Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hello NIT

Now, I must admit I did not watch all of last nights debacle against the worst institution in America. But, as much as I hate saying this I feel like we all saw this coming. Maybe Beilien can pull us out of this slump of losing 4 of our last 5 games by an average of 13.75 points a game but I don't see it happening. Maybe, our inability to to make the tournament was clear when it became quite evident that a semi-athletic middle school basketball team could slap on a full court press and show complete dominance doing it. Maybe the players can feel their once promising season and first tourney bid since 1999 slipping away and I think that became clear when all of our favorite freshman Mr. Novak decided to throw an elbow straight to P.J. Hill's face. I must admit however I did get a slight sense of joy seeing that elbow get thrown. As much losing as we've been having to the worst institution in America recently there was something about seeing one of those SPEDs take an elbow straight to the face that made me smile and have a nice chuckle and forget about the fact that we were about to lose our 4th game in our lst 5. It even allowed me for a slight moment to think hey, we aren't going to go down without a fight this could be our spark. I know they are two different quality of teams but I also felt this way with our comeback victory over Indiana that maybe Michigan basketball was turning the corner and could win a tough road game when they weren't necessarily playing well at all . However that wasn't or will be the case here. Over the past few weeks our lack of inside presence, a deep semi-talented bench, as mentioned ability to handle a full court press, and our inconsistency to shoot the three have become more and more noticeable. Do I think M will turn the corner and this season is a good starting point for the turn around? Absolutely. Do I think M can still make the tourney probably not. But here's what we have to get on our knees and pray to the basketball God's to happen this last month and a half of the regular season. We need to pull off 5 to 6 victories with a good road victory or two somewhere in there. I don't count UCLA or Oakland as road victories seemingly because both were played on neutral sites. That means our only true road victory came at lowly Indiana. So that leaves us with at Purdue, UConn, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as our only chances to pick up these victories. Purdue and UConn most likely have no chance to happen. Wisconsin hardly ever loses at home and Minnesota has shown signs of being a good basketball team but also that it is an inconsistent team, which is sign for some possible hope. That leaves us with Northwestern and Iowa as our two best chances to pull off victories. We must win all of our remaining home games by beating Minnesota, Penn State and then defeat the hick school up I-96, which on the other hand hasn't hardly happened in what seems to be forever. This leaves us with 19-20 victories with some wins over quality teams. The last thing we need to show the selection committee is a good showing in the Big Ten tournament with a solid victory or two. Do I think this is going to happen? It is very probable but I see it as very unlikely. Manny Harris is going to have to be the best player on the court at all times for both which he usually is, even though as of late he has shown that he is not ready for NBA with his inconsistent play. Deshawn Sims will need to move away from the basket spread out the floor and take advantage of his quickness he hs on bigger slower defenders that will be guarding him. We need to be much more consistent on shooting the three and see some production from our bench other then just Stu Douglas. We'll have to see how the team responds this Saturday at Purdue but, if signs of life aren't shown here quickly we will be saying goodbye tourney and hello sweet sweet NIT...

1 comment:

  1. this is effing bullshit
    have a nice life