I'm not trying to start an argument with my buddy Torch,,,as he had a closer view of OSU hoops than many around here,,,but I bet there are a lot of D1 coaches who are glad Craft is no longer at OSU.
I think Crafts' talents were maximized when he had a Center who actually had good hands like Sully. And a PF like Deshaun Thomas who could score from multiple areas on the court--who also had good hands. Which is why I think on this 2017 version of OSU,,he would have made this team so much better. Thompson at Center would look a lot better with a PG who could drive and dish without turning it over time and again. Also, imagine Craft at the top of this defense going against a Big10 with not many great guards to begin with. He would be huge imo.
Offense from an individual standpoint was never a strong point for Craft. OSU messed with his shot and I think it scarred him for his Junior and Senior years. In the last 10 years, I'd say he is the player I miss the most at OSU.
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I'll take Tate as a really nice role player at OSU any day, in spite of being 6'4,,,,,but you are right--we have No one who wants the ball in his hands in the last 7 seconds of the game. I would have guessed Lyle to be that guy, but to date--late in the game he just isn't Mr Clutch.
However, Tate isn't a role player he's the starting power forward. If 6-8 Diop wasn't hurt he'd be a stater and Williams, Ohio State's best 3-point shooter, would be taken out of the starting line up. At 6-4, guard size Tate has made 25 3-pointers in 3 years, shooting .269 behind the arc.
Ohio State has no leader, like Craft was. NO ONE who WANTS to take a big shot, like Turner did. All you need to know is they have a 6-4 power forward. Which is uncommon for even DIII schools.
Craft wasn't a leader he was a self-absorbed punk who got caught up in his overhyped press clippings, if he had been black instead of white then everyone would have seen how bad he truly sucked. Is he operating on brains yet? Gtfooh.
You don't want to equate scoring with being a great leader. NONE of the top coaches would. Wanna bet Izzo would call Craft a great leader? I've heard him say it. BTW, Izzo says his team's biggest problem this year is the lack of a leader.
Couple nice wins for OSU- blowout vs Wisc and a last couple second win at Penn St. These guys could have folded the tent and quietly gone away. I really liked the last play OSU ran. No need to mess around and hope for a wide open outside shot---go to the rim with the guy who does it best with pressure,,and he delivered.
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After playing their best game of the year against Wisconsin, they lapsed back to the style of inconsistencies exhibited most of the year. Poor passing decisions that result in turnovers and often being out of position defensively. Generally, I saw a team that wasn't focused as they were vs. Wisconsin. So many opportunities to put this game away early. If the women's coach Kevin McGuff was coaching this team, they would be much different. I agree, that last play was sweet!
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Post by Willard Fillmore on Mar 2, 2017 19:52:09 GMT -5
Ohio State is 13 points from being one of the top teams in the Big Ten. 6 of their 13 losses are by a total of 13 points. Could easily be 23-7. One good leader, one player WANTING to take a big shot, a couple more free throws made in those games.
Post by sportsjock on Mar 11, 2017 12:52:21 GMT -5
I would argue your confident assessment that Matta's stickin' around. I think Matta has lost grip of this team. Anyone notice late 2nd half, Chris Jent is drawing up the plays? I have a longshot on his replacement, but he is currently the head coach of another respected Big Ten basketball school at the moment.....just a hunch. We'll see how things play out.
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Post by buckeyekid on Mar 12, 2017 10:06:47 GMT -5
I saw where John Groce of Illinois was fired. He was a great Assistant under Matta. Wonder if that might happen? To me,,the poor assistants are the root of the problem with OSU basketball. In the same way,,,they are a bonus with our football team. Obviously the 2 offensive coaches who were fired and replaced showed their weakness in 2016.
I'd say 2017-2018 had better see improvement or Thad will be forced to leave one way or another.
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Junior guard Kam Williams declared for draft, not sure why. 0% chance he gets drafted. Probably will return to school I'm guessing
Probably sees his future refuses to face reality so he can declare and go overseas and play earning six figures for a while then return home as a professional player and live off the hype for a while. Probably not thinking long term with this choice. Neither Williams or Thompson are projected to be draft picks. Difference is Thompson has signed with an agent.
I'm ready to move on too. Osu basketball is a laughing stock. Wesson next year will be fun. Ahrens and Goodwin in 2018 (if stay committed). But there's no star player there. Wesson will probably be next year. Like Sullinger style of play. Just don't see osu competing for a big ten ship strongly till 2018 or 19
Matta has had so many players leave his program and crucial de-commits the past several years and of course, there is a ready excuse. At some point, the excuses lose all credence. I like Thad Matta and truly appreciate all that he has done and accomplished over the years, but it has become increasingly apparent that it is time for a coaching change, in the best interest of Ohio State Basketball.
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