I brought on C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report to preview the game between Kentucky and Kansas this weekend. We also dove into the issues surrounding the five top ten teams that lost this week and broke down the issues going on with Creighton right now.
This is the worst attempt at a flop that I’ve ever seen.
Someone, please, explain to me what’s going on here:
Indiana seemingly saved their season last week, getting a buzzer-beating three from James Blackmon Jr. to salvage a win in a game where the Hoosiers lost O.G. Anunoby before smacking around Michigan State over the weekend.
Was Tom Crean working his magic again?!? Was Indiana about to make a memorable run to take home a wide-open Big Ten?!?
Well … no.
The Hoosiers got hit with a sandblaster to the face on Thursday night in Ann Arbor, losing to the Wolverines 90-60 in a game where they were just as bad, if not worse, defensively than last year’s performance at Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, a game that was so ugly some were wondering whether Crean would land in Bloomington with a job.
That’s not the case tonight, but it’s clear after this game that the issues facing this team aren’t going away anytime soon.
Michigan shot 63.3 percent from the floor. They were 11-for-19 from three. They put up 90 points and did so while averaging 1.525 points-per-possession. But to truly get an idea of how bad Indiana’s defense was on Thursday night, chew on this nugget: the Hoosiers shot 54.5 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from three and lost by 30 in a game that they were never in.
We knew losing Anunoby was going to hurt them on that end of the floor.
But who expected this?
Louisiana Tech had to finish their game at UAB on Thursday night with just four players after a bench-clearing brawl resulted in mass ejections for both teams.
The fight happened with UAB up 63-50 with 6:03 left. The Blazers would eventually win 79-70.
UAB finished the game with just six players available:
Here is another angle of the brawl from the opposite baseline:
The fight was started by UAB’s Hakeem Baxter, who threw a punch at Louisiana Tech’s Jacobi Boykins. And while the number of players on the court would make you believe that there were fisticuffs, the majority of the suspensions were due to players leaving the bench during a fight.
That’s an automatic ejection, which is why Louisiana Tech, as you see below, has no one on their bench other than head coach Erik Konkol and the four players left:
Carlton Bragg Jr. has been suspended indefinitely for “a violation of team rules,” Kansas announced late on Thursday night.
Bragg is currently the backup power forward for the No. 2 Jayhawks and one of just two big men that see time in the Kansas rotation. This essentially means that Landen Lucas will be forced to deal with Bam Adebayo and the No. 4 Kentucky front line on his won in Saturday afternoon’s game in Lexington.
Head coach Bill Self did note in the release that “this violation is not connected to the alleged incident in McCarthy Hall on December 17th.” Bragg is a witness in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault involving a 16-year old girl that happened in the dorm on the Kansas campus where the basketball team lives. .
Bragg was held out of a game against Nebraska earlier this year after he was accused of domestic violence, but those charges were dropped when video evidence surfaced that indicated Bragg’s accuser was lying. That incident occurred a week before the alleged sexual assault.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski called a meeting on Tuesday night at his house where he revoked the team’s access to the locker room, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The team has also been banned from wearing Duke gear on campus. ESPN.com was the first to report the news, citing a source that said the rights won’t be returned to the players, “until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program.”
The meeting occurred a day after Duke lost at home to N.C. State.
As we detailed in an extensive story yesterday, there are a myriad of issues within this Duke program. They lack leadership and they lack an identity as the talented players on the roster grapple for different roles.