I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
After Wednesday's games, Trey Burke took over the #1 spot on Ken Pomeroy's POY ranking system, leaping over Lousville's Russ Smith and Duke's
Marshall Mason Plumlee. Following another solid performance on Thursday, Trey has added to his lead.
EDIT: Didn't realize the kPOY standings were paywalled, my apologies there. Here is a quick snippet of the top five:
|1||Trey Burke, Michigan||2.341|
|2||Russ Smith, Louisville||2.275|
|3||Mason Plumlee, Duke||2.112|
|4||Cody Zeller, Indiana||2.009|
|5||Patric Young, Florida||1.985|
An explanation of the award can be found below.
Come get some!
Great fluff article from Yahoo about Trey's family, recruitment, and how he surprised everyone when he arrived on campus. I had no idea Trey almost went to Cinci. Also, his real name is Alfonso.
Its early but its building..I know it doesnt mean much but i want to see Michigan with that #1 next to them..its been too long.
Michigan is ranked #2 on Mark Titus' power rankings on Grantland:
Even though he's an OSU alum and can be annoying at times, I've enjoyed his column this season as he mixes intelligent basketball comments with snarky jabs at various people or schools.
His take this week touches on the OSU-UM game and was pretty interesting:
If you're wondering how good this team is, here's all you need to know: I'm an Ohio State alum who has been trained over the course of the past six years to hate everything about Michigan. Yet when my alma mater jumped out to a huge lead against the Wolverines last Saturday, a small part of me was hoping they'd claw back into the game, because I love watching this team at its best. Of course, I didn't want Michigan to win, and they came closer to pulling off the comeback than I would've preferred, but I'll admit that when Ohio State was handing their asses to them in the first half, the basketball fan in me was bummed I wasn't seeing the Trey Burke & Co. that I've grown to admire.
There's more about Michigan in the full column as well as Indiana and Minnesota.
I saw this article on the home page of ESPN basketball about why, despite its strength, the B1G hasn't won an overall basketball title since MSU in 2000. Link is here.
He makes a couple interesting points, one of which is the lack of NBA talent. Since 2000, the B1G has actually been one of the lowest major conferences in terms of NBA player production, which to me could mean that the conference is good at retaining solid players for multiple years and molding them into a system, but not that getting the glitziest one and doners. He also mentions the perceived slower play in the league, which has been debunked here, and there are exceptions, especially this year.
Interestingly, he says in a way that the strength of the conference can actually be a hindrance because by the time the season ends, everyone is pretty spent, and even the not great teams are threats. Though you could also argue the strength is good preparation for the tournament, obviously. But, considering that everyone is almost guaranteed a couple conference losses, it could also hurt overall seeding for some teams who might otherwise get more favorable matchups. My takeaway from this is that Michigan is in a good position with a faster pace, some NBA locks, and the potential for a 1 or 2 seed which gets us good matchups.