I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Hey guys, I'm getting to take part in a group lunch/Q&A with Coach Beilein tomorrow. The topic at hand is ethics in college athletics. If you guys have any questions feel free to share them here and I'll try to get Johnny B to answer.
He does say to give the benefit of the doubt, but it seems like he takes a normal coach-speak quote to mean more than it does:
I think we all know the problems surrounding college basketball, and Beilein was just trying to say that they don't know what to focus on right now.
Dick Vitale is in the processing releasing his pre-pre-season rankings for the 2009-2010 basketball season. Vitale says that "Beilein has rebuilt the Wolverines" and puts M at an eye-popping #11.
He puts ahead of:
(15) Florida State (OSC)
(24) Ohio State
(38) Xavier (OSC)
"OSC" denotes teams in the Old Spice Classic. See the bracket here. As of Tuesday (8/4/9), he hasn't released his Top 10. That's out tomorrow, and I'll bet we'll see other M-scheduled opponents:
- Michigan State
Illinois is conspicuous by it's absence from the rankings 40 through 11. Could Dicky V have them in his Top 10, too?
Not to be out-done, Andy Katz has us at #9. Other M-opponents:
(2) Michigan State
(18) Ohio State
(29) Xavier (OSC)
So my question is, are we over-hyped? Last year was an odds-defying thriller of a year: the Maize-and-Blue version of "Hoosiers" or "Rudy". And I'm totally excited about the upcoming basketball season. Top 5 finish in the B10, another NCAA bid, maybe even a Sweet 16 appearance.
But I thought we'd still get another year of taking people by surprise and the world by storm. One thing is for sure, we'll have every opportunity to prove ourselves. This is no light schedule. But are we really a top 10 team this year? Let's hear your thoughts.
The coach talking about the Final Four and wearing a hot shirt and sweater combo and roots for the Big Ten and would like to see MSU cut down the net in Detroit.
As I reported earlier in the week though I thought I heard him say ESPN. Regardless, will be interesting to hear what he says. And my analysis was right, it's a great way for him to showcase Michigan. GO BLUE!
"Beilein will spend this weekend in New York, working as a CBS studio analyst for the Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament games. While Beilein doesn't often sacrifice time for such things, he felt like the chance to keep Michigan's name on the national stage was too much to pass up."
After going 16-0, Clemson showed its soft underbelly to the world and 8 of its last 15. Given that one of my friends goes to Clemson, I've paid more attention to them over the past three weeks simply to be able to rip on him better. The fact said friend will be flying into town for my bachelor party at some point on Thursday means he's either walking from the airport or I'm showing up in my new, hand-made Novak t-shirt.
Clemson is a solid team that pulled out signature losses against Florida State (twice) and Wake Forest (twice), while finding a way to "get by" in games against heavy-hitters like Duke (74-47!), at Illinois (76-74) Boston College and Georgia Tech (twice before losing to them in the tournament).
Forward/Center Trevor Booker is their Manny Harris, frequently posting the team's highest points and rebounds per game. Further, the team appears to be fucked any time he scores less than 15 points, as shown in their stats sheet here. He averages 15 pts, 10 rebounds a game - if Sims and Harris can force the ball to be shot by Clemson's guards, the math shows that Michigan stands a good chance.
Clemson shot only* 662 3 pointers all season, roughly 150 more than Illinois or, basically, the same amount as... somebody. Side note: did you know Purdue only attempted 625 3 pointers? OSU only attempted 500-some. Jesus. Michigan - 859! ftw!
They average 79 points a game to Michigan's 67. Given the ACC at times can be dump-and-go Olympics where defense gives way to LOOKHOWFASTWERUNUPDOWNTHECOURTOMGTYLERHANSBROOOOOOOugh, though, means they might be mildly taken aback to find defenders rotating. Clemson's recent troubles against teams like Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and FSU are, god-willing, more indicative of Clemson's downturn than the fact they dropped BOMBS on Duke and Maryland.
I like Michigan's chances if they can force Clemson to a slow-paced, 28 seconds per possession game that clears the paint and forces perimeter shooting. If Beilein can make UM of UM vs. Purdue show up instead of the UM of UM v. Savannah State Boys Recreational After-School SayNoToDrugs Campaign Squad appear, UM has a great shot in this game. If not... well.. it's not the NIT right?