to play football, not to play trumpet
Full game for Maryland is now uploaded and i would recommend watching. Great game considering our best player did not play. Donnal had another great game this time against a team that matters and Irvin and Walton finally stepped up without Levert. Big game coming up against Iowa. Inside michigan basketball covered the game against Purdue and had a nice feature on Mark Donnal. As for the Women side it covered thier win over Iowa. Enjoy GO BLUE!!
I am a Butler graduate, and I know I'm not alone on the board. So, I figured I would share this sad news. Yesterday, after a two year battle with Lymphoma and later Leukemia, Andrew Smith passed away at the age of 25.
Andrew was the only member of the 2009 recruiting class (same year I entered) from nearby Zionsville, IN. His freshman year he played sparingly behind more experienced bigs Matt Howard and Avery Jukes, but did play some very important spot minutes in Butler's historic run to the national title game. The following year he absorbed most of Jukes' minutes and became a regular rotation player. He was one of the central pieces on the team that made their second consecutive national title game.
As an upper classman he came into his own as a player. He was able to kick his stone hands and developed both a nice post-up arsenal and a 3-point shot. Maybe his finest game as a Bulldog came against IU in the 2012 Crossroads Classic. In that game, Andrew scored 12 points on 5-8 shooting, snared 9 rebounds, blocked two shots, and added a steal. He did all that while ably guarding Cody Zeller on the other end. It is a testament to Brad Stevens' trust in Andrew that for the final play of the season against Marquette, it was Smith, not Rotnei Clarke who took the shot.
He went on to play in the 2013 summer league, and then professionally in Lithuania. In his first season he began losign his ability to to do just about anything physical, and flew back to the states where he was diagnosed with cancer. He and his wife Samantha have been courageous and unrelenting in their battle, and have done a great job raising awareness and getting people register for bone marrow transplants. Sadly, after all the fighting and perseverance the disease was just too much and Andrew passed away peacefully.
I have many fond basketball memories from my time at Butler, and Andrew Smith was part of many of them. I know on Saturday, I'll have a cold one and celebrate his memory by watching Butler play.
For not only bringing it tonight, but NOT rushing the court.
HUGE win. But not the biggest we've had in the last handful of years. Not even close.
We've definitely been here before. I saw that #11 WVU rushed the court when they upset Kansas earlier today.
Just imagine what Crisler would be like if the section was expanded. It's already one of the toughest places to play for visiting teams.
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What do you guys think will happen? We win a shocker? Will the game come down to the last shot? Or will we get blown out. I am personally on the more optimistic side, but even I know that a win is unlikely. Go Blue!!!