Well said Bucksfan92. I would also say that the style of play has morphed into something more like that of the NBA with half court sets by players who aren't named Diebler and lack the ability to attack the basket like Mike Conley. Players coming out of high school like to run and with the benefit of young fresh legs that's exactly what they should do. Expecting marginally talented athletes to out perform better athletes in half court sets has proven ineffective. It's my opinion that this group of buckeyes best chances are to dramatically up tempo the game on offense and get back to the Matta defenses of years gone by and hopefully trigger some passion.
For Leslie...I'm not sure if Purdue is a step down or a jump off of a cliff.
Talk about exceeding expectations....Joey, you are the ultimate team player and thank you for all you've done for TOSU.
It's hard not to repeat what's already been said, but ever since the Kentucky game this team has shown a level of passion and improvement that if continued would have to put Thad in strong consideration for coach of the year. Obviously Minnesota is not the cream of the B1G crop, however every win builds confidence and that's exactly what this young team needs.
Hats of to Lyle, only one turnover....Keep up the good work young fella.
(It was the hustle and fire the combo displayed that really stood out.)
And the best part...it was contagious. Thompson, Giddens and Tate are the emotional leaders and exactly what the doctor ordered.
I couldn't be happier for the Buckeyes. They played with a lot of passion and desire and that we great to see. Loving, Tate, Giddens...everybody diving for balls...I love it!!! Great Win and my hats off to Thad for getting them ready.
Hopefully this provides the confidence to continue moving forward. Great Win!!!
Great News!!! With his ball handling skills it would be interesting to experiment with him at the point. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he could handle it well.
| Are you advocating using the same approach over and over, even if it's not working?
Not sure that Thad has given the "in your face" approach a shot in the last season or two so it's difficult to say. I will say that based on what I've seen so far it might not be a bad idea to get in a few players grills.
| A full court press requires discipline, hustle and know-how in positioning, etc
Exactly and that's what practices are for. Additionally it's a great conditioning tool (in practice) and if successful (in games) can lead to quick and easy baskets that always energizes any comeback effort.
Tomgreg, I can't disagree with you. Remember when Thad used to get in players faces and turn bright red. He used to look like his head was going to explode. It was like the second coming of former OSU coach Gary Williams (who went on to win a NC at Maryland). I love Thad and the Buckeyes and I believe this team has huge potential but man is it frustrating to see them not be pushed to reach it.
Lastly, if I can be an armchair QB for just a moment: If you're down by a bunch of points there's nothing like a full court press to try to get back into the game
Truckeyes, I have no expectations for this team. I understand their youth and I am confident that in a couple of years they'll have the chance to win the B1G. By the same token, it's because of their youth that more is required of Loving, not exclusively in terms of point production, rebounds or assists but the simple desire to win and to lead (i.e. Aaron Craft, Jared Sullinger, Treg Lee, Jimmy Jackson, Chris Jent, Clark Kellogg, David Lighty). Again, let me repeat, Loving has the skills he's simply not a leader (yet), I can only hope he becomes one because it's needed.
Blackcoffee, perhaps you need a cup to wake up. Loving is a junior on a team with only one senior who doesn't play. Therefore Loving is the leader of the team and his apathetic demeanor is contagious. Seth Davis made a similar comment to mine on a recent broadcast. If you disagree all you need to do is take a look at the programs at the top. Watch the interaction between players after and And-1 opportunity and you'll see what I'm talking about. Loving is a nice player with a decent skill set, but that's not enough. Tate and Giddens...yes they have passion but unfortunately it's not catching.
The picture of Mark Loving (shown above) says it all. Unenergetic, passionless, uninspired. Other than Tate and Giddens the rest of this bunch is just going through the motions. Winning needs to matter! When was the last time you saw raw emotion out of this group. Loving recently hit a 35 ft. jumper to end the half during a Buckeyes game...you would think that such a climatic moment would be met with chest thumping and hi-fives all around, but instead Loving just hung his head, dismissed the congratulations from his teammates and walked off the court. Winning requires passion and I simply don't see it in this group.
I'm sure Moneypenny would agree...that SUCKED!!!
What I love about this video clip, other than Landon Collins getting freight-trained by Cardale, is #5 for bama...running alongside Cardale. That poor fella doesn't want anything to do with 12 Gauge...lol
So let me get this right, the NCAA is going to disallow an un-tucked, rolled-up jersey, but players can remove their knee pads and roll up their pants...exposing unprotected knees? Now that makes sense.
I like Dr. Zero's game and I believe he has a future in the Association, however let's be honest, he's the only offensive weapon on an otherwise inept offensive team. D-Russ has to score big for the buckeyes to have any chance in any if not most games. No other buckeye has proven themselves to be a consistent offensive threat all year long.
As for the moniker....."Silk"....I heard someone, not sure who it was, refer to Russell as "Dr. Zero", the "Dr." representing his first and last initials and "Zero" is his number. Sounds like a keeper to me, and if you think about it, the way he (the doctor) operates is cold (as in zero degrees temperature) blooded.
Will someone please second the motion to officially make D'Angelo Russell's nickname.................."Dr. Zero"
Rule #2...don't pick it a second or third time either.
To quote Mr. Spoke (played by Leonard Nimoy, not Zachery Quinto)..."Fascinating"
Seriously...with those numbers this dude is Co-MVP? Who the heck was the other guy?
Was and still is, the greatest upset in sports history.
A national football writer's dilemma:
National Championship game...over,
Super Bowl & Pro Bowl...finished...
Hmmmm, how do I get readers attention from coast to coast during the off season?
Oh wait...what can I find out about Ohio State regardless of how insignificant it might be."
So proud of the Buckeyes win last night. Craft was the leader he needs to be for this team to win. Amir and Q finally played with some sustained passion. Lenzelle, Amedeo, Slam, and McDonald contributed in the exact way the team needed them to. Kudos also to Scott for not getting down on himself when he made mistakes as he kept his confidence to hit some key shots at critical moments.
Also have to credit Thad for making the right adjustments over the last few games and not panicking on this season and getting this team back on track. Great win fellas...keep fighting!!!