With the win over Purdue, the Michigan Wolverines are now 8-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1976-77 season. The only other 8-0 Big Ten start was in the 1970-71 season. Our best start was in the 1964-65 season, when we won 13 straight to start the conference season. So right now we are tied for the second best start in conference in team history, and, with a win at Indiana on Sunday, this team will stand alone as the second best start in program history. GO BLUE! BEAT THE HOOSIERS!
(Apologies if this has already been posted, but I didn't see it anywhere.)
Listing to Sam Webb and they brought up this 0pportunity for vote for a charity backed by the NCAA basketball coaches. You can vote one time each day:
Currently OSU and Thad Matta are way out front with about 35% of the vote vs 2% for Michigan. This one goes to fund a charity of choice, so it is worth the few seconds to vote even without not wanting someone like Matta or Izzo to win.
As we've been watching these players all morph into high level players, I was hoping this offseason, a jump by GR3, both in weight and skill, into a closer version of his Big Dog dad....
Instead, the true leap in growth occured in Stauskas, who is now approaching legitimacy in being an All-American, a poor man's Larry Bird at this trajectory, and this growth has been quite remarkable....
The leap, however, that I was NOT expecting over the offseason, that is as impressive as Stauskas' leap, is Caris LeVert's game.... watching him last night I marveled at his elite body control and ball handling skills, especially the speed of it, and he appears simply to be the best athlete by far, on the court.. and this isn't knocking GR3.
Which brings me to the point of this post.... when LeVert arrived recently, several were trying to make comparisons to his game with former players, and a few mentioned that the closest thing was former Michigan great Sean Higgins..... well, I was a freshman at Michigan in 1988, and that comparison was intriguing....but after watching the game last night, I thought that LeVert's skill set seemed alot closer to Gary Grant, and Higgins' game was actually closer to Stauska's.... Higgins was a sublime shooter...he could shoot out the lights like Stauskas can, but did not have the elite body control and movement that LeVert has.
I'm not one to know much about basketball like some here, and I risk the talking out of my arse..... but that initial LeVert comparison had me thinking, enough to post this, to ask the experts here to discuss who LeVert truly reminds you of, and it doesn't have to be within the program, because it sure doesn't feel like Higgins to me.
7 pm: Cincinnati vs Louisville, MSU vs Florida, Providence vs Marquette
7:30 pm: Canisius vs Quinnipiac
8 pm: Robert Morris vs Bryant
8:15: Indiana vs Nebraska
9pm: Michigan vs Purdue, UCLA vs Oregon, Houston vs Uconn
Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology is out - he has Michigan as a #2 seed in the East, with possible matchups against #7 Gonzaga, #3 Duke/#6 Umass, with #4 Oklahoma and #1 Syracuse (and #5 Wisconsin) in the top half.
#2 is the highest projection I've seen so far, but hey, it's January. Beilein has another 6 weeks to work further magic.
I think Michigan starts slow in this one, but pulls away in the 2nd half for a 79-63 win. Last night showed us there are no easy wins in the Big Ten, even at home against teams in the bottom half of the conference. Beilein will have them ready to go. Predictions?