Archive for December, 2009

Maybe, maybe not: Will UM win a conference game this season?

Posted: December 31, 2009 by Jared Field in College

After Michigan’s 71-65 loss to Indiana, I’m led to wonder who the Wolverines can beat anyone in conference this season.

Keep in mind that Indiana was without their leading scorer, freshman Maurice Creek, and still managed to pull out the victory.

I’ve heard smart basketball people wonder aloud if Michigan could finish last in the conference. I don’t they will, but just the fact that it’s a possibility has to be demoralizing for the program after last season.

How bad is Indiana? Keep in mind that they just recently lost to Loyola, a very average team who had previously lost to major programs like Niagra, Canisius and Coppin State.

The Flint-area’s top 10 teams

Posted: December 31, 2009 by Jared Field in High School

1.) Flint Hamady: They’re the best until proven otherwise. I never thought I’d have a GAC team in this spot —  ever. The Hawks are well-coached and loaded with talent. They can play with anybody. Jackson, Burnett and Langston are as solid a trio as you’ll find in the state.

2.) Flint Carman-Ainsworth: They beat Powers and they’re probably the only team in the area that wouldn’t worry so much about Hamady’s post scorers.

3.) Flint Powers: Great team in spite of the blemish against C-A. Senior guard Demarco Sanders is starting to turn it out. He’s one of the most gifted scorers in the area. No one would be surprised if Powers was actually the best in the area by season’s end.

4.) Flint Northwestern: They’re scrappy and small, like always. Senior Travon Mitchell and juniors Jay Magee and Dre Parks are scoring in bunches.

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FLINT, Michigan — I ran into Mott assistant coach Yusuf Harris at Barnes and Noble yesterday and talked to him briefly about the Bears’ game against South Suburban, one of the top JUCO programs in the Midwest, tipping off that night. He told me he was sure that Doug Anderson would have a big game.

Why?

“He loves the lights — the big stage,” he said.

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Flying high: Is Hamady the best team in the Flint area?

Posted: December 30, 2009 by Jared Field in High School

FLINT, Michigan — After Wednesday afternoon’s demoralizing beatdown of Flint Southwestern, I don’t think it’s a stretch to call Hamady the top team in the Flint area.

The Hawks toyed with Southwestern, won by nearly 30 points and put four players in double figures. Southwestern’s guards couldn’t handle the Hawks’ press and could not come close to matching their intensity.

If the Hawks had played full-out in the final quarter they probably would have won by 40. It was, in a word, ugly.

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FLINT, Michigan — Here’s just a friendly reminder that the Flint-area’s top two scorers, Dominez Burnett and Roy Jackson of Flint Hamady, will be taking on Flint Southwestern in the Coca-Cola Classic at 4 p.m. at Flint Northern.

I can’t remember the last time the top two scorers in the area were on the same team.

In any event, my gut feeling is that Hamady, one of the top teams in class C in Michigan, is probably a little better than the Knights. Unless JoJuan Graham can get the Hawks for 25 or more points, I’ll take Hamady in a close one.

And for those of you who have the misfortune of being at work this afternoon, you can listen to the game online on MRSN.

— Jared Field

Just try to make heads or tails of this report from the Lansing State Journal about the drama surrounding MSU star guard Kalin Lucas and head coach Tom Izzo.

Izzo took a lot of questions from the media regarding the decision to essentially suspend his star player for falling short of expectations on and off the court.

I’m most interested in this explanation of Lucas’ lack of production and focus this season: his impending opportunities to play in the NBA. I must say that I don’t believe he’s anywhere near good enough to play in the NBA right now, but I’m sure he’d disagree.

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Would you feel good about an 89-point win?

Posted: December 29, 2009 by Jared Field in College

It’s a serious question.

I’m trying to figure out how I’d feel if I were on the winning side of an 89-point win. Were I on the losing end, I’d obviously feel dejected and more than a little angry.

I must say, that to win by that margin, like Duke’s women’s team did last night, should be accompanied by a little embarrassment.

How much is enough?

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Take four: Alex Legion to leave Illinois

Posted: December 29, 2009 by Jared Field in High School
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The former standout guard at Detroit Country Day is leaving Illinois, according to a report in the Sporting News.

Legion originally committed to Michigan before backing out when Tommy Amaker was fired. He then went to Kentucky before transferring to Illinois.

No one, including yours truly, would have ever guessed that Legion would fall so far so fast. He was an incredible talent in high school.

He just didn’t see much of the floor at Illinois.

— Jared Field

Big Ten Preview: Wolverines and Spartans in trouble?

Posted: December 29, 2009 by sabetodo in College

By Andrew Bolton

Now that the non-conference games for both teams have been played (State’s game against Texas-Arlington notwithstanding), it’s time to take a look at what we have learned about both teams so far.

Let’s  start with the Wolverines.

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This story is only funny for the thousands of basketball fans in Michigan who had the misfortune of watching that gaggle of misfits at Detroit Country Day for the past couple seasons.

On Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Jordan Dumars, a very average player at Country Day, is leaning toward going to Michigan after transferring from a University of South Florida program in turmoil.

The Jordan Dumars saga is practically satire.

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