They weren't as talented as past OSU teams, I will grant you, but I have to humbly disagree - they couldn't shoot very well consistently, but their chemistry issues definitely couldn't have helped that, either; too many passes, a lack of respect for our bigs, etc., had them taking shots they shouldn't have had to take. This team was more than talented enough to have won more games than they did. Look at the total points by which they lost the 10 games they did, and who was handling the ball last in the games they lost by 1-2 points. I love Craft as a defender, but he shouldn't have been the one handling the ball last in these situations, and the fact that he was the one couldn't have sat well with the others. That's not a talent problem.
Yes, absolutely YES. This team didn't have a talent problem, necessarily, but an attitude and chemistry problem.
I wish I could give this more UV's.
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Dr. Craft has a nice ring to it. I am sure he'll be contributing to the betterment of mankind well beyond basketball to the point that it will seem trivial. Best of luck, kid.
With Ash coming on board and Withers out, it'll be put up or shut up time for Fickell this year. It's hard to know what impact the Vrabel exit will have, but I do think that Fickell's contributions (or lack thereof) will show themselves this year. I for one want him to succeed famously.
I think he's got a good sense for the touch passes, too, which I don't recall as much with Barrett's tape. Not a criticism of Barrett, mind you, just an observation.
And he didn't even have to hold up his iPhone! Take that, Ellen!
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That's definitely not what I said - he's turning the ball over, forcing bad shots, and has taken 10 steps backward in his offensive efficiency overall. I am saying, though, that in years past, either the mindset was different (Deshaun and Jared sure both seemed to pay attention, whereas it seems like the guys this year are just going through the motions) or it's all Craft's and Scott's fault this year. I don't think it's as much the latter as the former. The chemistry is lousy.
Oh, and of course we have a big with hands of stone. He's a liability when he's in there, and McDonald's still developing.
In order to be a leader, one must have followers. No one is following Craft's or Smith's leadership, whereas in years prior, they did. Too many people focused on individual contributions this year = poor teamwork = inconsistent team. Amir Williams in particular needs to get his ass on the pine for the rest of the season. And where the hell was Sam Thompson yesterday?
GAH - dreaded duplicate post.
Their corpses may look better than mine, but we're all still corpses. Moderation is the key to everything in life.
Living here in San Diego where these guys train, I have known a few real and "wannabe" Seals, including one who was a former colleague and one who "washed out". What you've said here is dead on - it really is all about the mental toughness required to push oneself past "normal" limits. The swimming and fitness stuff can be overcome with preparation, but if the noggin's not right there's no chance of succeeding.
To wit: one of the final tests used to be a timed swim from Coronado to Carlsbad. Many people, given adequate time and the inclination, might be able to work their way up to the endurance to swim that far, but under a stopwatch? In 58-62 degree water? With gear? There's a reason that they are the best of the best - their minds are different from ours.
Best of luck to this kid.
Making the choice - that very first time - to try drugs, while it won't be in any civil codes or statutes, is a worse one, in my book. No demand = no supply.
Totally. It's hard to watch him pull up for a jumper, because he looks so reluctant and uncomfortable with his shot. He needs to work more on his jumper and less on his defensive footwork, IMHO.
God help any team we play in the B1G or NCAA (or NIT..) tournament if:
1) The team plays a solid 40 minutes of basketball
2) Sam Thompson stays hot and continues to move well away from the ball
3) Aaron Craft limits his turnovers, drives to the hoops, and FINDS HIS JUMPER
Ohio State won't lose to anyone if all 3 of these happen with any regularity. Tall order, but they've shown they have what it takes on all 3.
And the question that I haven't seen asked here - can someone please tell me how one pocket dials different numbers from the same pocket.....?
SNG, it's sadly true and, as I said, it's proven out over time. I was shocked when I actually saw this in action - people you wouldn't think capable of stealing, when repeatedly exposed to an environment where they were convinced no one was watching, would steal. It didn't necessarily mean that the value of the item was high, just that 6 out of ten people can become morally relaxed about it. I despise thieves and theft, and in addition to being raised "right", that experience changed my views on human behavior. It's sad to be that way, whether the percentages are off or not, but I am.
Aaron Craft did it.
Thieves are gonna steal, or try to, whether they can see anything of value in your ride or not.
There is a tried-and-true, historically proven, 20/60/20 rule in the loss prevention circles: 20 percent of people would never steal anything even given the chance, because they are constitutionally opposed to theft or have been properly and sufficiently frightened by the possible negative outcomes of being caught; 20 percent more will steal irrespective of anyone's looking or not because they are constitutionally unopposed to stealing and do not care about consequences which, to them, are less objectionable than the perceived benefit they receive from stealing; and the 60 percent in the middle, if they get to the point where they believe no one is looking and the opportunity presents itself, will steal because they perceive that the risk of getting caught is low relative to the benefit they'll receive. We can do something about the 60%, especially in the campus area where the perceived risk of getting caught is low, but there is 20% (think about that - 1 in 5 people you see walking the streets at night) that are gonna steal no matter what you do.
This is partially why it pays to have auto and renter's insurance, unfortunately.
I was waiting for someone to point that out - thanks for the legwork. +1!
It's kind of like "good pitching always beats good hitting" in baseball. Absolutes in any sport generally don't hold water. "Defenses wins championships" probably is a more appropriate slogan for basketball than football.
I hate to pick on the guy, but how many more times are we going to see him bricking it from 4 feet, not muscling for rebounds, fumbling feed passes down low, and making stupid fouls before he sits?!? He's coming along, but too slowly IMHO, and someone's got to step up into the 5.
Maybe they should implement a helmet sticker program for the die hards to jump to the front of the line? :)