Etzler has a long way to go from a strength point of view if he ever wants to play meaningful minutes at OSU.
OSU priced me out a long time ago. I try to attend some away games at lower prices and usually better seats.
I was at the game. The 2 plays I remember the most were a missed field goal by a few inches, and OSU scoring just before the half and deciding to do a short kickoff that allowed Texas good field position. Texas ran a couple of plays and got in FG range and kicked a FG as the half ended. They should have kicked it deep. We also had a Texas player trapped in their own end zone for safety and he somehow got away and ran it out the 30 or 40. And if OSU would have played Troy Smith the whole game we probably would have won.
I have a problem with a room full of tenured academic types with no real world experience making decisions.
As I have I said before, most of these players, especially Matta's last few recruiting classes, did not have the skills needed to play in the B10. For most of them, that has been verified by their lack of success at lesser colleges. Star ratings don't mean as much as passing the visual eye test. Can they shoot, handle the ball, pass, play defense, and to they have the proper size to play in B10.
Looks like Porter is a 5-6 minute a game guy.
Agree with the comment that McGuff can recruit and can't coach. His track record is proof of that. Sometimes 5 star ratings are not accurate. Bell is a good athlete, but does not have 5 star basketball skills. The girl from Toledo Rogers who went to South Carolina (can't remember her name) is a true 5 star. She can shoot, create her own shot and make it, pass and handle the ball. That is a 5 star. I hope a new coach can bring out the best in Bell.
Just my guess, but I think it is more academically related than anything. He probably just didn't want to be in school, any school.
Need bigs that can play.....
I grew up during the Vietnam War. There is no way 2/3 volunteered for Vietnam. I knew a lot of people who went to Vietnam and none of them volunteered. They did all they could not to go there. Agree with the desertion and alcohol rates. They may have volunteered for the draft to get in the branch of service they desired, or to get the inevitable over with, but they did not volunteer for Vietnam.
For almost every transfer it is about playing time, especially in Gaffney's case. They try to give other reasons, but playing time is usually the reason. I hate to see Carton go, but I really thought he would be a better outside shooter than he showed this year. In today's BB world you have to be able to shoot and make the 3 unless you are 6-10 and have an inside game.
Congrats. His 3 point shooting and rebounding improved over last year. His inside shot making went down hill which is why he is 2nd team at best.
The home losses to Minnesota and Wisconsin are the ones that haunt this team the most.
The shorter rotation has helped his confidence which has led to better results. I think there is way too much subbing in basketball at all levels these days. A 7-8 man rotation works the best.
Great team led by the greatest BB Player in B10 History, Jerry Lucas. 3 time 1st team All American, 2 time National Player of the Year, played in 3 Nat. Champioship games. Remember, Freshman were not allowed to play in those days. Also was the leading scorer on the 1960 Olympic Team that included Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. He had a knee injury for the 1962 Championship game and was severly hobbled. Probably shouldn't have played. I remember watching the 61 and 62 Championship games on TV.
Illinois defensive strategy the last 2 years has been be very aggressive and hammer everything hoping the refs don't call everything or get sick of calling fouls. I give the refs credit for calling fouls tonight and they could have called more on IU. I am not a believer in the fouls need to be called evenly on both teams.
Bill Hosket played from 66 to 68. Another big blond from that era was Gary Bradds. I believe he was National Player of the Year in 1964 averaging around 30 points per game.
Miller's dad was an outstanding DB at MSU in the 80's. He played several years in the NFL. Grayson is best remembered for being one of the first to the punter in the famous muffed punt that led to an MSU winning score on the last play of Harbaugh's first game with MSU. I still enjoy watching that play. Good luck to both.
The shorter bench has actually helped the team. I've never been a fan of playing 9-10 guys. No one gets into the flow or develops the confidence needed to make plays. They are only one play away from coming out of the game. That pressure is worse than the game pressure. A 7-8 man rotation is fine with me
The shorter bench has actually helped the team. I've never been a fan of playing 9-10 guys. No one gets into the flow or develops the confidence needed to make plays. They are only one play away from coming out of the game. That pressure is worse than the game pressure. A 7-8 man rotation is fine with me.
OSU is very offensively challenged. They need to make open shots and cut the turnovers. Everytime Kaleb W. and Luther M. start to dribble the ball I cringe because something bad is about to happen. When you consistently score around 60 points and few in the second half you are going to lose more often than not.
A major reason OSU lost is because Caleb Wesson missed 7 bunnies, and this has been a consistent pattern in this losing skid. He has been rebounding and defending pretty well, but his offense is terrible. I am going to lose it if we recruit another player who cannot shoot a basic jump shot the correct way. The ball has a much better chance of going in if it is shot correctly.
Glad to see OSU win. We made shots, Nebraska didn't. All the other issues that led to losing 4 straight were still there. Got a long way to go and have to get better.
Gotta take and make open shots. Tonight if they just hit 30% of their 3's they win.