Congrats on your #1 ranking

Submitted by Spar-Dan on January 28th, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Spartan fan here, but I wanted to congratulate you on your b-ball #1 ranking.  I wondered at the beginning of the  year, "what are they seeing with this team--so many left, so many new faces..."  Well, just shows basketball people knew what they were talking about.  Beilein is a good coach, and a good guy.  He has your team playing good defense, and your team has shooters.  You've earned the ranking.

See you Feb. 12--that will be a great game!



January 28th, 2013 at 3:33 PM ^

I don't know if I would go so far as to say we're playing 'good defense'.  Our defense is adequate, but sometimes quite shaky.  Our offense is the much bigger story.

Other than that, thanks, I agree, and there's going to be some really exciting matchups with Michigan involved in the next 2 weeks.


January 28th, 2013 at 4:01 PM ^

...per KenPom. And just 1 point (89 vs. 90) from 30th place. I think our defense is fine, though not elite, but provides something to complain about because our offense is so dominant. I'm not excusing it, but I think that our D can play very well, but when you're up by double-digits and winning in the B1G by an average of 18 points, it's hard not to let the D slip a little.


January 28th, 2013 at 9:26 PM ^

...depends on your standards. We held the Illini to their 3rd-lowest point total of the year in a game where the pace seemed pretty average. We're ranked 4th in D in a very competitive conference. Are we the best D in the nation? No. We don't have to be. As Brian says, we're happy to place HORSE with anyone and see who wins. We don't play an aggressive D, but then again, we don't have to. The main thing is to box out and prevent buckets at the rim.

Chester Cheetah

January 28th, 2013 at 3:44 PM ^

If anybody on tRCMB says bad things about MSU they call him "Nucky".  I believe Nucky was a previous poster that was always negative about all-things msu but still considered himself a fan.

Others, correct me if I'm wrong as I didn't spend much time researching the legend of nucky.


January 28th, 2013 at 3:37 PM ^

Thanks for the classy post.  In a similar conciliatory vein.... not that this means much, but even speaking as a Michigan fan who was kinda rooting for IU in that game to maximize our conference title chances.... you guys got reamed hard by the refs Sunday.


January 28th, 2013 at 4:26 PM ^

" guys got reamed hard by the refs Sunday."

No - they got the SOP from the B1G refs at Assembly Hall.  They are scared shitless to call ANYTHING against IU there and every team (from Penn State to us) is going to get the same BS calls go against them.

Wait for Saturday night.  I predict two very, very fast fouls on both Burke & Timmy (charges and/or off the ball fouls) and then two more on McGary and whoever is backing him up.  The refs will have virtually all of our starters in foul trouble by the 10 minute mark of the first half and Indiana will have at most two or three fouls on the entire team.

How do I know this? Because I've been watching B1G basketball for over 40 years and have seen team after team, year after year, get totally hosed there by frightened refs.  

BKFInest it. (and that I think is my first one ever on the board)


January 28th, 2013 at 5:20 PM ^

When I was younger, I assumed that Indiana got ALL OF THE CALLS at home because the refs were afraid of the human volcano known as Bob Knight. I was disappointed to have that theory proven incorrect as Indiana still gets ALL OF THE CALLS despite the fact that they have had several coaches since Knight.

I wonder what the real reason is for the deference to Indiana by the B1G officials?



January 28th, 2013 at 9:10 PM ^

You're mostly right (about home court advantage due to ref calls.)

However, there are several dynamics at play that could partially mitigate this home court ref advantage for Indiana.

  1. Michigan's number 1 rating. The refs aren't stupid, and are well aware that Michigan is ranked #1. I think this puts a bit more pressure on the refs to call the game fairly. A corollary for this is found in the NBA, with the so-called "Jordan rules." With superstars (i.e., Jordan, Magic, Kobe, Lebron, etc.,) the refs let them get away with more. I think that with Michigan's rating, they "might" be treated differently than, say, Iowa, Illinois, MSU, etc.
  2. Related to this, there will be a lot of publicity and coverage of the game. The lights are very bright. This is a marquee game for not only Indiana & Michigan, for not only the Big 10, but for all of college basketball. As such, the refs know that everyone will be watching their calls, even more than usual. I wouldn't be surprised if the league office requested the best possible refs, and put a bug in their ear to be fair.
  3. Lastly, Burke, Hardaway, Robinson, and Morgan (if he plays) have not fouled out a single time this year. Those four, along with Stauskas, have averaged less than 1 1/2 fouls per game. McGary is the only one on the team who struggles at all with fouls. This suggests that none of the starters is foul prone. Even if they doubled the amount of fouls, none of the starting five would foul out.

I guess I think that given Michigan's ranking, given the marquee nature of this game, and given Michigan's lack of a propensity to foul, they are unlikely to be as jobbed by the refs as would otherwise be typical.