I know it takes 2 to tango and all that, but when will we ever learn that the key to a strong non-conf SOS is to avoid playing terrible teams? I'm too lazy to confirm, but would guess that 5-6 of our cupcakes are of the 250-300+ RPI type teams which will just murder your SOS. The upper level games against Providence, UVA, UConn, and UCLA are fine, it's just once you get past those pretty much everybody outside of Marshall and maybe UNC Asheville is completely terrible.
Yes, if only they would have managed to lose that game @ IU, they would have went on to win another convincing national title.
I'm being serious too.
I hope so as well, but since he has basically been hiding off screen for the last half of season 5, and the beginning of this season made me think about that. It seems like his basic strategy for the whole series, create some chaos then step away, only to come back and steal the throne when everyone has their guard down. It would be so GoT to have someone like him come out on top at the very end.
My prediction for the final scenes of the series....Jon and Dany lead their forces to a rousing victory over the white walkers and then start piecing back together Westeros. After some feel good celebratory event with cheering and high fives all around they return to their chambers for some rest, and out of the shadows steps none other than Littlefinger to shank them both in the back, fade to black. The end.
OK, I know we all love to hate the NCAA, but wasn't this ban a result of the conference ADs motion and subsequent passing vote? It wasn't as though the NCAA itself operated in a vacuum here.
Great example. I think this team compares very closely to the last NIT team, with Diebler, Turner, Koufas, and Lauderdale as freshman. The next season they improved some, but probably not as huge as some will be expecting here in 2016. 8 seed in tourney and lost to Siena, but they then went on to I believe back to back B1G titles and a 2 seed and #1 overall. Of course the tourneys didn't go as well as expected, but the point is the improvement was there in those players. The thing that put them over the top was a top notch recruiting class to mix with in 2011.
This team should be given the chance to make the same improvement. Next year ought to be a top 3-5 B1G finish and a lock status for the tournament, but maybe not a high seed. Then in 2017, with still almost the entire team back, they should really be a top 10 caliber team with a legit chance at a deep run. If that doesn't happen, then the Matta criticism is fair. The problem will be, this team is who it is for the next 2 years, with no room for an impact freshman to put them over the top.
My only hope with Lunardi is that he isn't put out there so much that he actually some subliminal sway with the committee. It drove me crazy during the home MSU game when he said OSU's non-conf was "awful and that's being generous". It was and is much better than 75% of the other bubble teams.
He is not always right either. Last year he had UCLA way out of the field, like around where he has OSU right now, and they got in. Granted, most people agreed with him that UCLA didn't belong in, but still. I guess the point is the committee can do some weird stuff from time to time, no matter what Joey Brackets says.
With all the other bids that have been "stolen" and a quickly disappearing bubble, I would not put TTUN in the dance just yet. IU was definitely the team I wish we were playing instead of MSU tonight.
Either way, this wasn't a good thing for the Buckeyes slim bubble hopes. It's looking more and more like we might have to win this tourney to get in. Although MSU + Maryland wins should probably get the job done.
Haha this time x1000. I honestly opened this thread, and saw the numbers and figured this was a thread to show Thad's performance in a positive light against some of his peers. Just not drawing the same conclusions based on the data presented.
Considering the vastly used and known terminology is that a "higher" seed is the "better" seed, your choice to use the opposite undermines your credibility. You must not follow basketball very closely.
That national championship by UCONN is the greatest example of how the NCAA tournament is a crapshoot and the best team almost never wins it. They were a mediocre 7 seed who I believe won their first game by a point in OT. Then just somehow went on to win the whole thing. Is that coaching or luck? I'm saying luck. That was one of the strangest tournaments ever. I mean they got to play an 8 seed in the finals. Granted a woefully underseeded Kentucky team, but still.
Definitely can't overlook PSU. They've been playing well enough to beat us if we show up with the B game. I expect a close game, but a win.
Tomorrow, who knows, maybe MSU will come out flat and finally miss some shots, even open ones, and give us a fighting chance. They've been pretty ruthless the last 2 times out.
Yeah, for a moment there it seemed like Thompson was becoming a low post scoring force. Very efficient. And then poof, he's been all out of sorts offensively the last few weeks. Giddens is still raw, but you do seem him make an effort to get to his "spot" and get that hook up. He has been making a few more of them than earlier in the season. Still like the potential of both of them going forward.
I am the same way. I almost can't not read it when someone says **spoilers** when it comes to the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. But, I will say in this case, a good thing the show has done is mix it up from the source material. I base this off what I have read here and other places, have not read the comics. So while it is known that Negan is going to do something very bad very soon, it could be any of a number of different characters who are on the wrong end of it. And probably more than one.
None of which should be a surprise at this point in the show.
Crazy to think that two mysteriously play-called games against MSU is all separates that senior class from being one of the best, to the GOAT. I don't know that we'd have won the NCG in 2013 against FSU, but I do know we would have this year. We owe Sparty a decade's worth of beatdowns.
I just really really want to see more of the H motioning into the backfield to a split back set, and then taking a more traditional handoff with either Dunn or Weber lead blocking. This allows the H to find a seam and get north south, as opposed to the jet sweep which seems too much east west and we rarely block it / seal it well enough for it to be a successful play.
What's crazy to me is his ability to go slo-mo. It was as if every time a defender got close to him time stood still and the defenders became statues. Wow!
Not that I need to clarify, but I think highlight videos that go slo-mo at the most important part are lame. I would like to see those moves real time at game speed..
I still think a win over PSU and then shocker over MSU puts us in. Prior to losing @ MSU we crept into the first Four Out, so a top 125 win and a top 10 win would put us in. Of course if we're playing well enough to beat MSU, then might as well win the whole damn thing.
How does it feel to be #4? There's only room for one Burgundy in this town.
Switch. Switch. Switch everything.
We've got the personnel and length to do it. But with Forbes on fire, and Valentine playing so well, Sparty is going to be near impossible to beat on their home court on senior day. It's a shame we didn't catch them during their struggles earlier in the season. May have been able to steal one. Not now though.
And of course if Iowa beats Michigan we're looking at #7 seed matched up with #2 MSU in the B1G tourney quarters.
Going to have to shock the world somehow.
I was trying to figure that out myself, and the 2 primary things I can decipher is they have played a tougher in-conference schedule than us, and they avoided the 2-3 bad losses we have in the non-conference. Otherwise, their non-conf SOS is actually worse than ours. Their resume is basically us without losing those home games to UT-Arlingtion and La Tech.