"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Didn't see this posted yesterday but Spike was in the gym shooting jumpers for the first time since his surgeries. I'm sure he has a long way to go, but nice to see him jumping some and this makes me more optimistic he can be on the court for the start of the season.
Instagram embed below.
This is a great loss.
One of my favorite NBA players growing up, and a key playmaker and team mate of the great "Dr." Julius Irving.
57% FG Pct over career.
RIP "Dr. Dunkenstein", and "Sir Slam"
And many a backboard were destroyed that way I can tell you.
Purdue and Maryland back to back? Ugh.
|11/6||vs Le Moyne (ex)|
|11/13||vs Northern Michigan|
|Battle 4 Atlantis--Mainland Game|
|Gavitt Tipoff Games|
|Battle 4 Atlantis (Nassau, Bahamas)|
|12/1||at NC State||7pm/ESPN2|
|12/5||vs Houston Baptist|
|12/12||vs Delaware State|
|12/15||vs Northern Kentucky|
|12/19||vs Youngstown State|
|1/2||vs Penn State*|
|B1G Hoops & Hockey at MSG (New York, NY)|
|2/6||vs Michigan State*|
|2/16||at Ohio State*|
|B1G Tournament (Indianapolis, IN)|
|3/9||First Round (if nec.)|
|3/10||Second Round (if nec.)|
Not huge news, but maybe something to help fill the lull following the close of OT season:
According to Adam Zagoria <link> Bryce Aiken, 2016 point guard from Elizabeth, NJ, is planning a visit to Michigan this fall. Zagoria reported a 10/8 visit; MLive picked up this story and reported 10/10 <link> . . . hence, "tentative." Either way this would be a few days before Miles Bridges' 10/12 visit.
Aiken has shot up, literally, in the past year or so. He was 5'-9" in 2014, but is up to 5'-11". And he hails from St. Patrick High School, which is where Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played. I really like his quickness, change of speed, and hesitation moves. Seems to be a good shooter. . . based on highlights <link> <link>.
His other scheduled visits are: Harvard, Seton Hall, Miami, and USC (he recently cut Illinois from his list). So we look to be strong contenders.
Aiken particularly notes that at Michigan he "will be placed on a platform to play in front of thousands to showcase my game" and he cites our recent record getting players drafted.
I'm really happy that Beilein is keeping our options open at the uncommitted positions.
A few months ago, there was some discussion about whether the "Hot Hand" was a real thing, or simply the expected result of chance over time. A study in the 1980s ("The Cold Facts About the 'Hot Hand' in Basketball") suggested that believers in the hot hand were suffering from a "cogniitive illusion."
In that mgoblog board discussion a few months ago, I mentioned that I had come across a study disputing that original study. Unfortunately, I was unable to find it -- I had read it in a book that was given to me as a gift about a decade ago. I had completely given up on finding the study. However, I just moved into a new home last month, and while unpacking boxes this week, I came across the book! It's titled "Anthology of Statistics in Sports", Edited by Albert, Bennett, and Cochran, and printed in 2005. The specific study is titled "It's. Okay to Believe in the 'Hot Hand.'" The authors' conclusion was that the original study was flawed, and that there was strong evidence that streak shooting was a real thing.
The data set included several games from the 1987-88 NBA season, and had several big name players included in the analysis. One of those players, Vinnie Johnson of the Pistons, had a reputation as the ultimate streak shooter. The authors looked to see if Vinnie really did accomplish low-probability streaks at higher frequency than other players, and the answer was a resounding "yes." Fans were able to "make proper reputational attributions to those players who do the improbable and memorable more regularly than other players."
One of the more interesting results: When looking at the probability to hit the next shot based on whether the previous shot(s) had been made or missed, Dennis Rodman's numbers really jumped out. Probability after one make: 0.55. After two makes: 0.78. After 3 makes: 0.92. Conclusion: "success breeds success." As he hits shots, his probability of a hit increases. But then this: Probability after one miss: 0.63. After 2 misses: 0.69. After 3 misses: 1.00. Conclusioin: For Rodman, "failure breeds success." As he misses shots, his probability of a hit increases. As with everything else concerning Rodman, that's just weird. (Sample sizes diminished as the streaks continued, so this conclusion has to be taken with a grain of salt.)
Nothing will ever top Harbaugh playing Screech's cousin on "Saved By the Bell," but in a rerun of "The Odd Couple" tonight on CBS (8:30), C-Webb makes a cameo as himself:
I have never seen this show, and I have to believe it's awful, but I'll probably tune in tonight to see it. There was another thread from a few months back that listed all the athletic Wolverines who have made cameo appearances on TV, and it's an impressive list, indeed.