Not As Good As Advertised !

Not As Good As Advertised !

I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again if you’re going to put up an argument about anything you had better put both sides of the argument in place and state the case with authority. Idiots around this environment had tried to state the case that Ohio State as the nation’s number one ranked men’s basketball team were good enough to win the NCAA Tournament and actually end the season unbeaten. Fact of the matter is, the Buckeyes succumbed to the Wisconsin Badgers —- 71-67 at the Kohl Center this past weekend. Thad Matta’s team as good as they’ve been this season has never really been good on the big stage . The loss to the Badgers summed up everything that you need to know about a team that was starting to believe in its own hype and what the print and tv media were saying about them.

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Jared Sullinger in his post game interview was sullen and peeved that he was treated in such a way as a visiting team by the Wisconsin fans. He may well have been denigrated by the Badgers’ fans but what was he expecting to be adored and have the opposing fans throw rose petals at him at the end of the game ? What ….. all of a sudden Sullinger becomes as soft as a wet piece of tissue paper ? Man up and shut the hell up rather than whining like a bitch ! Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor outplayed Sullinger and if anything made a case that when placed under pressure he knows how to play when it really counts. Sullinger may well be putting up the stats and is being talked about unlike any other rookie freshman in college basketball but until he proves that he can lead with authority he’ll simply be thought of just another phenom being lauded up and down the country and within the media.

Now pardon me for saying this but the reality here is that Ohio State may well be good enough to win the NCAA Tournament but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. Any team with a view to staking their claim to be thought of as a contender has to be playing with consistency and at the time of the tournament they had to have hit a rich vein of form. I don’t know that we may well be saying that about the Buckeyes but there’ll be those who’ll be stating that there’s still a case to be made that they can win.

The last time a team ran the table, having won the national title and be unbeaten happened in 1976. And while others have come close , well close simply isn’t good enough as being damn perfect ! And that’s how the great teams if they want to be judged as to their greatness in the annals of college basketball then they need to show that they’re not good but damn perfect when it matters most.

A great deal has been made that the ACC is having a down year and that in particular Mike Krzyzewski’s —– Duke team isn’t anywhere good as thought. But anyone who knows Krzyzewski and how he gets his players ready for the big games then they’ll know that this Duke team will rise to the occasion when it matters most. As defending NCAA champions having won their fourth national title under Krzyzewski’s reign and it has to be said that anyone thinking that they’re not a contender then they ought to consider the resume’ of the coach during his tenure with the Blue Devils. If that’s not evidence as to what Krzyzewski has been able to achieve and the consistency that comes along with it then you have to be either naive or simply know nothing about the game but you merely love the sound of making rather asinine prognostications.

Now as the world awaits the latest rankings to come out as to who’ll the number one spot we will no doubt see a new team ascend to the the top spot . In all likelihood that may well be the Texas Longhorns or the Kansas Jayhaws . If anything this Longhorn’s team may well be the most balanced team D 1 basketball and are certainly now beginning to look the part . And if you simply believe that they’re not a worthy candidate of winning the NCAA Tournament if not their conference championship then simply look at their statistics this season ?

I’ve no doubt as usual the NCAA Tournament will be what we’ ve always come to expect with a great deal of suspense and one or two surprises along the way. It’s clear that of all of the sporting highlights of the season the men’s NCAA Tournament may well be the most suspenseful , exhilarating of all the the tournaments that take place within the sport’s calendar. We get all of the hype of the Superbowl and all that it offers the fans as a spectacle but given the length number of competitive participants the NCAA Tournament itself might just be the best competition that there is from a fan standpoint. You get the chance to adjudge the teams as the competition gets underway through its knockout basis through the regional rounds . Sixty five initial starters through the process of elimination gets down to the Sweet Sixteen , Elite Eight , Final Four and the Finals itself . What else could anyone actually ask for from a competition ?

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As to the fate of the Ohio State Buckeyes as the rest of the season plays itself it will be interesting to see what lies in store for the team under Thad Matta and how they are able to regroup from this loss. How do you see the season panning out for the Buckeyes and which particular team if any do you see as a possible threat or winner for the NCAA Tournament this season ? Conference Champions and invitees notwithstanding this tournament will be one which I believe will have the fans intrigued ! So by all means simply chime in with a comment as to your thoughts on this topic and any thoughts you have on the college basketball season so far.

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(1)Ohio State head coach Thad Matta reacts to a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Madison, Wis. AP Photo/Morry Gash …..

(2)Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor and Keaton Nankivil , right, are smothered by fans after beating undefeated No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 in an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Madison, Wis. AP Photo/Morry Gash ……….

(3) Ohio State’s William Buford (44) tries to drive past Wisconsin’s Mike Bruesewitz (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Madison, Wis. AP Photo/Morry Gash …………

(4) Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (0) tries to drive on Wisconsin’s Keaton Nankivil (52) and Jordan Taylor (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Madison, Wis. AP Photo/Morry Gash ………..

(5) Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) looks to pass as he drives the baseline past Iowa State guard Diante Garrett (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. Taylor scored 14 points in the game. Kansas defeated Iowa State 89-66 . AP Photo/Orlin Wagner ………

(6) Kansas forwards Marcus Morris (22) and Markieff Morris (21) celebrate a basket as a timeout is called during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. The twin brothers each had a double-double and keyed a 23-4 first-half run that carried No. 2 Kansas past Iowa State 89-66 on Saturday. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner ……….

(7) Texas forward Gary Johnson , left, and forward Alexis Wangmene , right, celebrate the win over Baylor in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Austin, Texas. No. 3 Texas won 69-60 . AP Photo/Michael Thomas ……….

(8) Texas forward Tristan Thompson , right, brings down a rebound against Baylor forward Fred Ellis , left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Austin, Texas. Thompson tied Jordan Hamilton for Texas high scorer with 17 points. No. 3 Texas won 69-60 . AP Photo/Michael Thomas ……

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Alan aka tophatal ………………………….

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Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

8 thoughts on “Not As Good As Advertised !”

  1. I live in the Midwest and even the pro-Big Ten morons that live in this area weren’t buying OSU as a legitimate number one.

    Salligner is a little bit overrated. Right now, I’d pick that kid from BYU (Jimmer) over him any day of the week.

    Either way, now with Kansas losing last night, it’s very clear to me that whoever is in the top spot has a huge bullseye on their head.

    Meehan

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    1. Ravenation LLC

      The rankings placed Kansas atop of the heap but I felt that Texas was a way better and more balanced team ! As for Sullinger he may well be gettin’ all of the hype and pub’ but ’til he does it on the big stage ala ‘melo when he was at Syracuse then to me he’s (Sullinger) simply just another phenom !

      ‘Nigga’ please it’s all about me ‘ ! Jared Sullinger

      Fredette is simply a pure scorer and hopefully the defensive side of his game will improve. If it does then I take him to be a first round to mid level pick in the NBA Draft !

      ‘I just hope that when I get to the NBA I can get more tail than Shawn Bradley ever did ! Jimmer Fredette

      tophatal …………

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      It’s way too tough to run the table nowadays ! Any team on any given day can get derailed by simply being over confident and complacent. And that’s what happened with Matta’s —— Buckeyes . As for Sullinger he’d better get his head back into his game and stop whining like a bitch because someone allegedly spat at or on him. At the next level in the NBA they’ll be doing far worse than that if his game sucks that’s for sure !

      Your girl Denise ‘Boobs’ Milani . It’d be good to have her up close and personal rubbing against you don’t you think ?

      The rankings (USA/ESPN) placed Kansas at #1 and had Texas at #2 but I’d have preferred to seen the Longhorns at #1 as they’re by far the better and more well round team than the Jayhawks .

      Simply baring all just for you Sofia Vergara .

      tophatal ……………..

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  2. UT, as much as it pains me to say, is probably the best team in the country right now. They have a deep, young core of talent and coach Barnes has those guys playing excellent ball. I’m not sure who else really “scares” me right now outside of Duke. I like how you said Ohio St. doesn’t play well in a big stage; it normally doesn’t. And every Big East team seems to beat up on each other, so I’m not real sure who else there is…Kansas?

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    1. smurfed

      The Longhorns are by far in a way the best team in men’s basketball at present but as usual the coaches and writers show their bias rather than using objectivity as their premise .

      Kansas like the Buckeyes aren’t as good as advertised . But we’ll see when it all counts in the NCAA Tournament .

      tophatal ………

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  3. Everything we do in this country is all about a snapshot of “right now,” a glimpse of the present upon which we are supposed to accurately extrapolate the future. In this case, we spend a lot of time blathering about who the best team in the country is, when it really only matters come tournament-seeding time. By Sweet 16 weekend, we will know who the contenders and pretenders are, and the games will sort it out nicely until we get to the best team.

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    1. JW

      It’s that way because it’s what personifies this country when it comes to sports ! They simply don’t look at the body or work over the course of a season and as you it’s about the here and now ! Who the hell gives a sh_t about a team going unbeaten in the regular season if they get upended in the championship game ? As the saying goes ….. ‘ second place is for “losers” as everyone remembers a winner ‘ !

      Things will sort itself out come time for the NCAA Tournament !

      tophatal ………………

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