at least it's not just us?
Title says it all.
Don't follow women's BB too much- what are some thoughts from people in the know?
For the old-timers, just finished listening to an interview on Akron radio with the Bodnar twins (Mark and Marty). Great hearing stories of Ohio athletes who play in Michigan ('we have a special bond with all those guys'), Phil Hubbard ('strong head and heart, weak knees'), beating MSU in East Lansing while Magic was there, and playing against Isiah while he was at Indiana ('after you played Indiana you felt like you had played the Black and Blue Bears').
The stories made me remember a time when the Big Ten was definitely king in basketball, and, as someone who grew up in Ohio but went to Michigan, think about that sense of being an outsider that I felt when I first got to Ann Arbor, a place that I had grown up being taught to loathe but then fell in love with.
I know, I know, csb, but maybe there are some other elders ('hey you kids get off my memory lawn') on here...
Ron Artest just took a cheap shot at James Harden, throwing a hard elbow to Harden's head, and was ejected. This play was probably one of the dirtier plays that I've seen happen for a while. I'm guessing that Artest is gone for at least 5 games, if not more. There's no place in any sport for that type of move, just a terrible decision by Artest.
Harden is fine though, and he'll still be able to play.
UPDATE: Looks like Harden is out with concussion symptoms now. Artest is an idiot.
Jump to 1:06 if you just want to see it slowed down.
Update #2: GIF
Manny Harris played his best all-around gave for the Cavs thereby screwing up our chance for additional ping-pong balls in the upcoming draft. Ignoring the internal memo to lose, lose big and lose often, Manny scored 19 on 6-12 shooting (3-5 from beyond the arc featuring a 40 ft "look what i found" shot clock beater) 12 rebounds, one steal and one block. And he actually played pretty stout defense (yes I watched the game) and showed an above average handle for the first time I can remember as a Cav.
During the game the announcers remarked several times that Manny was definitely a part of the Cavs future and were impressed with how much he has improved his ball handling, defense and rebounding from last year. Who knows - maybe there's hope for Darius yet!
Kim Barnes Arico, who had been the head coach at St. John's and is that school's winningest women's basketball coach, has been named the new head women's basketball coach at Michigan.
Here's part of a brief AP story:
St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico has been hired to coach Michigan's basketball team.
Barnes Arico coached the Red Storm for the past 10 seasons and guided them to a second-place finish in the Big East this past year, including a victory at Connecticut in February that ended the Huskies' 99-game home winning streak.
ANN ARBOR -- University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced Friday (April 20) the hiring of Kim Barnes Arico as the ninth head coach in the 40-year history of the Wolverines women’s basketball program. The New York native joins the Michigan family after spending the past 10 seasons as the St. John’s University women’s coach.
"Kim is an elite coach that will help elevate our women’s basketball program to new heights," said Brandon. "Kim has been successful at every coaching stop and has built teams that compete for championships. She is a tireless recruiter who will accomplish great things at Michigan. We are extremely happy that Kim and her family chose to join Michigan Athletics."
"I am excited and honored to represent the University of Michigan as its new head women’s basketball coach," said Barnes Arico. "The University of Michigan is world renowned for its academic and athletic excellence and our program will continue to stress the Universities foundational values of being a true student-athlete – excellence in the classroom, excellence on the court and involvement in the community. I want to thank everyone associated with St. John’s University for all that they have done for me, my family and the women’s basketball program over the past 10 years."
Throughout her 10 seasons at St. John's, Barnes Arico built the Red Storm into a national power and one of the elite teams in the Big East Conference. She guided St. John’s to four NCAA Tournament appearances, with the Red Storm advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2012 after back-to-back second round appearances the previous two tournaments (2010, '11). In 2006, she led St. John's to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.
Barnes Arico led her Red Storm teams into postseason competition seven of her 10 seasons, with four NCAA Tournament berths and three WNIT appearances. She reached at least the second round of each national tournament in all seven appearances.
The winningest women’s basketball coach in St. John’s history, Barnes Arico compiled a 176-133 overall record with the Red Storm, with five 20-win campaigns, including three straight to end her tenure. She was twice named Big East Coach of the Year (2006, 2012) and had 11 of her players earn All-Big East honors and six receive All-Rookie team selection.
In 2011-12, St. John's posted a 24-10 overall record and finished third (13-3) in the Big East standings, trailing only Final Four participants Notre Dame and Connecticut. Barnes Arico was named the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the USWBA National Coach of the Year award. St. John’s finished No. 15 in the final USA Today Coaches poll and reached its highest-ever ranking of No. 13 by the Associated Press (March 5, 2012).
The highlight of the 2011-12 season and the St. John's program was when Barnes Arico and her Red Storm ended Connecticut's 99-game home winning streak with a 57-56 score on Feb. 19, 2012, at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Shenneika Smith’s three-pointer from the wing with eight seconds left lifted the Red Storm to victory over the No. 2 Huskies. It was also the UConn's first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.
Prior to accepting her position at St. John’s, Barnes Arico was extremely successful in three seasons at the NCAA Division II Adelphi (1999-2002). She led the Panthers to three consecutive postseason appearances, posting a 65-24 overall record and a 51-13 league mark, and guided Adelphia to a 28-win season in 2001-02, the year the program returned to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1987.
In 2001-02, Adelphi won its first New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers won their first 21 games of the season, finished with a 28-3 record, and earned the school’s first national ranking in school history. Adelphia completed the season ranked No. 12 in the final polls. Barnes Arico was named the NYCAC, NIT/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division II and Nassau County Sports Commission Outstanding Female Coach of the Year.
Adelphi finished the 2000-01 regular season tied for second in the NYCAC with a 19-11 record and finished second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. Barnes Arico guided her team to an 18-10 record in her first season, tying the program high for wins in a season. She led the program to its first postseason berth, qualifying for the ECAC Tournament, and was recognized for her team’s success by being named the 2000 NYCAC Coach of the Year.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Barnes Arico served as an assistant athletic director and was the academic liaison for student-athletes at Adelphi. She also served as a member of the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Selection Committee and the ECAC Advisory Committee.
Barnes Arico started her head coaching career at Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, a Division III University in New Jersey. She led the Devils to a 13-11 record during the 1996-97 season before accepting the head coaching post at New Jersey Institute of Technology for two seasons (1997-99). Helping the program transition from Division III to Division II, Barnes Arico was named the New Jersey Coach of the Year after taking the program from the five-win total in her first season to 11 victories in year two.
A native of Mastic Beach, N.Y., Barnes Arico helped lead Stony Brook University to the 1989 NCAA Division III Tournament as a freshman. She spent her final three seasons at Montclair State University, serving as captain during her junior and senior seasons. Barnes Arico led the team to back-to-back ECAC tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992 and was the team’s leading scorer both seasons. A scholar-athlete award recipient, Barnes Arico graduated from Montclair State in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health.
Barnes Arico went into teaching after graduation, accepting a position as a physical education and health teacher at the Academy of Saint Aloysius in Jersey City, N.J., during the 1993-94 academic year. She left Saint Aloysius and moved into an identical position at Chatham High School in Chatham, N.J., from 1994-96.
She was a member of the Kodak All-America selection committee for four seasons (2006-09). Barnes Arico served the past two seasons on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee as the Big East Conference representative.
Barnes Arico and her husband, Larry Arico, are the parents of a son, Trevor, and daughters Emma and Cecelia. Larry is the athletic director and head football coach at Marist High School.
Kim Barnes Arico
High School: William Floyd High School
College: Stony Brook University (1988-89) and Montclair State University (1990-93)
Family: Husband, Larry Arico
Children: Son, Trevor (10); Daughters, Emma (6) and Cecelia (3)
Year School Overall Conference Postseason
1996-97 Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison 13-11
1997-98 New Jersey Institute of Technology 5-21 3-17 NYCAC First Year Division II
1998-99 New Jersey Institute of Technology 11-16 9-12 NYCAC NYCAC, First Round
1999-2000 Adelphi 18-10 16-6 ECC
2000-01 Adelphi 19-11 15-5 ECC
2001-02 Adelphi 28-3 20-2 ECC NCAA II, 2nd Round
2002-03 St. John's 8-19 2-14 Big East
2003-04 St. John's 10-18 4-12 Big East
2004-05 St. John's 20-11 7-9 Big East WNIT, 2nd Round
2005-06 St. John's 22-8 11-5 Big East NCAA, 2nd Round
2006-07 St. John's 8-20 4-12 Big East
2007-08 St. John's 18-15 7-9 Big East WNIT, Quarterfinal
2008-09 St. John's 19-15 4-12 Big East WNIT, 3rd Round
2009-10 St. John's 24-6 12-4 Big East NCAA, 2nd Round
2010-11 St. John's 22-11 9-7 Big East NCAA, 2nd Round
2011-12 St. John's 24-10 13-3 Big East NCAA, Sweet 16
TOTALS 270-205 136-129
Big East Coach of the Year (2006 & 2012)
Finalist for the USWBA National Coach of the Year (2012)
MBWA Coach of the Year (2006)
Basketball Coaches Association of New York (2005)
NYCAC Coach of the Year (2000 & 2002)
NIT/Metro Writers Coach of the Year (2002)
Nassau County Sports Commission of the Year (2002)
Inducted in the William Floyd High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2007)
Winningest Head Coach in St. John's History (176 wins)
Four NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, '10, '11, '12)
Reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (2012)
Highest seed in St. John's history (No. 3, 2012)
Three WNIT appearances (2005, '08, '09)
Nine consecutive appearances in Big East Tournament (2004-12)
Coached Big East Freshman of the Year (2009, Da'Shena Stevens)
Coached 11 All-Big East selections and six All-Rookie Team selections
Coached Big East Scholar-Athlete and Sportsmanship Award winner (2012, Da'Shena Stevens)
4. Trey Burke, 6-1 PG, Michigan
Staying Impact: Burke was the nation's best freshman point guard last season; having him back alongside Tim Hardaway Jr. in the Wolverines' backcourt should give them an outside shot at making a Final Four run. They were the team's two highest possession-users by a wide margin in 2011-12, and figure to dominate the ball again, even with the addition of elite freshman power forward Mitch McGary, the highest-ranked recruit ever to sign with coach John Beilein.
Had He Left: Michigan survived the early departure of its previous point guard, Darius Morris, when Burke emerged as a star. The Wolverines weren't going to repeat that feat; they also lost their other primary ballhandler, senior Stu Douglass, and would have been stuck with late-signing freshman Spike Albrecht, a three-star prospect from Massachusetts, taking over the offense. They would have been a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team ... and Burke may not have been a first-round pick, either. Him returning is the best-case scenario for all parties other than Michigan opponents.
Next Step: Like Indiana, the Wolverines need to lock down on D to become a real title contender. Burke was part of a defense that ranked 60th overall, including 289th in steals and 208th at defending the three-point line. His defense will have to progress, and on offense, will he be able to draw more fouls off of penetration? Beilien's five-out offenses have historically been near the bottom of Division I in free throw rate, but Burke is quick enough with the ball that he should be able to post a higher rate than 30.6. He averaged just 4.1 free-throw attempts per 40 minutes last season.