Before reading this, I suggest you read Brian's evisceration (from earlier this weekd) of the claims that college bball is having some sort of scoring crisis. That being said, Grantland attempted to stoke the phatom fires today with this article:
To his credit, Phillips mentions the real issue with college bball--the endless timeouts--but only in briefly and only after jumping on the Seth Davis scoring crisis train.
This article does raise one interesting hypothetical question. Can the NCAA make rule changes for the sake of increasing the entertainment value of the game without compromising their position that NCAA isn't really about entertainment but instead about creating student athletes? Are the two mutually exclusive?
Open thread for the day, or at least the early games.
Title says it all. Both players — B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson — would have to sit out a year.
This is especially relevant because Patterson is a former Indiana commit and is presumably looking to return to Big Ten country.
Patterson's AAU coach, Chris Hawkins, said the Indianapolis native would possibly look to move to a school closer to home.Patterson originally signed with Indiana out of high school, but decided to do a post-grad year at Brewster Academy (N.H.) before heading to Syracuse.
A couple of Fab Five members get some mention, along with Glen Rice. In fact, Webber might be the most-mentioned guy on the list.
She's 6'5" and averaged 20.3 pts, 9.3 reb, 4.6 blocks as a senior, helping Chagrin Falls to a 22-0 regular season and 26-1 overall. Their lone loss a Dick Bennett/Bo Ryan special in the state playoffs with a final score of 36-29.
She was previously named Gatorade's Ohio Player of the Year and First Team All-Ohio.
According to reader comments she is not related to Jim Thome and pronounces her name the way people did when making fun of the MLB slugger, (correction made 10:17am) a single-syllable that starts with a soft "th" and rhymes with home.
KBA has a good one coming to Ann Arbor next year.
In Michigan's program record 6th straight postseason appearance, they started it out like they were expected to.
Michigan rolled to a 21-4 lead to start the game and didn't look back, a complete opposite of their previous game.
KBA decided to send a message and throw every starting spot up for grabs during the 2-week break. Michigan's starting lineup was very different with two year-long starters coming off the bench.
Freshman Emoni Jackson, who played in only 6 games all season, proved during practice this past week that she deserved a starting spot, and did not disappoint scoring 8 for Michigan. Not bad for a player who scored 4 points all season.
Cyesha Goree led Michigan and both teams in points with 18.
Michigan is now 13-12 all-time in postseason games. They will get the winner of the Toledo-Wright State game that will be played Friday night, in the WNIT Second Round.
The WNIT will release the game dates, times and locations for all Second Round games once the entire First Round has been completed. Michigan could play as early as Saturday as the Second Round dates are March 21-24.