Last year was supposed to be the year that ended Northwestern’s NCAA tournament drought but the Wildcats fell short. Is this the year that they finally get over the hump?
From a guy who lived several years on Addison Street a couple blocks from Wrigley – of course THIS is the year! I’m not going to lie – the Kevin Coble departure sent me back in to the "Forgive me basketball Gods, for what have we done to deserve this?" plea AGAIN. The ‘Cats would’ve been returning the top 2 scorers in the ENTIRE conference over the past two seasons. I think many NU fans and the program are so in shock that we’re clinging to the notion that we lost only Jeremy Nash from last year and added our highest rated recruit in memory with JerShonn Cobb to ease the pain. I’m not buying the fact that a 20 ppg scorer and a winner wouldn’t have made this season a lock for the Big Dance. Seriously, though, this has to be the year. Drew Crawford is the man to watch as I believe he will be our make-or-break to the season.The competition in the conference certainly isn’t getting much easier.
Matt Vogrich arrived at Michigan touted as one of the best freshman three point shooters in the country, but what a lot of people forget is that he had a multi-faceted game in high school. He was heralded as not just a shooter but a guy who could score in a variety of ways.
Last year, Vogrich saw limited playing time and didn’t get a chance to really show his stuff. What we did see was somewhat encouraging from an offensive standpoint. He clearly has a very good jumpshot and could very well be Michigan’s best pure shooter. He also did a serviceable job rebounding the ball for his size. But defensively, he was a liability whenever he entered the game — a big reason that he didn’t earn more playing time. Vogrich just didn’t look like he was physically ready for the college game, but took steps to remedy that probably in the off-season — adding 15 pounds of muscle to his frame. At Media Day he said he hoped this would help him when going to the basket and on the defensive end. Either way, as one of the few "experienced" Wolverines, he will likely play major minutes this season.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Links | Posted on November 1, 2010 at 12:41 am
Trey Burke Continues to Shine
Video is from a different event
Over the weekend, Trey Burke led his Columbus based squad to the All-Ohio Nike City Series championship in dramatic fashion, with a win over the Cincinnati-based squad. In the championship, Burke went head-to-head with Florida State commitment Aaron Thomas (Rivals top 50) and while Thomas scored 34 points, Burke scored 33 and earned the win.
The game featured arguably the top players in the Class of 2011 in Columbus Northland’s Trey Burke (Michigan) and Cincinnati Withrow’s Aaron Thomas (Florida State). Neither disappointed us.
In one sequence, amidst the first half, Burke and Thomas put on a one-on-one show which included three straight triples from Thomas and two triples and a high-major pull-up from Burke. The succession put the packed house inside Whitehall’s main gym into frenzy. The crowd was cheering and urging the two on as the Mr. Basketball candidates went head-to-head in an instant classic. The two were letting each other know about it, but it was all done in good spirits which was awesome to see.
It’s far from finalized, but this is how the roster appears to be breaking down at this moment. There are still a lot of “ORs” on the chart but, as Beilein has mentioned, just about every position in the lineup is up for grabs. I think we can pencil in Novak at the two after Beilein called him the team’s only consistent player thus far.
Note: This is a completely unofficial chart. It’s just an estimation of where things stand today.
I guess you have to start with Talor Battle. He averaged 19 pointss per game, shot 35% from three and led the team in everything points, rebounds, steals, and assists. However, it still feels like the season was a bit of a disappointment thanks to Penn State’s 11-19 (3-15 B10) finish. What was different about Battle last year and what will he need to do this year to get Penn State in the win column more often?
Not sure what more you can expect from the guy, honestly. It’s hard to call him selfish because he does make the effort to get his teammates involved. They just wouldn’t produce last year, so Talor would let his competitiveness take over and he’d try to do it all himself. Ideally you would like to see his shooting %’s increase, but he’s going to take so many contested shots that I think it’s asking for a bit much. He still needs to produce better from the foul line, though, for how much he gets fouled. No excuse there. [click to continue…]
10 of the 11 (Penn State didn’t make it due to travel complications) Big Ten schools made the trip to Chicago today to participate in the Big Ten’s annual media day. Media day is that sort of necessary evil where awkward TV shoots and repetitiveinterviews are par for the course. We didn’t make the trip to Chicago but here is a round-up of various videos, photos, and notes from the event.