Relative glory [Adam Glanzman]
- Brian’s wife likes wrestling and American cheese.
- Grayson Allen and the arrogance of Mike Krzyzewski. Craig Ross shares the Jamal Crawford/Carlos Boozer story (the difference was Michigan reported it)
- Discussion on how schools handle discipline (pre-Perry news). Video makes the difference with Joe Mixon, shouldn’t.
- Stoops has a good track record; some coaches don’t, so should coaches get watched on this?
- Players leaving before bowl games: It bugs Brian, Ed is disappointed. The players have the leverage: how will they use it?
THE USUAL LINKS
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 23, 2016
Derrick Walton's game-sealing three came after Michigan had missed their previous 12 attempts from beyond the arc. Michigan's narrow win over Furman was a 60-possession slog that was hard to watch outside of the two highlights above.
Moe Wagner (18 points on 16 FGA, five offensive boards) and Zak Irvin (16 points on 14 FGA, seven assists) were just effective enough on offense for this game to remain tight throughout even though the Wolverines couldn't buy a long-range jumper. It'd be easy to pin a game this ugly on the dead winter-break atmosphere and players looking ahead to the holidays; this was more Michigan missing a bunch of open looks in a painfully slow-paced game.
The Wolverines now get a significant break before their Big Ten season tips off at Iowa on January 1st. After tonight's game, we could all use some time off from basketball.
Commitmas continues unabated as four-star IMG Academy linebacker Jordan Anthony announced his commitment to Michigan this evening via video. The Wolverines beat out fellow finalists Auburn, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Penn State.
Anthony is the 25th commit in the 2017 class and the fifth to make his pledge in the last eight days, following Tarik Black, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cesar Ruiz, and Deron Irving-Bey—all of them are composite four-star recruits or, in the case of Peoples-Jones, even better. If you happen to agree with Rivals, Anthony is also a five-star talent.
4*, #13 OLB,
5*, #1 ILB,
4*, 83, #9 ATH,
4*, 92, #12 OLB,
4*, #6 OLB,
There's a significant outlier here: Rivals, which already had Anthony at 70th overall, moved him into five-star range in their latest update. ESPN, which likes Anthony as both a running back and linebacker, also has him a little higher than the other two. He's was primarily a running back as a freshman and junior; he was primarily a linebacker as a sophomore and senior. ESPN is the only site that spends much time discussing his potential on offense:
Quite honestly it would be easy to immediately slot this guy into a linebacker role for the next level which he likely is, but the more you watch him on offense the more belief you have that he may be able to remain on offense in the right scheme as a load carrier.
They expect him to wind up at linebacker and Michigan's needs indicate he'll play defense, too. I don't believe the position-switching explains the split in his rankings; IMG is too well-scouted for sites to fire-and-forget on their highly touted guys.
Every site save 247 (6'0", 220) lists Anthony at 6'1" and 220-226 pounds. Depending on how Don Brown utilizes the SAM spot post-Peppers, Anthony could wind up at either the WILL or SAM; he's got the athleticism and coverage ability you want in an outside linebacker.
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Michigan's picked up their first 2018 commit, in-state PG David DeJulius. This is an old-school Beilein commit: early and somewhat unheralded, though he is a four-star on ESPN. Most other places have him a three star around #150. This courtship was a quick one, as he was just offered three days ago after Beilein saw him blow the doors off:
Following Saturday’s 98-49 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, Michigan coach John Beilein would’ve been hard-pressed to witness a better offensive performance.
But hours later, Beilein watched Detroit East English Village junior point guard David DeJulius put on a show with 46 points on 13-for-17 shooting, including 9-for-11 on 3-pointers, in a 79-63 win over Macomb Dakota at Southfield A&T High’s “Battle of the Best” holiday tournament.
That got him his offer and he wasn't long in accepting it.
Ace will have a fuller post tomorrow, when the impending announcement of FL LB Jordan Anthony doesn't overlap.
Sophomore WR Grant Perry today was informed of the charges that would be filed against him, which include two counts of sexual assault and running from police. He has been suspended apparently until the law is finished with him.
Statement from UM regarding Perry's arraignment: pic.twitter.com/tG2k1c2bBr
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) December 22, 2016
The charges against him include assaulting, battering, resisting or obstructing an officer(a felony), plus two counts of fourth degree sexual assault and a minor-in-possession charge (all misdemeanors). The Lansing State Journal had some details on the incident:
He is accused of touching a female who was waiting in line outside a downtown East Lansing bar at 12:20 a.m. Oct. 15.
"When (police) arrived on scene, we tried to grab onto him, and we had to chase him," said Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth, a spokesman for the East Lansing Police Department. "In the midst of that fracas, one of our officers suffered a minor hand injury."
Perry, along with Jack and Jared Wangler, was suspended for the Illinois game the week after the incident, and Perry didn’t travel to MSU. He was active for the Maryland, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio State games this year, notably catching 4 passes for 49 yards in The Game. How much of the incident Michigan knew at the time of disciplinary action is an open question.
Perry, playing a Dileo-style slot, was Michigan’s third most productive receiver this year, and was expected to play a larger role in 2017 with the graduation of Chesson and Darboh. Perry is almost certain to miss the Orange Bowl, and his future with the team will likely be decided by the justice system.
#27 Michigan (9-3) vs
#162 Furman (7-5)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|WHEN||7 pm ET, Thursday|
|LINE||Michigan -15 (KenPom)|
PBP: Jeff Levering
Analyst: Stephen Bardo
Right: Even by plush-mascot-costume standards, that is not a very intimidiating knight. At the very least, someone should get this guy a shield.
There's not too much to update from Michigan's end after consecutive blowouts of teams ranked in the 300s on KenPom. John Beilein clarified after the Maryland Eastern Shore game that Duncan Robinson started over Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman due to a clerical error, one I assume he'd have pushed harder to correct against a viable opponent. (MAAR checked in within 90 seconds.)
This is Michigan's final non-conference game before a lengthier-than-usual holiday break; after tonight, the Wolverines don't play again until traveling to Iowa on New Year's Day. While Michigan is still a 15-point favorite, Furman is a significant step up in competition from the last two games.
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||1||John Davis III||Jr.||5'11, 165||71||16||99||No|
|Shooting 40% from three. Despite size, not a point guard: 27 assists to 18 turnovers.|
|G||12||Devin Sibley||Jr.||6'2, 175||83||26||102||Not At All|
|Efficient scorer with high volume, 49% on twos, 48% on threes.|
|G||35||Daniel Fowler||Jr.||6'4, 195||80||22||122||No|
|Excellent passer—58 assists, 17 turnovers—and effective inside-outside scorer.|
|F||3||Geoff Beans||Jr.||6'7, 210||54||17||105||No|
|Just A Shooter™ is 28/65 on threes, 8/15 on twos. Also: named Geoff Beans.|
|F||21||Kris Acox||Sr.||6'6, 215||68||23||104||Very|
|Shoots 53% from field on all two-point attempts, solid rebounder, not a rim protector.|
|F||32||Matt Rafferty||So.||6'8, 215||42||19||87||Yes|
|Good shot-blocker and rebounder, offense plagued by turnovers this year.|
|G||5||Andrew Brown||So.||6'4, 190||40||15||103||No|
|The rare turnover-prone Just A Shooter™. 17/35 on threes, 12 turnovers.|
|G||23||Jordan Lyons||Fr.||5'11, 170||36||15||107||No|
|Another Just A Shooter™. 11/31 on threes.|
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