I thought this would be fun for a Monday morning... In Bill Simmons's "The Book of Basketball" he spends what was probably my favorite chapter on "The Wine Cellar" team. The premise is "If aliens come to earth with a time machine and demand to play basketball for the sake of the world, who do you pick?" The time machine is because you don't just pick Michael Jordan - you have to decide which vintage (like wine) of Mike you pick (Simmons took 1992 MJ over 96 MJ). The game is taking place today - meaning 2014 NCAA rules like the 3 point line length are in play.
With that theory in place, who makes your Wine Cellar Team? Does 2013 Trey Burke start over 1992 Jalen Rose? Does Tournament McGary get one of your 12 roster spots? Does Cazzie's game translate with a shot clock, 3 pointer, and 7 footers? 91 or 92 CWebb? Simmons's team was quite versitile, able to go big or small, run a press, have a lockdown 5 for defense, and able to score lots of ways.
Build your starting 5 (or full roster of 12) and defend your picks/years.
Sorry I'm not good at embedding tweets but I saw this tidbit from Justin Albers, who follows IU basketball and works for Fox Sports:
"Hearing the Big Ten Tournament will be moved out of Indianapolis and to Washington DC for at least one year. Disappointing. #iubb"
I attended the B1G Tournament the last two years in Chicago and Indy and I truly think that it should rotate between those two cities, if not adding Detroit.
The B1G and Big East have scheduled a joint presser tomorrow at 12:30 at Madison Square Garden.
This is blowing up all over Twitter.
Speculation is that they will announce the B1G/Big East Challenge to begin in 2015-16. I wonder if this will replace the B1G/ACC?
Didn't see this posted anywhere, but Jeff Goodman released his new mock draft here ($) http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft/mock/?season=2014&version=2&sourceId=3&preview=true
Goodman has Stauskas going to the Suns with their first pick in the first round at 14, then has Phoenix grabbing McGary at 27.
Also has Noah Vonleh at 6, Gary Harris at 10, and Adreian Payne at 21. Has the Pistons grabbing Tyler Ennis at 8 (and my Cavs taking Douggie McBuckets at 9).