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Take some quizzes and post your scores.
First one is some other guy's quiz I saw on the front page that's pretty cool.
Name the NCAA Coach based on a picture of them yelling:
The second one is one I made a while ago and posted here last year or the year before.
Name the state where the NCAA D1 team is located:
So, it turns out that with the NCAA, NIT, CIT and CBI, we didn't need a fifth post-season tournament after all.
The Vegas 16 is a new post-season tournament that was aiming to get 16 mostly Power 5 teams to play in a four-day tournament at Mandalay Bay. But after getting turned down by the likes of Northwestern and NC State, they couldn't even get 16 teams that wanted to play in their tournament. So the "Vegas 16" is now the "Vegas 8."
They were supposed to announce their bracket early this afternoon, but they kept delaying it because more and more teams kept turning them down. They eventually turned their 16-team tournament into an 8-team tournament.
So there are zero Power 5 teams in the field. Oakland U. is there, though, so if you're filling out your Vegas 8 bracket, you can start there.
CBS Sports asked various coaches about the music they listen to. Coach Beilein's response showed he's got a little more soul than one might have thought.
This doesn't have anything to do with winning basketball games, but it made me laugh.
So Johnny Dawkins has been let go at Stanford. At Duke, he was chiefly responsible for player development during his tenure as Coach K's lead assisstant.
Even for those of us not on team #FireBeilein, I think there's been a concensus that a staff shakeup may be in order. While former Duke assistants who get let go have in the past run home to mama, this could be an opportunity to bring on someone who has had player development success and has obvious ties to the program, at least in the short term.
Michigan women's basketball recruit Kysre Gondrezick just won the coveted Miss Basketball title, indicating she's the best player in Michigan. Opening the Class B state tournament with a 72 point performance in a double-overtime certainly did not hurt her chances of winning the award, but this young woman can straight out ball. 2,827 career points, and a senior season per-game average over 40 ppg suggests that she will provide immediate help to Michigan next year.
It's always good to see a Michigan recruit get this sort of recognition, and also nice to have Benton Harbor get some positive press. Congratulations to Kysre!
Looking at the game with a short Tulsa squad and it seems like a good match-up for us, particularly because Tulsa can't exploit our lack of height at the 4 position. Zak Irvin is a stocky 6'6" but is usually forced to guard guys a fair bit bigger than himself.
That got me wondering if being undersized at the 4 is something Beilein teams will always struggle with on the defensive end. Given that our main sets are four out one in, Beilein ideally wants a player that's 6'7"+ who can put the ball on the floor and shoot well from outside. However, any player like that is going to be a hot commodity. Project-type guys like Uthoff are tough to predict and the ones that obviously fit the mold (TJ Leaf) make for a tough recruiting pull. Given the rarity of the ideal 4, it seems likely that Beilein will frequently be forced to roll with the less rare 6'5"-6'6" guy who can do the things on offense that his system requires and we'll end up having to pay the price on the defensive end.
Think this will continue to be an issue down the line? Mo Wagner may fit the bill but I'm not seeing anyone else on the squad who has the 4 skills and size to fix the problem once Zak leaves.