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

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

  1. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Magister Equitum

    osu beat xavier (again) by 10 in today's scrimmage. kaleb led with 19. jackson and woods were the other solid contributors. the freshman were very shaky, and the team's overall shooting was just okay. xavier shot like poopy diaper. partly because of them; partly because of us. xavier was without starting point guard. young will join jackson, woods, andre, and kaleb as the starters against cincy.
     
  2. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    sounds about right!

    i had thought since the recent reports on Kyle that we were headed towards a Jackson, Woods, Andre, Young, and Kaleb starting line-up. if Young's play merits that, it's a good thing, gives us a little more size and hopefully rebounding.
     
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    SKULL SESSION: SAINTS BUCKEYES BALL, ELDON MILLER GETS A HOMECOMING AND MICHIGAN STATE'S PRESIDENT HAS A B1G CONSPIRACY

    ELDON MILLER HOMECOMING.


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    The Ohio State men's hoops team has a relatively inconsequential exhibition game against UNC Pembroke Thursday, but it is offering a cool chance for former Buckeye head coach Eldon Miller to return.

    Miller coached Ohio State for 10 years from 1977 to 1986. Now he's a volunteer assistant coach at Pembroke, where his son Ben is the head coach.

    From Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch:

    The matchup initially was the brainchild of Ron Stokes, one of Miller’s former players and now the analyst for the team’s radio broadcasts. Stokes approached director of basketball operations David Egelhoff and coach Chris Holtmann, who gave the green light to the suggestion of playing the Braves.

    Miller said he learned of the game when his son delivered the news as a present for his 79th birthday last summer.

    “I was very excited,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. My son is kind of a sneaky guy. It’s a great opportunity for (the Braves), but most of all, and I can’t emphasize this enough, I have a chance to see some people that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

    ...

    “I thought it was a good opportunity to bring a guy back that loves Ohio State and cares about the players that he coached,” Holtmann said. “We always want our guys to have an appreciation for what came before them and this is another way for them to acknowledge it, and it’s a way for us to acknowledge our former players.”

    I would love to hear his unfiltered #takes on the Schottenstein Center after this game, as a guy who coached over 150 games in St. John Arena.. I have a hunch they wouldn't be good.

    Entire article: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/skull-sessions/2018/10/98244/ohio-state-football-saints-marshon-lattimore-eli-apple-michael-thomas-eldon-miller-homecoming-michigan-state-consipracy

    Referenced article: https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20181027/ohio-state-mens-basketball--blast-from-past-former-coach-eldon-miller-to-visit-thursday
     
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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Holtmann, Staff Not Sure What To Expect, and That’s Okay

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    A year ago, new Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann didn’t exactly know what to expect from his team, but he at least knew that he had some veterans that he could count on.

    Jae’Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop, and Kam Williams had all been around, and having a leader like Tate was some bit of reassurance for Holtmann.

    Practice can tell a coach plenty, but it wasn’t until the Buckeyes surprised people with a closed-scrimmage win over Xavier that Holtmann and his staff got a pretty good idea of exactly what they had.

    Today, the Buckeyes and the Musketeers will once again take the court against each other in a closed scrimmage, and while the coaching staff will learn more about the team than they knew before, there is still much more to find out about the 2018-2019 edition of the Buckeyes.

    “I think the biggest question for this group is who is going to answer the bell when it gets late and it gets into crunch time situations,” Holtmann said. “We had two All-Conference guys who made so many plays for us late in the year last year. But you have so many unknowns. I think the exciting thing is we have a bunch of new guys, but it makes you anxious because you have so many new guys. Time will tell how we approach all that.”

    Gone are Tate, Bates-Diop, Williams, and transfer Andrew Dakich, who was a surprise contributor all seasons long for the Buckeyes.

    Holtmann brought in another graduate transfer guard in Keyshawn Woods, and he and senior guard C.J. Jackson will give OSU plenty of backcourt experience. Freshman Luther Muhammad is also expected to be an impact rookie for the Buckeyes.

    The frontcourt, however, is a different story. The majority of the experience consists of Andre and Kaleb Wesson, and Micah Potter. While each of the three has their own abilities and strengths, none of them are Jae’Sean Tate or Keita Bates-Diop. Because of that, this is going to be a very different team than the one people saw last year.

    While the coaches will learn more today during the scrimmage, eventually they are going to need to know who can be relied upon. The Buckeyes have an exhibition game against UNC Pembroke next week, then the season gets underway for real on November 7 when they head to the University of Cincinnati.

    So just how soon should the coaches know what to expect from this team?

    Entire article: https://theozone.net/2018/10/holtmann-not-sure-expect-okay/
     
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  6. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!!

    Cincinnati and Creighton in the first 8 days of the season.

    Cincinnati takes a drop off from last year, losing 3 of their 4 top players though still appear to be projected to lead the AAC

    Creighton takes a pretty big drop off, at least on paper as the season approaches. SI has them 8th in the Big East. Have to replace their #1 #2 and #4 scorers, #3 big man Martin Krampelji is back but still recovering from a knee injury suffered in January.

    Will be interesting to see how this team comes out.
     
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  7. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    Cincinnati and Creighton are both winnable games for OSU. I feel Creighton is probably going to be the better of those two teams. Syracuse is a legit top-10 team this year, IMO, so they are going to be maybe the stiffest test of the season for OSU.
     
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  8. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!!

    It would be nice to go 2-0 against Cincy/Creighton. I'd take 1-1 as a win though considering the unknowns surrounding this team going in.

    UCLA is a high upside team, theyll be pretty tough as well later in December.
     
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  9. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    UCLA did lose to St Bona in the First Four and also lost their PG off a team that struggled mightily with turnovers/ballhandling/passing. I think they are again struggle in that area and they will be the type of team that looks better on paper than in reality. Still a potential NCAA tournament team, though.
     
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Observations, Videos from Tuesday’s Men’s Basketball Practice

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    The Ohio State men’s basketball team held an open practice on Tuesday for The Columbus Sportsmanship Club.

    In what used to be known as the annual Agonis Event, the Buckeyes practiced for about 45 minutes before senior guard Joey Lane introduced the team to the crowd and then head coach Chris Holtmann took some questions from those in the crowd.

    This was my first chance to see this team, and it was a limited viewing window.

    The first period of open practice was rebounding drills as there was a five-on-five halfcourt game featuring assistant coach Mike Schrage as a designated shooter from the deep elbow.

    There was a lid on the rim which meant that every shot going up was going to have to be rebounded. It was an incredibly physical drill, though Schrage just stayed back and waited for the ball to come to him.

    The second session featured some five-on-five full-court action. It was pretty clear that Wake Forest transfer Keyshawn Woods has integrated himself into both the offense and defense fairly well in this, the 23rd practice of camp.

    One of the first moments of the open session was Woods chasing and diving for a loose ball out of bounds that saw him take out about 10 seats in the front row. The effort was then quickly celebrated by the entire team as they ran over to help him up and applaud the form on his dive.

    Here he showed some quick hands and nifty feet.



    This was also my first time seeing freshman guard Luther Muhammad, who showed good patience and confidence on a behind-the-back dribble and jumper.



    I think the thing that struck me most while watching practice was junior forward Andre Wesson’s shooting. Maybe it was just a good day, but he was on point with his three-point jumper for the entire practice.

    And this was after getting hit in the face and losing a contact lends.

    Entire article: https://theozone.net/2018/10/observations-videos-tuesdays-mens-basketball-practice/
     
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  11. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member


    ohhhh man I cant wait! The game at cincy should be a major test right out of the gates
     
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  12. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    Look at Holtmann's comments from the event and he doesn't sound too confident about this opening stretch of games (not even the exhibition). Some of them are posted over on 247.

    Then when asked who's gonna score for the team he's just like "CJ and Kaleb and maybe sometimes Keyshawn." Says we're not as good defensively as we were last season and is not sure if we can get back to that point any time soon; sounds like we really miss the motor of Tate and KBD's length inside which helped compensate for defensive breakdowns on the perimeter.

    I think it's going to be a rough opening stretch and at this point I think we go 0-2 when it comes to the Cincinnati and Creighton games since they are both on the road. We lost our two best rebounders, the B1G PoY and our vet do-it-all bulldog, and I'm not sure we have enough waiting in the wings to replace them, at least not to start. Hopefully we improve as the season goes along because even if losses are coming our way, it can still be fun to watch the team if the season as a whole has a positive, progressive arc to it (unlike the football team right now).
     
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  13. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!!

  14. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Audio from the UNCP Network. Have at it :lol:

     
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  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    How many of these guys can you name?
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018
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