March 10th, 2012 at 6:24 PM ^

You're right, players who rarely play are just supposed to stand around doing nothing on the rare occasion they see the court in a game. Nevermind this might some of their only minutes all season


March 10th, 2012 at 11:55 PM ^

this same argument with a former asst coach.  If we were losing big, he wanted to keep the starters in the game while the other team put in the back ups.  This makes no sense because it teaches our girls nothing.

They have to learn to be good losers.  I always favored switching up our team as well to allow other kids to get a chance.


March 10th, 2012 at 6:16 PM ^

I assume this thread will devolve into OSU bashing, but fans/coaches complaining about breaches of etiquette during blow outs is one of my top pet peeves in all of sports.

The team that's down doesn't stop taking threes, why should the team that's up?  It's hard to get mad at wide open players or reserves that never play when they actually try to score.


March 10th, 2012 at 7:27 PM ^

I, too, never understand the whining that takes place about "poor sportsmanship" on the part of the winner in a blowout. I consider this to be the last refuge of the loser mentality.

My take: If you don't like getting blown-out, play better.  Simple as that.

OSU proved how much better they are than UM today. Hopefully, in the future, UM will be better equipped to compete against the big dogs (...typed while patiently waiting for McGary and Robinson III to hit campus...)


March 10th, 2012 at 6:15 PM ^

Fuck Thad Matta! I hate that guy with a passion and next year we're gonna dominate his ass. He wishes he was as good a coach as Beilein. Only reason why he wins is because he gets the best players money can buy. That dirty son of a gun.


March 10th, 2012 at 6:18 PM ^

It was about the fast play from his team while up 25+ late in the second half.  Beilein probably would have wanted Matta to run the clock out longer to get out of there.  It is what it is, don't look too far into it.


March 10th, 2012 at 6:18 PM ^

If I had to hazard a guess it's because TSIO was shooting 3's with 4 minutes left, and with 2 minutes left were still driving to the basket without killing the shot clock


March 10th, 2012 at 6:19 PM ^

I think he may have been apologizing to him for bart and Carlton (i think) going for the ball with a few seconds left. He had called them off on that last play.


March 10th, 2012 at 6:34 PM ^

The staff doesn't just dislike Ohio (State); they hate Matta.  Period.  He's dirty on and off the court.  Source?  A buddy who coached against Matta.


March 10th, 2012 at 6:44 PM ^

Yeah, that dirty Matta's team utterly destroys the other team by playing basketball.   The Wolves lost by 22 and it should have been 32.  The scrubs were all in. They are all going to play the best they can.  An absolutely terrible game for UM.  I hope they do better in the tournament.  A loss like that can shake your confidence.


March 10th, 2012 at 6:54 PM ^

It's insane to ask players who rarely play to not try when they are in the game.  Making a three in the conference tourney semis is something to brag about for the rest of your life.  It is always up to the defense to stop the offense.  There is no problem with UM players going for steals or ohio players firing up shots.  That's what they are supposed to do.

This reminds of me of working for the Grand Valley athletic department in the late 80's.  GVSU rolled up 90 points on Wayne State.  The last TD occurred with about 5 minutes to play.  GVSU's fourth string QB ran the option on a 3rd and 4 and went untouched for a 75 yard TD.  The WSU coach was pissed and told the media so.  Coach Beck (Brian Kelly's predecessor) said simply, "It's not our job to stop ourselves."  I agree.


March 10th, 2012 at 7:56 PM ^

Still not Matta's job to stop his players.  Let ohio's scrubs enjoy firing up some shots.  Beilein can be pissed.  It's ok.  UM will be back during the NCAA's.  It's one game and we will all move on.  If it gives Trey some extra motivation next year to look at the final score, that would good too.


Smash Lampjaw

March 10th, 2012 at 8:41 PM ^

Ohio kept their starters in well beyond when they needed to be in. I am not saying he had any sportsman-like duty to call them off sooner, but I think it would have been smart coaching to start planning for a tough game tomorrow a little earlier. I am sure it was sweet for them to enjoy a good win against a hated rival. They were enjoying themselves.


March 10th, 2012 at 8:56 PM ^

officiated game i've ever seen. I was disgusted, especially with the "charging" calls, in the first half. Sullinger and Craft were both clearly not set, but oh well.

Fuck Ohio!!!

Two Hearted Ale

March 10th, 2012 at 9:32 PM ^

I agree with your second point but you don't have to be set to draw a charge. If the offensive player lowers his shoulder or is otherwise out of control the charge will be called as long as the defender isn't moving laterally. Or more simply put, it is a charge if the offensive player iniciates contact while the defender is moving backward.


March 10th, 2012 at 10:45 PM ^

Put me in the Beilen apolgizing category. It sure looked like he was saying "I told those guys to back off on those last few possessions, my bad", rather than, F-you for running up the score


March 11th, 2012 at 5:11 AM ^

Our first time playing back to back days since Maui.  Not to mention the fact that we missing Horford who could have helped provide some length.  We have not lost twice in a row all year,  so look out first round opponent.


March 11th, 2012 at 11:38 AM ^

average defense led to this loss. UM played terribly, and ohio played very well. That's all it is, and while it hurts, there is alot to look forward to with UM's basketball program; increasingly talented recruits, very good coaching, and good sportsmanship. Go Blue!