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On my drive in to work today, I listened to the local radio show (Bentley and his guest host for the day). It was a slurp fest for McGary, who has seemingly turned in to the second coming of Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I realize McGary had a nice game against VCU, but he is at his best in a fast paced game, and the majority of his opportunities were layups or dunks.
Getting lost in the love fest is Derrick Nix. He has quietly had an even better tournament so far, and gets virtually no love from the press.
Cumulative stats for each in their 1st two tourney games:
NIX 61 mins, 36 pts, 23 rebs, 6 stls, 0 blk, 4 TOs
MCGARY 59 mins, 34 pts, 23 rebs, 3 stls, 0 blk, 5 TOs
Given they are virtually the same age, why no love for Nix?
McGary and GRIII are exactly the same. They are great when playing lesser opponents but can't hang with quality competition. McGary did nothing special on Saturday, unless you consider wide open dunks something spectacular. Withey will expose him.
I heard that too. We'll see how he does against Kansas' neanderthal Jeff Withey who has been carrying KU the last few weeks.
McGary is awesome when the other team presses, and Burke beats the press and passes to him for wide open dunks because the other teams sold out for the press. Of course, I'm great at that as well (although I would not dunk it, but just lay it in). When he plays against quality big men, he is literally non-existent. On a side note, I have never seen a guy set more illegal screens than McGary.
I have been wondering if the has ever pulled his groin setting a screen. He practically does the splits his feet are so far apart but somehow continues to move through the screenee still.
This post was edited by Charlie Kelly 13 months ago
He probably pulls his groin sprinting to the TV to catch Matlock reruns.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Because he's white?
Calmer than you are
Or trying to beat the 4:00 dinner rush at Old Country Buffet.
This is EXACTLY what Nix was talking about earlier this year. The press is reluctant, other Green, to give MSU players and teams their due.
A few obvious observations:
1 UM's 25pt blowout of VCU is a big deal,
but MSU's 22 pt beat down of Memphis isn't?
2. McGary has one good game and that's all you hear while Nix has done just as well?
3. Barely a peep about Gary Harris offensively carrying this team at times all year, including during the tournament.
4. Nothing about Payne's dominating play so far, including outplaying a supposedly more athletic Memphis frontline.
This post was edited by mdm2005 13 months ago
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
Interesting, always pictured McJesus as a Murder She Wrote fan.
Well knowing how dumb McGary is and everyone knows any match up with Hoke at an all you can eat buffet is a losing venture I'm not surprised.
Jeff Seidel of the Freep;
A refreshing perspective:
And thank you, Derrick Nix. For being so honest.
Last week, Nix sat in a leather chair in the Pistons' locker room, and he was just blown away to be there.
Nix, a senior center at MSU, had never been in the Pistons' locker room. Shoot, he grew up in Detroit, but he has been to only one Pistons game in his life.
"It's pretty sweet," Nix said, looking around, his eyes filled with excitement. "It looks really expensive. They have all kinds of Gatorade and Powerade everywhere."
And he had a look that screamed: This is so freakin' cool.
Now remember, there are billions of dollars at stake in this tournament. Gambling money. Television rights. Admission tickets. Advertising revenue. And there are countless hours of analysis of these games on television and radio.
And here you have one of the main players for MSU, sitting there, just loving the idea of hanging out in a pro locker room and getting free Gatorade.
I read the news today, oh boy .. ..
About a lucky man who made the grade
Not sure I would say that, but this morning the radio show was making a point of it to come up with nicknames for McGary because "he deserves one." They were running with "Vanilla Gorilla" and "White Thunder" while I was listening...so maybe there is a touch of the "because he's white" attitude.
All very valid points, IMO. Comparing the season numbers is even more validating to Nix over McGary. I get that technically McGary is a freshman, but his production needs to be looked at in perspective to his age and skill level. I may be looking through green glasses, but McGary's ceiling doesn't look to high to me.
I disagree. I think McGary has pretty good potential actually. You just don't see very man big men with his size at that height . Dude is 6'10 and looks like a fucking caveman. He'll get those easy dunks and layups, but if he can add low post moves and a jumper (granted, no easy feats), he'll become very tough to guard.
His problem, I think, will be on the defensive end against quicker players.
I do agree, though, that it is ridiculous that he is getting press for dunking against an undersized VCU squad. UM will face an interesting situation next season when it is possible that any one (or all three) of Burke, Hardaway, and Robinson can bolt.
He's also a 20 year old freshman who will be able to purchase alcohol this summer. Of course he looks like a caveman compared to everyone accept some of the rare juniors and seniors left on rosters.
McGary's a strong addition to this UofM team from last year's team for his size and hustle alone. However, it was dumb how much everybody fawned over his game the other day. The credit goes to the guards and Beilein for executing a fantastic plan to destroy VCU's press. McGary still scores much like Delvon Roe did. Hustle, strong rebounding, and open looks created by his teammates. No real discernible post moves, at least not yet.
This post was edited by Harry Hood 13 months ago
True, and his age definitely limits his ceiling and the likelihood that he will develop solid low-post moves (plus the lack of big man development under Beilein; Jordan Morgan and Deshawn Sims practically went backwards under his tutelage).
However, that doesn't change the fact that he is physically bigger than the vast majority of men his height in college basketball. That alone will always leave him as a double-double threat each game, especially against mid-major and lower Big 6 conference schools.
I agree.....there were plenty here early on that thought Nix would'nt become the force he has. McGary is older but a freshman nonetheless....with Nix leaving I am sure we would be glad to have him for the next 3 years potentially.
Which makes him a possible non-factor against Kansas.
Definitely agree there. I think Withey will likely foul out McGary if the game is called tight; UM will be forced to rely on its mediocre big men on the bench in order to keep Withey in check.
You're right about B-Line's game plan being a star of that game.
Had some in their media and many of their fans hadn't spent the week previously blaming him for the Wisconsin loss and calling for his head in some cases, maybe they could find some time to give him a crumb of credit.
In most cases I would say this thread is dumb. Just win and everything will take care of itself. The problem in this instance is that MSU has won, and we still have been slighted because "UM is back". A little unfair that you are punished for being consistently excellent whereas the blind squirrel down the road finally found a nut and that is the main story/headline.
I guess that happens when expectations are raised as high as MSU basketball has raised them.
Funny what the reaction would be to MSU football reaching equivalent heights such as these for the first time in a while (i.e. Rose Bowl / BCS berth). Would the media be fawning over MSU as they are UM right now?
Freshmen are more exciting, I think it's as simple as that. Nix has been around a while. His story is good, but not as marketable as an annoying as fuck freshman white dude at Michigan.
Bump for tourney completion.
Interesting how much love McGary STILL gets, yet Nix actually outperformed him for the entire season AND the tourney.
Nix 15.0 pts, 10.7 rebs
McGary 14.3 pts, 10.7 rebs
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