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  1. Penn St at Michigan game

    I actually think PSU has been better vs the 1-3-1 the past several games, or at least since we used it on them. They found its holes. But when UM switched to more of a 2-3 look last night, they were back to square one because the 2-3 doesn't have the same holes as the 1-3-1. So maybe we roll out both 1-3-1 and that 2-3 we used at Illinois to try to confuse them, and I think it'll work. Carr just plays so passively vs the zones, it almost takes him out of the game. And as good as he is, anything you can do to slow him down is worth trying. Another big break for us if Watkins doesn't play - he has dominated us in the past two meetings ... and that's an understatement. I hope he's all right, but if the Nits want to hold him out Sunday to make sure he's healthier for the B1G tournament, I won't complain. I'll give Chambers this - he might be the league's top recruiter right now. To get that much high school talent/future pros to come to that impossible-to-get-to craphole is pretty impressive, especially considering they have no tradition. As far as his coaching acumen? Well, they're 9-8 this year in the B1G with more talent/athletes than anyone outside of East Lansing, and I believe the talent level is actually pretty close between those two. Whoever said earlier that if you give UM's coach PSU's players and he takes them to the Final Four is spot on.
  2. B1G Tournament Bracketology

    Changes after tonight in parentheses Possible Seed Range for B1G Tournament Illinois - clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #11 Indiana Worst Case: #7 Best Case: #6 Iowa- clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #12 (was #11) Maryland #8 seed Michigan Worst Case: #5 (was #6) Best Case: #4 Mich St - Clinched double-bye Worst Case: #2 Best Case: #1 Minnesota- clinched play-in round Worst Case: #12 (was #14) Best Case: #11 Nebraska Worst Case: #5 Best Case: #4 Northwestern Worst Case: #10 Best Case: #9 Ohio St - Clinched double-bye Worst Case: #3 Best Case: #1 Penn St Worst Case: #7 Best Case: #6 (was #5) Purdue - Clinched double-bye Worst Case: #3 Best Case: #2 Rutgers- clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #12 (was #11) Wisconsin Worst Case: #10 Best Case: #9 *Minnesota should now be the #11, unless Illinois can somehow beat Purdue and Rutgers to close out. So in NU's part of the bracket, we'll have the Wednesday 12/13 game winner, which almost certainly will come from Iowa/Rutgers/Illinois, playing the 5 (either Michigan or NU) Thursday. Then the winner there plays the 4 (either NU or MIch) Friday. If Iowa beats NW Sunday, they'll be in that 12/13 game and the other spot goes to Ill/Rutg winner Sunday (assuming Illinois loses to Purdue). If Iowa loses to NW Sunday, then Rutg is in the 12/13 game, and Illinois must beat Rutg to also be in the 12/13 game, otherwise it's Iowa (again assuming Illinois loses to Purdue).
  3. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    Quite a few teams play over ice rinks - I believe they have an insulating layer they place between the ice and the bottom of the floor. Occasionally, it can cause problems with condensation on the basketball floor if something malfunctions. I doubt they have ice under the floor at Century Link anymore, but they did when UNO played hockey there. And they always have ice under the floor at Baxter Arena for the Mavs. I want to say Wisconsin hockey plays at the Kohl Center too.
  4. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    Does Iowa losing 19-2 at the under 12 minute timeout help us? I'm going to vote "yes".
  5. I was doing the same thing - was really nervous when both Palmer & Cope were sitting there. But Taylor's play bought us a few extra minutes, which was huge. That stretch won the game for us, I felt, because it could've gotten sideways on us in a hurry. And I loved what Jordy brought last night - not scoring, but when IU was getting putback after putback early in the 2nd half, he came in and reset the balance on the glass. Big night for him on the boards. Thought the roof was coming off the building when Glynn had that putback - nice to see him hit a couple of shots elsewhere as well. Hopefully he builds on it. We need him. I know Morgan & Johnson still had relatively good scoring nights - more than half (29) total IU points - but I thought our defense on those two was really good. They had to work hard for their points, and either of those two guys could go for 30 in a game really easily. 3-pt defense was tremendous overall against a team that can really fill it up if you're Iowa have a passive defensive effort. #21 was a lot of fun - #22 Sunday will be even better
  6. B1G Tournament Bracketology

    NU is locked into the 1:30 pm CT game on either Thursday and/or Friday, so start practicing your "I'm not feeling - cough, cough - well, boss" phone calls now.
  7. B1G Tournament Bracketology

    Possible Seed Range for B1G Tournament Illinois - clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #11 Indiana Worst Case: #7 Best Case: #6 Iowa- clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #11 Maryland #8 seed Michigan Worst Case: #6 Best Case: #4 Mich St - Clinched double-bye Worst Case: #2 Best Case: #1 Minnesota- clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #11 Nebraska Worst Case: #5 Best Case: #4 Northwestern Worst Case: #10 Best Case: #9 Ohio St - Clinched double-bye Worst Case: #3 Best Case: #1 Penn St Worst Case: #7 Best Case: #5 Purdue - Clinched double-bye Worst Case: #3 Best Case: #2 Rutgers- clinched play-in round Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #11 Wisconsin Worst Case: #10 Best Case: #9 3 Double Bye spots clinched: Mich St Ohio St Purdue Nebraska or Michigan gets the last one All 4 play-in round spots are clinched: Illinois Iowa Minnesota Rutgers
  8. Thought I'd look at our possessions after we go ahead 52-47 with about 13 1/2 minutes to go - obviously it had to be pretty bad as we scored only 14 points in the final 13 1/2 (Number in parentheses is time left on shot clock) (E = empty possession) E – Gill stripped during layup in transition, OFF REB, Palmer miss 15-ft fadeaway (19) E – Palmer miss jab step 3 (17), OFF REB, Gill travel (5) E – Watson miss 15-ft jumper in transition, OFF REB, Palmer miss layup (24) Ill 3-pt play, 52-50, 10:27 to go E – Allen miss 3-pt, inside/out (13), OFF REB, Palmer miss tip try Ill 3-pt shot, wide open, 52-53, 9:54 to go E – Palmer miss NBA 3-pt (4) 2 – Jordy jump hook in lane (5), assist Copeland, NU 54-53 Ill 3-pt shot, wide open, 54-56, 8:07 to go 3 – Jordy layup in lane (8), assist Taylor, made FT, NU 57-56 Ill driving layup, contested, 57-58, 7:15 to go 1 – Taylor fouled on drive (8), 1/2 FTs, tie 58-58 3 – Watson 3-pt (1), assist Palmer, NU 61-58 Ill driving layup, made FT, 61-61 tie, 5:37 to go 1 – Copeland fouled on drive (18), 1/2 FTs, NU 62-61 E – Watson miss driving layup (12) Ill 2 FTs, 62-63, 4:36 to play E – Palmer miss driving layup (14) 1 – Copeland miss 5-ft jumper (4), OFF REB, Roby 1/2 FTs, tie 63-63 Ill layup off OFF REB, 63-65, 2:38 to play 1 – Copeland fouled at rim (20), 1/2 FT, 64-65 Ill fade away 10-ft jumper, 64-67, 1:55 to play E – Palmer turnover, pass hits rim goes out of bounds E – Watson miss 3-pt in transition E – Palmer miss runner in lane in transition, OFF REB, Cope miss layup That was basically it, as we then had to foul. Thoughts: We actually scored on 7 of our the 17 possessions, which isn't great, but not a killer Only 2 turnovers on 17 possessions, again not awful, especially against Illinois Most of the shots weren't that bad, until the final 3 possessions on the list - all 3 of those were awful possessions, almost felt like we were pressing/panicking a bit there Most frustrating is that we had SIX offensive rebounds in the final 13:30 and scored 1 pt off of them - that will kill you And after Jordy's 3-pt play, we went 4/8 on FTs - those 1-pt possessions were costly Perhaps most telling in this stretch, Palmer didn't score till he had the driving layup with 19 seconds left - during this key stretch, he was 0-7 with a turnover with no FT attempts - not typical for him at all, as he's been so good in this part of the game during the win streak The 5 possessions after we took the 52-47 lead - missed 8 straight shots and didn't score off of 4 offensive rebounds. That stretch probably cost us the game. We had a lot of shots in the lane that we've been hitting during this win streak that just popped out. Couple that with the missed FTs, and maybe it just boils down to that it wasn't our night. But we still could've overcome that with more focus early/a better start defensively. Everything's still on the table, need to take care of business this week at home vs 2 hot teams
  9. Of course they have a shot - they're favored. We're just poor ol' underdog Nebraska.
  10. B1G Tournament Bracketology

    Possible Seed Range for B1G Tournament Illinois Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #10 Indiana Worst Case: #8 Best Case: #4 Iowa Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #9 Maryland Worst Case: #12 Best Case: #7 Michigan Worst Case: #7 Best Case: #2 Mich St Worst Case: #5 Best Case: #1 Minnesota Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #10 Nebraska Worst Case: #7 Best Case: #1 Northwestern Worst Case: #11 Best Case: #7 Ohio St Worst Case: #4 Best Case: #1 Penn St Worst Case: #8 Best Case: #3 Purdue Worst Case: #5 Best Case: #1 Rutgers Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #9 Wisconsin Worst Case: #14 Best Case: #7 Only Ohio St has clinched at least a Top 4 finish - no one has clinched a Bottom 4 finish yet In Contention for Double Bye: Indiana Michigan Mich St Nebraska Ohio St (clinched double bye) Penn St Purdue In Contention for No Bye: Illinois Iowa Maryland Minnesota Northwestern Rutgers Wisconsin
  11. B1G Tournament Bracketology

    NEW PICKS: 1. Michigan State (16 - 2) 2. Purdue (15 - 3) 3. Ohio State (14 - 4) Defeated Nebraska based on head-to-head record. 4. Nebraska (14 - 4) Lost to Ohio State based on head-to-head record. 5. Michigan (11 - 7) 6. Indiana (10 - 8) Defeated Penn State based on head-to-head record. 7. Penn State (10 - 8) Lost to Indiana based on head-to-head record. 8. Maryland (8 - 10) Defeated Northwestern based on record against #11 teams. 9. Northwestern (8 - 10) Lost to Maryland based on record against #11 teams. 10. Wisconsin (6 - 12) 11. Iowa (5 - 13) 12. Rutgers (4 - 14) 13. Minnesota (3 - 15) 14. Illinois (2 - 16) OSU & Purdue looked baaaaaaad last night ANARCHY: 1. Ohio State (14 - 4) Defeated Michigan State, Purdue, and Nebraska based on round-robin record. 2. Michigan State (14 - 4) Defeated Purdue and Nebraska and lost to Ohio State based on round-robin record. 3. Purdue (14 - 4) Defeated Nebraska and lost to Ohio State and Michigan State based on round-robin record. 4. Nebraska (14 - 4) Lost to Ohio State, Michigan State, and Purdue based on round-robin record. 5. Michigan (12 - 6) 6. Penn State (11 - 7) 7. Indiana (9 - 9) Defeated Northwestern based on head-to-head record. 8. Northwestern (9 - 9) Lost to Indiana based on head-to-head record. 9. Maryland (7 - 11) Defeated Wisconsin based on head-to-head record. 10. Wisconsin (7 - 11) Lost to Maryland based on head-to-head record. 11. Iowa (6 - 12) 12. Rutgers (4 - 14) 13. Minnesota (3 - 15) 14. Illinois (2 - 16) We only need 8 games to go our way to have a 4-way tie for the title! Those are good odds, right? NUCLEAR OPTION: 1. Nebraska (14 - 4) 2. Ohio State (13 - 5) Defeated Michigan State and Purdue based on round-robin record. 3. Michigan State (13 - 5) Defeated Purdue and lost to Ohio State based on round-robin record. 4. Purdue (13 - 5) Lost to Ohio State and Michigan State based on round-robin record. 5. Michigan (12 - 6) 6. Penn State (11 - 7) 7. Indiana (9 - 9) Defeated Northwestern based on head-to-head record. 8. Northwestern (9 - 9) Lost to Indiana based on head-to-head record. 9. Maryland (7 - 11) Defeated Wisconsin based on head-to-head record. 10. Wisconsin (7 - 11) Lost to Maryland based on head-to-head record. 11. Iowa (6 - 12) 12. Rutgers (5 - 13) 13. Minnesota (4 - 14) 14. Illinois (3 - 15) Lunardi gives 0 bids to Big Ten
  12. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    Penn State is good when they're motivated. Big Ten championship race being handed to MSU. Lunardi moves Wisconsin & Penn St into last 4 in.
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