i dont understand why izzo feels summers cant play more than 4 minutes in a row before he brings in allen. the last 5 games allen has contributed nothing but effort, and when you want to win a big ten championship effort must result in production at some point.
there was contact..its the big ten. you cant touch anybody when they are shooting the ball. the entire team plays great defense for 34 seconds, then allen fouls somebody on a 26 foot shot. put his ass on the bench already.
Agreed KJ. I’ve been calling for more cow bell (i mean summers) for quite a few games now. Izzo really needs to stop out-coaching himself by taking players out after 4-5 minutes no matter if they are playing good or not. If someone is on(summers) keep them playing, if someone is clearly playing awful (allen) keep his ass on the bench.
With the way every team is over-playing the passing lanes, why can we fake a pass to the wing, getting the defender to lunge for a steal, and hit someone backdoor for an easy deuce? maybe I’m over simplifying things, but I would at least like to see something besides hot potato around the perimeter for a change.
im so torn about allen, he should be better, all his shots look pure, they just rim out. my biggest problem with him is that he never looks fired up. i dont know if thats just him or that he actaully isnt pumped up.
not sure how wre within 6 now, but hopefully we keep it going
and TMad is right, Allen clearly dipped his shoulder, frustrating part is that it only happened because he couldnt handle the pass and had to lean forward to secure it. Catch the ball first buddy, it will help. Being on the bench will help more.
Could actually be closer if Morgan puts up that easy 2 and Korie’s 3 doesn’t rim out. Either way, Allen doesn’t need to play the rest of the game and it is good to see Summer scoring like he did in the exhibition games. Also, Gray needs to play more and Suton needs to dominate down low against Mullens.
My apologizes kj, emotions got the better of me. Word selection will be a higher priority of mine in future posts.
As for the game, after the first ten minutes of the game I am starting to wonder what Izzo is doing to fire these guys up. I simply do not think Izzo is doing his best coaching, or very close to it. This team just lost to NW at home, and still comes out flat. Yes I know he isn’t playing the game, but what happened to the mean streak every MSU team used to play with, especially coming off of a loss?
Lucious needs to be playing this many minutes in my opinion. If Lucas is not running the point then it needs to be Lucious. He may turn it over, but it seems to me that when he does its because he’s trying to make a play. When anyone else is handling the ball (except Lucas) it seems the turnovers are a result of poor perimeter passing or ball handling, not from trying to make a play.
I don’t think it’s a matter of flat. It’s basically unnecessary to guard Walton and Allen, and the Buckeyes have the bigs to deal with Suton. The entire offense becomes Summers and Lucas shooting, Morgan driving, and entry passes to Goran Graybok, all with an extra help defender. When everything is that easy and predictable, you can make a team look flat.
Hey, something resembling competent offense! Too bad the refs have to blow their whistle every 10 seconds and ruin the flow of the game. Seems like this happens in the second half of every Big Ten game, like someone calls them at halftime and reminds them they have a foul quota to meet.
Well, that’s the right time and way to foul someone – prevent the dunk and make the big guy earn it at the stripe. Problem is, OSU’s in the bonus on the next foul. And we’re not even 4 1/2 into the half.
Maybe the audio is delayed, but I did not hear a whistle until Lucas was almost to half court. Doesn’t the whistle need to be blown before the ball is in-bounded for the scoring team to call a timeout?
What I think I’ve seen with Hightower is that he always gives the underdog calls. Usually MSU is the favorite, and we always feel like we are getting jobbed by Eddie (at least I do). I have noticed MSU getting some favorable calls while being the underdog in a few games the last two years though.
Just, kind of a crazy theory that I have been pondering for while. I am certain of one thing, I do not like Ed Hightower, at all.
Rewerts: I don’t think the problem with Hightower is that he calls things unevenly. He’s one of the more consistent refs in the Big Ten as far as calling things the same at both ends. The problem is that he calls every little touch foul.
Good job by Summers there forcing the tie-up (although it’s only because of his mishandling that the opportunity existed in the first place). At least this way it uses up the arrow instead of being a potential fast break. Hope it’s just a bruise that had him limping for a moment.
Yeah I suppose Hightower is pretty even. He seems happy as long as the focus is on him not the players. I suppose the underdog theory seemed relevant because usually the underdog has a harder time overcoming all of the ticky-tack fouls than a more talented team does.
I have to agree with Mrs. SW. In the NW game Thornton’s length could have been a huge help with perimeter passing. NW’s length made it too difficult to pass over the top, Thornton could have countered that. In this game it seemed to awaken the rest of the team, which is exactly what Thornton is great at.
An Austin Thornton floor appearance + a Chris Allen bench sighting = a turnaround. That said, I hope Allen gets his shot back. He’s had some really solid games. Until then… how do you not give the nod to Summers?
Rewerts: I think you can make the argument that we are the best overall rebounding team in the nation. Only three other teams in the top 15 in either offensive or defensive rebounding are in the top 60 in the other (Jacksonville, Holy Cross, and Albany). We’re 8th on the offensive glass and 12th on defense (though PSU is actually higher than us on the defensive glass, at 10th). Washington is #1 in per-game rebounding margin, but that’s probably due to a faster pace.
how much will the come from behind fuel this team for the rest of the year? for the games we did not close out well and won, this was great to see, closed out virtually perfectly in the come from behind. happy to see!
TMad: Definitely agreed on hoping Hightower is absent for the Iowa game. Games at Iowa are always ugly, games with Hightower are usually ugly, and when both occur at the same time you get stuff like “43-36”.