Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
There were just some horrific phantom calls going both ways all game. It made the game really difficult to watch for those of us used to the way B1G games are officiated...
Two bad calls against OSU led to 4 points late in the 1st half. Going into half time down 9 as opposed to 13 would have been huge.
A couple of things I took away from the game. They couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat. There have been times that OSU has struggled getting the ball in the basket this season. They should have taken it inside more but the reality was they were missing open shots. There were a couple of hurried shots but it wasn't like they were jacking up contested 3 after contested 3.
The second and probably most critical point was Thad. Thad waited to long to coach his butt off. He waited to long to start pulling strings and doing something unconventional. When they are having trouble scoring you can't have Thompson and Smith Jr. on the floor at the same time. The full court press was a nice wrinkle but a stupid press. WSU had too easy of a time getting the ball into play and then they allowed them to bring the ball up the court unguarded. I also didn't like the full out defense they played early in the 2nd. WSU was able to beat that a number of easy baskets when OSU was trying to come back. When the deficit got to 20 Thad really coached his butt off and they almost came back. He made decisions like there was no tomorrow. And his players played like there was a fire lit under them.
Finally in order to pull off an upset you need some luck. In the first half I there were several times where a ball would a take a funny bounce or a loose ball would bounce in the right direction. I don't call it luck, just good fortune. You need those breaks and WSU got those breaks early.
In the end it was a fun season. Ross really came on and will be a joy to watch next season. One more season of watching Craft play, this time along side Scott for most of the season. Its was a kick to the gut to lose in the elite 8 with an awful shooting performance for 30 minutes, but so is the NCAA tournament.