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I think we are due for a better performance on the road. DT is ready to break out of his shooting slump. Also, Indiana may not be taking us as seriously as they should due to our poor performance against them in C-bus a couple weeks ago.
Matta seems to be finanlly getting it that Scott and Craft need to be on the floor together, especially against a team like Indiana where you need the quickness to guard the 3-point lines and cut Olidipo off from driving the lane. Disrupt the ball movement to keep it away from Zeller on the post. Two quick guards can disrupt Indiana's rythm enough to keep them under 60 points. Matta failed to give Scott the minutes against Hoosiers in Columbus and we saw the poor results.
I see us jumping to an early lead and Indiana coming back in the second half. Could go either way.
Bucks play defense well enough to keep it close but in the end we don't have enough fire power to overtake the hoosiers on the road. It'll take a couple if other guys to go for 15 points or better along with Deshaun having a great game in his home state to pull it out. Deshaun needs to be in the paint a lot scoring and rebounding. Screen the crap out of Oladipo to wear him out so he's tired late in the game so he can't take over. And finally hope Amir can stay out of foul trouble, he's the only guy that can hope to neutralize Zeller somewhat.
IU plays the type of style that is conducive to Shannon Scott's game. What I mean is Scott plays much better in an up-tempo, fast paced style of game. When OSU plays against Wisconsin, or other slow-tempoed teams, he seems to struggle because the game is mostly played in the half court. When Scott is able to get the ball and get out and go, he's able to really wreck some havoc on the opposition.
I think Ohio State can win this game, but they've got to shoot well when they get open opportunities. The thing about Indiana is they really don't play defense at a high level. For some short stretches they can, but over the course of a game they tend to have some really bad stretches on that end of the court. OSU also must win the boards, and I think just as important as winning the defensive glass is winning the offensive glass. Minnesota at times had 3 or 4 shots in one possession because they crashed the boards, and they normally were able to take advantage of that.
Last but not least, and probably the hardest thing to do considering where this game is being played - they've got to stay out of early foul trouble. Zeller had a lot of unimpeded attempts at the basket in the first matchup because OSU wasn't allowed to touch him. They need to push him off the block and make the post-entries difficult for Indiana.
We've seen many times that IU will ignore Zeller down low if he doesn't have great position. Beat him to the spot, deny the entry pass, and force Indiana into contested jumpers. And then, make some shots of your own.
In all honesty I see Indiana just picking up where they left off when they played at our place. They pretty much man handled us and bottom line is they are just more talented and should win by 15 pts even though we play hard for 40 min.
We need to do just about everything right and hope IU has an off game. Going to be very tough. In a small way i am glad scUM beat Sparty giving IU the guaranteed share of the B1G title.....hopefully that plays into their minds a bit to where they may take their foot off the gas a bit.
As much as i hate to say it, Amir needs to stay out of foul trouble. If DT comes out of the shooting slump and goes for 20+ we will also need double digits from 2-3 others.
Yes, they did beat us handily last time at our place but their top 3 guys went OFF and shot lights out.
Ultimately i think we lose this game but I want to see us come to play for 40 min on both ends of the floor, especially on D.
You never know folks......you never know.
Zeller, Oladipo, and Watford had easily the best game by any trio in the country the last time out against OSU. There was no answer for any of the three, and yet the others for IU did essentially nothing.
I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility for those three to see a significant dropoff in their production this time around, though with the game being at home you'd expect the supporting cast to play better.
Slow down/frustrate Zeller and win the battle on the glass... and for pete's sake make some open shots.
I'm going to say 20% chance that the Buckeyes win.
- Indiana is coming off of a loss, just like the last time we played them. They will be very hungry.
- I've said this before but we don't match up well. Zeller IMO will have his way again.
- At IU
Actually they are coming off of a win.....they beat Iowa on Saturday.
However, I do agree......%'s not great but the team knows what they have to do to have a chance. Stranger things have happened this year....
Ah woops. Well a recent* loss haha. But yes very very true. Much MUCH stranger things have happened.
beating them in their place will be very tough. we don't match up well with them at all. because we play good defense it could be close, but a win would require our best game of the year.
i hope these guys play well enough so that in the last game of the regular season we can avenge the blowout at illinois earlier in the season.
a good shooting game from craft, smith and thomas and who knows?
Pretty decent, apparently! Great game, fun to beat Crean, all the fans who were expecting to see the championship clinched....and the refs too!
Awesome performance by Scott and Craft. This could be the toughest guard combo in the country come NCAA's provided that Matta lets these guys play together. Good first half shooting by Thompson and Ravenel played very well. Although it wasn't his best shooting performance, DT played scrappy and hard nose basketball.
Craft's last bank-in over Olidipo was fantastic and was the dagger. As a college basketball fan, I can appreciate Olidipo's game, the kid is a great player and fun to watch, and you have to hand it to Craft for what he was able to do tonight.
+1 Pretty much sums it up. Great game for tOSU!!!!!
Craft, Scott and Thomas were absolutely amazing! I am enjoying a nice bowl a crow with my cup of coffee this morning and I gotta say I'm really enjoying it. Too bad after 2 years we still get very little from Amir Williams; he has a long way to go. For the last home game starters should be Craft, Scott, Thomas, Thompson and Ravennel.
Was pretty tired of hearing Dakitch continue to talk about Olidipo while Craft was shutting his ass down. That there is your Big 10 denfensive player of the year not the guy from Wisky.
I agree Amir hasn't improved much this season. You can see some flashes of how good he can be though. Nice block on Yogi last night in crunch time and he battled hard for a couple important rebounds. He needs to learn how to defend without fouling which will allow him to string together more minutes and find some sort of rythm on offiense. With better hands catching short passes from Scott or Craft, he could probably average 4 points per game on dunks alone. Throw in 4 points on the offensive glass, one made turn-around jump shot, a short hook shot, and some trips to the foul line and we would have ourselves a solid double figure scorer. The light is going to go on for Amir, he's due to have a solid game or two down the stretch run and I think he will be solid next season.
It's a close battle. Craft hasn't done as well as he has in years past, but he's still an elite player. Bergrenn has shut everyone down except for Zeller in the first half. Congrats on the win last night guys, happy to see you on the upswing!
If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting
I believe Craft is out of his shooting slump and is playing the best basketball of his OSU career right now. Scott taking over some of the point guard duties is paying huge dividends for Craft and the entire team.
I wouldn't necessarily touch the starting lineup, but I think it is time to revisit the distribution of minutes among the players, and the lineup combinations used.
Against a team without a dominant offensive big man (which usually tends to mean a more open and fast paced game) - the small lineup OSU has used very effectively the past two games should be used extensively. DT as your big man, Craft and Scott as your two point men, and then a combo of Thompson, Smith Jr, and Ross. Use these guys, along with Ravs for some big minutes off the bench, and Amir sparingly/as needed.
Against an opponent with that good post player, I think we've seen that even though he does not start, Ravenel is the better option for this group over Amir to see the majority of minutes. Williams can still help, but I think he'd do better in smaller dosages and maybe ride him a bit more when he's playing like his hair is on fire (as he did against Syracuse last year, IU late in the game, at Michigan, etc.).
The way OSU defended and their offensive efficiency with that small lineup has been exciting. This team still concerns me in a slow-paced half court game, but I think Craft is starting to take over a bit more when the situation calls for it.
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