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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist


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Comment 3 hours ago

I wouldn't expect that team up north to get any kind of fair treatment on a Buckeye fan site.  Would you?

Comment 5 hours ago

I'd take the season they had compared to any season where our coach wins COY.

Comment 6 hours ago

At what point, if one QB can completely replace and do the same as another QB, do we start to factor in the rest of the team surrounding the QB and how good these players can make the QB?  As I posted below, I think this line of logic can justify the rankings.

Comment 6 hours ago

I think the list is pretty accurate.  Cook and Hackenberg are easily the best players on their respective teams.  I know we don't need them, but imagine how good they'd be surrounded by OSU's talent.  

Comment 9 hours ago

No idea how this one plays out.  Just hope to see the team play a good team game with solid defense and good decisions on offense, score and outcome be damned.

Comment 9 hours ago

But then you'd be forgetting about Sullinger, Oden, Koufas, and Mullins - all got drafted.

Not going to say that our current bigs are NBA material, I'm just saying your opinion in based on our current situation and you can't say any of what you said if you consider Matta's entire tenure.  

However, the guys we have now - Williams was incredibly talented coming out of high school.  He was a recruit rated on raw potential.  McDonald was also supposed to be pretty raw, but with a high ceiling.  Lee has already played 4 years and put up good numbers at this level.  I've been saying it for a while now - it has nothing to do with Thad's ability to recruit - he has recruited OSU back on the map.  It has nothing to do with player development - which, by the way, at what point do we suggest that it's the player's fault and not the coaches?  It has to do with Matta going out and getting some highly ranked, but raw recruits with loads of potential and things just not working out.  You know, sometimes, things just don't work out at the fault of no one.  We don't have to blame anyone here, especially not the coach that put OSU basketball back on the national radar.

Comment 9 hours ago

But then you'd be forgetting about Sullinger, Oden, Koufas, and Mullins - all got drafted.

Not going to say that our current bigs are NBA material, I'm just saying your opinion in based on our current situation and you can't say any of what you said if you consider Matta's entire tenure.  

However, the guys we have now - Williams was incredibly talented coming out of high school.  He was a recruit rated on raw potential.  McDonald was also supposed to be pretty raw, but with a high ceiling.  Lee has already played 4 years and put up good numbers at this level.  I've been saying it for a while now - it has nothing to do with Thad's ability to recruit - he has recruited OSU back on the map.  It has nothing to do with player development - which, by the way, at what point do we suggest that it's the player's fault and not the coaches?  It has to do with Matta going out and getting some highly ranked, but raw recruits with loads of potential and things just not working out.  You know, sometimes, things just don't work out at the fault of no one.  We don't have to blame anyone here, especially not the coach that put OSU basketball back on the map national radar.

Comment 28 Jan 2015

Glad you asked.  Amir is shooting .710 from the field.  Russell is getting better, but at .477.  I'd take your bet all day long.  You go ahead and take 18 foot jumpers and 47% shooting, I'll take 5 footers and 71%.

Comment 28 Jan 2015

Stat-wise, you're correct.  I'm going to get flamed for saying this, but Amir is a fantastic rim defender.  He alters about every shot that games his way and he's generally smart about fouling.  One problem we had early on is our perimeter defense was too weak, DR and Loving we allowing easy access to the lane.  Last game against IU, it started bad but strengthened nicely.  If we can let Amir play and just focus on his man and not having to step out too much.  I think we've got a decent shot at having him shut down Maryland's post game.  Our offense doesn't run through him, he's not going to get points, but he'll be saving us points on the other end.  Just my opinion.  He doesn't play with much effort, but I think he's our best chance.

Comment 28 Jan 2015

Either we play small ball and most likely get beat soundly and make some of you happy, or we likely lose a close game utilizing our big man and all get frustrated.  You pick.

Edit: Honestly though, this teams wins and loses with DR.  The contributions of the rest of the team have been fairly consistent, but almost every game we've lost, he's been off.  So really it doesn't matter who else we put out there.  

Comment 28 Jan 2015

a 3" height difference and 20-30 lbs is big difference on the post and can turn average post players into good ones temporarily.  Not to mention your logic is trading "high percentage" shots from the low post for "lower percentage' perimeter shots.  I do like you analysis and the information you bring, but putting that plan into play would not work.

Comment 28 Jan 2015

I'm hoping the bigs step on the court with more fire than they've had.  The message has been sent and hopefully they respond well.  They are going to need to step up to give us chances to win the big games (no pun intended).

Comment 28 Jan 2015

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/ohio-state-football/2015/01/49273/hale-returning-for-5th-year

Still on front page of forums: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum

Comment 27 Jan 2015

Hate to deflate this thread, but it's already posted and sitting on the front page of the "forums" page:

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/college-sports/2015/01/49276/tom-brady-inflates-jim-harbaughs-ego

Comment 27 Jan 2015

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me too.  Pops up when I click to come to the site in general.  Before, I had to click an article on the site to get the consumernews thing.