January 27th, 2014 at 3:37 PM ^

Guys you've got it all wrong.  They've just got some really noisy neighbors in the apartment under the court who insist on playing their music really loud at all hours.  SLAP SLAP CAN YOU TURN IT DOWN WE'RE TRYING TO BASKETBALL UP HERE.


January 27th, 2014 at 4:39 PM ^

Your memory is correct.  Dakich definitely slapped the floor at least once.  I want to say it was after the Walton and 1 but that might not be right.  You are probably right in saying it was after a Stauskas 3. I had a couple beverages before/during the game.


EDIT:  2:12 of this video after the Stauskas 3


January 27th, 2014 at 3:41 PM ^

I've always thought that slapping the floor to show you were "really" going to play defense this time was the dumbest thing in the world.  Not only does it look dumb, but it just pisses off the opposition because you are acting like "it's on now, sucker".  It's like in a video game where you can taunt your opponent but if you get the first hit it hurts more just to punish the dumbass.  I'd love a Rock-and-Jock 10-point spot opening up for the next possession whenever some team pulls this crap.


January 27th, 2014 at 3:41 PM ^

So beautiful. Slapping the floor proved to stifle our offense to a measly 80 points. 

Douche move coached by a passive aggressive maniac. Fortunately Tom Izzo lathers with Dove and is therefore comfortable in his own skin.


January 27th, 2014 at 3:54 PM ^

i don't think they were slapping the floor so much as pointing to the spot on the floor from which stauskas would hit his next three.


January 27th, 2014 at 4:07 PM ^

Apparently, the MSU School of Medicine has not educated the MSU coaching staff of the hazards of slapping the floor.


The floor itself may be a vector for disease.  As one player's hands harboring fomites slaps the floor, disease laden pathogens can be spread to other teammates who also slap the same area of the floor.


The primary concern would be for two players who play the same position.  If player 6 comes off the bench and replaces player 2, with player 2 harboring disease by way of fomites on his hand(s), and if player 2 had slapped the floor, player 6, having been inserted into the contest and within the same geographic area of the floor on defense, it is possible for the pathogenic microorganisms to find their way onto the hand(s) of player 6 during repeated floor-slapping activity, thus making the it both stupid AND irresponsible.


Unless or until they pass around hand sanitizer containing 64% or greater ethyl alcohol by volume during timeouts, the chance of spreading disease will remain.


Blue Koolaid

January 27th, 2014 at 4:04 PM ^

I hear next game they're going to try slapping their monkeys.

Every time I see them do this I laugh...I mean is it supposed to intimidate their opponent? Even if they had won I really doubt they can attribute it to slapping the floor. What dumb shits. lol


January 27th, 2014 at 4:14 PM ^

There's points off of turnovers, I think staee should be tracking points off of floor slaps.

That's 8 in that sequence already.  2 three-pointers and 2-2 from the foul line.


January 27th, 2014 at 4:49 PM ^

My fiance was trying to convince me 'slapping the floor' was atually more of an excercise to remind one's self to keep low in defense (and don't become an imobile straight-up-n-down defender).  Thus she claims its not a tauning thing.  She says this having played HS basketball.  I'm skeptical.  Can anyone back her up?  Is this true?


January 27th, 2014 at 5:10 PM ^

This is correct at the youth level.  At camps they will teach slapping the floor for the reasons she gives. This was in drills though teaching fundamentals not in games. Maybe not coincidentally, all my memories of this at such camps involved women college players teaching this. At the high school level you could probably convince me that some people are still doing it for defensive purposes, though it is borderline and alot of it is taunting.   At the college/NBA levels though, you are being a dbag and taunting.  See the Trey Burke mock slaps last year and Dakich this year for evidence of that.


January 27th, 2014 at 5:10 PM ^

I think it's hilarious we scored on them when they did this, but I don't have a problem with it. No different from Walton clapping at a player he stole the ball from him earlier this year, or Trey doing it last year. Just a sign they're ready to play some defense. Which they didn't, but still.

The FannMan

January 27th, 2014 at 5:17 PM ^

IIRC from the time I suffered through "The 300," the guys who wore speedos and capes into battle all slaped the floor right before they all got killed.  So yeah, this is Sparta!


January 27th, 2014 at 7:23 PM ^

I believe Duke started all this nonsense like 10 years ago, and it's definitely run its course. When guys were mocking your go-to intimidation move a year ago, it's time to retire it and come up with something else. A suggestion: perhaps just playing good defense? That can be intimidating. Loved it when the girlfriend asked, "Are they impersonating gorillas?"


January 27th, 2014 at 9:23 PM ^

Dawson was watching game film of himself slapping the floor; growing more and more angry at his poor technique (the other team scored every time he did it), he started practicing on the table, and got carried away.  Earned while working hard for the team, his injury is just as legitimate as Mitch's.


January 28th, 2014 at 8:46 AM ^

If Appling's wrist is so bad, maybe they shouldn't have him slapping on the hardwood when it's really a senseless act.

Edit:  Sorry, now that I read through all the posts, I see this was already brought up.