in town for free camps
It has been said that it is between MSU and Duke, with Duke being the favorite. I know some of you are all about the BIG being stronger and want him to land at MSU, but I would rather not see Michigan play against this kid two times a year.
6'8" 220 lbs, SF. He is currently the #2 recruit in the nation for the class of 2013.
As a junior, Parker was named the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year, Illinois' Mr. Basketball and the national Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game.
edit - MSU prematurely (common for them) came out with an article saying Parker to MSU around 2:30 ET. LINK (It has been taken down, but you can still see the title)
Twas the night before Eastern
And all through my house
Not a creature was stirring
The twins were knocked out
The Dukies had long since put the Red Bears to bed
#2 for another week shrugged my shoulders and said...
If Michigan can break 50 they have nothing to fear
They may be Boilerslayers, but Purdue sucks this year.
Daylen Harrison is their best player 49% for 10 points a game
Leads the Eagles grabbing 7 rebounds with his lanky 6-6 frame.
Glenn Bryant runs the post, his shooting couldn't be colder
10 points on 40% from the field, 7% from Boulder.
Derek Thompson leads them in scoring at 12 points a contest
38% averaging 7 tries, their only deep shooter and best.
Jalen Ross runs the point dealing 3 dimes and 2 refunds
shoots 23% from the floor and 17% on the long ones.
Got pounded by 18 on the boards, but beat Purdue by 3.
Boilers gave 'em 18 Christmas presents, Mike Hart tweeted “Yipee!”
Nearly doubled up by the “Cuse, Eagles really can't score
Forced 18 orange turnovers, but gave back 24.
When Michigan they play they have not a chance
All of the rebounds to McGary, then he will do a Beiber dance
The Eagles play good defense and make you turn the ball over
But Trey Burke is slicker than Gene Keady's combover.
In the end Tim and St. Nick will make them look terrible
Any defense they play, Trey will never lose his dribble.
And the announcer will call as we walk out of sight
85-44 Michigan, and to all a good night!
I decided to put this together really quickly because I was bored at work. I used the most recent of two human polls (AP and Coaches) and two computer rankings (KenPom and Sagarin). Both types have their flaws (everyone probably knows about KenPom's love for Wisconsin at this point), so hopefully some sort of average makes sense.
It's a really simple ranking algorithm. The conference gets 25 points for a team in 1st place in whichever poll/model, 24 for 2nd, etc. So theoretically, a single team could earn its conference a total of 100 points. I only look at the top 25 teams, so this isn't incredibly accurate, but it's hopefully a nice little back-of-the-envelope calculation.
The Big 10 is pretty strong right now. I think everybody knew that.
There is a big drop-off between the B10/BE and the rest of the conferences. Their total point value is greater than the rest of the conferences combined.
The top teams in the SEC are looking better overall than the top teams in the ACC, which is interesting to me. This is especially unusual since Duke is so good (providing the ACC with 97 of its 112 points) and Kentucky surprisingly bad (only 17 of 139) right now.
For the second time in his career and first time this season, Trey Burke earns Big Ten Player of the Week honors. One of the most amazing stats mentioned in the mgoblue.com press release, excerpted below, is his 43 assists to just 6 turnovers in his last six games—that's an assist-to-turnover ratio of more than 7 to 1.
Burke averaged 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals, shot 71.4 percent from the field (20-for-28) and 50.0 percent (4-for-8) from long range in wins over Binghamton (Dec. 11) and West Virginia (Dec. 15).
Opening up the week against Binghamton, Burke's 19 point, five assists and four rebounds helped U-M to the 67-39 victory. He finished the game 8-for-12 from the field, including three long range buckets in 30 minutes of action. Closing the week, Burke guided U-M to its third victory in New York City after an 81-66 win over West Virginia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He scored a season-best 27 points after finishing with a new career high for field goals as he was 12-for-16 from the field. He added eight assists with zero turnovers, five rebounds and tied a career-best three steals in 38 minutes of action.
For the season, Burke is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 53.5 percent from the field. He is the only Wolverine to score in double figures in all 11 games and has four 20-plus point games. He recorded his first career 10-plus assist game and first career double-double with 18 points and 11 assists against N.C. State (Nov. 27) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Over his last six games he has 43 assists to just six turnovers.
The last time Michigan was ranked #2 was in mid-January 1993.
I noticed there wasn't a thread on this, but Darius Morris had a career high with 15 points, including 3-5 from behind the arc, in just under 19 minutes of playing time, Let's hope this is the beginning of a nice stretch by D-Mo.