"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
Trey Burke has been named to the AP All-American team, making him 4/4 on NCAA used All-America teams. Truly a great honor.
I'm trying to find a place that will ship Final 4 t-shirts - right now I've only found MDen (which wants an arm, a leg and some organs for 2 day shipping and Moe doesn't have any Maize shirts. Any suggestions? I like the ones they have on ncaa sports but they, confusingly, don't ship until the 9th.
Shipping to TX btw - was nice to see the guys revenge that SEC beating with an SEC beating of their own.
"Everybody's talking about the 2-3 zone," Thompson said. "That's not a 2-3 zone. The 2-3 zone has been with us since the dawn of time. It's the way it slides and moves out there, like a damn amoeba.
"The only time it's a 2-3 zone is when they're waiting for you to bring the ball to it. Then, it becomes something else."
It is as old-school as it gets — the defense that every Y league team puts in when its roster gets too old, or too fat, or too lazy to play man-to-man anymore. It's the first defense besides the man-to-man that young players ever see, or that they learn to play. In the hands of Syracuse, though, especially this Syracuse team, it is like seeing something you've become accustomed to grow deadly all at once. It's like walking into your front yard and discovering your garden hose has become a Gaboon viper.
I wasn't able to take part in the MgoCelebration this weekend, but I don't want to be done enjoying what happened. So, what did you do when Trey hit The Shot or when Michigan beat Kansas? I let out an "Ooooooohhhhhhhh!" when Trey sunk the three, and I stared in disbelief at the TV when the game ended and then jumped around in a circle for a good thirty seconds. That will be one of my favorite sports memories for the rest of my life, I have to think.
This was mentioned in an article a couple weeks ago but has now been officially annnounced. Below is the U-M press release. See also the event website: collegeslam.com. It appears there will be eight participants in the women's three-point contest, which will be shown on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET this Thursday.
Thompson Selected for State Farm Three-Point Shootout
April 1, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) of the University of Michigan women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the 25th annual State Farm Women's College 3-Point Championship on Thursday (April 4). The event will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m.
Thompson hit 110 three-pointers on the season, setting a new Michigan single-season record and ranking second all-time in Big Ten history. She had 11 games with at least five three-pointers and 20 games with at least three triples. Thompson set a new U-M single-game standard when she hit seven against Northwestern on Jan. 17. She led the Wolverines in scoring at 14.3 points per game and scored in double figures 24 times this season. Thompson currently ranks third in the NCAA with 3.33 three-point field goals per game and has the fourth-highest total (110).
The sharpshooter finished her career at U-M with 198 three-pointers, ranking second on the all-time list. In Michigan's final game this season, she became the 24th Wolverine to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau and ended her career with 1,001 points.
Thompson, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team by both the coaches and media this year, is the first Wolverine to participate in the national event. The competition will take place at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion.
And it's not just me saying it.
Boy was shooting at a TREMENDOUS clip!
They have a thing they say at Michigan when someone's having a great game shooting the ball. Whoever's doing it, they say, "is shooting at a tremendous clip.
OK, it's not everyone at Michigan who says it. It's 6-foot-6 freshman Nik Stauskas. For whatever reason, he fell in love with that saying this season. He said it a little bit. Then he said it a lot. Too much? "Maybe," said senior guard Josh Bartelstein, smiling and teasing.
The only reason I know about Stauskas and his kooky saying is that when the media walked into the Michigan locker room on Sunday after the Wolverines had blown out Florida 79-59 for the South Regional championship, teammates and coaches were yelling at Stauskas, "You were shooting at a tremendous clip!"
Ok, so it's a Gregg Doyel article, but worth a read. Another Doyel article worth a read (I know, twice in one post???):
I didn't see the press conference or read the transcript, but Donovan seems to give little praise to Michigan, and maybe didn't take this team seriously. The day before the game, Doyel asked Young and Yeguete about McGary and they dismissed his ability. Boynton after the game didn't even know Stauskas' name!
And in the "did he really say that?" file:
"Listen," Donovan said. "Stauskas, if he goes 0 for 6 ... [it's] a different game."