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tBBC 2nd Thoughts: OSU vs MSU III

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Ken

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    2nd Thoughts: OSU vs MSU III
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Frankly, I think that Thad deserves a hand this season.

    It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of ‘2nd Thoughts’ articles with a “MSU beats OSU” theme lately. Thankfully, this is the last one for this season. Friday night’s Michigan State win, 81-54 again highlighted the capabilities difference between these two teams this season. This will be a bit shorter article, since there isn’t too much to add regarding these three games over 17 days. You’ve pretty much seen what you need to see.

    I felt there was never any doubt how this game would end up. The magnitude of the defeat was a bit larger than I expected/hoped, but the outcome should never have been in doubt in anyone’s mind.

    I think that the Ohio State team is just gassed at this point in the season. This is a freshman-heavy rotation, particularly late in the season after Jae’Sean Tate’s injury. Nearly one-third of the team’s 6,675 floor minutes were played by freshmen. However, that understates their use coming down the home stretch, with Mitchell filling in for Tate and Thad using a two-guard offense (Lyle, Harris) the freshmen floor time was in the 40%-50% range.

    This physical, and mental adjustment is something that I think the freshmen have been challenged with the past few games. A year ago, these kids were playing 22-28 games of 32 minutes each. These players were most likely some of the bigger, stronger players on the court. Now, they are playing 30-35 games of 40 minute duration against players who can match them physically.

    The physical fatigue leads to mental “fatigue” which can take many forms; lack of focus, poor decision making, indecisiveness, etc. Typically, when a coach has a young team, the opportunity to play additional games, and the practice that accompanies that is seen as a good thing.

    Right now, I’m not sure that I agree with that approach. At this point in time, I don’t think this team needs practice, I think it needs rest.

    Viewing Experience

    Well, here we go…

    • Rebounds-MSU 40,OSU 29. Ohio State had 9 offensive rebounds, which isn’t too bad; they contributed to 5 2nd-chance points. Michigan State had 14 offensive rebounds that led to 13 2nd-chance points. In their previous match-up, I excoriated Kieta Bates-Diop and Daniel Giddens for combining for 1 rebound. On Friday they (KBD-6, Giddens-3) did much better). So, it wasn’t all bad…
    • Ball Handling – OSU 14 Turnovers, MSU 8 Turnovers. This facet hurt far more than the previous game. Michigan State outscored Ohio State 21-8 in ‘points off turnovers’.
    • A Tale of Two Halfs. Ohio State did a nice job of keeping things with “possible upset distance” in the 1st half, trailing only 33-26, but the game got away from them early in the 2nd half. An A.J. Harris jumper two minutes into the half ended a 8-0 MSU run, but over the next two minutes the Spartans went on another 6-0 run to push their lead to 19 points, 47-28. With 15 minutes to play, the Buckeyes had a very steep hill to climb. Ohio State had 19 rebounds in the 1st half, only 10 in the 2nd half. They had 6 turnovers in the 1st half, 8 in the 2nd. When your rebounding and turnover numbers are that close, you are out of sync. To be fair, 2 of the 2nd half turnovers came in the last minute of play, so they were inconsequential.

    Up Next…

    The Buckeyes (20-13, 11-7) will most likely gt an invitation to play in the National Invitational Tournament. The “who”, “when” and “where” will be determined later.

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