When Manny Harris fouled out yesterday, my first thought was I hate these refs. My second thought was oh my god if we somehow pull this out John Beilein's benching of Manny Harris during the Iowa overtime will go down in Michigan basketball lore.
At the time of the benching, most fans were pissed because they thought his coaching arrogance had cost us a trip to the tourney. JB claimed he did it becuase it was "best for the team in the long run". Yesterday showed us what JB meant by the long run. The Iowa overtime gave the team experience playing important minutes without Manny. Remember, the first time Manny missed important minutes (after the ejection), the team totally imploded and quit. JB wanted to teach the team that they are capable of competing against good teams without Manny. Although they got smoked in the overtime against Iowa, they never quit during the overtime, just as they never quit yesterday (while also going against shit refs in both games). JB's most controversial coaching decision almost resulted in the team going to the sweet 16.
In fact, I think this, more than anything else, proves why John Beilein is such a great coach. John Beilein's most controversial decisions, such as benching Manny Harris during the Iowa overtime, recruiting two low rated Hoosiers over Detroit leftovers, and inserting CJ Lee into the starting lineup, end up being his most applauded decisions in the long run.
I know trey zeigler wasn't able to visit because of the weather, but i also know he watched the game and wanted it to be clear that he really wanted to be there--and finally i also hear the sparties have backed off on his recruitment. do we have the inside track here?
the sparties havent backed off 2011 brandon kearney, but again i hear he visited, and i can't imagine any kid not wanting to play in this offense. i assume it went well.
tim hardaway junior?
if you could use your magic and get sweet exclusive interviews with any of these kids it would be awesome. tell tim hardaway i sent you**, i'm pretty sure that will get you in with junior. he and i used to ball on the chicago streets all the time, yo*.
*-hrm. no, wait, i just remembered, that wasn't me. he was balling with someone else.
**-actually, better not mention i sent you.