GREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoNever expect any gifts.Two days after Michael Flowers? final-seconds shot attemptwas turned away by Purdue?s Robbie Hummel, that?s the message UW head coach BoRyan was selling. He wasn?t pining over the fact that no foul was called,despite replays that appeared to show some contact.?We always practice with the idea that in order to get acall, it?s got to be something that?s pretty obvious,? Ryan said during aMonday press conference. ?That young man, with his length, just made a greatplay.??The unfortunate part ? is that the ball didn?t go out ofbounds. It hit the part of the backboard there and went straight down. If itgoes out of bounds, every coach and his team have two or three different playsoff of an end line with a second or two to go, and we would?ve had a chance torun them.?The fact that the play happened in a road venue probablydidn?t help Flowers? chances for a call.?Even back when I was coaching junior high, ? if we were goingon the road, I never gave the starters any break,? Ryan said. ?It was alwaysgoing to be tough. In order to get a call, you really get the tourniquets out,as the expression always goes.?Despite the end result of the play, Ryan was still happywith Flowers? decision to try to use his speed to attack the basket against amuch larger defender.?I sure like Mike on the read turning the corner on a big,?Ryan said. ?That?s one of the four or five things that can happen in thatsituation. We had a chance, and that?s what you have to be happy for, for yourplayers.??Leuer reboundsJon Leuer opened the Big Ten season in a way few freshmenever do. The forward went off for 25 points against Michigan in his first-everconference game ? the most points ever scored by a UW freshman in his inauguralBig Ten contest.Leuer followed up by scoring seven points against Iowa, goodfor third-best on the team. Since then, however, he has seen his play fall off,failing to score more than two points in the five games since then, includingone point against Purdue.But even in scoring just one point, Ryan saw some positivesigns from Leuer in Saturday?s game that may hint at the freshman turning itback around.?He made two plays, two reads on dribble attack, pick up,deliver (plays) ? when he put it on the floor, got a better angle (for apass),? Ryan said. ?He hit (Joe) Krabbenhoft on one and Brian Butch on another.? That?s progress. He did look a lot more comfortable.?Leuer, standing a spindly 6-foot-10, also mixed it up a bitin the rebounding game.?I like the fact that he got in there and stuck his nose inand got called for an over the back, trying to get an offensive rebound in thesecond half, trying to make a play. Nothing wrong with that, and that showssome progress.??Defense not an issueDespite allowing two of its higher opponentpoints-per-possession statistics in the last two games (1.08 vs. Michigan, .955vs. Purdue), Ryan didn?t seem too worried about his team?s defensive performance.?Shooting percentage-wise we did OK,? Ryan said. ?We?regetting teams to take tough shots, other than a couple of the put-backs thatMichigan had. Our guys are working; they?re still a good defensive team.?The fact that both of the last two games were close contestsmeans more attention is paid to the defense, as well.?When you?re on the right-hand side (losing), you can look at a lot ofthings that didn?t put you on the left-hand side (winning). It isn?t just?
Cycling grannies, bondage models wrapped in plugs and a trip backstage at the Grand Canal Theatre.Life must be pretty boring for Apprentice star Joanne Sweeney-Burke back in Donegal.The Letterkenny businesswoman once again managed to show her serious side and avoided Bill’s axe on the TV3 show last night. JSB was once again on the winning side as she and her fellow Apprentice wannabes made a billboard for B&Q.Lame Louise finally bit the dust after showing less initiative than a garden gnome.If the rest of the contestants continue coming up with the level of ideas they are currently pitching up, JSB should just ask Bill for the keys to her new office now.The only surprise was that crappy Chris didn’t beat Louise to it. Our money is on either Chris or Conor getting the chop soon – or perhaps both.Joanne is keeping her head down and watching the wannabe business heads fall one by one.Next week the teams have to do an ad campaign for a new brand of Cadbury’s chocolate.Here’s hoping JSB’s chances don’t melt like a bar of dairy milk.Ends JOANNE REFUSES TO BECOME UNPLUGGED IN LATEST APPRENTICE TRIAL was last modified: November 1st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprentice