It's been entirely too long since the last basketblog. Plenty has happened since my last musing.
How did a season so filled with promise run downhill faster than the skaters in the Red Bull Crashed Ice event. Injuries continue to be the story as both Nikola Pekovic and Alexey Shved are now dinged up and it is probably easier to list the rostered players who are healthy than to list the injuries.
The team is dead last in the Northwest division, four games below .500. Added to that is the fact their head coach Rick Adelman won't be back for the near future as he tends to a personal issue surrounding his wife.
Despite their back-to-back losses, the Gophers are still a strong Big 10 team that should taste post-season success. Strong guard play is going to keep this team in many games IF they can stop the stretches of 5-6 minutes with no baskets. That killed them in losses to Indiana and Michigan.
Center of Attention:
Park Center is sitting on top of the basketball world. At 14-1, the Pirates only loss came to DeLaSalle. Quinton Hooker leads the way with 24.6 points per game followed by Devin Buckley (17.1) and Treyton Daniels (12.6). The Pirates will travel to Osseo to face the defending state champs on February 5th.
There is only one undefeated team in girls basketball in the state of Minnesota. That honor belongs to the Fergus Falls Otters (14-0). A January 29th date with Staples-Motley and Jaelin Beachy should be a dandy.
Black and Blue of the Northwest Suburban:
Maybe it was expected, but the Northwest Suburban Conference is beating each other up during the regular season. Centennial, Maple Grove and Osseo are all 10-2 in conference play. Maple Grove defeated Osseo, Osseo defeated Centennial and the Cougars defeated the Crimson. It makes the second half of the conference season more important.