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It's Not Unverified Voracity's Fault, I Swear To God
Also! Of course Mitch McGary is photobombing John Beilein, triumphant.
McGary is Facetiming Zack Novak with part of the net on his head, because of course he is. SUBMITTED: "Big Puppy" is still an appropriate nickname for Mitch McGary even if he is putting in 25 and 14 on Jeff Withey.
Been there. A TWIS-worthy moment from a sideways Kansas fan watching the Burke three:
Prediction of the tournament. Mark Titus, come on down:
5. Bill Self will become so enraged with Elijah Johnson that his toupee will fall off
Self and Johnson have an interesting relationship, and by “interesting,” I mean that before every game, I’m pretty sure Self pulls Johnson aside and gives him the following speech:
“…God as my witness, if the other team’s point guard outplays you tonight, I will end you. Your corpse will spend eternity in the crawl space of my summer home, and when guests ask, ‘What’s that smell?” I’ll tell them it’s the scent of mediocrity."
He also predicted that Tim Hardaway wouldn't wear his hat. No matter: that is creepy. In lots of ways.
Yeah. No. Charles Pierce has an article on Syracuse's 2-3 zone that strikes on a key point:
"Everybody's talking about the 2-3 zone," Thompson said. "That's not a 2-3 zone. The 2-3 zone has been with us since the dawn of time. It's the way it slides and moves out there, like a damn amoeba.
"The only time it's a 2-3 zone is when they're waiting for you to bring the ball to it. Then, it becomes something else."
Watching the IU-Cuse game I was struck by how the conventional wisdom about where you need to attack the 2-3—flashing to the free throw line—didn't seem to apply. Cody Zeller seems built to crush a 2-3 by getting the ball there and passing, shooting, or driving as the defense provides a wrong answer to the threat he provides no matter what they do.
Syracuse just checked him and folded in their "wings" a bit. Those guys are 6'8", so Watford wasn't much threat and they were more than capable of extending out to contest three pointers from the corner. More than that, they just knew what to do to react to Indiana's attempts to beat the zone. By playing this amorphous zone they play on a sort of home court against everyone. They know exactly what they're doing; a lot of opponents don't.
This'll be a test of the Beilein Is A Genius meme. Boeheim is undefeated against him, albeit in talent matchups nowhere near as even as this one.
Not exactly a rock of journalistic credibility. Seriously, New York Times?
Stop listening to NPR! It's just stories about how you shouldn't abuse elderly people!
[Via Reader Brent McIntosh.]
Correct. Reader Stephen Suarez provides a visual representation of Nik Stauskas's decline, fall, and mutation into unstoppable phase beast:
At least they got your/you're right. Michael Ferns instagrammed this Handwritten, Lovingly Crafted Recruiting Letter from Mississippi State:
"Baller" is underlined, FWIW.
I've always wondered what the hell anyone could put in the incessant communication teams have with recruits, and now I know. I am dumber for this knowledge.
I ran out of fouls! I—I had guards with shoulder injuries! We recruited guys who ended up at Iowa State! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Blue Devils! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!! Tom Izzo post-NCAA-exit always sounds like John Belushi trying to prevent Carrie Fisher from flamethrowing him. With Michigan in the Final Four, he's turned it up to 11, to mix 70s movie metaphors.
Tom Izzo doesn't blame the referees.
"It just seemed like that whistle was blowing all the time, and we never got in the flow of the game in that second half,'' Izzo said. "I'm sure they (officials) thought they did a helluva job, or I thought that I did a helluva job.
"I bit everything I could bite a couple of times.''
I wonder why that might be, that Michigan State might get called for a bunch of fouls. I am racking my brain for a potential reason a proud purveyor of "physical defense" might end up flaming out in the NCAA tournament thanks to fouls. I am… nope. Still thinking.
In any case, the free throw disparity was vast.
Duke made 24 of 26 free throws while MSU was 18 of 24 from the free-throw line.
"They killed us on the free-throw line,'' Harris said.
Before the last 1:20—when State started fouling intentionally—FTAs were 24-16 in favor of Michigan State.
Tom Izzo doesn't blame his players, he blames himself for his players.
"I think it got in all of our heads, and that's why I did a poor job, I can't let that happen,'' Izzo said. "We're not gonna win that battle, and I let some of that get to me.''
Have we mentioned that injuries devastated Michigan State to the tune of two games missed by a starter? Duke's Seth Curry hasn't practiced all year; Trey Burke was sick and still shaking off that nasty fall he took against South Dakota State. Izzo takes full responsibility for that, too. Those guys had no right to play that well.
"Make sure you give Bo Ryan his nappy." That's the Big Ten equivalent of the brewing officiating scandal in the Pac-12, in which the director of officials offered bounties for technical fouls on Sean Miller. Joking or not, dude is fired.
Etc.: Five key plays from Florida. Beilein and Boeheim kind of go way back. Surprise: Trey Burke is an All-American to everybody. Final Four refs include a few guys who have done Big Ten games this season, but no one you know. Recommended: this Matt Norlander article at CBS on Michigan's regional triumph. Gregg Doyel writes something nice!
LOL UCLA hired Steve Alford.
Surprise twist: it was Gatorade, they just used a Powerade-branded cooler they had sitting around.
It was lukewarm?
Just have to point out that Blues Brothers and This is Spinal Tap are both from the 80's.
Wait, 70s movies? Had to imdb both of them.
Blues Brothers: 1980
This is Spinal Tap: 1984
In any event, classic.
"We planned it," said Mitch McGary, Michigan's fun-loving, 6-foot-10 freshman forward. "I think the older guys asked Mrs. B first. She said it was OK."
A gif of Izzo's head on Belishi's body as he's kneeling in the sewer muck, pleading for his life would be grand. Make it happen, Chukums.
To be fair to the TWIS guy, I had the same reaction. I guess tone and body language is important.
But upon multiple listens, it's the second "NO!" that really comes from the bowels of Dante's sports hell inferno
The "This was awesome" box and arrow on that graph is an understatement.
I am thrilled that I havent heard of them. Refs should be like playing surfaces - anonymous and non-factors. When you've heard of a ref or playing surface (TV teddy, Dick Bavetta, etc. or RFK, Soldier Field, the old ice at the Chicago Stadium) it's gonna mess something up.
The Boeheim undefeated link goes to an article from 2011 where Boeheim references a game from 2010 (the last Michigan-Syracuse matchup?) for no reason other than the fact that it is better to be undefeated against coach X than not. Odd.
needs a new "offensive coordinator" if you will. Izzo coaches defense and rebounding. They do two things on offense. They go two posts to the high weave and then to the "somedude penetrate!" offense. They also are not running like they used to. They are very predictable on offense and don't have the horses for the "offense will just happen because it does" mentality anymore. Other teams around the country are starting to really clamp on it.
Halfcourt offense has never been his strong suit. He's masked this at times by having his teams push it upcourt after opposing teams' scores, and by having them crash the boards like crazy. If you can defend in transition and hold your own on the glass, you can beat MSU.
I don't know if I should be offended or laugh hysterically....
"A headline on Monday on a capsule summary for an article about Michigan’s 79-59 victory over Florida to advance to the Final Four of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament misstated Michigan’s nickname in some editions. As the article correctly noted, Michigan teams are called the Wolverines — not the Spartans, the mascot for Michigan State."
No reference to State's flameout , sadly. Can't say I didn't try.
This is also pretty funny:
"An article in some editions on Friday about Ohio State’s 73-70 victory over Arizona in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament misstated, in some editions, the surname of the player who carried Ohio State’s first-half scoring. He is Deshaun Thomas, not Edwards."
You'd think Izzo was bringing up all these lingering, horrible injuries after the Tournament because it would hurt their draft stock and make them come back for another year.
But he wouldn't do that....it's all about the kids, and what's best for them, right?
It didn't help Indiana that Zeller was awful in that game. Indecisive and weak.
"Watching the IU-Cuse game I was struck by how the conventional wisdom about where you need to attack the 2-3—flashing to the free throw line—didn't seem to apply. Cody Zeller seems built to crush a 2-3 by getting the ball there and passing, shooting, or driving as the defense provides a wrong answer to the threat he provides no matter what they do."
Go back and watch the tapes of Louisville and Georgetown demolishing the zone by flashing Dieng and Porter, respectively, to the high post. I'm willing to entertain the possibility that Porter is a qualitatively better offensive player than Zeller, but Dieng? No way. I was certain that if IU's coach was smart enough and humble enough to learn from Pitino and JTIII, IU would have no problems. Then I remembered who IU's coach was, and a sliver of doubt crept in.
We're going to need good Hardaway, as he's probably the guy flashing to that area.
There are several ways to attack the zone - Beilein knows many more than I do. One is to have McGary flash to the high post - he has all the skills you'd like for that role, i.e. he can make the jumper, drive to the hoop and finish, or pass to either a cutter or shooter. One drawback is that when he's out there, he's not in offensive rebounding position; another is that it puts a lot of decision-making pressure on a freshman.
Or, as you point out, you can have Hardaway flash and do the same things. Some drawbacks there are that you have moved one of your three point shooters into long-ish two point range, and that when Hardaway drives he is more likely to have his shot blocked (though Syracuse's bigs are perfectly capable of stuffing McGary, too). When McGary is out this is probably the best high post option, though, because Horford and Morgan don't pose enough of a threat out there to force the defense to react.
Burke penetrating, either with or without the ball screen, will be another way to attack, but I am wary of having him drive into the lane only to be surrounded by the zone. Will he be able to make an effective pass out of there? He certainly keeps his dribble alive better than anyone in the country, so I shouldn't underestimate him, but...
I'm curious about whether the pick and pop will be available. I noticed Burke using a screen from Robinson in the Florida game. I would think that having a three point shooter set a screen for Burke on the perimeter would result in one of the two being left wide open for the jumper.
Anyway, I think Timmy may have a big game - one thing about the zone is that you can change matchups just by moving the offensive player, so he won't have the other team's stopper in his face all game long.
FUCK!! FUCK!! FUCK!!!!
That was awesome.
a peak at the Rock Chalk Jayhawk game thread, however, and I was amazed at how level headed and subdued their reaction to the shot was. There was a couple of "fucks" but it was more like "we will get them in OT." I was thinking about the meltdown that would have taken place on this Board in contrast and was a little surprised.
I was suprised how they almost expected to loose during the game thread. They acted like we were the 1 seed.
everybody sees their own weeknesses instead of their strengths and kind of expects the worst (except Alabama football-they know they are going to win). For the most part I thought they were a classy bunch over there.
like New Mexico and Iowa. That and Alford is one of the few coaches I have met who is a geniune a**hole, incredibly so. Oh that and his other unfortunate foray as a moral leader documented by CBS in Chicago, not too ambiguous with that title
The only thing holding that Miss St letter from reaching a creepier status, is if it were written in crayon.
about how Izzo is always throwing his players under the bus, but then inserts "and thats on me" or "I need to own that" or some such statement, as if to take the responsibility, but not really. And yet, they act like he is God in East Lansing.
It must be really bugging him that they got bounced in the Sweet Sixteen and Michigan is going to the Final Four. Last year we shared the B1G title with them and this year we exceeded them in the tourney and are still playing. And our recent recruiting classes are superior to his. He must surely realize that he no longer dominates the state and likely never will again.
think Izzo will coach there any longer if he cannot dominate the state of Michigan anymore. I don't think he is capable of just being one in a pack of good teams, and certainly does not posses the perspective to share the state. Izzo is maniacally happy when all eyes are on him and everybody is jocking Staee hard. He flat out pouts when that is not occuring. I am sure that Michigan going to Final Four this year is taking its toll on him.
Think of the coaching battles Beilein has had/will have in this tournament:
First round - Nagy (SDSU)
Second round - Smart (VCU)
Sweet 16 - Self (Kansas)
Elite 8 - Donovan (Florida)
Final Four - Boeheim (Syracuse)
This is the third consecutive former national champion Beilein is going up against, and the fourth consecutive former Final Four coach. If we win and Louisville advances, he'll then face Pitino (seven Final Fours, former national champion). Man.
or recruit at this level.
To be fair you always: put a guy on the free throw line to rebound and COVER THE DAMN INBOUNDS play.
I dont think that criticism is unwarranted.
I'm probably in the minority of people who care, but no mention of the Swimming NCAA Title?
Don't Put Me In, Coach is sophomoric but also hilarious and has good insider details about people like Greg Oden and Thad Matta. I have two autographed copies of the book on my shelf.
No one loves Tom Izzo more than Tom Izzo.
But, watch Georgetown's utter demolition of Syracuse at the Verizon Center, and you'll see Otto Porter spending the entire time catching passes at the free throw line. The fact that IU had the perfect player to do that and couldn't accomplish anything is an indictment of Creen, not the strategy.
Down year for Beilein: NIT bubble.