As someone stated before a good gritty win. No matter who was playing for OSU everyone gave it 100%. It was a little white knuckling coming down the stretch (OSU +9 with 5 mins to go and UC had whittled the lead to 2 with 2:30 to go), but hitting some key foul shots at the end put it away. The Bucks like last year need to improve their foul shooting. Left allot of points off the board with missed foul shots (which were offset by UC's own foul shooting woes).
Woods has offensive skill, but man he gets beat allot on defense. Hopefully, who ever replaces Woods next year can both score and play better Dee (than Woods). The Holtman era really begins next year.
As in any NCAA sport come tournament time how well (or poor) you play down the stretch factors into your seeding. Conference tournaments matter.
If Buffalo loses in the MAC tourney final that could bust the Buckeyes (even if OSU defeats IU). NCAA can't possibly leave UB out of the tourney. UB has been ranked in the top 20 all year. Two schools from the MAC would hurt OSU's chances of getting in. If I were to fill out a bracket now, I'd have UB as a sweet 16 team. They're that good (with senior leadership).
Ahrens needs to work on his defense. He consistently gets beat on the backdoor cut losing sight of his man. He turns the wrong way. Woods is just as bad. For being a 5 year player he's never learned the basic fundamentals of playing defense. Fortunately, he's gone in a few weeks.
Since the beginning of February Luther Mohammed has been absolutely terrible on offense. Right now he couldn't throw it in the ocean for two or 3 points. He needs to take a seat on the pine and let somebody else try to score. Washington, Woods & Ahrens need to keep jacking up shots. Too bad Washington's conditioning won't let him play 30+ minutes. He should of been getting more minutes 2 months ago (improving his conditioning along the way). Washington has a chance to be a great player at OSU. Holtman's presser after the NW game wasn't very encouraging. Can't say I've seen one that short before. It was like he's waving the surrender flag.
I sense a game with the winner scoring less than 55. Look for NW to pound it inside to Pardon.
If it was weed that isn't exactly the best method for trying to lose weight.
The '68 team had Jack Tatum at LB. That's all you need to know as to how dominating the defense was in '68.
And two of Ahrens 3 pt misses were in then out. He should been 8 of 10 from 3 pt land.
Patience people. Holtman is digging out of the hole Matta left him. Look for OSU to move back into the upper echelon of the Big10 in the next 2 years.
Before major renovations began on the Q in Cleveland the Gladiators played there for 8 years (speculation they may return in 2020 after renovations are finished). A good seat cost $20, beers all game long were $2.00, hot dogs $1.00. Season ticket holders get free parking. All players are contractually required to stay on the field afterwards for a min 1/2 hour to comingle with fans (kids love it). When stray football's go into the stands the fans keep it (just like catching a foul ball in baseball). I've been a Jacksonville Shark season ticket holder the last 10 years and my family has only missed 4 games. It's that much fun and inexpensive. Nothing like being able to reach out and give your team high fives during the game. People will be surprised as to how good these guys are.
The Dawg Man is back on Arenafan.com. Right now his handle is Dawgman2. It was great seeing his handle show up again on the message boards. The video of Bears HC Mike Nagy (former Destroyers QB) saying encouraging words to close the Destroyers presser was perfect. So glad Arena Football is back in Columbus.
Ball movement and crisp passing was the best it's been all year. I didn't see any lazy passes this game. That was a key in beating NW. The Bucks with 8 mins left in the game and up by 12 didn't falter and closed out the game in fine fashion. This gives me hope OSU could upset somebody in the next 5 games (killer remaining schedule) and get a a high quadrant win.
Living in Jaxville I've followed this kid the last 4 years. Trinity Christian is THE BEST HS program in NE FL. Trinity is well coached and their players are college ready (athletically and academically). He isn't the biggest or fastest, but he runs hard and will pleasantly surprise everybody in Columbus.
NIT and 1st rd loss to a MAC team. Toledo, BGSU, Kent St or Akron can beat this team.
Game after game this team is lazy at passing the ball. Holtman needs to spend a portion of daily practices w/o Kaleb and Young on the floor. It's a given one or both are going to foul out of every game.
I'd like to see the Bucks go back to the retro gray unis as shown in the picture. I see the gray and scarlet unis and I think of #22 JJ. I think it still is better look (design) than what we're now wearing. I know u can't live in the past but the grays are sharp.
I have season tickets to the jacksonville sharks who play in the national arena league. I love indoor football. My seats are directly behind the visiting team. Last year both Steve Miller and ex-buckeye (transferred to Akron) Sevon Pittman suited up for Columbus,Ga Lions. I got to speak with both from my seat (couple of times during the game exchanging good natured barbs with Pitman). Both have signed with the Carolina Cobras this coming season NAL season. Jax averages about 8,500 fans per game. When we played in the arena league (2010-2016) we'd consistently draw 10k+. further about the $ there is room/board included and the best players earn more under the table. There are persistent rumors an AFL team could be coming to Columbus,OH.
Two certainties in Life, (1) taxes (2) Kaleb Wesson fouls out of basketball games. Bucks probably need to spend some time practicing w/o Kaleb. Get them used to what routinely is happening in real games.
Rex Kern one of the best ball faking QB's to ever play the college game. It was awesome watching OSU go into full house backfield with Jim Otis, John Brockington and Leo Hayden behind Kern. Many times the defense would tackle one of of the big 3 then realize Kern had the ball ten yards down field. Ball faking has become a lost art. I had the privilege of attending the 1972 AFC conference championship game in Miami where he was a starting safety for the Colts (Paul Warfield was starting for the Dolphins). That week-end Kern signed my souvenir program. He was so gracious and unassuming. What a thrill that was for a 16 year-old high school junior.
Agree lack of lift and explosion to the basket is a negative. I don't think his wing span is wide enough to make up for it. He reminds most people of Jared Sullinger. I was surprised Sullinger lasted as long as he did the NBA (5 years?). I heard Sullinger earns $250K + living expenses in Europe so that isn't bad (personal security could be an issue?). If you have a 6'10" guy who doesn't go for head fakes or leave his feet then yes, one player can shutdown Kaleb.
Your correct The Bucks need another big guy who can score to take pressure off Kaleb.
Gotta dance with what you've got, but I wonder where this team would be now if Potter, Beverly and Funderburk had stayed. Potter transfers to Wisky (Better fit than OSU) and both Beverly and Funderburk are having good seasons at NC ST. I watched Toledo play last night and watched Knappe their center. He's 6'11", 245, somewhat slow footed, but has good offensive skills and is a space eater. Ohio kid, I wonder if Matta and his coaching staff even gave this kid a whiff? Lots of Ohio kids playing in the MAC or outside of the state who could play (contribute) for this year's OSU team. Matta's recruiting failures have set this team back two years.
Buckeyes are a prime example as to why rankings don't matter until after January. Turns out UC was a big win, Creighton and UCLA not so much. A ranking of 13 was fools gold. Gonna be a struggle to finish in the top 10 of the Big10 and get a bye in the 1st rd of the Big10 tourney.