This could be the best episode ever. Sweep of Iowa and MSU in the same week both top-10 teams. Episode recaped the games and had some sweet postgame interviews. Love John Beileins attitude of never being satisfied i love this team. Enjoy!!
The list of star players not present in East Lansing was staggering Saturday: Branden Dawson, Mitch McGary and Adreian Payne all were out for two teams that have been the walking wounded for most of the season.
Spartans point guard Keith Appling played, but his wrist was in such bad shape he could barely shoot.
That left Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris with the opportunity to fill the void.
The two guards went back and forth for most of the game in a matchup that often left them one on one, but in the end, it was the Michigan guard Stauskas who was blowing kisses into the crowd at the Breslin Center.
Stauskas finished with 19 points against Michigan State and 26 against Iowa on Wednesday for two of Michigan’s three consecutive wins over ranked teams. The week, in which Stauskas shot a combined 15-of-26 from the field, earned the sophomore Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.
“We knew he was going to have to pick his spots but he hit some daggers that were tough shots with Gary all over him,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “It was a great matchup of two really good players and that was a pretty efficient game by Nik.”
Horford and Morgan have been excellent since McGary went out. If they continue to average a double double in B1G we have an excellent chance of winning the conference.
Through Gauntlet #1 Combined Stats
Wisconson: 36 Minutes/ 3 Blocks/ 10 Points/ 8 Boards
Iowa: 40 Minutes/ 1 Block/ 12 Points/ 10 Boards
MSU: 36 Minutes/ 3 Blocks/ 10 Points/ 8 Boards
First, I would like to apologize to the superstitious among us for sending my son back to college on Sunday. Since we attended the UM-Stanford game, and attended or watched all games together during his semester break, he has proven a 100% effective good luck charm.
So if things don't go as well in future it is definitely my fault for putting him back on a plane to Baltimore.
Secondly, overwhelmed by sudden optimism, I am thinking of trying to get to the B1G Tournament in Indy. At the moment the full strip on Stubhub is $300 minimum, which seems
--wackadoodle and likely to come down.
--actually higher than buying each session individually.
Can any of the faithful advise me as to the best timing/method for acquiring tickets?
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports' resident bracketologist, has an updated bracket with Michigan moving up to a 3 seed (4 seed last time) in the West. His current projection shows potential rematches against Iowa State (2 seed) and Arizona (1 seed) in the West.
EDIT: As pointed out by Paps below, Stanford (11) could also be a potential rematch in this region.
Other Big Ten teams include:
- Minnesota (8 - West)
- ohio state (8 - East)
- Iowa (4 - East)
- michigan state (1 - Midwest)
- Wisconsin (3 - South)