“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
When a guy named Johnson punches our guy in the johnson, and virtually gets away with it, it becomes the Karma that Killed Kansas.
In the last 2:22 of regulation, Johnson committed 2 turnovers which led to 4 Michigan points, plus missed the front end of a 1 and 1 which led to Burke's tying 3-pointer.
In the OT, Johnson was 1 of 3 with an additional turnover. At the end he drives for the tying basket, then (probably thinking about his missed free throw) passes up a sure chance at a lay-up or a two shot foul.
Its Karma baby, Karma! Think not? Just check out this Kansas Sports piece: http://www2.kusports.com/news/2013/mar/30/opinion-kus-stunning-loss-comes-down-karma/
To prove it is possible, here's a school which brought in a new head coach this season with a totally foreign offense, in this case Navy's triple option. He made due with leftover QB's, except for Steven Threet, who fell into Michigan's lap. He lost his defensive coordinator, a guy who's now at Notre Dame named John Tenuta. But he inherited a decent defense - all the D-linemen are considered NFL prospects. He's coaching at a school with high academic standards and a previous head coach who might not be a Crisler but is a Heisman.
Despite a young team which experienced injuries, he's reached # 20 in the rankings with a 7-2 (4-2 in the ACC) record. The losses were to Va. Tech and Va. By now you've figured out it's Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech.
Without the benefit of hindsight, who would you have taken back in December? The choices are Paul Johnson of Navy's boring, smallish offense or Rich Rodriguez of West Va's sexy, cutting edge spread. Not even close.
The similarities between the two situations are eerie, with Michigan possibly getting the nod for better looking brianiac, liberal arts vs. math and science coeds. With what you've seen so far, who would you take now, being a doormat for at least a year and maybe more but with the vision of dreams to come (us) or the certainty of a winning season and a decent (although sometimes the Humanitarian in Boise) bowl game, but probably never being better than 9-3 (them)?