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Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby FUDU » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:01 pm

This Buckeye team is not very inspiring. Yeah they can D up but they seem too driven by Sully's mood and effort. The guy is obviously going to be doubled teamed as often as possible, but he still comes and goes too much. Buford is over rated. Obviously they're not very deep either.

Yeah their shots didn't fall last night but that game should have still been controlled by them, not scum.

IMO we shouldn't get our hopes up for a special run in the tourney.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:48 pm

IMO we shouldn't get our hopes up for a special run in the tourney.


That's the NEO optimism we all know and love. Have you ever thought about getting in the greeting card business, DU?

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Fucking hell....

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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pod2dawg » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:56 am

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:
Fucking hell....

Buford might be the most frustrating player i've ever watched.


Senate & People of Rome, Thad's "offense" further magnifies the pain as we are reduced to relying on the outside shot way too early and way too often. Which of course means when the Bucks are hitting we can blow anyone out.......cold....Sully gets his double double and we lose.

We are as talented as anyone, but we will need to get hot at tourney time. We are 6-10, a second seed.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby jb » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:57 pm

A great pick for a 2nd round upset at this point.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:36 pm

PLAY LaQuinton Ross. What's the worst that could happen? Get stickman out there.

If Matta made Buford run laps for every ridiculous shot he took, he would still be running.

Love Aaron Craft, great defender, but we need more than 2 goddamn points. Dude has to hit some of those open jumpers.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby peeker643 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:24 pm

I'll say this and then duck from what I'm sure will be plenty of verbal retribution:

they're fucking soft.

That's a finesse team out there, including everyone's All American. Craft is a red-ass but you need your bad ass to be bigger than 6'1, 175lbs.

They better find some balls. I don't get the impression that Matta shapes men and attitudes so much as recruits great talent and does a terrific job getting them to perform cohesively. But he's got no thumpers and no hard asses out there that I see.

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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pup » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:18 pm

If they were half as tough standing up to the opponent as they are while bitching at refs, they would be much better off.

Every call. Every single one.

And yes, Bill Bufford is the most annoying 2A hoops player I have ever seen.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:42 pm

I figured Ravenel would be the enforcer type player. They also have no shot blocker, a guy who makes guards think twice before driving to the hoop.

They're not consistent and they don't really have an offensive identity.

It's honestly amazing that they were even in that game. Playing that brutal should result in a embarrassing blowout.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby neoleo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:55 am

You're absolutely right Peeks. The Mighigan State game just hammered home that point. They spent the entire game bitching while MSU was busy playing MSU basketball and bullying the shit out of them. Regardless of how you think the refs are calling the game, there comes a point when you have to adjust. They're calling hand checks and reach ins from 25 feet but allowing murder in the paint. So, stop fucking hand checking and reaching in and go grab, pull and bang in the paint like they are. Somehow, they never figured it out.

And to your point CDT, I don't understand why Amir Williams isn't getting some time as a shot blocking presence. Sully doesn't have that in his game, and Ravenel surely doesn't either. And that brings me to everybody's biggest gripe about Matta. Play the damn bench. I'm tired of watching Buford shoot 2-33 or Sully have 10 turnovers and give up on D because he's frustrated or Ravenel do whatever the hell he does, while multiple McD AA's sit on the bench awaiting their transfer.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:12 am

Fat Sullinger and Buford are the most overrated two "stars" I can remember.

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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby davidregimbal » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:52 pm

Fat Sullinger? Dude lost a ton of weight during the offseason and a lot of people think that's working against him this year because he's not as much of a force down low. I don't think it's fair to say he's overrated when he's getting double and tripled pretty much every game, all game long.

The team just needs Buford, Smith Jr. and Craft to have a decent game on the perimeter to win. In both of the recent losses those three guards were terrible, they combined to shoot 6/23 against Michigan State (26%) and just 5/21 against Michigan (24%). If they got that up to even 40%, OSU wins both of those games.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:06 pm

Sulling is a cute player, but he produces more empty stat lines than any "SUPER-STAR!!!!" I can remember in a long time.

He's nice and a good player, but end of the day does a lot of empty calorie work. He's anything but a national player of the year, as he has been hyped more than once....
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby davidregimbal » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:34 pm

I can't tell if you're being serious or not. I don't think he's POY or even in the top three, but what does "empty stat lines" mean?
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby danwismar » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:45 pm

Couldn't agree more with Peeks that this team is soft. They play defense without fouling, which is fine in theory...but sometimes you have to break out the "no layups" rule to get the game under control psychologically. I was screaming for it in that Purdue defensive debacle recently. Same against MSU....very little mean streak or intimidation factor.

I've also never seen a team that blows more chances to finish at the rim. It's not just Buford, who can go through awful streaks trying to finish, but Craft, Scott, Sully too have problems with it. Thomas among the best.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:34 pm

Wisconsin is the biggest bunch of flopping pussies in history.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:03 pm

Sullinger... SMH.... go LOST twice on D in the final minute and a half and gave up five easy points.

Buford sucks.

Thomas, plays great and almost overcomes fat Sullinger's suck and then blow it with those two shots in the last 15 seconds.

THREE SEED BABY!!!

I'm ready for the Buford and Sullinger "star" era to end.
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Unread postby e0y2e3 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:05 pm

First road win for Wisky against a top ten B1G team since 1980, be proud!

That was disgusting.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pup » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:30 am

I feel the same way about this team that I felt about the last couple football teams.

Not sure when tOSU became so entitled?
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby neoleo » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:33 am

e0y2e3 wrote:Sullinger... SMH.... go LOST twice on D in the final minute and a half and gave up five easy points.


Thank you. This is the point that nobody seems to be brining up. Absolutely terrible defense. Compounding matters on the last three, Buford lazily came over to "help" and helped give up the wide open three.

This is a selfish team.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:25 pm

They read the headlines after thumping Duke and started to believe the hype. They don't get the talent off the bench involved, they can't get any better. 2 guys played 60 minutes and managed 3 shots.....
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby furls » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:00 pm

Just not a good team. Chemistry is a huge issue. Effort seems to be an even bigger issue, but the complete lack of scorers is really killing this team.

Craft is not a scorer.
Sullinger isn't able to score out of the doubles and no one on the team can hit a shot when he passes out of the doubles.
Thomas is the best overall scorer on the team, but he is a gigantic defensive liability.
Smith is a nice player (that cannot score)
Buford is the most inconsistent player I have ever seen. He is the Rob Deer of NCAABB, homework or strikeout.
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Unread postby e0y2e3 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:36 pm

furls wrote:Just not a good team. Chemistry is a huge issue. Effort seems to be an even bigger issue, but the complete lack of scorers is really killing this team.

Craft is not a scorer.
Sullinger isn't able to score out of the doubles and no one on the team can hit a shot when he passes out of the doubles.
Thomas is the best overall scorer on the team, but he is a gigantic defensive liability.
Smith is a nice player (that cannot score)
Buford is the most inconsistent player I have ever seen. He is the Rob Deer of NCAABB, homework or strikeout.


And a defensive team couldn't hold several leads down the stretch. Sullinger was the biggest culprit (those five points were KILLER), but christ on a stick that was bad. I can handle the Taylor shots on craft, as they were ridiculous, but the rest of it was just bad.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pod2dawg » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:39 am

No defensive balls. Horrid "O" scheme or lack of relying way too much on the outside shot. Sulli gets a couple early fouls we are toast.
Opponents have a couple "stud" Bigs to neutralize Sulli we are toast. JB is right, we are cruising for a second round defeat unless we catch on fire.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby jb » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:43 pm

So do they exit in round one or round 2?
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby JCoz » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:09 pm

Depends on the draw.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pod2dawg » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:55 am

I have to believe we win the first round. After that shake and roll the bones......
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:29 am

http://ohiostate.scout.com/2/1162842.html

^ NOW THAT is a mentally TOUGH leader.

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Unread postby motherscratcher » Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:22 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:http://ohiostate.scout.com/2/1162842.html

^ NOW THAT is a mentally TOUGH leader.

Go. Away.


I can see it now. Irving with the ball drives through the lane and dishes it off to TT for the 12 footer. Or maybe finds Sullinger open in the corner for 3. It's going to be glorious.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby danwismar » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:21 pm

Better late than never, I guess.

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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pup » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:50 am

danwismar wrote:Better late than never, I guess.

Sullinger on MSU: "We played terrible. They punked us. We know this game it’s going to be no blood, no foul."


Wait until the first time he gets slapped on the forearm and there is no call...
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby Squints » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:53 pm

While I'm not getting my hopes up, that was a solid win by the Bucks today in a March-esque type game. It was nice to see that they have the ability to man-up when they are popped in the mouth.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby peeker643 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:07 pm

They played like they had a set today. Buford was 'Good Buford'. They'll need 6 straight 'Non Kentucky Bufords' when they get to the tourney.

Great win today.

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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby furls » Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Buckeyes played pretty well last night, and they get scUM today at 4:05. I think they can handle the weasels and set up a rematch with Sparty.

I think the Buckeyes are a better team than Sparty as long as they are not flat. Something is/was wrong with the chemistry on this team, hopefully it has been resolved. It seemed like it in the second half against MSU last week and last night. This is a talented team, not a great scoring team, but talented and if they are hitting on all 4 cylinders (sullinger, thomas, buford and craft) they could do well in the tourney.

We shall see I suppose. I am hoping for a UConn like run from last year.
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Unread postby dmiles » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:14 pm

Steve Kerr at the 18:00 mark of the 2nd half talking about how much Sully reminds him of Kevin Love.

Just noting the comedy factor as I see Statmasta posted the same thing in the Pisstons thread.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:05 pm

Well that was an ass kicking. Feels good anytime they can do that to scUM.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby furls » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:13 pm

Team has been hitting on all cylinders since falling behind to MSU last week. They look a lot like the team that beat Duke by 20 and played Kansas pretty tough without Sullinger.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby skatingtripods » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:40 pm

Craft did an outstanding job on Trey Burke. He'll have to keep playing like that for the next few weeks.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby furls » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:29 pm

Gus made some great points about B1G officiating and how physical they let the league play. That will hurt the Bucks in the tourney, they will be in foul trouble continuously. I hadn't even thought about it, but it is true and will definitely impact the team next week.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby dmiles » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:00 pm

The problem with Sparty is that it's damn hard to get DeShaun Thomas going. Green seems to be able to chase him around a bit outside taking away the normal matchup advantage he poses.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby skatingtripods » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:08 pm

They don't let Ted Valentine do March Madness games, do they?
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby furls » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:21 pm

The officiating in this game is awful. I am not butt-hurt about tOSU not getting calls or MSU getting to many or whatever. The inconsistency is terrible and at times this game is looking a lot like a football game. I think the refs have screwed up nearly every close call at least it appears as if their fuck ups are basically evenly affecting both teams.
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Unread postby dmiles » Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:20 pm

Buckeyes can't get any good shots these last few minutes. Smith firing an early three after rebound? Ouch.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:49 pm

MSU should get a #1 seed. They earned it, B1G is clearly the best conference in CBB.

When do they release the brackets? I'm sick of hearing these know nothing ESPeoNS prattle.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby furls » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:35 pm

Nice draw for the Bucks. I like tOSU's draw better than Sparty's.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pup » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:05 pm

furls wrote:Gus made some great points about B1G officiating and how physical they let the league play. That will hurt the Bucks in the tourney, they will be in foul trouble continuously. I hadn't even thought about it, but it is true and will definitely impact the team next week.


Call me crazy, but these soft bastards should be as happy as anyone to get games called tighter. Nobody touch Jared Rules are their best chances.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby neoleo » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:33 am

pup wrote:
furls wrote:Gus made some great points about B1G officiating and how physical they let the league play. That will hurt the Bucks in the tourney, they will be in foul trouble continuously. I hadn't even thought about it, but it is true and will definitely impact the team next week.


Call me crazy, but these soft bastards should be as happy as anyone to get games called tighter. Nobody touch Jared Rules are their best chances.


I agree with this. Games getting called tigher will help the Buckeyes more than it will hurt them because Sully will be allowed to play his game in the post and won't get frustrated like he does against every Big Ten team with a big man that can walk and chew gum.

On the flip side, if Craft's reputation doesn't save him from some of those strip fouls, then the Bucks are in trouble. Can't have Scott in there in crunch time.
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Re: Buckeye hoops/March Madness

Unread postby pup » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:44 am

neoleo wrote:
pup wrote:
furls wrote:Gus made some great points about B1G officiating and how physical they let the league play. That will hurt the Bucks in the tourney, they will be in foul trouble continuously. I hadn't even thought about it, but it is true and will definitely impact the team next week.


Call me crazy, but these soft bastards should be as happy as anyone to get games called tighter. Nobody touch Jared Rules are their best chances.


I agree with this. Games getting called tigher will help the Buckeyes more than it will hurt them because Sully will be allowed to play his game in the post and won't get frustrated like he does against every Big Ten team with a big man that can walk and chew gum.

On the flip side, if Craft's reputation doesn't save him from some of those strip fouls, then the Bucks are in trouble. Can't have Scott in there in crunch time.


I think (maybe hope is a better word) Craft understands the difference.
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