Cuse the new #1. Zona drops just one spot. Duke rises to 11 after the road loss at Cuse, which by the way, was the first time I've ever seen Duke get consistently jobbed by the officials. Home cooking won that game for the Orangemen.
Here is the latest episode of the journey. Episode covers Zak Irvin and his friendship with MSU's Gary Harris. Enjoy
Just a pathetic effort on all ends... IU wanted to hand it to us in the first half turning the ball over on every possession, but there was no effort made to get guys open. Nobody stepped up with Stauskas being held in check, and the offense was just stagnant. However, I think this team needed a little wake up call after being on top of the world for the last two weeks. Frustrating but not the end. Pick it up for Nebraska and Iowa on Saturday.
In a losing effort by the Knicks, Tim Hardaway put up 17 points, a rebound, an assist, and a steal. If that hasn't already impressed you enough, he shot 7/14, and 3/7 for 3 pointers. Looking more and more like the Knicks got a steal.
Considering that a lot of us on the board were thinking he might just be an average bench player, he is coming on strong and may be deserving of a start one of these days. If the Knicks didn't have all of their talent loaded at the wing, it probably would have happened already . . .
EDIT: On ESPN Insider, David Thorpe lists Trey Burke as the #2 and THJ as the #3 rookies in his top 50 list. Not bad!
Do you remember?
Tomorrow we travel again to Bloomington to play Indiana at dreaded Assembly Hall. While the historical record against the Hoosiers is a dismal 56-103 we are an stunning 12-64 when playing in their gym. In my opinion, of all the houses of B1G officiating horrors, Assembly Hall stands alone as the Pantheon of "home cooking" when it comes to getting biased calls favoring the home team. Which means that despite our respective records through the years - the best squad does not always prevail if not in candy striped warm-ups. In fact they rarely, if ever, do in Indiana.
A few notable games stand out through the years:
1977 - The one loss and 5th ranked Wolverines lose to
unranked #2 Indiana 73-64
1989 - The
6th 13th ranked and eventual National Champions fall to 9th ranked u anked Indiana 71-70 76-75
1990 - The 5th ranked Wolves lose to unranked Indiana 71-69
1992 - Fab Five get blown out 89-74 by unranked Indiana.
1993 - This time the #2 in the nation Fab Five get screwed at the end and lose 93-92
1994 - No Webber, no change. 11th ranked Michigan goes down 74-64
1997 - Ranked #13, Michigan loses yet again to unranked Indiana 72-70
1998 - Ranked #15 going in, Michigan gets crushed by unranked Indiana 90-65
2012 - #16 Michigan goes down 73-71 to unranked Indiana
2013 - Ranked #1 - Michigan loses to Indiana
72-71 81-73. Lots of Televisions die
I watched all those games. I can tell you beyond a shadow of doubt that when playing at Assembly Hall expect at least 3-5 "WTF" calls per game that will go against us. I think we can and should win tomorrow. But if history has taught me anything it is to not expect the win to be easy (should it come) or without 40 minutes of me yelling at the TV in anger.
Let the game begin.