chance of bowl: 13.6%
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.
Jon Horford, reader of the Tao Te Ching, Jordan Morgan, Drawer of Charges, and Glenn Robinson III, Dunker of Balls, have been named captains of the men's basketball team. This per UMhoops, which you should read if you don't already.
Apropos of nothing, here is the still-unnamed baby giant panda at the National Zoo. It feels the way you do about the football team's offense.
Anyone know how we can watch the game tonight? Doesn't look like it's even on BTN2Go. I may be wrong, but I checked MGoBlue.com and BTN's website.
Edit: Not sure why there are downvotes...still doesn't look like anyone knows where we can watch the game online.
Title pretty much says it all. Figured we could use some good news. He's done some "workouts" (not sure what that means exactly - but it sounds good). Coach Beilein plans to increase his repetitions going forward.
Here are some thoughts on the first basketball game that counts:
1. I wish that they would find a way to hold off on pre-game events like banner raisings (not many such events recently I know) and senior sendoffs until the last possible moment. I realize that they have to do the player intros, national anthem etc., but I got to the game at 6:35 and felt like the banner went up immediately. The crowd was sparse when it did.
2. That said, because of the banner it was, eventually, a nice-sized crowd for a game against UMass-Lowell.
3. Derrick Walton seemed like a solid ball handler and defender. I realize that he's not a scorer, but I'd like to see him take a few more shots.
4. Levert was impressive.
5. Watching the backups come in at the end was weird. It felt like a TV show that recast all of its supporting actors. The only one I recognized was Bielfeldt. I kept thinking -- where's Person, Akunne and Bartelstein?
I really really like where Michigan is projected.