In the power ranking at Grantland, written by Mark Titus, Titus brings up an interesting potential mismatch for IU. Victor Oladipo, arguably the best defensive player in the country, would traditionally be matched up against Hardaway in IU’s man defense. This leaves Yogi Ferrell, a six foot freshman who will never be mistaken for a top tier defender, to guard Burke. I believe that this will lead to several scenarios similar to “QB OH NOES,” except on hardwood. As pointed out and picture paged in Blue-MQT’s Diary post, Burke’s ability to leave a defender inside of a screen often leads to an open shooter on the perimeter.
Tom Crean may decide to put Oladipo on Burke, in turn making a much more intriguing matchup. This, however, would mean most likely Ferrell would be guarding 6’6 Hardaway, which I would love to see. Jordy Hulls will not be guarding Burke, he proved himself to be a major liability on defense when IU lost to Butler.
While Michigan will certainly have to figure out a way to prevent Cody Zeller from being fouled over and over inside. Jordan Morgan would be extremely beneficial for this, but I can’t imagine him being at 100% after his injury.
Anyway, it should be an exciting game; I am just going to try to keep my hopes grounded. At the start of the season I felt like Michigan was going to split their series with the Hoosiers, and I don’t see it much differently now.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and the MIchigan basketball team had a NBA2k13 Basketball tourny going on while playing on the JumboTron at the Crisler Center. I thought that was pretty baller even if you hate video games.
EDIT: The finals were between Stauskas and THJ. THJ was Miami (imagine that) and Stauskas was OKC. Stauskas is playing in the bottom pic.
A recent post about the lack of Michigan Basketball wallpapers prompted me to throw my hat in the ring. I too, am in serious need of a computer/iPad background change, so what better way than to help everyone else out at the same time?!
Full disclosure: I am in no way a graphic designer or Photoshop professional, so all you get are my basic skills. This is also my first foray into creating a wallpaper, so if anyone has tips or recommendations, feel free to share.
Have you ever wondered what our current Michigan basketball roster would look like as an old-school 1970s hoops squad? No? Me either. Until I ran across a gem of a photo in the Bentley Library archives...the 1978-79 team photo – complete with feathered hair, a wicked afro, short shorts and high socks.
It was then that I set out on a conquest to mold both that photo and our current player photos into an epic composite that makes me laugh every time I look at it.
After noting that the amount of players and coaches was almost exactly identical to this year's team, I knew I had to take a crack at it. Also, skin colors were almost perfect with the players that we currently have. There was only one extra body in the original that needed to be accounted for...the glorious man kneeling down on the right in the front row. And let's be honest – he just looks so cool that I had to leave him in.
After a few hours of work, below is the final product. I have multiple versions (desktop color/B&W, iPad) at the link below. I'd have to say that my favorite parts are Jordan Morgan with a sweet afro and Mitch McGary with blonde feathered hair. Also, Trey Burke looks really happy despite how tight his shorts are. I did not deal with jersey number changes because of all the shading and angles those entailed.
Special thanks to TheArtTheArtTheArt's football wallpaper for inspiring this piece.
5. NC State (We play them in ACC/Big Ten challenge)
7. Ohio State
10. Michigan State
The 2011-12 Wolverines went 24-10 and 13-5 in the tough Big Ten Conference despite using their bench for only 16.7 percent of the available minutes, per KenPom.com. How low is that compared to the rest of the nation? Consider this: only Youngstown State used its bench less (15.4 percent).
It's amazing our starters stayed as healthy as they did last year. As much as you hate to take your starters off the floor, it should help reduce the risk of injury.
Just over a month until the first game vs Slippery Rock (November 9th), can't wait!
DetNews article summates Lindy's College Basketball 2012 Preview; which has the Wolverines finishing second to Indiana in the Big Ten and then advancing to the Final Four, with the Hoosiers, Louisville and North Carolina State.
LINK: Wolverines: Lindy's has basketball team making Final Four