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2018-2019 Ohio State Men's Basketball (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by OHSportsFan, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Holtmann is such a stud.

    MARVYMARV14 Senior

    Duane Washington is going to surprise a lot of people, If we are looking for scoring this kid can provide in bunches
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  5. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    oh man so pumped for the BBall team. i do wish they were playing in one of the early season Island tourneys
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  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    At this point last year, no one knew quite what to expect from Chris Holtmann in his first year as head coach of Ohio State's men's basketball team.

    The Buckeyes shocked many onlookers, however, with a second-place finish in the Big Ten after most analysts pegged them for a finish in the conference's cellar. This season, Holtmann's second at the helm, they won't be sneaking up on anyone, even though they were picked to finish eighth in the conference's media poll.

    The Big Ten kicked off the 2018-19 men's basketball season on Thursday with the conference's annual media day. It began with each of the league's 14 head coaches, including Holtmann, taking the podium for 10-minute press conferences.

    Ohio State did not have a player named to the preseason All-Big Ten team last year, and it followed that up this season by once again not having anyone on the preseason team. Purdue's Carsen Edwards was named preseason Big Ten player of the year.

    Here is everything Holtmann discussed during Thursday's Big Ten media day press conference.
    • "I really do feel like our league is poised for a very good year." He calls the league deep due to the returners, recruits and coaches.
    • "As far as we're concerned, we have some questions that need to be answered." He says it's a "relatively new team" with six new players. He also says "we want to get everyone healthy" and there's only been one day of practice with everyone healthy.
    • He says he thinks both he and the team's fans are "curious" and "anxious" to see how the team will respond after last year's success.
    • Calls Luther Muhammad an important recruit given the lack of depth at guard. Says he's "really competitive" and can impact the game on both ends. Says he'll play a "big role" from "Day 1."
    • "We've tried to put last year, as quickly as possible, in the rearview mirror." He calls that the most important thing the coaching staff he tried to do and says the team understands that some of last year's most important players.
    • Says Keyshawn Woods has been good thus far and has a "terrific feel for the game." He'll play at all three perimeter spots. Holtmann calls Woods "critical for this group."
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    Re: This season, Holtmann's second at the helm, they won't be sneaking up on anyone, even though they were picked to finish eighth in the conference's media poll.

    Last year weren't we picked to finish "dead last"?
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  9. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    Dakich in a headline about the need to find a replacement? Maybe pump the brakes a bit before going all the way with that line of analysis.
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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Yesterday, I shared Brendan Quinn of The Athletic's Tweet ranking the Buckeye basketball team No. 8 in the Big Ten – which I think is recklessly low.

    Folks, if that's recklessly low, I don't even know what to call this ranking from Andy Katz of

    12. Ohio State: The Buckeyes are major unknown, maybe the toughest team to slot in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were better than expected a season ago. This could be the bridge season. Wake Forest transfer Keyshawn Woods may end up helping Ohio State finish higher. But recruiting is going so well that the expectation is the Buckeyes will be back near the top soon.

    Postseason prediction: None.

    Look, I know Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate and Kam Williams aren't going to be there next year and it could be rough at times, but it's not like Chris Holtmann just rolled up at a YMCA and asked for a few dudes to join the squad to replace them.

    Ohio State's probably not going to compete for the Big Ten title this season, but the Buckeyes sure as hell ain't finishing 12th and missing out on the NIT. Good coaches in their prime just don't let that happen, regardless of the team.

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  11. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    I think 12th is certainly a low-end prediction but it's not unfathomable. We lost a LOT of scoring and rebounding when Tate and KBD walked out the door, we don't really return any offensive contributors of note besides CJ and Kaleb, and we have no freshmen that project as instant impact. Woods helps some with the offense but I don't think he's going to be some sort of clutch go-to offensive beast for us, he will just help give us some more offense on the perimeter--but at the same time he doesn't help much with rebounding or defense. When comparing to the other B1G rosters, I can see how someone might end up at a prediction of 12th.

    That said, I think it is much more likely that OSU ends up somewhere within the top ten of the conference and I think a NIT bid is realistic.
  12. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck I Don't Want Any Trouble but People Need Banners!

    While it helps, I do not think that you always need to have big-time offensive contributors to win bball games. I think this team will play with a lot of effort and intensity which will help us win some games. I cannot see them finishing last in the Big Ten. That spot is reserved for Rutgers. Just like football. I see the Buckeyes finishing anywhere from 6-8 and a lot of that will depend upon what Woods will bring to the table and how Andre Wesson progresses. You probably can throw Young into that mix also. Anything, that we get from the freshmen will be a bonus.

    I just think that this team will play with a lot of intensity and will be fun to watch.
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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Chris Holtmann isn’t under the impression Ohio State will have a rock-solid, go-to five-man lineup by the time the season opener against Cincinnati tips off on Nov. 7. Speaking at Big Ten media day on Friday, he said the starting lineup will be “pretty fluid” throughout the season, something the players “have to understand.”

    Kaleb Wesson and C.J. Jackson, the team’s only returning starters and the only returners who averaged more than 4.1 points per game, combined for 61 starts last season. The rest of the returners combined for 19 total starts – 10 starts for Musa Jallow, five for Andre Wesson and four for Micah Potter.

    Uncertainty on the roster bodes well for Ohio State’s four freshmen – Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington Jr., Jaedon LeDee and Justin Ahrens – who have a chance to play their way into significant minutes early in their careers. Still, Holtmann doesn’t expect the smoothest of transitions into the college game.

    “I think our freshmen will have times where they're going to look very much like freshmen, and they have. They really have,” Holtmann said. “But there's also going to be times where they have really impactful moments.”

    Last year’s freshmen – Kyle Young, Jallow and Wesson – certainly had their fair share of ups and downs.

    Wesson started nearly every game, but battled conditioning problems. After playing double-digit minutes in every game in November and December, Jallow only played 10-plus minutes in five of the final 15 games of the season. Young wasn’t able to get on the court much, playing behind Keita Bates-Diop, and had to overcome confidence issues.

    Given Ohio State’s lack of depth among returners, especially at guard, the Buckeyes might have to endure similar hiccups. That means relying on freshmen to become serviceable defenders early in their careers, which can be a challenge.

    “Guys don't love doing it right away because naturally most kids are thinking offense, offense, offense. They think that's how it's going to get them on the floor,” Holtmann said. “So, it's been a process for us. We're not there yet. Our margin for error in every area is smaller, so we have to be more on point defensively than we were last year.”

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  14. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I don't see this team losing more than 10 conference games this season.

    MARVYMARV14 Senior

    Idk Indiana, Michigan, Michigan St and Penn St are gonna be good I think...from there Purdue is always a threat to be ok lately, Wisconsin was down last year but they bring back a ton of experience... it's going to be a tough but fun season to follow.

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