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Big Ten Tournament Day 2 Standouts/Flops

Posted on 13. Mar, 2010 by Marcus Kwamie in NBA Draft, Tournaments

 

Day 2 of the Big Ten tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis saw four of the nation’s top 25 teams in action. There were some great team performances, but also some great individual performances. Here are the standouts and flops from a busy day in the Big Ten.

 

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Day 1 Standouts/Flops

 

Day 2 Standouts

Evan Turner, Ohio State

March is all about those incredible moments that catapult players from star to superstar and from superstar to legend. Sporting News player of the year, Evan Turner, certainly took one of those leaps on Friday afternoon with his 37-foot game winner against Michigan in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament. With 2.2 seconds remaining, Turner showed composure taking the ball half of the length of the court in two dribbles and getting to a spot on the court where he felt comfortable putting up a leaning jumpshot to beat the clock and seal the win. Be clear, this was no desperation heave; he was in control, well aware of the clock, squared up, and he followed through on his shot. Also be clear that although Turner scored 18 and had 8 assists, this was not one of his better overall performances this year.  Michigan’s swarming defense was able to keep the game close by frustrating Turner into some rushed shots and bad decisions all game long. That being said, when the game was on the line Evan Turner shook off the pressure, answered the call, and came through in the clutch. That’s what great players do.  He's solidifying his case as the #2 pick in the NBA Draft.  Unless he has an out of this world tournament, that's as high as he'll likely climb. 

Manny Harris, Michigan

The devastating loss to Ohio State is a shame, in that we won’t be able to see more of Manny Harris. The junior guard hit a number of huge buckets down the stretch, including a driving floater off the glass with 23 seconds remaining that gave Michigan its first lead of the 2nd half.  He also made the would-be-game winner: a 15-foot pull up jumper on the right elbow. Harris finished with a game-high 26 points and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists as well. In his two games in the Big Ten tournament, Harris impressed any scouts that had questions. Manny is quick off the dribble and handles the ball relatively well. Harris can create his own shot, get to the line, and even convert his free throws (Harris was 7-8 from the stripe on Friday). With senior Deshawn Sims graduating, next year Harris will have to accept a larger leadership role and will have many opportunities to improve his draft stock. Over the summer Harris would be well served to bulk up and add 5-10 pounds of muscle to his 6-5, 180 frame in order to deal with stronger, more athletic defenders at the next level.

E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

E’Twaun Moore and Jajuan Johnson combined for 50 of Purdue’s 69 points. They complemented each other nicely inside and out. Johnson played a tough physical game and dominated the paint with 22 points and 8 boards. He demanded the ball and displayed some nice post moves with strong finishes. The 6-10 junior was too much for John Shurna and Northwestern’s front line, as he was able to get the Wildcats into foul trouble. Moore tied a career high with 28 points and exhibited a deft shooting touch, nailing 4 threes in the first half. Moore used his quickness to attack the basket and get to the line where he shot 12-17. Both Moore and Johnson continue to elevate their games and lead the Boilermakers to a possible #1 or #2 seed in the tourney in the face of the absence of junior forward Robbie Hummel, who is done for the year with a torn ACL.  Johnson is making a case as a potential first round pick and Moore is making a case to be the Big Ten Preseason Player of the year in 2011.

Devoe Joseph, Minnesota

Joseph was non-existent in the first half of this game, but down the stretch and in overtime he hit big shot after big shot to lead the Golden Gophers on a 10-0 run in the extra frame that sealed the game. The freshman guard scored all 17 of his points in the 2nd half and OT and also led Minnesota with 6 boards and 4 assists. He showed deep range on his jumper, played with poise and picked his spots. Even facing excellent perimeter defense with a constant hand in his face, Devoe was able to connect from downtown. Joseph has now had back-to-back solid performances in the Big Ten tournament as bubble team Minnesota march on in search of a golden ticket to the big dance.  He's taken over the ball handlin duties and has shown great improvement as the season's gone along. 

Raymar Morgan, Michigan State

In a losing cause, senior forward Raymar Morgan had an impressive performance. He was a strong presence in the paint and was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points. He pulled down 6 boards and was able to constantly finish around the hoop and get to the line. The Spartans have many weapons offensively which will be on full display throughout the tournament. With junior guard Durrell Summers playing hide and seek, and backcourt mate Chris Allen on suspension, Morgan stepped up and carried the load for the Spartans. 

 

Day 2 Flops

Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin

Unlike his teammate Trevon Hughes, who scored 12 points during a 1:20 span during a furious shooting frenzy at the end of the 2nd half, Jason Bohannon was not able to salvage a miserable shooting day (1-10) as the 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers bowed out to the Fighting Ilini. Bohannon missed a clean look with 15 ticks remaining that could have tied up the game with under a minute to go. The senior guard shot 1-6 from beyond the arc and ended up with 5 points- well below his season averages of 12 per game and 41% shooting from downtown. Wisconsin and Bohannon will have another chance to show what they can do once the tourney starts next week, but will have to be less reliant on outside shooting to win games. 

 

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