1. Madness in full swing
There are like four games on right now! What are you doing reading this?
2. Latavius Murray goes to Minny
The league’s worst rushing attack needed to improve somehow. Murray may not be the sexiest pick, but he’s a solid four-yards-per-carry back in the prime of his career. This move essentially signifies the end of AP’s time in the Twin Cities. The team won’t pay for two backs to essentially fill the same role, especially with the concern’s about how the soon-to-be 32-year-old Peterson holding up coming off a knee injury.
However, the Vikes will find their running woes continue if they can’t get improved blocking up front. Last season, Peterson only averaged 1.9 yards per carry behind this line when he was healthy. So while Murray is a reliable pickup, it doesn’t suddenly make the Vikings a sexy pick in the NFC North.
3. Indiana fires Tom Crean
Hmm … why would they drop this news today? It’s not like there is some big event drawing everyone’s attention away. But after nine seasons, the Hoosiers are moving on from head coach Tom Crean. Indiana made runs to the Sweet 16 in three of the past six seasons, but that wasn’t enough to save Crean after a disappointing year that saw the team stumble after a 10-2 start, missing the tournament and falling early in the NIT.
Crean won’t be out of work for long, with more than 20 jobs available in college basketball. As for who the Hoosiers, their search begins now, but probably won’t take them far from home (cough Chris Holtmann).
In reality, coaching wasn’t the big issue for Indiana this year. Injuries were. When the Hoosiers were fully healthy and had OG Anunoby and James Blackmon on the floor, they knocked off two teams that ended up as no. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament (Kansas and UNC). Their prospects for next year depend more on who enters the NBA Draft than who is brought in as coach. If Anunoby and Thomas Bryant come back, this is a legit top-15 team you should strongly consider for a futures bet.
Photo credit: Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA (NCAA Basketball) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.