that they ARE better on a consistent basis, IMO they are NOT clearly better.

Comment 22 Feb 2015

It must be tough for coaches to motivate players who lose their focus and poise if their first shots miss—when poor offense leads to poor defense. How do you get on players whose confidence and mental toughness are average?

Other B1G teams are getting better, but the Buckeyes seem stalled. The coaches challenge them, and they can't respond: they don't play consistently—in shooting, passing, blocking out & rebounding, or defending. 

I'd like to see OSU's coaches & kids get involved with the leadership training that Urban is encouraging. I suspect that better player leadership would lead to more consistent play.

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Going after loose balls is important, but shooting is darn important too. In those close game losses, the Buckeyes shot:

 34% @ Indiana,   14% treys,  63% FTs

 42% @ Purdue,  27% treys,  67% FTs

 44% @MSU (38% 1st half) 29% treys, 38% FTs

In their close wins:

 50% @ Minnesota, 37% treys, 50% FTs

 53% @ NW 47% treys, 44% FTs

In their losses to the Hawkeyes, they were outrebounded by 8 and 6 respectively, allowing iowa 15 and  14 offensive rebounds.

 46% vs Iowa, 36% treys, 74% FTs

 38% @ Iowa, 39% treys, 67% FTs

Of course, when the Buckeye defense is good, they get steals that often lead to layups, frequently uncontested ones, which really pumps up FG%. I’d like to see them shoot better from the line and beyond the arc. Rebounds will be key too. If they play good D vs UM, as they did in Columbus, where Caris Levert and Derrick Walton Jr both played at least 27 minutes, they held UM to 33% FG, 23% treys, despite allowing 12 offensive rebounds. OSU can DO IT, even on the road.

Comment 19 Feb 2015

Sounds like the mindset I was referring to, that is, "there's no glory in free throws. So there's no need to focus on them." 

And IMO your prediction is more pessimistic than realistic. Unless OSU plays really badly, the Wisc score will be closer than that. 

BTW, at my gym, the first 5 guys to hit FTs were on one team, the next 5 on the other. There was no glory in not playing.

Comment 19 Feb 2015

Loving played five impact-free minutes, coming one missed three-pointer shy of achieving a Trillion.

Nick, doesn't Club Trillion mean 1 minute (not 5), no shots, points, rebounds, fouls, steals, etc, so that the final box score read:

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Also, most of the heights given for OSU players in that video are hilariously incorrect.

Comment 19 Feb 2015

These discussions of player discontent seem high on assumptions & opinion, but light on facts.  You sometimes hear media people voice their amazement about the entitlement level among young athletes. And coaches everywhere talking about getting kids to buy in—as coach Dennis Hopson did just the other day. It seems a lot more frequent among hoops recruits than football players, that kids who were all-everything in high school and received so much adulation that they sometimes weren't even required to be barely average students. They arrive in college and expect they are going to start and play major minutes, despite the fact that they cannot defend well against equally talented players, don't block out or rebound effectively, don't shoot free throws well, or even really understand the game. And their attitude (knowing everything) prevents them from admitting that they have things to learn, or working diligently to improve.

Sometimes there's an older player on the team with similar resentments who feeds the rookie's attitude. These players themselves sometimes give hints about this, and if you've been paying attention, you know a couple of OSU players in the past couple of seasons with this issue. Can you name them?