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tOSU @ Indiana, Sat 1/10 @ 12p ET on ESPN/WatchESPN

Discussion in '2014 Basketball Season Capsule' started by MD Buckeye, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. scarletmike

    scarletmike Researching the Magic!

    He made his usual statement about officiating needing to be better, but didn't really go on much about TV Ted specifically. Definitely agree that the sooner his antics are gone, the better.
  2. dragurd

    dragurd Senior

    Looking at the team this year if we aren't shooting at least decently it's going to be a rough night. We don't have the same kind of defense we had the last few years to be able to win on a bad shooting night.
  3. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    After sleeping on it, I still think that the problem is attitudinal. They are too soft, too likely to be out of position for rebounds, and taking time off if a play isn't directly involving them. Great defense can bring down your shooting percentage, but shot selection is also a contributor. Hustle to move the ball around more and more quickly and there are more good looks. However, as someone said during the game, there were lots of good looks. High school teams usually hit at least 70% of their free throws.

    There is also the issue of a weak schedule that has inflated the Buckeyes' record. Pomeroy has their SOS at #200. Only Notre Dame has played a weaker schedule in his top 50 teams.

    Alarm bells need to be going off in Columbus.

    This game was an opportunity for this team to see who they really are. The question remains, what will they do now that this unflattering picture is placed before them? Will they continue to sell themselves short or man up?
  4. buckeyesin07

    buckeyesin07 Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    This kind of goes hand in hand with what you're saying, but this team has no leader. Which is kind of odd given the large number of upperclassmen.
  5. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    I agree with intensity and I also agree that they don't need 9999 sets to run. However, it would be nice if they had more than the simple motion I described and a head tap play for a high screen and roll. Brad Stevens was one of my favorite college coaches for a reason. He had enough sets to always have the defense guessing and had something in his hip pocket in times of need. I just see the same old, same old and I know it won't change because it's been this way for a while. Maybe Thad just wants to roll the ball out and let them play?
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  6. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Matta has been running the same offensive sets for what seems like 7 years now. It's so plain to see the same tired movements.

    My biggest complaint though is this- offensive basketball should not be anything more than simply trying to exploit matchups. Yes, it's beautiful to see the perfect backdoor screen play, or baseline play that set up the open 3, or the usually great in-bound plays (none of which Matta set up yesterday. Again disappointing effort by the staff, but I digress). However, over the course of 40 minutes, you aren't setting everything up for these perfect plays, that's just not possible. What DOES need to happen, and what SHOULD be happening on the offensive end (at any level) is all those motions and screens and handoffs...all that fluff, should result in getting your player in a position to succeed over their player.

    I don't see any of that lately. The Buckeyes did start the game that way with Loving running motion to get on the right block against a smaller Blackmon. The result was an easy step into the lane and bucket to start and then later a foul. It never happened again. Some of that is Loving floating the perimeter, but that is on the coaches not running a set to have Loving get his butt on the block and dominate a smaller guard. Why did Russel not post up Yogi? Russell appeared to have a decent post game early in the year and I have little doubt he could take advantage of his craftiness and soft lefty touch down low on a guard 3-4 inches smaller. That didn't happen.

    Save for Scott pulling some low percentage shots out of his magic hat yesterday, which I do not expect nor do the stats predict, that to keep up long-term, it was simply one of the worst half court offensive games I have seen in person. And that is now going on 2 years with some of the worst offenses Matta has had. I've been a fan of his since his Butler days and this is just unlike anything I have seen. There is no connection between this team. 6 or 7 assists?! That is horrible. I have no clue what is going on- locker room problem, talent problem, personnel, basketball IQ, coaching, effort- likely a whole combination of those, but the results have been substandard and frustrating.

    I could go on and like I said yesterday, I have plenty of thoughts on the game, team and coaching, but too frustrated to begin harping on them any more at this moment.

    All of this made worse by the fact I had to be in Assembly Hall watching the Hoosiers and Tom Crean win, plus the TV Ted Show live and in-person. Blah.
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