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Yes. That is interesting about Matta's emphasis on winning the B1G tourney. We do have evidence that the Saturday semi-final games influence the seeding. We've heard from the committee that their list of teams from 1 to 68 gets done sometime on Saturday. That could be, and probably is, just after the B1G semi-final games are complete.
But with one exception we have little or no evidence the result of the B1G final is considered by the committee. Last year it's almost certain that for the first time ever the committee drew up two alternate brackets and picked which one to publish after the results of the B1G final game between OSU and MSU.
It's debatable whether the committee did that this year. Probably not. OSU could have lost and still been considered the last #2 seed. Although Wisky probably would have been disappointed with a victory and a #5 seed. But with 10 losses and tied for 4th finish in their league in the regular season, it still would have been a justifiable #5 seed.
Thad is right telling the players that seeding is at stake. The semi-final games do seem to matter. And if you're going to win that game, you might as well play hard and win the final regardless of whether that game really does have an effect on the big dance.
Aaron Craft has plenty of natural talent and athletic ability. Maybe it's a little harder to see for some people. He has tremendous lateral quickness. He is very quick to rotate his hips and change directions. He would have made a wonderful defensive back.
As a result Craft does some things that nobody else can do defensively. He supposedly told Dan Dakich that he "fouls all the time". Technically maybe this is true as any contact is technically a foul. However, officials do not consider the subtle bumping that Craft does with his hips and thighs to be fouls. They are looking for any pushing to come from the hands and arms, which Craft does not need to use. He is so quick laterally that he can get his hips and thighs in a position to alter his opponent's path.
That takes a lot of natural ability to pull off. Not just anybody has the quick hips needed to do those things. In fact, almost nobody does. Maybe Barry Sanders could have if he had played basketball.
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