I'd rather have Gregg Marshall. I love that guy.
Of course, he's currently my neighbor (basically).
BTW, Marshall is certainly no flash in the pan to me. I've been a big fan of his since attending this game: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/bas...11/10/nav_way/
Last edited by Boston Red; 04-09-2013 at 11:03 AM.
I tuned in to watch the NCAA Championship and was given the BCS title game. I thought the refs were abysmal, just awful. They let both teams play like a football game in the first and then started calling some tickey tacky fouls in the 2nd. There was a blatant kick that everyone on the court stopped for except the refs. I didn't actually mind the Burke block call. It was as good of a block as you will see, but often times when two players go at it full speed and one ends up on the ground they call a foul. Not the right call, just an acceptable one to me. I like when teams are able to get at it, but I think it went a little too far last night.
I thought Beilein coached a pretty poor game last night. He had unexpected production from a guy named Spike Albrecht in the 1st half and he should have left it at that. Albrecht morphed into his usual self in the 2nd half. He was loose with the ball, took some poor shots, and took the ball out of Burke and Hardaway's hands at times. I thought he should have went with Stauskas at the 2 like he had during most of the season. His player management when UM needed to foul was questionable at best. When you need to foul you can't have you best two players with 4 fouls on the court. Some precious time ran off the clock when Burke couldn't foul Siva.
All in all it was an entertaining game and the best team won. Hopefully Michigan has an exodus to the NBA now because they could be scary good if everyone returns.
Cincinnati? Not really.
I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned...the Michigan coach committed an unforgivable error in this game:
According to Beilein, that was a brain fart by him. He thought they only had to foul once to put Louisville on the line, so he told his team to wait and try and foul Louisville's Gorgui Dieng, a poor free throw shooter. He said after the game (via the Detroit Free Press):
"I thought (they) were in the one-and-one. It was a coaching error."
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/michi...#ixzz2PyyiQqBN
Tell me, how can he properly coach his team if he doesn't properly keep track of whether his team is in the 1 and 1 situation or not? I'm not going to speculate whether this error cost his team the game. We'll never know but how can a guy coach oblivious to the foul situation?
I think he deserves more criticism than he's getting this morning
As for Pitino, the best word I can think of to describe his entire tenure at Louisville is "roller coaster". A year and a half ago, before the run through the Big East tournament that eventually culminated with last night, a lot of Louisville fans wanted Pitino replaced because of how popular Calipari had become in Lexington while Pitino was reeling with the Cardinals. There was the 2005 Final Four, followed by the Karen Sypher scandal. A lot of ups and downs.
I just wonder how the fans will react in three years if Louisville goes through another stage of mediocrity while Cal is bringing in blue chip recruits into Lexington. Pitino has reached the pinnacle of success and isn't getting any younger. If next years team is gutted, I could see Pitino fading off into the sunset as well rather than dealing with the pressure again.
It's funny you made your whole sanctimonious "I feel sorry for those UK fans who care about the rivalry" blah blah blah post and then your first post post-championship is about UK. Such a hypocrite.
As to UL, congrats to them. I was rooting against them but they won the game. The missed goaltending at the beginning, the BS 2nd foul on Burke (Hancock 3), and the clean block by Burke were egregious errors in UL's favor and really changed the game. Burke also got hit on a couple 3s that should've been and 1s. UL got away with their usual hack and grab defense. I've gotta give Pitino credit, I thought they would eventually run into a ref crew that would make them play straight up, but it never happened and he rode it all the way to a title.