Having lived in Richmond for the past 7 years I've watched the rise of Shaka and VCU(UofR has been just as good but gets none of the national respect but that's another subject for another day) and they are not nearly as good from 3 as they have been in the past. Their best guy from 3 comes off the bench, johnson, and if he's not hot coming off the bench they're gonna struggle from distance some. Put Slam on Treveon Graham and I like the matchup defensively for us. And bandwagon fans are not nearly as loud as true VCU fans. Having been in the Seigal center a few times over the past couple of years, that place is damn loud. Honestly much better atmosphere that the Schott which is frustrating. They are by far the best represented fan base in Brooklyn for the A-10 tourney since they joined. This game being on the East Coast would be totally different. I'm just hopin Johnson is cold from 3, Shannon doesn't have too many turnovers, Tate can compete with Mo-Allie in the post and we get some kind of offense from our bench cause VCU does run 10 deep and they will run you off the floor if you can't get some solid minutes from your bench
Being a University of Richmond alum (VCU's rival) and a huge Ohio State fan this is almost a dream matchup for me. I wish UofR beat them in the A-10 tourney and they somehow didn't make it into the NCAA tourney but o well. I would love nothing more that OSU to lay a beat down on them this Thursday.
Now as unbiased as I can be in this situation I think OSU has a very good chance at winning this game and getting the opportunity to lose to Arizona for a few reasons. One being that Brionte Weber is out and they ended the season 5-6 without him. Granted they went on a run in the A-10 tournament but he is a senior, emotional leader and he really helps them pull off their "Havoc" pressure D that they love so much. Second its gonna be important to posses the ball and get good ball control from our guards. When they get turnovers they convert easy buckets and they really swarm you and it can get out of hand quickly. but if you learn to break the press and limit their points off turnovers you have a good shot at beating them. Matta should really watch the UofR vs VCU games to see how to break the press. UofR beat them twice in the regular season and should have beaten them in the A-10 tourney but had a few missed opportunities that cost them the game. Point being Coach Mooney really coached up his guys on how to break that press and made it pretty much insignificant in their matchups. The one big advantage that UofR has is that our big guy Cline can dribble and a lot of times he could break the press because Mo-Allie Cox is not a good open floor defender. Another positive for OSU is that they really don't have a post presence. Mo-Allie is an animal and a great athlete but his points come off of put backs and drop offs from the guards and hes not a 7fter. hes like 6-8 or so but not too imposing. we should be able to use a smaller lineup for the most part and that is OSU's best lineup by far. Finally VCU thrives when they are just running up and down the court and can feed off of crowd energy. Their fans are pretty rabid and have created a very nice home court advantage for them and they will travel, especially up and down the east coast. If this game was in NYC or something like that I would be worried because their fans would be there in numbers but because its on the west coast their fans are not going to be able to get out there in numbers and they are pissed about it because they really do feed off of the energy of the crowd. Bottom line if OSU avoids a ton of turnovers and makes VCU run a half court offense they will win. If VCU gets a ton of easy buckets off turnovers and in transition its gonna be a long day for the Buckeyes.
The main difference is that our bad season was a huge anomaly. It was literally one bad season. The year before we were 12-1. TSUN has been relatively mediocre for about 6 or 7 seasons. Their roster needs more work in my opinion. Yes they have recruited well but the development of those players just doesn't seem to have been there. Maybe he shocks the world and pulls off a 10 or 11 win season but I definitely think it'll be more along the lines of 8-4.
might be going crazy but i count 27
That's what happens when you decide to go play for the defending National Champion. Buckeyes are big everywhere right now
This kids measurables are crazy. if hes a legit 6'2" and 200lbs with 10.5 100M speed he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Plus getting enrolled early and going through the strength program this winter I think Jamel's future is bright here at OSU.
Interesting. I would have thought the die hards would know better than get worked up before a game has been played and that the casual fans would be the ones worked up because they dont know any better.
Yes he had the pick to end the game against Bama but if he didn't bite on that double move by White? on the previous drive for a 70yrd completion or however long that big pass play was, they wouldn't have been in that situation to begin with. He has to know in that situation that the last thing you want to do is give up the big play so sit back, let them complete the pass then come up and make a tackle. I know easier said than done but its one of those plays a safety at OSU should be able to make. I'm not willing to condemn him the way that Oregon guy did but I wouldn't be opposed to a guy like Erick Smith getting a little more run at S next year if he doesn't improve on those kinds of mistakes in the offseason.
I live in Richmond VA and out of my general friend group I have two Tennessee grads, a Bama fan from Philly, go figure, and a few guys from NC/SC that went to Wake UNC Duke or other smaller schools around those states but were all about the SEC/Oregon and didnt think OSU had a chance. I am now the proud owner of 4 cases of Budweiser and a Growler of a craft brew of my choosing. Everybody was so confident they were betting me left and right that OSU would get dominated. The Tennessee guys were surprisingly the ones the most pissed about how things turned out. They gave me the whole "Urban ran away from the SEC" line and much more. I think they've been riding the coattails of everybody else for so long they have to defend themselves now somehow. The Bama fan was the most reasonable and just told me that EZE is a beast. He was kinda pissed at Kiffin's play calling but for the most part was more congratulatory than anything else. I honestly don't think any of them have watched an OSU game this whole season and were just basing their opinion on what they saw on TV and obviously that hasnt been the most favorable to our Buckeyes. Still for a state out of the SEC footprint there are a shocking amount of SEC fans here. Needless to say I have been wearing a piece of Buckeye gear every day since last Monday and it has been glorious. Still waiting on my National Champions T-shirt and koozie. Im gonna use that koozie every day till next season.
who exactly have they put in the NFL besides Aldon Smith? I know shane ray is gonna be a top pick but who knows how that is actually gonna turn out? I think OSU and Coach Johnson himself have a much better track record/history of successful NFL guys
This. They now have a potential starting lineup where 3/5 players are strong on defense. theyll score plenty of points but the D needed work. Now just gotta get everybody back healthy to see if Blatt can figure out how all the pieces fit/ rotations work together. solid moves all around though
I think Fickell was put into a tough situation. How many other coaches had their first ever head coaching gig be Ohio State? I think he has learned a tremendous amount by working under both Tressel and Meyer and will be a solid head coach whatever team calls. He has learned a ton about how to run a program from Meyer and that is really important. Success on the field is a combination of so many different things that don't necessarily come to mind. Strength programs, nutrition, motivational tactics, creating chemistry, organization of schedules, recruiting coordination and so many more that I don't have a clue about but Meyer is a master at all of these. Fickell will be a good HC someday and Tressel and Meyer will be to thank
and Jamal Marcus. Imagine being able to rotate between Bosa, Spence, and Marcus and then having Miller and Frazier come in as needed. Thats a lot of missing depth that could really help out against this uptempo Oregon team.
really pumped about Dre'Mont. He looks to be a guy that can contribute right away. Also wondering if he puts on more weight and moves inside ala Washington. either way he looks like one of the "gems" of this recruiting class
That's what I was gonna say. Imagine some of these SEC teams playing in that Minnesota game. There should be a couple bowls in B1G country
"Presented by Hatred" Love it
how weird is it that we have 2 guys from Cass Tech in this class and nobody from Glenville. Not complaining just speaks to Coombs job as a recruiter up there.
Anyway love to hear that he's a grinder and loves the game. Gotta love the guys that take care of business. Welcome to where the grass is greenest.
Also this terrifies me for our ability to hang on to Warinner. I mean a stud O-line coach like him would be the perfect fit up there where they pride themselves on O-line play and running the ball. Scares me more than Kansas ever did.
Shoot TSUN should have given him a call. I would've rather seen him stay in the B1G than go out of conference. Wisconsin needs to get their shit together and pay the man. Also are Wisconsin's admissions requirements that much more difficult than any other B1G school?
This. I don't think it has anything to do with "trust funds" it's all to do with the competitive nature of the program. Hoke is all about being best friends with players which is why they love him but that doesn't win football games. Compare that with a guy like Urban. The whole culture around the program is built upon competition and the fact that it's unacceptable to lose. Smiling while you're losing just wouldn't happen with Urbs
Birm any chance he just takes time off and then comes back?
Definitely not the news I was hoping for, hope his dad gets better and good luck to him. He will be missed
Im sorry but A&M a favorite? I just gotta believe our offense would put about a 100 (read: a lot) points on that swiss cheese D. I can see the arguments for the other teams but a 2 loss A&M team a favorite over an undefeated OSU team? what is going on?
I would have no problem with OSU offering Herman 1mil+ to keep him around and put him in a league with the Chad Morris' and Kirby Smarts' of the world. Hes an all star coach and as others have said I would love for him to stay till he gets a big time head coaching gig.