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2016-2017 Ohio State Men's Basketball (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by LitlBuck, May 25, 2016.

  1. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

    Ohio State Basketball Schedule with TV coverage and times

    SUN 11/06/16 TBA WALSH (Exhibition) Columbus, Ohio BTN PLUS –

    FRI 11/11/16 9 p.m. NAVY Annapolis, Md. CBS SPORTS NETWORK –

    MON 11/14/16 9 p.m. N.C. CENTRAL Columbus, Ohio ESPNU –

    THU 11/17/16 7 p.m. PROVIDENCE Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    MON 11/21/16 7 p.m. WESTERN CAROLINA Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    WED 11/23/16 7 p.m. JACKSON STATE Columbus, Ohio ESPN3 –

    FRI 11/25/16 7 p.m. MARSHALL Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    WED 11/30/16 9 p.m. VIRGINIA Charlottseville, Va. ESPN2 –

    SAT 12/03/16 4:30 p.m. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON Columbus, Ohio–

    TUE 12/06/16 7 p.m. FLORIDA ATLANTIC Columbus, Ohio ESPN3 –

    SAT 12/10/16 6 p.m. CONNECTICUT Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    SAT 12/17/16 3 p.m. UCLA Las Vegas, Nev. CBS –

    TUE 12/20/16 7 p.m. YOUNGSTOWN STATE Columbus, Ohio ESPN3 –

    THU 12/22/16 9 p.m. UNC-ASHEVILLE Columbus, Ohio ESPN2 –

    SUN 01/01/17 TBA ILLINOIS Champaign, Ill. BTN –

    THU 01/05/17 7 p.m. PURDUE Columbus, Ohio ESPN/2 –

    SUN 01/08/17 7:30 p.m. MINNESOTA Minneapolis, Minn. BTN –

    THU 01/12/17 7 p.m. WISCONSIN Madison, Wisc. ESPN/2 –

    SUN 01/15/17 1:30 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE Columbus, Ohio CBS –

    WED 01/18/17 9 p.m. NEBRASKA Lincoln, Neb. BTN –

    SUN 01/22/17 1 p.m. NORTHWESTERN Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    WED 01/25/17 7 p.m. MINNESOTA Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    SAT 01/28/17 8 p.m. IOWA Iowa City, Iowa ESPN2 –

    TUE 01/31/17 7 p.m. MARYLAND Columbus, Ohio ESPN –

    SAT 02/04/17 6 p.m. MICHIGAN Ann Arbor, Mich. ESPN2 –

    WED 02/08/17 7 p.m. RUTGERS Columbus, Ohio BTN –

    SAT 02/11/17 4 p.m. MARYLAND College Park, Md. ESPN/2 –

    TUE 02/14/17 9 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE East Lansing, Mich. ESPN –

    TBD TBA NEBRASKA Columbus, Ohio CBS Sports/BTN –

    THU 02/23/17 9 p.m. WISCONSIN Columbus, Ohio ESPN/2 –

    TUE 02/28/17 8:30 p.m. PENN STATE University Park, Pa. BTN –

    SAT 03/04/17 Noon INDIANA Columbus, Ohio ESPN/2
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Kam Williams is afraid to miss a shot in practice for fear of what comes next.

    “If I miss a shot short,” Williams said Thursday at Ohio State’s media day, “It’s, ‘That’s how you end up in the NIT!’

    “Every single day.”

    That message, of course, would be coming from Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta and it has been done to serve as a reminder of what Ohio State doesn’t want to happen again for the 2016-17 season.

    The Buckeyes missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight seasons last year as they slogged through an up-and-mostly-down non-conference slate before Big Ten play even began. Ohio State won 11 games in the conference, but in the end, it simply wasn’t enough to make the big dance. The Buckeyes were eliminated by Florida in the second round of the NIT.

    Ohio State players say their coach reminds them of last year with almost every chance he has leading up to this season's first official practice, which is Sunday.

    “Us as a team, we don’t really talk about it, but coach Matta brings it up,” sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle said. “Coach Matta probably brings it up every day.”

    What’s the message?

    “We’re not doing that again,” Lyle said.

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  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

  5. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kam Williams wasn't ready to give up the title of best dunker on the Ohio State basketball team.

    Derek Funderburk, one of four newcomers to the Buckeyes this year, was going to provide stiff competition. At 6-foot-9, Funderburk is longer than your typical high-flyer, but he's no stranger to dunk contests.

    At Thursday's "Buckeyes on the Blacktop" event at the outdoor RPAC courts just outside of Ohio Stadium, Williams showed why he was so confident in his abilities, beating Funderburk in the finals of the dunk contest.
    Kam Williams wins Ohio State basketball dunk contest at 'Buckeyes on the Blacktop' (video)

  6. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

    Last edited: Oct 7, 2016
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  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    At this time last year, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta had a team featuring just two players with any sort of significant playing experience. The Buckeyes had no seniors and only one junior. The rest of the team was entirely made up of freshmen and sophomores.

    Fast-forward to Thursday when Matta sat at the podium for Big Ten Media Day, the 13th-year Ohio State coach said things are much different. The Buckeyes have a core returning, one that saw plenty of playing time throughout an up-and-down 2015-16 campaign.

    There is no more youth excuse for Ohio State.

    “This year, the mindset is just a heck of a lot different in terms of just do it or you won’t play,” Matta said.

    Last year, when things went wrong, a lot of it could be tied to the fact the Buckeyes were primarily getting their first real look at major college basketball. They had two freshman point guards. They started three sophomores. Their lone junior, Marc Loving, had never really played major minutes.

    The Buckeyes return their top-six scorers from that team this year, however, so none of that youthful talk exists anymore.

    “That’s out the window. We’re not young anymore,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “Even the ones that have only been here a couple years, they’ve got a year under their belt. We’re not looking for that excuse or any excuse this year.

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  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Go Bucks!!

    on a side note we really need to add a Thad Matta emoji/icon to the Coach Heads :urban2:
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  9. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    question 1: can thompson and potter play without fouling too much?

    question 2: will our feet be fast enough to play decent defense?

    prediction 1: we'll be quite a bit better than most people are predicting. i think we'll finish 4th in the b1g. maybe 5th. perhaps 3rd.

    prediction 2: this will be matta's best free throw shooting team at ohio state, and it won't be close. i'm thinking at least 74%.

    in short: offense good, defense good... enough? regardless, i think this is going to be an enjoyable season for ohio state fans. with jent back, the trouble gone, and plenty of experience returning, i think matta will enjoy himself, too.
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    With less than a month to go before Ohio State opens its 2016-17 basketball season, a large group witnessed the Buckeyes practice Wednesday afternoon as part of the program's Agonis Club event.

    Ohio State opens the season Friday, Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland against Navy.

    Prior to Wednesday's practice, Buckeyes redshirt junior guard Kam Williams met with reporters to give a brief update on how the first few weeks of practice have gone so far for Ohio State.

    "Things are going pretty good," Williams said. "We've got a couple areas we need to clean up like turnovers and shot selection, but as far as energy and toughness, we're at a good place right now. We're playing hard, everybody is eager to practice, everybody is eager to get in the gym so I think that will work out in our favor when we step out on the court for the first time."

    There was roughly an hour long viewing window for practice Wednesday. Here are some observations from what we saw.

    • The most notable observation was junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was not practicing Wednesday. He was dressed in his practice attire but did not do any drills or scrimmaging with the team. According to the Columbus Dispatch's Adam Jardy, Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta said Bates-Diop was dealing with a minor shin injury but is expected to be back to practice by Friday.
    • With Bates-Diop out, the team was split into two groups. The scarlet team consisted of Jae'Sean Tate, JaQuan Lyle, Andre Wesson, Joey Lane and rotating big men of Trevor Thompson and Dave Bell. The gray team was made up of Williams, Marc Loving, C.J. Jackson, Derek Funderburk and Micah Potter.
    • In his return from offseason shoulder and ankle injuries, Tate appeared to look like his normal self. He had a bounce to his step as he attacked several defenders off the dribble and played with his trademark energy. Despite having surgery on his shooting shoulder, Tate's jumper appeared to look a bit more refined, as well.
    • Jackson's poise and patience stood out. He's a true point guard. He delivered some very crisp passes and has a solid looking jump shot from 3-point range. Jackson seems like he will be a nice complement to Lyle, who is more of a scoring guard at the point position.
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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Men's Basketball Notebook: Buckeyes Looking to Improve on Disappointing Season


    If you find 11-7 in the Big 10 and a middle-of-the-pack finish in the league disappointing, you're not alone. If you find missing the NCAA tournament disappointing, you're not alone. If you find an early exit from the NIT tournament disappointing, you're not alone.

    As disappointed as you might be, you will be glad to hear that Thad Matta and the members of his team are right there with you and are hell-bent on doing something about last season's disappointments.

    Assistant coach Dave Dickerson and guard Kam Williams talked about what might be better about the Buckeyes this season.

    - Better Team Attitude and Chemistry: The Buckeyes were young, very young last season, and that can be a problem. Dickerson says that is something that is definitely better this year.

    "I said this past summer that I’ve been doing this for 27 years and I’ve coached three other teams that have been as young as we were last year and it’s hard to gain leadership when you have a young team, but it’s easy to have leadership when you have an older team. I think we’ve gone from a very, very young team last year to a more mature, older team this year, which is good."

    Marc Loving is a senior, Kam Williams is a redshirt junior, and Jae'sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop and Trevor Thomson are juniors, and David Bell is a redshirt sophomore. Those players are the core of this team and their added experience adds up to more maturity and stability on the floor and better leadership in the locker room.

    "The core guys need to step up and take accountability for our actions on the court and especially off the court," said Williams, "because off the court actions can definitely trickle down to things on the court, so just being more vocal and having a bigger presence this year now that we’ve been in difficult situations, being down and we feel like we have a better sense of coming together when times are tough and just weathering the storms if you will."

    - Infusion of new talent: There was a mass exodus of young players at the end of last season that most regarded as a housecleaning movement by Thad Matta. This year's incoming class is getting very high marks from both Williams and Dickerson.

    "They all bring great energy," said Williams. "(Point guard) C. J. (Jackson) Is a great shooter, he’s a great passer, he always finds open guys and he plays at a steady pace. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people. (Center) Micah (Potter) brings a lot of energy. He’s a guy that you love to be on your team and you hate to play against because you’re going to hear him no matter what. He’s a great rebounder and he stretches the floor. (Forward) Derek Funderburke is extremely, extremely long and athletic. He impacts the game in so many different ways -- offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding, blocking shots, help-side. (Forward) Andre (Wesson), he’s a great spot-up shooter. I didn’t think he was going to be a good shooter but he’s a really good spot-up shooter. He can stretch the floor out. We all love what they can bring to the table."

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  12. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck Non-Nike Design

    I like that CJ is getting noticed as a positive addition, because Lyle at PG is what worries me the most. It's nice to have a combo guard, but he's really tailored for the two. Potter sticks out as a great rebounder to Williams? Look out. I'm with Buckguy....this team has lots of potential. The B1G is crowded with pretty good teams across the board, so it's hard to make a prediction. None of the other teams, though, are elite caliber. Athlon top 25 lists nine teams until you hit a B1G team at number 10 Wisconsin, which returns everyone from a solid team that was hardly much better than the Bucks (they were 22-13). MSU is number 11, but they lost Denzel Valentine and lots in the front-court. Indiana at 12 lost Yogi Farrell. Number 14 Purdue has some weapons. Maryland lost all kinds of talent to graduation and early departure.

    Thad had a bump in the road last year, and his attitude is really focused from what I've seen this year. We lost no one to graduation, but we got rid of some distractions at the same time. The group coming in brings a lot to the table. I don't know, but I really see these Bucks as possibly competing for the league championship this year. The greatest obstacle they face is themselves, and learning how to cultivate a winning culture after last season.
  13. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

    You make a lot of good points but I do not know if we are ready to contend for the championship this upcoming season. We are still very young and unproven especially in the middle where it really counts. The one point that you had left out in your excellent post was the return of Chris Jent to the coaching staff.
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  14. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck Non-Nike Design

    Returning four double-digit scorers is plenty of experience in the NCAA of 2016. I hear you, though. Let's just call them a sleeper.
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