Nice coverage of the MSU game with a interview with Nik Stauskas. Also covers the womens games against illinois and iowa. Finally has highlights of the polar plunge with Denard Robinson and Brady Hoke as the judges. Enjoy GO BLUE!!
Just a little humor for your Wednesday. I didn't see this mentioned before so I figured I would share. After the NBA Rising Stars game, Andre Drummond was awarded the BBVA Compass MVP award. However, the presenter dropped the trophy, leading to a wonderful line by our very own, Tim Hardaway, Jr. The funny part is at 0:25.
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Iowa falls at Minny 95-89.
Minny led 80-67 with 8:30 left, then went into hibernation and watched Iowa chip away at the lead until it was only 82-80 Minny with 1:30 left after a Roy Devin Marble, old school three point play (tip in).
After two made free throws by Minny's scatback Diendre Mathieu, a Hawkeye airball three by Josh Olgesby, one-of-two Gopher made free throws by Andre Hollins, Iowa's Mike Gesell (NTG) cut the lead to three with a contested driving layup with 51 seconds left.
Minny's man-of-the-minute, 62% free-throw shooter Maurice Walker would take over from there, sandwiching a pair of one-and-one makes around a defensive rebound as Minny ended the game with a touch of breathing room.
Indiana at Wiscy is presently on ESPN.
The two seem to have a good relationship. Fish says he's very happy to see Michigan doing well again. I definitely have mixed feelings about him - I think his firing was warranted, but I don't think he's a bad guy, just one who couldn't keep firm enough control.
ESPN has posted the latest video of Seth Greenberg and the crew talking about MSU's Final four possibilities with Brandon Dawson in the lineup. This is really unbelievable, Dawson has always been a headcase who has no jumpshot whatsoever and turns the ball over a ton whenever he actually tries to dribble. He rebounds well and plays good on ball defense but is actually not very good off the ball. Hardly the difference maker he is being made out to be. Why so much love for MSU which is 2-5 against the top half of the conference. Even more telling, MSU has zero wins in regulation against the top 7 teams in the conference.
This seems like a perfect opportunity for a history lesson.
As you remember, John Beilein was on the hot seat to start his fourth year at Michigan.
He had one season of success in his first three years, but that was with players recruited by the former coach.
HIs third year was supposed to be good, but at the begining of 2010 ......
Michigan may very well have been the most underachieving team in the entire nation, and it has now lost its two most talented players.....
Yeah, but what about that NCAA berth, you say? Well, Beilein rode a tandem of stars with very little around them ... and they were both recruited by Amaker. So you have a coach who has only had success based on using two players, and he didn't recruit either one of them.
To start his fourth year, things looked BLEAK. Article here.
Of course, Michigan is a current Division 1 team which is supposed to be competing in a power conference.
And the coach who was supposed to be turning this program around is entering his fourth season.....
Basically, Beilein is not the answer Michigan thought it had last year at this time. The sooner the administration realizes it, the sooner it can begin to rebuild the program. Again.
Interesting? And, isnt it supposed to be easier to turn around a baskebtall program quicker (kids play earlier, etc.)?
If you are looking for an example of a football coach who looked lost after three years, look no further than Pat Narduzzi heading into his fourth year:
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator: Offense was hardly a problem for the Spartans in 2009. At 29.7 points per game, they ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring. However, the Spartans allowed 26.3 points per game, which ranked in the lower half of the conference. They weren’t much better last season on defense. The root of the problem has been a porous pass defense, one that allowed a league-high 267.6 yards per game. The Spartans have the offense, led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, to make a run at a league title, but questions remain on whether the defense improve enough to alleviate some of the pressure on the offense. If the defense can’t, head coach Mark Dantonio could be looking for a new defensive coordinator.