If Liddell has any college-ready offensive game, then he needs to start. Young hustles, hits the glass and gives the type of effort that helps others do the same, but he hasn't demonstrated much offense for a team that badly needs it. Young might start the season getting more minutes, but I don't think the season ends up that way. Huge expectations will be put on Cartin and Liddell. I hope they are ready for that.
In the Pretty Women words of Julia Roberts, "Big mistake Lakers. Big mistake." To go along with LeBron, they should have traded Ingram to get Ball at the point, kept Russell at a two guard with Kouzma at forward and kept the white big man they traded. (Can't remember his name, but I liked his upside better than McGee.
I've only seen the video of him in this thread but I'm sold. You can't teach height and he has plenty of that. If he can't contribute much next year, no big deal. Get him.
Just a couple thoughts as we jump into March Madness. Holtmann and the players should be so proud to have qualified this season. With the experience and makeup of this team, making the tournament was one hell of an accomplishment. So congrats to the Bucks for being included in the field. Can we beat Iowa St? i doubt it, but I doubted we could beat Cincy, Creighton, or Iowa.
Does anybody know why Potter transferred. He could really have helped and his sudden disappearance was tacky to say the least. I think many of the Big 10 teams will get beaten in the first round although i'll be rooting for all of them, even Michigan. I don't see anybody as elite in the Big 10 but it would be great if one of the teams could make a run. Lastly, can't wait for next season to come around. It appears that the new injection of talent will have a great impact by Jan. 1, 2020.
It would be great to get a ticket to the NCAA tournament with this team and when combined with the great job he did a year ago would certainly validate coach Holtmann as an outstanding coach. There's no denying the many weak areas on this team: point guard, overall defense and front line were woeful at times but if they can squeak into the field, everybody should say job well done.
How do we NOT start Washington and Ahrens? This teams need offense and they have it, albeit in spurts. Does a win over Indiana get us into the dance?. It kind of comes down to whether or not the committee takes into consideration that our embarrassing losses of late have been sans Big Wesson. How he managed to get himself suspended at the most critical time of the season is a post for another time. Now it's all about qualifying for the NCAA field. I could care less about the NIT although it would be good to get more experience for this young team.
And let me make a comment that nobody has really emphasized much regarding this season. I will agree that Potter wasn't a dynamic player and probably wouldn't have been one this year as well, but his absence really hurt. We badly needed another big and I truly believe his presence would have been worth two more wins. Still don't know why he left but the fact that he did right before the season started was disappointing.
First of all, we have put our share of tight ends into the NFL. Secondly, he wants to be a strength coach. I think that bodes well for the good guys as well. I would love to see the tight end be a more integral part of the offense, but then again I've said that for twenty years.
There are a couple of points to address in this thread and both are pretty complex. First, the Lakers had their hand facilitated if not forced by that phone incident although they traded Squeaky P as well. Patience might have been the better course of action if they thought it might work. I'd say the possible acquisition of Lonzo Ball helped make the decision to trade him.
As for who is a Buckeye and who isn't, it's understandable when you see a one-and-out athlete who might not even know there's a Mirror Lake or give a rat's ass about the school's history. Still, if a guy or gal has the buckeyes in his heart upon departure, then they are a Buckeye no matter when that departure took place.
Making the NCAA field is a more realistic goal than making the top 10 for this team. Let's not get too transfixed on the polls. We need to grind out around 23 wins, make the dance and keep Kaleb out of foul trouble once we get there. And along the path, we need to come up with a somewhat consistent go-to scorer behind Wesson. I think Mohammed could be that guy be season's end. We are going to outclass a few teams and get outclassed by some others. It's those really close ones that are going to make the difference between 21 wins and not making the field and 23/24 wins and getting in there.
Given his talent level, Thomas was the most underutilized receiver we have had since Paul Warfield. Thomas should have been targeted at least a dozen times per game. Poor Warfield either should have gone to another school or been born 50 years later because Woody had no idea how to use him.
OK, I've seen eleven games and I think the majority of shots should come from Muhammed, Woods and Caleb Wesson. Matchups and hot hands will cause Washington and Jackson to have their days but the aforementioned threesome will have to drag this team into NCAA contention if it's going to get there at all. It appears the Big 10 will provide few road wins so we need to win the close ones at home. Sure like the improvement I'm seeing from Young so far, too. It's safe to say that Coach Holtman is doing a great job so far.
The Big 10 is a solid conference this year, but not an elite one. MSU and MI are very strong but the thing that best characterizes the league this season is going to be the difficulty of winning on the road. There's enough talent on every team that given the added incentive from the home crowd almost any team can beat any other on its home court. I think there are going to be a big number of games that are decided by whether a handfull of threes go in or not.
I wish OSU had just a little more front row depth. Potter could have really helped but I guess he wasn't pleased with his role.I wish somebody could shed some light on just what his gripe was. Washington is talented but has a bit of a quick trigger. Muhammed shows a lot of promise.I'm not sure anybody understands what Jallow's role is going to be.
Haskins carried this team. The defense was poor in way too many games. And as a realist, I'm not going to ignore what I saw this year. If the qb for MD hits that easy 2 pt. conversion pass, we lose and are in the Outback Bowl. Something was just off all year. The defense didn't look like champions except against the team up north. There was a lack of gang tackling and an abundance of missed assignments and missed tackles.
Be honest, we had an incredible comeback win against Penn St. and let teams like Indiana, Minn. and Neb. hang around way too long. We finished sixth, only lost once, beat ichigan and are going to the Rose Bowl. If that's not a very good season, than your standards are pretty damn high. Urban wasn't right all year. The situation reminded me of Matta in his last year. If you don't feel well, it's hard to get the best out of yourself and those around you.
Wow. Wish I could be there for this game at St. Johns. I'll never forget welcoming home Lucas, Havilchek, Nowell etc after they returned from beating Cal in the NCAA finals in the early 60's. They had a welcome-home rally at St. Johns that was packed with adoring fans. We made a lot of noise for our heroes. I was ten years old and little did I know that would be the last championship celebration of my life. I guess I can hope for another but now the Duke's, Kansas's and KY's have institutionalized the recruitment of most 5 star players, it's almost impossible to get into the final four.but Villanova did it, so I'll try to keep the faith. I will say that it's nice to see the Buckeyes scrapping and playing hard again after that three or four year stint where the effort just wasn't there.
Dear Buckeyes: Please don't let Karan Higdon turn into OJ Simpson. Keep the penalties to six or fewer. Throw long at least four times. Tell Haskins to run at least five times. Use the tight ends. That is all.
I guess a scenario could unfold where we get to the final four. I'm questioning whether I want this team IN the final four. Our defense is prone to make so many mistakes that things could get ugly in a hurry even if Haskins throws for four hundred yards again,. Our record is gawdy but our play has been less than elite for way too much of the season. Urban has not convinced me that he will return.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I think urban was going to save Haskins running until next week, but when it became clear we needed to use it to beat MD, he let the cat out of the bag. I don't care if Dwayne doesn't run like michael Vick. The fact is, if you are feeding your tailback the ball 30 times, there are occasions when faking the handoff and running is bound to be effective. We saw that yesterday.
I would not have believed that our offensive line could look so "offensive". Geez, if Minny can outplay us on the line, what are some of the more renowned lines going to do?
That game was hard to watch. We give up huge chucks of yards repeatedly. Browning is out of position often and doesn't make the impact that I still expect he will make in a year from now. We really missed Harrison and it looked like Werner was trucked three or four times. Even Fuller was fooled frequently today. We had better put some pressure on the Purdue passer or we could 350 through the air from Blough. it makes me feel as though a few of our defensive coaches should get a pay cut because we have the material but aren't showing the improvement one would expect.
This season will be a bit of a reality check after the magical ride last season. I just don't see how we make the NCAA field with the strength of the conference this year and of course the departure of so much of our offense. The staff did a masterful job last year and those guys developed a team chemistry that was unusual. Maybe with a priority placed on team defense we can win enough close games to finish in the top six but that will be very challenging. I hate to depend on the unknown and there's a lot of that. Gaffney's class should signal a new era, but it seems that 20 wins will be hard to find this year.
The overly conservative play calling was aggravated by our offensive line's inability to give Haskins enough time. About the only positive things I take away from this game are l) our punter did a great job and 2) This should prove to be another wake up call for the team to improve. (The lack of contain on the qb was shocking. Future opponents have taken note. The high number of penalties every week smacks of poor discipline and our offensive line is not elite.....yet.)
It's always a luxury to have a great player like bosa out there and I don't think we will see him again until Nebraska Nov. 3. If we lose to Penn St. I don't think it will be because of substandard play by the DE;s. it will be because McSorley throws deep on our corners repeatedly and Haskins throws a few picks.
Perry has a future as a broadcaster somewhere.
Patterson is an excellent coach and they will mix and match their plays well. This could be a nail-biting game if Haskins throws a pick or two. We will see if our emotional toughness is developed enough to overcome some adversity. Starting with two cupcakes is good for stats but not for inner strength. We will need to be ready to play all four quarters with intensity. TCU will be all about quick drops and short passes, so we will see if our linebackers have improved since last year or get exposed again.
This is the game where we find out who can do what. We will know what players and what plays the coaches really have confidence in. I would love to see this defense continue to make progress but I don't think that will be the case.
If we win this game, it will be because we simply outscore them, and I think that's what we will do. On Sunday, we will be singing the praises of the offense and bemoaning the defense.
Let's hope the continued healing of Fuller and Borland help solidify the number of defensive lapses.
I've been following basketball and football at OSU for over 55 years and that basketball national championship win vs Cal at the Cow Palace in SF was probably my favorite memory. Thank goodness my mother let me stay up and watch. Lucas, Havilchek and Nowell were the core of the team and my heroes at that time. Hell, they still are. I also should add that the two losses to Cincinnati in the ensuing national championship games might be the most painful moments I've had as a buckeye fan although that miserable football loss to Florida in the title game a few years ago wasn't much fun either.