I think this AIM-listed tech stock is beginning to fulfil its potential

first_img See all posts by Michael Baxter I think this AIM-listed tech stock is beginning to fulfil its potential Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Michael Baxter | Friday, 24th January, 2020 | More on: PRSM “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Michael Baxter has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Blue Prism (LSE: PRSM) is a company operating in the intelligent automation, or robotic process automation (RPA), space. It has just revealed a chunky loss but if we look closer, I think it’s misunderstood by the markets.It all boils down to recurring revenue and to illustrate that, I’ll use  an analogy with an old-fashioned life assurance salesperson. It might take a lot to secure a new customer, but once that’s achieved, the salesperson can enjoy the commission for years. Blue Prism has been spending a lot on marketing, that’s the main reason why 2019 saw a big loss. But the revenue that will accrue from new business acquisition could continue for years.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Blue Prism invented the acronym RPA that actually has very little to do with what most of us think of when we hear the word robot. RPA is actually about software and automating tasks, often mind-numbingly dull tasks, often carried out in process-driven organisations such as banks or insurance companies.RPA has been subject to enormous hype and some backlash too. It’s not necessarily easy for a company to start on its RPA journey, and maybe some RPA companies have promoted the technology too hard, exaggerating its ease of use, creating a degree of disillusionment.There’s even talk that the RPA industry may actually ditch the acronym altogether to focus on intelligent automation.Hype?Blue Prism is the only one of the three major RPA companies to be listed on the stock market. The other two (UiPath and Automation Anywhere) have collectively raised well over a billion dollars.Such massive fund raising is seen by some as evidence of hype, but it also illustrates how there’s something exciting about the technology in the first place.It could certainly transform productivity at many companies. Some fear resulting job losses, but the RPA companies themselves talk about freeing staff from soul-destroying tedium.Blue Prism’s results for the year to the end of October 2019 revealed an 83% increase in revenues to £101m, but its losses before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were £71.9m. Then again, it had £74.1m in net cash at the end of the period. A loss of that scale might seem worrisome, but bear in mind the long-term benefits from its marketing spend. Monthly recurring revenue (MMR) rose to £10.6m, up roughly two-thirds from the year before.Part of the loss was also explained by the purchase of another company in this space, Thoughtonomy, giving Blue Prism a stronger cloud presence.What I like about RPA is that the ‘barriers to exit’ are quite low. Once a company is using a particular system, there’s a good chance it will stay with it. Certainly, client retention rates in this space are very high.The Blue Prism customer count increased from 992 to 1,677 last year. New clients included Audi, Amazon, Bank of China, Consolidated Edison, the International Monetary Fund, L’Oréal and the United States Department of Justice.The company expects to upsell its product to many of its customers, and it’s this scaling up of the technology within companies that provides the real opportunity to increase sales at a relatively modest cost. This is the reason why I think Blue Prism shares will go up, eventually.last_img read more

Daniels: U.S. may lose more than just Donovan

first_imgA few weeks ago, I wrote a column that overflowed with optimism at the rapidly growing scene that has been soccer in the U.S. over the last decade.But that was before American soccer star Landon Donovan had an interview with ESPN FC, ESPN’s soccer blog, revealing his reservations about continuing his career.While the 30-year-old Donovan had made references to his potential retirement after the conclusion of the 2010 World Cup, it seemed more of a response to the U.S. national team’s disappointing second round exit than as a statement to be taken seriously.Now, after Donovan’s interview – something that has become an increasingly rare occurrence since the World Cup – Donovan’s U.S. soccer future seems much more bleak than ever before. While you never want to think one player is bigger than the team or, in this case, the entire soccer scene in the United States, Donovan may be one player that proves that old adage wrong.Since he first burst onto the scene as a young player, making his first appearance in a World Cup game at the tender age of 20, Landon Donovan has quickly become the most successful American soccer player in history.And no, that’s not an overstatement.As far as all-time statistics go, Donovan leads the U.S. national team in almost every category. He holds the record for most goals (49), most assists (48), most games started (130) and most points (146). The only category that Donovan has yet to conquer is total appearances (a number he could easily overtake should he continue playing through the next World Cup), as he currently sits in second place behind Cobi Jones.So when Donovan admitted in the tell-all interview that he has struggled with motivation throughout much of the latter part of his career and said there is only a “50-50” chance he will play in the 2014 World Cup, it was no surprise that his statements had reverberations throughout the U.S. soccer community.After all, Donovan has meant more to American soccer than just a set of records.His rise to soccer stardom has directly paralleled soccer’s popularity in the United States – the sport’s popularity even hit its highest point to date all thanks to one single goal by Donovan.Ranked as the 20th greatest moment in sport’s history over the last 20 years by ESPN, Donovan’s last minute goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup sent the U.S. team into the second round of the tournament and U.S. sports fans into a soccer frenzy.That game would go on to become the most watched soccer game in ESPN history with nearly four million households tuning in to see Donovan’s heroics. On average, the number of American households watching the 2010 World Cup was up over 60 percent from the previous World Cup just four years earlier.Under Donovan’s watch, American soccer has made great strides.While the league started with 12 teams in his first MLS season, it has now grown to 20 teams just 10 years later. Sure, the overall increase in talent in the league has a large part to do with the fact that the league is growing. But Donovan set a precedent for a path not often used by good American players before him – for America’s best and brightest soccer stars to stay in the U.S. domestic league even after his career took off.Over his career, Donovan has motivated thousands of young soccer players to continue playing the sport and, along the way, has convinced even more Americans to become soccer fans.With that being said, the potential retirement of U.S. soccer’s greatest player, in the midst of his best form and highest popularity, could send U.S. soccer back into the Stone Age as far as the future of the sport is concerned. After all, Donovan is the face of American soccer.To put it in perspective, just imagine a player like LeBron James retiring from basketball at this stage in his career – having just won his first NBA Championship to go along with a gold medal in the Olympics, James is at the peak of his career.The same is true of Donovan’s career at this point. Donovan comes off a championship-winning MLS season with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he currently boasts nine goals and 14 assists this year despite battling constant injuries.The loss of Donovan would not only hurt the U.S. national team’s chances at improving on its second round exit in the most recent World Cup, but more importantly it would hurt soccer’s chances for continued growth in the United States as well.Donovan is more than just a soccer player; he has become a brand, a walking promotion for American soccer.The day Donovan plays his last game for the national team will mark the end of an era of considerable growth in American soccer, and only time will tell if Donovan’s influence on the game can ever be replicated.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism. What do you think Landon Donovan’s retirement would mean to the fate of American soccer? Email him at [email protected] or on Twitter @npdaniels31.last_img read more

Watch the Dodgers’ home run derby against the Angels in Thursday’s Spring Training Game

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Tonight’s Dodgers-Angels game is like a Led Zeppelin concert. Full of solos— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 23, 2018Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Opening Day for the 2018 MLB season is still days away and the official home run derby is months away but that didn’t stop the Los Angeles Dodgers from having a derby of its own against the Angels in Thursday’s Spring Training game.Yasiel Puig scored the first run of the game with this solo [email protected] absolutely crushed that. #DodgersST pic.twitter.com/vC3TKiscHo— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018 Kike Hernandez joined the fun with a solo home run of his own.All the way up! #DodgersST pic.twitter.com/dgzFNNzhDe— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018 The Angels and Dodgers are playing “can you top this.” Zack Cozart hits one out in the top of the sixth. Cody Bellinger responds by hitting one halfway up the batter’s eye in dead center in the bottom half.Dodgers lead, 4-2. Every run a solo home run.— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) March 23, 2018 Kiss it goodbye, @coreyseager_5. #DodgersST pic.twitter.com/vrckxRneSu— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018Seager reaction:Corey Seager just smacked up that ball 👀 #DodgersST #7Days— ((mitchell morris)) (@sirrom_llehctim) March 23, 2018 More home run derby in the desert. Corey Seager goes deep against Noe Ramirez.— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) March 23, 2018 Flipped to the Dodgers game after the Kings game, and Seager hits a bomb right away!— Jesse Rodriguez (@jesse_rodz) March 23, 2018 Seager’s our x-factor this season.— Larry (@run__lmc) March 23, 2018 Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Ahhhh yes Seager. 😎⚾️— Brown Bag Marie 🧢🌶⚾️ (@morasee) March 23, 2018Cody Bellinger put the game out of reach for the Angels in the Bottom of the 6th [email protected]_Bellinger crushes one to dead center! #DodgersST pic.twitter.com/Sep1Hi56m9— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

CDs, Radio Still Reign Supreme in Music: Who Are These People?

first_imgTags:#music#New Media#web Some surveys come out and my first response is the people asking the questions obviously weren’t talking to me or my friends. A perfect example of this is the latest survey by mobile entertainment company Myxer, which tells us that the CD still reigns supreme, the radio is the top source for music discovery and Pandora – the website designed to play music customized to your expressed taste – ranks second to last in how we find new tunes to add to our collections.While the survey tries to tell us that things haven’t changed as much as we’d like to think, we believe that the scales have tipped and the end of days are near for the old guard.According to the survey, which gathered responses on Poll Daddy from 1,049 users, 74% of respondents still buy CDs and 47% of users said that the regular old radio was still the most popular way for them to discover new music. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The question on where people get their music from, however, was less surprising. While 42% said they got their music from iTunes, the category entitled “Other” came in second place with 23% and we’re willing to bet that “Other”, for many, could stand for Bit Torrents and any other number of illegal methods of acquiring music. One explanation for this, of course, might be the demographic involved – the largest response group, 32% of respondents, was between 35 and 54 years old, while the second largest group, ages 25 to 34 came in at 23%. Or perhaps we still just run in a crowd that tends toward the fringes of music acquisition and discovery, relying on blogs, memory sticks and recommendation systems rather than morning Djs and physical media. “While we have long known that entertainment is inherently social, making word-of-mouth and social media important avenues of discovery for new music, we were surprised to find that radio is still so relevant for discovery among those polled,” said Myk Willis, CEO of Myxer, in a release. “Social media and the mobile internet have NOT killed the radio star, not yet at least.”On this point, we still believe, as many do, that the end is near. A recent report by analyst firm Forrester predicts that the end of the Mayan calendar may not predict the apocalypse, but rather the death of the CD in the 2012. mike melanson That television beats out social networks and Pandora is only slightly more surprising than the absence of such sources as the Web or music magazines. Where is the yearly zeitgeist The Machine or tried and true favorites like Rolling Stone and Blender?center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Barauli MLA’s grandson alleges ragging at AMU

first_imgIn an alleged case of ragging, Vijay Kumar Singh, grandson of Barauli MLA Dalveer Singh, has complained of being verbally assaulted by seniors during introduction at Aligarh Muslim University. A student of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, Mr. Vijay said on Wednesday when he went to attend the classes for the first time, a group of seniors asked him his name and forced him to stand up and move in and out of the class. When he refused, he was abused. He said a proctorial team reached the spot and addressed the matter. “However, when I went to attend another class in the afternoon, I was again stopped and a group of senior students misbehaved with me. It led to a heated argument,” said Mr. Vijay. He has given a written complaint to the proctor.He is the younger brother of Ajay Singh who contested the Students’ Union elections last year and was later suspended for indiscipline. University spokesperson Shafey Kidwai said, “The university administration has taken note of the charges and the complaint against 4-5 students has been forwarded to the anti-ragging committee of the department. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty.”last_img read more

Prosecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The attorney for Woods says the golfer will not attend his arraignment on a driving under the influence charge. Under court rules, Woods’ attorney can enter a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Any other plea would require Woods’ attendance.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Woods, 41, was charged with driving under the influence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and sleeping medication. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Woods did not appear at the Palm Beach County courthouse for his arraignment. Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said the golf superstar agreed to plead guilty at an Oct. 25 hearing and enter the county’s program for first-time DUI offenders.“He is not being treated any different than anyone else,” Ellis said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, entered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge on Woods’ behalf and declined comment as he left the courthouse.Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. If he completes the program, he can ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Woods announced last month he had completed treatment at an out-of-state clinic to deal with his use of prescription medications.His 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Mexico soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school and perform 50 hours of community service. He would also have to attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged and face other conditions. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.If convicted of DUI, Woods would have faced a fine of between $500 and $1,000, had his car impounded for 10 days and other conditions. He also could have been jailed for up to six months, although that was unlikely, received probation and lost his driver’s license for six months to a year.The DUI arrest was the first time Woods had been in trouble since Thanksgiving weekend 2009, when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-Windermere, Florida, home. That led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his two children. He spent 45 days in a Mississippi clinic where he was treated for sex addiction.Woods was arrested at 2 a.m. May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything.Woods didn’t know where he was when asked by officers, and he stumbled and swayed through a field sobriety test, police dashboard camera video showed. Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and Xanax, which treats anxiety and insomnia, to cope with his fourth back surgery in April.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

9 days ago​Chelsea hero Nevin explains Lampard’s secret weapon

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea hero Nevin explains Lampard’s secret weaponby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Pat Nevin has spoken about the secret weapon in the hands of manager Frank Lampard.Nevin spoke about the style of the team and the intensity of their play this season.And he believes that a “secret weapon” that Lampard possesses could be his ability to get maximum effort from every single player.While Chelsea have issues with parts of their game, Nevin cannot help but admire the work ethic of the team in every game under Lampard.In an interview with the club website, Nevin said: “For all the positives we have enjoyed so far this season, including the exciting style, the large number of goals and the hope that has been brought for the future, it is the total effort we love. “Every single player has been pressed to give their best every time by a coach who was exactly like that throughout his career with the Blues. “It may well be that this is Frank’s secret weapon, one that I can promise you not every coach has in his armoury. “We Chelsea fans in the stands and around the world admire, like and respect Frank. “It would appear that everybody in that dressing room feels the same way too.”Long may it last because that is precisely how you get the best out of any group of players.” last_img read more

It Looks Like The Baseball Is Behind MLBs Power Surge

The great home run mystery of 2015-17 has been solved. Maybe.Yesterday, former FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh and prominent sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman published a piece at the Ringer with evidence showing that alterations to the ball might partially explain the spike in home runs over the past two seasons. By physically testing the balls, they found that in addition to changes that make the ball come off the bat faster, the seams were made flatter in a way that could affect the ball’s aerodynamics. With their findings in mind, I examined the rate of home runs per fly ball and found further evidence suggesting that the ball itself may be the culprit.Just after the All-Star Break in 2015, MLB’s home run rate increased without warning or explanation. Since then, it has continued rising, and it now threatens the all-time record set in the heart of the steroid era. In a series of articles at FiveThirtyEight, Lindbergh and I ruled out various explanations for the home run surge, including weather, a wave of young talent, and steroids, leaving alterations to the ball as the most likely answer. It’s either that, or 750 MLB players woke up one morning in 2015 with more pop in their bats. Despite MLB’s repeated denials, Lindbergh and Lichtman reveal that the 2016-17 baseballs have different physical properties — and those changes could explain the record-breaking home run rates. The primary alteration to the ball affected its bounciness, making it come off the bat faster. But Lindbergh and Lichtman also uncovered evidence that the ball’s seams are lower and that its circumference has decreased. Those changes should decrease the ball’s air resistance, so that a new ball should go farther than an old ball that leaves the bat at the same speed.And it turns out the new balls do tend to travel farther. I built a model to predict whether a given fly ball would go over the fence in 2015, based on the launch angle, exit velocity and stadium.1I defined a fly ball as one hit with launch angle greater than 20 degrees. Then I used that model to predict how many home runs there were in 2016.2I used a random forest to produce the results discussed in this article. I also ran a logistic regression, which produced similar findings.If the ball stayed the same, the model should be able to forecast the right number of homers. Instead, the league hit about four percent (201 total) more home runs hit than expected in 2016, even accounting for the higher exit velocities and better launch angles. That’s significantly more than you’d see by chance.3The p value was less than 0.01. The changes can also be seen in the trends of the last few years: If you focus on balls hit with launch angles of between 20 and 40 degrees and exit velocities higher than 100 miles per hour (roughly corresponding to the league’s definition of “barreled balls”), 72.9 percent of those flies ended up over the fence in 2015, compared to 74.7 percent in 2016 and 76.4 percent so far this year. Of course, another possibility is that MLB recalibrated Statcast, the radar tracking system that maps the trajectory of every batted ball, which could cause the same ball to be listed with different exit velocities in 2016 to and 2015. But even if that did happen, it would not resolve the mystery, it would only shift responsibility for the home run spike to inexplicably harder hitting, instead of more favorable ball aerodynamics.It’s possible that weather (temperature, wind or humidity) could be affecting home run rates, but when I examined only domed stadiums, I found the same increase in dingers. I asked baseball physicist Alan Nathan to calculate what effect the new balls could have, and he found that the changes in the seam height and circumference would increase average batted-ball distance something like 1 or 2 feet, raising home run rates by approximately 4 percent — identical to what I observed.Reached for comment, Major League Baseball noted that the league regularly tests baseballs to ensure that they meet established standards, and that recent tests have found that the balls are within those standards. MLB also said that an outside consultant has examined their results and found no reason to suspect that the baseballs in use today would cause an increase in offense.To be sure, the league-wide impact of tweaking the ball’s aerodynamics is small. According to Lindbergh and Lichtman, who note that their experiments are not definitive, the seam height and circumference changes only appeared in 2016, well after the midyear adjustment in 2015 that kicked off the home run surge (that part of the increase is likely attributable to increases in the balls’ bounciness). It’s likely that many factors are contributing to the ongoing spike in home run rates, including hitters adjusting their approaches and favorable weather conditions, but we now have a compelling explanation for the bulk of the spike. read more

Tuesday Take Ohio State mens basketball reaches lowest point

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate loses the ball heading toward the rim against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt had been trending in this direction for a while, but now it seems the Ohio State men’s basketball team has truly hit rock bottom.Since the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, the Buckeyes had been in a downward spiral toward the bottom of the Big Ten Conference. With Saturday’s 58-57 home loss to Nebraska, dropping OSU to 15-13, 5-10 in the Big Ten, the Scarlet and Gray have reached their lowest point in the 13 years coach Thad Matta has been in charge of the program.“I’m like you — dumbfounded,” Matta said.OSU led by seven at the final media timeout with 2:52 remaining on the clock. Over that stretch, Nebraska outscored the Buckeyes 11-3 and forced four OSU turnovers. OSU led by five with 32 seconds left. But a turnover off a jump ball and a 3-point play conversion by Nebraska sophomore guard Glynn Watson Jr. quickly turned the tide against the Buckeyes.The final punch was when senior guard Tai Webster blew up junior forward Jae’Sean Tate’s attempted handoff to senior forward Marc Loving, and Tate threw up a wild shot that missed.With that loss, the 2016-17 season effectively became the first time under Matta that the Buckeyes will finish below .500 in the Big Ten, and the first time OSU will miss the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years — barring a miraculous run to a Big Ten tournament championship.When told in the press conference that OSU would finish below .500 in conference, redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson let out a deep sigh, his anguish showing through. So, what was the mood like in the locker room following the loss?“I don’t know,” Thompson said.Understanding the nature of the descent of the basketball program for fans is puzzling, and definitely is also the case for Thompson. Nebraska was just a sliver of the decline, and was all the more perplexing.“That little stretch right there, it wasn’t just the shot — that last war, you know,” Tate said. “Sending him to the line, getting the jump ball, turning it over, not communicating. When you do things like that back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back, the outcome is going to be difficult to swallow.”Since the 2013-14 season, OSU has won just one NCAA Tournament game and has finished as high as fifth in the conference over that span. Gone are the times OSU competed for a conference titles and were consistent participants in NCAA regionals. Now records are scarred by home losses to Northwestern and Nebraska — not to mention nonconference home losses to Texas Arlington, Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic the past two years. Northwestern’s win in Columbus was the team’s first since 1977, and Saturday was Nebraska’s first-ever win in Columbus.OSU currently sits in 13th place of 14 teams in the Big Ten.Matta couldn’t answer why OSU struggled against the zone on Saturday, when tearing it apart the first time around against Nebraska. Tate attributed it to a lack of thinking and not being on the same page — something that has become commonplace for a program rich in history.“We got to be smarter,” Tate said. “We beat ourselves (Saturday). And we deserve it.” read more