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Butler still owns the state of Indiana
I can picture him at Purdue.
I don't think he will leave except for a few jobs, but those jobs all will be opening soon. UCLA at the end of this season. Texas probably next year. Then Duke. UNC will probably be the last of the four to become available.
Many people expect Doug Collins to get the Duke job, but I'm not so sure. If it were my decision, I would go after Stevens. As for the other three jobs, we will see. I can see him turning down UT. It's not really a basketball school and it might be an odd fit. I doubt he would turn down Duke or Carolina. Butler will always be a limited stage and rarely does an elite coach permanently refuse to leave a mid-major when the very top schools come calling. In fact, it would not surprise me at all to see him take the UCLA job after this season is over. I promise you he is the first call they are going to make. Even if he takes UCLA, he would not foreclose Duke or Carolina as options later. Or even the NBA.
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Looks like IU still hasn't found out how to play away from home. Repeat of last year...?
No one will end up undefeated. I still think IU is the best team in the B10. But like last year, they struggle to get defensive stops in key situations. They are beatable.
Wow Arizona came back to win ater being down 48-35 with two minutes left to win 49-48.
Stealing Sparty's recruits and owning them on the field since 1898
Yea, that was nuts. went 51 yards in 3 plays, took about 25 seconds. 0 TOs. RichRod seems to have found a good fit.
BTW, congrats UM on the Dawson re-commit and the Delano Hill flip.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Looking back at his time at MSU, Crean was always a shooting/offensive wizard. Combining that with Izzo's rebounding/D background and you can see why MSU became really good really fast. MSU has definitely missed Crean's shooting coaching . . . and Crean hasn't found defensive coaching any easier.
Big 10 is going to be a ridiculously fun race this year. Some high-quality bball games are going to be on TV in Jan and Feb.
I still find MSU hard to read, but OSU is clearly getting better as the season goes along. The B10 is going to be tough. Everyone will have at least 2-3 losses. The key is going to be not getting picked off by teams like Minnesota and Illinois and Iowa, especially on the road.
Who the hell thought a team would go undefeated in the B1G? I said IU played bad away from home last year, and it seems like it again this year. If it keeps up, they won't even be winning the B1G title.
Every team plays better at home. That's why they call it home court "advantage". So far this season, IU has lost one basketball game in OT to a good team. Let's not spin it as something bigger than it is.
FWIW, I find MSU hard to read too . In all seriousness, it looks like the rotation is tighter:
Starters (25-35 min/game)
Bench (15 min/game):
Situational (5 min or less on average):
PF: Costello, Guana
Earlier in the year Izzo was using 11 guys a night; very hard to build any sense of continuity. I think you'll see MSU come together over the next 2-3 weeks. Bit of a weakness at PF; Dawson is the only reliable guy and it's going to be hard to take him off the floor. If Costello can grow into giving MSU 10 min/game, that would be ideal. We'll see how it works out.
I'd be shocked in the winner of the B1G has fewer than 4-5 conference losses, much like last year
I'd be more concerned that they gave up 88 points overall, and over 75 in regulation to a team that is not known as an good offense squad. The L itself isn't a huge deal; the lack of D is somewhat concerning.
That's why I said IF. All 3 of their games away from home were neutral site games. 1 close win in OT, and 1 close loss in OT. They didn't show that they could play well away from home last year, and they really showed it so far this year.
Exactly. I've watched most of their games this year and they probably have more talent than anyone in the country. But they like to play wide open and are not very disciplined on defense. And Zeller, despite being talented, is not very big. He can be pushed around in the paint. IU had this game in hand but couldn't get defensive stops time and time again down the stretch even after Butler's two big guys fouled out. There is no excuse for that.
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Don't know if this was discussed yesterday, but MSU's QB commit, Damion Terry, led his team to the PA State title last night. He was 13/24 for 317 yards and 2 TDs, rushed 12 times for 55 yards and a TD. Their opponent won the title last year 52-0; Terry's squad went up 24-0 in the 1st half and won 24-14. MSU RB/S/WR/OLB commit Delton Williams is also on the team.
We'll see how he does in college, but Terry finished his season completing exactly 2/3 of his passes (seriously, 222/333) for 3,599 yards, 50 TDs and either 7 or 8 INTs. He ended 2 TDs shy of the single season state TD record. He's a pass-first mobile guy; all indications are that he's going to compete for the #2 QB job right away.
Anyone else watching Kent State - Utah State? I'm rooting hard for the MAC this bowl season.
I'm half watching it. I have the big TV on the Nebraska-Oregon game.
Nice. He seems like a good player.
Yea, guess MSU is admitting that they need an athletic upgrade at QB. Tyler O'Connor and Connor Cook are both more mobile QBs than Maxwell, but Terry is more of a Russell Wilson type (pass first, second and third, then run). Not saying he's as good as Wilson by any stretch, but that's more his game. Golson for ND would be another guy with a similar game.
That definitely seems to be the trend with QBs nowadays. You're seeing it with guys like Russell Wilson, RG3, Manziel (is Manziel pass first?), and even Aaron Rodgers. The game, especially the NFL, is becoming more and more pass first and mobility is needed because defenses are now focusing more on stopping the pass, which leads to more blitzing.
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