Oklahoma, 1987 or so. I'm absolutely positive.
...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Trey Burke's legs were failing him. He'd just missed a jumper, and on the ensuing Michigan State fast break he couldn't get back to close out on Gary Harris—while Harris missed the open three, Michigan's discombobulated defense couldn't keep Derrick Nix from hitting the putback.
The basket cut the Wolverine lead to four with just over six minutes to play, and the only Wolverine to consistently produce offensively appeared to be running on fumes.
On the very next possession, Burke found a way past MSU's Keith Appling for another layup. He'd score six more points to close out the game, and of course came up with two steals to seal a classic nailbiter against Michigan's chief basketball rival. The only Wolverine with more than four made field goals, Burke ground his way to 21 points on 8/17 shooting with eight assists, two turnovers, and five(!) steals. As if that wasn't enough, he held Appling to nine points on nine shots.
The lasting images of this game will be Burke's pickpocketing of Appling at midcourt, subsequent breakaway dunk, his jubilant—and yes, just a bit mocking—slapping of the floor (left, Upchurch), and his final swipe of Gary Harris to end the game. For me, though, it will be him trying, and failing, to get back on Harris, only to dig into the deepest recesses of his soul and find the energy to pull out the win.
Michigan's chances to win took a huge blow just four minutes into the game, when an errant elbow from Branden Dawson caught Nik Stauskas flush above the eye, opening up a nasty cut that required 12 stitches and left the Wolverines without their best outside shooter. Not coincidentally, Michigan missed all 12 of their three-point attempts in the game. Miraculously, this didn't spell their demise.
That had much to do with Michigan's much-maligned big men. Jordan Morgan, who barely played in the first contest between these two, hounded Spartan forward Derrick Nix into six turnovers with stellar on-ball defense and several drawn charges. Mitch McGary scored 11 points off the bench (4/6 from the field) with three offensive rebounds, bringing the team much-needed energy and even hitting a couple clutch free throws down the stretch (yes, he also missed the front end of a one-and-one and had a critical late turnover, though it appeared the latter was a botched call, by no means the only one in this game).
With Stauskas absent, Caris LeVert was forced to take on a big role and came through as well as one could ask of a rail-thin freshman in a tight, physical contest. While he missed all three of his shots from downtown, he hit 4/8 two-pointers—including a pretty up-and-under at the first half buzzer to cut Michigan's halftime deficit to three—and played solid perimeter defense. Fellow freshman Glenn Robinson III chipped in eight points (4/6 field goals), and unlike the first game the Spartans couldn't take advantage of his interior defense, in large part because John Beilein did his best to play two bigs when Nix and Adreian Payne were both on the floor.
There were struggles, of course. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just six points on 3/12 shooting and had three turnovers, looking like the scuffling Hardaway of last year. In the first half, the Spartans rebounded ten of their 20 missed shots, and the Wolverines' inability to keep them off the glass opened up the perimeter—State took advantage by hitting 5/11 first-half threes. A late five-point possession for MSU featured an and-one and two offensive rebounds, cutting a ten-point lead in half when it appeared the Wolverines could cruise to victory.
In the end, though, it was Burke's day. Even with the gas tank perilously close to empty, Burke staked his claim as the best player in the country. In doing so, he not only kept the Wolverines from going into a tailspin, but propelled them to second place in the Big Ten, with an outside—but very real—chance that next Sunday's game against Indiana will be for a share of the conference crown.
The final stat line may not be as gaudy as some of his others, but this was Trey Burke's entry into Michigan basketball lore. Slap the floor—the Wolverines aren't done defending their Big Ten title.
Oklahoma, 1987 or so. I'm absolutely positive.
Great win for Michigan! Was there any statement on stauskas' availability for the upcoming games?
I think Adrienne Payne just traveled, again......
No he didn't.
"Trey Burke is God", so said Derrick Nix after Trey Burke's last second heroics.
Wow, that Stauskas picture. I didn't know it was that bad, since CBS didn't even show him after the elbow, for obvious, bloody reasons.
Slapping the floor seems dumb to me. Don't act like you're going to play defense, just play defense. I loved it when Burke trolled Sparty.
I get what you're saying, but as stated by others, it's been around a while and it's purpose is more to get you in the right defensive mindset, not to show up anyone, every now and then it becomes a "thing" that announcers/media/whoever like to focus on, but it's really nothing to get worked up about.
Years ago, Coach K had all 5 players simultaneously slap the floor as they got back on D. Its a mindset.
That's my point. You shouldn't have to slap the floor to get in the right mindset.
...you could probably say that about a lot of little rituals that every team in every sport does. "1-2-3-defense" when breaking the huddle, or slapping the goalie's pads with your stick at the end of warmups, or touching the banner...they don't actually "do" anything per se, they're just reminders and team-builders.
Merritt's call at the end of the game:
"Talk about defense" with zero excitement.
Dude, wtf. How are you not going nuts? You're on a homer network. Let you blue freak flag fly, dude. Go crazy. Take you junk out.
Might want to edit the title of the video to 2013.
The Wolverines are not physically able to get a defensive rebound without Morgan on the floor.
How do the B1G tiebreakers work? Right now four teams are tied for second. In the unlikely event that things were to stay that way, one of the five would not get a first round bye.
has the info.
1. head to head among all tied teams
2. if there are still ties, compare their records against the next best teams going all the way down to Penn State
3. win-loss against Division I opponens
4. coin toss
(there are more details at the link)
I thought there was a good bit of this during the game too, but Horford-McGary-Morgan actually combined for just 49 minutes total. That indicates the 2-big D was only employed for 9 minutes, while Payne-Nix started and probably payed about 25 minutes together. I think I saw some of it with Costello in too.
I think the choice to go 2-big had more to do with Stauskas being out than Nix-Payne.
Will this game be rebroadcast on BTN? I forgot to DVR it.
It will be tomorrow night. I forget the exact time. Either 7 or 7:30 PM
bow down little bro
Trey Burke, six feet tall
Kind of good at basketball
I be like dang, y’all
Well done, you also managed to rhyme each line too.
Crazy that the last time we won a game without hitting a 3 was 1995. Ironically, a ref who was on that crew was also on today's crew (Ted Valentine).
This is 3rd time in the last 4 years where the MSU game at Crisler was decided by 1 point.
The only exception was when Darius told the Spartan players to get the fuck off his court.
Late in the second half, did Tim tell Izzo to get the f off his court?
Write up Ace, gave me chills reading that. Go Blue!
But I have heard that the word describing things that some scientist or philosopher named Hobbes liked as Hobbesian. But it's pronounced with a long E - Ho-bees-Shun. Well I think a performance like this from trey is and should be the baseline for the word Burkesian - Bur-Kees-Shun.
Or... Was the "over and back" call totally bogus?? The announcers said it had to do with where the players feet were, but i always thought it was the ball - Am I just old and remembering wrong? Also, it didn't even remotely look like Mitch dribbled the ball on the line. In my estimation that's two horribly blown calls at the end of a critical game that could have sealed the deal. Maybe I'm crazy... Glad we still won - Go Blue!!!
Not sure about the rule on that one, but the out-of-bounds call on McGary (after the Harris 3 toward the end) was terrible. The ball never went out, his feet were never out, it was just an awful call by a ref who coudn't have been any better postioned to make the call.
It is the feet or the ball. And his foot was in the backcourt. But the ball was tipped out of MM's hands, if MM even had possession. GR3 had the ball with Burke and TH all alone under the hoop. Huge miss.
FWIW - I give the OOB on MM as a inconclusive. Certainly the vast majority of the ball was in, but I couldn't tell if it grazed the line or not
It never matters how many stitches something is.
Thanks! I know yinz are excited about the three-way OSU/IU/UM share.
Looking more like four ways if it comes to be.
Still a funny week where Michigan is rooting for Ohio State, ONLY to turn around then have Ohio root for Michigan. And MSU rooting for both. (Or Wisconsin, but we'll see....still think they're a lucky shot away from no one even talking about them).
What I wouldn't give to see Hardaway's face in the picture on the right at the top of the post. He's got to be going absolutely bonkers in his mind!
Good win. As for all that taunting stuff, just play the game guys!
I could watch that pick pocket on Appling 100 times and still get the goose pimples....that one goes down in the history books.