One Frame At A Time: Northwestern

Submitted by Ace on January 4th, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Well, last night certainly produced the most gif-able game of the season. Trey Burke crossovers alone were enough for a post—this one, in particular, just ain't right:

SOBOCOP DOWN.

[The Trey Burke Crossover Series continues, plus much more, after THE JUMP.]

Click on each image to open up the gif in a lightbox.

SOBOCOP DOWN. AGAIN.

ONE MORE TIME.

"Guys, I figured out how to stop him! It only takes four of us! Thou shalt not pa-- oh."

ESPN2 appeared to have a dedicated Tim Hardaway Sr.—and Grandpa Hardaway!—cam last night, which led to this wonderful double-box replay:

The elders approve:

At this point, Nik Stauskas involuntarily twitching is going to cause at least one defender to jump. A half-sell pump fake is good for two, and yes, they do collide comically:

Eso Akunne appeared surprisingly umimpressed by Glenn Robinson III's circus layup:

Finally, the definitive Mitch McGary == Big Puppy gif:

If you have requests for future gifs (and I just got video of the Outback Bowl, so Norfleet dancing gif is one the way), the best way to make a suggestion is through Twitter.

Comments

Hagen

January 4th, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

So much love for his team and leaves it all on the court every play.  Sure, he still may be a bit unpolished, but when everything really does come together, he's going to be incredibly, incredibly fun to watch play (unless you're playing against him/rooting for the team playing against him, in which I can see him becoming everyone's least favorite player).

MikeCohodes

January 4th, 2013 at 3:20 PM ^

with that behind the back dribble is a major ankle-breaker.  Those gifs plus the McGary gif are my favorite of the bunch.  On the Stauskas one where the two guys jump, its hard to tell from the camera angle but they appeared in person to jump a lot higher than that and really bite on his movement.  I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of that this season with defenders and Stauskas.

iawolve

January 4th, 2013 at 4:23 PM ^

Burke. I would assume 1) they have met at some point and 2) if I was Burke, the first thing I would ask the guy is for tips on his handle, how he perfected it, techique to practice, etc. I don't remember Burke being so devastating with it last year.

 

Blue boy johnson

January 4th, 2013 at 3:35 PM ^

I love THJ's grandfather. He's chuckling and happy with what he's seeing, but not really all that surprised. I guess when your son is a former NBA great, you've seen these type of things a few times.

I started thinking Don Hardaway (THJ's grandfather) was probably a good athlete in his day and did a little googling. Turns out Grandpa Hardaway was a good player in Chicago back in the day and Tim Hardaway  grew up in Chicago and was a star at Chicago Carver before heading to UTEP for college

Interesting little read here and glad to see proud father and grandfather enjoying Tim's exploits at Welsh-Ryan

http://www.answers.com/topic/tim-hardaway

 

Hardaway came up on Chicago's playgrounds, where his father, Donald, had excelled before him. Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/tim-hardaway#ixzz2H2bf2T9T

BrownJuggernaut

January 4th, 2013 at 3:48 PM ^

Ace...gif request for the Hardaway lost shoe play. If possible. You guys have brought a lot of great new series into the site between the draft snark and this. Really enjoying them.

mGrowOld

January 4th, 2013 at 4:53 PM ^

I'm sorry but "The Elders Approve" is going to become a fixture around here.  Anytime something really good happens I'm betting it shows up in a thread.

That's fantastic.

borninAnnArbor

January 5th, 2013 at 6:11 PM ^

Not only an Burke change momentum when he runs the floor, but he can also change the momentum of a game.  It is fascinating to me how he can establish the tone of the game from the start, making sure Michigan is comfortable which seems to relax the others.  Then, like the start of the second half, the opposition has momentum after going on a run.  He makes an unbelievable move, sets up a three pointer or dunk that fires up his teammates and deflates the other team. 

Is that a measureable stat, momentum changing plays?