"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
Oh how fun this will be. Indiana loses NINE of thier players. A whole NINE!!! that is crazy. Evan Gordon, Jeff Howard, Taylor Wayer, and WIll Sheehey are graduating. Austin Etherington, Jonny Marlin, Jeremy Hollowell and Luke Fischer are transferring. And Noah Vonleh is leaving early for the NBA. Losing these players means losing:
That is a lot to replace. The way to replace attrition like that is to bring in a really big recruiting class. Indiana did not do that. They are bringing in three solid Freshman, and only have a chance for two more. Here is their projected roster:
# Name HT WT YR POS
42 Peter Jurkin 7-0 230 JR. C
Only played eight games last year after getting injured. May play some valuable minutes off the bench.
12 Hanner Mosquera-Perea 6-9 225 JR PF
The starting Center, pretty much forced into the lineup. Averaged 2.8 points per game last year.
11 Kevin Ferrell 6-0 178 JR. PG
Uggggghhhh Yogi Ferrell A.K.A. Michigan killer, will probably take all of their shots next year. He took 23% of their shots last year on a team with a future pro. Will most likely be B1G all conference next year. Averaged 17.3 points per game last year. Starting Point Guard.
30 Collin Hartman 6-6 210 SO. SF
Collin tore his ACL on the 15th of March, so he probably won't do anything next year. As hard as ACL tears are for football players, they are even harder on basketball players. Was not really a contributor before the injury.
22 Stanford Robinson 6-4 193 SO. SG
The starting Shooting Guard, started to blossom late in the year. Will take the third most amount of shots this year. Averaged 6.4 points per game last year.
21 Joe Fagan 6-4 195 SO. SG
Walk-on, may get playing time you never know.
15 Devin Davis 6-7 221 SO. PF
The starting Power Forward, only averaged 2.4 points per game, will play a little center.
5 Troy Williams 6-7 206 SO. SF
Personally my least favorite player on the Hoosiers. After his two dunks against us he decided to stare down our players. To which told him to enjoy the N.I.T errrrr..... Anyways, he averaged 7.3 points per game, and will be a tough matchup for teams.
2 Andrew Calomeris 6-4 183 SO. SG
James Blackmon 6-4 180 FR. SG
Many of you know of Blackmon from when we recruited him. He is a five star and will be the 6th man and eventually a starter. When he starts, Robinson will play the 3, Williams the 4 and Davis the 5.
Robert Johnson 6-3 180 FR. SG
A four star who will play, but not a "20 minute a game" guy
Max Hoetzel 6-7 210 FR. SF
A three star, he will probably get 10 minutes a game.
Projected Starting line-up
Point guard: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell
Shooting guard: Stanford Robinson
Small Forward: Troy Williams
Power Forward: Devin Davis
Center: Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Michigan plays Indiana on the road next year, which is quite a disadvantage for Michigan. Assembly Hall is a Michigan's enemy and the refs are big equalizer when the game is played there.
This team will not be very good, they will however finish better than teams like Purdue and Rutgers. They will continue to get home cooking and Ferrell will get hot in a couple of games. However, I do not see them finishing any better then 6-12 in the conference. It is too hard to replace nine players.
Next up... Penn State.
He's a consensus 3* and ranked #135 in the country according to Rivals, but this highlight video just oozes potential. I'm no rankings guru, but he seems fairly underrated to the untrained eye. I think he may be headed for a redshirt year given his weight (or lack thereof) and the depth at the 4/5 (assuming McGary returns), but I'm really excited to see him play.
Thinking back on the season, its very easy to look beyond Caris contribution to the team. Most of the credit often goes to Stauskas and Coach Beilein for the incredible season. And even though Stauskas, McGary, and Robinson are getting all the NBA hype, Caris had arguably the best season from a defensive and offensive perspective. He was soo clutch on so many occassions getting the hard hoop either by driving it in or spotting up for a huge 3. And he often had to guard the best players on the opposing team.
I can't wait to see what huge steps he's going to make next year.
Video of Caris (Before he realized Coach K is the Antichrist)
Our Michigan Wolverines ended the season as outright Big ten champs including a sweep of the Buckeyes and a 2-1 record vs MSU. The run ended in the tournament with a heartbreaking loss in the Elite-8. Episode covers the games against Kentucky and Tennessee. Great interviews with all the players including an emotional Jordan Morgan and Beileins message to the team after the loss. It was a fantastic season and i enjoyed every moment. Great run for team 97. Cant wait until November and the tipoff to team 98 (never thought i would ever say those words). Enjoy and as always GO BLUE!!!
So, the NCAA, bastion of upholding the virtues of student athleticism, has a deal with Powerade (TM) that only Powerade (TM) cups shall be used on press row of NCAA games, because won't someone please think of the student-athletes?
Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal knew this and pretty much set this up to make this a story, but the NCAA's goons fell for it and took the guy's cat mug - with 4 minutes left in the second half. Short, amusing read about this stunt. At this point, anything that prods the NCAA and their hypocrisy is fine by me. also, i hope that the NCAA has to report confiscated cat mugs as some sort of benefit and self report a violation.
warning - pictures of non-NCAA, athletic juice sponsored drink-ware below: