Skyline = gold on a bun/spaghetti
Let's see....we have failed to play 4 good games in succession for 2 years now. We have beaten 2 decent-to-good teams this year (Maryland & Purdue). We have shown zero ability to play a 40 consecutive minutes with energy - something that is a mandatory if you plan to beat good teams in a tournament atmosphere.
In order to be a dark horse & win the region, we'd likely need to beat VCU, Arizona, Xavier & Wisconsin over the next 11 days. Using this season's past results, there is only one team - Xavier - that we would have the slightest chance of competing with. And i say that only because the Ohio State & Xavier will take turns allowing the opponent to go on 14-2 runs with zero sense of urgency.
I love Thad Matta, and genuinely feel bad for what he has to endure in coaching this team. Having said that, we will be down by more than 18 in the first half to VCU. And the curtain will mercilessly close on this season.
Hatin' on Skyline Chili proves - once & for all - that Ohioans north & northeast of Columbus are the trashiest, most uneducated, and impoverished souls in this Great State. If the Ohio settlers could go back in time, they'd completely flip the state's demographics, putting Cincinnati in the NE & Cleveland in the SW. This would put current-day Northeastern Ohioans closer to their obese, belligerent, self-absorbed kin folk living below the Mason-Dixon line.
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Yeah, but he plays a lot of cupcakes....when every other good coach does nothing but play 15 pre-conference games against Top 5 teams. Winning 20 games per year for 13 straight years is easy to do...just ask
Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan, Bo Ryan, Roy Williams.
There obviously is still friction....or else this picture would've been taking with the College Football Playoff Championship Trophy. I better start a new thread about this being a sign of worse things to come....
Over the past 10 years, only 1 team (2012 Kentucky) won the Title after entering the tournament as the overall #1 seed. So, there are 9 others teams/programs the past 10 years that would also argue their team SHOULD'VE won a title because of the talent. Simply put, having the best team and best talent is almost always mutually exclusive of winning 6 straight games in late March & early April.
As for Thad out-recruiting the rest of the B1G....I guess Thad's 9 combined regular season and/or Tournament titles in 10 years should be more like 20 if he was a competent coach? No reason his teams shouldn't win every regular season & tournament title. After all, its not like he's coaching against formidable opponents. Tom Izzo? Bo Ryan? John Beilein? Bunch of hacks.
"Underachieving year in year out is really wearing me out?" Are you seriously making that statement? Last years loss to Dayton snapped a 4-year string of making the Sweet 16...the longest streak in the nation! We've won a higher percentage of games the past 10 years than every team in the country EXCEPT for Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, & Gonzaga.
Sick of "underachieving"...unbelievable.
Who is the f#%king moron that down-voted this? A serious lack of humor by somebody on this site!
Could tell you EXACTLY where I was on the night. At a buddies house flipping back & forth between the NBA All-Star weekend events (Slam Dunk, etc) and the Tyson-Douglas fight.
And can somebody correct me on this one....the fight occurred on a SATURDAY NIGHT, but February 11, 1990 was a SUNDAY. I assume this has to do with the fact the fight did - indeed - occur in Japan on Sunday afternoon.
This year's team has proven they cannot consistently bring their 'A Game.' And if you have losses at Indiana & Purdue, there is no reason to assume any game at Sparty, TTUN, or Penn State for that matter will be easy.
This team is best described as being "pretty good" - and "pretty good" teams don't go on 8-9 game winning streaks in conference, including road games against rivals.
24-9 sounds about right to me. That would put us squarely in the 6 or 7-seed range.
Do you watch any college basketball? Because if you did, you'd realize the #1 team in the nation (and the team that has something like 48 McDonald's All Americans on their roster) play defense first & foremost. If you don't play defense, you are not playing for John Calipari - plain & simple. Thad stressing defense first has zero connectivity to some Ohio kids playing elsewhere.
Top College Basketball Programs Winning Percentage Since 2004-05 Season:
1) Kansas (83.4% Winning Percentage): 1 NCAA Title, 2 Final Fours
2) Duke (81.4%): 1 NCAA Title, 1 Final Four
3) Gonzaga (79.9%): 0 NCAA Titles, 0 Final Fours
4) North Carolina (78.6%): 2 NCAA Titles, 3 Final Fours
T5) Florida (76.8%): 2 NCAA Titles, 3 Final Fours
T5) Ohio State (76.8%): 0 NCAA Titles, 2 Final Fours
7) Louisville (76.1%): 1 NCAA Title, 3 Final Fours
8) Kentucky (73.5%): 1 NCAA Title, 3 Final Fours
9) Michigan State (72.9%): 0 NCAA Titles, 3 Final fours
10) UCONN (72.7%): 2 NCAA Titles, 3 Final Fours
Can somebody PLEASE show Thad the door ASAP? His results simply don't live up to some of these other "randomly selected" mid-level basketball programs I pulled from a hat for comparisons sake.
Looking at the Grid posted by BP makes really points out two big things to me, concerning next year:
1) We will be REALLY inexperienced at the "Pure WR" position when you get past Corey Smith & Mike Thomas (realizing we will have Jalin & Dontre catching a lot of balls too)
2) Same can be said for our DLine...lots of talent behind the 3 returners (assuming Schutt starts), but not a lot of experience. Tracey Sprinkle will be our 4th most experienced DL next year
Being a "Happy Camper" is much different than being an idiot that thinks a loss means the Coaching Staff is incompetent, unprepared, and not worthy of a job. As crazy as it sounds, a coach can be very smart, very prepared, and perfectly suited for a job - and his team could STILL lose. Crazy, isn't? Something they refer to as "sporting activities that include another team that also has a desire to succeed."
Secondly, calling out Tom Herman after the VT loss for "losing 3 out of 4 games" might be the most ridiculous thing I've heard. Tom Herman's offenses put up a combined 80 pts & 1,128 yards in those three losses. People being called out on this thread are the same people lots of us Ohio State fans have to apologize for on a daily basis when we wear Scarlet & Gray.
I think I have an issue...I REALLY enjoy "Down-voting" idiots that don't follow the rules.
Just like posting naked pictures of yourself....the INTERNET IS FOREVER. Baffoons calling for Herman & Warinner's resignations deserved to be called out.
Devin will be a Top 20 pick when it is all said & done. I've said it many times, and I don't plan on changing my opinion. The dude will straight-out blow-up when it comes Combine time.
Can we start a petition on Change.org that Mark Loving gets #23 next year when Amir graduates? The transition will be effortless (seriously with ZERO effort) and could be done while each has both eyes closed (literally) while sleeping (on the court)
I would ask him - sincerely - the same type of question. i would tell him he's made Buckeye Nation proud, and that we want him to continue making us proud, but only after he takes care of himself & his family. So I guess my question would be something like "Coach, please reassure me that you are making good on the contract with your family & kids?"
My plea to all the OSU Alumni, Cleveland-ers, and "hangers-on," is that you continue to let this young man mature & grow in the right direction. We have a great thing going, and now is NOT the time for $50 hand-shakes, introducing these kids to your "buddy who knows some people in the league," or wants to sell some of your jerseys for a "charitable cause."
Scuba_Steve agrees with Steve-OH. Some guys are built for the Combine, because their pure athleticism will come out more in the "canned tryout" of a combine vs. any game tape. Devin Smith has plenty of good game tape, but I fully expect his combine to knock NFL teams out! Speed, high jump, and his cool demeanor (never showboated on the field, etc.) are going to move Devin up QUICKLY.
I don't think it is a stretch to see him as a Top 20 pick. He isn't the freakish size & speed of guys like MegaTron, but his speed & jumping ability borders on freakish.
Adam Schefter is reporting that Ramzy is negotiating a Coach K-esque Lifetime contract as we speak.
Bulion - I have a very similar situation. My wife & I have been together for 16 years, and she was around during the 2002 season. But she commented yesterday about how I couldn't stop watching the TV and seeing more & more analysis of the game. I told her I wanted to cherish it, because nights like Monday don't happen too often, and who knows when it might happen again.
Her comment was "C'mon - this is Ohio State & Urban Meyer, it's going to happen A LOT." And even though her statement is grounded in solid, logical assumption, I refuse to take that mindset. This championship is a unique & rare accomplishment - one that I refuse to discount because "we're Ohio State, we have Urban Meyer, and we will win it again soon." I hope my fellow Buckeyes fans have a similar mindset.
Ramzy - as always, this was perfect. My 10 & 9 year old were asking me about the game at 6:01am on Tuesday (they wake up at 6am), and they too had an extra spring in their step yesterday! I look forward to the day I can be drinking a cold one with them, and they can recollect on the 2014 season.
Watching with buddies in Cincinnati. We were out of college about 2 years. The lasting memory we still discuss (with photographic proof) is shot-gunning beers & smoking victory cigars OUTSIDE & SHIRTLESS. In January. At Midnight. With snow on the ground. Oh, to be young again.
Stewart Mandel picking the Buckeyes. Bruce Feldman picking Oregon. Both are good, solid analysts that don't rely on the "funny business" to get attention. I value both their opinions, said another way.