Congrats OP! All time great
Just saw this on ESPN yesterday. So good to see that they're still close after all these years.
What he said ^
I've laid off Loving all season long, until tonight. Maybe I've just been blind to his body language, maybe I've decided to cut the kid a break after how bad I was on him last year, but it's the first real time I've noticed the sulking and pouting on the court. People give him grief for not being emotional, and monotone out there - it's his personality. I can't knock him for that. KBD is same sort of personality on the court, you can't expect them to just flip to 'Craft-Like' emotions on the court if that's not who they are. But you should be able to expect Loving to be mature, stop being a baby when the ball doesn't swing back to him, stop pouting when he doesn't get a call, stop sulking when a 3pt shot doesn't fall when it was ill-advised in the first place. That shit isn't cute, and tonight was the first time I truly saw antics out of him that are worth calling out.
He gets the defender in the air, then avoids contact and tries to drive past with bad handles.
...in ultra slow motion
Those sequences you describe literally ended any chance for a win tonight.
Thad clearly doesn't want to risk getting them in foul trouble with no other PG on the roster, which means you can't have them winded at the same time.
That's exactly what happened. We ran down to double the post player - like the second coming of Wilt Chamberlain was down there. Don't get it twisted - Hayes did damage in the 2nd half, but we were collapsing on the post way before that and allowed their mediocre shooters to get in a rhythm. It's super frustrating. I don't know how many times we helped to a non offensive player (post or wing) and left a "scouting report" shooter, like Koenig wide F open. You'd rather Vitto Brown shoot a 17 footer than leave Bronson Koenig open for a 3, right? I just don't understand.
It's like nobody has the brains to just 'play basketball' when they're out there. You can tell they're just going 100 mph (Loving at 40 mph) trying to follow every single little item they've been taught during practice to the point where they just 'robot' themselves into giving up super easy shots. We treat every opposing player like they're a 20pt a night scorer and fly like crazy towards the ball no matter who's got it. It's such an easy defense to beat if you're patient.
Wisconsin is a small team, with 2 guys who can hurt us scoring - and we let the entire team get off tonight. Most frustrating loss of the season in my opinion.
Nice tidbit, Blu. You've been able to navigate these shark-infested waters pretty ok from where I sit. You've landed a great class, now lets see what you guys do with it. Your big gets haven't translated to much over the past decade, so we'll see what happens.
11w. One of the few things in life that has all pistons firing...all the time
Agreed. But without the hindsight of knowing what the 2013 guys turned into - it's interesting to see that OSU just missed out on landing the best class ever. Thanks!
then at home to Michigan.
Man would that be a nasty line. Minimum 4 NFL guys.
For both: I saw above your all-time ranks on Urban's classes here at Ohio State. Had the staff landed Lawrence and Hardman, would that have put this class over the top to be his best class ever here? How close was this to being his top class?
LOL hilarious, but hey! Don't use Trey, he's from Ohio! - make us look bad. He was a liability his senior year there, they were ready for him to leave
Agreed. The coverage is 2nd to none. The presentation layer is out of this world. I dare you to find something better - in any other platform in this field.
Welcome fellas. A great winning tradition is right this way
Welcome new 12w's!
Never been more fun to be a Buckeye fan.
This is huge. So happy for him. We're fine at WR - 2016 is gonna be a helluva season
I love calling people Bammers. My buddy lives in Tuscaloosa, and he calls all of them Bammers down there, ha