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All-President’s Day Team

Keepin' it Presidential Today.

Another day with Fetch bailing on us to live-blog the entirety of the Olympics (you should go visit him, he gets lonely over there sometimes), so again I’ve been left in charge, since SC hasn’t been heard from in days. Today’s President’s Day, which means some of you probably have the day off from work… yet for some strange reason, I don’t get the day off from school. Go figure.

Anyways, in honor of President’s Day, we bring to you the best college basketball players with presidential names:

G – Tweety Carter, Baylor. Much like our 39th president — James “Jimmy” Carter — Tweety Carter doesn’t go by his legal first name (Demond). Beyond that, though, Tweety Carter is averaging 16.1 points per game for the Bears (10th in the Big 12), and leads the conference in assists, with 6.05 per game.

G – Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin. Okay, maybe I’m getting lazy with this name, but Taylor shares a last name with Zachary Taylor, our 12th president. Jordan Taylor is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (and first in the Big Ten) at 3.4 to 1. He also led the team with a 2.2 ratio as a freshman last season. The more you know!

G/F – Kevin Palmer, Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Who said all the players on this team have to have nonfictional presidential names? Palmer shares a surname with two of the most prominent fictional presidents of our time: Wayne and David Palmer, of 24 fame. For the Islanders, Palmer is pouring in 19.75 points per with a TS% of 59.2. And yes, this will probably be one of the few times you see Corpus Christi get some pub from us.

F – D.J. Kennedy, St. John’s. See, his last name is Kennedy, and he plays for a school with John in its name, so there’s that. Then of course there’s the whole “he goes by initials, as did JFK,” thing. So it kinda works three-fold. High five! But seriously, D.J. Kennedy is doing work for the Red Storm this season. As a junior, he is averaging nearly 15 points and close to 7 boards per game. That’s sort of presidential.

F – Quincy Pondexter, Washington Huskies. Okay, so his name isn’t quite what you would expect for this team. But he plays for the University of Washington, and when I hear the name Quincy, two people come to mind: super-producer Quincy Jones — he of Thriller fame — and John Quincy Adams, our sixth POTUS. Pondexter is averaging over 20 points per game this season for the Huskies while pulling down eight boards per with a TS% of 62.

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Illinois a Tourney Sleeper?

Maybe.  Seems like all anyone wants to mention with the Illini is, “should their students have rushed the floor after a home win against Sparty?”

How about the larger question of who’s got a shot at the Big Ten?  Believe it or not, the Fighting Zooks have a chance at taking home the Big Ten regular season title.  At 9-3, they’re tied atop the conference and have the tie breaker against a Michigan State team they don’t play for the remainder of the season.  It’s highly unlikely that Illinois runs the table with difficult games at Purdue and at Ohio State.  Probably would have said the same thing before Tuesday at Wisconsin.

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Tuesday Night Open Thread

Sorry this is a half hour or so late, people. God forbid someone other than me do something around here.

Tonight we have a good old fashioned SEC/Big 10 double header. Going on right now is Ole Miss making the trek to Rupp to meet Ashley Judd and the Kentucky Wildcats. Since the SEC is awful and Kentucky is at home I am going to go with the Wildcats.

In the late game we have an appetizing Big 10 dessert as the two most consistent programs in the conference go at it when Michigan State visits the 2nd largest arena in college hockey (yes you read that right) the Kohl Center. It will be interesting to see how the Spartans, who struggle with turnovers on both ends, deal with Wisconsin, who never turn it over but never force any either. It is also a matchup of contrasting styles as Michigan State is traditionally the fastest team in the conference, where as Wisconsin is one of the slowest in the nation. I am going to go with the mini-upset and take the Badgers. When in doubt take the team whose hockey team is better. It’s science.

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Revival for Sparty? We Say Nope.

Michigan State opened the season as the number two team in the country in most polls out there.  Then there was the Florida loss.  Followed by a brutal drubbing against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill (despite the final score).  Losing to Texas?  Nothing to be ashamed of.  However, since the Texas game, Sparty has ripped off nine straight wins.  A quality one against Wisconsin, too.  But for a team that returned stars like Lucas, Green, Morgan and Summers, they are dreadfully underperforming.

In ways that a veteran team coached by Tom Izzo shouldn’t.

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One Last Huzzah Before Conference Season Starts

While there’s a few more non-conference games of note mixed in the schedule once conference season begins all around, there is one game that should peak your interest on New Years Day while all of the kiddies entertain us.  No, not the many, many bowl games that take place on New Years Day.  Besides, that game on January 5th in Miami is really the only game besides the title you should pay attention to.

There’s another game involving the Big East and Big Ten that should excite you more than a Sonic Cherry Limeade.  Come to think of it, I bet Robbie Hummel worked at a Sonic at some point in his life.  He just looks like it.

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A TFS Analysis: Michigan

T-shirt under the jersey = win

First off, I would just like to comment on Michigan being the 2nd most aesthetically pleasing team in the country. Love those white unis.

Last year Michigan won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in what seemed like forever. Because of this, and the return of virtually every contributor, they were a highly regarded team coming into the 09-10 season, and even had some sleeper buzz for winning the Big Ten.

However, going into the weekend they sit at just 4-5, which is the 9th best record in the Big Ten. What happened?

For starters, there is a lot of evidence that they weren’t as good as they appeared last year. John Gasaway noted that the Wolverines were actually outscored in Big 10 conference play last season. They also scored more points than they “should have” by looking at their 3 point percentage and offensive rebounding numbers. The Wolverines shot it very well from the line and didn’t turn it over much, resulting in, obviously, less empty trips.

The lack of turnovers has continued this year, as is custom in John Beilein’s offense, but some of the other numbers have collapsed. Their offensive rebounding, as we have already demonstrated with teams who shoot a lot of threes, is not good, but neither is their defensive rebounding. Although it is logical that a team that plays a lot of 1-3-1 zone wouldn’t defensive rebound, Gasaway (again with him?) notes that they rebounded fairly well in Big 10 play last year.

This year however the Wolverines are terrible at defensive rebounding. In fact, they check in at 320th nationally.

But perhaps their biggest problem has been – duh – shooting. If you want to make a recipe for not scoring a lot of points, Id imagine it would go a lot like this:

1. Have 43% of your FG attempts be 3s

2. Make Just 29% of your 3s

It’s really as simple as that. Now, they aren’t doing too hot from two either, but for an offense that lives and dies by the three, Michigan is in trouble. I have to imagine it is going to get better, as Michigan’s best guard (and 2nd team All-American) Manny Harris is shooting just 26% from three, and their best forward DeShawn Sims is shooting just 47% from two, Michigan should get better, and with a good showing in conference still has NCAA Tournament hopes.

Knocking off the #1 team in the nation on Saturday wouldn’t hurt either.

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Site Of The Day

Which would you rather have, a Twitter shoutout from Basketball Prospectus’s John Gasaway, or a Site of the Day mention from the Beadlemaniacs? Probably the Twitter mention from Gasaway, but today the lucky folks at UM Hoops get both.

UMHoops is a blog all about Michigan basketball. Although things haven’t gone well for the Wolverines so far this year, the quality at UM Hoops hasn’t suffered. Go check out their great tempo free analysis. Always nice to see that.

You can also follow them on Twitter at @umhoops

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