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Comment 09 Aug 2014

Ross used 28% of possessions last season in B1G play and had an offensive rating of 114.6.  He was also one of the two best rebounders that Ohio State had.  It is an enormous hole.  Offensively you get a lot of addition by subtraction with Craft and Smith out. Trying to fill the offensive void left by those three players combined is certainly easier to accomplish than trying replace Ross with just one guy.  That still leaves his rebounding to make up though.

Comment 05 Jun 2014

2004 edition of the game doesn't get played enough (or ever).  The offense spent most of the season lost in the wilderness and then just lit it up for the final game of the year, which gave us a preview of the 2005 and 2006 seasons.  Coming out party for the Troy Smith to Anthony Gonzalez connection, the beginning of Troy Smith just owning Michigan and a Ted Ginn Jr punt return for a touchdown.

Comment 25 Apr 2014

The money to pay players is already there. Execs like Gene Smith, who earned an 18k bonus for an indoor tennis championship, would have to take a paycut.

Where is this idea coming from?  If Gene Smith is facing a cost problem what makes you think his first act will be to start the slashing at his own salary?  I understand that title IX will protect women's sports at the University, but I can think of 12 men's sports, including coaches and all support personnel that would get the axe before he would even consider taking one penny less.  The future of Division I men's athletics is football, basketball and intramurals.

To this point college athletic departments have been extraordinarily wasteful with regards to post season play in football (look at the revenue gained by the NCAA basketball tournament vs all the schools that lose money going to bowl games so that the bowl directors can take home huge salaries for putting on one football game a year).  This could be the catalyst for a much larger college football playoff (played in college stadiums) that would be enormously profitable for the universities.

Comment 22 Apr 2014

I think the guy from Oklahoma gets his right foot down for a second time and lowers his head toward contact.  Huge missed call by the officiating crew.  That is a fumble recovery, first down Baylor.  OU got a huge break on that call.  Lowering his head was a clear act to defend himself, hence he should have been fair game.

A receiver attempting to catch a pass, or one who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier.

Comment 30 Mar 2014

Watch Extract

Jason Bateman

Mila Kunis

Kristen Wiig

Written by Mike Judge.  I went into it with huge expectations and was not entertained.  Idiocracy on the other hand I thought was funny.

Comment 28 Mar 2014

The team this year accomplished far more than anybody could rightfully hope for given the number of players they had that could not possibly shoot a basketball.  They were "coachable" enough to be the best defense in the B1G and you can't do that without athletic ability combining with effort and the knowledge to get to the right spot on the court.  Ross had a fantastic year, and if this thread is any indication of the kind of  . . .

Just best of luck to you Q.

Comment 19 Mar 2014

I see your point about 8/9 seeds (in particular Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Pittsburgh), but New Mexico and Connecticut are interesting 7's, especially New Mexico with Kansas missing Embiid, possible sweet 16 run for them.

I can't get that early Duke/Michigan game out of my head though, Duke had no trouble with Stauskas and I think Parker could score every possession against the inside of that Michigan defense.

Comment 14 Mar 2014

ADV was big, Q was even bigger.  I refuse to believe the Ross is not one of the 5 best players in the B1G.

Commented on ADV
Comment 03 Mar 2014

Ohio State is the best defense in the B1G this season at 0.99 points per possession allowed.  Michigan gives up 1.09 points per possession (1.11 for Minnesota is last) and has a good chance to win a championship with the worst defense in the conference.  Defense by itself doesn't win anything.  In the two game slide Ohio State held IU under a point per possession, and held PSU to 1.02 points per possession.  Ohio State's problem this year has been poor offense.  They have one proven offensive asset in LaQuinton Ross, but often struggle to get him the basketball for long stretches of the game, or at critical times.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

If you want to know the actual truth it's that you need to be great at both if you want to win championships.

F+ rankings on offense and defense for national champions

2013 FSU 3 1
2012 ALA 2 1
2011 ALA 5 1
2010 AUB 1 13
2009 ALA 1 6
2008 FLA 1 3
2007 LSU 5 3

So while we do have a run of 3 straight years of the top defense in cfb winning the national title, the three years before that it was won by the top offense in cfb.  It is no more false to say that offense wins championships than defense wins championships.  Note that the worst offense to win a national title was 5th, worst defense was 13th.  To win a championship you have to have great players on the field playing great football offensively AND defensively.  Anybody who tries to win with just one of those is going to lose to somebody who embraces both sides of the ball. 

Comment 03 Mar 2014

I'll always take a superb defense over a superb offensive any day of the week

In B1G basketball this season the three teams with the top defenses (on a per possession basis) are 24-25 in conference play.  The three top offenses are 33-15.  Defense wins championships, except when it doesn't.  Maybe it's because it turns out your offense spends almost half the time on the field/court too.

Comment 02 Mar 2014

Walk the dog.

I might go out, buy a dog, then walk it.  I think I'll name him Craft just so he'll never hit the water if I drop him off a boat.

Comment 02 Mar 2014

Sometimes you just have to ask Homer Simpson:

"I've seen teams suck before, but they are the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked."

What was that 6 straight free-thows that didn't make it over the front of the rim?

Did anybody get a count on the number of wide open lanes they gave IU players to the basket?

Comment 02 Mar 2014

If Ohio State finishes the B1G season with a better B1G record than Iowa, the tiebreaker doesn't come into play.  They will only go to the tiebreaker if there is a tie.

Iowa was 1-1 vs Michigan

Ohio State was 0-1 vs Michigan

Nebraska was 0-2 vs Michigan

Ohio State is 1-1 with Nebraska

Ohio State is 1-1 with Iowa

Nebraska is 0-1 vs Iowa

From the above results:

Iowa has the tiebreaker on Ohio State and Nebraska

Ohio State has the tiebreaker on Nebraska.

Comment 02 Mar 2014


1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

2. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings (or in the case of a tie for the championship, the next highest position in the regular season standings) continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

A. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.
B. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group is unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1); in the case of tied percentages vs. the team or group of 1.000 or .000 the following shall apply: 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2.

3. Won-loss percentage of all Division I opponents.

4. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.


1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

A. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1); in the case of tied percentages vs. the team or group of 1.000 or .000 the following shall apply: 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2.
B. After the top team among the tied teams is determined, the second team is ranked by its record among the original tied teams, not the head-to-head record vs. the remaining team(s).

Comment 02 Mar 2014

I know Craft made one once, but no.  The only circumstances under which Craft should shoot are layups or with less than 2 seconds on the shot clock or game clock.  Otherwise he should move the ball to a more highly skilled teammate.