One Frame At A Time: Big Ten Tournament Comment Count

Ace March 18th, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Thank you, Dustin Johnston, for lobbing this softball over the heart of the plate. It's remarkable, not to mention hilarious and captivating, that Jon Horford coexists peacefully on a team with these two hooligans:

Note John Beilein's futile effort to wave Andrew Dakich and Mitch McGary back to the bench. You cannot stop their enthusiasm. You can only hope to contain-- no, that seems impossible, too.

[Hit THE JUMP for Aaron Craft's greatest contribution to the Aaron Craft debate, Nik Stauskas making absurd layups, various moments of Illinois failure, the bench mob takeover, and more.]

As usual, click the links/stills to open each GIF in a lightbox, and don't forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the post. Also, this post contains no Michigan State GIFs, because I don't have the video yet and who wants to relive that, anyway?

HONORABLE MENTION

Putting a line break between HMs now so it's easier to find each of them.

Aborted Dakich celebration.
Zak Irvin hits wide open three after Illinois make, John Groce reacts accordingly.
Caris LeVert steal/slam and bench reaction.
Jordan Morgan rejects Tracy Abrams, saves ball, nearly runs into camera.
Nik Stauskas wants the ball, please.
Morgan's game-winner against Illinois.
You'll be shocked to see who was first off the bench after the Illinois buzzer.
Aaron Craft elbows LeVert, slams into Morgan, draws foul.
A warm welcome from Dakich and McGary.
What happens when three defenders all guard the same player on a high screen.
Caris LeVert gets and-one while disappearing into another dimension.
Just another Stauskas three and Dakich/McGary dance/handshake.
Walton three, Dakich/McGary things.
Stauskas post-buzzer slam.

10. Andrew Dakich Huddle Dance

This requires no further explanation. God help us all when Dakich is legally allowed into Rick's.

9. Stauskas Pullup, Dakich/McGary React

The crossover-to-pullup-three is GIF-worthy on its own, a filthy sequence of skill that Stauskas makes routine. The bench reaction is a bonus, and quite a bonus at that.

8. LeVert Triple, Dakich/McGary Handshake

Dakich and McGary starting out each of these on complete opposite ends of the bench only adds to my enjoyment of them.

7. Nik Stauskas's Second-Best Layup Of The Weekend

Nik Stauskas splits two defenders as he gathers the ball, maneuvers around 6'11" shot-blocker Nnanna Egwu, and puts up a layup like he's tossing pizza dough. Of course it goes in, because Nik Stauskas is not human.

This was his second-best layup of the weekend. Cherish this tournament run, everyone.

6. Mister Fantastic Saves The Day

Jordan Morgan's layup proved to be the game-winner. Caris LeVert's rebound out of nowhere, however, was probably the biggest Michigan offensive play of the Illinois game. Without it, the Illini would've been up three with the ball, and their next possession ended in a bucket with 2:31 remaining.

Also, the fact that once Derrick Walton got the ball there was no doubt he was going to hit the tying three is really, really nice. He's the fourth-best shooter on the team, statistically, and he's a freshman point guard hitting 39% of his three-pointers. Quite the luxury.

5. Subs On The Brain

The context is irrelevant.

4. Krushed

I had to include the actual last shot, but everything you need to know about how it went can be seen in the reaction from the Illini cheerleaders...

...and these two guys:

I'm starting to understand why they hate us so much.

3. Karma: Rayvonte Rice Edition

Sadly, this went down in the official box score as "MISSED LAYUP by Rice, Rayvonte" and not "MISSED DUNK by Rice, Rayvonte | BLOCK by Rice, Rayvonte" — step up your game, official scorers.

Karma version with Rice's post-dunk trash-talking.

2. Up And Under

One of the best plays of the year deserved, and received, one of its best celebrations.

Replay angle of the layup, which... dang:

He put some English on that ball, to say the least.

FRAMES OF THE GAME: AARBALL II

Curse you, Spauding!

Replay angle featuring Trey McDonald double facepalm:

Doug Gottlieb's "slippery balls" argument in one GIF:

Clark Kellogg cackling and Seth Davis openly mocking his colleague, who seems to realize at the very end his argument is idiotic—but probably doesn't, because Doug Gottlieb—is perfect.

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Comments

UMgradMSUdad

March 18th, 2014 at 3:31 PM ^

LeVert's "rebound out of nowhere" was spectacular. I do wish Michigan players did more of that, especially when so many threes are being shot, and the ball more regularly caroms farther away from the basket.

alum96

March 18th, 2014 at 4:56 PM ^

I read Beilein said in the paper that was not what Caris is supposed to do and he literally told him that after the game, before saying "good play".  Basically his assignment is not to crash the boards but protect from transition baskets but he made a judgement call which turned out to be correct.  Sort of like when you say "why the heck did you take that sho.... oh, great shot!"

But to your point of "I wish they did that more" - they are being coached not to.

ST3

March 18th, 2014 at 6:05 PM ^

I was always taught to "follow your shot" because, in theory, the shooter has the best angle to see where the rebound is going to go, and the ball often bounces back towards the shooter. It's obvious Michigan doesn't do this. They've given up 2-3 offensive rebounds per game as a result. It's harder to quantify how many transition opportunities they've prevented by being so conservative, but it appears to be working. You can't argue with the results (outright B1G championship by 3 games).

Yo_Blue

March 18th, 2014 at 3:35 PM ^

I have officially started watching all movie clips by watching the background first.  It is so often more entertaining than the supposed purpose of the clip.

Not a bad gif in the bunch.  What is a group of GIFs called anyway?

Hugh White

March 18th, 2014 at 4:33 PM ^

I love watching the rotation on that final "shot" -- it looks like the ball is spinning along four or five different axes at the same time, at different speeds. 

kzooblue2016

March 18th, 2014 at 5:27 PM ^

Couple of things:

1) Beilein thinking about subs is fantastic, and I think Ace made one of him with a law mower thought bubble (because Johnny B always relaxes by thinking of fresh cut lawns)

2) Stauskas 3s are not human

3) McGary/Dakich pairing is incredible

4) wow the elbow from craft looks super intentional

5) Doug gotlieb is a prick

Trolling

March 18th, 2014 at 6:16 PM ^

I especially enjoyed the Stauskas up-and-under layup. Not just because it was a spectacular play, but because Craft foolishly went all-in for the steal, promptly fell on the ground, and conceded the back door (are we still doing phrasing?).