Isn’t National Signing Day usually the first Wednesday of February?
It was fabulous to see the Buckeyes answer each Indiana surge to regain the 10-12 point lead, and with the younger players contributing so much, especially with Russell out. The 2nd half start was awesome. Why can’t they start the 1st half that way?
The Buckeyes are sometimes so bloody inconsistent. They play well for stretches, and then look lost: 4 straight 1st half possessions without getting a shot up, despite dwindling seconds on the shot clock. So the 2nd half start and finish were great to see.
Buckeyes had tight collars down the stretch, except for Russell.
Giddens is a polished defender, he'll be able to contribute on that end during his freshman season in Columbus. He does not have a wide arsenal of low-post moves on offense, however.
Then I hope he’s shooting 100 FTs/day.
It seems as if some of the Buckeyes' hoopsters don't listen or accept coaching very well, and the 1st & 2nd year players are inexperienced and are being lead by seniors who don't want to lead—or follow.
How can a team run if it
can't won't rebound?
It's hard to run after an opponent makes a basket, except if the team that just scored loafs getting down the floor.
The Buckeyes need to rebound better, if only to limit an opponent's 2nd-chance points.
This argument (If they played 10 times...) is a characteristic of people in massive denial. And often is apparent in other parts of their life. The world has a way of presenting such situations over and over until they alter the worldview to which they so fiercely cling.
Not sure we want to risk injuring our QB's, especially Brax with his shoulder injury.
Do the folks who like to slam Matta realize that NCAA hoops is not like FBS football?
There are ONLY 13 schollies, spread over 4-5 years. That averages only about 3 recruits per year.
Coaches have to pick and choose, and not all the recruits want to work hard on defense, or in school. And some of them feel entitled (and don't pan out.) So not every recruit in Ohio gets chosen—or chooses Ohio State. Unfortunately, that's the way it is.
I'd love to see A.J. Harris grow a couple inches and add 20 lbs of muscle, but if his attitude and work ethic is what I hear, he'll be fabulous.
Different leagues, different rules.
OSU loves Matta:
Seems like there are a lot of part-time role players who are content to let someone else do it, whether it's hustling, scoring, rebounding or defending, or being mentally tough.
Love it when they get here early, usually says a lot about their character & ambition.
And frequently their ability to handle their academic business.
As I recall, RB Jim Otis was picking up 8-10 yards on each carry—not an average—in the 1969 UM game. But they stopped going to Otis.
UM tends to win The Game when they hire a new coach, and this year the game is in AA.
The 2015 Buckeyes will have to be healthy, tough and focused to win it.
Will this be
The Buckeyes were out in the SF Bay Area in September 2013, and there was quite a party in Berkeley.
Let's get together and do it again.
While basking in the glow of Buckeye NC Glory, it’s great to add a hoops win over UM, knocking them out of the B1G lead.
The D-Line coach is fantastic too !
OSU has QB's lined up for 5 years or more. If Beck doesn't do well, he may be gone after 2.
A lot of missed opportunities and mental mistakes, poor rebounding for most of game and disappoining at the free-throw line.
But they did make a charge at the end, so there is some mental toughness, just not quite enough. While they are playing like a young team, I think they may be slowly improving. If they just play a little bit better, they will win consistently, and they can play a lot better. Especially if they block out better and snag more rebounds.
Fesler was an remarkable Buckeye, playing on the offensive line at 6’ 0” 185 lbs. Wes was a four sport star at OSU, where he played TE and FB, and smart too:
At Ohio State, Fesler was Phi Beta Kappa, a baseball star, a basketball All-America, and a three-time football All-America. He played end and in 1929 he picked off a fumble and ran 95 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern. In 1930, he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten. Jock Sutherland, the Pittsburgh coach, called him "a one man team. It is unbelievable how that boy can do so many things." He was Ohio State's leading receiver and on some plays moved into the backfield and threw passes.
He was inducted, as a player, into the Hall of Fame in 1954, after his coaching career was over, both as a head football coach and as a head basketball coach.
I agree about leaving Russell in, though a breather might have given him an energy boost. Although Matta says they're young enough to handle it, I wish we didn't see Buckeyes exceeding 33 or so minutes playing time.
I really don't like it when OSU players wait for someone (Turner, Sullinger, D Thomas, Ross, Russell) else to score. It's a team game. OSU needs to spread the scoring so that several players have enough confidence to shoot if/when the leading scorer is off/out/roughed-up/stymied.