Lamb Chat Archive: Feb. 7

Bucknuts basketball reporter Kyle Lamb dropped in Tuesday evening for a chat with Bucknuts premium subscribers. We have a transcript from the chat posted below.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:13:05 PM)
ok folks, let's go ahead and begin

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:13:44 PM)
Hello I didn't get to see the game saturday. Ronald Lewis seemed to be coming on, was he injured? Or was sylvester just playing better. Only had 2 pts and 1 assist.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:14:51 PM)
I attribute a lot of Lewis' lack of success on Saturday to the fact Minnesota was packing three people down low on Dials, and the baseline was pretty much rendered unavailable. Therefore, Lewis' penetration was taken away and he just never got any open looks from the outside.

labuck (Feb 7, 2006 9:15:47 PM)
What's your gut feeling with Mayo, Walker, and Ellis? Still a package deal to where ever Huggins goes? Where do they go if Huggins doesn't take a job? Give me your best guess?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:16:30 PM)
I still believe they go where Huggins goes. The odds of Huggins not taking a job is rather slim. Walker and Mayo are definitely going to play together. Ellis is most likely to follow, although it's not set in stone.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:17:36 PM)
Foster seemed to regain his stroke. Looked good early in the season, but had some poor shooting nights in recent games. Is he the key to how far this team goes?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:18:41 PM)
I believe he is. Ohio State needs a consistent go-to guy, and he's been the closest thing they've had to one. He seems to be regaining his elevation on his shot after going through a period of tired legs and generally slumping. With him playing like he was earlier in the season, Ohio State is a much better team.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:19:00 PM)
With that said, is the NCAA going to determine how far this team really goes. Any indication of another year of postseason ban.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:19:36 PM)
I will truly be shocked if there is any more postseason, but even if there is, it will not be this year. If another year were added (and again, I don't see it), Ohio State plans to appeal which means it won't be served this season.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:19:58 PM)
So essentially, Ohio State will be in the NCAA Tournament this season regardless

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:21:04 PM)
They would risk Oden Conley Lighty and Cook by appealing in a worst case scenario?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:22:23 PM)
Yes, because they feel they would win the appeal based on precedent and they don't feel this current set of players should suffer a second consecutive season for a coach that was fired, an AD that retired, a player that graduated three seasons ago and a loan to a foreign kid that never played a game for Ohio State - given to him over 5 years ago

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:22:28 PM)
Who is the best team in the Big 10 at this time?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:23:18 PM)
Playing Iowa in Iowa City is the toughest game at this time, but I feel the best team in the Big Ten is probably Michigan State as of this moment in time. However, I feel Ohio State is right there with Illinois, Iowa and Indiana real close.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:24:50 PM)
Is Foster out of his slump?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:25:07 PM)
Yes, I believe he is. He had tired legs and he seems to be back to full strength

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:26:42 PM)
Playing in Iowa City is the Toughest game. Will we ever here those statements about the Schott? I know smith said he was going to look into the atmosphere at the Home games, but do you see a change in the near future?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:27:43 PM)
When I say toughest game, I just mean Iowa is playing the best at home. A lot of small things can be done to improve the Schottenstein Center atmosphere, but the bottome line is that a majority of credit/blame should be placed on the fans attending. If they go to games and make noise like they have done in bigger games, we wouldn't even be discussing this.

Guest (Feb 7, 2006 9:27:48 PM)
Kyle, I believe you said Yancy Gates is probably not looking at OSU because of depth issues. I would think Oden would be gone by the time he arrives and in a best case, the Bucks would have Lauderdale, Kosta, and Mullens for the center and power forward positions. Is this the "too much depth that he is worried about"?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:28:13 PM)
A question was asked about Yancy Gates probably not attending Ohio State because of depth...

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:28:55 PM)
Depth is definitely the concern with Gates. With (potentially) Kosta Koufos at the PF position, and guys like David Lighty and Jon Diebler on the wing, I think Gates realizes there will be a lot of people in front of him.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:29:00 PM)
Who will be the next recruit to commit?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:29:42 PM)
Just based on timeframe if nothing else, Dallas Lauderdale is the guy that would chronologically be the next one to be nearing a decision. That will probably happen anywhere from March to May in my best guess.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:32:23 PM)
How Good is Cook. Is he 1 and done like Oden is believed to be. Any comparisons to former College players, or HS players that jumped to the NBA. Obviously I kow he's good.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:33:34 PM)
Cook is probably a 2-year guy as well, just like I think Oden will be. Cook is actually more inclined to leave early than is Greg Oden. Cook will leave when he is good enough, although he would like to accomplish some things on the team level before he did. The comparison to Ray Allen comes up most often with Cook.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:33:37 PM)
Could you compare Mullens game with Lauderale's?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:34:49 PM)
Much, much different. Although they both are limited to within a couple feet of the basket as to what they do, Lauderdale has a big wingspan and is a force defensively, while Mullens is known for being bigger and very quick for his size. He runs the floor well. They both will need to continue develop to live up to their enormous potential.

wwt (Feb 7, 2006 9:36:30 PM)
I live in the Cincinnati area and I heard that the NCH coach can't wait for his junior class to be gone. I'm sure I'd be full of myself too if I got all the attention they do, but is that the norm or are guys like Oden the norm?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:37:47 PM)
Jamie Mahaffey certainly has his hands full with the attention that NCH receives and the pressure Dwain Barnes probably puts on the program, but I would imagine he has to at least cherish having that kind of talent. Guys like Oden are not the norm. It's rare for a player of his stature to have that kind of attitude.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:37:59 PM)
Any chance Coach Matta becomes interested in the IU job in the near future?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:38:50 PM)
Very unlikely. Privately, I've heard Matta feels he can accomplish anything at Ohio State that he could at Indiana. The job will always be of interest to him, but in the near future, barring unforseen change in circumstance, Matta intends to stay.

labuck (Feb 7, 2006 9:38:53 PM)
Kyle, I know sometimes we pay too much attention to whether a guy is a 4star or 5star player when sometimes I'm sure those guys are very close. That said, what do you think is holding back Diebler and Lauderdale from being thought of as 5star players and in your opinion will they be move up the board to that rating by the time they leave high school?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:41:07 PM)
Generally the top 40 to 50 players are considered 5-star, at least by Scout's rankings, so for that reason I anticipate Lauderdale being considered just that by this spring. Lauderdale missed some time on the national circuit because of his mother's health, so that didn't help any with his ranking, especially since he missed the ABCD Camp. He just needs consistency. Diebler on the other hand, has to get stronger, better with the ball and also could be more consistent. I see Diebler as a top 75 type of guy, but won't reach "5-star" status. Lauderdale will probably be thought of that.

Guest (Feb 7, 2006 9:41:13 PM)
holic, how do you feel about offering some of these guys so early in their high school careers?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:41:23 PM)
xmas asked about offering kids so early in high school...

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:42:14 PM)
I personally don't like it. I, as a coach, would not want to really start offering kids until they are a junior in high school. But the problem is that with basketball, recruiting has started so early and so many kids are making decisions by the time they are a junior, if you wait that long to offer many of these kids, you'll lose them.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:42:55 PM)
I know people talk about Obrien for the wrong reasons nowadays, but he seemed to be an exceptional coach in the half court offensive sets, and out of bounds plays. Is this an area that Matta is lacking, or has execution just been a problem? I know they have different styles, but it seems that OSU struggles in half court sets.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:43:57 PM)
My personal opinion is that it's a weakness of Matta's. I'm sure it will come with experience (we forget that Matta is only 38 years old and has just 5 years experience as a head coach), but the success rate at the end of halves/games/and in set-play situations have not been good in a year and a half's time.

wwt (Feb 7, 2006 9:44:13 PM)
Everyone is concerned about Matta moving on. I can't see why he couldn't accomplish everything he wants at OSU. Texas is both a football and basketball school - Ohio State can be as well. The thing I'd like about being the coach at OSU is the vast alumni base around the country. I can see fans supporting OSU basketball in places like a visit to UCLA or Texas just like they do football.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:44:44 PM)
Matta's interests lie within the Big Ten, so even if a school like Texas came calling, they wouldn't get anywhere. But as far as what you said, Matta feels the way you do.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:44:49 PM)
Conley, Cook, and Oden all playing in the McDonald's All-American game?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:45:08 PM)
Yes, provided they are officially picked (and all three should be), they will be playing.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:46:40 PM)
Thoughts on Othella Hunter?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:47:15 PM)
I think he brings a lot to the table. Good defender, shot-blocker, talented offensively, and decent rebounder. He is still learning, so it's tough to say just how good he can and will be.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:47:24 PM)
Starting lineup for the Buckeyes next season?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:47:56 PM)
As of today, I would say Jamar Butler, Daequan Cook, Ronald Lewis, Matt Terwilliger or Ivan Harris and Greg Oden.

buckmark (Feb 7, 2006 9:48:26 PM)
Why do think Mayes is not contributing like many thought he would?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:49:40 PM)
Confidence is a great part of it. In practice, I have heard that he looks good a lot of times, but he just seems to be pressing. Sometimes the adjustment to major D-I basketball can be hard for times. That's one reason coaches don't like recruiting JUCO's because while they might contribute and be more ready than freshmen, the transition can hit them too and if it takes a season, you only get one good season out of them.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:52:06 PM)
We have about 5 more minutes if there are any more questions?

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:52:20 PM)
Will OSU be a preseason top 5 team next year? And how would you compare Cook to Redd?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:53:38 PM)
I tend to believe they will be ranked in the No. 3 to 5 range to start the season. Cook is nothing like Redd. Cook's game is more well-rounded. He's more of a mid-range player with a nice outside stroke, while Redd made his living on dribble penetration. Cook is the better passer, however, and probably a better defender.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:53:42 PM)
How far is this team going in the NCAA tourney?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:54:34 PM)
As far as their rebounding and interior defense will take them. They need Mayes to step up to provide quality depth, and Foster, Butler and Lewis have to take control of the game in the final 5 minutes. If all that goes favorably, Ohio State could sneak into the regionals and maybe even a Final Four is not out of the question.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:54:43 PM)
Otherwise, I think it's a 2nd round team.

labuck (Feb 7, 2006 9:54:59 PM)
Kyle, are you aware of whether the players of the past are big supporters of the program? Out here I see many former UCLA players now in the NBA at Pauley Pavillion, and I was wondering if guys like Jim Jackson or Clark Kellogg or anyone are excited about the direction of the program and lending their support?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:55:34 PM)
The reception from former players has been very good, from what I understand. Matta has established a great relationship with many former players. Redd and Jackson are two of many.

buckmark (Feb 7, 2006 9:55:38 PM)
Is the game with Duke still a possibility for next year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:55:52 PM)
Possible yes, but I understand they are having a hard time getting it negotiated

wwt (Feb 7, 2006 9:55:56 PM)
I've heard 7 teams from the Big10 go to the Dance - agree?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:56:16 PM)
Absolutely. I would not see any situation otherwise unless Wisconsin really goes down the drains.

buckmark (Feb 7, 2006 9:56:21 PM)
When will next year's class arrve in Columbus? Do they come during the summer and get involved in the Worthngton summer league?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:56:36 PM)
They should be in Columbus in June - in time for the McD's league in Worthington

wwt (Feb 7, 2006 9:56:42 PM)
Will O'brien get a sniff at a job next year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:57:03 PM)
He could have had the UMass job if he wanted it. I am guessing he will have one or two more opportunities, but it's just a matter of whether he takes it.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:57:07 PM)
Matta Big 10 coach of the year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:57:34 PM)
Really tough call. To this point of the season, I would say Steve Alford. But it's a tight race.

wwt (Feb 7, 2006 9:57:40 PM)
Real quick - any word on who UC might have a chance of getting for a coach?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:58:11 PM)
It's Skip Prosser's job if he wants it. I don't think he has decided or thought too much about it just yet, but at the end of the season, make no mistake he will strongly consider the job.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 9:58:15 PM)
Next 3 games most important stretch of the year?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 9:58:49 PM)
Most definitely. They really need these two wins against Michigan and Illinois, then they have at least some wiggle room heading to Madison and East Lansing.

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 9:59:03 PM)
Best basketball conference, Big 10 or Big East?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 10:00:03 PM)
The Big East is better at the very top and there is not really many easy games, but I consider the Big Ten to be more impressive with their 11 teams than the Big East with 16.

wwt (Feb 7, 2006 10:00:13 PM)
FYI - that's the word in Cincinnati - Prosser.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 10:00:54 PM)
Basically just what I've said. The job is his if he wants it. He still has a home in Cincinnati, and people believe he will take the job, although I could see a scenario where he stays at Wake and finishes his career there

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 10:01:15 PM)
Then the trickle down affect would have Huggins at WV in the near future?

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 10:01:25 PM)
Most likely

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 10:01:57 PM)
Alright folks, I do have to be going, unfortunately! Thanks for joining me. We will have another chat in two weeks from today - February 21, I believe it is.

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 10:02:15 PM)
I will be in Ann Arbor on Thursday and will give a full report

labuck (Feb 7, 2006 10:02:22 PM)
Kyle, thank you for your time!! Go Bucks!!

TheKaiser21 (Feb 7, 2006 10:02:24 PM)
Thx Kyle

MJ (Feb 7, 2006 10:02:25 PM)
Thanks and great job Kyle!

Kyle S. Lamb (Feb 7, 2006 10:02:28 PM)
Take care!


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