Notebook: Nothing quiet about Aggies’ confidence

  • 03/15/2012 1:37 pm in

PORTLAND, Ore. — As the Indiana players were asked to compare New Mexico State and Wendell McKines to a team and player they’d faced this season, two answers were given with frequency — Michigan State and Draymond Green.

The Spartans and Aggies are both built on rebounding and toughness and McKines and Green play similar roles on their respective teams.

Given that the Spartans captured a share of the Big Ten’s regular season crown and won the conference tournament and Green was the league’s player of the year, both comparisons seemed favorable for the man Indiana will have to contain to move past New Mexico State later tonight.

McKines, however, wasn’t so sure how the comparison with Green fit.

“From a rebounding and scoring and from it means a lot to the team perspective, yeah,” he told reporters at Wednesday’s media availability at the Rose Garden. “But I don’t really like to compare myself to nobody. I’m special.”

The 6-foot-6 redshirt senior averaged 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game this season and carries himself with a high level of confidence.

“I don’t have a swagger, I have an aura about me, you can just feel the energy,” McKines said. “Just the aura in my presence, and you can feel like something special is about to happen.”

Hoosiers must hit the backboards, avoid fouling

Indiana made a living getting to the line at a much more frequent rate than its opponents, but the Hoosiers will face one of the five teams that outpaced them in free throw rate (FTA/FGA) this season.

The Aggies led the country in free throw rate at 52.8, which was three percent higher than the second place team nationally (Loyola).

A big part of their parade to the line is a result of their offensive rebounding percentage, which was also in the top five nationally at 40.8 percent.

“They are sending three or four every time [to the glass],” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And I think that’s where they get a lot of their fouls is on second chance.”

Aggies not worried about the Indiana “name”

While the Indiana program has experienced significant success in the NCAA tournament historically, it’ll be the first time any player on the current roster takes the floor in postseason play.

New Mexico State is back in the tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Aggies lost to Michigan State, 70-67, back on Mar. 19, 2010.

That experience two seasons ago of playing against one of the nation’s elite programs has New Mexico State focused more on the task at hand than the name of their opponent.

“Teams that are intimidated and infatuated by playing bigger name schools, those are the teams that lose by 40,” McKines said.

Guard Hernst Laroche, who played 37 scoreless minutes in that loss to Michigan State in 2010, agreed with McKines that the IU name isn’t a source of intimidation.

“It’s basketball. We’ve got great players. They’ve got great players,” Laroche said. “It’s going to come down to 40 minutes. We’re not worried about the name on their jerseys, we’re just going to play hard.”

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  • Kwehner

    He’s special, alright.  Special Ed.  Haw!

  • Kenneth234

    Thank you!

  • Florida Girl

    Yeah!  I was trying to find it too.  Thinking he’s got to be joking!!!!  

  • Kwehner

    Mohammad Ali?

    ‘I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.’

    ‘There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.’

    ‘I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.’

    ‘I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.’

    ‘If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologise.’

    ‘There are two things that are hard to hit and see. That’s a spooky ghost and Muhammad Ali.’

    ‘I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.’

    ‘People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy – nobody like him. Like The Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley – I was the Elvis of boxing.’

    ON JOE FRAZIER

    ‘Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.’

    ‘Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.’

    ‘It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.’

    ON GEORGE FOREMAN

    ‘I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won.’

    ‘Floats like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.’

    ‘Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t!’

    ON FLOYD PATTERSON

    ‘Hey Floyd – I seen you! Someday I’m gonna whup you! Don’t you forget, I am the greatest!’

    ‘I’ll beat him so bad, he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.’

    ON SONNY LISTON

    ‘Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.’

    ‘Why, chump, I bet you scare yourself to death just starin’ in the mirror. You ugly bear!’

    ON HOWARD COSSELL

    ‘You’re always talking about, Muhammad, you’re not the same man you were 10 years ago. Well, I asked your wife, and she told me you’re not the same man you was two years ago!’

    ON GOLF

    ‘I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.’

    ON LIFE

    ‘When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.’

    ‘I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.’

    ‘Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?’

    ‘I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a ‘n*****’.’

    ‘A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’

    ‘It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.’

  • Kelin Blab

    Nice Rickey Henderson reference

  • Kelin Blab

    Nice Rickey Henderson reference

  • It’s okay guys… Wendell hasn’t seen NOBODY like the Hoosiers all year.

  • Sir Cut ‘n Paste

    Well, I have to admit. I like me a little crazy. Time for some “know me” to dunk with his satchel in that guy’s face. Aura this, Mr. Special!!!

  • Geoff_85

    Yes sir. IU took him right out of the game mentally by denying him the ball inside and it clearly affected his play in the first half, not that this arrogant douchebag was going to do anything inside against the likes of Watford and Zeller anyway – aura? GTFO you crazy arrogant freak.

  • Geoff_85

    He gives the impression that his overall wisdom is on par with that of Lennie from Of Mice and Men.

  • Geoff_85

    He gives the impression that his overall wisdom is on par with that of Lennie from Of Mice and Men.

  • Marybabers

    McKines, what happened? Did you trip over your Aura and fall on your A**? lol

  • Jon

    Because we ain’t got names on our jerseys!

  • Jon

    Because we ain’t got names on our jerseys!