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As a Buckeye fan my biggest complaint, and the one I hear most from others, is that Matta doesn't use his bench. Even in blowouts he tends to only get the backups in the last 2-4 minutes of the game. This year we have a 5-star 7 footer who hardly ever plays despite us not having a true center (Sully is only 6'9''). Come tournament time I think the short bench is what really hurts Matta.
Oh, just for fun off the top of my head. My criteria is "If I was starting a program tomorrow, who would I want to hire to run my program?" I'm not factoring in age or how much I may dislike a certain Master of Flops:
Anyone not ranking Ryan and Matta right after Izzo (order doesn't matter) is wrong. These 3 are obviously the best 3 coaches in the league. Wins and losses are all that matters and both of them have impeccable credentials in this regard.
I'd put B__ slightly higher, probably 4; his teams play much better D than they're given credit for. I know I know, it's blasphemy to give a UM coach props, but they're arguably a better defensive team than offensive team.
This post was edited by MalibuMan 2 years ago
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
It's Izzo and Bo Ryan clearly at 1 and 2 for me. At this very moment, I'd go with Painter and Beilein in the 3 and 4 slots.
I think a lot of you have Tubby and Crean overrated. I will love coach Crean for his work at MSU, but his teams play with pretty much the opposite of Izzo toughness. I also think Izzo is about 100-2 against those two guys combined, so they aren't causing him many problems.
I've been thinking lately how Matta is the Brett Bielema of basketball coaches. Gets really good talent especially at the "big" positions. Uses size and athleticsm to grind smaller, weaker teams into oblivion and win by big margins. Makes mind baffling in-game decisions in close games, loses close games at a larger rate than he should. Fails in post-season.
Matta is obviously #2. The guy has a bunch of Big Ten titles, won probably the most Big Ten tourneys, played for a Natty, and is never out of the top 10.
If Bo was one of the best "in game coaches," his team wouldn't be bounced in the first weekend of the tourney to a 10 seed every year.
This post was edited by SpartanElement 2 years ago
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