Lack of Leadership!!!
I'm not sure I agree about the lack of experience on this team...it has been said that most players make the most improvement between year 1 & 2, they become stronger, know the system better, what's expected of them, and more confidence. I look at the other top ranked programs (Kentucky, Kansas, Fichigan, Michigan State, etc), and their 1st & 2nd year players are making major contributions, and I look at our 1st & 2nd year players and they aren't the impact players I would expect them to be. Whatever the reason is, the players are not developing skill wise and that falls on the player, but also the coaches. Relying on Lenzelle Smith as a starting 2guard is not good enough in my opinion!
I didn't watch all of the game, but to me, there's not an obvious leader of this team, and to me the team is full of complimentary players, there is really no other player that stands out or the opponent has to shut down other than DT. I'm beginning to question the coaching staffs ability to develop players...Thompson, McDonald, Williams, and Ross should be the core of this team and none of them contribute any meaningful minutes consistently!
USC is the new Texas, great recruiting classes and no Nat'l Championships to show for it!!!
I have to agreem, honestly, I thought Amir Williams would be a beast this season based off of how he played in the B1G tournament and the NCAA's. It seems like he's playing very timid right now and that has to change. No offense to Ravenal, but he's better off the bench but with Williams up & down play, Ravenal has to start.
The Buckeyes obviously have several issues right now and they can be corrected, but to me the biggest issue is the lack of skilled offensive players on the roster. I'll start with Craft, he's a good ball handler(not great), obviously great defensively, but is a poor shooter and can't create his own shot. Smith, he's a streaky shooter, average ball handler, and he too can't create his own shot. Scott, is a very good ball handler, he's become a force on defense, and can get to the basket whenever he wants, but can't finish, and has no confidence in his jumper. Thompson, he's a great athlete, very good defensively, but doesn't handle the ball well so therefore he can't create his own shot, has no feel offensively(doesn't have a consistent jumper, mid range game or a go to move). Ross is very skilled offensively, and he can create his own shot, he just needs to earn more minutes by playing more consistently on defense. Ravenal/Williams offer nothing on offense, but are decent on defense. And lastly, Thomas, good but streaky shooter, average ball handler who struggles with athletic defenders. In the NCAA you win with strong guard play and right now the Buckeyes guard play is below average as witnessed by their play against Duke & Kansas. The Buckeyes will do ok in conference play but come tournament time, we'll see the same as we did yesterday unless the guards, Craft, Smith, Scott and Thompson improve offensively.
Hoke is freakin' joke...I bet if he knew there was a buffet on the 50 yard line, he would've managed to find it!!!
He said he hung with committed players, but never said he was kept away from the other recuits...
The Buckeyes have the potential to be an explosive offense...the running game is pretty good right now(line play is awesome), but the passing game is not there yet...it seems like our receivers don't get any separation from the defenders.