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Friday, March 31, 2006

M Zone's Expanded NIT Coverage

We lost.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

we got screwed! I haven't seen officiating that bad since... two weekends ago in the NCAA wrestling final...

How do you NOT call goaltending on a three pointer?! And then to T up Tommy afterwards?

Anonymous said...

Yeah that non goaltending call was terrible. But we were down 15 points at the time. Didn't affect the outcome of the game.

Anonymous said...

That call was a microcosm of the officiating all night. When South Carolina was hacking away inside or commited a violation, it was called about half the time.

See the no-call on the travel in the first half, the flailing elbow to Petway in the first half, the foul-shot discrepency, etc...

Becky said...

Oh, and don't forget the biggest hose job of all - we didn't play very well. But other than that - screw the refs!

Wangs said...

I actually think it was not goal tending - it didn't look like the ball had a chance to go in the basket or hit the rim, to me, and when he touched it, the ball was below the rim, I thought. But I could be wrong. It didn't affect the outcome, one bit.

My only regret from that play is that the assistant coach grabbed Amaker before he punched the ref. Then Billy "Boat" Martin would've had to fire him.

We lost that game when we took the court. The refs were only bit players in the sad drama. I've never seen a more uninspired group of seniors and juniors playing for a title. Dukie Amaker sure is doing a heckuva job bringing in guys with heart and motivating them to overachieve. Ha.

These chumps played like it was an exhibition game in October against Athletes in Action. Good riddance to Horton, Hunter, Abram, and Brown. Only wish Bill "not Ed" Martin and Tommy "not Coach K" Amaker would join them.

Benny Friedman said...

First of all, to complain about the refs in college basketball is like complaining about snow in the Midwest in January. There are no worse officials in sports. But they had no impact on the outcome last night. Michigan was horrible.
Wangs, not all the guys you listed will be gone next year. Lester Abram got a redshirt last year and will be back to be healthy for about 10 games next year.

The King said...

I thought it was embarrassing that we were playing in the NIT final for the 2nd time in 3 years. Then I found out South Carolina was the defending Champion. That's atrocious. If you win the NIT, and then are good enough the next year to win it again, you've squandered your talent horrifically during the regular season.

Wangs said...

Benny, thank you for the clarification re: Abram. I was starting to worry that we would miss his championship game level production – 5 points, 0 assists, 3 rebounds – as a starter.

And most importantly, when he gets injured against Univ. Maryland-Baltimore in December, Amaker will have an excuse for going 2-14 in the Big Ten next year. Those 2 wins against Spartie will be sweet.

Anonymous said...

Hey, at least you guys are #66.

Anonymous said...

And now from that state of entropy…I mean, Michigan…

This tasty tidbit came to us from “The Daily”, right there in Ann Arbor. Ya really gotta feel some pangs for those folks, don’t ya?

Michigan's sports programs inferior to Ohio State's

To the Daily:
Now that Ohio State has surpassed Michigan in nearly every major sport, what is Bill Martin going to do to change it?

Lloyd Carr, the worst game coach in the Big Ten, has single-handedly driven the Michigan football program into the ground in recent years. I do not even want to hear about how much of a classy guy he is. He is a great person but a terrible football coach. When are we going to stop losing on the quarterback draw, eh coach? It goes without mentioning that OSU has dominated us in football.

Tommy Amaker, despite all of the injuries to the basketball team, did a horrific job of getting his team ready to play for last nine games of the season. Good finish, coach! OSU has us dominated in this regard, and the future looks grim for Michigan with OSU's incredible recruiting class next year.

The hockey team is having a rough year, and split with a terrible OSU team. Michigan has looked outmatched by nearly each member of the WCHA and east coast opponents it has faced in the NCAA tournament in recent years. As a four-year season ticket holder, I saw first-hand losses to Boston College, Minnesota (many times) and Colorado College (huge collapse). We were clearly outclassed in these games.

OSU's baseball program is in much better standing than Michigan's. Let's not even talk about our women's basketball team, but OSU's is one of the best in the nation.

People can tell me that I am just whining, but I know that I am not alone in getting fed up with Michigan's continuing mediocrity in every sport. Ohio State has it figured out, and as a lifelong Michigan

Maize n Brew Dave said...

On the plus side I did get to drink beer. That made the game go a lot easier for me.

Besides, down 12 at the half to a much more athletically gifted team, meh, I simply enjoyed counting the number of times they tried to set up alley-oops to Petway.

Yes the Refs sucked. But so did the basketball team last night.

Maize n Brew Dave said...

A little harsh on the Seniors there, eh Wangs?

Matt said...

Doesn't this mean we're #67, not #66?

The glory of it all.

Matt said...

And on the comment that OSU is superior to Michigan in every sport, I can't believe they left out the most important sport of all...womens' softball. Really, does anything else matter?

Wangs said...

You're right, I didn't mean to be a "little harsh":

In 4 years, they "accomplished"
75 - 53 over all record
30 - 34 Big Ten Record (1 winning Big Ten season)
1 - 4 in Big Ten Tourney (lost in first round 3 of 4 years)
0 NCAA tourney appearances
2 NIT appearances - 1 championship, 1 loss in title game.

Not sure what else to say to these underacheivers other than "Ba-Bye". Certainly not "thanks for the memories."

Benny Friedman said...

8:02 Anon, that letter is from a couple weeks ago, and I addressed some of its idiocy here

Anonymous said...

I noticed that the name on the back of South Carolina's mascot's jersey was "Cocky" ... first name "Boo"?

just a thought.

Kyle King said...

South Carolina brought its infamous mascot, Plucky the Chicken, to the N.I.T.?!?!? Now, that (like everything else about South Carolina) is just sad!

If the Wolverines didn't play well, don't be too hard on them. It's hard to criticize a guy for not being motivated for the N.I.T. championship game. It is, after all, the N.I.T. championship game.

The King is right . . . winning back-to-back N.I.T. titles is the surest sign of being an underachiever.

Matt is also right . . . now that 65 teams are in the N.C.A.A. tournament, the loser of the N.I.T. championship game is No. 67. Assuming, of course, that the top 65 teams in the country make it into the Big Dance field . . . which, naturally, no one assumes, because it isn't true, but that's neither here nor there.

paulwesterdawg said...

20+ years ago, legendary Southern Humorist/columnist Lewis Grizzard had a great column in the Atlanta Journal that was syndicated in 200+ other papers across the South.

He was a HUGE, HUGE UGA fan. After UGA lost to Georgia Tech for the first time in 10+ years at home, he ran a column that said...."I don't want to talk about it." With the rest of the article printed as blank text.

Your "expanded coverage of the NIT" remind me of that. "We got screwed."

Good stuff.