Lunardi has us as a #3 seed in a region facing #14 seed Montanta and possible match-ups with #6 VCU, #2 Miami (FL), and #1 Gonzaga.
Too bad Lunardi is terrible at seeds and match-ups, b/c if that's the draw, we're going to the Final Four.
According to the Free Press the douche is forced to humble himself. Personally I am sick of his phony tough guy macho act and think he is a Harbaugh swagger jacker. I have lost all respect for this guy so naturally this pleases me. Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20130311/SPORTS06/130311035/tom-crean-jeff-meyer-video-indiana-basketball-michigan
Much has been covered in Snow Flakes, I know, but the sting of that loss has not worn off one bit overnight.. That one is up there with some of the worst of them. It may not be on par with The Game 06, but it up there with with M v. Staee (football) in Ann Arbor in 2010, it surpasses Death to Backboards.
Holy shit was that rough.
In the immediate aftermath I turned off my phone to not even have to read the texts that were to come in. Moments earlier Tim Hardaway glided to the right to side step the defender and kissed the backboard to put us up four, and victory was all but assured. Indiana had given there best shot like 3 times and the team responded every time. The win seemed like destiny. It appeared meant to be.
And then our nasty little secret, sporatic, inconsistent free throw shooting came out in full force. I had been amazed up until this point in the season that our profound inability to make crucial free throws at crucial times had not decided a game before this. For whatever reason, Michigan is rushed at the line, nobody looks comfortable, even the best and most reliable of shooters. I did not have much confidence that any of those free throws were going in. Perhaps this can be a wake up call in that regard going forward.
The dejection on face of key players on our team did not look like the dejection of a team that was determined to rise again, the prove the doubters wrong, to come back and shock the world. It looked like a team that felt it had given all it had and it was not to be. Granted it was immediately after a heart-wrenching defeat, but the body language of the team after that loss was not promising. It is a game that you almost wish they would have lost by fifteen than to have lost in the fashion that they did. In the grand scope, it may not mean much, but I can't help but worry that this teams chance to make a deep run in the tourney ended when Morgan's shot rolled off the rim. This team has picked themselves up a lot, I am not sure if they have it in them to do it again.
We will know soon enough, and I don't have any problem at all with the Penn State-Wisconsin draw. I actually like it, as there is built in motivation with the losses earlier this season.
But that one was as hard and devastating as they come, for both fan and player alike. The only thing left to do now is shock the world. I just don't know if this team can get off the mat in time. Fandom is a bitch sometimes, and this is one very rough Monday morning.
I know there was a thread created about the initial confrontation last night, but late last night one of the reasons for the incident was caught on camera, and there have been a fair number of stories today that touch on it.
After the game, Tom Crean was caught on camera shouting "You wrecked our program!" to Jeff Meyer, who was one of Kelvin Sampson's assistants at Indiana. Sampson resigned over recruiting violations and Indiana was given 3 years probation, although two of Sampson's assistants -- Meyer and Dan Dakich -- were found to be innocent of major wrongdoing. Video (volume is really low, may need to adjust your speakers):
A bonus little dramatic acting job for the cameras at the end there, eh? You can tell that Oladipo is thinking "Coach, you're freaking me out right now!"
Dan Wetzel's article is pretty good, although it puts Crean in a more positive light than we'd like: link
TheWolverine re-published an article from last year on Jeff Meyer, which is a good read: link
If you didn't read all of last night's thread, interesting comment from a maize rage member: link
EDIT: ESPN front page story with higher-quality video and Seth Greenberg's disapproval: link
Trying to take my mind off the tough loss tonight, I was thinking about rule changes that I would like to see in college football and basketball (or any other sport). Here are a few that I was pondering:
1. Shorten the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. I'll call this the Anti-Bo-Ryan Rule.
2. Move the 3 point line back to NBA distance. Teams have become too reliant on it, and it hurts the game in my opinion.
3. Eliminate the jump ball rule. If the offense can't maintain possession without getting tied up, the defense should be awarded the ball. It's crazy that we have 5 and 3 second calls, but if the offense puts the ball right in the defenders hands, they might get it back.
4. Eliminate the block/charge call. Stop looking for the "taking a charge pose" that has us all laughing at/hating Duke and Indiana. Call contact like you would any other foul.
5. I'd like to see the 1 and 1 rule altered, though I'm not sure how. Statistically, it gives the fouling team too much in terms of risk/reward. The median offensive efficiency for CFB teams is .986 points per possession. The average FT shooting percentage is below 70%. The statistical difference here between getting one point from a bonus situation and one point for a typical possesion is, for me, not enough of a penalty for a team intentionally fouling late in the game. I'll call this the "I'm pissed about how today's game ended" rule, but this is the one I feel strongest about. The numbers just do not support a 1 and 1 situation.
6. In football, make holding a 5 yard penalty. The vast majority of sacks aren't ten yards, and most holdings don't prevent a sack/create a play over ten yards. The average yards per play is about 5.4.
7. If a team is intentionally committing a safety, a holding penalty should place the time of the play back on the clock and the yardage should be assessed on the kickoff.
8. If a team intentionally fouls in the last 2 minutes, it is automatically double bonus.
What do you think? What are some rules that you would like to see changed?
Edit: I can't count. Numbers adjusted. I'll also add a #8.
So with Michigan basketball choking away the B1G title, I can barely think I am so pissed off. I threw a freaking temper tantrum at the end of the game that included swearing and throwing a t shirt across my living room. Right now I want to just drinking my woes away. I working my way through a sixer of Guinness stout.