Buckeyes need to play solid defense throughout the entire game. With their talent, if they just play solid defense throughout the entire game, they can play with anyone and probably beat anyone. The only time they did that was against Kentucky. Their lapses on defense allow the other team to get back into the game in the late stages of the 2nd half. And, then, on offense they stop taking the ball to the hoop in favor of jump shots. That is a formula for failure!
The key to your starting 5, in my opinion, is getting both Harris and Lyle into the game together. Harris is our best point guard, but he needs guys around him who can take the ball to the hoop. Our two best guys in that regard are Lyle and Diop. In addition, Tate does most of his damage inside and Thompson is, right now, the better offensive option.
Unfortunately, Matta has an real problem because all of these guys are very young and inexperienced. So, no matter what lineup he starts, they need to learn how to maintain from start to finish and they have shown no ability to do that in any tough game this year. And, although Thompson and Giddens are going to be excellent, they are not excellent right now. Too many fouls! Too little offensive production. I would split PT between the two and also get Bell at lest 5 to 10 minutes every game.
The bottom line is that this team will go as far their defense takes them and they have to play strong defense through the whole game. So far, they have played great defense for about 50% of the game and poor uninspired defense the other 50%. So, the other team always makes a run and usually it is an early run and a late run, which are the worst possible runs of course.
This team has so much talent, but so much inexperience! There is no real leader, especially at crunch time. Once again, they were forced to make a huge comeback after playing terribly the first 5 minutes. Once again, they did it by taking the ball to the hoop. They did the same in the second half after falling behind by 12. But, once they cut it to 3, they stopped going to the hoop in favor of 3 point shots that were not falling all night. Lyle, Diop and Tate can all go to the basket with the ball and score. Why are we taking all of these 3 point shots at crunch time? Still, Matta is a great coach and this team does seem to get better every game. And we have to remember that every tough game they have played this year has been away from home. And the scheduler did them no favors by scheduling their last three games of the regular season against MSU and Iowa. We get no crack at Indiana, Purdue or Wisconsin at OSU - incredible!
This young man seems like a terrific guy! I am sorry that he never got a chance to play for us. I think he would have been a great player and leader. But, I am thrilled for him that he keeps his scholarship and can now pursue his dream of becoming a Doctor. He will end up helping all of us much more importantly in that field!
Any chance they want Pridgeon for DT rather than OL? We have multiple superstar OL already, but no superstar DL.
And there has to be a way to teach these guys how to shoot free throws. We lost by less than the amount of our missed free throws. It also did not help that the Ref completely blew the call when Diop knocked the ball out of bounds off the Maryland player and Maryland got the ball. That one possession made a big difference!
Lyle needs to stop being down on himself and tentative. He is an excellent player when he is confident and takes the ball to the hoop. We are not a good enough 3 point shooting team to pass the ball around the perimeter for 25 seconds and then take a desperation shot! Lyle, Diop, Loving and Tate are very good at getting the ball to the hoop. That is what we need to do every time. If there is nothing there, throw it out for a jump shot. But, that should not be our first option.
Buckeyes played a great game against one of the best teams in the country. That is incredible because we still have no seniors and only one junior. We outplayed them in the second half, but they won the foul and free throw war. That is a sign that they are more mature and experienced. Our players are just as good, but not as experienced. Next year, we will win games like this against top quality teams! Thad Matta is a phenomenal Coach! I want him here as long as he wants to be here! We will be a top 10 team next season!
Don't forget about Joe Burrow! He has been a real leader and has exceptional ability!
I am just happy that all of these guys are on our team and that they are all young with very high ceilings. This may not be our year, although we still have a great chance to be in the postseason. But, with this talent and the two big guys coming next year, this will be an awesome team by 2017.
I would not be surprised to see all three guys get some PT at Guard. It would be a great way to build depth, prepare for 2017 and beyond and keep a lot of great players happy and motivated. I would add Taylor, Trout, Schmidt, Feder and Bowen to the list by the way. Coach Studrawa will have to make some tough decisions, but better that than having no choices.
I thought the changes Matta made were excellent. I do hope that Lyle gets more PT than he did last night. He seemed perturbed by not starting and did not really have much enthusiasm throughout the game. He is too good and too important to pout!
Although I expect many future SBs to include many present day Buckeyes, I must point out that all of the guys in this SB are former Tressell recruits.
On the contrary, Studrawa's hiring was an exciting development for me. I knew of him from his LSU days and was surprised that not until now was he reunited with Coach Meyer. He is a great OL Coach and he will have a ton of talent, most of it raw admittedly, to work with. I believe that we will have at least 10 OL in 2016 who could start at most schools. Elflein and Price are obvious. But, Jones, Prince, Burrell, Knox, Taylor and Lisle seem to already have elite talent and a little experience. Trout, Bowen, Schmidt and Feder likewise seem to have great ability and size and should be outstanding too if they learn from Studrawa. Coach Studrawa must be thrilled to have this kind of talent and, in fact, additional talent among the 2016 OL commits, including Gerald. Seems to me that the OL is the key to the 2016 offense, just as the DL will be the key to the defense. The difference is that we have an overabundance of talented OL, but the DT candidates are not as talented or experienced, at least on paper.
Once again, I think that the Matta is a great Coach, but I also think that the grays should get much more court time every game and they should come into the game earlier than they have been. Harris changes the tempo; is a better passer than Lyle and can get to the basket. Williams is their most consistent 3 point shooter. Giddens just brings more energy and aggressiveness than Thompson. Mitchell seems to always give 150%; is an excellent rebounder - very tough; is an excellent passer and is always around the boards. Bell is much better than a mop-up players. He is a pretty good rebounder and is also a tough defender. All 5 guys would be starters on most other teams. So, they deserve earlier and more PT.
I believe that Elflein will anchor and lead one of the best OLs in OSU history!
Welcome to the three 4 stars who committed this weekend! Coach Meyer is incredible!
Also, welcome Coach Studrawa! Still don't understand why we just did not make Coach Warriner Assistant HC and leave Hinton as TE Coach, but what do I know!
I also predict that if Michigan has a decent season next year, Harbaugh will be gone for the NFL in 2017.
Backing up all 17 of those guys who are departing are 30 - 40 4 and 5 star guys who have been waiting for their chance. I do not predict a NC in 2016. But, I do predict at least 9 wins, including a win over Michigan once again.
I wonder if Meyer, Schiano and Johnson have given any thought to moving a few of our young OL to DL. We have so many young OL that most will hardly see the field. On the other hand, we are very lean on the DL.
I also look forward to Schiano adding to our defensive schemes. We are fortunate that, at a time when we are basically rebuilding this Defense (and Offense too) Schiano and Fickell can implement new schemes with very young players. It should be a great situation!
I agree with H8UM's comments above. Lyle seems to have great talent, but he never seems to play with any sense of urgency. Ditto Loving. On the other hand, every time Harris gets into the game the tempo of the whole team picks up. Giddens likewise always seems to give 150%. I think Coach Matta is great, but I would love to see Harris and Giddens start along with Tate, Loving and Williams. Bring Lyle, Diop and Thomas off the bench a few games. And speaking of energy and effort, I don't see why Bell and Mitchell do not get more PT. They both always bring it even if they aren't quite at the level of the other 8 guys in terms of experience right now.
Quite frankly, I am not surprised by the lopsided loss yesterday! This is what you get with a team with this little experience. They need to rely upon their defense every game until their offense gets rolling. Yesterday, they did not begin to play defense with any intensity until well into the second half. Once they did, they outscored IU and, in fact, outscored IU for the entire second half. Of course, they lost the first half by 30 so it did not matter. This team has the talent to play in the NCAAs, but they may not always play that way - and yesterday they did not!
Only an uninformed Michigan Fan would think, after the shellacking they took in Ann Arbor this past November, that Ohio State is on the decline. But, there is a point here! Buckeyes will lose 16 of 22 starters from this season. For most other programs, that would spell doom. But, what is not being factored into that reasoning is that Ohio State has had top 5 recruiting classes every year that Coach Meyer has been our HC. This coming season, there will be 4 and maybe even 5 star players at virtually every position, who will not be starters on the 2016 team because of the talent with which they must compete.
I am not saying this will be a College Playoff Team. In fact, I will be surprised if they win more than 9 games. They play Oklahoma, at Oklahoma, in their third game (i.e., with nearly no experience and undoubtedly with some starters having a tenuous hold on their starting positions). They also have to play Michigan State, still the best team in Michigan, at East Lansing. That's two 2015 College Playoff Teams we must play at their buildings! But, by the time we play Michigan we will have nearly a season of experience, with 4 and 5 star players at virtually every position, and we play them in Columbus. I know that Coach Harbaugh will bring that program back. In fact they now have a slightly higher rated recruiting class than ours for 2016. But, unless and until Coach Meyer leaves, we will be the better program every year! Looking forward to the Wolverines coming into Columbus this Fall!
I wish Corley all the best, until he plays against us. Would love to have Victor and Bruce, but really want Grimes next year! And really happy about Mack being a Buckeye. He will be a leader and a star!