Archive for February, 2017

With some help from the BDS editing department (@TSleter and @bchesnick19) here is an updated and corrected Championship Week Cheat Sheet.  17champ

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Tonight BBN will say goodbye to three seniors (yes, they still have seniors) in a pregame ceremony that always pulls at the heart strings.  To get you into the mood to send Mychal Mulder, Derek Willis, and Dominique Hawkins off lets take a look back at one of the most memorable senior day celebrations in recent years.

1988 Senior Day

“…and now one of the most emotional moments in sport…” ~Tom Hammond

watch-tom-crean-stretch_1I have stated previously my opinion that unless Tom Crean pulls a Tubby and orchestrates his own departure he would be back next year.  Well, I am beginning to waiver from this idea.  What has given me the change of heart you ask?  Nothing.  The nothing in the way of news surrounding the program I think speaks volumes.  It is like everyone knows their fate and just playing out the season as normal as they can.

Fred Glass seems like a man ready to start the next chapter and get the CTC monkey off his back.  There is no contract extensions like in years past.  No vote of confidence or even simple chatter of how the team looks to get back on track as they preparing for the postseason.  Nothing.

The players appear to be a group of guys looking to part ways. The wins against UNC and Kansas seem seasons ago and since then there doesn’t seem to be that feeling of us against the world so many Crean teams over the years seem to have.  It really appears Hartman, OG, Bryant, and JBJ will not be back and it sure doesn’t seem like the rest of the team is wanting to rally around them for one last stand.

Tom Crean appears to be at peace.  Sure he is still the oddest coach in the game but there doesn’t seem to be the circus surrounding the program like this time last year.  Yes there are the same Fire Crean websites and Twitter handles but you don’t have Alabama rumors or stories of his family being mistreated around town.

This time last year it seemed you had a team and Coach that was fighting to prepare for the post season.  A team and Coach that knew they could make a run in the Big10 tourney and the NCAA as well.  Now I know this team probably needs to win the Big10 tournament to make the Big Dance but two months ago that seemed to be a real possibility, not now.

Let’s assume the rumors floating around are true and Crean has been told this year is his last.  Is there a scenario that would result another year for Tom?  How about a win at Purdue and making the Big10 Championship game?  How about if they catch fire and make the tournament?  Or is it just time and nothing short of a Final Four run could save his job?  Probably not.  200

And does anyone really think any of those scenarios are possible?  Me neither.  This team and program gives every sign that it is done and we are about to see the last of the Tom Crean experiment and whatever this is.

A new coach will have his work cut out for him.  All signs are pointing towards the cupboard being left bare with not much of a recruiting class to speak of.  I’m sure IU fans don’t want to hear the words rebuilding again but it doesn’t look as if the Hoosiers will be relevant the remainder of this year or next, no matter who the coach is.

 

Anyone else spend their lunch watching the DIII bracket release webcast?  No, just me.  Well ok but you missed out.

Coach Jon Miller and the Hanover Panthers found out their opponent when the NCAA Division III bracket was released earlier today, but also received the added bonus of being awarded the privilege of hosting 1st and 2nd round games.

The Panthers will host Westminster (MO) Friday evening at 7:30 following game one of the evening featuring Wooster vs. North Central (IL)

Here’s Coach Miller’s thoughts on their draw courtesy the Hanover College Panthers YouTube channel.

 

Here is the complete DIII bracket.  Click here for a printable version. 

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UPDATED: Big10 Tournament Bracket

Posted: February 27, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Here is a current look at the Big10 tournament bracket.  Illinois and Indiana are on the rise and Northwestern is doing what Northwestern does falling to the 6 seed.

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Is it just me???

Posted: February 25, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Is it just me or did anyone else have this reaction today?

therachelIf you grew up in the 90’s then you or one of your girlfriends had a haircut that was inspired by a popular TV character.  The Rachel.  Women everywhere from all walks of life and backgrounds clipped Rachel Green’s picture from their favorite magazine and rushed to the salon to look and feel like the sweetheart of the 90’s.  Why do I bring this up you ask?  One reason, Kentucky point guard, De’Aaron Fox.

The 2017 Bob Cousy Award watch list Wildcat point guard has sported two hairdos that I swear are inspired by characters from the long time running primetime cartoon, The Simpsons.

First De’Aaron sported The Lisa.

 

And now Fox looks to have a more mature look by going with The Marge.

 

patttyCan’t you see De’Aaron walking into his barber with a picture of Marge and telling the guy to give him that hair?  What’s next?  I guess he can always stay in the Bouvier women lineage and fro is out to look like Patty.  Why not?  If this knee injury keeps him out of the game like Scoop Lemond reports he will have plenty of time to light up on the sidelines like Cawood Ledford used to do.

Well whichever one you like best you have to give it up to him, at least he has hair and isn’t sporting the Homer like many of us.