UNC-Wilmington beat PSU pretty easily in an 80-69 win, and Indiana lost to Ole Miss 89-71. The Indiana loss is totally understandable as Mississippi probably has a decent team and program, but the PSU loss is pretty bad. UNC-Wilmington? Really? Looks like Penn State had a terrible shooting night with only 32% of all their shots dropping, and that is compared to UNCW's 57.4%. I'm kind of confused as to why PSU would play at UNCW, too. You would think that they could get the home matchup in this one, but maybe they wanted a road game early. Also, it looks like UNC is having their way with OSU so far. It would be nice for the Big Ten to win this game, but I never root for rivals in that situation anyways. Overall, it is not looking like a good night so far for the Big Ten. OSU could come back, but I don't see it happening. Thoughts?
By the way, I got those stats off of ESPN.com
Syracuse just lost an exhibition game to D-2 Le Moyne.
Even though it doesn't count or anything, it really cannot bode well for the regular season.
It seems that when people are talking about Beilein's recruiting, the talk is one-and-done stars vs. "system" guys. However, a closer look at 5 of the last 6 national champions shows that they not only have talent, but experience. The schools that have all the one-and-done guys (bronxblue cited Memphis and tOSU), have fallen short. A look at the upper class talent on recent national champions:
If you look at 5 of the last 6 nat'l champions (2006 Fla the exception, there's a common theme; they had talent (high star rating out of high school, NBA potential), and experience.
Green - Sr 4* projected early 2nd round
Hansbrough - Sr 5* projected late 1st round
Lawson - Jr 5* projected lottery pick
Ellington - Jr 5* projected late 1st round
Thompson - Jr 4* projected mid-late 2nd round
Frasor -Sr 4*
Robinson - Sr 4*
Rush - Jr 5* lottery pick
Chalmers - Jr 5* early 2nd round
Jackson - Sr 4* mid-late 2nd round
Kaun - Sr 4*
Underclass Early Entry - Arthur - lottery
Brewer - Jr 5* high lottery
Noah - Jr 4* lottery
Horford - Jr 4* high lottery
Green - Jr 3* mid-late 2nd round
Humphrey - Sr 3*
Richard - Sr 4*
Manuel - Sr N/A
May - Jr 5* lottery
McCants - Jr 5* lottery
Felton - Jr 5* high lottery
J. Williams - Sr N/A
Underclass early entry - M. Williams - high lottery
Gordon - Jr N/A high lottery
Okafor - Jr N/A high lottery
T. Brown - Sr N/A
So while having good young talent was a part of many of these teams, their backbone was veteran, pro-caliber talent. So in order to be a serious contender for a national championship, Beilein (or any coach for that matter) will have to recruit players that
a) fit his system
b) will stay 3-4 years
c) are big-time talent.
That's a tall order for any coach, but more so for Beilein who runs such an unorthodox system, both offensively and defensively. Add to that a poor track record of sending kids to the pros (which can't really be expected at the places he was at, but will be used against him by other coaches on the recruiting trail), and Beilein faces an uphill climb if he hopes to bring One Shining Moment to AA.
The coach talking about the Final Four and wearing a hot shirt and sweater combo and roots for the Big Ten and would like to see MSU cut down the net in Detroit.
Has anyone seen those "Michigan Is A Brotherhood" shirts that the team wore on Selection Sunday around town? I've checked a few places to no avail.
I was just curious if anyone has done a breakdown of those games with the live discussion board versus those that we have not done one on the site (like 1 win versus 50 losses, etc.)
Without seeing one on the front page today I would like to send kudos out to Brian for giving us the extra 3 points we needed to win! GO Brian and GO BLUE!
Oh, and Lucas-Perry's 19 points in 21 minutes is "sick" considering Sims had 24 points in 33...