Men's basketball: Matta on offensive about OSU's defense | BuckeyeXtra

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Ohio State has the best offense in college basketball. So say the numbers. The Buckeyes ranked first in the country during the regular season in points per possession, third in field-goal percentage and second in three-point percentage.
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Brent

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Mar 17, 2011
 
The other reason that big leads evaporate is due to the loss of discipline on offense. Having a double digit lead and launching 3 point attempts makes no sense. After doing that for several possessions towards the end of the game against PSU, Matta called time, and the ball started going inside consistently. Also, on defense, it seems that too much effort is made to create steals/turnovers vs closely guarding the defender. Then the player is free for a layup or short jump shot. Lighty has been guilty of this on numerous occasions-though I do respect him as a player-as he quite often is defending a player taller than him, or one that is very accomplished at "handling" the ball.

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Mar 17, 2011
 

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Defense will have to win a game or two in this tournament. Let's face it, a poor shooting game is bound to happen. All teams experience it and Ohio State is no exception. The defense has already won a few games for them this year and we should expect that necessity over the next few weeks.

Fortunately, the Buckeyes don't have to rely solely on perimeter shooting to the extent that Duke, for example, relies on it. They do have the luxury of having a good post player as well as others who can attack the rim when the shots aren't falling from the outside. Combine that with their solid defense and they can stay in every game.

But they still got the worst draw!
flyboy

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Why would Matta be considered for National coach of the year award? Wasn't Painter the best in the Big 10???
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Mar 17, 2011
 
Absolutely NO question about it - basketball is just like football. You cannot win a championship without a dominating defense. I thought we had that at the beginning of this past season BEFORE we understood how good Craft was defensively. His play against J. Taylor the last game with Wisconsin was extraordinary. If you can guard Taylor I think you probably can guard anybody!
I don't know about anybody else out there but seems to me the defense was changed after the Wisconsin and Purdue losses. We seem to make quick double teams on a player like a Taylor now.

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

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Mar 17, 2011
 
This team has the right guys to shut teams down offensively. Although their margin of victory average shows more in an offensive category, it has a lot to do with the defense doing what they need to do.

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Mar 17, 2011
 
flyboy wrote:
Why would Matta be considered for National coach of the year award? Wasn't Painter the best in the Big 10???
Yeah, and that was a sham. Remember that Tressel won National Coach of the Year in 2002 yet didn't win Big Ten COY. It happens...
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Matta for president!!! Go bucks
bsharp

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Mar 17, 2011
 
Brent wrote:
The other reason that big leads evaporate is due to the loss of discipline on offense. Having a double digit lead and launching 3 point attempts makes no sense. Lighty has been guilty of this on numerous occasions-though I do respect him as a player-as he quite often is defending a player taller than him, or one that is very accomplished at "handling" the ball.
I'll disagree. Lighty (and sometimes Sullinger) is more likely to force up shots near the rim. At least that has the potential of drawing a foul. It is Will Buford who is mostly likely to dribble upcourt or receive the first pass and put up a quick shot from outside. His % is very good so I can't complain about that too much but sometimes that has given the other team opportunities for rebounds, a quick succession of baskets and dangerous runs.

Since the Big 10 season has started, Buford might be OSU's most consistent scorer. So often they are quiet points but the stats make it clear he has been a steady force. Still, it seems like there is some room for growth and maturity in his game.
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Mar 17, 2011
 
Defense is about effort. That's one thing you can control. You're not going to always have your shots dropping like you want. That's why defense is so important.
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Mar 17, 2011
 
Brent wrote:
The other reason that big leads evaporate is due to the loss of discipline on offense. Having a double digit lead and launching 3 point attempts makes no sense. After doing that for several possessions towards the end of the game against PSU, Matta called time, and the ball started going inside consistently. Also, on defense, it seems that too much effort is made to create steals/turnovers vs closely guarding the defender. Then the player is free for a layup or short jump shot. Lighty has been guilty of this on numerous occasions-though I do respect him as a player-as he quite often is defending a player taller than him, or one that is very accomplished at "handling" the ball.
Brent, I couldn't agree more. Mattas' one drwaback has been his teams get lax and blow leads. They stand around like Batman and Robin waiting for the batrope to be launched.

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Mar 17, 2011
 
Making a few more foul shots wouldn't hurt either.
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Mar 17, 2011
 
good move checking with knight

need some breaks
any of last eight can win

GO BUCKS
good year can be a great one
Buckeye Dave in NC

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Mar 17, 2011
 
The beauty of this team is that more than one person can have an off-night on offense and not be really hurt. It is also a team that makes it impossible for the opponent to play a particular defense in hopes of shutting down a strength and making you try and win a game with a perceived weakness.

Double and triple team Sully and we have seen what happens. Decide to try and shut down Diebler and you have four other guys that can go off on you and in different ways. It is not like you can draw up a defense to stop the 3s and think you have closed down the outside guys, all they do then is take it to the hoop or take it to the paint for the short jumper.

I do not think anyone has figured out how to stop Buford from getting his points other than him getting in foul trouble which is rare. He is their quiet assasin.

They may or may not win the championship but they have been a joy to watch all year. Living along Tobacco Road I have the distinct pleasure of getting ACC basketball thrown at me ad nausem. Local paper special section on the tournament has huge headline "Can anybody stop Duke?" The answer to their question is in Columbus, Ohio. Go Bucks!
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Mar 17, 2011
 
My answer to Flyboy in Sarasota is: No, Painter wasn't the best, he just got the award.
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Why doesn't Matta extend an official coaching or consultant position to Bobby Knight? I think that would be good for both and the program.
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Mar 17, 2011
 
Stuck in the Stone Age wrote:
Why doesn't Matta extend an official coaching or consultant position to Bobby Knight? I think that would be good for both and the program.
I like the idea you present and having an old collage friend as Bobby is of mine and also some one I played against in high school it would be great just to pick his brain.
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Mar 17, 2011
 
Anyone see the no-name moron on the CBS discussion of Wisconsin's win. This moron said that "Wisconsin smacked Ohio State -- 93-65" and he clapped his hands together to make the smack sound. This is the same guy who was bad-mouthing Ohio State a few days ago. He sits next to Charles Barkley.

Then, the rest of the panel doesn't correct him -- they sit on their hands.

What qualifies this moron to be a NCAA commentator for CBS?

Another OSU hater, and on the dim side.
Ron

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Mar 17, 2011
 
Tom wrote:
Anyone see the no-name moron on the CBS discussion of Wisconsin's win. This moron said that "Wisconsin smacked Ohio State -- 93-65" and he clapped his hands together to make the smack sound. This is the same guy who was bad-mouthing Ohio State a few days ago. He sits next to Charles Barkley.
Then, the rest of the panel doesn't correct him -- they sit on their hands.
What qualifies this moron to be a NCAA commentator for CBS?
Another OSU hater, and on the dim side.
By now somebody's sent in the correction--hopefully a lot of people. That's frustrating to see and it gets tiresome.

Wow, Michigan State's out, and Penn State's out. Gulp. Bucky had an easy opponent and won. I hope the Bucks are up and firng on all cylinders for each game in the tourney.
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Mar 18, 2011
 
Matta you shall replace Kasich after you win the title. You will be King of Ohio. Watch your back evil Kasich, Matta is coming for you.
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#23
Mar 18, 2011
 
My comment about Painter winning the COY in the Big10 was tongue-in-cheek. I'm a big Buckeye fan, and that award was a real crime. Painter had two 1st team all-big10 players, and managed second in the league. Matta, with 4 freshmen in his top 8 players, and the number 1 team in the country, is now getting proper National Coach Of the Year consideration. As he should.

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