Nance had an offer from Matta, not from Holtmann.
Curious how AJ Harris feels that Jaquan will be his teammate again? AJ wasn't pleased about his playing time at OSU, which was due in large part to Jaquan stealing his minutes at PG.
This is not a good development for OSU. His quote from the Zach Fleer interview: 'It definitely changes things as far as my recruitment.'
He also sounded giddy when describing his phone conversation with Roy Williams. His former teammate Sterling Manley is already on the team. And Wigmon makes a good point. We already have G/F Musa Jallow for 17', SG Torrence Watson for 18', and we are likely to sign 2-3 more with at least 1 of those being a true PG or a combo guard.
Still not counting the Bucks out, but Dom Penn looks like much more of a sure bet as a Buckeye in 2020 than Francis in 19.'
That call on Craft was absolute garbage. And how did the refs not hear Scoonie calling that timeout?
But that being said, Lighty had an easy look to win it. Tough loss, but I really enjoyed watching this squad. I did not miss a minute of action. Hope they do it next year. But Sully is going to be a damn near impossible guy to replace if he is back in the NBA. Hell, Matta couldn't find someone to replace him for 5-6 years.
I would not put any road wins as automatic. I think winning true road games in college basketball is tougher than any other sport at any level. The crowds are typically right on top of the players and I feel like the officiating is heavily influenced by the raucous atmosphere. As an example off the top of my head, an awful Rutgers team (10-22) beat the Final 4 Kaminsky-Dekker led Wisky team on their home floor.
Also, keep in mind, racking up wins against opponents below the Buckeyes in the standings is not the best thing. They went 11-7 in the conference two years ago, but didn't beat hardly anyone above them in the standings. And therefore, the Buckeyes did not make the tournament. I don't mind the schedule overall but I would trade a home game or two against either Neb, PSU, or Rutgers for one or two home games from the group of 'road only' Big 10 opponents (Purdue, Minney, NW, Wisky)
I am sure Minnesota had to approve it, but it certainly wasn't their idea. This is a Big Ten/Jim Delaney brain child. They did this double header basketball/hockey thing last year as well. Penn State and Michigan were the basketball teams, and PSU and another BIG school were the hockey teams. At first I thought it was really stupid, but I watched that game and there was 100 times more crowd energy at MSG than there ever is for a PSU home game.
But like you mentioned, the Buckeyes should have quite a few fans in NYC. And the Barn is a much better home atmosphere than the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State.
Just remembered that the Buckeye 'road' game vs Minnesota is in NYC (@Madison Square Garden), part of a basketball/hockey doubleheader. Still think we will likely lose that game but that is a huge break for the Buckeyes.
I agree with your 11-7 prediction, though maybe not completely on the specifics. I also think 11-7 will most likely be a little better than middle of the conference. Minnesota was the only team at 11-7 last year and that earned them sole position of 4th place. Even two seasons ago when the conference was extremely top heavy, the Buckeyes were the only team at 11-7 and that was 7th place.
I think 11-7 will likely earn anywhere from 3rd-6th place this year. In my humble opinion, it is MSU as a clear cut, possibly dominant favorite. I put Purdue, Minnesota, and NW a few notches below Sparty and then a complete crapshoot trying to predict 5-12, and then Rutgers and Nebraska likely fighting for 13th place. I would also say that Purdue, Minney, and NW are far from locks to be in the top 4 and a team like Ohio State (or IU, Iowa, Mich, etc.) could sneak in there easily.
As for the schedule, here's my predictions:
Home and Away Teams:Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers
Predicted Record: 7-3: All home games are very winnable, especially considering that Mich and IU should actually be really good crowds, which is rare at the Schott. Probably being overly optimistic with the 5-0 home prediction, but that's how I roll. I think 2-3 on the road against these teams is a reasonable guess. It would not surprise me if they underachieved a little and lost to either PSU or Rutgers, but then overachieved a little by pulling out a road victory against either the Hoosiers, Hawkeyes, or Wolverines.
Home Teams Only:Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State and Nebraska
Predicted Record: 3-1: Not a bad draw here. They were losing to MSU regardless, it was just a matter of where and how many times. But maybe they can keep it respectable in Columbus. Illinois and Nebraska should be wins as long as the Buckeyes play with good effort. Most would have Maryland as a loss, but I am just not that high on the Terrapins. They had a good season, but they seemed to win a little with smoke and mirrors. They were exposed by NW (in the BTT) and Xavier (in the NCAAT) at the end of the season. And then they unexpectedly lost Melo Trimble. I'll take the Bucks in a close win.
Road Teams Only: Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Predicted Record: 1-3: This lineup is an extremely tough draw. All 4 teams were in the tourney last year with all but Minney winning at least one game. I think Minney and PU destroy us. PU loses Swannigan but no one else from the defending conference champ and a Sweet 16 team. Minney brings back essentially their entire team. And those are two of the toughest places to play in the BIG. If we are going to steal a win, I think it has to be NW or Wisky. I love what Chris Collins is doing with the Wildcats. But we played them even last year and their home game will be off campus while their high school gym is being rennovated. Wisky has to have a bad year some time, right? It is just Ethan Happ and a bunch of role players, yet they always seem to overachieve. But I can't get the image of our mediocre to crappy team last year destroying them in Columbus . And Loving was awful that game and Thompson only played about 10 mins because of foul trouble. I truly believe we will be a better team this year and they will be worse. I don't think Badger fans are debating whether it is 'addition by subtraction' with the trio of Hayes, Koenig, and Showalter like us Buckeye fans are with Loving, Lyle, and Thompson.
I agree with all of this but I think you are excluding their best original program: The Journey.
The basketball version seems to work better than the football one (they added the football version years after the basketball one). And it seemed to be lighter material when it first started. The last couple of years I really feel like their main purpose is to make grown men cry. But it is still a really good show. The final episode of the basketball season always covers the BTN Tourney in depth and is always incredible.