What is the most memorable gift you received for your college graduation? Former Michigan basketball center Jordan Morgan won’t forget his anytime soon.
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With Michigan’s Jordan Morgan and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, the Big Ten forms 40 percent of the Division I NABC Allstate Good Works Team. The team, in its second year, is the preeminent community service honor that recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others.
There are few classier acts than Michigan big man Jordan Morgan, who saw his career end with the heart-breaking loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight in Indianapolis on Sunday. Morgan was a glue-guy whose production in the pivot was a boon for a team that had to play almost the entire season without Mitch McGary. Morgan took to Twitter (@JustJMo) after the loss yesterday to give thanks.
Three teams and three games. That’s what it has come down to for the Big Ten on the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.
As six Big Ten teams prepare to compete in the NCAA Tournament, this week’s one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” takes you inside the final weekend of the regular season and the entire Big Ten Tournament. The episode includes emotional locker room moments, Senior Night for Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Michigan’s Jordan Morgan, and Michigan State’s on-court celebration after winning the tournament championship on Sunday. The show debuts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Jordan Morgan has helped Michigan raise a few banners at the Crisler Center. Michigan fans were able to formally thank him for his efforts prior to Saturday night’s game vs. Indiana. The lone senior on the 2014 Big Ten champions, Morgan was showered with love during his Senior Night ceremony. The appreciation meant a lot to him, too, evidenced by his eyes getting a little watery.
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see how Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell’s role has expanded as a sophomore, learn more about Michigan’s only senior Jordan Morgan, and watch Minnesota’s Richard Pitino embraces being the son of a Hall of Fame coach. Also, catch our usual highlights from Michigan-Indiana and Minnesota-Purdue. The new episode airs Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET immediately after Indiana’s men’s basketball game at Minnesota.
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If there’s any subject that’s sure to get a good college basketball debate going, it’s defense. It’s easy to see why—we don’t have very good ways of measuring defense. At the individual level, we have steals, blocks, and defensive rebounds. And some people don’t believe that last one is actually “defense:”
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Indiana held serve against Michigan State to move into a tie with Michigan atop the Big Ten standings. Normally, I’d use this opportunity to point out that although Indiana won by 5, the outcome actually suggests that Michigan State is the better team. But I don’t think that’s true here, because Indiana was equal to or better than the Spartans in all but one category—three-point shooting. MSU made 11 of its 23 attempts from behind the three-point line, and I’ll go ahead and call that an aberration.
Michigan picked up its first road win of the season in a hard fought two-point victory over Purdue. This was a mild upset, as Vegas had the homestanding Boilermakers favored by five points and KenPom had Purdue by four. This outcome certainly changes the season outlook for both squads.