Friday, February 24, 2017
(2/24/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al
Thought I'd wait until today to comment on the Badgers, since many of my initial thoughts I had watching the game were not true in looking at the box score.
Facts: UW actually had one less turnover than Ohio State did. I assume the Buckeyes scored more points off these, including some 3's in the first half.
Ohio State had a pair more offensive rebounds, but that was not as many as I would have thought.
Lots of talk from Gard and the team that they were not tough and lacked hustle, didn't get loose balls...that tends to be a bit of a cliche whenever teams lose, as you never hear a coach say, "Well we played hard and gave great effort, but we just shot the ball crappy because we're not as talented."
For years, it seemed the Badgers would lose in the tournament when they ran into a hot shooting team, be it Steph Curry's Davidson or some other team. Last night, Ohio State hit an amazing 10 of 16 from 3 point range. Even in warmups, unguarded, that's impressive. Put another way:
When they shot a 3 pointer, the Buckeyes averaged 1.88 points per attempt.
When they shot a 2 pointer, the Buckeyes averaged 0.88 points per attempt.
Part of that might well be not defending the 3 properly, but some times, you just gotta tip your hat. It's mighty tough to make that up, especially with Happ and Hayes seemingly not handling the swarming defense (11 points, 4 turnovers) like you would think they would...when you're being double teamed, that means at least one of your teammates (and often two) are open.
Every road game is a battle, and Ohio State has struggled overall, but is still 13-5 at home. Michigan State, who the Badgers play this weekend, is 13-2 at home. We're very spoiled with their success, and it's easy to dismiss them as "not as good" as the Kaminsky and Dekker led teams (which is very true). However, they're plenty capable of making a run. Trust me, Rutgers and Nebraska would give anything to be 22-6. Considering the four seniors will be taking about 160 minutes with them, we might be yearning for this as early as next season.
2/24/2017 10:30:00 AM