Have you seen Ahrens try to play defense? UG-LEE! If this were hockey and Ahrens were on the floor OSU's opposition would be in constant power play mode. On defense it's like he's doing his best Claude Rains impersonation ("The Invisible Man').
yes, competitive losses.
Too bad the NCAA established a shot clock. If not, we could run Dean Smith's 4-corner offense and be a really outstanding defense.
agree witchya. "We're young" is getting a bit brown around the edges as an excuse for poor performance (I do accept youth as an issue at pt. guard though some were predicting Carton as one & done). The Wessons, Young and any of the experienced sophomores need to show leadership. In the non-BIG10 wins OSU was pushing the ball up court (with Walker & Carton) and playing fast (think the game Carton had against KY). Carton's turnovers in a set offense are unexplainable. I don't think I've seen a worse display of foul shooting by two teams in the same game (OSU/IU). IU's 16 missed fouls shots were a gift to OSU and the Bucks couldn't capitalize (OSU itself missing 11 foul shots added to its' woes). If OSU struggles next Tues against Nebraska (at home) I'd like to see Holtman go back to a fast tempo (forget turnovers this team turns it over whether your in a set or not. May as well go for the gusto and get more possessions turning the ball over the same as u would in slow play).
Where's Chris Jent when you need him (excellent shooting coach even Lebron credited Jent for helping him improve his outside shot when Jent was an asst coach with the Cavs)?
In the big early season wins against non-BIG10 teams the Bucks pushed the ball up court and played fast. Haven't seen that since the start of BIG10 play. Seems like we let the opponent dictate tempo. Like Jim Jackson commented w/o perimeter shooting it makes it that much tougher on Kaleb down below (opponents can collapse on Kaleb). What's happened to Carton since his stellar performance against KY? If Nebraska upsets OSU this Tuesday then it will come down to the end of the season winning multiple games in the BIG10 tourney to get into the dance. IU gave OSU a gift by missing 16 foul shots (yes, 16) and the Bucks still can't win (OSU's foul shooting wasn't much better shooting only 58%....Lindell needs to begin shooting 100+ foul shots after every practice).
I watched in person the 3 (Wade, Johnson, Crowley) Jacksonville,Fl Trinity Christian kids play throughout their high school days. Like Wade has done I expect Johnson & Crowley to become contributors to this years Bucks team. It's time for Tyreke Johnson to show up. He was as good as Wade in high school. If he has a good Spring and gets himself into the DB mix who knows maybe he can be a pleasant surprise. The loss of 3 future NFL DB's is immense. I'm not overly optimistic about their replacements. Proctor for one seemed to be out of position a few times against Clemson (his whiffed open field tackle on Lawrence's TD run just can't happen). In hindsight if Brendon White were still eligible would he have played better than Proctor (made the tackle on Lawrence) or would White still not have played even after Wade's targeting call and exit from the game (and Proctor's missteps).
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.