spoiler alert: i linked this
Alright, Shaky start but good play by our boys most of the way, we need to keep it going.
I figured I'd start another thread cause the other one was getting slow per usual.
Go Blue, let's put up another banner!
How was there no game thread up yet?
Anyhow, I think we can agree that a win here more than justifies a court-storming.
Rooting interest discussed here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/update-big-ten-tournament-scenarios
Long and short: Go Nittany Lions, Go Illini!
(If you want to skip my reminiscing, scroll to the end and click on the link for Bobby Knight good naturedly ripping into Don Canham after the final game of the 85-86 basketball season, Indiana at UM)
We won the Big Ten hoop title outright in 1984-85, and I wanted to see the games the next season.
Cheap bastard that I am, I asked a friend in the athletic department how he could get me in for free.
Well, I could assist another of his drinking buddies and guard the press parking lot, making sure only those with proper passes entered the reserved section. The requirement was to be there at least an hour before gametime, then we could watch the game from the tunnel.
This was after the first Fab Five, Paul Jokisch, who went exclusively to football, Robert Henderson, Butch Wade, RIchard Rellford, and Roy Tarpley.
Both title teams went on to disappointing second round exits in the NCAA tournament, but enough of that.
Bill Frieder emphasized offensive efficiency, and we set a second consecutive record for team field goal percentage, 51.6%.
The Scott Skiles led MSU team swept us, the home loss ending a 24 game home win streak, and we lost one other conference game, at Minnesota, which ended the still record 10 game road winning streak.
But, Indiana came in with the chance to tie us for the title with a win.
For the only time in my memory, standing room tickets were sold, so the paid attendance was over 14,000 at a time when Crisler sat 13,609.
We crushed them. The outcome was never in doubt. We even had a five on zero fast break.
I had a video camera, the early edition, about two feet long, not counting the protruding microphone.
With the demise of Dr. Strange Hayes, Bobby Knight was the reigning Big Ten villain.
I was hoping for some fireworks after the game, so I brought my camera, with tripod, and set it up in the room then used for post-game pressers.
Believing it is easier to get forgiveness than permission, I shared my plan with no one.
My pass entitled me entrance to the room, and I just tried to make sure none of the media bumped into my camera.
As luck would have it, during Knight's remarks, Don Canham entered the room and stood almost right behind the camera.
When Knight noticed him, he directed some pointed comments his way, that, well, look at the tape, put on line by the inestimable Wolverine Historian.
I wanted to give a quick update to my post from yesterday as the Iowa/Nebraska and Purdue/Minnesota games are over and things are much clearer.
With Iowa's win, they have locked up the #6 seed. With Minnesota's loss, they have locked up the #9 seed (That's pretty bad for a team that was once ranked in the top 10). If Illinois beats OSU tomorrow, they will be the #7 seed with Purdue the #8 seed. If OSU beats Illinois, you can swap those two teams because Purdue will have the tiebreaker over both Illinois and Minnesota.
Assuming Michigan wins tomorrow...
If OSU beats Illinois, #3 Michigan will play the winner of #6 Iowa vs. #11 NW
If Illinois beats OSU, #2 Michigan will play the winner of #7 Illinois vs. #10 Nebraska
Here's a look at the remaining possibilities for tournament seeding:
(Click to englarge)
Now that that's out of the way, what are you drinking? Hey, did you guys know that Stauskas isn't just a shooter? DRINK.
Since Louis Bullock at the tail end of the last millennium.
Trey is currently at 19.1 ppg. 574 points in 30 games. At the rate Trey has been going lately, he has a legit shot at getting to the 20 ppg level and probably needs to reach it if M is going to make a strong showing in the NCAA tournament.
Trey's last 5 games:
|at Penn State||5||10||0.5||1||4||0.25||7||8||0.875||18|
Cazzie and Rudy:
Cazzie and Rudy T are the only M players to average over 30 a game for a season. Cazzie doing it in 65-66 and Rudy T in 69-70
Cazzie Russell is joined by Bill Buntin and Henry Wilmore as M players to average over 20 a game in 3 different season's:
Cazzie, BIll, and Henry:
Rudy T, is joined by Mike McGee, Gary Grant, and Glen Rice as players who accomplished the feat twice.
Rudy T, Mike McGee, Gary Grant, Glen Rice:
Trey Burke has a chance to join a group of four who averaged 20+ a game for one season.
Campy Russell, Demetrius Calip, Juwan Howard, and Louis Bullock:
Only 3 times in M history have 2 players averaged more than 20 ppg in the same season. Cazzie and Bill Buntin did this twice and Glen Rice and Gary Grant teamed up to accomplish this in '87-88
all stats from http://www.mgoblue.com
The only stats I used are from 1961 onward, if any 20+ scorers occured before this time I offer my apologies.