I know the fan vote won't really affect whether Trey Burke wins the Cousy Award, but this is a another Michigan-Ohio battle, and it's being lost right now—29.8% to 17%.
You can vote here once a day, per e-mail address, through March 7. Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Not surprisingly, Trey Burke has been named one of twelve midseason finalists for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Here are the twelve:
Keith Appling — Michigan State UniversityLorenzo Brown — North Carolina State UniversityTrey Burke — University of MichiganAaron Craft — Ohio State UniversityMatthew Dellavadova — Saint Mary’s CollegePierre Jackson — Baylor UniversityShane Larkin — University of MiamiPhil Pressey — University of MissouriPeyton Siva — University of LouisvilleMarcus Smart — Oklahoma State UniversityMichael Carter-Williams — Syracuse UniversityNate Wolters — South Dakota State University
There's a fan vote component, and you can vote for Burke here.
The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run one month – beginning February 7th and will conclude March 7th.
The five finalists will be announced on March 11.
A recurring theme I've heard put forward over the past month or two is that this is THE year for Michigan basketball. Go for broke, because after this year, Burke leaves, THJ leaves, and even Little Dog may leave. Beilein has pulled out the redshirts this year because it is a year to win it all.
I don't disagree that it is a year to win it all for Michigan basketball, and it's worth putting everything into it. However, I'm wondering if it's true that this is THE year. In that spirit, I thought we could take an early look at 2013 Michigan basketball and what the odds are that next year could be "The Year" too.
First off, lets set a prospective depth chart for 2013. This depth chart will assume that we lose the following players for 2013:
|Trey Burke||Draft||Point Guard|
|Tim Hardaway Jr||Draft||Shooting Guard|
|Glen Robinson III||Draft||Shooting Foreward|
That makes our returning curren depth chart as follows:
|Spike Albrecht||Sophomore||Point Guard|
|Nick Stauskas||Sophomore||Shooting Guard|
|Jon Horford||RS Junior||Center|
|Caris LeVert||Sophomore||Shooting Guard|
|Max Bielfeldt||RS Sophomore||Foreward|
|Jordan Morgan||RS Senior||Center|
To these players, Michigan is adding the following freshmen for 2013 (others may be added, but these are sure things):
|Derrick Walton||Point Guard||4|
|Austin Hatch||Shooting Guard||3|
Ed: No Hatch. He reclassified. Blame Bourbon
This Gives us a 2013 depth chart that looks something like the following:
|Point Guard||Spike Albrecht||Derrick Walton|
|Guard||Nick Stauskas, Caris Levert|
|Foreward||Max Bielfeldt||Zak Irvin|
|Center||Mitch McGary||Jordan Morgan||Jon Horford, Mark Donnal|
First of all, lets just come out and say it. That's a damn good depth chart. A little light, but damn good. At any rate, to figure out where we're at for 2013, we should look at lost production and minutes first. Per ESPN:
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||33.7||16.2||2.6|
|Glenn Robinson III||32.2||12.1||1.3|
I am going to discount the top five guys in that list because all put together they average less than 18 minutes per game. That's garbage time that you fill with those guys to reduce the chance of injury to your starters and primary backups and so that they get a chance to play.
PG - 33.7 MPG, 17.8 PPG, 7.2 APG
SG - 33.7 MPG, 16.2 PPG, 2.6 APG
F - 32.2 MPG, 12.1 PPG, 1.3 APG
I know that doesn't cover everything these guys are doing for the team, or even close to it. But if similar production can be put up, it can be assumed that production in other areas, defense, rebounding and general intangibles will be close.
The question is, between the improvement of Freshmen to Sophomore players and the addition of high rated freshemen, do we have it? There is no good math for just how players will perform when their minutes skyrocket (Spike?) or how freshmen will perform (Irvin?), because it varies so much. Therefore, I ask you. Do we have it?
After Wednesday's games, Trey Burke took over the #1 spot on Ken Pomeroy's POY ranking system, leaping over Lousville's Russ Smith and Duke's
Marshall Mason Plumlee. Following another solid performance on Thursday, Trey has added to his lead.
EDIT: Didn't realize the kPOY standings were paywalled, my apologies there. Here is a quick snippet of the top five:
|1||Trey Burke, Michigan||2.341|
|2||Russ Smith, Louisville||2.275|
|3||Mason Plumlee, Duke||2.112|
|4||Cody Zeller, Indiana||2.009|
|5||Patric Young, Florida||1.985|
An explanation of the award can be found below.
Player of the Year Straw Poll
|Ballots||Player, Year, Pos., School||1st||2nd||3rd||Total|
|54||Mason Plumlee, Sr., F, Duke||30 (90)||12 (24)||12||126|
|48||Trey Burke, So., G, Michigan||13 (39)||25 (50)||10||99|
|50||Doug McDermott, Jr, F, Creighton||16 (48)||15 (30)||19||97|
|12||Cody Zeller, So., F, Indiana||2 (6)||3 (6)||7||19|
|9||Russ Smith, Jr., G, Louisville||1 (3)||3 (6)||5||14|
|5||Anthony Bennett, Fr., F, UNLV||0||2 (4)||3||7|
|4||Jeff Withey, Sr., C, Kansas||1 (3)||1 (2)||2||7|
|1||Ben McLemore, Fr., G, Kansas||0||1 (2)||0||2|
|1||Kevin Foster, Sr., G, Santa Clara||0||1 (2)||0||2|
|1||Jack Cooley, Sr., F, Notre Dame||0||0||1||1|
|1||James Michael McAdoo, So., F, UNC||0||0||1||1|
|1||Shabazz Muhammad, Fr., G/F, UCLA||0||0||1||1|
|1||Mike Muscala, Sr., F/C, Bucknell||0||0||1||1|
|1||Nate Wolters, Sr., G, South Dakota State||0||0||1||1|
If he can continue to put up impressive numbers, in the best conference in the nation, I see no reason why he shouldn't be #1 over Plumlee.
Pretty solid read over al, grantland ranks the top 12 college teams each week and this week we have jumped into the #1 spot.