(James Coller) Thank you, Red
FIRST: Michigan produced a 12(5) in the first period. That's...ok-ish. Its not great, but at least they are getting a couple good looks. They have not gone in, though...something that happened last weekend. Also, given their defensive play in the first period (spoiler alert), they're definitely going to need to create A LOT more offense. They cannot get into an end-to-end game with Penn State, but if this keeps up, they're going to have to try. Then, it could get really ugly.
SECOND: So, this could be Fool's Gold, similar to the third period of the second Minnesota game from two weekends ago...but Michigan had an 18(10). That's not good...its great. I will take that in any/every period. Penn State was up 4-0 very early in the second, though. Michigan almost had a couple of even strength goals. One was overturned as Kile took a Winborg-induced rebound and lifted it over Jones, but on review, it was determined a Michigan skater was about 5 inches offside. The second was a tremendous strip from Kile who quickly hit Shuart in the low slot but he could not get a shot off. If both of those go in, its 4-3 and the period corsi makes sense.
- THIRD: Michigan turned up the heat to start the third period. Jones almost gave away a goal by miscovering the puck, but Marody hit the post. Later, Dancs walked into the slot and Jones made a great save to deflect his shot high. Michigan really needed those to go in to change the game and make PSU extend themselves to open up their defense. Alas, they did not go in and PSU could be content to repulse attack after attack. We talked last week about Michigan needing to limit PSU's quality looks and then convert on their own few quality chances. After the first period (and giving up too many good look goals), Michigan was forced to have to score on every one of their golden chances and they did not. That is hockey (and sports). They are high percentage chances, not guarnateed chances. When those don't go in for a team that does not get a lot of them, it is borderline impossible to win. When you have to be perfect in all aspects of the game...and you are not...you're just not the better team. That is what happened tonight. Michigan had a 23(6) in the third.
FIRST: The defense was bad. Two of the three goals resulted from terrible defensive play. The second goal was a nice rush from PSU but two M defenders covered the same guy and the winger got a great centering pass through the low slot and Sucese was right at the back post to tap it into the net. Also, just as the period was closing, M had a awful DZTO at their blue line that enabled PSU to rush in on a 2v1 and Goodwin placed a shot neatly below Nagelvoort's blocker. Nagelvoort has by no means been amazing, but he has not been able to clean everything up like he did last Saturday. Looking at the numbers shows Michigan give up a 19(8). That's a lot of chances...and a lot of good chances. The next couple periods could be tough to get through.
SECOND: Michigan gave up a 15(5) against PSU in the second period. I will take that every time from this team. Nagelvoort made a couple nice stops, but the defense was a little better. It also probably had a bit to do with PSU being up enough that they didn't want to overextend themselves and give away free goals. Even on the goal, its hard to fault skaters going for a shot block and potentially getting in the goalie's line of sight.
- THIRD: Being up by 3 goals and having another game tomorrow (and potentially a third the following night), Penn State conserved energy and mostly sat on their lead and allowed Michigan to come at them. Therefore, Michigan's defense didn't have much to do. This game was won for Penn State in the first period. Penn State had a 15(3) in the third.
FIRST: Michigan took one penalty and Penn State scored on it at the very end. It really was just a smooth play to create and open shooter in front of the net. Biro skated behind the net and stopped like he was going to reverse. Folkes was right behind him and he popped out and spun around as he crossed the goalline and positioned himself in the crease. Biro hit him in the stick blade and Folkes one-timed it behind Nagelvoort as Zach left his post, assuming Biro was reversing. Very nice play. Will be interesting to see Adam's GBGA on this one. Michigan did not get a power play.
SECOND: There was one penalty in the second and it was against Penn State. Michigan took advantage of their lone opportunity and broke the shut out! Yay! The puck was batted around in front and was lifted into Sanchez's chest and he batted/bumped it over a prone Jones (rhyme intended) and into the net. Scrappy goal, but that's how it is down low.
- THIRD: Michigan took one penalty in the third. PSU didn't try to do too much with their man advanatge and didn't really come close to scoring. Michigan drew a couple of power plays late in the third but never really mustered much of a threat. That's pretty much it. M finished 1/3 and PSU finished 1/2.
FIRST: So...Nagelvoort maybe had a chance on the third goal? But not really. He got square to the shooter but the puck went under his blocker. He was visably upset that he didn't stop it, but it was a bad DZTO and became and OMR...I'm not blaming a goalie for that. You save that and you're just awesome. The previous two goals he had zero shot at stopping. He's played well and let in three. Ugh. 10 saves in the first period.
SECOND: So, we can kinda put the fourth(this is getting high) goal on Zach. It was a faceoff won back to the point and fired at the net; however, TWO Michigan skaters stood to block the shot and it somehow went between them. Nagelvoort reached with his glove and deflected it into the post and behind the line. So, I guess he was kinda screened...but it appears he saw it late and got a glove on it. He was frustrated after that one. He also made about 2-3 more saves that coulda/shoulda been goals. So...whatever, I guess. He's playing fine, not amazing, getting no bounces or offensvie help. <Insert Shruggie Here>
- THIRD: Nagelvoort had a boring final period in a Michigan uniform. Michigan made some early pushes and Penn State was comfortable to just sit back. He's had a great senior season and its been awesome to watch him develop. He's still a draft pick and hopefully he'll get a chance at the next level!
ODD MAN RUSHES
FIRST: Michigan gave up 1 clear OMR. It was a 2v1 after a great stretch pass. Nagelvoort made a tremendous 5 hole save. There were a couple other 'almosts' and one bad DZTO that became an OMR but I'm not calling it because it originated at the defensive blue line.
SECOND: There were a couple more OMRs for Penn State in the second. The first was a 2v1 that the defenseman broke up, not allowing an attempt on net. The next was a 3v1 that PSU set up perfectly with two passes and Nagelvoort made an amazing save. OMRs are a thing, tonight.
- THIRD: There were no OMRs in the third. But PSU was also not that aggressive...as they did not need to be, given the score.
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had: Michigan 53(21), Penn State 49(16)
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 52, Penn State 47
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Yesterday, I took a look at the most overseeded teams in the NCAA Tournament – those who are worse than their seed line. Here are the teams who got boned.
As a reminder, this is the methodology:
In order to sort out which teams are better or worse than where they’re seeded, I took the list of teams sorted by the committee 1-66, and I compared it to a composite computer ranking of tournament teams based on the average of Ken Pomeroy, Jeff Sagarin, and Bart Torvik’s metrics. I then calculated the difference between where a team should theoretically be ranked given their strength according to that composite ranking and where they actually wound up.
The seven most underseeded teams are
- South #10 Wichita St.
- South #11 Kansas St.
- Midwest #10 Oklahoma St.
- West #4 West Virginia
- East #10 Marquette
- East #5 Virginia
- East #8 Wisconsin
No, no Michigan. Or at least if Michigan got boned in our seeding by historic standards it wasn't as bad as some other schools got it. True we have to play one of the most underseeded teams in the tournament in the first round, but it's not like Michigan played an Elite 8 seed kind of season and got put in a double-digit slot. Who's got it worse than us? See after the jump.
(James Coller) It was your night. Zach
FIRST: Well, it was better than last night's first period. But not by much. The Wolverines tallied a 9(2)...and not many were close to the HP, outside of those couple. Again, they took advatage of their one opportunity when Lockwood got into the slot and Jones coughed up a rebound. Winborg was right there to finish it. Penn State is a great high-possession team, so you're not going to have as many looks as they do...but still. You have to find a way into the slot more than once.
SECOND: Well, they got into the slot, anyway. Michigan only tallied 11 even strength attempts...but 6 did come from the HP. They had quality looks, just not many total looks. But...that's what happens when the puck is in your end the entire period and your goalie is doing cartwheel saves. I don't have much else to add.
- THIRD: Michigan's even strength came on a great tip from Adam Winborg, who got into the low slot and redirected Cecconi's centering pass behind Jones to seal the game. That made the game 3-0 with just over 3 minutes remaining. Once again, Michigan took advanatge of they few chances they scrounged up against an overwhelming Penn State attack. They ended the third with a 12(5). Keep PSU out of the slot, score on the power play, and finish your best chances. For the most part, that was what Michigan did. Michigan finished with a 32(13) and 41% of their even strength attempts coming from the HP. Low volume but high quality.
FIRST: This was reminiscent of last night. Penn State bombed away for 25 even strength chances but were only able to get into the HP for 6 tallies. Still, that's almost all of Michigan's total even strength chances of the period. Michigan did a decent (not great) job of keeping most of those chances to the points and boards, though. This is what Penn State does, though...fire away from anywhere, always. The only time they got one past Nagelvoort was after the whistle...after a Nagelvoort awful turnover. I predict a ton more attempts in the second.
SECOND: Well, I was right. Penn State ripped 24 more even strength attempts at Nagelvoort, including 9 from the HP. I can't say that the defense is playing well...because they're still not getting the puck out enough (or keeping PSU out of scoring areas), but Nagelvoort is more than making up for it. He is the story so far, tonight.
- THIRD: Michigan got bombed, again, in terms of volume. 26(7). That's a 75(22) and a 29% from HP. The defense did an ok job of keeping the puck as far from Nagelvoort as they could, but shots just rained all period (and game) long. Penn State just isn't a good matchup for Michigan in terms of skating and possession. The story here is Zach Nagelvoort who saved all 46 on frame to get his Senior Night shutout. It seems every game, whomever is in net is Michigan's best goalie. Zach seemed to channel J-Bart and live in the future knowing and seeing everything that came at him. The kick-stretch save (that I later pasted a video to) was just unreal. From his to 5v3 penalty kill to his crazy stretch save to always being in the right place, seeing the puck and control his rebounds...just a crazy impressive performance. Steve Shields seems to have pushed him to his very ceiling.
FIRST: Both team had two penalties in the first period. Each had a full power play and created a few looks. Penn State's Zach Saar ripped a great one-timer from the slot (unchecked) right into Nagelvoort's chest. Michigan had a few chances, as well, but nothing as good as Saar's. Both teams second power plays were shorter, as the penalties overlapped. Penn State's will carry into the second for about 30 seconds. Nothing earth-shattering to report here.
- SECOND: Michigan took two penalties in the course of a minute in the second period. Penn State spent the first 90 seconds in the zone on a 5v3 and had chance after chance after chance, but Michigan's scrappy three and Zach held on long enough for Cutler to come back from his first penalty. Finally, Michigan got their clear and turned it into a 2v1 shorthanded where Shuart ALMOST tapped one in. It would have been apropos for him, as he has a few of those this season. Michigan did get a power play with a minute left in the second. It will carry over into the third.
- THIRD: Griffin Luce took Michigan's two penalties in the third, but only one resulted in a man advantage.. Penn State threatened but didn't score on their lone chance. Michigan's penalty kill -which had not looked good for a while- was again great tonight, kill all five of PSU's man advantages. That means Michiga has killed all nine penalties they took, this weekend. That's rather impressive against PSU's strong power play. Michigan also tallied a power play goal. Tony Calderone poked one past Jones to double Michigan's lead. They had one other power play but did not score on that. Michigan ended the night 1/5 on the man advantage.
(James Coller) Thou Shall Not Pass
FIRST: Zach Nagelvoort gets the start on Senior Night. And he's playing like it's his last game in Yost. Penn State has given him plenty of chances to make saves and he's obliged, very nicely...stopping all 14 that have come on frame. He had one awful giveaway at the very end of the period that Sturtz managed to get by him (after Nagelvoort passed it right to him NHL 94 style), but Zach was bailed out by Trevor Hamilton losing his helmet behind Michigan's net...just before the shot crossed the goalline. Aside from that, he's been fantastic.
SECOND: Nagelvoort was unreal in the second. He had 22 saves. I don't even want to look at the corsi. There was a 1:05 stretch where PSU had a 5v3 and the puck didn't leave the zone for about a good 90 seconds. Nagelvoort had to have had 5+ saves in the stretch. He was literally everywhere. Sometimes a goalie just has a game where his mind is almost ahead of the play and just sees everything coming...this is that game. Nagelvoort is just out of his mind, right now.
- THIRD: https://twitter.com/umichhockey/status/840755721264279553
ODD MAN RUSHES
FIRST: I saw no OMRs! This is three periods in a row!
SECOND: PSU got one OMR in the second period. It was a 2v1 and the shot went right into Nagelvoort's chest. To be fair, its hard to have many OMRs when you spend the entire period in the attacking zone.
- THIRD: No OMRs, again! One OMR in the last five periods. Perhaps, they are getting more disciplined?
(James Coller) A freshman finished on Senior Night
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had: Penn State 75(22), Michigan 32(13)
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Penn State 76, Michigan 32
(Bill Rapai) Tony Calderone provided the finishing, tonight
FIRST: So...Michigan tallied a 6(3). That's not very good. In fact, its pretty bad. It didn't seem as bad during live play because Michigan was able to create a few nice looks on both their power play and penalty kill. But six even strength attempts, man. That's about it.
SECOND: Michigan's offense was a little bit better in the second period. A little bit. They generated 12 even strength attempts with three coming from the HP. Unfortunately, a lot of their looks were from rather poor angles or from quite a distance. Their goal was a Calderone snipe on a 2v2 rush that he let go from the top of the circle. It was well-placed...but probably could/should have been saved. More chances from the slot, please! Lost in the numbers is Will Lockwood. He's made some supremely outstanding individual plays. He's worth the price of admission.
- THIRD: Michigan took 14 even strength attempts in the third period. They got into the HP for 4 of those 14 chances. Again, that's not the best. Most of their attempts came from quite a distance or a poor angle. Against a high pucl possession team, though, looks at the net seem to be at a premium, though. They did manage to take advantage of their quality chances, though. Tony Calderone came in on a 2v1 and ripped a flare over Jones's shoulder to tie the game. Brendan Warren hustled and outskated a PSU defenseman on a free-for-all and attempted to cross the puck through the crease to a waiting James Sanchez, but the Nittany Lion defenseman broke up the pass with his stick...and it slid right through Jones to give Michigan the lead. Sanchez would have had a tap-in from a few feet out if he doesn't deflect it, though. Very few teams are going to out-skate and out-possess PSU, so the way to beat them is to take advantage of your rushes and opportunities when they give them to you. Michigan did just that, tonight.
FIRST: There has yet to be a shot that a Penn State player has decided to pass up. They will literally shoot from almost anywhere at anytime. That's how you end up with even strength 22 attempts. Michigan only allowed three of those to come from the HP, though. So, my hottaeks say that Penn State just shot from anywhere inside th blue line. This period was probably more even than the stats say...at least in terms of quality looks. The PSU goal came with under five seconds left in the period as Kris Myllari heaved a puck at the net (because PSU shot) and it floated above Lavigne's blocker. Probably not on the defense, as much as Lavigne...but you just cannot surrender goals with just seconds left in a period. I would say that was borderline acceptable defensive period...until the last few seconds.
SECOND: Michigan constrained the trigger-happy Nittany Lions to only 15 even strength attempts...with 7 coming from the HP. It was odd, though, that almost all seven HP attempts were literally on the edge of my drawn HP shape. So, nothing from the slot, just the very fringes. PSU shooting 15 times is actually probably on their lower end...and giving up nothing TOO Grade A seems like a win. The goal was another fling from the boards that slipped through Lavigne's arm. That's not on the defense.
- THIRD: Looking back at the first couple periods, Michigan limited PSU's quality chances. They gave up a ton of looks but not many great ones. In the third, Penn State was able to conjure up 26 (!!) attempts on net in even strength...but again, they only got 6 from the HP. I'm going out on a limb and say that Michigan's defense was actually good, tonight. They did surrender a 63(16), which seems like a lot. However, due to the nature of PSU's offensive gameplan, you're just going to give up attempts. They seem to shoot just for the sake of shooting. To keep them to around 25% of their shots from HP, though? I think Michigan can live with that...especially with Michigan's goaltending being its strength. Its not fun to watch, per se...but when you have great netminding and limited offense, packing in the defenders and finishing your limited offensive chances is your best bet. Oh geez...we're Michigan State. :(
FIRST: Michigan drew one power play in the first period and looked very dangerous. They created about 3-4 really good looks at the net and hit the post. Not having the puck much doesn't allow you to draw many penalties, so the Wolverines are going to have to make them count, tonight. Michigan took two penalties and actually looked better offensively than Penn State did on their first. The Nittany Lions threatened a lot more on their second and Lavigne made a few outstanding saves to help kill of that PSU man advantage.
SECOND: Each team had a power play in the second period and both ended the same way: with just as many chances for the PK as the PP. Odd. I would not have expected that from either of these teams.
- THIRD: Michigan did not draw a penalty and took one penalty in the third period. Penn State had a couple decent looks, but nothing overwhelming. Michigan's penalty kill stoned four PSU advantages, tonight, and didn't really give up that many good looks...which is refreshing. That has not been the case, lately.
(James Coller) I'M BATMAN
FIRST: Hayden Lavigne started tonight. He played extremely well through the first 19 minutes and 50 seconds, stopping 13 shots on as many attempts. Unfortunately, a late chuck from the point/boards snuck over his blocker. Perhaps he was screened? Tough to tell. Either way, I think he's going to want that one back. Before that, though...Lavigne was fantatsic, including multiple stuffs from the low slot during some multiple skater scrums right in front of him. His positioning was very, very good, as well.
SECOND: Lavigne, again, had a similar period to the first. He made a few fantastic saves and kept Michigan in a tightly played game. The goal he gave us was another head-scratcher. The puck was thrown from the point/boards (again) and just seemed to leak through his blocker side arm. He seemed to be in the right spot, but...the puck just got through. Screen? Maybe. But...it also seemed kinda soft, even on replay. These couple of goals have been uncharacteristic of him...especially given how he's played the rest of the time.
- THIRD: Lavigne was great, again, saving all 13 shots he faced in the third. And...no fluky fluff goals! I've commented on his positioning before, but I really thought he was in the right places and saw the game develop in front of him very well, tonight. He had those two hiccups, but they were not for lack of being in the correct spot. I truly am thinking, now, that Steve Shields is the catalyst behind this goaltending resurgence. He transformed Racine into a dependable college goalie, and he's also pushing all three of Michigan's netminders to the top of their games. The Wolverines truly are getting elite play from all of their goalies. Hayden Lavigne is the latest piece of evidence.
ODD MAN RUSHES
FIRST: Michigan gave up 2 OMRs in the first period. The first came early on and the got lucky as the the shooter broke his stick and whiffed on the pass. The second was a tremendous break-out pass that lead to a 2v1. The shot was high and wide, but it was a great chance. M cannot skate end-to-end with PSU.
SECOND: I saw no OMRs in the 2nd. Yay!
- THIRD: Nothing. Yay! Hottaek: Michigan's defense got better as the game progressed.
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had: Penn State 63(16), Michigan 32(10)
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Penn State 64, Michigan 31
[Bryan Fuller – MGoBlog]
With the unfortunate news that Derrick Walton didn’t make First-Team All-Conference, I decided that I should jot down some thoughts on the best players in the Big Ten this season. While I leaned on a lot of data to justify these picks, I also have probably watched way more Big Ten basketball than the average person should, so I’m pretty well acquainted with the impact and style of these respective players. Instead of naming All-Big Ten “teams” – which inherently places a huge gap between the fifth- and sixth-best players in the league – I’ll rank the top ten.
10.) Nate Mason – Minnesota
Instead of Walton, Minnesota’s Nate Mason was named First-Team All-Big Ten. Mason’s team finished a game ahead of the Wolverines in the conference standings, and he had better counting stats than Walton did (15.5 points and 5.1 assists per game to Walton’s 14.5 and 4.5); Mason was markedly less efficient as he shouldered the load for the Gophers’ inelegant offense. Aside from impressive assist and turnover rates, Mason’s statistical profile isn’t as impressive. Shooting splits of 39 / 39 / 80 (2P% / 3P% / FT%) aren’t bad, but he did hoist more than his fair share of poor mid-range jumpers and drives into too much traffic, which sunk his eFG% to just 44.9.
Mason deserves credit for his role in helping bring together Minnesota’s new players and being the best* player on a team that finished top four in the Big Ten – one that will be headed to the NCAA Tournament. Aside from Northwestern’s historic bid, the Gophers are one of the biggest storylines in the conference: they were 8-23 last season and sit at 23-8 right now. While Mason was one of the better point guards in the league (and made this list instead of Bryant McIntosh, Tai Webster, and others), his middling efficiency prevents him for ranking more highly.
*Shot-blocking menace Reggie Lynch might be better, but plays <2/3rds as much of the time as Mason does, which limits his impact.
9.) Vince Edwards – Purdue
A player that’s often forgotten about because of his gargantuan teammates, Vince Edwards was quietly one of the biggest reasons for Purdue’s success this season. With Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas often rotating at center, Edwards was able to slide from the three to a more natural four spot. It paid dividends; the versatile wing scored 12.3 points per game, led the team in assist rate, and shot 42% from behind the three-point line. Edwards’s impact as a secondary threat on the offensive glass also complemented the big men well.
The Big Ten champs lean most heavily on Swanigan, of course, but Edwards has had a considerable influence. In the Boilermakers’ last game against Northwestern, Edwards scored an efficient 25 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists, helping Purdue to a narrow win. While most of the players on this list are forced to create their own shots or generate offense for others, Edwards doesn’t necessarily have those responsibilities. As a consequence, he’s one of the most efficient players in the league, finishing third in offensive rating for players in Big Ten play with a usage rate over 20%.
[rest of the list after the JUMP]
March 1 - Thursday
Stewart Mandel wrote a piece about how Troy Smith is not getting enough respect from NFL scouts; after all, he won the Heisman.
As one AFC personnel director told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "He's six feet tall, he's not a super fast guy and he's not super athletic. ... I don't think he's horrible. He's just a guy."
These are all reasonable criticisms.
See what I'm saying? How can you not admire a guy who's short, slow and unathletic yet managed to win the most prestigious award in college football?
It's like someone who can't act winning an Oscar.
Or someone who can't sing winning American Idol.
Unverified Voracity Runs a 3.2. USC recruit Brandon Jennings is making fun of ‘M’ commit Alex Legion for going to Michigan.
March 2 - Friday
A closer look at scholarship numbers by conference that Brian and EDSBS came up with a few weeks ago. Specifically, the meaning of the advantage that the SEC has.
Is this scholarship gap necessarily a sign of poor moral fiber? Not necessarily. There are two different arguments getting conflated into one here:
SEC classes are overrated on Signing Day and during the media blitz that follows because their increased attrition rate -- something the numbers show is indisputable -- allows them to sign a bunch more players who will never make an on-field contribution.
The SEC doesn't care about football people. [/Kanye]
Argument #1, as noted, can be accepted as a given. Argument #2 is murkier and requires us to consider...
March 5 - Monday
Recruiting Board Update. Jonas Gray isn’t looking like a lock to ND any more and there could be some mutual interest with ‘M’.
The basketball team lost its last game, and the writing is on the wall for Amaker.
But whether or not Tommy Amaker is a good coach or not is no longer all that relevant -- though for the record all available evidence indicates they he is not. He has had six years to produce a basketball team that fans are capable of watching for more than two minutes at a time without screaming something profane and punting the cat into the next room. This he has not done, and he must be fired, even if none of what's transpired over his tenure is actually his fault.
March 6 - Tuesday
Pairwise update and things are looking up for the hockey team.
Unverified Voracity is Confused and Thrilled by YouTube with lots of ‘M’ related clips. The only one that still works is of Jack Johnson taking off a goalie’s helmet with a slapshot.
March 7 - Wednesday
PSA that more posting will be delayed.
JMFJ photoshop collection.
March 8 - Thursday
After switching to zone blocking before the ‘06 season, the football team found it difficult to convert on third and short.
March 9 - Friday
Liveblog of Big Ten tournament game against Ohio St. The basketball team loses again.
If you met Greg Oden on the street, how old would you think he is? Like... 800, right? You can't be that enormous and craggy without having hit your eighth century. OSU alley-oop.
I Call Him Mini Voracity with a working video of The Victors done on beer bottles.
March 11 - Sunday
Hockey update. Michigan is firmly in the tournament and might get as high as a 5 seed.
March 12 - Monday
Third down statistics from the ‘06 season. Links to charts no longer work.
March 13 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity is Also Emo. Lester Abram says the basketball team won’t try to lose on purpose. Amaker says a lot of people want to trade places with them to be in the NIT.
Complete list of noun phrases willing to trade places with the Michigan basketball program:
anyone rushing puck against JMFJ
NIT Liveblog with a single remark.
March 14 - Wednesday
Michigan beat Utah St. which is the worst case scenario. Amaker’s tenure is extended.
Does Michigan's performance in something that doesn't exist have an impact on Amaker's future? The implication is that it does, and therefore the implication is that a good performance can help Amaker's case. Furthermore, it implies that there is an Amaker case at all. There is no case. Michigan can win the entire freakin' Not Extant Tournament and it will matter not one bit.
Spring Football Presser. Adrian Arrington, Carson Butler, and Eugene Germany have been in trouble and are currently suspended. Carlos Brown is switching to CB, and Brandon Graham will play inside.
March 15 - Thursday
Brian looks at Ben Wallace’s departure and how it has affected the Pistons’ 06-07 record. (In case you didn’t realized, Detroit Piston and Edmonton Oiler posts were a thing back in this era of the blog.) His conclusion is that Wallace’s replacement of Chris Webber, Nazr Mohammed, and Jason Maxiell send their opponents to the line more often. Otherwise, production hasn’t fallen off.
March 16 - Friday
Recruiting Board Update. Added names of note: Kurt Wermers and Latavius Murray. ‘M’ leads for Daryl Stonum and Sam McGuffie.
March 17 - Saturday
Amaker has been fired. It’s not mentioned, but the basketball team lost to Florida St. on Thursday night.
March 18 - Sunday
Amaker Voracity with lots of reaction, but not a whole lot of substance yet on where things will go from here. Terry Foster says Tom Crean would be a good option.
Hockey gets the Denver bracket instead of the GR bracket. Brian swears a lot.
March 19 - Monday
Coaching Profiles: Mid Majors looking at Reggie Theus, Todd Lickliter, Chris Lowery, Greg Marshall, and Karl Hobbs but Sean Miller is a no.
Coaching Profiles: Name Guys looking at Mike Montgomery, Tubby Smith, Lon Kruger, and John Beilein. About Beilein:
Buyout is prohibitive and the total outlay in that situation is approaching a range in which Montgomery or Smith might perk up. There will be -- already has been -- a lot of talk about him, but I don't see it happening.
Coaching Profiles: Absentminded Edition looking at Sean Miller.
March 20 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity Swoons for Chris Lowery. Internet says the top three candidates are Lowery, Miller, and Beilein. Lots more coaching stuff included.
March 21 - Wednesday
MGoBlog moves to a new host site, and for the first time there are a significant number of viewable comments.
Unverified Voracity is so Over Chris Lowery with a closer look at John Beilein.
Carson Butler and Chris Richards have been arraigned for beating up another student. Probably the end for both.
The hockey game will be on tape delay on local Comcast.
And...Eugene Germany is in court for Marijuana. Probably not a big deal.
There’s a sale in the MGoBlog store. Buy shirts.
March 22 - Thursday
Apparently, the issue with Germany was more serious. He’s off the team.
Recruiting Board Update. Dann O’Neill committed last weekend.
Tubby Smith is heading to Minnesota. It’s unknown what this will do to the coaching landscape now that Kentucky is open too.
March 23 - Friday
Preview of hockey game against North Dakota.
March 24 - Saturday
Germany, Richards, and Butler are official out of the program. The biggest loss is Butler. TE is left with Mike Massey and Chris McLaurin and only freshman Vince Helmuth at FB. 2008 would have been rough no matter who was the coach.
I am leery about the possibility that our third-and-short conversions get even worse next year.
March 25 - Sunday
Michigan hockey lost, and Jack Johnson is moving on.
March 26 - Monday
Jason Forcier is transferring to Stanford. Brian says Lloyd is not happy about it.
Unverified Voracity is Husky Proud (Or Something). The coaching search continues. Calipari is mentioned, but how shady do we want to be?
*(an MGoBlog created measuring stick for coaching corruption. Not actually headed by Huggins:
11: Dave Bliss (yes, this one goes to 11)
10: Tarkanian -- full on cheaty cheaty all the time
9: Jim Harrick -- a consistent pattern of malfeasance that includes academic fraud
8: Clem Haskins -- Harrick except not slimy enough to get away with it for quite as long
7: Huggins -- as skeezy as you can be and still have a job
6: Steve Fisher -- classic don't ask, don't tell
5: Billy Donovan -- you just KNOW there's something fishy but can't actually prove it.
4: Kelvin Sampson -- persistent minor flouting of NCAA regulations to harrass recruits for personal aggrandizement
3: Rick Majerus -- persistent minor flouting of NCAA regulations because he thinks they're stupid
2: Izzo -- basically squeaky clean, will occasionally take flyers on dodgy characters
1: Amaker -- ick
0: Whoever the current sacrificial lamb at Northwestern is.)
March 27 - Tuesday
For two years Michigan has been the same team, a top heavy array of scorers with prone to stupid faith-shattering breakdowns and shaky goaltending. This has been good for not much: first-round exits in the NCAA tournament and watching other teams raise CCHA and GLI banners. In a sense, the departure of the defensemen and TJ is a relief. The team next year might be terrible. It might be fantastic. But it will definitely be different.
March 28 - Wednesday
Coaching Search Update. Beilein seems to be the guy simply because no news has come out and he’s still in the NIT, so no contact can be made for another couple of days. Bruce Pearl says he’s not interested, and John Calipari is rumored to have approached ‘M’ but was turned down. Also interesting that Beilein nearly went to NC State the year before, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
A closer look at Beilein, refuting arguments from other bloggers, specifically about his offense and his ability to recruit.
T. J. Hensick is not a Hobey finalist, despite leading the nation in scoring.
March 29 - Thursday
Beilein! Beilein! Beilein! (Unverified Voracity). Rosenberg says Beilein isn’t just a candidate, he is the candidate.
Recruiting Board Update. Not much of interest ten years later. One name of note is J.B. Shugarts, but he has named OSU and LSU as his leaders.
March 30 - Friday
All Quiet on the West Va Front. Nothing much new. Top three seems to be Beilein, Chris Lowery, and Kevin Stallings.
March 31 - Saturday
Lots of nitty gritty on a potential Beilein buyout situation.
West Virginia message boards are saying that Beilein is gone.
1:02 PM today. "creamer14" posts this:
Message board freaks out like whoah. Scout WVU board picks up on it and gives an indications of this guy's rep:
Saw that too - coming from a very solid poster as well. This is the same guy who gave the scoop on Coach Rod staying, ND verballing, WR coach hiring, the initial hiring of Ron West. This guy definitely has an 'in' with the athletic department.