If Ohio Stadium switched out Seven Nation Army or whatever song they use now for Straight Outta Compton that would be absolutely, hysterically awesome
Yeah if anyone watched the bears this year, I have no idea why they hired him. I'm a Bears fan and I was glad to see that guy go.
I wondered the same thing myself, but I don't think it is. But leave it to the NCAA to have a stupid rule like that. "You can let your recruits hang out and party with the players during official visits but you cant have your players tweet at them"
Hmmm....I think tonight may have showed who's the better player...just a thought!
This is a great question.
It's a group of extremely athletic guys who aren't excellent basketball players.
My theory, after flip flopping many times over the course of time, is that all these guy were brought in to play a certain role and on the Final Four team as freshman, you can probably say that they all performed admirably. I can't remember exactly which tourney game it was, but Amir played what I still think was his best game to date (Syracuse?). You want your seniors to be the leaders, but when most of your seniors are "role players" you can be as vocal and rah rah as possible, it doesn't make shots go in the baskets or put rebounds in your hand.
I do believe they try their hardest. I do believe athletically, they are elite. As basketball players, that is up for debate. I really like Shannon and Sam no matter how much we rag on them. I think it was a slight talent mis-evaluation from the coaching staff, and also the fact that one of our recruiting classes consisted of 1 player who is now overseas, you find us in the current situation. Also, the fact that Ross started behind schedule hurt too. There's a lot of things you can point at but I do believe we are back on the right track, especially if Jaquan Lyle commits!
It's amazing how one bad half of shooting always dooms us in the tournament. And it's painful how close each loss has been over the past 5 years. Tennessee 3, Kentucky 2, Kansas 2, Wichita State 4, Dayton 1...UGH.
The main things I'll always remember about that game is Buford going 2 for 16 (or something close), Diebler hiting that long 3 to tie the game before Brandon Knight broke our hearts, and being really sad for David Lighty.
I hope that Maryland's coaches are in agreement with the Testudo Times preview for this game, because according to them we are currently playing an aggressive zone defense
Thank you for the information.
That's not even close to what I'm saying. We've seen Amir and Trey for a long time now and they are who they are. I'm optimistic Daniel Giddens will be a huge help next year and also hopefully David Bell can develop into a solid big as well.
Edit: Forgot Thompson...him too! Apologies if my original post was confusing above, just wanted to beat a dead horse and point out our big man play is lacking to put it nicely.
This is probably true, but our centers do so little stat-wise that it's hard to see a huge impact by them not being on the floor. There is probably an effect that you have to watch the game closer to see, but I'm not smart enough to do that.
Let's just go with small ball. Even if we get killed on the boards, at least it's fun to watch. Do our bigs really help us that much anyways? Against Iowa what did the centers contribute...maybe 3 boards? And Russell had 14 by himself. I'm all for using Anthony Lee just because he seems to be the fastest of the 3 Stooges but lets just go small.
Also, off topic a bit, but what are the realistic chances Jaquan Lyle picks Ohio State? It would be nice to "replace" Russell with him next year if Russell does indeed head for the NBA.
Russell is due for a bad game, law of averages be damned but either way it's good to see other guys hitting shots.
I think Russell is going to score 40 in a game this year
Excellent, good for Russell. He's a blast to watch. Hope we can keep winning.
Yeah, we are lucky to have this guy
Yes he was very vocal about how he felt about D'Angelo but in his defense he said something along the lines of "well maybe I should back off that one...amazing performance by Russell tonight" on one of the recap articles
You beat me by one second, I came to your defense haha (not that you asked for it)
Edit - okay my laptop just blows and you beat me by a lot
The senior class makes me long for the days of PJ Hill and Jeremie Simmons...
I'm still deciding whether or not to sarcasm font that sentence...in any case, I want these seniors to succeed so badly..there's still time for it to happen.
Also...if Russell stays one more yeaHAHAHAHA just kidding that's not happening. He is so much fun to watch
Honestly can it get worse though? (Rhetorical question, please don't answer because I know it can lol)
Even though my dad was good friends growing up with John Paxson I would take Jordan 100 times as well haha
I like the stat you bring up. I like stats. Stats. Tim said below Russell is by far the best scorer on the team and I just don't know how anyone can debate whether or not he's the go to guy. I am absolutely behind Optimistic's point that everyone on the team deserves blame and not just the seniors. But yeah, Russell is our guy. At least that's what I was trying to say in my scattered thoughts.
EDIT: What Tim said ABOVE, not BELOW. my bad
There you go.
Whenever Russell is on the bench, I sincerely wonder how we are going to score.
Everyone is frustrated, but I think we all want the seniors to play well despite some of the things we say during the game/heat of the moment. These guys have more talent than most of us could ever dream of having. Maybe this is just a great group of talent but not a great team. We will see
That is an absolutely fair take. My guess is that Russell's shooting average is below the team because of the UNC and Louisville games. To channel my inner Tim Beckman, if you take both of those games away his % goes up a lot (6 for 20 and 4 for 17, yikes). Edit, I did the math and without those 2 games hes up to 48% in both FG and 3 pointers, so still below the team average a bit
You're right about Loving, he shows just about as much effort as Amir. I think a logical person would also agree Tate can't realistically play center, but when the guards are grabbing more boards than the centers it's eye opening. I think we all can agree this team can play so much better than it is, so the usual suspects are the ones the anger is taken out on. Yeah Scott and Thompson can't shoot, but they never could; they weren't brought in here to put up 15+ a night. They were brought in to play defense. Their freshman year we had Thomas Sullinger Buford (and Sibert, ugh) and they played their roles well. I think if you really want to blame anything for the state of the team right now you have to blame recruiting because nobody on this team besides Russell and I suppose Kam Williams was a lights out shooter in HS...that's why I'm quite excited for Grandstaff next year. We either need to recruit more shooters or finally get a good big (Giddens, fingers crossed) who can draw in the defense and kick out for wide open looks.
Sorry for the word vomit.
What is your deal with Russell man...he's shooting just above 45% from the field and just barely below 45% from behind the arc. He's averaging 18.6 points a game, 5.1 boards and 4.8 assists per game as well. In the last 7 games he's scored 20+ points 5 times. Has he struggled against the better competition? Yeah he has but against a good team in Iowa he had 27 points and 14 rebounds.
For an optimistic Buckeye you sure are a downer. Russell is projected to go in the top 10 of the NBA Draft for a reason. He puts up a lot of shots because if he didn't OSU would have to hold the other team below 40 points to have a chance at winning.