I didn't get a chance to actually see the basketball game until last night. After watching the final play, my first reaction was similar to that shared by our resident cliff jumpers. Where was the D? But instead of going ape shit, like said resident cliff jumpers, I focused that energy on answering that question. The D was looking for the long outlet pass. Then I had a flash back to the 1992 regional final game between Duke and Kentucky. I remember the game pretty vividly because I was rooting for Kentucky something fierce. I wanted Duke out of the tourney in the chance that Michigan made the finals. Most all of us know how that turned out.......
Anyway, the situation was awfully similar to yesterday's game. There were 2.1 seconds left and Duke was in bounding under their own basket.
The player position was different than OSU's, but I look at what happened in that game and I think that, realistically, a long pass is the higher percentage option and I don't fault Beilein for his D. Turner's shot was a 1 in 20 prayer, and that might be a generous assumption.
My intentions are not to kick off another anti-Beilein diatribe, especially since the board has appeared to calm down. I apologize to the board if this happens. I just think it's funny how we are quick to criticize play calling of people infinitely more qualified than us. The funny thing is. If Michigan would have had a man on Turner and OSU would have scored on a bomb to the paint, the same people bitching now would have been bitching that Beilein should have been expecting that play.
On a side note, from watching the replay, Turner certainly benefited from at least a half second delay on the clock from when the ball reached his hands. Granted, I never pay attention to when the clock normally starts on an in bounds play so maybe this is a delay that is normal and expected. I'm sure that this has been rehashed in other threads, and I really don't want to grasp at straws. Just curious to what the overall opinion is.