Thad Matta: Walling Off Ohio's Borders

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thatlillefty's picture

Mike - How exactly would Trey Burke have been a bad fit at Ohio State? I love Shannon Scott and I believe he will be an awesome contributor these next two seasons in Cbus. But's let's be honest, we dropped the ball on Trey Burke.
Watching him and Aaron Craft go head-to-head was something special. Although they were opponents, not once did you ever see them jawing back and forth. It was obvious they respected each other, and even enjoyed matching up. Just imagine that chemistry if the two had been playing together.
Oh, almost forgot. He grew up playing with Sulllinger! Yea, we definitely missed on Trey.
Appreciate your work, Mike. Keep it up!

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Mike Young's picture

Clearly Burke's better off. Don't see how he would've had the opportunity to become a top 10 pick at Ohio State. At least initially. That's the main point, it worked out better for him.

I suppose if Matta took him over Scott, both him and Craft would be on the floor at the same time like Scott has been. Coming off the bench, still in a limited role. With that as the case, I imagine we would've seen Burke develop more slowly, along the same lines as Scott has.

Obviously OSU missed, everyone missed. Turned out to be severely underrated. But I wouldn't necessarily trade it for what they have in Craft and Scott. Huge position of strength.

Glad to stir up the debate.

Also, thanks!

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

In Thad we trust!  A great recruiter AND X and O's guy, and a class act.  The buckeye basketball program is so close to becoming an elite program like a Duke, UK or Kansas.  Not sure what it's going to take to get to that next level, but Coach Matta has done an incredible job since he's taken over the program, don't think he's ever had less than a 20 win season and the bucks have been B1G champions or co-champions quite a few times during his tenure.  Tom Izzo seems to get all the love, but I think during Matta's time span the bucks actually have a better record than MSU, would have to research that to be sure.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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raiderred's picture

when I watched the findley prep vs Northland game Trey Burke did absolutely nothing from what I saw that could warrant him to give him a scholarship. Jared clearly carried the team and won it for them. Jared even took up the ball against full court pressure with 10 seconds left and they were down one. He might have gotten a lot better his senior but from what I could tell he didnt look half as good then as he does now

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zbd's picture

LaQuinton Ross may be from Mississippi but I watched him play his senior year here in New Jersey. Matta has done a great job of avoiding talented but trouble makers like Mayo and Gates although Payne from Dayton Jefferson always seems to play well against the Buckeyes.

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pjtobin's picture

I'm a Matta fan. If he keeps things going the way they are we could win a nc in both sports. I would love to be able to say that. I am very happy with dancing every year. I hope ppl start to recognize that we are a b ball school too. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

It's crazy to me how we keep so much talent instate when programs like Kentucky, Indiana, and Pittsburgh are within three hours of the border.

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Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Everyone missed on Burke. Position was not one of need for Matta once Scott was on board. Burke was going to Penn St. for crying out loud. So it looks like K, Williams etc. also didn't make the right call? Let's not bash Matta for this 'miss' until Craft & Scott are done playing.

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westlaneavenue's picture

The comments keep saying that "everyone missed on Burke."  not true.  Michigan didn't. Can't believe how biased our own fan base is when it comes to missing Burke.  Craft is great but he isn't half the player Burke was.  We have Burke the last two national titles belong to us.  We all have to man up and admit that.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Wesetaneavenue - you can keep your comments on TTUN boards because they are truly ridiculous. Another prediction that holds no weight.  

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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westlaneavenue's picture

Are you kidding? Just how much in denial are you? Trey is a Columbus kid who should have been at OSU. It was a huge blunder. He'll be starting in the NBA before Scott starts a college game... And before sullinger starts an NBA game. We screwed up on this one. It happens. Matta is still an amazing coach but let's not live in a fantasy land. When we were shooting 16% against Wichita state it would have been nice to have him. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Denial - I think not! You can keep dreaming and hoping, your comments sound like guarantees that pros make before the game............. then they are no where to be found once they're wrong. You sound like the delusional Miami fans before the 02 NCG. There was no room for him on our team, read the article in its entirety before you start making your foolish statements.
Go Bucks forever!
  

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Unky Buck's picture

I have a funny feeling you're a troll. Your comments are odd, almost entirely negative towards OSU and show a lot of love towards UM.
And don't let facts about Burke's recruitment skew your opinion. He was committed to PSU prior to UM offering. And you know, because PSU is such a hardcore basketball school, everyone else must've been pining for him. UM offered late, he changed his commitment to them and that's it. Everyone else missed on him too. He was seemingly a late bloomer and flourished in UM's system.
Also, to say Craft is half the player Burke was is absolutely ridiculous. In all of the Craft v Burke battles, Craft dominated him most of the time. Burke being on the team guarantees nothing and YOU know that. The "We all have to man up and admit that." line is completely ridiculous and worthy of the downvotes you've received.

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Oyster's picture

He is another of those who signed up during a 3 day period around the 15th of Aug.  Check it out, there is a huge spike of new names that seem to get dinged quite a bit, and they all signed up during that time frame.  I though it was a coincidence for a bit, but I started watching it a bit closer and it follows a pattern. 

"Those two, they're ruining this war, for all of us!"  MAJ Houlihan, when she was whining about Hawkeye and Trapper because they were simply having fun.

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Unky Buck's picture

I should probably pay attention to that a little bit more. If I go to the profile, it's usually to check out what else they've been posting. That's actually how I got here and saw this. We take good care of this so they'll be dealt with accordingly, but it would be odd if this isn't coincidental though.

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buckskin's picture

Trey's "problem" is that he was overshadowed by Sullinger, and to a lesser extent, Weatherspoon.  Not only Ohio State, but many other schools missed on Burke as well.  
Matta has done a great job locking down Ohio.  If this new girls coach can do the same thing (and it sounds like he is off to a good start), OSU could prove to be elite in that sport as well.  

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Boxley's picture

Just exactly how many final fours or great 8's has Trey made it to?

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

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