While we're all focused on his antics, we must not forget to criticize him for poor officiating.
I laughed out loud at this line. TV Teddy - roasted.
Great writeup. It seemed like the end of game lapses on D also occurred at the end of the first half. Those last two minutes in each half sure went a long way towards the final outcome.
Nicely written Mike.
On that first play with Tate, I am not sure if he consciously forced the guy into the baseline, but was more-so held on the screen had to quickly recover and chase him down to the baseline. Tate does play solid great D against bigs/guards moving his feet.
At the end of the Illinois game in regulation, Lyle did take a decent look with that layup--wish he went a little more aggressive to draw the foul. I am afraid we will be seeing less Lyle moving forward which saddens me. I still commend our guys for not giving up an easy 3 as you mentioned. KBD poked the ball out on that one as he went around the guy.
A the end of the Illinois game in OT, I was afraid we would get called for a travel (Marc Loving slide + MM fumbling the ball). Additionally, MM was signaling for a TO that we never got.
Not only in this Maryland game, but I do notice that our guys still fail to communicate properly on screens and leads to open 3s (with a poor closeout). I am sure that this will continue to improve with our young guys over the years.
You are right, late game execution will be very important for close games and for our young guys' maturity.
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I was at the game yesterday, and our offensive flow is just non-existent. We look so herky jerky, and the overall effect is far from smooth or efficient. It's always been this way with Matta, but it's always been clear that he emphasizes defense over offense. That's not a bad thing, in fact it's defense that often keeps us in games. But when a team comes in and shoots lights out (@UConn, @IU, @Md), we get the kind of blowout results that we've seen.
I still love Matta, and always will, and he can coach at OSU until he's ready to step down. But I would love it if he could add a solid offensive-minded assistant to teach effective offense to his teams. We've even had years where our guys played good team bball and could score, but those years are few and far between.
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I agree. I feel like our offense has no flow. It's very random and I hardly see ANY play development which bothers me given our young talent. In the past, we've had go-to scorers: D'Russ, Q, DT, ET, etc so that really helped. This year, we don't quite have that guy and really need to rely on "getting the open guy the ball".
Too much standing around and no movement away from the ball. At this point, I would love to just see some effective pick and roll, but it rarely ever looks smooth. I do recognize the fact that there's only so much practice time, so people who complain about offensive inefficiency and poor free-throw shooting need to realize that there's just not enough time to be able to work on everything that a coach would want to work on. So time management becomes a huge skill for a college bball coach, and it's clear that for Matta, he makes sure that significant time is spent on teaching team defense.
On the plus side, our rebounding this year has been much better. They compete and hustle, and we even managed a high number of offensive boards yesterday.
Not only do we have a lack of practice times, but the rotations are far from consistent.
I agree there is decent hustle... like a scrappy last-minute YMCA squad.
OR like when you play a serious opp. in the dance.. Eventually you will have to play a team that is very skilled offensively. They all can't be 55-62 pt knock down drag out slugfests..
But skilled offenses can be brought down to earth by quality defense. I think a good comparison is Tom Crean, who emphasizes offense over defense, choosing to outscore his opponents. That works for him, until he plays a team with a great defense. Which is why Matta has a winning record head to head against Crean. On the flip side, Matta can get in trouble when he plays a good offensive team that gets hot (IU this last time, UConn and @Md). But this last game against Md, tough defense took Md out of their comfort zone and made them earn their points.
It's a coaching choice, or more a style that a coach has been brought up with. Neither is superior to the other, necessarily, but I'll ride with a coach that knows how to play defense.
"Something clicked in overtime. Matta or someone on his staff suggested moving JaQuan Lyle off ball more."
Now there's a thought ----"off the ball more"......
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This is a really great writeup and analysis. I think communication is absolutely key to the Buckeyes success and sometimes failure. If we can get better at that and being willing to hustle more, (KBD could have been slightly more aggressive on the last block attempt against Trimble,) than I think we can be competitive even with the best teams. It is a learning experience and growing pains, lets just keep getting better!