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Big game for osu. We are looking a a 6 seed now after playing horrible for the last month or so. If we could somehow get a win today, we could definitely improve our seeding. Will our horrible big men be good enough to stop or contain Payne and nix? Will anyone help Thomas score the ball? Hopefully we play good today but I wouldn't hold my breath. I just do not think that this team is good. Hopefully they prove me wrong.
I think they pull it together for the game today. This is a make or break game for the regular season. We have only beaten Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from the RPI top 50. A big loss today may knock us out of the top 25 all together. If that happens we could end up looking at an 8 seed and a second round matchup with a 1.
On the flip side, if we win we will start trending back up. We could still close out the season winning 4 of 5(I think Indiana will be a L) and get a solid 3 or 4 seed if we win a couple in the tournament. Everything is on the line today. At home, backs against the wall, sliding in the rankings, national tv. This is it.
If this team can not get up or does not show up for this game, then when will they show up? I think we get it done today. Thomas will hit for his normal 20, but either Thompson or Ross will step up for 15 and Scott will control the tempo during a couple key stretches.
I think we are a 7 or a 8 seed right now. Our current ranking in the top 25 means zero to the selection committee. We have zero quality road wins......none. No wins on the road against tourney teams.
Seeing what our record is against ranked teams I would favor Mich St today, but we did hang with them the last time we played.
I still cant get over how bad players like Scott, Amir, Sam are. They are MAC level talents. Plus, Craft is a turnover machine and a poor shooter. If thomas is on, we have a chance. If he needs 20 shots to reach 20 points, forget it.
Not a good start. Thomas looks horrible. We stink
This looks like one of those sloppy games that first to 50 wins.....
Thomas is off today, but so far are able to keep it tight.
Scott missed another lay up....that is normal for him. I dont think I have ever seen a PG miss that many pay ups in a season.
Thomas showing why he is not a first round pick in the NBA......
He cant guard PF in the post and is too slow for the SF spot.
Even if he is not a first round pick, he should still go pro. He will be picked int he second round and can always go to Europe. He does not improve his draft positioning by coming back. He wont get any quicker or any bigger by staying another year.
I noticed you have stopped posting after a good quality win.
Yes. They played like they were hungry today. Got a little worried toward the end, but they picked up the defensive intensity and came a way with a good quality win.
I felt like this was a make of break mentality game for them. Should set the up mentally for the BIG tourney and March Madness.
I thought Matta coached a superb second half. He seemed to make the right substitutions and adjustments, including calling a time-out at the right time, things that aren't normally his strong suit. That's the way to use the bench; it was awsome seeing Ross hit a key 3-pointer with DT on the bench. A good, team victory against a great opponent. Craft led the way, but you could point to key plays that every one of our guys made. Shots weren't dropping for DT, but he hit the boards and played strong defense. Ravenel finally got his offense back on track, and Williams had a strong dunk (old fashioned 3) in crunch time and both Smith and Thompson hit some very timely 3's. Scott played aggressively on both ends of the floot and he and Craft playing most of the game together creates mismatch problems for the opponent.
Northwestern is the type of team that you need to be weary of, but if we can get through that, let's put Indiana in our sights. Yes, they are better than us but not unbeatable.
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I completely agree with the timeout. It was the most crucial point of the game. I think Aaron Craft played his best game of the season and hammered the MSU defense. Ravenell also played his best game of the season too.
Craft though... What a BOSS in the second half.
missed the first half. saw them get down by nine then mount that terific comeback sparked by craft's many forays to the basket.
will someone tell me again why izzo is cosu=idered to be such a great coach? even clark kellog commented that the msu defense need3ed to slack off craft until he hit an outside shot and they never did. we won by five and craft made four or five layups??? bad coaching. also what was msu doing on offense during the last two minutes? they didn't make much effort to get the ball inside at all.
still a really nice win for the buckeyes. hopefully this will lead to some good momentum going in to the post season.
Izzo said it himself after the game - he wasn't prepared for Craft being so aggressive on offense because he hasn't seen it at all this year. Now, should he have adjusted midway through the 2nd half? Absolutely. But, I think the intention was to pressure Craft and make it difficult for him to even pass the ball, which means a more rugged/bogged down game on offense for OSU, where they tend to struggle. Problem is it backfired when Craft decided he was going to attack.
I think the turning point in the game (and something no one has talked about) was when Scott entered in the 2nd half, and it moved Craft over to check Harris on the defensive end. Harris was the difference in the 1st half with his scoring, and also playmaking ability. Craft didn't give him an inch in the 2nd half, and it completely took MSU out of their rhythm. LSJ is a good defender, but obviously Craft is on a different level. We saw that even off the ball, Craft is extremely effective on the defensive side.
A couple of things that I have liked in the past couple games are 1. Sam Thompson.... I know he isn't putting up the great numbers but he is starting to shoot the ball. He's shooting threes and jump shots. I do wish he would take more shots. As his confidence builds so will his output. 2. The hustle seems to have returned. They are starting to play with a chip and with some intensity.
What I want more of is for someone to come in and toss Amir around in practice. To just pick on him, dog him and talk about his mom. Then maybe he will start playing mean. Too big to be that soft. I also want and I know this may not be popular but I want Sam Thompson and Ross taking more shots.
Good observation and insight. I wonder if Matta and staff track point differential with different guys in the game. I'd guess that Scott is right up at the top. We are such a better team with Craft and Scott in together, and it seems Matta is figuring this out in time for the NCAA's. Scott brings alot to the table, but him being in the line-up allows Craft to expend his energy in a more targeted way.
Minnesota proved Indiana is not unbeatable. OSU needs to follow the Minnesota (2nd game)and Wisconsin blueprint on how to beat Indiana. Buckeyes played a good game versus MSu. Craft and Ravenel deserve game balls. Whoever called those high ball screens versus MSU deserves recognition as well whether Matta, Jent, Boals, Craft or whomever.
I want this OSU front line to "man up" around the rim. Ravenel showed glimpses of this versus MSU.
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