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Lady Wolverines won their first round game as well
Burke is the B1G PoY and a finalist for the NPoY.
If he makes a similar game-clinching shot, then yes it would get a lot of attention.
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Agree. Not sure why, but the media is hyping this performance by Oladipo. Wyatt is a great offensive player who averages 20 ppg ... so Crean assigns Oladipo to guard him. And what happens? Wyatt scores 31 points. No one is talking about the poor job Oladipo did defending Wyatt. All they are talking about is the 3 point shot late in the game. If Wyatt doesn't score at will for the first 39 minutes and 40 seconds, IU wins by double digits and that last shot isn't necessary.
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IU, much like Notre Dame, are media darlings. There are movies about Hoosiers and such. Its that midwestern traditional team feel to it. I feel its simple, Michigan has to go further than IU in the tourney to win it. If IU continues to play then the hype will continue. UM outlasts them then the award will go to Burke IMO.
Wyatt PWNED Oladipo. That was a game only because of that.
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Cowherd just said he thinks the most impressive team so far has been Michigan
Its honestly between UM and FGCU so far. Both have played well. Funny they are in same region too.
Rank the Sweet 16 teams ...
Tubby Smity fired ... damn.
Wow- it's Minnesota fergodsakes. who better can they get? I like tubby!
I can see both sides to the argument. Obviously, they are going after Shaka Smart (VCU). If they don't get him, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them go after Fred Hoiberg (ISU). He's done a great job in a short time at Iowa State and would be perfect in the B10.
Minnesota's AD was AD at VCU and hired Shaka Smart. I'd imagine he has to be target #1, and c'mon he's not staying at VCU forever...
But yea if they can't land Smart or someone else good, this is a real bad move. Too bad, Tubby was one of the few B1G coaches I didn't openly hate.
Yeah, but I think it's just bad timing by Minnesota - UCLA fired Howland and Shaka Smart is one of the hottest names in college basketball. Obviously the FGCU coach is going to get some looks too, but Shaka has proven himself multiple times over, and he's ready to step in to a big-time program (bigger than Minnesota, at least).
I'm not sold about Shaka as a coach at a big-time program. His Havoc defense is the most intense "system" of play in the NCAA. It values guys who know their role and what to do in every aspect of his system rather than pure basketball talent. That's why he gets more done with less better than anybody.
But I just don't know if that works at a place like UCLA where you're expected to bring in a top 5 recruiting class each year, put guys in the NBA, and win it all. Do you see Shabazz Mohammad playing Havoc defense? Do you see UCLA fans being okay with Smart benching a top recruit because he fails to go all in on defense?
I dunno, I just see Smart having a lot more success at a job that's still slightly under the radar. Major conference, but lower expectations - much like Jim Laranagga at Miami. Miami certainly wasn't a destination job, but it was in a major conference, and Laranagga was allowed to do things his way because expectations weren't sky high. Perhaps that Minnesota for Smart.
The problem is as other B10 teams have stepped up their performance the past few years, Minny is sliding toward the bottom of the conference. Purdue was down this year, but they were very young and will be competitive next year. And Iowa is likely to be much better next year too. Even Nebraska and PSU have made coaching moves recently and are looking to climb the ladder in the B10. If Minny's AD doesn't think Tubby is the right guy to run their program, he doesn't have the luxury to wait simply because UCLA also fired its coach. If Shaka takes the UCLA job, Minny just needs to move on and hire someone else.
Kansas fans are incredibly confident that they will beat Michigan. I don't think they've watched us play this year.
If we play well, I don't think they will beat us. But we don't always play well for a full 40 minutes. KU is an excellent team and is very unlikely to beat themselves. And Whithey will be a problem. But they are not more talented than we are. If we both play our best, we are as good or better IMO.
FWIW I really hope all the media talk all week is how we don't stand a chance. I think that helped motivate the team going into the VCU game. That's been our weakness in most of the games we've lost this year ... lack of focus and motivation especially early. If we come to play 100% from the first tip, this will be a close game.
I agree. If you look into the numbers for Kansas this year, and check out some of the box scores (especially from the games they lost) you will notice that the opposing team's guards go off against them. I read somewhere that they have a difficult time containing good guards, and if you look at the numbers this is certainly true. Burke is due for a great game, even though I thought he did a very good job against VCU considering the circumstances. If we play our game, even if we play at the level we did against SDSU, we will be fine. They turn the ball over far too often and go on glaring cold-stretches. If they go cold for a good portion of the game like they have in their first two matchups, Michigan will make them pay.
Whithey will present a number of problems down low, but we went up against Zeller twice this year who is far more athletic IMO. Whithey might have more length than Zeller, but I have faith that Beilein will compose a game plan that will mitigate against Whithey dominating down low. Even if Whithey picks up 15 rebounds, I don't see Kansas with enough offensive production to have the legs to beat us unless two of their players go off (which is possible).
Should be an awesome matchup.
Beilein was on Mike and Mike this morning, link to the interview here
I think this game could go either way. If our big men can contain Kansas' big men while also not allowing them to outrebound us by too much, I think we will win the game. This game will depend on rebounding and how well we can defend the paint I think. We have 3 of the best guards in the country and while Kansas has some good ones too, ours are better. But they have the better big men IMO, so we will need another big game from our big boys and Robinson will need to help out with the rebounds as well!
The NCAA tourney is a series of one-off games between teams who generally don't know each other very well. That's why it often comes down to matchups.
KU plays solid defense. In fact, they have the #1 shooting % defense in the country. But that stat can be misleading. A major reason for it is Jeff Whithey. He is a shot blocking machine and even when he's not blocking shots he is very good at defending in the post. But we aren't a post scoring team. We are a motion team in the halfcourt (with very good 3 pt shooters) and we like to run whenever we can. Whithey will give Burke and Hardaway trouble driving the lane, but he can't do much to stop them from shooting 3s. Or Stauskas or GRIII for that matter. And he better get his cardio work in this week because (as you said) KU turns the ball over quite a bit and we will run off those TOs and try to get easy baskets. Whithey can't block those shots if he can't get down the floor fast enough.
This game will turn mostly on how UM plays. I don't expect KU to beat themselves. They've played at a consistently high level all year, but they are not more talented than we are. If we stay out of foul trouble (especially our bigs) and come to play with intensity from the first tip, I expect it to be a very competitive game. We might not win, but we should have a fair chance.
Fred Hoiberg would be an excellent choice imo but I think going to Minnesota would be a lateral move for Hoiberg. Besides, ISU is his alma mater.
However, he's a bit like Coach Beilein in that his teams consistently play better on offense than they do on defense.
Also, there are rumors that a number of NBA teams are interested in Hoiberg.
I could see Hoiberg drawing interest from the NBA. Not sure which teams are looking for coaches or whether he would be interested. I just threw his name out for the Minny job because I think he is a good, young coach who would fit well in the B10.
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