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07:28 AM ET 07.04 | Far be it for Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta to go off-script. [Matta] has a nonconference scheduling formula that works for him and he sticks to it, which means that fans hoping for some terrific home games in November and December seem destined to be disappointed. ... Although it's a downer for fans to pay for a seemingly endless succession of "games" that don't have the entertainment value of a Brady Bunch rerun, trying to blame these nonconference stinkers for the Buckeyes' poor shooting against Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament is ridiculous. Matta would play Kentucky, Duke and Kansas every year if he thought it would guarantee him a spot in the Final Four.

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July 4, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Yes, too bad he doesn't have the stones like John Beilein and play the cream of the crop in his non-conference games.

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July 4, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Thad matta sure as hell ain't the handsomest coach in sports. Whew what a terrible mug?

I wouldn't be ragging on anyone's looks with with an avatar like yours.

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July 4, 2013  01:30 PM ET
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Yes, too bad he doesn't have the stones like John Beilein and play the cream of the crop in his non-conference games.

Strangely, I agree. Matta does his program no favors by scheduling creampuffs in the non-conference early season. Simply stated, if you want to become the elite, you must play against the elite. A coach won't get an accurate gauge of his team's strengths and weaknesses with LSOPs in the late fall.

Another thing: the CBB polls are not like CFB polls. Schools bounce up and down in the top 25 on a mercurial and regular basis. NCAA tournament seedings are not necessarily predicated on W/L records, but on strength of schedule as well as performance in the post-conference tournys. Padding a schedule early in the season with pushovers only serves to give your players a false sense of proficiency.

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July 4, 2013  02:27 PM ET
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Yes, too bad he doesn't have the stones like Tom Izzo and play the cream of the crop in his non-conference games.

FIFY

 
July 5, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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It would guarantee him three losses every year and BB9 and Harley wearing blue a week every year too.

Not necessarily. Ohio State beat the living s*** out of my Blue Devils season before last.

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