Big Ten co-Champs!
Read that again.
After a quarter of a decade Michigan has once again won at least a share of the regular season basketball championship. Michigan earned the second-seed in the Big Ten tournament and is about to go to its third NCAA tournament in four years --- as somewhere around a four-seed. Next year Michigan brings in a class of two five-star players and a four-star.
Michigan basketball is in the best shape it has been since I was in grade school (god, I'm old). On to the links:
All tied up: Michigan shares Big Ten basketball title after Ohio State tops Michigan State - AnnArbor.com on the title.
Game 31: Michigan at Penn State Recap - UMHoops on the Penn State win.
Michigan at Penn State Recap - Our PSU lovin' SBN sister site Black Shoe Diaries on the game.
Notes & Quotes: Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke on Big Ten Championship - Players react to the Big Ten title, the tense trip back from Penn State, and rooting for Ohio State.
2012 Big Ten Tournament - The Big Ten tourney bracket. Michigan meets the winner of Northwestern and Minnesota and then probably has to play Ohio State (or possibly Purdue) in the second. Tall task, but if this team gets hot anything is possible.
Russell makes Wolverine history in Big Ten Championships - Michigan's basketball team wasn't the only one with the record setting weekend. Wrestler Kellen Russell won his fourth straight Individual Big Ten title, becoming the first Wolverine to accomplish the feat and the 11th wrestler in Big Ten history to do so. Congrats Kellen.
Tremendous: The Possibilities: Defensive Primer - Tremendous runs down some of the top defensive targets the staff is targeting to finish off the 2013 class.
Tremendous Makes Friends With Su'a Cravens - Then Tremendous talks with one of the best of them, Su'a Cravens, a five-star safety.
Ex-San Diego State players: Brady Hoke's 'hostile' takeover, tough love keyed turnaround - San Diego State players on Hoke. I'll ruin the surprise, they all think the world of him.
Sean Payton’s Hubris, and His Relationship With Mike Ornstein, Are at the Center of Saints’ Bounty Scandal -
Jason Lisk of The Big Lead on the Saints' bounty program and why it is a bigger deal than just a few guys in the locker room pooling cash for big hits.
This is about just a few bounties like the Watergate scandal was just about a break-in. When the news first broke yesterday, I thought this would be a story and their would be minor punishment, everyone would pretend that players don't try to hit hard all the time, and we move on. Now, though, I think it is going to be a major deal, and several people are going to pay steep penalties, and not just with a small fine and a few games being suspended. Just like Al Capone was popped for tax evasion, the entry point on the Saints' penalties from the NFL is the salary cap and league violations, with team officials knowing and administering who earned the equivalent of bonuses.
Anything by Lisk is definitely worth the read.
Basketball Never Stops - Bethlehem Shoals on basketball and the constant rush of action. Mostly focused on the NBA, but great prose nonetheless.
While other sports cultivate meaning, the NBA is too busy flashing by to bother. It specializes in things-happening, not even discrete events, and the effect is both exhilarating and deadening. To watch the NBA properly, to follow like it like a full-fledged 21st century fan, is to eschew a certain amount of coherence. Stuff happens and it never stops.
Bonus video after the jump.
Al Borges on his offense, Michigan, and his approach with quarterbacks: