OSU bigs are fairly solid on defense the problem I see is sometimes they get over aggressive and try to block shots when they are out of position which often puts them in early foul trouble the way to fix it is if all the players take a little bit more responsibility and not let their man drive to the hoop so easily. In time this team will grow and know when to switch and when to double and not give up easy uncontested 3s and layups and create overall team defense to keep the bigs on the floor.
^This, and I think size is an issue... yup and when opponents do an inside out, our guards fail to close-out at times or they get us off-balanced and have a guy cutting in with a free lane.
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I think the foul trouble has less to do with over aggressiveness by the OSU bigs than it does by other players failing to cut down dribble penetration. This puts the OSU bigs in danger of fouling far more than the should be. The guilty parties on the perimeter tend to be Lyle, Loving, and, strangely, Kam. With Lyle and Loving it's a simple lack of foot speed for the position they guard. With Kam it's more a matter of focus, which is typical for a offense first kind of player like him.
The other aspect of the dribble penetration is that it often leads to baskets by the other team's bigs because OSU players fail to rotate to cover for Thompson or Giddens. Or the other perimeter players overreact to the penetration and leave three point shooters open.
Either way, this team is still figuring out how to play together, although the game at PU was a step in the right direction.
It's a failure of individual defensive effort compounded by defensive TEAM rotating/switching failures. It is not a good luck. The Maryland and Indiana game showed this.
DG is young and improving, he's still learning to play college ball.
Looking forward to watch him progress.
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Purdue has some BIG guys (It sure does feel like Hammond's been at Purdue forever). Giddens and TT are tall, but don't have much weight to them and I feel they will lose inside position against guys like that. The great thing about Tate is his hustle/energy, but he is way undersized at times down there.
I'd be interested to see what Thad does again players with twin towers inside in the future.
Young post players tend to be foul-prone; it takes a while to learn what contact you can get away with, and what you can't.
Also, as the big men improve offensively, it should lead to some fouls on the opponents' big men, which in turn should make them (the oppposing bigs) a little less anxious to take it strong to the hoop.
I think that Giddens, Thompson, and Bell all seem to be athletic, and seem to show desire to improve. They can continue to push each other in practice, and I'll think they'll be better next year.
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Agree. They are all young and will mature (mentally and physically) over time.