Well I'm shocked.
And a team rarely survives a bad shooting night in the tourney, but especially in the Regional Finals. The Buckeyes were just one of those teams this year that are very bad on an off night. I was impressed that they got in a position to steal the game.
Hats off to Wichita St. They made a legit run of playing solid, good basketball and knocked off the two highest seeds in their region, not backing into it with upsets ahead of them.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
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.
OSU's last two "nail-biting" last second victories (Iowa State and Arizona) had me thinking in the back of my mind this team wasn't going to advance much further. Losing to WSU wasn't a great surprise to me (really). I hate to say it, but I thought they'd lose to AZ. OSU is in need of another offensive player (back court) IMO.
Michigan looks tough in this tourney. I foresee a Louisville-Michigan NC game... and it ought to be a good one IMO.
Last edited by GAC; 04-01-2013 at 04:31 AM.
"In my day you had musicians who experimented with drugs. Now it's druggies experimenting with music" - Alfred G Clark (circa 1972)
Is there any indication of what Thomas is thinking for next year? He's currently being mocked early in the second round, so he wouldn't have guaranteed money. If he comes back, OSU is going to be very tough. Even if he doesn't, I think they could still be better than they were this year with Ross just taking his spot in the lineup and expected improvements from guys like Williams, Thompson, Scott, and possibly some guys off the bench.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
http://tracking.si.com/2013/04/05/oh...2_a5&eref=sihpOhio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas is forgoing his last season and declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft, reports CBSSports.com.
Thomas averaged 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season, led the team to the regional finals in the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Wichita State, and was named a third-time All-American selection.
I'm shocked Deshaun Thomas isn't mocked higher than the second round.
I'd take him near lottery, as he has range, can handle the ball a bit, and is big enough to cause problems for smaller wings.
Love his game.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
I read somewhere that this is expected to be the worst draft in 20 years. If so, it is a good decision for him to come out.
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