Good luck A J! I wish you all the best, except if you play against us! I was very sorry to hear that you would transfer, but I am glad that you found a place where you will be able to start and play.
Lyle's season was representative of the whole team. He was great in some games but terrible in others. He generally played poor defensively and that was really the key to the whole season for him and the team. These guys have to attack the basket on offense and not rely upon the 3 point shot as much. Defensively, they need to play 40 minutes of intense defense every game. If they do those things, we have a chance to be a great team next year. Looking forward to all of the new guys too.
I was more unhappy about Giddens transferring than any of the others. I think he would have ultimately been a great player. However, I wish him, and all of the transfers, the best of luck. I hope that they are very successful, except if they play against us. They were a part of Buckeye Nation and I am sure that all of Buckeye Nation wishes them well.
I believe that Coach Meyer should have a heart to heart talk with several current players including Lisle, Trout, Slade, etc. These kids are good players who will be unlikely to ever see playing time at OSU. If they transfer to other schools they will become starters and may have a chance at an NFL career. But, the transfers should happen sooner (like Schmidt's) rather than too late. I say these things because I like all of these kids, but I realize there is virtually no chance they play here.
Our offense will move a lot better if they throw to the tight ends, as Barrett did in the Spring Game. Baugh can catch and Freshmen TEs can too. Alexander needs to learn how to hang onto the ball when it is throw his way.
I have always believed that Thad Matta is a great Coach. He will accomplish great things with this team next year. The key seven guys return and Funderburk, Potter, Wesson and Jackson will add significant offense and, hopefully, defensive back-ups. In fact, Funderburk might end up as a starter. Jent will also add some juice. I look for us to be among the 3 best teams in the B1G next year with a run in the NCAAs to at least the round of 16.
I am very happy that Chris is back in the fold! Now, please get this offense moving and get the team to play 40 minutes of defense every game!
Would it not make more sense for Coach Meyer and the staff to speak to players (I will not name them) who are on scholarship but have little to no chance to play and encourage them to transfer to schools where they could play and probably start? We have heard about players who left Ohio State (e.g., Noah Spence) went to other small schools and who were or will be drafted. I realize that we did not want to lose Spence, but he is an example of what some of these other players could accomplish by transferring. I have five or six guys in mind right now who would definitely fit this profile. I am sure that Coach Meyer knows of many more. In my opinion, it is much better for the team to go this route than to ask an already committed young man, like Sibley, who is a 4 star player, to grayshirt. Truth is those grayshirts then become redshirts and by the time they are playing their classmates are already graduated and some are off to the NFL.
I think Urban is the best coach in the country. But, in my opinion, he needs to make things right with Todd Sibley if he wants to keep recruiting high level classes. Don't Harbaugh these kids!
I believe that this is a big mistake. Sibley is a very good player and he has been a loyal commit for a long time. Asking him to gray shirt is a real slap in the face. I really hope that Coach Meyer personally talks to him, apologizes and tells him he will not be asked to gray shirt. Otherwise, we will be viewed as an arrogant program, just like Harbaugh at Michigan.
Basically, who cares! I wish the kid great success, except if he should play against Ohio State.
We are so deep in talent in the OL that there should be 2+ complete entire Offensive Lines that could start just about anywhere. The problem, of course, is that most of these guys have little experience. It would make a lot of sense to play 10 to 15 Offensive Linemen in the first few games, if we possibly can. Studrawa needs to determine his best 10 guys so that we have a solid two-deep,
That was an excellent analysis of Buckeye Basketball! Thank you!
I would add that Funderburk and Potter may be upgrades over Giddens and Mitchell, although I really liked Giddens potential, at least defensively and as a rebounder. Also, I wonder if Lyle's comments after the loss to Florida were a catalyst for the departures of the 3 Freshmen and possibly also Thompson's NBA thoughts. I watched nearly all of the games this year and I was struck by the Lyle's potential but also by the fact that he seemed to stop playing at times, often not hustling. This is ironic because in his comments after the FL game, he questioned the character of his teammates and their work ethic. Harris and Giddens especially seemed to play angry and determined against Florida and tried to lead a comeback. Mitchell always played that way.
It may be a blessing that the 4 Freshmen departed. It may allow Matta to develop this team differently, perhaps even saving a scholarship or two for the future. In any event, I trust Thad Matta to do whatever it takes to bring us back to relevance in College BB. He is simply a great Coach! But, Thad, it wouldn't hurt to get these guys into the weight room on a regular basis!
I read that Munger has some serious blood clot problems. First, I hope that he overcomes those problems quickly and completely and gets back out onto the field ASAP. Coach Meyer seems very concerned about the DL. I wonder if that means they may move some of the huge guys who are among the OL reserves right now to the DL.
I think that Matta is a great Coach. But, I am concerned about the development of players. Shannon Scott and Amir Williams never reached the skill levels that I expected based upon their HS/Recruiting ranks. This year's team has so many 4 star players that it is unimaginable that they lost to teams like Texas Arlington, LA Tech, Memphis and even a mediocre Florida Team. There simply is too much talent. They played 40 minutes of defense in only a handful of games, such as Kentucky. When they did that, the won. Defense has always been a hallmark of Matta's teams but this team seems incapable of sustain the defense for 40 minutes. The number of turnovers this year was horrendous! Matta's past teams were pretty good at avoiding turnovers. Another key to winning games for Matta's teams has been the ability to score in the paint. This year's team more often than not stood around and passed the ball around the outside for 25 of the 30 seconds and then either took a contested 3 point shot or infrequently took it to the hoop. Why?
Clearly, they missed Diop and Tate these last several games. I hope that both recover and are ready to go this Fall. I also hope that the energy and aggressiveness that Harris and Giddens showed in the second half yesterday continues throughout their careers.
I also hope that Loving and Lyle learn to be leaders. Aside from Diop, these two guys have the most offensive potential and they need to take control at crunch time every game.
I am very much looking forward to the 2016-17 season. With the arrival of Funderburk and Potter this tem is definitely sweet 16 capable, if the current roster just matures and advances. Hit the weight room guys and practice FTs every day!
Kid looks very fast and has outstanding vision. But, don't know anything about the quality of the competition in the videos.
The answers at RB, of course, will depend upon the OL. 3 new guys there and lots of talented options. I could see us playing a lot of different combinations on the OL throughout the Spring and also Fall Camp and even the first few games. In fact, I would not be surprised to see us play more than 5 guys regularly, of course with Elflein and Price playing almost 100% of the time at C and LG. Just too much talent to just play the same 3 guys with Elflein and Price all the time.
I like all of these kids and I am hopeful that they will all get a chance to win the primary RB job. I could see Williams red-shirting and Weber and Dunn splitting the carries during the season. Samuel and Wilson will split the H-back job but Samuel will also get some carries at RB, in my own speculation. It wont be as good as Zeke, but it could be very very good!
Matta is a great coach, but this will be a very tough game! Need to play 40 minutes of defense and constantly try to go to the hoop with the ball on offense. Meet their shooters at or beyond the 3 point line. Getting their seniors in early foul trouble will really help.
Bucks need to play solid D for 40 minutes and, on offense, take the ball to the hoop. Simple formula for this team, but very difficult to execute. The only games when they did were the games against Kentucky and Michigan. Let's hope tonight is the third!
Buckeyes have to keep their eye on the ball and not be worried about the NCAAs or the NIT. We need to win tonight and not worry about what lies ahead.
The formula is simple - play 40 minutes of solid defense. On offense, the first option must always be to take the ball, or throw it, to the hoop. Only if they pack the middle do we pass it back out for a jumper. That formula beat Michigan and Kentucky. It will certainly win this game tonight.
The Buckeyes need to play defense for 40 minutes every game. They go on a run and then relax on defense. They can do that against teams like Rutgers. They cannot do it against teams like Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, IU, Iowa, etc. How can a guard who is barely 6 feet tall get to the hoop against our defense like Sanders did time and again yesterday? Lyle had 5 inches on the kid. How can you let him get around you? And, he always went to his right!
On offense, we stall when we stop taking it to the hoop in favor of quick jump shots. If you take it to the hoop and can't finish then throw it outside for a jumper. But, you don't start every offensive possession by passing around the perimeter for 20 seconds and then throwing up a prayer with 5 seconds to go.
Play defense for 40 minutes, avoid turnovers and on offense take it to the hoop. This ain't rocket science!
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.