12 January 2010

Jay Bilas continues to undermine anti-Dukedom

Hat tip to NUera for alerting our attention to Jay Bilas' Jan 11 blog entry. Bilas writes,

"Best Unknown Freshman of the Weekend: Drew Crawford, Northwestern. The son of NBA referee Danny Crawford, the younger Crawford played his guts out in an improbable win over Michigan in which the Wildcats were down 17 at one point. Crawford gave his team some life going into halftime and things looked bleak, and Northwestern came out in the second half and was the aggressor. Crawford scored 25 points on 7 of 9 shooting, and added eight rebounds. Northwestern has had a tough start to Big Ten play, and was staring down an 0-3 start before Crawford brought the Wildcats back.

Best No-Call of the Weekend: Late in the Northwestern-Michigan game, Manny Harris was speed dribbling the ball upcourt in front of his own bench against Wildcats defender Jeremy Nash. Harris was closely guarded, then went down into a heap, appearing to be tripped. The Michigan coaching staff reacted quickly that Harris was fouled, especially head coach John Beilein, but Harris was nonplussed. A replay showed that Harris tripped over his own feet, and Nash didn't touch him. As much as we all like to second-guess officials (and no reasonable person could blame the Michigan bench for reacting to the play), the officials get it absolutely right the vast, vast majority of the time. This was just another high-profile example."

Damn you, Jay! Are you on a mission to counterbalance all the Dukie wrongdoings with such reasonable and intelligent analysis? At this rate we will have to google DukieV, Seth Davis, Christian Laettner, Greg Paulus, and WoJo to restore balance to our anti-Dukedom views.