landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Huge game tommorrow at Purdue. I think this game could really propel our confidence if we could find a way to snag it. Taking our last game into consideration, here is what I'm thinking lineup wise....
Walton- Levert- Irvin- Chatman- Doyle
Spike and Aubrey essentially eat up all the backup minutes for positions 1-3.
Spike is very reliable and can play the 2 in certain situations.
Aubrey is long and athletic and can play 2-4 if need be albeit a super small 4.
Donnal can split time with the 5.
Beifeldt will be a stop-gap big. Neither him or Donnal look to be very effective in B1G play.
In summary, your bench is really only 4 deep with Beifeldt being the 4th.
Just looking at this we really seem to be one player away and either MAAR or DJ Wilson will have to contribute. DJ is a shirt candidate but it's hard to imagine getting through this B1G season with no injuries to our bigs. DJ Wilson looks like he can help us and if he can, I say we play him. To hell with the shirt, we never seen these kids for four years anyway.
If I'm ranking our top 8 as players...heres how I'd have it:
1. Caris Levert- B1G POY candidate.
2. Zak Irvin- streaky shooter. Can really light it up when on.
3. Derrick Walton- inconsistent point but terrific upside with pace and tenacity.
4. Spike Albreicht- heady veteran that helps in many ways.
5. Ricky Doyle- beast in the making.
6. Cam Chatman- versatile upside guy. Steep learning curve.
7. Aubrey Dawkins- shooter with brass [email protected].
8. Mark Donnal- stretch 4 potentially. NOT physical.
9. Max. B- program guy. Lunch Pale guy.
I think you will see Aubrey off of the bench to spell any wing position first. Spike will share time nearly 40/60 with Derrick. Spike can also spell the 2 if situation allows for a small lineup. Donnal is your first big option but he lacks tenacity and phsyicality. Beifeldt is tougher but smaller so its a tough situation. DJ Wilson could really steal some minutes here if he could stay healthy. MAAR will be hard-pressed to find time plain and simple.
Full game of the comeback against Illinois. Dawkins played the best game of his career. Lets keep the winning streak going against Purdue. Enjoy Go blue. Who has it better than us????
The game just ended and Michigan did something they haven't done very much in their program's history.
At Crisler Center, Michigan just demolished Penn State 89-53. Michigan hadn't beaten PSU since 2010.
This is only the 10th win ever (10-31 series record) over PSU for Michigan WBB. Shannon Smith had 17 points with Sierra Thompson having a 10 point outing.
Great way to rebound and even up the B1G record at 1-1. Next one is a big one: Sunday vs #24 MSU.
Coach Kim Barnes Arico won her 50th career game at Michigan two weeks ago. She hasn't even been here 3 full seasons yet.
After our great comeback today with the Comeback Kid present, we have begun the conference portion of our very difficult path towards the post season on the right foot. But, taking a look back so far, I have some questions/concerns regarding our non-conference scheduling.
How come we only played 12 games? Every other big ten school had 13 except for Nebraska. If this was on purpose because of some unknown rule, why was one of these 12 games against D2 Hillsdale, therefore not counting in the eyes of the NCAA committee?! We basically ended non conference 6-5 instead of possibly 8-5. With our weakest, least-experienced team in the past 4 years or so, this seems like a major self-inflicted wound (besides our terrible losses). Am I missing something? Obviously winning more games would solve this issue, but it seems like we really left 2 possible additions to the win column on the table.
With that said, I will now resume Harbaughing.
ANN ARBOR GOING UP ON A TUESDAY
Let's not forget our boys on the court. The real season starts today. Go Blue.
EDIT: Per ESPN, Jim will be introduced at halftime. Whether or not that is on TV is unknown, at least to me. I have to imagine they will show this on TV since it's such a big deal.