I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I was impressed by how physical Michigan was in the Minny game coming right out of the block. It seemed that we were slow to realize at Ohio that it was a"no blood, no foul " game. Having played refereed league basketball for over 30 years, I feel that it is one of those things you have to look for in the first few minutes on the floor. What are the refs going to call today? You can adjust to anything but total inconsistency but it is critcial to make an assessment early in the game and push the limits as they let you. What do those who coach or play the game or ref out there in Mgoblogland think?
Mark Donnal often seems to be the forgotten man of the 2013 basketball recruiting class. And I can understand why people might be more excited about his more highly rated fellow signees—especially Derrick Walton Jr. given the likely departure of Trey Burke. Anyway, I thought there might be some interest in this Donnal interview with a local Toledo station. Evidently, one of the TV sportscasters down there has nicknamed him the "Big Fundamental"—which seems fitting for a Beilein recruit.
Also, congrats to him on recently surpassing the 1,000-point milestone for his high school career. He's averaging 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.
Last M All American in basketball was Jalen Rose in '94, prior to this AA's were fairly common in Bball in the '60's, '70's and '80'sand early '90's. I think Trey Burke has an excellent chance to break the drought and if THJ continues to play like the second coming of Michael Cooper, M may get two.
First M basketball AA was Ricky Doyle from the vaunted '26 squad:
Just so happens M is recruiting a HS AA by the name of Ricky Doyle in the class of '14
My favorite M hoops AA's are Ricky Green and Phil Hubbard from the great teams of the mid '70's
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the greatest of all M's AA: The legendary Cazzie Russell
Here is a list of M's AA's courtesy of Bentley Historical Library:
|Bennie Oosterbaan||forward||1927 1928|
|Bill Buntin||center||1964, 1965|
|Cazzie Russell||guard||1964, 1965#, 1966#|
|Henry Wilmore||guard||1971, 1972|
Anything think NBA teams will toss some cash at Coach B this offseason?
He's known as the great teacher of the game, he's just never had NBA-level talent. Well he has that talent now and its flourishing. If we win the B1G or go to FInal Four or something, I could see some crappy NBA team (read: Wizard) tossing him $6 mil a year and saying give it a shot.
The fact that the only times he's ben at NBA games he's probably had to buy a ticket, maybe that's a count against him.
Success breeds this. I guess we could also worry about some bigger-name hoops program (on the level of Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, UNC, etc.) making him an offer, but none of the super-famous programs are likely to have openings anytime soon, AND, I guess that just goes with the business. You can't stop offers (see: TAMU offer to Bo), you can only hope to convince the guy to stay (see: Bo saying no to TAMU). I mean, an asteroid could hit him in the head, it's just a risk of life.
But I'm wondering if anyone thinks the NBA might see him as a viable coach at their level.
Free General Admission to Women's Basketball for U-M Employees with Football autograph session Monday
Received this email today:
The best start in program history...
No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, first time since Dec. 23, 2002...
First-year Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico and the Michigan Women's Basketball team would like to invite you to the newly renovated Crisler Center this Monday, Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) as they host No. 8 Penn State (15-2) at 6:30 p.m.
Not only is first place in the Big Ten on the line, but prior to tip-off, you (and of course, your family and friends) will be able to take advantage of access to the Michigan Football Autograph Session which will feature Drew Dileo, Jeremy Gallon, Devin Gardner, Jordan Kovacs, and Jake Ryan.
As a Faculty or Staff member at the University of Michigan, you receive free General Admission to the Michigan vs. Penn State match-up with presentation of your MCard upon entering Crisler Center. Additional tickets (for your family and friends) can be purchased starting as low as $5 (General Admission Youth / Senior). All children under the age of five (5) receive free General Admission as well.
Doors to Crisler Center will open starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, with the pregame Michigan Football Autograph Session starting at 5:15 p.m. on the Southwest concourse of Crisler Center. Please note, to participate in the Michigan Football Autograph Session, you must present your MCard or Michigan vs. Penn State ticket. Tickets are available to purchase at either the Southwest or Northeast Entrance of Crisler Center, but Michigan Athletics encourages you to purchase additional tickets online in advance at www.mgoblue.com/tickets. All advanced ticket(s) purchases left at Will Call must be redeemed at the Northeast Entrance of Crisler Center.
In addition, please note, due to time constraints, (the Michigan Football Autograph Session will take place from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.), an autograph is not guaranteed. In order to expedite the autograph process and accommodate as many fans as possible prior to the start of Michigan vs. Penn State at 6:30 p.m., all student-athletes will autograph one item per person; personal photos with student-athletes and signing jerseys / t-shirts are discouraged. Michigan Football Team 133 posters will be available for fans on-site.
With first place in the Big Ten on the line, Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico and the Michigan Women's Basketball team look forward to seeing you Monday night. Go Blue!
CHART - Remaining basketball games schedule:
- Wisconsin and NC State climb up.
- Illinois tumbles.
- Jury is still out on MSU but will know significantly more in next two weeks.
- Michigan has now played 4 of their hardest 10 games.
- Penn St be bad.
- Adidas jerseys are worse.
Path to B1G Conference Title:
- Michigan will not play another team with as much raw athleticism as Minnesota in the regular season (Indiana is probably more talented but not bouncier).
- Finish 6-3 or better on the road. To do that, Michigan must win @Illinois, @Purdue, and @Penn St. Then they have to take one of three from @Indiana, @MSU, @Wisconsin. That seems doable.
- Run the table at home or maybe just one loss.
- I think it's still easier for Wisconsin to get four losses than Indiana at this point, so the Badger's road win there will definitely have been a major deciding factor at the end of the year.
- My prediction is any team finishing 15-3 wins outright, 14-4 gives a shot at a split. I don't think Indiana will lose 4 more games in the conference so I disagree with the idea that 13-5 multi-way title will happen again.