landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|14 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sorry but this||
was a pathetic loss - it's clear that we are an average team talent-wise that JB is actually somewhat coaching up especially without CL. That was, hands down, the worst Buckeye team that I've seen since the days of the mid 90's - we didn't play with any toughness or sense of urgency and as always, didn't get anything at or going towards the rim. For a team that allegedly "can fill it" from long range, we certainly have a hard time shooting against quality opponents and I think the honeymoon is over with DR - it's apparent unless he has a wide open 3, he ain't pulling the trigger off the dribble nor putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim - I've actually been impressed with the coaching given the lack of playmakers but I still firmly feel this was a very winnable game and we certainly need them because there aren't many more left on the schedule with the exception of Northwestern.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||..||
Chatman is definitely too small hence the reason you just double the post on the catch - it's a crazy idea I realize but it's time to find a role for him and it pains me to watch our four centers not grab rebounds because of lack of athleticism/hands - food for thought.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Crazy idea||
One look at the boxscore led me to think of something crazy and certainly not a viable option with common basketball sense - In 40 minutes, Doyle, Wilson, Wagner and Donnal collected 8 rebounds, Chatman collected 2 in 9 minutes - I'm tired of seeing a top 100 recruit sit on his behind without giving him a shot. It's obvious rebounding is not a concern for JB and watching those other four drop passes, not rebound, get beat and miss bunny lay-ups hurts my eyes too much - play Chatman at the 5, play man and double any passes immediately to the post then scramble scramble scramble defensively. Our best rebounders are our wings and guards. Spread the floor on offense and work in Doyle/Wilson/Wagner/Donnal as you see fit. I say give it a shot or at least work it in.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||few thoughts||
- not talked about excuse but it's tough to travel a long distance let alone take a flight on the same day and play any game, let alone hoops - I've done it before and it isn't fun - tough to play at a high level
- bigs aren't spotlighted in our offense so the better recruits aren't coming - McGary was an exception but I rememeber scratching my head after games asking, "why is Mitch only scoring 9 points??" - other coaches are definitely pointing this out when talking to recruits.
- "In your face" type teams (Arizona, Xavier, MSU, SMU etc) seemingly have their way with us
- I rarely see any wrinkles in our very vanilla-like type offense - becoming increasingly obvious that people have figured out how to defend us.
- When our backs are against the wall, we tend to drift further away from the hoop - notice 30+ threes tonight
- someone else pointed it out here tonight and I'm starting to agree - we play very lazy or with low energy defensively.
- CL is still a quality B10 player regardless if he doens't make it in the NBA - having him will make a difference in the wins column.
- I still think we'll finish higher than last year in the B10 - better team than last year because there's just more options/experience/depth - JB definitely needs to figure out the rotation
|25 weeks 4 days ago||There will be positional changes||
OSU exploited two major areas - lack of depth along our D-line (hence up-tempo) and our lack of speed/athleticism at LB (hence freeze-option with zone blocking). D-line, a strength all year, ran out of gas and our LB's were forced to make snap decisions in space against much quicker/athletic/explosive players. I wouldn't be surprised to see changes to get more speed on the defensive side of the ball or graduate transfers come in to fill voids. If the backups were good enough, they would have received more reps. Also wouldn't surprise me to see less LBs playing next year but instead more down lineman with Peppers and more athletic types closer to the line. Unless we get some stud LB recruits, I don't see many other options.
|46 weeks 11 hours ago||1993 Michigan/UCLA 2nd round tourney game||
down 19 in 1st half and 15 at half-time - went to OT even after we had taken a decent lead late in the 2nd half and needed Jimmy King's somewhat controversial putback to squeek out the 2-point win.......in a word, classic.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Yeah||
He is - I saw that too
|1 year 12 weeks ago||THANK YOU||
Finally hearing it from someone else - felt every inbounds play was like watching the NE Patriots' slot receivers trying to get open for a 4-yard curl route - just over-the-top game planning.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Nothing wrong with being a solid||
college hoops player - hope he decides to stay.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||We've certainly shown||
that we can hang with the big boys but we would need a few upsets in the B1G tourney for us to hang a banner in AA but I believe in JB's ability to out coach peeps and getting our guys to play with confidence. GO BLUE!
|1 year 14 weeks ago||My 3 are...||
...The Team! The Team! The Team!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Been saying it for a long time||
SM doesn't throw a very catchable ball and lacks touch - he's more of a "gunner". Speight is a 3-star QB with slow foot speed and a slow delivery. Plus we'd be foolish to think that JH hasn't looked at tape of all of his QB's - he knows what everyone can do - not to mention the fact that after watching this kid's tape, he showed me one thing that I can't say any of our QB's showed me in the last 2 years - this kid was willing to lower his head for a few extra yards.
Totally agree with you that JH isn't impressed with the our current QB's.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||The last few years||
...there's been that one big game, win or loss, that propels UM into a hot streak. I have a feeling this is it. Go Blue!
|1 year 17 weeks ago||4.43 speed???||
That was nowhere near that speed in those highlights.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||In one of the more exciting NC games...||
...I got OSU 48-44.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Walton||
Has all the tools to be a stellar player - could be every bit as productive as Burke - biggest difference is DW is way too passive and doesn't hunt shots. It's frustrating sometimes...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm absolutely fine ....||
..with going with AD over KC - Chatman looks lost at the 4. He kind of reminds me of how uncomfortable GR3 looked at times playing out of position.
Big win though - proud of the team and the especially good job our coaches did - Go Blue!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Agreed||
But there's only so many pot shots a man can take. Collectively with you and every other M fan, I'm looking forward to running roughshod over folks including the NFL.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I agree||
He's a good coach but to allude that NFL teams are more excited about the potential of hiring RR and saying no thanks to JH is a slap in all of our faces. I usually don't swing at curveballs in the dirt but listening to these clowns is irritating.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Not exactly||
I'm just not a cheerleader standing on the sidelines randomly clapping while not paying attention to the game. This team has issues but I have faith in JB - think he's a really good coach - but even Phil Jackson needed MJ, Kobe and Shaq to make it work.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Guys guys guys||
We lost to NJIT, Eastern Michigan and SMU all at home. I want to hope we can somehow steer the ship into a positive direction but I'm a bit more objective about things. I think we're all hearing it from JB in subtle ways too - team lacks pieces and is ultimately too young. 16-14 and 9-9 in 14/15 and talking about a NC title next year is a touch much - we should be improved but we need some more talent first - we lost to NJIT guys...they're only a few years removed from being a poop D2 program.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||CL||
#19 on 2015 draft board as of 3 days ago - substantially weaker draft than last year and he will certainly drop after his poor last few games. Not saying I don't like him and not saying he isn't solid - just not NBA ready in my humble opinion. Hope he proves me wrong.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||No it's really not||
Never said anything about athleticism nor versalitily. GR3 is more athletic and versatile than both NS and CL - how's that working out for him?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I'm glad||
you see it too because he shouldn't be in the rotation,
|1 year 22 weeks ago||No way||
CL has nowhere near the ball handling skills, lift, stroke or foot speed that NS had for us. I agree that we lack some things that hinder CL but it's clear he's not ready for the league.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||We're missing all of them||
Morgan - senior leadership, excellent pick and roll Big - played above rim
There isn't one guy on this year team you could fill in with the above descriptions. We miss them all and it's a combination of LeVert is more suited a Robin instead of a Batman, Irvin can't create and is one dimensional, Walton is either too hurt or just not aggressive enough. Everyone else lacks experience or is more suited as role players.
Hopefully they can piece it together - GO BLUE!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Just not enough talent||
Just an honest assessment - we lack a lot of pieces including pure athleticism.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||All depends||
Are the Sixers trying to lose to secure the best chance of getting the #1 pick in the draft? if so they lose - if not they win by at least 15 - we're talking about men against kids - let's be real.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Couldn't agree with you more||
Levert isn't quite the shooter that Stauskus was and Irvin isn't quite the ball handler that Stauskus was. We struggle scoring points in bunches and Walton just hasn't stepped up like he's capable of. All good points you make.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||DW||
Needs to be more selfish. He needs to turn it up like Burke did his sophomore year. As much as ZI has improved, he's still primarily a spot shooter and teams are adjusting to him. All our post players play way below the rim - remember how many alley-oop passes Jordan Morgan, Horford and Mitch turned into energizing dunks.
This team is just a bit too young and may lose some weird head-scratching games come B1G season, but they're just good enough and coached well enough to win a few games you wouldn't expect them to. Simply too inexperienced and missing a few pieces.