...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Subs fever is nationwide.
"No disrespect to Steve Fisher, but I think the Fab Five would have actually won a title if we had Coach Beilein." - Ray Jackson
Ass whooping at Assembly hall last night just five years ago i never thought something like this was possible for michigan. The win gave michigan thier fisrt outright Big ten championship in 28 years and a #1 seed in the BTT. Enjoy. GO BLUE!!
Brian's comments about treating the BTT as an NFL preseason game rang very true with me. I don't want to see heavy starter minutes and would rather have them back home getting rested up (particularly when I watched Caris go down late in the game last night with what I swore was going to be a knee injury).
However, my lack of concern with the BTT is directly related to the fact that I did not grow up with the BTT and it only started after I left college. For me, it is just a thing that doesn't mean anything so I don't care if we don't win it nor do many of my friends with whom I went to college. The obvious exception to that comment being if we need to win it to make the NCAA tournament.
Does the rest of the board care about the BTT? Does it resonate more with younger people who grew up watching it? I am interested in perspective not a debate on the merits of someone being right since there is not a right answer.
So Why Should You Know Him? First and foremost, because it’s great rooting for goofy-looking Canadians to do badass things on a basketball court. I loved him last year, but now that he’s turned into a star, it’s even better. Nik Motherf—in’ Stauskas is fun for everyone.
I have no idea if Stauskas can be as good as Klay Thompson in the NBA, but for now, the Klay comparison works well. Imagine if there were no Steph Curry in Golden State and it were on Klay to lead the offense. Substitute Trey Burke for Curry, and that’s sorta where Michigan is right now. They have an improved Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III … but it all starts with Stauskas, the Lithuanian Canadian wild card at the center of the offense.
Blue Guava posted this in the other Nik thread and also mentioned that the author missed the "not just a shooter" memo, but it's nice to see Nik getting the pub on the "journalistic" side of the WWL
Hard to see Nik and Coach B not winning Player and Coach of the Year in the B1G, respectively. With us likely to have a 2-game margin of victory in the final standings, I don't think voters could rationalize any other candidates.
POTY: Who if not Nik now, who has clearly overcome that mid-season mini-slump. Last night's game felt like a coronation for him. Harris is the best player on Staee and has had some good games (his 31 against us stands out to me), but given how Staee has plummeted, no way he wins. Sconie is a two-headed horse; Dekker and Kaminsky are both very good, but neither is really all that better than the other, so they sort of cancel each other out. Petteway at UNL has had a great year but is he really going to overtake Nik? Of course, I leave off Craft, who clearly is the best player in the country, according to Dan Dakich.
COTY: Only Tim Miles at UNL would seem to have any kind of possible claim to this title. But with us blowing out the field, given all we've lost, clearly Coach B is going to win this award.*
* Although it remains true that Izzo, without a doubt, did the best coaching job in the conference this year. Have you seen the injuries they've had to overcome? At various points this season, they had in their starting lineup: (1) their women's team; (2) three walk-ons, a student manager, and a cheerleader, (3) Max Bullough -- unaided by dietary supplements; and (4) his unborn great-grandchild. In fact, of his 14 scholarship players, he's had 23 scholarship players hospitalized this season -- yes, even players who don't play for him. And yet, they have overcome all of that! Amazing job, Izzo, just... you aren't going to win.
Okay, now that we've won the regular season outright...does this change your strategy vs. IU?
NCAA Tournament seeding is the only thing that is hurt by a loss and there isn't a huge difference beween a 2 and a 3 seed.
However, a chance to pay IU back from last year. A chance to beat Crean. And just the fact that these are 18-22 years olds and "how much rest do they really need?" are all valid points.
What are your thoughts? Discuss.
My thought, treat it like any other game...with one caveat. If you have ANYONE who's banged up. You sit him. But screw the "trying to avoid injury factor." You can always get hurt or injured so I don't let that change my thinking. However, for someone like Morgan who's a little banged up. I may lean on Horford for 28 minutes and Bielfeldt for 12.