On December 9th, 1989, I was one of 13,609 in Crisler Arena for what turned out to be the best basketball game I have ever seen in person. #6 Duke came into Ann Arbor to play defending NCAA Champions Michigan and the atmosphere was electric.
Duke was led by Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner and would end up losing that year in the NCAA Final. Michigan was led by Rumeal Robinson, Terry Mills, Loy Vaught, and Sean Higgins. This was the first time the two teams had played in 20 years - and was the beginning of the modern day Michigan-Duke rivalry.
It seems like yesterday and 100 years ago at the same time. They don't make college basketball like that anymore...
From the AP:
Sean Higgins scored 7 of his 32 points in overtime, leading Michigan to a 113-108 victory today over Duke.
The Blue Devils (3-2) fell to top-ranked Syracuse, 78-76, Wednesday. Michigan (5-1) has won five consecutive games since its opener, a loss to Arizona.
Greg Koubek's tip at the buzzer lifted Duke to a 94-94 tie at the end of regulation. Higgins started the overtime with his sixth 3-pointer of the game. Loy Vaught scored Michigan's next 6 points, including a short jumper that put the Wolverines ahead to stay, 103-101, with 2 minutes 52 seconds left. Vaught finished with 27 points, Rumeal Robinson with 22 and Terry Mills with 18 for the Wolverines. Christian Laettner had 26 points for Duke
First episode of Inside michigan basketball covering the win against Syracuse and the loss to NJIT. Seems like Beilein sees that loss as a positive thing for the team to learn from. Who Knew? Episode also covers the Womens big win against Wake forest. The ladies team is off to a great start. Enjoy and always GO BLUE!!!
Also anyone else notice something strane about Matt Shepard?
Sorry if this is too far away from the coaching threads, but I wanted to compare the success of each teams NBA player. I came away from this with these thoughts:
Michigan State as of now has the best current NBA players. However, in 5 years the likes of Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, Mitch McGary, and Nik Stauskas are going to out pace Draymond Green, Gary Harris, and Adreian Payne. Here is what I came up with:
PG: Kalin Lucas (Memphis Grizzlies)
Has only played one game for the Grizzlies, not the best representative of MSU's talent.
SG: Jason Richardson (Philadelphia 76ers)
He has averaged 17.3 points per game over his career which is very solid. He led the NBA in 2007 for three pointers made. Has not played in two years.
Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets)
Has not really played this year, he has averaged 4 points per game so far. He played well in the summer league, and needs to break through into the lineup.
SF: Alan Anderson (Brooklyn Nets)
A decent role player in his career averaging 7.8 points per game.
Shannon Brown (Miami Heat)
Averaging 7.6 points per game he has been a good role player.
PF: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
He has averaged 5.5 points per game with a recent spike. He is starting on one of the best teams in the NBA and is playing really well. He is the best out of these young players.
C: Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies)
The best active MSU player in the NBA. He has averaged 17.1 points per game in his career. He has been an all star two times.
Adreian Payne (Atlanta Hawks)
Brief D-League stint. Behind lots of talent in Atlanta.
PG: Trey Burke (Utah Jazz)
A solid young player, needs to shoot a lot better. He should end up being a Jameer Nelson type player.
Darius Morris (Free Agent)
Recently waived by the Portland Trail Blazers. If he had developed a shot he would have been a really good pro.
SG: Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers)
A very solid NBA player, he has averaged 15.6 points per game over his 14 year career.
Nik Stauskas (Sacramento Kings)
Very similar to Gary Harris so far. Just played his best game last night where he scored fifteen points with eight rebounds.
SF: Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks)
He has averaged 9.9 points per game in his short career. He has surprised many so far. He jacks up a lot of shots and does not play the best defense, but he is among the upper tier of these players.
Manny Harris (Los Angeles D-Fenders)
D-League. Averaged 6.4 points in 89 games in the NBA. Averages 26.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 3.6 APG in the D-League.
PF: Glenn Robinson III (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Signed to a guarantee contract but has played sparingly. He has averaged 1.7 points in 7 games. Has had trouble breaking into a really bad Minnesota lineup.
C: Mitch McGary (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Broke his foot early on and is just now attempting a comeback. Mitch played pretty well in the D-League games he played.
Overall MSU wins for right now. But give Beilein a couple of years and this will change.
Not a huge Seth Davis fan, but his new column had a couple notes of Michigan interest:
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but Jon Horford is absolutely killing Florida. He is a 6-10, 245-pound senior who transferred from Michigan. During his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Horford made a grand total of one three-pointer in 10 attempts. During his first seven games at Florida, Horford has shot 24 three-pointers and made only five. During Saturday’s loss at Kansas, he was 0-for-5 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, he shot just two free throws the entire game. I honestly have no idea why Billy Donovan is letting Horford play like this, but unless Horford is willing to get on the block a lot more, he will continue to hurt this team’s offense far more than he is helping it.
Michigan’s Zak Irvin did not shoot a single free throw in the Wolverines’ loss to NJIT on Saturday. Not one! Yet, he went 1-for-8 from three-point range. I have been pointing out this flaw in Irvin’s game for a long time, but since he is usually so pure from behind the three-point line, my words fall on deaf ears. Irvin is 6-6, 215 pounds, yet in 280 minutes this season he has shot just 16 free throws. If he wants to become a great player -- a pro, perhaps -- he will have to learn to power his way to the rim a lot more often.
NJIT Head Coach on police officer assigned to him at Crisler:
SI.com: So what did it feel like when the final buzzer went off? Engles: Totally surreal. The cop there who was assigned to me, every time we scored I’d look over at him, and he was cheering. At halftime I said to him, “What are you doing?” He said, “I went to Michigan State, dude.” After the game, he gave me a big hug.
The loss to NJIT dropped Michigan from the rankings this week:
Edit: Wisconsin #5 (AP), #6 USA; OSU #12 in both; MSU NR (AP), #23 USA; Illinois NR (AP), #25 USA
I brought my five year old daughter (father daughter trip) to the BB game yesterday. I bought tix on Stubhub for $7.50 each the day of the UM's public sale. Our seats were in section 220 row 6. She was attemting to shoot baskets in the Kidzone when we were awarded the Stubhub fans of the day. Thus, we got courtside seats. At the under twelve timeout we were on the videoboard.
She did not understand the magnitude of getting to sit that close. I was shaking and in tears when we got to our seats. Hope I am not the only one that crazy about my fandom. She was more interested in the cheerleaders, dancers, and band.
We will never forget our first trip to Crisler and not just because of the upset. It would have been awesome even without the upgraded seats. My daughter Riley says (despite living in Ohio), "we don't like the red team we like Michigan." She topped off her visit with a mini football, necklace, and "you wish you could shoot like girl" shirt from MDen.
I had to share this story with people that might appreciate it. It was too cool not to and I thought it would be a good thing to take our minds off of the CC and the worthless nuts getting into the CoFoPo.