Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:02 pm
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: How could you leave Thad Matta off your Coach of the Year list ? He won a Big Ten title by moving a forward to point guard, and it didn't matter that his best player missed six games with a broken back. Are you an idiot?
We're on track to set a record this week for emails and Tweets directed at me that include the word "idiot." I'll let you know when I get a final tally. As for the question at hand, no question, you could remove Bo Ryan from my list of eight great Coach of the Year candidates and add Thad Matta. Or remove John Calipari and add Kevin Stallings. Or remove Jamie Dixon and add Buzz Williams. Limiting my list to eight instead of 10 or 14 or 19 seems to be a mistake, at least as far as my inbox is concerned. But let's be honest: The Coach of the Year will be one of the guys on my list of eight, and -- based on how most vote for these things -- I suspect it'll be Syracuse's Jim Boeheim or Kansas State's Frank Martin.
Either would be deserving.
I'll let you know my choice next week.
Posted on: February 17, 2010 2:01 pm
Ohio State's Evan Turner now tops the AnnAbor.com College Basketball Player of the Year poll.
The votes of 49 panelists moved Turner past Kentucky's John Wall for the first time this season with Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, Syracuse's Wesley Johnson and Kansas' Sherron Collins rounding out the top five. Each voter was asked to list a top three and turn it in Tuesday afternoon, i.e., before Wall nearly put a triple-double on Mississippi State. Turner got 30 first-place votes, Wall got 13, Collins got four and Reynolds got two. Amazingly, eight voters didn't list Turner in their top three. Wall wasn't listed on four ballots.
My ballot looked like this:
1. John Wall
2. Evan Turner
3. Wesley Johnson
Click this link to see all the details.
Posted on: February 10, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: February 10, 2010 12:51 am
Michigan State was 9-0 with a three-game lead in the Big Ten just last week.
And that's the stunning part.
Not that the Spartans are tied with Illinois atop the Big Ten standings -- and also tied in the loss column with Purdue and Ohio State -- but that Tom Izzo's team was 9-0 and in total control of the league race just eight days ago. Then Michigan State went to Wisconsin, Kalin Lucas sprained his ankle, and, well, here we are. Now MSU is 9-3 in the Big Ten after Tuesday's 76-64 loss to Purdue, and suddenly the conference championship is more up for grabs than it seemed over the weekend, and it seemed pretty up for grabs over the weekend.
Here are the updated standings:
Everything changes week to week.
Consider: Michigan State has lost three straight since winning 10 straight, Purdue has won six straight since losing three straight, Ohio State has won seven of eight since losing three of four, Illinois has won five straight since losing three straight, and Wisconsin is coming off a rare home loss. Nothing makes sense. What we knew yesterday is now irrelevant, what will happen tomorrow is anybody's guess.
Why do I say that?
Because nobody would've ever guessed this.
Not considering where we were just a week ago.
Posted on: February 7, 2010 12:03 am
Edited on: February 7, 2010 12:09 am
Ohio State's Evan Turner Tweeted moments after the game went final.
Big Ten title is up for grabs!
Yes it is, Evan.
And how did we get here?
Michigan State was 9-0 in the Big Ten and in possession of a three-game lead in the league standings just five days ago. But the Spartans lost at Wisconsin on Tuesday and at Illinois late Saturday, and now the Big Ten is, like Turner said, up for grabs. There's essentially a four-way tie for second considering Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Ohio State all have three league losses, and that three-game lead Michign State owned is now just a one-game lead heading into Tuesday's showdown with Purdue.
And Kalin Lucas still has a bad ankle.
Which is obviously at the root of what's happening.
I won't go so far as to say Michigan State would've won at Wisconsin if not for Lucas' injury because, well, I don't believe that. But I do think it's fair to suggest the Spartans would be at little risk to lose the Big Ten title if not for Lucas' sprained ankle. As it is, there's a real risk, and these next few weeks are going to be wild.
Michigan State is 9-2.
Wisconsin and Illinois are 8-3.
Purdue and Ohio State are 7-3.
"Big Ten title is up for grabs," Tweeted Turner.
Yes it is, Evan.
Now let's see who grabs it.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 1:13 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2010 1:14 pm
Michael Rothstein of AnnArbor.com has posted the results of his second Player of the Year poll.
Click this link to check it out.
Forty-eight college basketball writers -- myself included -- listed our top three in order.
My top three were:
Wall got 25 first-place votes while Turner got 18.
Scottie Reynolds (Villanova) and Damion James (Texas) rounded out the top five.
Sherron Collins (Kansas) -- with one first-place vote -- was sixth.
Posted on: February 3, 2010 2:32 pm
I just turned in my updated Player of the Year rankings to Michael Rothstein of AnnArbor.com.
He's conducting a media survey every few weeks.
The latest results will be out tomorrow.
My ballot looked like this:
Posted on: January 20, 2010 3:08 pm
Michael Rothstein of AnnArbor.com polled 45 college basketball writers to get a glimpse of how the Player of the Year race is unfolding. It's no surprise that John Wall got 32 of the 45 first-place votes, just a surprise that three voters didn't list Wall among their top three.
I like to call those people stupid.
Seriously, how could Wall not be in somebody's top three?
Anyway, click this link to check the results.
My ballot (as of this minute) is ...
1. John Wall (Kentucky)
2. Evan Turner (Ohio State)
3. Damion James (Texas)
Posted on: January 18, 2010 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2010 7:56 pm
A WAC writer ranked Louisiana Tech 20th.
There's a price to pay for that.
And that price is paid in The Poll Attacks .
AP poll: What's more questionable than Northern Iowa being ranked with no good wins and one bad loss?
Louisiana Tech getting votes with no good wins and two bad losses.
I swear, I don't hate non-BCS schools. But I'm not going to try to prove it to you by ranking Louisiana Tech 20th, which is what Nick Jezierny of The Idaho Statesmen did this week. He has the Bulldogs ranked 20th on his AP ballot with a 17-2 record, and their best win is probably at Houston or over Utah State. Point is, there's nothing there.
Louisiana Tech has played exactly one good team -- New Mexico.
Louisiana Tech lost that game 81-52.
The Bulldogs also lost 83-67 to Arizona.
So they have no good wins and two lopsided losses, and that makes them 20th?
Note to AP voters: Just because you cover a WAC school (in this case, Boise State), that doesn't mean you have to rank a WAC school. If it's justified, rank away. But there's no way to justify ranking Louisiana Tech, much less ranking Louisiana Tech 20th. That's ridiculous.
Coaches poll: I've already told you what I think of Northern Iowa being ranked, so I won't go over that again. Plus, it really doesn't bother me. Northern Iowa is good; I've never denied that. I just don't think the Panthers have the body of work of a Top 25 team, but I'm OK with them being ranked. I didn't rank them. But I'm absolutely OK -- or at least unbothered -- by the AP and Coaches polls ranking them.
We clear on that?
Now let me tell you what I'm not OK with: I'm not OK with Connecticut being ranked 21st with an 11-6 record featuring zero good wins. How does that happen? At least six-loss North Carolina has wins over Michigan State and Ohio State. UConn's best win is a home win over Notre Dame. So the Huskies are 11-6 with no wins over guaranteed NCAA tournament teams, and yet they're ranked ahead of No. 25 Ohio State -- which is 13-5 with wins over Purdue, Wisconsin, and Florida State. Even better: The Buckeyes are 10-2 in games with Evan Turner, 3-3 without him. Now that Turner is back, OSU should be ranked accordingly. And by accordingly, I mean definitely in front of Connecticut.