this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
A lot of people were understandably wary of a board post previewing a hypothetical championship game. I might be in the minority, but I'M OKAY WITH THIS. Consider the actual team's necessary preparation:
This deep in the tournament, all of the teams are clearly very good. To win two games in three days requires more than just a day of prep for the second game. If I were the coach, I would consider having the first day of the week be devoted to the two potential teams to come in the Championship. Reasoning?
First, you want to prepare more than just a day for Louisville/Wichita. You can get to the championship if you just prepare for 'Cuse, but you can easily lose if you're unprepared for the finals. Having 4 days to prep for Cuse vs. 5 days is not as detrimental as having 1 day for Louisville when you could have 2.
Second, not wanting to confuse the team. That's why I'd do it the first day, because otherwise the team gets confused and doesn't focus on Syracuse when it should be. Talking about L'Ville the first day and then the day before the hypothetical game means a good memory refresher and you can start from somewhere other than scratch. (I get this reasoning from exam studying, where one studies first for the exam that will come last in a series, which I have found to be very effective).
Then there are the other forms of reasoning for the fan perspective, e.g., we're not the actual team and can discuss other things, etc. But if the team should be preparing for both games, can't fans do it too?
Thoughts? Does anybody know if a coach prepares the team for both games, or decides to make it as far as possible and hope a day is enough to prepare? It might really be unfeasible to prep for 2 teams the first day, but I think it's also really hard to get over the final four hypothetical victory high in one day and go to work with 1.5 until the next game.
I ordered the Adidas Climalite "Making the Cut" Final Four shirt from MDen, and was extremely excited to get home today only to discover that the medium I ordered is the size of an X-Large shirt. Has anyone else ordered or bought one of these, and is this just my experience, or have others seen the same thing?
Because it's well, THIS WEEK, we interrupt the ongoing
"DESMOND JOINS THE FOOTBALL TEAM"
storyline to bring you...
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I was very tempted to title this one "THE SHOT," because twenty years from now that's what we'll be calling it. And yes, we'll still be talking about it.
Good luck, boys... and thanks for the magic.
Friday Fun will pay homage to the team in perhaps a more stoic way.
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According to this article, the AD's ability to secure a spot in the B1G is reason for keeping his job. And college sport is about the student-athletes right... give me a break
Yawn—another day, another award for Trey Burke. But seriously, kudos again!
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that Trey Burke from the University of Michigan is the winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. This annual honor is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list, consisting of 60-plus candidates from around the country, was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 10 and a final five before voting on the winner of one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.“The Hall of Fame is proud to present Trey Burke with one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Trey is a natural born leader, and an exciting player to watch. He has proven himself to be a winner, and demonstrates so many of the same characteristics that made Mr. Cousy great.”“It is truly an honor to recognize Trey for his extraordinary efforts this season,“ said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the Bob Cousy Award and former NABC President. “All year long he has shown tremendous poise, especially down the stretch of the NCAA Tournament. He has certainly shown the same type of leadership and determination that Bob Cousy displayed throughout his career.”Burke, a sophomore, from Columbus, Ohio was named Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 and was a unanimous 2012-13 Big Ten first team selection. He finished the 18-game 2012-13 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball season schedule as the conference leader in both scoring average and assist average and finished second in steals per game. Burke became the seventh Wolverine sophomore to reach 1000 career points. He was also named Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year and Sports Illustrated All-American Team; he started all 35 games and helped Michigan go undefeated (13-0) in non-conference play for the first time since 1985-86. He is the only player in [the] Big Ten [this season]
historyto score at least 15 points in every conference game. in a season.As a freshman, he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.“It’s an honor to have Trey Burke selected as the recipient of the Bob Cousy Award,” said Michigan head coach John Beilein “Trey has been the floor leader of our program, a terrific teammate and critical to our success. He epitomizes the selection criteria for this award and will represent the Cousy family with great pride and honor. Trey is a fantastic representative of our institution and will be a great ambassador for this award.”
I think we all knew Burke was going pro...but if Tim Hardaway Jr. is true as well, then I hope they go out with a bang this week! I also realize that this news hinges on 1 guy from Forbes (Darren Heirner) but he seems legitimate.