Originally Posted by improbus
Did anyone else find the Big Ten final almost unwatchable? OSU and Wisconsin almost never brought the ball inside the 3 point line until there were 15 seconds left on the shot clock (and very often they waited until there were only 10 seconds). And, so I don't sound like the "Get Off My Lawn" guy, I can contrast that with the Miam/UNC game that ended an hour earlier in which both teams were on full out attack mode.
It almost seemed like OSU and Wisconsin were seeing who could play "not to lose" more.
I also prefer up tempo bball, which is why I wanted an OSU/IU rubber game in the finals. MSU and Wisconsin are two of my least favorite big 10 teams to watch, year after year they play butt ugly basketball.
OSU gets a pass this year for playing ugly bball because they are using their personnel in a way that gives them the best opportunity to succeed, and when Matta has the horses, he likes to run 'em. This year, he has a GREAT defensive team that struggles on O, but an O that excels when it can get into transition off its defense. The final was more a result of two great D's and fatigue, plus it is the only chance Wisconsin has to win against teams with athletes.
Personally, I prefer controlled up tempo bball where both teams are playing D, but not shot clock killing to reduce the number of possessions.