I got a O-H during my week long vacation in the Dominican Republic this week while wearing my "Urban Legend" Buckeye shirt..........you can find Buckeye fans even when you are out of the country. So excited for this season!
What a great way to finish Craft's career......being more of a defensive guy the defense Craft displayed the last minute of the game was just unbelievable. Obviously offense is important in today's college game and I won't deny the fact that the jump shot is something that I would have loved Craft to have but his on ball defense, heart, and intensity makes up for his sometimes lack of offense. The drive and heart was displayed by the dive for the rebound. The smarts was displayed by not calling the timeout (which would have been OHIO STATE's last and left them the inability to call one on the inbounds if needed) and taking the jump ball.
Craft's defense on Valentine and Harris at the end of the game was admirable. Not only did he prevent a good shot but he did it WITHOUT fouling which would have put them at the line and gave them the chance to tie the game. I don't care what anyone says he is going to be missed.
Lenzelle also made some big shots and it was good to see Q really use his versatility to his advantage. He made some big shots down low and the 3 over Payne was huge.
P.S. Glad to hopefully not ever play against Payne again.......Guy is a beast offensively. I can't recall seeing much more of a versatile player in the BIG10 outside of Evan Turner.
Q really needs to get his &@$* together. These ill-advised pushes creating technical fouls which turn into 3 to 4 to possibly 5 point plays, momentum for the home team, and fuel for the home crowd NEED to stop. Matta needs to somehow make it clear to him that this behavior won't be tolerated.......
The officiating was indeed horrendous in my opinion. I feel as if with the rule changes referees are anticipating calls against the defense which slows down the tempo of the game which hurts this Buckeye team in particular because they are the best when they can get out and run. One foul in particular that I recall is Craft's second foul where Craft "fouled" Yogi Ferrell when he drove to the sideline. It looked like to me that Craft was there doing what looked like fundamental defense with his hands up, moving his feet, and using the sideline as another defender. What more does a defender have to do?! Just terrible......
I don't think i have ever been so upset after one half of basketball and so excited at the end of the game. It would be great if Slam Thompson could use this game as a springboard and become the second scorer on this team. He has really gained confidence in his outside shot which is obviously huge for his game as he can use then utilize the shot fake and drive to the basket.
Two other things I have taken away from this game.
1) I know this probably sounds like a broken record but Craft is ALL over the place defensively. It seemed like he came up with steals every other possession in the second half.
2) Amir has really improved in the second half of the season. He is finally using his size to his advantage both defensively and offensively. He got some great position against the Minnesota bigs on some big possessions and threw it down and was able to come up with some really key blocks to help the BUCKS keep momentum in the second half. Also credit his free throw shooting which can't be understated for a big. One thing he really needs to work on is his hands down low.
Great win for the BUCKS at home and hope this team can keep the momentum.
Man this kid looks like he will be special at the next level. His body type reminds me of Pryor but the deep ball seems to be more refined especially on the run.
Favorite part of the video is about the 2:30 minute mark when he evades pressure and throws close to a 50 yd dart into the end zone with accuracy on the run while facing pressure. This guy is going to be a name college football will remember for a long time no matter where he goes if he stays healthy (obviously hopefully THE Ohio State Buckeyes would be preferred.)
Well we did foul the frosh Vasturia with about 30 seconds left or so but he hadn't attempted a free throw all season......well thought out after the made free throw what a great win!
Also saw that 11-1 record at the end of the game under the BUCKEYE name not today boys! 12-0!
And who could forget the comment that the last two outstanding touchdown runs from El Guapo shouldn't even count because the Illinois defense wasn't really trying and had "given up" from the great analysis of Mark May (hard to even type without dishing out sarcasm).
Keeps looking like El Guapo will become UFM's first 1000 yard rusher. The mix of power and speed is something I haven't seen out of an OHIO STATE back since Beanie and clearly more durable. Keep up the good work Hyde!
I feel that El Guapo definitely deserves playing time after the maturity that he has shown over the past few weeks and the weeks leading up to the suspension. As much as the whole situation with El Guapo in the off-season really made me and fellow Buckeye fans sick to my stomach especially after an incident a few years earlier (which shall not be named) out of this horrible situation came the re-emergence of a running back I have always liked. It has been amazing how Hall has responded putting up Heisman-like numbers when he was considered to be a possible slot receiver during the off-season and a year after a devastating injury. Speaks to excellent coaching and outstanding resiliency!
With that being said can't wait to see EL GUAPO back where he belongs next week.....running over defenders!!!!! GO BUCKS!!!!!
Great read as usual. I loved it when they showed a replay of UFM mouthing the words "Faster, Faster." This offense is certainly fun to watch!
Excellent read. I firmly believe that UFM will get on the team and especially the team captain for the ill-advised penalties and here's to hoping UFM and Fickell can somehow stop the missed tackles. With this being said, I still think there are some positives that can be taken with how the defense played today being that this was an extremely difficult offense to prepare for. I thought one of the more underrated plays was right after the Buckeyes lone turnover from an otherwise flawless performance from Guiton. The defense calmly diagnosed the flea-flicker (which made Texas A&M look silly earlier in the day) and Bryant made a hell of an interception. An excellent response and ability to pick up your teammate after a mistake. Cal could have easily scored on that possession which would have made it 14-7 and would have gave Cal the momentum.
You make a valid point, but the thought process is that it would be much easier for the kicker to kick from the middle of the field instead of the right hash. I would have probably done the same in that situation.
I thought Gary Anderson handled the situation in the post-game interview much better than I would have handled it. As much as I dislike Wiscy, in my opinion they got completely robbed and the situation just makes these PAC-12 officials look terrible. I believe that it is pretty clear Stave kneeled the football. Wasn't this why replay was invented as well for situations such as this?! All I know is if this would have happened to TOSU my flatscreen would probably have been broken.
As for Jen Bielema's response, I don't know if there was some kind of falling out from Wiscy and Coach Bielema when he left but this is one of the more classless things I have seen in a long time. Here's to hoping Arkansas finishes dead last in the SEC West.
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Loved the comment from Meyer saying how much the kickoff coverage unit has improved. It was nice to see guys staying in their lanes and being EXTREMELY active in pursuit of the ball carrier. Here's to hoping this continues after being underwhelmed by this unit the past few years.
Also great to see Dontre Wilson not get down on himself after the fumble and come away with a very important play on special teams with a huge kickoff return. I am REALLY excited for this kid and if Brax can lead him like he did on that swing route then he can showcase his speed.