Hey all - Ohio State is coming to Crisler Arena Saturday just trying to keep it’s head above water. I’m curious if playing on Michigan’s home floor will give them a good energy level or not. If the energy is there, I’d like to see if they can effectively work together.
A few players are nicked up and the team attitude is not exactly exemplary. JaQuan Lyle was not in foul trouble but was on the floor for just eight minutes total in the second. I wonder about him and if he may have checked out of this season already. Through Thad Matta’s comments he does not seem to know what else, as a coach, to do for his team. I have yet to see the Iowa game to know how bad it was but it was publicized and admitted that JaQuan was ripping his teammates during the game.
I could go on with that angle but I think you get the picture.
An OSU five of Jae’Sean Tate, Marc Loving, CJ Jackson, Kam Williams and freshman, Andre Wesson, was an effective group against Maryland in the second half. Possibly they’ll see time as a unit against UM.
Jae’Sean Tate is the one OSU player who seems to bring it each and every game.
If UM gets up early on Ohio State Saturday the game could head toward a similar outcome the Wolverines experienced when they hosted Indiana. I would love for this to be a great game to watch but I have my doubts OSU can meet the challenge. This team has as much of a Jekyll/Hyde personality as I’ve ever seen a Matta coached team have. Not good.