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Comment 12 Jun 2013

I voted Herman -- he's young but shows much potential, seems to have the confidence of his players, and shows that he can play to his players' strengths.

 

On a side note: I love these polls, but does anyone else think that the choices should always be in alphabetical order?  I sometimes get the feeling my answers -- and the results in general -- are often influenced by the order of the choices (response bias).

Comment 28 Mar 2013

Well put.  There are even studies that show that the "momentum" phenomenon in basketball doesn't exist; or, it might even work exactly opposite than conventional wisdom:

 

http://harvardsportsanalysis.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/momentum-in-college-basketball-do-late-rallies-carry-over-to-overtime/

 

Granted, "momentum" may be an impossible thing to quantify, and thus study, but there are implications beyond basketball and sports (the gambler's fallacy, for example, that "my luck's about to turn around").

Comment 28 Mar 2013

You've pointed out the fundamental flaw with the raw Plus/Minus stat: that it doesn't take the quality of players you're on the court with into account.  Basketball stat-heads have more recently taken to Adjusted Plus/Minus, which attempts to solve this problem.  Here's an overview article on it [ESPN].

As with any other advanced stat, you can find articles that go very deep into its analysis.  The ESPN article above links to some of these, if you wish to read more.

Comment 29 Jan 2013

Wherever each of these seniors ends up -- NFL or otherwise -- they'll forever have the gratitude of Buckeye Nation.  This senior class demonstrated exceptional leadership and integrity, without which, 12-0 likely would not have happened!

Comment 21 Jan 2013

I'm with you.  The more we see this squad play, the clearer it becomes that the game was an outlier.  The trouble is, is that the margin for error in the B1G is especially small this year, and "spotting" the rest of the field a game hurts.  The damage has already been done, but thankfully, it seems like this team has learned that it can't afford to sleepwalk again.

Comment 21 Jan 2013

The 19 point loss to Illinois keeps looking worse and worse.  The next two are hardly gimmies, as it seems like the B1G is even deeper than most thought this year, but should give the Buckeyes a chance to re-group and work on some obvious holes.

Comment 27 Sep 2012

ah...i missed the "@" part of your comment.  carry on.

Comment 27 Sep 2012

Get your long johns ready for 9/27/2014!

http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/future-schedules.html

Comment 31 Jul 2012

We'll be missing out on two potential games: the B1G Championship and a bowl game!

Comment 30 Mar 2012

Wow, Jerry Lucas is a beast:

How on earth were you able to get 40 rebounds in one game, and what is your secret for rebounding?

JL: It goes back to when I was a child. I would take 5,000 shots every day with a purpose. I did things that other players never did. I would intentionally miss shots for eight straight hours just to see where the ball would go. I knew where every missed shot was going so 99% of the time I did not block out because I already knew where to go. I also had great timing and determination and the heart of a champion.

Comment 03 Feb 2012

Not sure if this was mentioned in any of the (many) other related threads, but Germdeman's article posted today at the-ozone, "In the Land of Gentlemen, the Three-Legged Man is King", is well-written, and exposes some of the hypocrisy in this whole thing.  A Cliff Note's version:

Coming from the SEC, Meyer must look at some of these Big Ten coaches like they are lazy, spoiled children; a complaint for every situation, and a solution for none.

Comment 11 Aug 2011

Not sure on the timing of NBA camps, but most of our one-and-dones have declared shortly after March Madness.  Most importantly, it seems that the timing of the academic withdrawl is what affects the APR.  Here's an article from 2009 that shows that the timing of Oden's and Kufos's academic withdrawls were what did the damage.  Noopy Crater's untimely withdrawl also contributed to the poor APR score.  

BJ Mullens, however, did the right thing

Bruno, a professor of psychology and neuroscience, found himself torn a few months ago as he counseled freshman B.J. Mullens to refrain from enrolling in the third quarter once Mullens decided to enter the draft. Bruno didn't want the school to take another APR hit.

Given this, the switch from quarters to semesters should be irrelevant...it's more a matter of ensuring that one-and-dones (or transfers) occur at the "right time".

Comment 11 Aug 2011

One-and-dones defintely hurt -- especially those who don't finish out the quarter before effectively dropping out.  

I'm curious if the upcoming switch from quarters to semesters will have an effect?

Comment 05 Aug 2011

No Robert Smith or Hopalong?