...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|2 days 11 min ago||Only two years - 1985 and||
Only two years - 1985 and 1986. The '87 team wasn't that good. Prior to '85, we weren't in the tournament (though we did win the NIT title in '84).
|2 days 1 hour ago||During the '80s and '90s,||
Hmmm, I can think of another Big Ten school that went to five Sweet 16s, three national title games and won a national championship between 1988 and 1994.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I might be the only person||
Actually, I think that's pretty much the consensus here. I don't think too many people care that much about winning this "championship." The more pressing issue is protecting and/or enhancing our seed for the NCAAs.
|2 days 2 hours ago||The Charlotte game was just a||
The Charlotte game was just a Murphy's Law situation. It was the championship game of the tourney, so we were playing on tired legs, affecting our shooting. Then, both Robinson and Stauskas got hurt during the game. Nik came back into the game but was clearly gimpy. So at that point in the early season, we were trying to overcome the losses of three starters from the previous year (Burke, Hardaway and GRIII) and the two remaining guys (Stauskas and McGary) were hobbled. In November, before guys like Walton and Irvin had settled in, that was too much.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Interesting how the same||
Interesting how the same teams seem to match up in this tournament all the time. It seems like we're always playing Illinois and/or OSU in this thing. Meanwhile, MSU and Iowa are on the verge of meeting for the fourth straight year. OTOH, we've never, in 16 years, played MSU in the BTT.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I am pleased to be in the||
I am pleased to be in the East Divsion, and I agree that playing PSU annually is a plus. Just wish they didn't have to bunch up MSU and OSU like this. It was nice for our fans to have one of our rivals coming to town each year.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I don't know if Brandon could||
I don't know if Brandon could have done anything. In the case of the OSU game, both schools were crying foul, and that was the conference's marquee matchup anyway - the media thought it was sacrilege to move the Game, too. In the case of Michigan-MSU, MSU probably has no problem with the game flipping over like this, and neutral observers probably don't care that much either way. I don't think the Big Ten intended to screw it up like this, but they probably also didn't really care to rectify it, either.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Yeah, we're basically going||
Yeah, we're basically going to alternate awesome and terrible home schedules every year from here on out, if the Big Ten doesn't somehow rectify this. I don't understand how they couldn't figure out how to avoid this. Someone posted earlier pointing out that all they had to do was flip a couple of games (I think involving Indiana and Minnesota) and they could have had us hosting MSU next year.
|2 days 20 hours ago||I'm torn. OSU losing would||
I'm torn. OSU losing would be good for the LOLZ but I also would love to play them again and go 2-0.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I just find this funny.||
I just find this funny.
Putting the same amount of beer in a cup that's just a little taller sounds like something the owner of the Springfield Isotopes would pull.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Given that we are financially||
Given that we are financially bailing out their athletic department, they should be willing to budge on some of their policies.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Unless the Big Ten is going||
Unless the Big Ten is going to give us two consecutive home games against MSU down the road to compensate, this is the new normal - MSU and OSU on the same yearly alignment.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Has to be PSU. We have||
Has to be PSU. We have brought them there a couple of times.
|2 days 22 hours ago||What was he drinking there?||
What was he drinking there? It looked like beer...
|2 days 23 hours ago||Yeah, Amaker's teams never||
Yeah, Amaker's teams never seemed to take good care of the basketball, even when they had upperclassmen-dominated rosters - guys who should have known the system inside and out. I could never understand that.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Indiana is so sloppy.||
Indiana is so sloppy. Beilein really has spoiled me as a fan - I can't stand watching all these other college teams that commit 15 turnovers a game.
|2 days 23 hours ago||The notion of teenagers||
The notion of teenagers avoiding a brand because it's "too expensive" is . . . interesting. Kids must hate Air Jordans then.
Under Armour was founded by an ex-college football player in his 20's. It has always marketed itself as gear for serious athletes. That doesn't really scream "middle-aged brand" to me. They are at any rate selling a lot of product to kids now.
|2 days 23 hours ago||A large number of German||
A large number of German people were members of, or supported, the Nazi party at one time or another. The fact that it was the only legal political party in Germany for several years had a lot to do with that. Adidas in any event signed Jesse Owens to a shoe deal anyway.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Under Armour's target demo||
What? Those "We must protect this house" ads they used to run - you thought they were geared at middle-aged men?
Go to any high school and you see a ton of kids wearing UA gear. That company has managed to gain a lot of traction with the youth demographic, more than a lot of established companies have. It hasn't really established itself regarding footwear in particular, but otherwise their apparel does a lot of business with kids. I would fine going to UA if they were the top bidder.
|2 days 23 hours ago||And yet, Brady Hoke seems to||
And yet, Brady Hoke seems to have little trouble bringing in highly-rated classes. If this is even a "concern," it ranks about 50th on the list of things we need to address with the football program.
Back to basketball, a lot of people here would do well to sit back and enjoy the show, and not constantly search for things to criticize. We've had numerous threads about how Crisler isn't a good enough home environment, despite the fact that we have the Big Ten's best home record over the past three years. And we have people constantly fretting about recruiting, worrying about shoe brands and such, despite the fact that Beilein has shown a fantastic ability to both identify and coach up talent. Michigan basketball is in a good place.
|3 days 15 min ago||Yes, if we only wore a||
Yes, if we only wore a different brand of shoe, we could be like one of those elite programs that goes to the Final Four and wins outright conference championships. Er, hold on.
|3 days 1 hour ago||He's had a lot of great calls||
He's had a lot of great calls over the years. I do think he's slipping a bit, though.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I hate being that guy||
I hate being that guy (well actually, sometimes I don't mind), but under the JMo net-cutting gif it should be "cues" and not "queues." Detailed explanation here.
Also, in the OSU writeup, you mean cachet and not cache. Explanation for that is here.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Maybe this way the jerseys||
Maybe this way the jerseys get extra street cred - "banned by the NCAA." Only OUTLAWZ would wear them.
|4 days 21 hours ago||That's the other thing that||
That's the other thing that surprises me about Iowa - that state is almost entirely white, but it's apparently producing players at an above-average rate.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I would not have guessed that||
I would not have guessed that Iowa would produce more basketball talent than Minnesota or Wisconsin, given that it's easily the least-populous state in the Big Ten region. Interesting.
Illinois is quite the hotbed. Makes you wonder why UI isn't more consistent.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Sounds like a good plan. I||
Sounds like a good plan. I like the SuperFan concept. I'm not sure I'd necessarily want to be seated down by field level, though.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Yeah, there are a lot of||
Yeah, there are a lot of variables at play. The Kohl Center is said to have a weird shooting backdrop, which may help to explain Wisconsin's success there (it's not necessarily the loudest arena).
Also, the home team can use its own brand of basketball, and while they're all pretty similar, some have a slightly different feel. I think we're the only school to use The Rock, which may be an advantage, whereas I think all the Nike schools use the same type of ball (and I notice that the six lowest ones on the chart are all Nike schools).
|4 days 23 hours ago||Yep. Scheduling these games||
Yep. Scheduling these games in NY is a great idea - we get credit for a neutral-site game while playng in front of a de facto home crowd. Plus it's a cool trip to make.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I think that's actually in||
I think that's actually in reference to international tours, like the one we took of Europe a few years back.