Bob Hunter commentary: Hard to say th...

Bob Hunter commentary: Hard to say these Buckeyes disappointed ...

There are 51 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 28, 2010, titled Bob Hunter commentary: Hard to say these Buckeyes disappointed .... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Ohio State coach Thad Matta, shown on television after Friday's loss, tempted fate by relying on a six-man rotation.

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Columbus, OH

#41 Mar 28, 2010
Way to disregard all the legitimate questions that were asked, Bob. Thad Matta may be a good recruiter, but he cannot coach.

Wellington, OH

#42 Mar 28, 2010
Kyle N wrote:
I agree that Matta did not adjust once Pearl and Tennessee figured out the 1-3-1. I think that the buckeyes would have fared better simply playing man-to-man with Dallas Lauderdale and Madsen at times playing together. I also think that the 2-3 or a 2-1-2 (Madsen and Lauderdale down low with Turner roaming the paint) would have also been effective. I surely hope Thad does not do this in the future, but I believe his game plan was we got here with these 5 (or 6) and we are going to play these 5 (or 6) and if we win we win, if we don't...oh well.
Jeremie Simmons should have also played in the second half. Someone mentioned Diebler on here, I think he should have stayed in the game for Lighty.vWhen Simmons was in, he was splitting the ball handling duties with Turner and also providing an offensive spark that was missing with Lighty.
I don't want to sound mean, but what game were you watching. How & why would you leave Diebler in for Lighty ? I understand the foul trouble, but Lighty played damned near the whole 2nd half. Jon Diebler should have been on the bench. He did absolutely nothing in this game. 40 minutes & he got 3 pts, 0 rebounds & 0 assists. Again, I ask, why would you leave Diebler in ?

Wellington, OH

#43 Mar 28, 2010
Yes, it must be very frustrating to be the "KING of the WEAK 11". Live in your Columbus Fantasy Land. But then you step out of your conference and play SEC TEAMS and you lose to them. It is really fun for us SEC FANS to have "THEE Ohio State University" as our official "WHIPPING BOY". GO SEC!!! GO GATORS!!!
If I'm not mistaken, a BIG 10 team beat your SEC team in the Elite 8. Think before you open your mouth, JackAss !!
Mike in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

#44 Mar 28, 2010
Besides being a great recruiter, I saw Coach Matta grow this year in coaching ability. He switched defenses adeptly in the last 2-3 months, and seemed to get more smart play for Dallas and Buford. I gave up criticizing the 6-man rotation 2 months ago ... Matta made it work, period.

OSU's strengths were: a superstar who developed into a point guard, two adequate but small post players, 3 hot shooting guards (Diebs, Lighty, Buford), an aggressive driving guy who could play virtually all floor positions and defend anyone (Lighty), and a defense that could rise to any occasion. All were conditioned for 40 minutes of PT.

This team had the defensive moxie to pull out games even when 1 to 3 key components failed in any particular game.

In the Tenn game, about 4 things failed. The interior D was less than adequate, Diebs was neutralized, Buford failed to produce in the second half, and Lighty's 35 minutes off the floor almost eliminated his effect on the game. Kudos to Tenn; they had something to do with this. In many ways, with so many parts of the Buckeye machine in the shop Friday night, it's amazing they had a chance to win it.

OTOH, it should have been obvious Simmons carried the team into half time. I also always said that Simmons or Hill would eventually be needed to help pull a game out; this was that game. Matta always made it work with the SIX, but I at least would have put Simmons in for the final shot with 12 seconds left. We could have taken our pick of ET, Lighty, Diebs or Simmons for a final shot. And we should have.

(I still say Prince travelled before the Williams tip-in)

Still, 29-8 is one of the all time great seasons, plus Conf/Tourney champs and a Sweet 16 was a great ride. Thanks Bucks!! All of you!!
Mike in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

#45 Mar 28, 2010
Greg wrote:
There were a lot of "what ifs" about this game. Certainly Ohio St was out rebounded and TN got way too many opportunities in the lane which is difficult to understand.
But think of this and one thing that I've never understood. Both Lighty and Lauderdale missed 4 FT combined. Just think if they would have hit 50%. The ending of the game would have looked different. We would have been up by a point instead of down by one when Buford (or who ever it was) took the last reasonable attempt.
I think this team had its flaws. But one thing I don't get is Lauderdale at the FT line. Can anyone tell me why that boy didn't improve throughout the season when it is an obvious problem? Wouldn't have a little time dedicated towards that part of his game helped?
David really got his FT shooting improved by mid-season. But we REALLY needed those two misses. If I recall, he was on a breakaway lay-up and got intentionally hammered. So a sure two points, or even flagrant foul there turned into nothing! Those two late 2nd half misses made me go "ouch". Also, I was hoping Dallas would connect on 1 of 2. He had improved, too, during the season. Well, all the way around, it wasn't our night (Except for Simmons wonderful stretch. Even ET struggled at times).
Mike in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

#46 Mar 28, 2010
Too Bad wrote:
Just look at what Izzo did, God Bless MSU. I would think UT's loss was harder to take than OSU. SEC is out, yes. Goodbye Thugs.
Amen. I had to read about Wall in Raleigh the past three years and I was happy to see that smug little punk, the cheater coach and his goons take an early exit. I will say this; Mr Cheater coach was a gracious loser. I still loathe UK hoops and its fans. I smile to think that if they won it all, it would have been vacated!
Otown Buckeye

Apopka, FL

#47 Mar 29, 2010
If I did have a negative comment about the state of the OSU program it would be this.(And it's not even a comment about the actual program.) When is the Athletic Department going to realize the community support for this team is a joke? There is no excuse for going to a Buckeye basketball game and seeing empty seats. No matter who they are playing. Matta has been able to still convince athletes to come to OSU even though they know that support will be fair weather. Great job out of Matta for being able to pull this feat off. Time to figure this problem out.

The Buckeye program should be commended on another solid year. I'm just appreciative to be a Buckeye and not a Wolverine. Now those are people with real problems.
OSU fan

Reynoldsburg, OH

#48 Mar 29, 2010
Despite the loss to Tenn, it was a great year. The Bucks did exceed expectations and I am proud of them. Yes, many things did and did not happen in that game, but it is over now and hopefully, it will be a building block for next season.
I will be glad to see Sullinger show up on the court. He can shoot free throws and he plays at both ends of the court consistently. I really feel that Lauderale was the "weakest link" on this team, but he was a product of "one and done." Matta simply did not have anyone else. That will change next season.
Wait a minute

Newark, OH

#49 Mar 29, 2010
seamus wrote:
Now is not the time to be ravenous second guessers.Unless you win the National Championship there will always be some facet of the game you could have improved upon. This is a time to be appreciative of the team and it's coach. You took us for a great ride; we shared many thrills;we can't wait to do it again next year and the year after that and again and again.
That is not necessarily true. It is possible to reach your peak (which I don't think we quite did) and just run into a better team...I don't think Tennessee was a better team but they were more athletic than we were. We CAN second guess some of Matta's coaching strategies...he gets paid 2.5 mil...
a little second guessing of himself for next year will be the most productive of all...

Chicago, IL

#50 Mar 30, 2010
After watching TN get about 10 straight dunks or bunny shots, from a half court offense, I turned the channel. If the players didn't even have the energy / discipline to play some defense, then why should I care? I think Matta is responsible for getting his players motivated to play some defense; he clearly didn't do that, but it seems to have escaped notice!

Columbus, OH

#51 Mar 31, 2010
Mike, your are verboise, what the heck are you saying?

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