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Think it was a little of both. Keith tried to draw the contact and Burke tried to bump him without appearing to foul. Just crafty play by two smart players.
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
If anyone is in the "trash talk is for losers. Shut your mouth" camp, they should know that Appling isn't a stranger to dishing it out. Neither is Dawson.
It's basketball, not synchronized swimming. Let em talk if they want.
I don't think Burke was shielding himself, but I don't think it was a premeditated move either. He could have (and should have) done more to get out from under Appling but he did not, and somebody (preferably b-line) should tell him that.
No letter writing campaign necessary, but I'm not interested in making excuses for him either..
There was a foul (Burke on Appling) with about 1:15 left in the 1st half that I thought was worth another look but I haven't had a chance yet. Normally I wouldn't care and it's in especially poor taste after such a thumping win, but our guys are getting injured in "accidental" contact every game -- at some point you gotta start wondering..
Guys... how about a shred of objectivity? Burke stood his ground while Appling took a shot in mid air while his momentum carried him over Burke. There was contact. I think Appling was trying to draw a foul and Burke was trying to hip check without looking obvious. It could have been a foul. It was by no means 'dirty'. Try to be better than UM fans, it was not ATTEMPT OF MURDER. Down vote away.
Burke is a very good offensive player. His defense leaves much to be desired. I would wager a guess that he is 90% declaring for the draft after this year.
He is good but i am not anointing him with anything yet. UM has played well but rankings don't mean a thing until the end of the year.
Olandipo has had a better season and is a better defender. Also his team is in first place.
This is not new on Burke's part. When scUm came back at tOSU. Burke involved other players on the team. Since then, it has been a one man show on Burke's part.
Against IU, Burke took 24 shots and did little to involve his teammates. Last night, that would have been a rinse and repeat had he not gotten into foul trouble.
I'm not sure it is a matter of trust of his teammates, rather than him thinking he is the team, and he can win games all by himself.
Burke is a solid player on offense in transition and when his outside shot falls, but otherwise I don't understand all the attention the kid gets. at least 3 of his 4 fouls against State were stupid and were player control fouls that he shouldn't have taken, and the game is obviously much closer with him on the floor than off it. and, in case nobody noticed, he was completely unable to beat his defender off the bounce in the halfcourt, which is the same problem he had against Craft and tOSU. candidly, Appling didn't just take his lunch on the court, he bullied the kid emotionally.
I didn't think the play with Appling was dirty at all, Appling jumped into him trying to draw the foul. if anything, I think Burke was simply frustrated by having Appling in his shorts all day, the key with Burke is in always making contact with him and not letting him get comfortable, and Appling was absolutely masterful in that respect.
I think we should take some of these people, and send 'em up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.
I put this on Bielein, who is not giving the kid the coaching he needs. most players can be forced into doing too much themselves when they are pressured heavily on D, and it takes time and coaching for PG's to learn to handle the pressure and still run the offense. instead of coaching Burke and getting him to calm down and run some sets, Bielein just keeps running more and more screens for him 25 feet away from the basket.
I have to agree. Beilein has praised the kid throughout the year and hasn't given him the "tough" love that Izzo gives his point guards and leaders all the time. This is why Burke has that "All Eyez on me" attitude.
And therein lies SCum's problems for making a deep run in the NCAA tournament. After week 2, it tournament transitions to half-court games because the better teams who play offense and defense are the only ones left to battle it out.
Michigan hasn't played well against good defensive teams.
Trey Burke is unable to consistently direct his team to victories in "big games". He makes sure he gets "his numbers", but he doesn't effectively get other players going.
Last year, they were one-and-done in the tournament.
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
Yeah I watched it again too and Appling definitely was aware of burke's presence and moved more toward him. Appling really pulled out a bag of tricks vs Burke. So far just watching the first half I saw 2-3 different things he did like that.
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