As fun as it is to talk about cars, albums, and etc., I have something that I think that has not been discussed.
While listening to Mgopodcast, they were lamenting the fact that (lack of) pick & roll effectiveness is one of the major reasons why this year's offense is worse than that of recent past. While they discussed a bit about why that might be so, I think they missed something that is very obvious; we do not shoot off the pick.
When Michigan offense was really cooking, Stauskas would receive a pick and if the defender trailed or went under the pick, Stauskas would just pull up and shoot a three. Because this was a very effective shot, the opponent set aggressive hedges and what not to try to minimize it, which caused space for the roll and easy layups.
When I watch this year's offense, I see almost no attempt to shoot off the pick, even when the defender goes underneath and there is a foot or two open space. I don't understand why we are not taking advantage of this opening when the other team is readily giving it to us. I would think Robinson would shoot close to 50% with the open space he has and when defense starts to over commit, it would open up other things. I am just not sure why this is not happening.
Conversely, we hedge everytime off the pick and because our centers are slow to recover (compared to Mitch or Morgan), our defense becomes discombobulated and open shots happen regularly off of them.
Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a reason why we are not shooting off the pick? Why are we hedging so aggressively when other teams are not?
These are about 20x worse than the originals we wore all year.
Monmouth? Seriously, there are people that think Monmouth should be in the tournament ahead of us as an at-large? Losses to Canisius, Manhattan, Army(YTA), Dayton and twice to Iona. One meh win over meh USC. Monmouth? I understand that we are not world beaters, but if fricking Monmouth gets into the tournament as an at-large ahead of us something is not quite right with the formula.
I am addicted to the bubble right now. I am searching for Vandy's schedule and their first round SEC tourney match up. I am looking at Valpo's roster. I have issues. If anybody else has similar issues perhaps we could discuss it here.
I don't know how to embed a tweet, but it's in the Twitter timeline of MLive's Brendan Quinn.
Coach Beilein said it's too late to fix it this year and that he'll look at it over the offseason.
I think this is interesting/worth posting b/c it gives us a specific reason why the offense is struggling. And it makes sense, because Michigan's offense even at its best has been efficient but not about running and gunning.
EDIT: Coach Beilein was likely offering this as a reason for the offense's struggles but not an excuse. Do you really know him as an excuse-maker?
Since the site was down yesterday, this gem unfortunately didn't get a mention on here.
At 11:58 of the second half of the PSU-Illinois game on Sunday on BTN when they came back from commerical- the play by play was replaced by this (embedded below)
This took place while mgoblog was down. Was this the revenge of Brian Cook for BTN making Jon Crispin aka bootleg Dan Dakich a commentator?
We're on the board this year.
Derrick Walton was named All-B1G Third Team by the coaches and Honorable Mention by the media.
Zak Irvin was named honorable mention.
Caris LeVert was named Michigan's honoree for the B1G Sportsmanship Award.