Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I actually thought that after a good start OSU played pretty lackluster basketball. But they did play good defense until about 5 minutes left in the game.
Talking about OSU they need a 6th man to step up. I was shocked to see Smith Jr. go off because he looked bad against Illinois. But I still think they need a spark off the bench, something that Thad has not really done during the past few years.
The image I got was of the bully putting his hand on the little kid's forehead as the little kid tries and tries to connect with anything. IU always seemed to be one decent run from getting back into the game and that run never came.
Smith Jr. must really like playing Indiana, if you hold everything else constant and hold him to his career average, IU wins.(I'm only half joking. It seemed like the initial game plan was to always double off of him, and he certainly made IU pay.)
Is that just how Matta operates, or has that only been the case the last two years where OSU has gone only 7-8 deep and the bench was mainly for decoration?