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Free Teske: He's a little bit of a lost puppy but he's big and solves a big problem with two point defense. Wilson is fun. Irvin and Walton taking on more of the offense. Indiana, MSU and Ohio State games loom large for any chance at the tournament.
Inside the Crooked Blue Line with Steve Lorenz
starts at 26:01
We run through Michigan’s remaining targets, including a Massachusetts athlete outta nowhere whose name Don Brown has known for a long time, and Ace can barely pronounce. Is the class heading for a disappointing finish or can Michigan send in…The Closer?
starts at 53:19
After the most depressing Michigan-FYS weekend in history it’s macro time: it’s gotta be over now, or else the masses aren’t renewing their tickets.
- “Let’s Have a Real Good Time”—Pitbull
- “Human Performance”—Parquet Courts
- “Midnight on the Earth”—St. Paul and the Broken Bons
- “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS
Best food in Ann Arbor (by category)
----------------BEST DRUNK FOOD------------------
Seth: Genesis of this topic is I just finally had BTB and oh my Gawwd..
BisB: I was there when BTB went in. So many drunk decisions.
Seth: In my day there was an Italian restaurant there that we thought was a front for the mafia. If you actually went in you got wet noodles and ketchup. I think I am the only person I know who was dumb enough to go in there.
Brian: BTB is good, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't strike me as an Oh My God kind of place.
|The strip with Coach & Four and Spots and Pizza Bob’s etc. was missing its best part when I was in school.|
BiSB: Imagine yourself as 21 and HAMMERED
Seth: They do everything that a burrito should do, and it doesn't fall apart on you or have any bad bits of chicken like you get at Chipotle etc.
Brian: I'm impressed that their cheese tastes like something.
Adam: Their cheese is honestly the reason I keep going back. a steak quesadilla is steak that tastes like steak and like a pound of cheese. so dang good.
Ace: BTB is wildly overrated. I stopped going in college because 1/3 of the time they’d somehow manage to serve you a room-temp burrito. It’s good when you get the timing right, though.
BiSB: I suppose things may have changed since I stopped going to BTB, which was...
/checks watch...twelve years ago.
Ace: My perception may also be affected by BTB opening when I was in high school and we had open campus lunch. Long-term ODing may have been a factor.
Seth: So if not BTB where should one go for drunk food?
Ace: NYPD was a go-to for me. Right area, pizza by the slice.
Seth: That's not even drunk food. That's good pizza.
Ace: What is good pizza if not drunk food?
Seth: Surviving thirty-six hours straight at the Daily food.
Adam: Most of my drunk food came from the place I was already at. Ashley's stilton fries were an undergrad highlight.
Brian: Tomukun. It's right next to campus and purveys enormous bowls of electrolyte-laden broth. It appears everyone already knows this because whenever I walk by it late at night it's packed to the gills.
Ace: That opened after I graduated. We’d do Blimpy Burger as hangover food because of the absurdly high grease content.
Brian: We're so out of our depth here.
Brian: All livin' in their North Quad watching four televisions at the same time.
Anyway, moving on and changing some of the categories:
[after the JUMP: dinner, bbq, lunch, Asian, alcohol, overrated deli, hipster Big Ten trophies]
According to Inside The Huddle's Michael Spath, the NCAA has denied Jeremy Clark's petition for a sixth year of eligibility:
According to a source, Jeremy Clark has been denied a sixth year of eligibility. Has signed an agent and will pursue his NFL options.
— Michael Spath (@MichaelSpathITH) January 23, 2017
Clark started seven games at cornerback in 2015 and three in 2016 before tearing his ACL against Penn State. The former three-star safety recruit was a critical component to the last couple secondaries, battling Channing Stribling to a relatively even draw for playing time until the injury.
Without Clark, Michigan will be very inexperienced at cornerback in 2017. Redshirt junior Brandon Watson, who's seen scattered snaps at nickel, is the only upperclassman at the position. Sophomore Lavert Hill and David Long are the favorites to earn starting spots; they'll compete with redshirt sophomore Keith Washington and freshmen Ambry Thomas and Benjamin St-Juste. Unless Michigan picks up another corner in the 2017 class—it looks like they'll get one more—that is the entire group of scholarship corners for next season.
Herbert's commitment video lives on, at least.
Scout's Corey Bender reports that four-star FL OT Kai-Leon Herbert has decommitted from Michigan:
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) January 22, 2017
Since committing to Michigan in July, Herbert has taken multiple visits to both Miami (YTM) and Florida; he took an official to Miami this weekend and will OV to Florida next weekend. His recruitment should come down to one of those two in-state schools. Herbert's departure probably ends any (very outside) chance M had with teammate and four-star OG TJ Slaton.
Herbert's decommitment leaves Michigan with 26 commits in the 2017 class and five on the offensive line. Four of those linemen—Chuck Filiaga, JaRaymond Hall, Joel Honigford, and Andrew Stueber—could potentially play tackle, and M may need one of them to step into the lineup as soon as this upcoming season. Michigan continues to pursue three-star VA OT Mekhi Becton, whose Crystal Ball is trending in the direction of Virginia Tech. The rest of the linemen on the board are long-shots at best, so if the coaches aren't content with five OL in the class, some new names could emerge.
DJ Wilson led a blue-collar effort for Michigan today. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]
After Illinois blew out Michigan in Champaign ten days ago, Illini center Maverick Morgan described Michigan as a "white collar" team.
When the Wolverines arrived at Crisler for today's rematch, their blue road uniforms were hanging in the lockers—a request the players made, according to John Beilein. If the message weren't already abundantly clear, Billy Donlon made sure it hit home.
"He wrote 'street fight' on our wall with a sharpie," said DJ Wilson. "We were like, 'you know you can't take that off,' and he was like, 'that's the point.' His energy was contagious and I think it showed in the first half."
Wilson, in particular, took that message to heart. He scored 19 points (7/10 FG), grabbed six of his seven rebounds on the offensive end, immediately finishing a couple with emphatic tip-slams. He also broke down the Illinois zone with five assists and contributed a block and some more altered shots to Michigan's strong defensive effort.
"He's got to get in there," Beilein said of Wilson. "One of our zone things was he was not leaving the paint so he could rebound, and stay in there instead of stretching [out to the perimeter]."
"He can really shoot, but he's got to understand that if we're going to win, if he's going to play at another level, he's got to mix it up inside. He's very receptive to that coaching."
This afternoon, it showed. Wilson attempted eight of his ten shots from inside the arc after shooting only four two-pointers over the last two games. His six offensive boards matched the career-high he set in the conference opener at Iowa.
Wilson, Walton, and Irvin all produced at the rim. [Campredon]
Unlike the first Illinois game, when he also had 19 points, Wilson got plenty of help. Derrick Walton posted 13 points and 11 rebounds, all on defense, for his first double-double of the season and sixth of his career. Zak Irvin wasn't exactly efficient, needing 15 field goal attempts to get his 15 points, but he repeatedly broke down the Illini defense and got to the basket. Most importantly, the team-wide defensive effort was a night-and-day contrast from the last time around: after allowing 1.42 points per possession in Champaign, Michigan held them to 0.89 PPP at Crisler and forced 17 turnovers.
After Michigan followed up their awful defensive showing at Illinois with a shootout win over Nebraska in which neither team could stop the other, there was good reason to fear that this team would embrace having to out-gun every team they faced from here on out. Today's win, however, marked the second consecutive game in which the Wolverines played much-improved defense. The final score isn't indicative of the flow of the game, either; Michigan held a comfortable lead throughout and led by 21 with 5:57 to play before packing in the offense a little prematurely.
Morgan, who scored 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting in the first game, mustered a six-point, three-turnover performance this afternoon; in 22 minutes, he had a +/- of -22, the worst mark of any player by 13 points.
"We won't have a painter come in until next year, at least," said Beilein.
#45 Michigan (12-7, 2-4 B1G) vs
#74 Illinois (12-7, 2-4)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|WHEN||2:15 pm ET, Saturday|
Michigan -6 (KenPom)
Michigan -7 (Vegas)
PBP: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Bob Wenzel
Right: DJ Wilson was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal first matchup against Illinois. [Patrick Barron/MGoBlog]
Michigan needs seven or eight more conference wins out of their remaining 12 games to have a realistic shot at an at-large bid without making a huge run in the conference tourney. This is one of six games in which they're the outright favorite on KenPom; they must hold court at home.
In his press conference today, John Beilein suggested that some younger guys could get a chance if the team's veterans continue making freshman-like mistakes:
Beilein says there's going to come a time when recurring errors by veterans will just have to lead to a benching. Says team needs a spark
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 20, 2017
That was in response to Nick's question about Mark Donnal's missed blockouts against Wisconsin, so this may be the #FreeTeske game, and Beilein even mentioned rethinking Austin Davis' redshirt. Xavier Simpson's work on defense has probably earned him a longer look, as well. Ibi Watson has only been on the court for four minutes in conference play, so it doesn't seem like he's close to breaking through, but Beilein mentioned Zak Irvin's habit of driving into bad situations, so perhaps this is his time, too.
THE LAST TIME
It's rarely good when a game leads to a players-only meeting. That was the case after Michigan's 85-69 loss to Illinois, which was a defensive catastrophe. A mediocre Illini offense scored a season-best 1.42 points per possession, shot 64% from both inside and outside the arc, and rebounded eight of their 19 misses. Center Maverick Morgan, who called Michigan a "white-collar" team in the aftermath, made 8-of-9 field goals. Freshman reserve Kipper Nichols had 13 points and five offensive boards; he hasn't had more than four points or one offensive rebound in any of his other five appearances.
Michigan got solid outputs from DJ Wilson (19 points), Derrick Walton (11 points, 7 assists), and MAAR (14 points). Those weren't nearly enough to overcome the teamwide defensive effort and poor performances from Moe Wagner (6 points, 3 turnovers) and Duncan Robinson (2 points, 5 fouls).
THE LINEUP CARD
Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.
|G||13||Tracy Abrams||Gr.||6'2, 185||64||19||106||No|
Robbie Hummel, Guard Edition. Learned how to shoot while hurt, somehow.
First matchup: 24 mins, 4 pts (1/2 2p, 0/1 3p), 2 reb, 3 ast, 1 to, 1 stl
|G||5||Jalen Coleman-Lands||So.||6'3, 190||66||17||97||No|
Just A Shooter™ is 43% on 3P in B1G play after rough start to season.
First matchup: 31 mins, 12 pts (0/3 2p, 4/5 3p), 3 reb, 4 ast, 2 to
|G||21||Malcolm Hill||Sr.||6'6, 225||82||26||117||No|
High-usage and efficient, versatile scorer. Draws a ton of fouls.
First matchup: 32 mins, 15 pts (3/5 2p, 1/3 3p, 6/7 ft), 4 reb, 2 ast, 1 to
|F||12||Leron Black||So.||6'7, 220||44||24||106||Very|
Excellent rebounder on both ends. Decent finisher who gets to line.
First matchup: 17 mins, 10 pts (5/9 2p, 0/1 3p), 5 reb (1 off)
|C||22||Maverick Morgan||Sr.||6'10, 245||56||22||109||Very|
Good finisher and shot-blocker, not much of a rebounder.
First matchup: 29 mins, 16 pts (8/9 2p), 1 reb, 4 ast, 3 to, 1 blk, 1 stl
|F||2||Kipper Nichols||Fr.||6'6, 225||9||17||112||Kinda|
Crushed M on boards in first matchup. Averaging 15 mins in last 4 games.
First matchup: 19 mins, 13 pts (5/8 2p, 1/1 3p), 8 reb (5 off)
|F||43||Michael Finke||So.||6'10, 230||49||17||107||No|
Stretch four with career 52/37/64 shooting splits. Good offensive rebounder.
First matchup: 12 mins, 10 pts (2/2 2p, 2/2 3p), 3 reb (1 off)
|G||3||Te'Jon Lucas||Fr.||6'0, 170||23||19||98||Not Really|
Pass-first slasher getting larger role lately.
First matchup: 23 mins, 5 pts (1/1 2p, 1/1 3p), 1 reb, 8 ast, 1 to, 1 stl
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the preview.]