- I have no idea what I am going to write today. To begin with I have to type the following words: The Buckeyes lost to Rutgers last night in the opening round of the BTT.
- Which Big Ten telecast member, interviewing a Rutgers player after the game, asked if he thought at any time the Buckeyes didn’t want to be there? Or a question along those lines?
Was it Stephen Bardo? FWIW, it doesn’t matter who asked. The fact someone did says it all. Which leads to Thad Matta being non-commital when asked if the Buckeyes, if invited, would participate in the upcoming NIT tournament.
What’s worse than one fork stuck up your nose?
The answer is two. : )
- I’m a positive person, overall. Especially where Buckeye sport teams are involved. Our men’s basketball team failed this season. There weren’t enough overall wins, conference wins, or quality wins.
The team lost quite a few close games. Why the Buckeyes lost those games is an issue which needs to be addressed this offseason.
- Will you watch Ohio State if it does participate in the NIT? I will. But I won’t be upset if Thad, his staff and his players decide not to. I think they’ll decide together whether they want to or not and go from there. Whichever way the program goes I’ll be supportive.
- First year players CJ Jackson & Andre Wesson have done good things recently for their team. Each needs to be given credit for that.
- What’s the secret to upgrading a team’s ability to accurately shoot free throws?
- I read a tweet by 11W’s Tim Shoemaker which stated:
Fwiw JaQuan Lyle said he would "100 percent" be back at Ohio State next season.
— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) March 9, 2017
That’s good news. JaQuan has a lot of ability. I think if he asks the question “How good of a player do I want to be before my career is over?” and then goes about providing the answers this off-season, that’s a great look for him.
- Ohio State will be minus Marc Loving from the current roster when the 2017-2018 season begins. The Buckeye roster picks up, hopefully, a healthy Keita Bates-Diop, adds redshirt Derek Funderburk and then will, also, include two freshmen, Westerville South post Kaleb Wesson and Hargrave Military PG Braxton Beverly.
But on the heels of the Rutgers loss there are those who are already transmitting a sense of impending doom in 2017-2018.
If that’s the reality those who feel like that inhabit, then they are welcome to it.
It’s fact fans transfer their emotions upon their teams. A percentage of Buckeye fans are spitting venom today, and have been for awhile, at Thad Matta and his program.
That same percentage of fans would not like it if what they are doing with their lives was judged by the same standards they think it is their right to use against their favorite college team.
I want Ohio State to win as much as the next person. I want the Buckeyes to win the conference or finish in it’s top tier every season. I want the Buckeyes to participate in the NCAA Tournament every season. I want Ohio State to earn a trip to the Final 4 once every four seasons. I want Ohio State to win a national college basketball title every decade.
I’m 55 years old. I’ve lived through being a Buckeye hoops fan through the ups and downs of 45+ years of Ohio State basketball seasons and eras. I appreciated the basketball program when it’s winning and loved it when it’s been less than stellar.
Fans don’t have to enjoy the seasons/periods when the Buckeyes aren’t providing pure thrills.
Try walking a tread mill mile or five in Thad Matta’s shoes.
Try running a few sessions of line drills in the player’s Scarlet and Gray Nikes.
Whatever fans think of Ohio State’s current men’s basketball program it seems evident to me fans don’t give much thought about the factors involved in playing the game of college basketball at a high level.
A very high percentage of Ohio State basketball fans will never read the words I’m writing today. I accept that. To be read by a large audience is not why I write this blog anyway.
If you do read my words, though, please try to go beyond a knee jerk reaction in what you feel about the current edition and the near future of the Ohio State’s men’s basketball program.
At some point accept every season or period is not going to meet the high standards we would all like to watch the program earn.
- I think that’s all I need to say for now.