Originally Posted by bucksfan2
My one beef in the game, and its a constant beef when Duke plays, the fouls. In the first half OSU was the more aggressive team, a step quicker to all the lose balls, and Duke was a step slow. Normally that combination means Duke is going to have more fouls than OSU, not so. In reality it kept Duke in the game and it put OSU's best two players on the bench for 10 minutes in Thomas and Craft for 5. Now in all likelihood that stretch playing deeper into your bench in a tough game will help OSU out in the long haul it was frustrating to watch.
As for traderumor's beef about Thad, its strictly a defensive thing. Thad has preferred to play better defenders over scorers. His last good 3 point shooter was Diebler but last year also had Buford who was a damn good shooter who had a tough season from deep. I think if anything Ross will get playing time as the season gets along but Smith and Thompson are very good defenders.
OK, you started it now.
Duke. Can the media be anymore up the butt of Coach K? In the first half, they play bad, "well, looks like they're tired out there, boy this has been a grueling stretch for them." Jay Bilas claims they have played a schedule tougher than anyone has played in the history of the game. Well, that was Groundhog Day from last year when they were dismantled in Cbus. If somebody besides Thomas could hit a shot, they'd have gone down two years in a row. Oh, and apparently they had something in the tank to play at a high level the entire second half. Quit making excuses for the pretty boys.
Then there were the frat boy coaches trying to show emotion at the end of the game. They really didn't even know how to celebrate, as much as they tried. Grit your teeth, grab the other guy by his tailored suit jacket sleeve. What was that? They didn't even get a hair out of place during their "celebration." Elitists to the core.
Then there was #2, Cook perhaps, who was intent on starting a fight more than playing bball in the first half, trying to bait Ohio State and succeeding a couple of times. A new opposing player to disrespect.
As for my criticism, this team is going to need to balance the minutes if they are going to exceed my expectations, which right now is MAYBE a Sweet 16 team. There are too many one trick ponies on the squad to use the 7 man rotation. Going to have to sacrifice some defense to get another scoring threat on the floor at times. Tell Shannon Scott he is not allowed to shoot anything outside the paint when he is in the game. Use Ross to spell both Thompson and Smith, limiting the time that only one offensive threat is on the floor. I was worried about last year's team ability to shoot the ball, but this year is even worse. If he's going to keep on recruiting one trick ponies, start looking for a long range specialist.