My opinion - with McGary we win by 15, without him we lose. Bummer.
Here is a video of Nic being interviewed by a kid reporter for the kings. It is a nice little piece that will hopefully let you chuckle and forget that michigan still doesnt have a football coach and that the saviors aka the basketball team just lost to New Jersey Institute of Technology
Free to someone who can use them tonight. First to respond gets them -- let me know your email address.
On December 9th, 1989, I was one of 13,609 in Crisler Arena for what turned out to be the best basketball game I have ever seen in person. #6 Duke came into Ann Arbor to play defending NCAA Champions Michigan and the atmosphere was electric.
Duke was led by Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner and would end up losing that year in the NCAA Final. Michigan was led by Rumeal Robinson, Terry Mills, Loy Vaught, and Sean Higgins. This was the first time the two teams had played in 20 years - and was the beginning of the modern day Michigan-Duke rivalry.
It seems like yesterday and 100 years ago at the same time. They don't make college basketball like that anymore...
From the AP:
Sean Higgins scored 7 of his 32 points in overtime, leading Michigan to a 113-108 victory today over Duke.
The Blue Devils (3-2) fell to top-ranked Syracuse, 78-76, Wednesday. Michigan (5-1) has won five consecutive games since its opener, a loss to Arizona.
Greg Koubek's tip at the buzzer lifted Duke to a 94-94 tie at the end of regulation. Higgins started the overtime with his sixth 3-pointer of the game. Loy Vaught scored Michigan's next 6 points, including a short jumper that put the Wolverines ahead to stay, 103-101, with 2 minutes 52 seconds left. Vaught finished with 27 points, Rumeal Robinson with 22 and Terry Mills with 18 for the Wolverines. Christian Laettner had 26 points for Duke
First episode of Inside michigan basketball covering the win against Syracuse and the loss to NJIT. Seems like Beilein sees that loss as a positive thing for the team to learn from. Who Knew? Episode also covers the Womens big win against Wake forest. The ladies team is off to a great start. Enjoy and always GO BLUE!!!
Also anyone else notice something strane about Matt Shepard?
Sorry if this is too far away from the coaching threads, but I wanted to compare the success of each teams NBA player. I came away from this with these thoughts:
Michigan State as of now has the best current NBA players. However, in 5 years the likes of Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, Mitch McGary, and Nik Stauskas are going to out pace Draymond Green, Gary Harris, and Adreian Payne. Here is what I came up with:
PG: Kalin Lucas (Memphis Grizzlies)
Has only played one game for the Grizzlies, not the best representative of MSU's talent.
SG: Jason Richardson (Philadelphia 76ers)
He has averaged 17.3 points per game over his career which is very solid. He led the NBA in 2007 for three pointers made. Has not played in two years.
Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets)
Has not really played this year, he has averaged 4 points per game so far. He played well in the summer league, and needs to break through into the lineup.
SF: Alan Anderson (Brooklyn Nets)
A decent role player in his career averaging 7.8 points per game.
Shannon Brown (Miami Heat)
Averaging 7.6 points per game he has been a good role player.
PF: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
He has averaged 5.5 points per game with a recent spike. He is starting on one of the best teams in the NBA and is playing really well. He is the best out of these young players.
C: Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies)
The best active MSU player in the NBA. He has averaged 17.1 points per game in his career. He has been an all star two times.
Adreian Payne (Atlanta Hawks)
Brief D-League stint. Behind lots of talent in Atlanta.
PG: Trey Burke (Utah Jazz)
A solid young player, needs to shoot a lot better. He should end up being a Jameer Nelson type player.
Darius Morris (Free Agent)
Recently waived by the Portland Trail Blazers. If he had developed a shot he would have been a really good pro.
SG: Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers)
A very solid NBA player, he has averaged 15.6 points per game over his 14 year career.
Nik Stauskas (Sacramento Kings)
Very similar to Gary Harris so far. Just played his best game last night where he scored fifteen points with eight rebounds.
SF: Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks)
He has averaged 9.9 points per game in his short career. He has surprised many so far. He jacks up a lot of shots and does not play the best defense, but he is among the upper tier of these players.
Manny Harris (Los Angeles D-Fenders)
D-League. Averaged 6.4 points in 89 games in the NBA. Averages 26.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 3.6 APG in the D-League.
PF: Glenn Robinson III (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Signed to a guarantee contract but has played sparingly. He has averaged 1.7 points in 7 games. Has had trouble breaking into a really bad Minnesota lineup.
C: Mitch McGary (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Broke his foot early on and is just now attempting a comeback. Mitch played pretty well in the D-League games he played.
Overall MSU wins for right now. But give Beilein a couple of years and this will change.