Just because they are good in high school doesn't mean that will translate to college. I remember watching Diebler, Thomas, and Ross their freshman years, and while they showed sparks of promise every now and then, they never really broke out. After their freshman years, however, they really developed into key playmakers and go-to guys. I'm sorry, but I do not agree at all with your reply, especially when you say Evan Turner was the most improved - he was already turning into a great player by the end of his freshman year (he was lighting up teams in the NIT), so technically you could say he was the "least improved" of all the players I mentioned in my original post.
It's easy to say after this year that Matta and his staff are not good at developing players, but saying this solely based on the results of this past year is an unfair assessment as we are ignoring the players that have improved significantly under Matta. Players such as John Diebler, Evan Turner, William Buford, Deshaun Thomas, Laquintin Ross, etc. all showed unbelievable improvement over the course of their careers at Ohio State. I believe a more fair assessment is to assume that Matta and his staff unfortunately picked a group of players who all hit their ceiling early on in their OSU careers. Let's hope this recruiting class doesn't pan out to be the same.
Can someone please explain to me why everyone has Auburn picked as one of the favorites to win the national championship? They were not anywhere close to being a great team last year.
Needless to say, there's been lots of discussion as to why we care about MSU recruiting and their success, and this has mostly to do with the fact that they have been another very successful team (in addition to OSU) that has helped prop the B1G back to relevance. I think their rise and relevance over the past couple of years was a HUGE assistance towards getting us into the playoffs last year. It's funny, had it not been for their success in 2013 (i.e., beating us / Stanford), we may not have that championship trophy on the wall. I say this because the win at East Lansing last year was the key turning point in terms getting the respect we needed from the committee to get in the playoffs.
Ultimately, we care because we need the B1G to maintain these good teams and others to get better - because without quality conference opponents, it makes it harder to justify putting a B1G team into the playoffs.
Whoa time-out, are my eyes out of focus? Did I really just read that Bellasari got selected in the NFL draft? It certainly couldn't have been for his quarterback abilities.
Regardless of what people say, there still is, and always will be good rock music being made, it's just simply not getting the recognition it deserves. The primary problem is this good rock music is being washed out by labeling pop/alternative bands such as Cage the Elephant, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, Mumford & Sons, etc. as being rock music, when they aren't remotely close to being rock music. As an example, when "Shut up and Dance" from Walk the Moon is the number one rock song on the Billboard charts, there is definitely a major dysfunction on what the media is trying make the younger generation percieve as rock music. The unfortunate thing is these bands are making the music industry the most money now, and sadly I don't see this trend reverting any time soon.
I think most of us underestimate the value of Dontre. He did make some mistakes, but for the most part he was having a pretty good season last year before he got injured. I think his projection is pretty realistic and see nothing wrong with it.
Very excited about the future of the B1G. At this point, you can't doubt the significant impact Urban has had on the fans'/prospect's perspective of our conference. Definitely see a lot of promise for a lot of other teams in the conference, which in the long run will make us an even better team due to improved competition.
Not sure why you got downvoted. I looked it up on YouTube and that would be freakin awesome to have a similar formation where all three of the QBs are on the field at the same time.
Wonder what he saw between this year and last year's B1G championship game? I don't know if anyone else saw this, but I noticed that Meyer had a big smirk on his face right before the Wisconsin game started as if he knew they were going to destroy them.
Knowing how Meyer is, don't expect him to name a starter until a day or two before the opening game. Can you imagine the preparation headaches this is going to cause Beamer?
I know history has proven that a multi-QB system typically doesn't work. However, we have three QBs who are all proven to be very good at the position. That being said, what is stopping Meyer from playing all three of them? You might say that this could potentially cause issues between the QBs over who should start and what not. But judging from the character of these guys and how they get along, I don't think this would be a problem.
Honestly, I think it's best that Loving transfers. It's blatantly obvious that this team desperately needs an attitude adjustment, and I feel Loving would primarily hold the newcomers back next year if he continues with the same demeanor that plagued him towards the end of this season. Hate to say it, but I really think the basketball team would be better off without him. Maybe a transfer would be best for him as well - he seems to be a person that might need a new start.
My head was hurting too bad from thinking about who would start between Barrett, Miller, and Jones - so I just gave up and voted for Collier.
So it appears that Lee is pretty much done for the season... Not that it will help us much, but I have a feeling that he would have been a lot better this year if he had been healthy...
AmericaKentucky because damn it, it's bourbon.
Adjusted this for you - Since I'm from KY, it sounds much better when said this way
Anything is possible, look at the two teams that were in the championship last year - Kentucky and UConn. They both were struggling teams throughout the year (especially Kentucky), but both were able to put it together come tournament time. Hopefully this team finds a way, if we can somehow figure out how to make WIDE OPEN shots and free throws, then we may just have a chance. They definitely have all the tools to make a run, but they need to figure out how to use them quick.
Can someone please explain to me why Oklahoma got a 3 seed when they have as many losses as we do?? It makes absolutely no sense. I don't care how tough your schedule is, a ten loss season is NEVER worthy of a 3 seed! What a bunch of BS.
I am guilty of being one of the people that have criticized Matta in the past, but it's articles like this that make me reflect and really appreciate how fortunate we are to have a coach like him.
Also, I've always known that Thad has had back problems, but does anyone know what this issue stems from?
Whiplash should have won best picture. Best movie I've seen in a very long time.
Say what you will, but remember that Daequan was a high pick in the NBA draft after his only year as a Buckeye AND he was averaging almost a double-double half-way through the season. I know they are different players, but the drop in FG % is the main comparison I am trying to make. The good thing for Daequan was that he had some of the greatest players ever to step on the court at Ohio State that year, and the team didn't have to rely on his consistency to win games. In other words, when Daequan was missing shots, that team could afford him to stop shooting and still win games towards the end of the year. That unfortunately is not the case with Russ, and a lot of times this forces him to take a lot of shots, even when he's not making them.
I hope this doesn't hold true, but Russ is starting to remind me a little bit of Daequan Cook. If any of you recall, Cook started out the first half of the season on fire, then pretty much became a non-factor towards the end of the season. Obviously we had a much better team that year to pick up his slack, but I hope this slump doesn't continue. I also realize that Russ is a different animal than Cook, but it's hard to ignore the fact that his recent sharp drop in FG % has been hauntingly similar.
Nothing better than bringing back the good ole days. Don't hate, lol.
Since when did whiles become mean?