Drew Naymick is going to play pro ball in Poland. How do you say “blocked shot” in Polish?
Chris Allen is working hard this summer, knowing he’ll need to be a more consistent scorer next season (video clip).
Mark Hollis must have a really good PR guy. After the piece in the Lansing State Journal last week, the Detroit News and Free Press both have articles up about him this week. A lot of it is fluff, but I certainly like the energy/creativity he exudes and the fact he seems committed to building the MSU Athletic Department for the long haul.
College Hoops Net runs down the state of Big Ten basketball programs. Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa are on the decline. Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue are on the rise. Status quo for everyone else.
ESPN.com is counting down their college basketball “prestige” rankings based on a formula that accounts for various measures of team and individual success (hat tip to reader Dr. Huxtable). They’re only accounting for results since 1984-85 (when the tournament expanded to 64 teams), so we should finish higher than the #15 Beyond the Arc pegged us at. They’ve announced numbers 300 through 21 to date. Here are Big Ten teams’ rankings so far:
- 290. Northwestern
- 185. Penn State
- 68. Minnesota
- 49. Iowa
- 45. Wisconsin (I had forgotten that the Badgers didn’t make an NCAA appearance between 1948 and 1993.)
- 29. Purdue
- 27. Ohio State
- 23. Illinois
- 22. Michigan (Actually would have ranked ahead of #21 Florida if not for negative points awarded for NCAA sanctions.)
That leaves just MSU and Indiana for the top 20, which will be announced over the next two days, reflecting that no Big Ten program has really been consistently good for the entirety of the last quarter century.