Well, here we are, a spanking new Monday morning and I’m sure that everyone is eager to kick off their work week. We’re coming off a busy week, so let’s get right to it.
Evidently last Wednesday was Signing Day, where high school players pledged their fealty to a mutually attractive college football program. In case you happened to miss the events, you can get caught up here, here, or here. You can rummage around those links for a refresher.
This is a highly regarded incoming class, and in fans’ euphoria the questions arose. “Is this the best recruiting class (insert time-frame ?”. A couple things here; first, we need to define ‘best’. Most signees? Highest average ‘star’ rating? By which recruiting service? What about on-field achievements while they played? No doubt, this is a highly regarded class, but we need to define our terms first. OK, I’m off the soapbox for now.
You readers will get to find out soon enough. Spring Practice begins on March 5th and the Spring Game is scheduled for April 13th. Tickets to the Spring Game go on sale March 1st. Due to stadium renovations, the Spring Game will be held at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Jim Foster’s team is coming off a week where I think they’ve shown substantial improvement. Last Sunday, they dominated Indiana 70-56 and on Thursday defeated Wisconsin 65-59 in double overtime, in a gutsy, never-say-die performance.
The Northwestern game turned into a win (59-52) extending the winning streak to 3 games. Not much of note, since there was some pretty poor shooting (<35%) for OSU, but they did take advantage of their opportunities. Ohio State had 12 turnovers, but only gave up 8 points off the turnovers. In contrast, Northwestern had 19 turnovers (yikes!) that Ohio State converted into 19 points!
The men’s team had an interesting week, first with a less-than-fulfilling win 63-56 at Nebraska followed by a heartbreaking, yet encouraging overtime loss at Michigan. It was encouraging to see the further development of Sam Thompson, Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross.
What annoyed me was OSU’s shot selection in overtime. They had five field goal attempts, making one, which was a layup. Aaron Craft took 4 of the shots, Lenzelle Smith Jr. the 5th. Do you notice anything odd? Such as the leading scorer in the Big Ten, specifically DeShaun Thomas, not taking any shots? Never mind DeShaun not taking the last shot of the game, he didn’t take any.
Although he had a pretty solid game, I really questioned what Craft was thinking/doing in overtime. It seemed to me that he tied to ‘take charge’ of the team. Admirable, but he now has plenty of help, and at FG accuracy of 38%, he’s not the go-to shooter. Questionable judgment. If, and here’s my dark side, Craft intended to show up Burke Mano a Mano, well then…
The Buckeyes kick off the spring schedule hosting the 18th-annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 11-13. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at the par 71, 6,017-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Next week’s forecast for Palos Verdes, CA is sunny and mid-60’s. I just extricated our driveway from a foot of snow this weekend. Palos Verdes looks pretty good right now. Good luck Buckeyes! I’ll have match recap later in week.
So, what do you have in store for the week?