- Apr 18, 2010
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OU brought back a sweet 16 team last year and couldn't get it together. I know Akron didn't switch coaches, but you never know how the season will play out.
Is Toledo eligible next year?
OU was still a damn good basketball team this year. They only lost to one MAC team - Akron - 3 times. I agree that we don't know how the season will play out, but he Zips' returning roster + Dambrot's track record gives me confidence they'll be playing Saturday night in Cleveland.
Not sure on Toledo...I thought it was only one year, could be wrong though.
The Bobcats were still a solid team, but I maintain that had Groce stayed, Ohio probably wins every out of conference game sans maybe Memphis. This group was absolutely perfect for Groce's system and personality. Christian knew that he had to try to play a similar style to what they played last season in order to have the best chance to win. That style of play is not his specialty, however, and to me it appeared that the returning players never fully accepted Jim as "their" coach. In Groce's system, that team had all the talent to spend the majority of the season in the top 25. It never really seemed like things were fully clicking even when they were winning games.
To me, it simply looked as if the Bobcats won games based solely on better talent. Then, when matched up against teams of equal or better talent, they lost because of opposing coaches knowing how to better use their own talent. I think Christian is a good coach and will do well at Ohio when he has players that fit his system, but this year was kind of a lose lose situation in a way. The perception is that if you win it's mostly because of the superior talent that Groce brought in, and if you lose, it's mostly because Groce is a better coach.