Archives for January 2012

Spartans’ Leading Scorer/Rebounder Draymond Green Leaves Game With Serious Leg Injury

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The Big Ten’s leading rebounder, and best player on the nation’s 9th ranked team may be out for awhile. Michigan State forward Draymond Green seriously hurt his left leg in tonight’s mild upset loss to the Illini, and left the game with 3:50 left, unable to walk on his own power.

Green was down on the Assembly Hall floor in Champaign for quite awhile, and after examination was able to hop over on his one good leg to the MSU bench.

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Michigan St.-Illinois Game Just Like Overall Series: Very Tight

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Entering tonight’s contest, the Michigan State-Illinois series was tied at 55. The last 13 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less, and this was no different. And the #9 Michigan State Spartans fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini 42-41.

There was really ugly offense in the first half, by both teams.  A 22-20 score is often the result when one team’s best player shoots 2-8 from the floor, and the other team’s best player sits with foul trouble. D.J. Richardson was pretty much the entire offense for Illinois in the first half, scoring 7 of the team’s 22 points.

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Tryin’ for Ryan. Can the Predators Sign Suter?

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Ryan Suter made headlines at a media event at the NHL All Star game by saying that he did not believe that he would sign with the Nashville Predators before the February 27th trade deadline.

That sound you just heard was Predators GM David Poile cracking open a bottle of Maalox.

Suter creates a problem for Poile with this stance because he is an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the risk by not trading him is that the Predators could see one of their All Star defensemen walk away for nothing in return. Suter said,

“I don’t see it being a benefit by hurrying up and trying to get something done. I’m a Nashville Predator until July 1. I will focus on making my team better.”

“I’m a Nashville Predator until July 1.”

Sounds ominous doesn’t it?

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The Five Biggest Stories for Big Ten Basketball Thus Far

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Ten is having one of the most memorable basketball seasons we’ve seen in some time. The conference leads the country with five top-25 teams and ranks number one in the RPI/Sagarin ratings.

Along with being regarded as the best conference in the nation, the Big Ten is full of intriguing stories. Here are the top five on the year thus far: [Read more…]

BracketBusters Schedule Headlined by Unbeaten Murray State vs. St. Mary’s

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ESPN released their 2012 BracketBusters schedule which features some of the best mid-major programs in the country going head-to-head in hopes of improving their NCAA Tournament resume.  The headliner this year features the lone remaining unbeaten in college basketball, Murray State hosting Top 20 team, St. Mary’s.

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Notre Dame’s Mike Brey: His Best Coaching Job Ever?

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Call it Ewing Theory Part Deux. When leading scorer and rebounder Luke Harangody when down with injury in 2010 midseason, Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey rallied his college basketball team out of a losing streak and into a solid NCAA Tournament berth with a few adjustments.

The major adjustment was shifting to the burn offense, which although extremely boring to watch, limits possessions and equalizes talent disparities. When his star player Tim Abromaitis went down for the season with an ACL after he played just two games, Brey had adjustments to make again.

I wrote off the Irish, as did everyone else. Yet here they are with a 6-3 Big East record, and a fantastic tournament resume. How was Brey done it?

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Michigan’s Brady Hoke Wins National Coach of the Year

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When the college football season started, University of Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke made some very arrogant comments at Big Ten media day. He said “we’re not rebuilding,” and “we’re Michigan” a few times. He proved right, and us media types wrong as he was selected as the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.

Hoke wasn’t the Wolverines first choice, or even the second or third, but the “Michigan Man” was named the 19th head coach in University of Michigan football history on Jan. 11, 2011.

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Alex Morgan & Company Dominate Canada; Advance to London 2012

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U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan scored the first and fourth goal in the team’s 4-0 victory over Canada.The official player of the game added two assists, and the U.S. Women’s National Team win in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,427 at BC Place took the championship of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Both teams sealed their berths to the 2012 London Olympics with semifinal wins last Friday, but still brought their A Game in front of a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying-record crowd.

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Purdue Boilermakers Tournament Resume: Strengths and Weaknesses

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In our latest NCAA Tournament projection, we have the Purdue Boilermakers as an #11 seed in the West Regional, out in Albuquerque. In other words, just a line or two above bubble status. And since February is here- time to think about who needs to shore up the old resume for selection time come March.

And given how dreadful the Boilers have been at Conseco Fieldhouse, don’t expect them to augment their tourney ready chops at the Big Ten Tournament. Even though the beautiful venue is just a short drive from their West Lafayette campus, Purdue fans will no doubt head into c0nference tournament weekend hoping to be rock solid enough that a one-and-done in Indy won’t have consequence.

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‘Occupy Nationwide’ a Resounding Success

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Yesterday, approximately 300 fans gathered in front of Nationwide Arena, the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  They gathered to express both their love for the team and their disdain for the announcement that, in spite of easily holding the NHL’s worst record at 13-30-6 despite also possessing the NHL’s 9th highest team payroll, that Blue Jackets Team President Mike Priest and General Manager (GM) Scott Howson’s jobs appeared to be safe:

This news angered the masses in Columbus to an unprecedented level, both in the city’s history and in NHL lore.

Enter ‘Occupy Nationwide’.

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