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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being able to witness the 2006 game between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan. It is something I will never, ever forget. Electric moment in time with a buildup that was second to none, and a game result to match.
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Comment 03 Apr 2019

I don't know for sure what led to Giddens leaving, but I do remember Giddens having maybe his best game of the season against Florida in the NIT, and then guys leaving abruptly as soon as the season was over.  Not to mention Thad's comments soon after.

There was something very wrong with the program at that point.  Young players were leaving, other players who stayed (Loving/Lyle) were proven to be bad decision-makers on and off the court.  Things just didn't work out with that group.  As we saw the following season, things didn't get much better on the court.

I think it would be pretty cool for Giddens to come back and hopefully fulfill whatever vision he had when he committed to OSU in the first place.  He always played with effort and intensity, and his defensive presence in the paint would immediately be something OSU did not have the past two seasons.

Comment 01 Apr 2019

Exactly.  And OSU should have a few of those on the roster the next two years at least.

I think people get caught up in the fact the offense only looked good when Kaleb Wesson was in the game as the team's sole post presence.  I've said it before and I'll say it again - this year's OSU roster had basically ZERO guys who could consistently create their own shot.  Without Kaleb, defenses could play OSU straight up and were not scared of anyone being able to hurt them alone, or creating shots for others.

Whether or not OSU gets a backup big who has a solid post game, next year's team has some new blood that can hopefully help create more open shots for teammates.  Walker and Carton alone can break down their men off the bounce, force defensive rotations, and hopefully find open shooters or guys cutting to the rim.  We don't know for sure, but Liddell could be a good enough offensive player as a freshmen to force the defense to account for him with more than one man.

Comment 28 Mar 2019

I've not watched him play, so this is clearly an interpretation based on his stats... but it looks like he is not a threat at all offensively beyond the paint, does not rebound much for his size, and he also does not seem to be a rim protector defensively at all.

Those things all together make me feel like he's moving on to a mid-major program where he will have a better chance to earn minutes.  This season was his first with real significant playing time, yet toward the end of the season he was seeing less and less time on the court.

I don't think he is someone OSU is going after.

Comment 27 Mar 2019

All in all, the most interesting thing is if one (or two, or all three!) of the freshmen can come in and truly be game-changers next year.  That changes everything.  That allows returning players to improve upon their roles, rather than needing to take an extra step up as a primary scorer.  It also could allow for guys to have more open shot opportunities, or not be forced into late shot-clock situations.

It is fun to speculate, but could Carton come in and immediately become someone who can break down the defense and find open shooters?  Could Liddell's post game be utilized a bit more to put pressure on smaller 3's or bigger/slower 4's?

It'll be fun and interesting to see how Coach Holtmann will mix and match lineups, and if anyone can step into a prominent role as a go-to player next year.

Comment 27 Mar 2019

Echoing what many have already said, but looking to next year is exciting because of all the returning players and the newcomers.  What makes it most exciting is because of the potential we have seen in each player in different spurts throughout the season.  Yet, like others have said, that potential needs to be developed over the offseason into consistency if this team wants to make some real noise next year.

A guy like Musa Jallow showed some really nice potential as an athletic "3 and D" guy the last three games of the season.  Justin Ahrens will need to get stronger and quicker, but he is someone who could stretch the floor.  Same with Duane Washington.  And the list goes on.  But again, things like cutting down on turnovers, avoiding silly fouls, or better shot selection are all things that will need to improve.

Comment 04 Mar 2019

Beat me to the punch, Bsk.  I totally agree.  In college basketball, it is imperative to have someone who can break down the defense.  It doesn't have to be a point guard.  You just need someone who requires the defense to account more than one body in order to create space for others. 

Without Kaleb, OSU literally has zero players who force the D to do that.  And even with Kaleb, if OSU is playing someone with a legitimate post defender who has length to contest Kaleb's shots, they again do not need to double.

Comment 04 Mar 2019

As far as PGs, yes you are correct.  But, when you look at guys like KBD and Tate, they didn't need a PG to help them create offense.  They could do it on their own.

I would argue Ohio State, this season, has basically one player who can create his own shot, and he is an inconsistent freshman combo guard (Washington) who is more gunslinger than scorer at this point.

Screens help, for sure.  But more than anything, if a team does not have to respect your ability to get to the basket, they can switch every screen or just play zone defense and basically neutralize your ability to screen for shooters.

Comment 04 Mar 2019

I alluded to this on a different post, but I think one of the biggest issues is the lack of PG play in order to help create better opportunities for OSU's shooters.  Too often the defense is able to stand around, stick with their men and not really be forced to scramble or rotate much defensively.  When that happens, the window for open shots is just far too tight and many times the shooters aren't even truly ready to catch and shoot when the opportunity comes.

Without superior athletes, you either need better dribble penetration or really good ball movement in order to create open shots.  OSU, for the most part, does not have either.  Without Kaleb Wesson on the floor, there is no need to double in the post or really even rake down on the post dribble.

The team is what it is this season, and it is unfortunate that Kaleb is now suspended right after it looked like the Buckeyes founds something offensively against Iowa.  They are in a tough spot to win any of their remaining regular season games, making the B1G tournament extremely important.

I think with D.J. Carton and C.J. Walker, next year's team may look substantially different just because of their ability to beat their man off the dribble.  If Liddell and/or Gaffney are able to provide an inside/outside threat at all to complement Kaleb Wesson, the open looks should be flowing.

Comment 04 Mar 2019

Ohio State needs to add a couple of things to this team, and it could/would completely change the context of how we view them.

1) This team needs to take better care of the ball, as well as create better opportunities off the bounce.  Basically, they need better PG play.  CJ and Keyshawn Woods have acted as PG1 and 2 most of the season, and turnovers have played a huge role in too many games.  Substituting CJ/Keyshawn for Carton/Walker, to me, is going to be a huge improvement.  Two true PGs who can beat their man off the dribble and force defensive rotations.

2) This team needs more shooting.  More specifically, they need to make open shots.  First off, the best shooters on the team are young guys who have been inconsistent.  Adding a year of experience will do wonders for Ahrens, Washington, Muhammad, etc.  But better yet, they just don't get that many truly open shots.  Again, having true PGs who can penetrate and get the ball moving while the defense is scrambling means more chances to find open shooters.

3) This team needs more versatility and options in the post.  If LeDee sticks around, he should develop into a better player.  But, Liddell sounds like he should contribute right away and Gaffney's length could be a factor as well.  Even if these guys aren't the best down low defensively, as long as they can put up a fight on the defensive side of the ball they should be able to take advantage of bigger, slower, less athletic bigs on the offensive end.

I don't think Ohio State is going to need to rely on the incoming players to be "super men" next season.  They just need these guys to bring something different and change the game on the offensive end.  More athletic bodies that can test opposing defenses will do wonders for the team next season.

Comment 25 Feb 2019

I'd say anyone who can give this team the ability to penetrate and get in the lane off the dribble, as well as hit open outside shots, will get numerous chances to play major minutes.  You have to believe Holtmann is going get everyone to buy in defensively - as long as these talented freshmen are willing to do that, I don't see how you keep their talent off the court.

Carton and CJ Walker may be the two most important guys being added to the team next season.  IF they are able to break down their man off the dribble, or at the very least show the ability to manipulate the defense using the high-ball screen, it is going to open up a LOT for Ohio State on the offensive end.  Then, guys just have to make shots.

Right now Ohio State is patching together their offense with rubber bands and duct tape.  Their outside shooting is so inconsistent.  They have absolutely no one who can beat their man off the dribble and force rotations on defense.  And their best option down low has been extremely hot and cold from game to game.  And yet, this team is in contention to make the Big Dance.  Pretty remarkable, but also exciting when you think about the talent being brought in next year.

Comment 24 Jan 2019

Holtmann seemed to experiment with tons of lineups each night in the non-conference.  Different guys stepped up at different times with some guys playing a ton in certain games, and then not nearly as much in some others.

This team was 12-1 coming out of the non-conference schedule.  Ranked as high as #13 in the country, I believe.  Holtmann was playing 8 guys consistent minutes, with LeDee and Ahrens getting minutes here and there as well.  I see no reason why, at that point, you would change anything.

No one could foresee Young's injury.  Ahrens really wasn't ready early in the season, but now it looks like he can give you solid minutes.  LeDee is in a similar situation, although at times you still see those moments of indecision or just plain bad decisions with the ball or in defensive rotations.  They are freshmen and are learning.  They will get more minutes now, but neither is ready to become a starter or suddenly play 25 minutes a night.

Many were trying to pump the brakes on expectations this season, even with the hot start.  This is a team full of role players.  Very GOOD role players.  They are learning and beginning to understand what it is like to grit and grind their way through conference games.  No matter the end result, if these guys continue to buy in to Holtmann and staff and continue giving maximum energy, the experience they are gaining now will be HUGE come next season.

Comment 11 Jan 2019

Agree totally on the first point.  A lot of people are somehow assuming Tate was told something regarding his place in the pecking order, so he's high-tailing it out of Columbus to find a better opportunity.  I don't see how that is even feasible.

There's no way Day is going to make any decisions about who he is plugging in at QB1 when he doesn't even know if Fields will be able to play next year.  Birm had a very insightful writeup about the situation.  It sounds like it comes down to the fact Martell believes he deserves to be named the starting QB, but he feels like Fields will be given preferential treatment instead.  Meaning, he is now under the impression the job is up for grabs rather than him getting first chance.

In the end, Martell doesn't want to compete.  He thinks he's already earned it.  That's now how big-boy college football works.

Comment 08 Jan 2019

What point in the season was it that Bama was being talked about as possibly the greatest college football team of all time?  How about Tua having maybe the best season of any QB in college football history?

Bama is very good.  Yet, they should have lost to Georgia in the SEC championship game.  They got boat-raced in the CFP championship game.

My point is, you are exactly right.  "Talking heads" and "football analysts" make a lot of proclamations about players, teams, conferences, etc., when in reality you can only play the teams on your schedule and the "eye test" many times is fool's gold.  I think Bama and Clemson were probably the two best teams this year, but I'm not sure about that.  I don't think ND and Oklahoma were the 3rd and 4th best teams in the country this year, but I'm not sure about that. 

A more substantial playoff is needed simply to allow the championship to be decided on the field.

Comment 04 Jan 2019

Bingo, and I believe that is a big reason for his transfer.  Immediate eligibility or not, Fields was likely not happy with how his first year of QB development and utilization went at UGA, with no real improvement in sight next year.

Comment 04 Jan 2019

He has all the tools.  Maybe more tools to work with than any QB prospect that has come into college football in the last decade.  He may be raw with some of those tools, but he's shown he can put them all together and perform at an extremely high level against the best of the best in his class (Elite 11).

This is all about Ryan Day and the development Justin Fields believes he will get by being coached by Ryan Day.  I've heard his own personal QB coach, Quincy Avery, rave about Day.  This is also the personal QB coach of Deshaun Watson.  I've heard NFL analysts (Louis Riddick, in particular) rave about Ryan Day and his pro-style offensive philosophy at the college level.

Many (not necessarily on 11W) want to call Fields a quitter for leaving Georgia, or say he has no loyalty, or question why he thought he would beat out Fromm in the first place.  What if his reason for transferring was not so much that he did not beat out Fromm, but instead that he felt he was not receiving the best development he could at the position?  Dwayne Haskins, other than by Buckeye Nation, was not being considered a 1st round NFL pick before this season began.  He's now being talked about and projected by most to be a top 10 NFL draft pick as a RS Sophomore and 14 career starts. 

Fields isn't dumb.  Whether he gets immediate eligibility or not, my bet is he believes either way he will receive the best possible QB coaching and development he can get at the college level under Ryan Day instead of what he was getting at Georgia.

Comment 04 Jan 2019

My personal assessment is he looks to be an extremely talented kid.  Since I am no QB guru though, I would tend to rely on the observations of those who are better schooled in QB play or QB recruiting.

Trent Dilfer, heaping praise on Fields due to his approach, engagement, and work ethic.  Also a note in there from Elite 11 director Yogi Roth who says “Justin is the best quarterback I’ve seen in the nine years I’ve been here.”

Bruce Feldman:

Steve Wiltfong and Barton Simmons talking about how impressive Fields is as a QB prospect: "(Fields') best quality is grasping new information, digesting it quickly and executing it flawlessly."

He is a talented player who will either win the starting job or push others to be better in order to win the starting QB job.  Competition is good and he has gotten rave reviews wherever he has competed.

Comment 21 Dec 2018

With all this encouraging news about Fields, it almost sounds too good to be true.  I don't want to get my hopes up too much, and try to pump the brakes on being too optimistic.  Yet, it almost seems like this is all a done deal already. 

There is so much smoke about Fields to OSU (from UGA insiders, OU insiders, sounds like some OSU insiders, as well as some national guys).  As this point the amount of smoke does not just equal fire.. the amount of smoke around this equals the house is burning down.

Comment 20 Dec 2018

Yeah, but...

If he left as soon as that happened, he would have lost an entire year of eligibility, right?  At the very least it would have been a tricky thing to maneuver through the process midseason.  The Tennessee game (when the racial slur incident occurred) was the 5th game of the year.  Fields had played in all five games, so a redshirt was out of the question.  The incident, Fields could argue, damaged him but leaving at that time risked losing a full season of athletic eligibility.

Comment 20 Dec 2018

I agree with this.  Martell would have to sit a year regardless. 

Even if Fields comes in and gets immediate eligibility, why would Tate not compete in the spring to prove he was the best QB on the roster?  If Fields wins the job and Tate decides to transfer, it's not like he'd be going somewhere to compete immediately for the starting job.  If Fields comes in and is not immediately eligible, Tate has as good a chance as anyone to win the starting job as QB at Ohio State. 

I'd say that's a pretty good reason to wait it out and fight for the job.

Comment 20 Dec 2018

Agreed that UGA doesn't want him to leave - they probably believe the pull of his current teammates may still swing Fields back next year.  At the same time, what if Fromm gets hurt early in the bowl game?  What if Fields gets his shot and kills it against Texas?  Normally those things don't happen, but after what we saw with Tua in the title game last year, anything is possible. 

Kirby is going to do whatever it takes to keep Fields, so it actually wouldn't be shocking to see Fields get several series to himself in the bowl game.  Have to believe they're pulling out all the stops to sway him to stay, unless they already know for sure he's gone.

Comment 19 Dec 2018

Agreed.  It is so early in the process I highly doubt any decisions will be made anytime soon.  In fact, I think Fields may wait to make a decision until he knows whether or not he is eligible immediately or would have to sit out a year.  That could make a pretty big difference in which school he decides to choose.

Probably the only thing we will hear is where he takes official visits, and even that likely won't happen until after bowl games, IMO.