Tuesday Links

Opposition Q&A: Bucky’s Fifth Quarter


We like to do question and answer sessions for big games, so it was convenient when Phil from Bucky’s Fifth Quarter requested we do a feature for Wednesday’s showdown at Crisler Arena. They run a great site that covers all things Wisconsin and it is definitely worth a read from time to time. To start with, you can find my answers to his questions over there. Now, here’s your Badger talk.

Jordan Taylor is by all accounts phenomenal…. What are his two greatest strengths and what would you say are one or two weaknesses?

One of Taylor’s greatest strengths is his physical strength. Everyone can see he’s built like a running back. That ability to absorb contact is part of the reason Taylor can finish so well at the hoop. His strength also helps him protect the ball against pesky defenders, keeping his turnovers to a minimum. Another advantage for Taylor is his attitude. He stays in control of the game because of his confidence in his own abilities and those of his team. Taylor keeps his emotions in check but at the same time is almost always smiling. He is a great leader who has earned the respect of his team and makes the other four guys on the floor better.

By Taylor’s own admission, he waited too long against Purdue to hunt his own shot, which is odd considering he had just carried the Badgers against Ohio State. Taylor is not the quickest point guard either. We recently saw the relentless Lewis Jackson bother Taylor with his tight defense and quicker feet.

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Big Ten Roundup: February 21st, 2011

Team W L Poss. Off. Eff Def. Eff Eff. Margin
Purdue 11 3 65 1.13 1.01 0.12
Wisconsin 10 4 57 1.18 1.06 0.12
Ohio State 12 2 63 1.13 1.02 0.11
Illinois 7 7 64 1.06 1.01 0.05
Minnesota 6 8 62 1.06 1.07 -0.01
Penn State 7 8 58 1.08 1.10 -0.02
Michigan 7 8 61 1.06 1.11 -0.05
Michigan State 7 7 63 1.04 1.09 -0.05
Northwestern 6 9 63 1.07 1.14 -0.07
Indiana 3 11 64 1.04 1.11 -0.07
Iowa 3 12 65 0.99 1.10 -0.11

The updated scatterplot of this chart lives here.

One team continues to prove critics and writers wrong. Matt Painter’s Purdue Boilermakers continue to prove that they are surviving just fine without Robbie Hummel. In fact, it becomes scary to consider how good the Boilers could be with Robbie Hummel. Bloggers and writers (myself included) scoffed at seemingly radical Purdue fans that claimed the Purdue offense wouldn’t miss a beat and would even be better without Hummel. Now with just two weeks remaining in conference play, the Boilermakers are just a game out of first place and tied with Wisconsin for the league’s best efficiency margin. That Purdue offense that was ripped in the pre-season is averaging 1.13 points per trip, .08 more than last year’s iteration. Sure, E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson – both likely First Team All Big Ten performers – are a nice fall back plan to Hummel but Matt Painter should be the favorite for the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award.

The middle of the the Big Ten remains muddled. Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan, and Penn State are all tough to pick apart and are apparently in the thick of this week’s bubble talk. Illinois remains the most efficient of the bunch but still has to play road games at Purdue and Ohio State. There will be plenty of opportunity to settle the differences over the final two weeks of the regular season. – Dylan Burkhardt

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Life on the Bubble: February 21st, 2011

It’s time to finally acknowledge that Michigan is “on the bubble”, even if the Wolverines are still on the outside looking in. I was trying to resist the temptation to start posting things like this but, at this point it’s relevant information.

The Resume:

  • Record: 17-11 (7-8 B10)
  • RPI: 58
  • SOS: 23
  • vs. RPI 1-25: 0-6
  • vs. RPI 1-50: 2-8
  • Road Record: 4-5
  • Quality (Top 50) Wins: Harvard (40), at Michigan State (43)
  • Bad (100+) Losses: at Indiana (180)

More notes after the jump.

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Recruiting Roundup: February 21st, 2011

Class of 2011

Trey Burke – Commit

Photo: Dispatch

Burke had 14 points on 5 of 7 (1-2 3pt) shooting, seven assists, four steals, and four rebounds in the Columbus City League Championship game. Burke had 10 points in the first quarter before Waltnut Ridge started throwing a variety of box-and-one and triangle-and-two defenses to try to slow down the talented floor general. It was Northland’s fifth consecutive City League Title and we posted video here.

Northland tips off the State Tournament this Wednesday as they face Groveport Madison. Burke finished the regular season averaging 24 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals per game while shooting 66% (143-232) on twos and 48% (39-81) on threes

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Tim Hardaway Jr. Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Again

176425_164139966968448_113453778703734_338468_322132_o (1)Tim Hardaway Jr. earned his second consecutive Big Ten Freshman of the Week award and his third overall. Here’s the release:

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. earns his second consecutive weekly award and third overall after averaging 20.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The freshman shot 56.5 (13-of-23) from the floor, 55.6 percent from long range (5-for-9) and 90.0 percent from the free-throw line. In Michigan’s 75-72 overtime victory against Iowa, Hardaway scored a career-best 30 points, going 9-for-14 from the field, including a 5-for-7 performance from long range. His performance made him the first Michigan freshman to hit 30 points in a game in 33 years.

Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Feb. 14, 2011)

Photo Credit: MGoBlue

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