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Comment 16 hours ago

Couldn't care less about the Knicks and while I think the article is a joke would never count them out with the deep pockets and Phil Jackson. They've been playing okay here lately and are going to add in a top draft pick, Melo and free agents. East isn't deep so they'll be back in the playoffs next year.

Comment 16 hours ago

Always so hard to evaluate high school talent. Lots of scoring in that video but with the "big" guys checking in around 6'5 tough to get a read on all that finishing near the hoop minus a couple of 6'8-6'10 guys in the paint.

Harris looks smooth though. Go Bucks!

Comment 24 Mar 2015

Interesting. Warinner on the field makes me think that Beck's co-oc title means he will actually call a batch of plays in games. If they're not the same guy ideally your OC and QB coach are sitting next to each other in the box because so much of everything you do in games is based on how your QB is playing and what the QB is relaying back to the box. Hard to imagine QB1 going to the sideline and putting the headset on to talk with Beck and then Warinner putting a headset on to talk to Beck about QB1 while still being able to pump up the o-line and gameplan in game.

Comment 23 Mar 2015

it's the OOC low tier where we are different than Michigan St. We play in the same conference and each play a handful of top teams but OSU takes it WAY low tier with the rest of the schedule. Michigan St had the 7th toughest bball schedule this year. OSU had the 74th toughest schedule.

And I get it. Thad has to do that to get the 20 wins. The numbers speak volumes.

11-0 against sub 150 RPI teams

12-10 against teams in the top 150 RPI

Comment 23 Mar 2015

Scale is set through 2022 but there is an opt clause in CBA coming up in 2016/2017. Rookie scale will be adjusted.

The new TV deal is going to create a giant leap in salary cap. What the owners and the league are hoping to do is figure out a way to make that happen gradually. It's not good for the league to go from 60M salary cap the next two years and then explode to 90M+ the following year. They don't have a mechanism to go from 60-75-90 right now.

The how they get there means all sides will have to work together leading many to speculate rookie scale might shift in the 2016/17 season in spite of the current cba model.

A kid like Russell who stays an extra year in college could hit an even bigger payday by waiting to jump to the NBA. Could be the operative word. But most people seem to think if the salary cap is going up 50% because of the new tv deal then rookie scale will as well.  Could be as much as $5m extra guaranteed by NOT turning pro this year if you are a kid thinking about making the leap to the NBA and a top 10 pick.

Comment 23 Mar 2015

He failed two drug tests ( weed). You fail a first one and it's an internal bball issue. You fail a second one and the university is involved with a mandatory 14 day suspension. If he fails a third time he would miss all of next season.

*** the speculation is the first failed test was about the same time last year and that led to reduced playing time. He was playing double digit minutes almost every game and then didn't crack 8 minutes the final 8 games of the season.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

The more success we have across the river in the shoe the more pressure there will be on the basketball program. The football program has laid out the blueprint for success and most fans are going to say "why can't we have that in basketball" as well. That's not being greedy. It's just human nature. It's human nature to say "why did Sam Thompson come in here at 6'7 195 pounds and four year later play his last game at 6'7 and a 195 pounds". Shouldn't Thad have his own Mickey Marotti?

And I don't know about "better" but the next coach is going to come sooner than expected/hoped. I just have a hard time believing Thad is going to be able to hang in there much longer with that foot. He needs a special chair, seems to not be able to move much on the sideline, can't do the whole handshake line any longer, has to skip the halftime interviews, hard time getting back to the locker room and that's just the in-game stuff. Has to be hard to travel, recruit and just live life.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

It's a horrible year to have a bunch of draft picks. That's why so many teams tossed in picks at the deadline. Heck, Caris Lavert from Pickerington is probably going to be a lottery pick. Myles Turner is going to be a top 10 pick and he didn't even look like one of the best five guys on the court in their NCAA game.  UK will probably have 4 guys in the top 14 and I wouldn't take two of them over Wall, Davis, Randall, Bledsoe, Jones or Cousins.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Agree to disagree :) Diebler learned defense at Ohio State ( he didn't have to play in it high school..most high schoolers don't) but I dont think there's any secret sauce that Thad taught Diebs to "improve" him. I suppose it's semantics but just never going to convince me that any head coach at any other school who asked Diebs to play defense wouldn't have had the same success. There was just a natural learning curve that I just see as typical coaching. Developing a player is a far bigger animal imo. Evan Turner developed. Sullinger came in and left the same guy with a few more coaching tidbits.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

While I like speculating as much as the next person so many "what ifs" for next year it's hard to even guess. Thad ALWAYS redshirts so at least one of the freshman won't play. Then we have to wait and see what happens with Russell. Then we have to wait and see how the current roster shakes out. If I log onto 11w tomorrow and read any of the following have decided to transfer won't be one ounce of surprise from me... Williams, KBD or Loving. You can make a case for one or all three to leave the program for different reasons.

I'll put Tate in the starting five and the other four are a complete mystery imo.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Agree on Turner but disagree on Diebler and Buford. Thad didn't develop those two. They were dynamite high school players who needed time to adjust to playing college basketball. They both turned into great Buckeye basketball players as their playing time went up. They didn't end up doing anything at Ohio State that they didn't do in High School. They were both shooters. They need to keep shooting. Diebs got like 6 shots a game his Freshman year. That's just not enough shots for a guy who avg 41+ in High School ( enough to find his shooting rhythm). As his number of shots went up so did his FG %. Same applies to Buford. Turner, though I agree. He ended up being nothing like he was in high school.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Sorry, fuzzy memory. Was thinking that guys like Weathersppon, Siebert and a handful of others redshirted.

Believe Kyle Madsen did RS and Thad tried to get McDonald to RS but Trey and his family said no.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Izzo is like Urban. Thad is like Heacock. Guys like Izzo/Urban continually tweak their system to fit the guys they want on the field/court. Guys like Thad and Heacock are old school this is how I do things. What worked for Thad when he got here should work today is how he sees basketball. When Thad/Heacock have the right guys for their system it's a wonderful sight. When they don't.... it can get ugly. Izzo gets more out of his guys because he's constantly tweaking things to get the most out of the five guys on the court.

Plus, with Izzo there's that connection he has with the kids that allows him to tap into that extra gear. ( Urban has that as well). Sort of like the military. There were guys in the unit you'd have a beer with and then there were a few guys you'd fall on a grenade for. The way current and ex players talk about guys like Izzo and Urban feels more like the fall on the grenade thing. I never get that feeling with Thad and his players. IN NO WAY saying Thad's a bad guy or not liked just not "loved" the way Izzo seems to be loved.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Still think he stays because he wants to win a championship and more importantly the guaranteed NBA $$$$ will be even more if he waits a year with the looming new billion dollar NBA TV deal kicking in for 2017. He can take out insurance for next season to play in college and then really cash in following next year.

Comment 21 Mar 2015

What makes another year possible is the new MEGA NBA TV Deal. Many speculating that the top 5 picks in this coming draft might leave up to $10m on the table of guaranteed money if they leave early this year. Salary cap explodes in 2017 and guys like Lebron and KD are going to make $40M per yer. It will have a trickle down effect to the rookie scale.

Comment 21 Mar 2015

April 26th... but there's talk of moving it to later in May ( that may not happen this year though)

Comment 21 Mar 2015

That's why I said it is what it is. Shots haven't gone down all year though in "real" games. Take away the scrub teams pre-season and B10 and we missed a LOT of shots.

Russell vs ranked teams... 39-101...

Thompson vs ranked teams.....19-50

Scott vs ranked teams.....19-47

Comment 21 Mar 2015

We went the last 3:12 of the half without a point and went another 3:19 mid second half without a point. I'm not really frustrated. Is what it is. You HAVE to be able to put the ball in the hoop in the tournament.

Time for Tate to begin his Spring/Summer internship with Mickey Marotti.

Comment 19 Mar 2015

Was rooting for the B10 and Purdue. Wish Davis would have pushed the ball. He got to half court and slowed up because he wanted to take a long three. Down 1 push that to the hoop. Shot the ball with like 1.6 seconds left..

Comment 12 Mar 2015

More frustrating has been Loving's disappearing act kicked off by a three-game suspension handed down the university.

I just find it baffling that Thad keeps providing soundbites of not knowing why Loving is in a funk. For sure Mark made his own bed and brought this on himself but I can only imagine being a teenager with a free ride and all that comes with that for you and your family and being one strike away from being done and the kind of mental/emotional/physical stress that would put on you. I'd be lucky to hit the backboard in the same situation.

He's failed two drug tests. One that they never told us about and the second ( when the school gets involved with a mandatory two weeks off from basketball). A third strike and he would miss the ENTIRE 2015/16 season and potentially be done as a Buckeye.

I'm rooting for the kid but doesn't seem like rocket science as to why he's not a stat sheet stuffer here lately.

Comment 12 Mar 2015

Conspiracy theorist in me can't help think you trade for Bradford ( Murray's roommate in College) to help you get Murray. It's a win win. Eagles get a pro bowl RB and leave a division rival trying to recover.

Comment 12 Mar 2015

I'm not sure how much Bell can be learning in practice. No talent ahead of him at the position on the depth chart. He's already more gifted on the offensive end then either Williams or McDonald ever will be and Bell can run the floor so much better than either McDonald or Williams. I think Thad thought with Williams, McDonalnd and Lee he had "enough" at the center position and decided to redshirt Bell. You remove their names and class ranks away and Bell is in your two deep...easy. He's not being redshirted because he's "raw" imo. Just a numbers game.

Comment 12 Mar 2015

The "not" one and done messes with the classes. Most people thought Sully would only stay one year and he played two. Some people thought Deshaun Thomas might be a one and done as well and he stayed three years. Add that in with transfers and Thad liking to bank schollies just makes for some uneven classes.