Courtesy of UMHoops:
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Hardaway has been extremely impressive at pre-draft workouts, not only competing against fellow guard prospects such as Isaiah Canaan, but besting them. Ford called Hardaway “the best player on the floor for all two hours” of a workout that he watched on Tuesday.
Hardaway has all the physical tools to be a dominant NBA player. Hopefully he can put it all together in the NBA.
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla has Trey Burke as the top PG in this year's NBA draft. (Duh)
He has him ahead of CJ McCollum of Lehigh. One might says he has Burke Lehigher on his list. (Cringe)
Fraschilla compares him to last year's ROY, Damian Lillard in that he might be able to start at PG right away for a lottery team.
Because Burke will be selected by a team in the lottery that will have a specific need for the position, he has a chance to have the same impact that the Blazers' Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard had this past season. He'll likely start immediately, but I am not sure even he and his great will to win can affect a team's improvement right away.
Gene Smith displays his backbone (or lack thereof) in comments regarding Ohio basketball scheduling Michigan in the non-conference, after missing the game @ Ann Arbor this coming season. While being obviously against the measure, he goes on to say "We're not chicken." Lots of chicken in the B1G news this week...
For those who may have missed it, our own Jalen Rose made an appearance on Tosh.0 Tuesday night. Tosh was making fun of a ginger (turns out he's from Michigan) who made a video of his greatest Nerf dunks. Jalen, Spud Webb, Bill Simmons, etc all discuss the greatness of this kid's dunking ability.
It's late and I'm too tired to try to figure out how to embed, so click the link below, or if somebody wants to embed, feel free.
Heads up- For those watching at work, there are a couple of swear words, so you may want to close your office door, or turn down the volume on the speakers. Enjoy.
In the wake of today's 2013-2014 B1G Men's Basketball schedule release and the dislike that came with it, I thought of a new way to formulate a conference schedule. I tried to keep it balanced where the high-level teams play more high-level teams and the low-level teams play more low-level teams so there's no repeat of Wisconsin's/Ohio State's favorable one-offs.
I introduce to you tier scheduling. Taking the final standings of last year, I broke up teams into four three-team tiers, Tiers 1, 2, 3, and 4 obviously.
Now, once these teams are in tiers, it's time to set up which tiers will play the other tiers how many times. It is cumbersome to explain it in words so I will just show what I have in my spreadsheet
There might be a better way to balance this out, but I feel this does a decent job making sure good teams play more good teams with the occasional bad team and vice versa.
So what would this mean for Michigan this year? Here's a hypothetical schedule based on their tier 2 standing
When it came to the one-offs I picked teams with less of a recent history with Michigan so that's why they play Indiana once out of tier 1 but OSU and MSU twice, then Minnesota and Purdue once out of tier 3 but Illinois twice, etc.
I did this somewhat hastily so if there's any apparent flaws please point them out but I think I have everything squared away.
Obviously this kind of scheduling is too late because 1. 2013-2014 schedule is already done and 2. this is the final year of having 12 teams. But this was a fun "What If?" scenario I wanted to share.
Michigan's single games are at Ohio, at Illinois and home to Northwestern and PSU. That's about as crappy as it gets and has to be a disdvantage compared to the other top teams.
This is only going to get worse once Maryland and Fucking Rutgers join and I'm not sure what the solution is. The bright side is that we now seem to be on a path where we have more to play for than just a B1G title.