here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Doesn't work on offense. Might work on defense against bigger teams (anyone watching MSU play, please comment). Still, Morgan played the 4 on offense and didn't know where to go -- he got stuck in the paint, along with Horford. MM could plausibly fix the problems of having a big 4 on offense, but he missed the perimeter guarding session for bigs due to his injury. (Haven't found the quote, TBH. Nevertheless, its true. [check umhoops stuff])
jumping off two feet:
Walton does it. So does Irvin.
They are freshmen.
They will get better. (This is not football).
Actually better than I expected. Granted, I thought we'd look like last year; last year we had 6 freshmen in the rotation (Beilfeldt included). We'll be pretty good on defense.
Great! Walton and LeVert are great on ball defenders. Obviously, comp caveats apply. Still, those guys pressed bad teams when the opposing player had the ball -- and well beyond the 3-pt line. I can't stress this enough: when you are good, you press, it doesn't matter what the coaches say, if you know you can kick a kids butt you'll force him to make mistakes. Now, that doesn't mean we should expect a press-D. Rather, it means that our defenders are good enough to BELIEVE that they can press the opponents they've faced (comp-caveats: GO).
it will only include 9 or less people. Donnal would have played the last few minutes if the coaches thought they would NOT red-shirt him. He'll redshirt.
MSU vs UK about to start the second half and Kansas and Duke to follow.
Figured we should have an open thread for these games.
This team will be really good when McGary comes back.
I noticed there wasn't a thread put up yet, does anyone have a stream for this game?
Go Blue!!! I predict an 82-55 win.
so, we struck out on our major targets for 2014, blackmon jr., and devin booker. it also looks like we won't get jonah bolden. which raises the question: why, a few months removed from the national championship game, is our 2014 recruiting class so meh?
at least according to espn (http://insider.espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/classran...) our class is 27 in the nation, behind northwestern, alabama, illinois, san diego st. and plenty of other teams that haven't had much success recently, or at least not the success that we have.
caveats apply: (1) beilein has shown an unbelievable ability to see talent where others do not; and (2) he's also shown the ability to maximize that talent.
but the question still stands. is our class just ok because it takes time to build relationships and when recruiting started for this class it was long before the NC game? is it because we're banking scholarships? because no one expects hatch to be able to play?
just some thoughts for those with more knowledge than me.