It’s a beautiful day!   No question the star of the game was this guy, who once again showed poise beyond his years:001-Trey-Burke_thumb[1]

That photo was taken after Burke’s first start of the year in game 2 against Towson.   Back then I wrote this:

Burke is a cool cat for a true freshman by the way.  He admitted he was a little nervous before the game after [getting] the nod for the start, but he certainly wasn’t nervous breaking the game down for the media.

I think that was the last time he was nervous because that’s a cool dude.   He’s cooler than Treezy with shades in the Maize Rage.  And he not only led the team with the ball most notably creating the game winning score, he made several very nice plays on defense.   In the final seconds (after he’d been on the court all but a couple minutes of the game) he had the awareness to help out Novak to stop Green’s drive just past the stripe, and he while he didn’t get the rebound, he turned, got a body on Green and broke up Green’s attempt to tip the ball in. 

Radio >>  As an aside, I had the unique opportunity to listen to a portion of the game on the radio while heading back to the area.  I caught about 10 minutes of the game on WJR with George Blaha Will Tieman on the Spartan Radio network and now I know what play-by-play sounded like in the 1950s in Indiana.   When I got in range of WTKA 1050AM I flipped over to Matt Shepard and David Merritt and what a difference.  And trust me, this isn’t a Green vs. Blue thing.  Each guy is fair albeit with a clear (and understandable) leaning toward the teams they cover, but the difference between the quality of the broadcasts is severe.  Props to Shep for delivering an outstanding call—he’s quick with the info, actually helps you visualize what is going on and, something he’s always done well, brings great energy.

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  1. Re: Radio – I thought it was just me, but the Spartan broadcasts are lame. Last year, when we beat them up in East Lansing, I was driving across the state to Ludington that evening, and the only broadcast I could get was the MSU feed. It was horrible. What homers! My favorite part was when Colton Christian hit a huge basket as the shot clock wound down. Up to that point, he was 1-for-10 for the season, and the Spartan broadcasters were offended that someone who had shot so poorly would hit such a big basket in an important game. They sounded like he had just killed a puppy or something. “Oh, what a shame!” “That’s just not fair!” My other favorite part was when one of the broadcasters (Gus Ganakas?) did a quick bit called something like “Numbers With Gus”. The “numbers” he gave us were random and worthless: “MSU is 3-for-7″. In what? Overall shooting? 3-point shooting? Free throws? Couch burning? It was laughable.