My favorite is leaping for the first down on the 4th and 1 vs Oregon. He is supposed to truck Safeties with his size and strength, but he shouldn't be able to roll out like that and leap over a corner. I couldn't believe he did that.
sorry, I cut the part where I said "with Elflein leaving early". The way he plays, I would be surprised if he isn't a early round pick in the NFL after this year.
76 Baldwin, Darryl OL 6-6 307 SR Solon, Ohio (Solon)
50 Boren, Jacoby OL 6-1 285 JR Pickerington, Ohio (Central)
68 Decker, Taylor OL 6-7 315 JR Vandalia, Ohio (Butler)
66 Dodson, Kyle OL 6-6 310 SO Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
65 Elflein, Pat OL 6-3 300 SO Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
57 Farris, Chase OL 6-5 300 JR Elyria, Ohio (Elyria)
61 Gaskey, Logan OL 6-4 295 SO Long Grove, Ill. (Adlai E. Stevenson)
51 Hale, Joel OL 6-4 310 SR Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove)
74 Jones, Jamarco OL 6-4 306 FR Chicago (De La Salle)
64 Jones, Marcelys OL 6-4 325 FR Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
78 Knox, Demetrius OL 6-3 308 FR Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints Episcopal)
75 Lisle, Evan OL 6-6 300 FR Centerville, Ohio (Centreville)
54 Price, Billy OL 6-4 312 FR Austintown, Ohio (Fitch)
73 Taylor, Brady OL 6-5 295 FR Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Ready)
71 Trout, Kyle OL 6-6 312 FR Lancaster, Ohio (Lancaster)
73 Underwood, Antonio OL 6-2 303 JR Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)
There are 12 that will return, 1 is a walkon. That is almost barely a 2 deep. I think all 6 recruits are necessary because a couple will not progress enough to be a starter and we might not be as lucky to avoid injuries across the board like the last 2 years. Depth is a must.
Plus I bet a few will redshirt from this class. So thinking for 2016, that would be 14 total (not including that freshmen class). Only Billy Price and whoever replaces Baldwin this year will be returning starters. A lot of bodies but can't expect them all to turnout.
again, McDonald is just as unwatchable. did you see yesterday's game with him in? 3 straight layups were guards blowing by him. He is too slow to stay in front of anyone, and god forbid he tries to block someone. You know why this team won by 12, Lee/McDonald and Amir (Amir didn't play) totalled 6 minutes of PT. 1 shot, 2 points, zero rebounds, zero blocks.
Blame Amir but none of the centers have produced. The game started with Lee and they went down, again, early by double digits. Then Matta goes small, they take the lead. Second half, Matta puts in McDonald, Indiana ties it up again. McDonald goes out, OSU retakes the lead and goes back to double digits.
Amir hasn't played the last two games, and yet there still is little production from the center position. Maybe Matta and his staff can't coach the post, IDK. but from what I see, at least Amir attempts to block shots. More than anything that can be said for Trey or Anthony. I have not seen a completely different team without Amir. Unless its all wing players and zero post players.
Plus, it does help with Slam, Scott and Loving are actually hitting shots. Shooting 62% is a big reason for the play. Scott hit 3 straight shots from just inside the arc. He hasn't shot like that all season.
and I actually think Loving is better creating in the lane then getting the ball out on the 3 pt line and trying to drive to the basket. Kid has 5 ft between him and the ball when he dribbles. So much better in the post.
I agree. Kaminsky will abuse this team. I have hope for Lee to give some meaningful minutes, but I have no hope for McDonald as well as Amir.
I am also thinking that Russell just needs to be the starting PG from here on out. I like Shannon but he doesn't have the vision that Russell has to pass, and that was so key yesterday. My favorite lineup was definitely Russell, Kam, Slam, Tate and Loving. Very active.
Igor, get back into your cage Igor!
I'm uncomfortable just seeing him on TV. Good thing he isn't eligible to play, the ball might go in the basket everytime he shoots just to get away.
I still think a lack of size will be this teams undoing when they face a big frontline team in the tourney, but I will hold off judgment as long as Matta keeps out that small ball lineup when he can. I was astonished to see Loving playing tougher as the 5 then he does as the 4. And Tate is probably my (and my brothers) favorite player. Russell is unreal, but Tate is so easy to like watching because of his energy and toughness. Plus the spread of the floor with the small lineup allows this team to drive the lane more, have more open looks and play more energetic defense. As long as they are hitting shots, this team can play with most teams. Sunday was not the same team I've watched all season.
and those who want to pick on Amir, it was god awful with McDonald and Lee on the floor too. Only time this team looks good is with none of them out there. It will be tough without a true center, but I hope they stick with it because that was a fun game to watch Sunday.
I think 6 is severely overlooked. With 6, you can get the 5 conference champs (or whoever the Big12 sends) and the highest ranked wild card. That could be a power 5 non conference champ, a non power 5 team (so they can "prove" themselves).
It would only add an extra game for those 3-6 teams, top 2 would get a bye. It would keep the regular season competitive (that first round bye would really help) and not dip too far into the talent pool.
but I am fine with 4 too. Love the drama and the bitching.
damn, I was going to be sarcastic with this:
1. University of SEC
2. University of SEC
3. University of SEC
4. Ohio State
man, I just can't get over that picture. It is so awesome in so many ways. I just crack up the second I see it.
well if you take a 10.8, divide by 100, then multiply by 40. that would make it a 4.32. But lets say he probably at least runs a 4.4.
but Evan Ravenel played most of the minutes at center.
OKAY, FINE, SULLINGER PLAYED AT CENTER. Next to him was Evan Ravenel. Next to him was more size then a 6'4'' freshman or a "soft" (as you put it) 6'7'' stretch 4. POINT ISSSSSSSS.....this team has had no size since Sullinger was on the team.
at least those teams had a couple guys who could play down low. Amir can't according to you all, fine. Who can because Lee isn't big enough and McDonald is a dwarf.
I'm fine with it, but I guarantee you all will still complain and have issues with him on the bench. Because the problem still exists, with or without Amir.
and many actually have stated they think he is the reason this team sucks. They will find out they are wrong. No true forward is the real issue. No help rebounding, no help shot blocking, no help boxing out. Unless its Sam Thompson flying from out of nowhere, which isn't a recipe for success.
Sullinger was not the center. WHAT?
Sullingers freshman year, Dallas Lauderdale was the center. Sullinger's sophomore year, Amir started but Evan Ravenel played most of the minutes at center.
and Sullinger is a PF in the NBA.
He has always been a PF.
how about if they tried and get murdered by a team like Kentucky because Tate and Lee can't play with guys like Towns and Cauley-Stein? just come up short, that was against Northwestern! you know, 1-5 in conference play. NEVER made the tournament! That is the team they will just come up short against, or teams slightly better. You want this team to compete against Wisconsin with effort players who have ZERO size? go ahead, I'll bask in the football championship and wait till next year when we have 3 guys taller then 6'8''.
Amir's effort is an issue but lack of any size besides him is also an issue. Keep piling up on Amir, but he isn't the only problem on that court. Go see how often Loving boxes out. Go see how often the opponent gets easy put backs when Amir gets drawn out. Go see how this team can't guard the basket.
and go see who gets an offensive rebound when the opponent boxes out Amir, because no matter how hard Amir works and puts in the effort you think he should, he won't get every rebound. Even Okafor has poor rebounding nights, but at least he has 6'10'' Amile Jefferson to help. Who is even helping Amir in the post? Its the overall lack of size that is the REAL issue. If Matta had a decent option, of course Amir would be sitting on the bench and not getting a damn minute.