first_imgSaif Ali Khan sports lean mean look for Sacred Games 2Saif Ali Khan opens up on how he prepared for Sacred Games 2.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 15:43 IST Saif Ali Khan opens up on how he prepared for Sacred Games 2.Actor Saif Ali Khan went through a physical transformation for the second season of Sacred Games to showcase the change in his story graph.With the second season, Saif will be back as police officer Sartaj Singh, who is trapped in a race against time to save Mumbai from an attack.”Even though in the book, Sartaj Singh is a fit, well-dressed guy, when the series starts, he is in a bad place and is someone who doesn’t really care about what he looks like. So it was fine for him to be a bit overweight,” Saif said. “But now that the action is picking up, I thought we should bring him up to what he actually is like — he is eating less and taking more drugs, which would naturally lead to a bit of weight loss and why he’s looking leaner,” he added.Asked what he did to get in shape, the actor said: “The physical preparation involved going to the gym and eating right for the role. Playing a Sardar cop, you have to look the part.”The second season of Sacred Games will open on August 15. It also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Luke Kenny, Ranvir Shorey, and Shobita Dhulipala among others.Also read | Saif Ali Khan reveals Sacred Games might not have a third season. Details insideAlso read | Sacred Games 2: Is Pankaj Tripathi’s character Guruji inspired by this popular religious leader?Also read | Sacred Games 2 to Typewriter: 9 Netflix thrillers to binge watch this monsoonadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Saif Ali KhanFollow NetflixFollow Sacred Games 2 Nextlast_img read more

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) attempts a 3-pointer in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State has not been a team that relies on 3-point shooting this season.Its offensive strength has come from the ability of its forwards to find space inside and to outscore opponents by significant margins in the paint. The Buckeyes strayed from that identity Thursday, however, attempting 40 triples in their game against South Dakota State. They tried to live and die by the 3. They nearly died.Despite the fact its inefficient 3-point shooting nearly cost Ohio State the game, the team might have to go back to that strategy and hope for more success when the fifth-seeded Buckeyes return to the court Saturday to face fourth-seeded Gonzaga.The Bulldogs are a team without many clear flaws. Gonzaga is bigger than Ohio State and is one of the best post teams in the nation — both offensively and defensively. It has the sixth-best rebounding margin of any team in the nation and averages the 12th-most points per game and 48th-fewest points allowed. There is one potential weakness Ohio State can exploit: Gonzaga’s struggles defending shots from long range.The Bulldogs have allowed opposing teams to make 34.9 percent of shots from 3 this season, 164th in the nation. In all but one of its four losses, Gonzaga allowed teams to make at least 47 percent of 3-point attempts.Despite Gonzaga’s issues defending triples, teams have not always tried to bludgeon them from beyond the arc. No team has attempted as many as the 40 shots from 3 Ohio State attempted Thursday, and only six times have opponents even attempted at least 25 3s.That strategy was not lost on Ohio State in the first matchup. The Buckeyes attempted 20 shots from 3, but only six landed. At times, Ohio State has been a strong 3-point shooting team. At others, it has not. It has made over 40 percent of 3s in 10 of its 33 games and has four times reached double-digit makes. However, nine times this season Ohio State has made fewer than 30 percent of 3s and three times fewer than 20 percent. This inconsistent shooting trend was perfectly exemplified during its first-round matchup with South Dakota State. Ohio State made just two of its first nine attempts from beyond the arc before knocking down six of its next eight attempts from long range. The Buckeyes made just four of their final 23 3-point shots.The one constant between a majority of the attempts was that South Dakota State tended to ease off the Buckeyes and allow them to attempt the 3s. The Jackrabbits seemed comfortable letting Ohio State rattle off 40 shots — a strategy that seemed to work with Ohio State missing 28 of them. Part of the reason Ohio State might have been shooting so frequently from 3 against South Dakota State is because the Jackrabbits are a group that thrives using that offensive style. They attempted 31 3s with 13 makes in the game, leading to a tie for the most 3-point attempts by two teams in an NCAA Tournament game. This season, their 39.3 3-point make percentage ranks 25th in the nation.When faced off against an opponent that likes to attempt a lot of 3s, Ohio State has often tried to mirror the approach.While it won’t be facing a team that lives and dies by the 3, Ohio State will need to be ready for an opponent that can score from deep if given the chance. Gonzaga has made 37 percent of 3-point shots, but relies more heavily on its post play to pick up points. The team has reached double-digit made-3-pointers in 16 of its 35 games and finds that 32 percent of its total points come from 3s, just slightly more than the average team in the country.Ohio State will not need to be making 3s to keep up with another team that will be shooting them all night. But Gonzaga’s offense is one that will be tough to slow down inside and can burn the team outside as well. The Buckeyes can’t afford to abandon their 3-point shooting. Facing a team like Gonzaga that is so strong inside defensively and can be beat from long range, making 3s will be a critical part of scoring. However, Gonzaga is so efficient offensively that the Buckeyes can’t have another game where they miss 28 3-pointers. Against the 12th-seeded Jackrabbits, the Buckeyes can live missing wide-open 3s.It won’t if that happens again Saturday against Gonzaga. read more