Re: Ohio State Basketball 2012-2013
Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I am surprised at the reaction after the loss to Kansas. They have lost two games, one in which the should have won @ Duke to the now ranked #1 team and then to a top 5 Kansas.
OSU has their issues, issues that most teams in college basketball would be ok with. They need to find another scorer. I am shocked that no one has really stepped up. Craft has been inconsistent, Smith Jr. has been inconsistent, Scott and Thompson haven't taken the necessary steps on offense, and they don't have an offensive big man. Ross is an enigma, he has all the skills on offense but is very good on defense. The thing with Thad is he doesn't have a problem playing Smith Jr. when his shooting is awful (and has yet to meet a shot he doesn't like) because of his defense, but doesn't play Ross because he isn't a good defender. IMO OSU needs more help offensively than they do defensively.
I think this team will get better as the season goes along. IU and Michigan may be better teams but I wouldn't be shocked if OSU beat them. They looked bad against Kansas because their shots weren't falling. If/when they start falling this is an entirely different team.
Their shots weren't falling because Self forced them to shoot jump shots knowing that the odds were in his favor with this squad. Its an achilles heel and they really don't have any answers right now. They'll need to beat the 2nd division teams on the road and win a couple of games at home against the top tier teams to get a top 4 seed. I just don't think that they will be able to cobble together enough offense from players not named Thomas in the big games to be able to make good defensive teams play them honest. They will double and triple Thomas until someone else proves to be a threat. Who will that be? He's not on their roster from what I've seen.
Can't win with 'em
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