Ohio State Hoping to Build Team Chemistry on Upcoming Trip to Spain

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Hovenaut's picture

As much as I hate to admit it, the rival and the recent spring trips their football team has made first came to mind.

At least Holtmann and company will get some work in on court - those sessions should prove to be good experiences for the team, aside from the team building and chemistry that will strengthen from the journey.

Good luck, gents...safe travels.

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CincyBuck's picture

That was the first thing I thought of, too.  And I was a bit torn at first as to whether it was a good idea.

Worst-case scenario, provided the players stay out of trouble (a big "if" for some programs), it's a great opportunity for these guys that they wouldn't have otherwise had at this stage in their lives -- if ever.  And I could be wrong, but I suspect they're going to be playing against some really good players -- better than the majority of teams they'll play this season.  So it could also be some great practice for the upcoming season.

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Sanantonefan's picture

I didn't mind TTUN taking those trips. I think it was good for the kids. These opportunities don't come up every day. Some of the buffoonery that went on while on the trip is a different story. I think coach Holtman and crew will be better than that. It's a great tactic to bring together a team that has lost most of it's leadership to graduation.

Also, the NCAA says once every 4 years? Didn't the TTUN football team do it back to back?

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Scooter's picture

And they play no football.

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Dstacify's picture

It's only Holtmann's second season at OSU. I think he's doing this as way to continue to build camaraderie with his team (remember virtually all of his current players are Thad recruits so he has to win a good number of them over any which way he can). Plus losing guys like KBD, Tate, Kam Williams, and Andrew Dakich who were so essential to last year's success is going to reset the current makeup of the team quite a bit. Holtmann needs to build as much cohesion as he can and perhaps the team traveling overseas together is the way to do it. Who cares if Hairball does it as well? From what I've seen of Holtmann he doesn't compare to Hairball whatsoever personality-wise.

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Hovenaut's picture

Sure - and I'll state I'm not knocking Holtmann or OSU here, and believe this trip the hoops guys are making is in earnest (with purpose).

There are no comparisons to Harbaugh, I don't think it's scientifically possible.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Our rival wasn’t playing any local teams in Rome. OSU will scrimmage against genuine opposition, even if they aren’t as good. That’s enough of a difference for me.

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Hovenaut's picture

Yep - our guys have a purpose, all good.

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RunningFree's picture

Spain is great, because they'll experience some very solid competition in their games in one of the top basketball talented nations outside of the US.  And who knows, some of our players may find their way to the Liga ACB if their NBA aspirations don't work out.

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analyticalguy's picture

I wonder whether they'll be NCAA/American rules or International rules. Somebody is going to be at a disadvantage, but I guess the point isn't whether you win or lose in any of these games/scrimmages.

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ibuck's picture

I wonder whether they'll be NCAA/American rules or International rules.

If not international rules, I'd be surprised, as it's their turf. Seems unlikely the courts would be repainted for one game (in 3 different cities).

It's interesting the Buckeyes will be playing pros, but that may just be interpretation, with Europe's different amateur rules. What age range will these all-stars be?

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BradentonBuck's picture

I would imagine a few of the players have played some form of International Rules from some of the U15 and U17 tournaments and so forth. Slightly different but being an exhibition I'm sure officiating will be a little loose.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I hope CJ Walker can play in the games in Spain, any work he can get will only make him better when he's ready for 2019. I also hope these games will help tremendously in the development of Musa Jallow and Kyle Young. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

I'm thinking these 'games' will help everyone on he team get better prepared for the upcoming season.  Be safe, and have fun guys!

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Dstacify's picture

Not sure if it's reported or not but is DJ Carton going on this trip with them? I'm assuming not since he hasn't officially enrolled yet.

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analyticalguy's picture

I can't imagine that he'd be making the trip.

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Poco Loco's picture

Enjoy the food, and the adults also the wine. The beer, not so much.

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Ethos's picture

In spain drinking age is 16.  So they all can imbibe.

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sdbuckeye11W4's picture

I'm happy for these guys. What a tremendous experience. I can still remember how much fun it was in high school to take an out-of-town road trip. Going overseas and visiting a new culture will be a great time for everyone involved. They will all learn a lot more doing this than sitting in biology 101, so kudos to Coach Holtmann for making it happen.

We have to start getting predictable production from guys like Jallow, Young and Potter. Maybe this trip will help with that, too. In trying to replace all the offense we lost last year, I'm figuring at least two of the aforementioned has to average at least 6 per game no matter what their roles are.

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Kalmar's picture

I sure do like the coach. Loved and still do Thad Matta and hope he gets to coach again someday. Really hope we get to have Holtman at least 5 years.

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analyticalguy's picture

I'm hoping until retirement. I know some coaches go from one top program to another (e.g., Roy Williams), and that their are a few programs on the tier above tOSU (maybe only Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, UNC and possibly IU), and that some coaches will make a jump to the pros (e.g, Brad Stevens), but I see no reason that is Holtman doesn't enjoy continued success, he can't find himself comfortable in Columbus (financially and otherwise) for a long time. Of course, a lot has to happen before we get there.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Any OSU alum playing in the Spanish Leagues? It would be great to have the new guys meet them if so. Trips like this are great experience on many levels. Good for Coach on this.

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stxbuck's picture

This is quite common for college hoops program-international trip every 4 years, b/c, gasp, they play hoops everywhere in the world! Not the case w/ football, scUM fans!

Ricky Rubio aside, i don't think Spain has the hoops pedigree of other European countries. Either way, a cool opportunity for the team.

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MercyTex's picture

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CowCat's picture

Sounds like a great idea and they will be doing training. I don't even fault Crazy Jimmy for taking his team to Rome. International travel has a profound effect on how one sees the world and oneself.

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