I wonder how this team performs in the paint once the B1G season kicks off. There are good to potentially great players on the perimeter but who will defend and score inside. I can't complain about the results thus far with Holtmann
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Wesson will be a FORCE inside if he stays out of fouls trouble.
Wesson will also have to avoid any suspensions as he has had in the past, especially at key times in the season. Diallo will not figure to be much help on offense so most of the load will indeed be on Wesson.
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I don't recall them being dominated in the paint last season and they return every big that got decent minutes. It seems like there is a debate as to rather or not our 7 foot Frosh is going to be able to contribute this season or not.
He will have very limited minutes
I can’t ever recall being more excited for OSU football and basketball teams going into this season!
" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "
IIRC, 2006 had some pretty serious anticipation as well. The upcoming season is certainly the best since then.
My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)
I still contend Justin should have been playing more minutes in the second half of the season. Can't wait to see what elite point guard play does for the team.
He didn’t fit opponent match ups and defense was somewhat of a liability. You don’t defend in the BIG, you sit.
Following his breakout game against Iowa, Ahrens played 63 mins total (21 mins per game) over the next 3 games, starting in 2 of the 3.
He scored 12 total pts on 4-14 shooting in those 3 games. I love Ahrens and hope that he has a nice role on this year's squad, though his position is crowded to say the least with Dre Wesson, Jallow, and Gaffney all competing for mins at SF.
But keep in mind that huge game came against a reeling Iowa team that despite making the tourney was the worst defensive team in the league.
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I argued this near the end of last season when people said "he was lighting it up when he got minutes." He had 1 absolutely great game and a couple others earlier which were solid, but when you're built on defense, you have put your best defense out there and Ahrens certainly wasnt one of the better defenders.
If he develops a consistent jumper and can improve his defense, he could see an increase in minutes but I think through 2 years, Holtmann has made it clear: play defense well or don't expect a lot of PT.
And people ripped Matta for doing the same thing. But every great coach does this, with occasional exceptions. So the norm is to demand defensive excellence to earn playing time.
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I think Liddell has the scoring and defense abilities to be an all American. I love his footwork, toughness, and leaping ability. I would not be surprised if he lead the Bucks in blocks and rebounds.
Having both Carton and Walker will do wonders as they both can push each other to be better. Both of them seem to be guys who can score 10-12 per game so whoever passes better and commits less turnovers will probably be our go to. Alonzo Gaffney and Diallo are the wildcards. Diallo could be a force on the defensive end. Gaffney could be a top 15 pick in the draft if he reaches his potential. If not this year, next year Ohio State will be in the elite 8 or final 4, mark my words
Have we always been a dynasty ?
Your post seems a little overly optimistic, but I'm never one to criticize someone's optimism! +1
This squad is loaded... Elite 8 based on the way they'll improve/gel over the year. The competition in practice alone will push everyone. Washington and Muhammad will no doubt become more consistent. Gaffney, Carton and Liddell are ready to contribute from jump. Get the Brinks truck for Holtmann.
There is a lot more talent than last year. Anything can happen but if a run to the Elite 8 happens then I would be surprised (pleasantly) because of how young and inexperienced most of the players will be this season.
Definitely pay Holtmann and do what it takes to keep him at Ohio State.
They finally have the bench depth to make some noise this season and I think the experience they need will come early in that tough non-conference schedule in November and December. Come March, this will be a dangerous team against anyone.
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Carton may develop into a big time scorer, but in his early Buckeye career I see him as an Aaron Craft type player with a better jumper but not an electric outside scorer. I think that he depends on his athletic ability and emerges as a stout defender and team leader. Gaffney is the guy who could come in and light it up. Ahrens is the best shooter on this team by a long ways and Washingtonif he can be consistent on both ends of the floor could be and Elite scorer. I think they play basketball and every night it could be a different guy who lights it up.