alternate headline: man does job
With Iowa's win, the B1G takes the Challenge!
With Wisconsin's upset over Syracuse, B1G has clinched at least a tie in the Challenge with 3 games left to play tonight (Indiana-Duke(7), Notre Dame-Illinois, Florida State-Iowa).
Games so far BIG - 8, ACC - 6
Big Ten wins
Minnesota Over Clemson, 89-83
Michigan over NC State, 66-59
Purdue(11) over Pittsburgh, 72-59
Northwestern over VTech, 81-79 in OT
Wisconsin over Syracuse(14), 66-58 in OT
MSU(3) over Louisville(24), 71-67
Penn State over BC, 67-58
Iowa over Florida State, 78-75
Wake Forest over Rutgers, 69-68
North Carolina(9) over Maryland(2), 89-81
Virginia(10) over Ohio State, 64-58
Miami(21) over Nebraska, 77-72 in OT
Duke(7) over Indiana, 94-74
Notre Dame over Illinois, 84-79
Has there ever been any official explanation for the scheduling switch that resulted in Michigan facing MSU twice in a row in East Lansing?
At home vs our two biggest rivals then away vs our two biggest rivals is stupid, especially considering it required a switch in venue.
I consider MSU a "top 2" rival now that ND is gone. I consider ND a bigger rival than MSU b/c they are usually better.
I'm not okay with this move by the B1G.
So now that we're at the halfway point of the Big Ten's second season as a hockey conference, what is your impression of the whole reallignment (formation of Big Ten and NCHC, dissolution of CCHA, expansion of HE, merging of WCHA)? Personally I think while it is cool that we play Minnesota and Wisconsin, I miss the traditional matchups against smaller schools that makes college hockey so damn great and I hate that it all happened because of money. And additionally, fewer games are actually on TV because more are being siphoned to online platforms, which just hurts the fans from being able to more easily watch Michigan. What do others think now that we're 1.5 years in?
Big Ten announces it's taking over concussion protocol. Won't leave it to schools. Neutral athletic trainer will be at each event.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) December 8, 2014
I think that this is a good move for player safety, as long as it is properly implemented. Of course each school will have its own medical staff present.
In a universe where Bill Murray actually gets the gopher (source).
1. R. Pitino def. R. Pitino
The best game of college basketball’s opening weekend – one of those now-customary military appreciation contests in a weird venue (a hangar in Puerto Rico this time) – featured Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals and his son, Richard’s Minnesota Golden Gophers. It was a predictably sloppy game, partially because of the heat that required several stoppages in play to wipe perspiration off of the court, partially because it was the season-opener for both teams.
In any case, it was an ugly game. There were a combined 60 fouls in the game, the two teams combined for more made free throws (49) than made field goals (45), and half-court offense for both teams looked like far more difficult than it should have. All of these early-season gimmick locales effectively dilute the quality of play because of the unusual environments and this game fell victim to that also. It wasn’t competitive either: Minnesota held an early 14-10 lead, but Louisville ripped off a 19-2 run. The Gophers didn’t get the deficit to two possessions for the rest of the game.
In the end, Louisville won because Rick was playing with a stacked deck: future lottery pick Montrezl Harrell was outstanding – efficient, with 30 points on 17 shot equivalents – and showcased not only his aggressive and physical interior play, but a good-looking jump shot as well. Minnesota’s backcourt of Deandre Mathieu and Andre Hollins is great in its own right, but they were simply outclassed by Chris Jones and Terry Rozier. Few teams have a guard tandem that can defend like those two and even fewer have a big man who’s comparable to Montrezl Harrell.
2. #lukewarm #gopher #takes
Not a whole lot can be drawn from a game like this – Louisville might be the best team Minnesota faces all year and the game was in a structure built to store helicopters in the Caribbean.
Still, a few observations:
- Mo Walker > Elliott Eliason. Minnesota’s senior center tandem split the minutes evenly, but Walker got the start and outplayed Eliason against the Cardinals. Louisville didn’t bother to double Walker on post-ups, and he took advantage – he also ran the floor well in transition and had a nice drive-and-dish from the perimeter.
- The four spot was a disaster. Understandable, when guarding Harrell, but the Gopher four men struggled on offense (against a zone) as well. Joey King should hold down the position but he didn’t play well and Bakary Konate, Charles Buggs, and Josh Martin didn’t impress in relief.
- Nate Mason should contribute this year. Minnesota’s freshman guard had an unenviable opponent in his first college game, but he held up decently well: 10 points (but four missed free throws), 5 rebounds, 2 assists (and 2 turnovers). Pitino should just rotate Mathieu, Hollins, and Mason at the two guard spots.
- Auto-benching Mathieu was stupid. When Deandre Mathieu picked up his second foul at 9:21 remaining in the first half, Louisville led by just three points – when he got back after halftime, the lead was thirteen. Mathieu didn’t play particularly well but he had just 3 fouls per 40 minutes last season and didn’t foul out anyways. Don’t automatically bench guys.
- Other than that: Andre Hollins looked good and Carlos Morris didn’t; The hyper-aggressive Louisville trapping zones and half-court 2-3 zone gave Minnesota a ton of problems (and it’s easy to foresee the younger Pitino molding the Gophers into a defense like that in time); Minnesota’s jerseys were awful.
[After THE JUMP: In the Navy, where something something weird guys.]