If this team has any prayer of making noise in the post-season, Loving and ADV need to play more minutes and be productive in those minutes. They appear to be our only hope of finding some offense this year. None of our upper class players can reliably fill it up. Even Q, who is a decent scorer has been very unreliable when needed most, especially at the line, and prone to turnovers.
My thoughts exactly. It is tough to see high quality kids (both athletically and personally) leave. This is a particular double whammy because it will likely mean his brother won't come.
Was really looking forward to these brothers leave an indelible imprint on OSU sports.
Prayers to the family.
Very good analysis. I think your prognostication has a big time chance to be proved right, but we need a couple of other things to fall into place as well.
1) The LB unit has got to start becoming play makers. We can't have a vacuum in the middle of the defense like we've had the past three years.
2) The expected rise of EzE and at least one play-maker on the outside.
Amir is critical, as is regaining some shooting touch from Smith and Thompson. I don't think they need to be lighting it up, but if we could rely on them for 10-12 per night, and continue to play D the way we do, I think we could get it turned around. The problem is there is little in the flow of this season so far to inspire confidence that they can consistently do that.
"only impact a fan can have on a prospect's recruitment is a negative one."
Something that all fans who follow recruits should take to heart.
Belief has a ton to do with sports. It is obvious to even rudimentary observation, that this team has lost ALL confidence and belief in themselves. That is why I think a major line up shift is in order.
That OT game was all of about 7-8 min of good play, and was also an eternity ago for this team.
We have gone in completely different directions.
Matta has brought this program from absolute nothingness to elite status. Sure, we haven't taken that ultimate next step, and I have had some quibbles as well but it is very much hyperbole to call him out like that.
I hate getting into this kind of speculation as well, but it does seem as if the chemistry has gone to hell recently.
You are very optimistic. Unless something clicks that hasn't been, I don't know how this team goes .500.
I don't see any wins against: MSU, Mich, Minn or Purdue.
Indeed, this is a sad way for his career to end at OSU.
I feel very strongly that this slide will continue unless a major roster shake up occurs. I think Smith needs to be benched, as does Amir Williams. They do nothing good. Not sure how to do without LaQ but he is almost as bad, even when he scores he plays questionable defense and has very inopportune turnovers.
There is really nothing good to look at.
Pretty narrow minded thinking to ONLY look at "star" ratings when considering a player. I would trust that our coaches know, who does and doesn't have the potential to play big time football.
There are innumerable examples of under rated players making it big time, not just in college, but from college to pro as well. I believe AJ Hawk was a three star and he turned out "ok"
I'm speaking of the turnovers and inability to get to the basket. We all know he isn't a shooter.
I'm starting to get a small taste of what it must have been like to be a scUM fan over the past decade. This has been a difficult stretch for OSU fans (basketball and football).
This team has some pretty MAJOR issues. What happened to the Aaron Craft we have all come to know and love the past 3+ years!?
Not being sarcastic here, but how often do you actually see him jump? Let alone throw down with force inside instead of just trying to finesse it?
Craft had a very unusual game in that he was turning the ball over so much, his scoring has always been a bonus when it comes so that is not so much a surprise as the possessions given up by bad TOs. The missed FTs at the end were back breaking as well because we could have been within two down with around a minute to go had he made them.
As much as I love Thompson, he needs to sit the bench more. Loving and Ross need to see the floor together, IMO, and have Craft and Scott platoon a bit more. Loving can play some D and having two gaurds (Craft/Scott) who are not scoring threats is not going to cut it down the stretch. Especially if Amir doesn't find a fire inside somewhere and LEARN HOW TO JUMP AND DUNK!