Sunday, January 1.
2011 is in the rearview mirror.
It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions, right?
Time to get after it with a fresh start. A clean slate…
Since this is a basketball blog, here’s my basketball resolutions for 2012.
To become a better coach.
I will write more here on the blog and try to find the best stories on the greatest game in the entire world!
Finish the draft of my basketball book.
This will not be one of those, “A Look Back at the Year in Review” type blog entries. On to the stories…
Rick Bozich of the Lousiville Journal-Courier on ESPN’s Dough Gotlieb who doesn’t think much of #13 ranked Indiana beating Ohio State yesterday 74-70.
Here’s my thoughts on IU and Gotlieb.
Tom Crean’s team is for real. I have seen them 4 times this year, they are very impressive. They play hard, they defend and most important, they share the ball.
As for Gotlieb, who cares what he says? It’s his job to get the average fan riled up. He played the game in college, so what. Has he ever coached? No…
This game means the world to the IU family.
They have put so much into the turn-around.
Crean and his staff do a fine job.
The fans in Bloomington have been outstanding.
All that matters is what IU people think and feel about their program.
Does it really matter what ESPN guys and gals say? Who handed them “expert-status”? They are just like you and I; they watch the game and form their opinions.
We tend to look for approval too much in life.
Ok cool the ESPN folks get to be on TV to talk about the players, teams and coaches. They wear expensive suits, throw a little make up on and talk into a microphone. They have researchers in Bristol do most of their work. But I know a lot of good basketball people who know more than these guys and are a joy to talk with.
All you need to do is worry about what you think about the game.
The Indiana Hoosiers are for real despite what Gotlieb says.
Hooisers play host to Michigan Thursday night in Bloomington. Should be another great game. John Beilein is doing a wonderful job in Ann Arbor.
Andy Proffet Post-Tribune on the IU-Ohio State game.
Ohio State was down 72-70 when William Buford attempted a 3-pointer with six seconds left. He missed, Watford grabbed the rebound and was fouled by DeShaun Thomas with two seconds to play.
“We were out of timeouts and the action was run and we were trying to tell them that we can drive it as well,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “I was hoping that we may look inside, but when he came off, he drove it and I can’t go back on that.”
Jim Polzin of the Green Bay Press Gazette on Iowa’s win over Wisconsin. I have been saying since they hired Fran McCaffrey as men’s head coach, watch out for the Hawkeyes; this man can coach.
Gary Washbrun of the Boston Globe on Bryan Colangelo, he’s on a mission to build the Toronto Raptors.
“Obviously when I first got to Toronto [in 2006], I felt like the roster needed to be overhauled and we did that,’’ said Colangelo, the son of former Phoenix executive Jerry Colangelo. “And having a centerpiece like Chris made it easy to kind of get competitive quickly and that’s what happened.
“We went from 27 wins to 47 wins and made it back to the playoffs for the first time in five years. The following years didn’t work out so well because although we tried to bridge the gap with additional pieces, it just didn’t seem to come together to the extent that we were competitive enough.’’
Go Crighton.com with the Jays win over Wichita State.
Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Journal Courier on Kentucky’s win over Louisville.
Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal has coverage of the Detroit Pistons first win of the year over the Indiana Pacers.
“When you’re a new group, what you’re always looking for a blueprint for winning, the recipe,” Frank said. “We took a step closer to that as far as playing defense, holding teams to one shot, contesting the 3s, sharing the ball and not caring who gets the credit.
“You have to give all of our guys a great deal of credit. You need to credit the big guys as well as the our smalls … it’s credit collectively to the unit. We had some resolve.”
Two games of interest in the Big East today: Syracuse vs Depaul and Cincy takes on Pitt.
In the NBA, Portland takes on the Clippers. The Blazers are 3-0, LA is 1-2.
To conclude, yesterday while watching IU-Ohio State, I was tweeting during the game. I threw up a few tweets about ESPN’s announcers Dave O’Brien and Dan Dakich. I do not always agree with these guys. So O’Brien decides to compare Buckeye small forward Sam Thompson to former NBA and ABA superstar David Thompson after a dunk. I thought it was ridiculous. On Twitter, a few minutes after the game, O’Brien tweeted back on my comments. Interesting banter back and forth.
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