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2022-2023 Ohio State Men's Basketball

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by ScriptOhio, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    The 2022-2023 season is over a full year off (and a lot can happen between now and then); however, it is still an interesting article:



    The 2022-2023 Ohio State men’s basketball team?
    • Meechie Johnson
    • Eugene Brown
    • Malaki Branham
    • Zed Key
    • Kalen Etzler
    • E.J. Liddell
    • Justice Sueing
    • Justin Ahrens
    • Bruce Thornton
    • Bowen Hardman
    • Roddy Gayle Jr.
    • Felix Okpara
     
  2. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Not ashamed

    Sweep the Home games thats 5 more wins putting us at 21 for the season. That's over the hump at 20 wins. Steal a couple on the road maybe and a couple in the BiG tourney and get a decent seed for the dance.

    Win all the rest of them, possible, and get a low seed as BiG champs. Let's get it!
     
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  4. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    I wish I could pull that trip off.
     
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  5. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Not ashamed

    Damn ya'll a guy gets laid up and all hell broke loose with our boys. Hopefully the rest will make all the difference
     
  6. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Mortal enemy of all things Bucky Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion '18 Keeper League Champ '18 BPCFFB II Champ

    Good to see you back!
     
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  7. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Woo! Welcome back man! Tough going for our boys in your absence. Hope you are healthy for a tournament run!
     
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  8. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Not ashamed

    If they dont play better, I may have to just catch the score. Too much stress for that.
     
  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    The 2022-2023 Ohio State men’s basketball team?
    • Meechie Johnson
    • Eugene Brown
    • Malaki Branham
    • Zed Key
    • Kalen Etzler
    • E.J. Liddell NBA draft
    • Justice Sueing
    • Justin Ahrens
    • Bruce Thornton
    • Bowen Hardman
    • Roddy Gayle Jr.
    • Felix Okpara
    Even if Ahrens and Sueing return, I look for Holtmann to get a couple players out of the transfer portal to fill out the roster to 13.
     
  10. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    I'll be surprised if Branham is back.
     
  11. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Have a terrific class coming in next season. This season had some promise but ultimately injuries led to the now traditional February/March swoon.

    Next year will show a lot. I can't say I'm not somewhat disappointed with the Holtmann era thus far. I had high expectations, but his teams have just collapsed each year as they got into the meat of the B1G schedule.

    I'm not on the "Fire Holtmann" wagon. What people need to realize is that basketball will always be second fiddle in Columbus to the monster in Ohio Stadium. It is wht it is. Even if people start calling for Holtmann's head, he wins 20 games a year, runs a clean program and gets them to the tournament. I think it will take a serious implosion, similar to the end of Matta's tenure to push him out. Basketball just isn't as important here.

    Should make us appreciate what Matta did here up until 2014 or so even more. Problem is, a large portion of the fanbase views that as what should be the norm here, and history tells us it just isn't. What Holtmann is doing right now is basically at, or a little above tOSU basketball's historical norm.
     
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Yeah, you're probably right. Most mock drafts have him as a late 1st round pick:

    19. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Malaki Branham (Ohio State, SG, Freshman)
    Entering the NCAA tournament shooting 42.5 percent from three and 46.2 percent on two-point jumpers, Branham has gradually built steam as a three-level scoring first-round prospect. Skill and a sense of maturity/poise make it easier to look past his average athletic traits.

    20. [​IMG] Denver Malaki Branham 6-5 180 SF Ohio St. Fr.

    25. Dallas Mavericks Malaki Branham Ohio State Guard Freshman
    30. MALAKI BRANHAM
    Guard,Oklahoma City Thunder
    [​IMG]
    A somewhat raw prospect, Branham has already established that he can defend on the wing and has hinted at a tantalizing package as a self-creator. He’d be a bet for the future, but one the Thunder should have no problem making.
     
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  13. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Him coming back would be enormous. But, yeah, I'd say the chances are extremely remote.
     
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  14. nomatta

    nomatta Senior

    I like Holtmann but was thinking all the same things this afternoon. He is in the unenviable position of following arguably the best basketball coach OSU has ever had. A lot of our fans have football perspective and simply don't understand why OSU can't win the conference and make Final Fours semi-regularly. They say "well if Thad can do it," like there's nothing all that special about what Thad did. And even in Thad's peak years I remember a lot of the same personalities complaining about how Thad didn't beat blue-blood enough or how he'd probably never get us a National Championship or how he underachieved with the talent he got as if we were just swimming in 5-stars all the time.

    Obviously we all want higher highs for the program than what we've gotten to enjoy in the past decade or so. I do think it starts with the fact that Holtmann's OSU has rarely had a distinct talent advantage in most high major match-ups, and I'm hoping the 2022 and 2023 recruiting is a start to that shifting a little bit upwards in the future.
     
  15. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    This is definitely a make or break season for Holtmann
     
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