Temple forward Anthony Lee told ESPN today that he will be transferring to Ohio State. Lee, a 6' 9" power forward, was one of the most sought-after transfers on the market. His finalists included Iowa State, Indiana, Louisville and Notre Dame, although many schools came calling when he announced his transfer from Temple.
Lee was coveted by Indiana with Vonleh going pro. Tom Crean has some great potential players in his backcourt, but Indiana's frontcourt is a cratering hole now with Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Etherington and Luke Fischer transferring this year.
The next big Midwest transfer prospects to look out for is West Virginia sophomore guard Eron Harris who supposedly will consider Michigan among other Big Ten schools, and Virginia Tech freshman forward Trevor Thompson.
Temple transfer Anthony Lee told http://t.co/FJtJDXPuUb he is headed to Ohio State. Will play next season for Buckeyes.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2014
I saw the thread the other day about Indiana making the CBI, but I don't believe the information about them rejecting the invite was included. Fred Glass said, "we're Indiana. We don't play in the CBI." Unfortunately for them, they don't play in the NCAA Tourney either.
Is this the right move for them, or would it be better to let their young players get some experience?
Right after the dunk around 1.29.30 (slap's at 1.29.43 to be exact), if I played for State and a Dwight Schrute look a like came that far on my court to slap the floor, I'd sprint over there and run him over. Of course that is probably because I have difficulty thinking rationally about Tom Crean.
Seriously though, what an idiot. It's one thing when 18-22 year old kids do stuff to get pumped up, but that guy is a joke out there.
This post was totally not worth the effort, sorry.
The contrast could not be more startling.
Last night, Indiana looked like it had never even heard of a 2-3 zone before, and Syracuse simply demolished them. Just like that, the B1G's best team was gone.
Tonight, a team that was capable of abusing all of Michigan's weaknesses played solid basketball and got production from all of its key players. Withey was a force underneath the basket, and every time McGary was matched up against him one-on-one Withey got the better of him.
Yet somehow McGary produced 25 points, Burke had 10 assists, and Michigan won a basketball game they had no business even keeping close, against a team that was as bad of a matchup as Michigan could imagine.
And Beilein must receive the credit. Unlike Tom Crean, he did not shrink from the moment; he put Michigan in a position to succeed. In a game where Michigan had to score effectively and efficiently against a strong defense, Beilein devised a strategy that put them in the right place. McGary scored 25 points--but never when he was posting up Withey. Beilein moved Withey all over the court on screens and switches, and used movement to get McGary in position to score.
Somehow, Michigan's offense found all the right spots to keep scoring, even when Burke started cold. Somehow, Michigan was in all the right places to score. Somehow, Beilein was able to keep Michigan humming.
Beilein was masterful.
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
Anyone watching Tom Crean closely last night probably realized that he was being controlled by a lucky few selected home viewers with a joystick. I had a turn.
Joystick-Left to make him walk left, Joystick-Right to go right. Button A for Clap-Clap-Clap.
But there was no occation to use Button B = Jump.
My suggestion to the NCAA competition committee is to roll barrels at Tom Crean during the game to increase the level of difficulty for the at-home contestants.
Oh, and maybe throw in a quickie w/ Roseanne Barr during timeouts.