Could Fred Hoiberg leave the Bulls and return to college coaching at Ohio State?

Could Fred Hoiberg leave the Bulls and return to college coaching at Ohio State?

Could Fred Hoiberg leave the Bulls and make a return to college coaching?

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish tweeted Wednesday night that the Bulls' head coach is a "real candidate" to succeed Thad Matta at Ohio State.

Matta's 13-year tenure with the Buckeyes ended earlier this week, when Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith opted to make a change as poor results in offseason recruiting accompanied a diminishing win total in Columbus.

Hoiberg had great success in the college ranks, leading Iowa State to four NCAA tournament appearances in his five seasons at his alma mater. After the 2014-15 season, which featured the Cyclones' second straight Big 12 Tournament championship, Hoiberg left to succeed Tom Thibodeau as the head coach of the Bulls.

Things haven't gone exactly as hoped on the West Side, as Hoiberg has posted an 83-81 record in two seasons, the first of which featured the Bulls missing the playoffs. This season, the Bulls made a first-round playoff exit, losing their series with the top-seeded Boston Celtics.

Given the performance over the past two seasons, Hoiberg's job status going forward has been a frequent topic of discussion. But the Bulls' brass said after the season ended that Hoiberg would be back as the team's coach for the 2017-18 season.

While the prestige of an NBA job — particularly with a franchise as iconic as the Bulls — remains high, Ohio State is considered one of the top jobs in college hoops. The abundant resources of one of the highest-profile athletics departments in the country are made even greater by Ohio State's membership in the Big Ten, one of the best conferences in college basketball. Matta, Ohio State's all-time winningest coach, led the Buckeyes to a pair of Final Fours and a national championship game appearance during the heyday of his tenure.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Would Jordan's Bulls have won 8 straight titles?


Bulls Talk Podcast: Would Jordan's Bulls have won 8 straight titles?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Vincent Goodwill look past the Bulls loss to the Knicks and debate if free agents Isaiah Thomas or Jabari Parker be a good fit on the Bulls. Plus why Fred Hoiberg is in the midst of his best coaching in his Bulls tenure. Kendall also explains why he’s not convinced that Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine can coexist on the court together. And is Collin Sexton the right or wrong player for the team come draft time? Plus the debate between KG and Vincent on IF the Bulls would have won 8 straight titles had Jordan not retired.

Bulls make history for 3-point futility in loss to Knicks


Bulls make history for 3-point futility in loss to Knicks

It was a bad night for the Bulls from beyond the arc. That's putting it lightly, seeing as it was perhaps their worst 3-point performance under Hoiberg and, for volume's sake, one of the worst in NBA history.

Let's try to break it down with the numbers, beginning with the raw ones: The Bulls shot 3 of 30 (10%) from 3-point range in their 110-92 loss to the Knicks. Those three makes all came from bench players (Bobby Portis, Noah Vonleh, Antonio Blakeney). Their starters were an incredible 0-for-19 from beyond the arc. The reserves looked like the Rockets in comparison, going a blistering 3-for-11.

The Bulls began the game missing their first eight 3-point attempts in the first quarter, then another to begin the second quarter. Vonleh broke the skid with a triple, making the Bulls 1-for-10. The Bulls missed their next two triples before Portis splashed home his only deep make of the night. The Bulls were then 2-for-13. They finished the second quarter 2-for-12, and the first half 2-for-20.

They somehow managed to attempt just two 3-pointers in the third quarter, both misses. Then they missed their first two attempts of the fourth quarter before Blakeney's triple with 8:00 left in the fourth quarter. It'd be the last triple the Bulls made - they missed their final five attempts.

OK, got that all? It wasn't pretty. Here's how not pretty it was, dating back to 1983-84 (major shoutout to Basketball Reference for having these stats available):

-- Prior to tonight, only three teams in NBA history had attempted 30 or more 3-pointers and made less than 10 percent of them. The Bulls are now the fourth.

1. 2016 Rockets: 3 of 35 (8.6%)
2. 2017 Nets: 3 of 33 (9.1%)
3. 2018 Suns: 3 of 32 (9.4%)
4. 2018 Bulls: 3 of 30 (10.0%)

-- The 10% shooting from 3 was the second worst performance from deep under Hoiberg.

1. 2016 vs. Warriors: 1 of 20 (5%)
2. 2018 at Knicks: 3 of 30 (10%)
3. 2016 vs. Heat: 1 of 8 (12.5%)
4. 2016 at Pistons: 2 of 15 (13.3%)

And to put it all in perspective, the Bulls' 3 of 30 shooting from deep was nearly twice as bad as Pistons center Andre Drummond's career 3-point field goal percentage: 5 of 26 (19.2%).

Not great, Bob. But for the tanking crowd, it was a helluva night.