I think it's worth taking a look at where we might be this time next year in basketball. It's pretty sexy.
GR3 is gone, barring some shock. I'm gonna assume Nik stays for the sake of this exercise - god, I hope so. Same for Mitch. He's falling into the 2nd round in most mocks - the combination of his age, medical issues, missing the whole season and generally small sample size of excellence isn't going to play well in a stacked draft like this. I'm pencilling him in for next year as a chance to rebuild his stock, but I guess he could just bolt no matter what.
Point: Walton. He's clearly pretty talented, and year 2 is when Morris and Burke both made their massive leaps. Could be pretty damn good next year.
Guard: Stauskas. Already offensive superman, can only get better.
Guard: Caris. Shows flashes of weirdly impressive penetrate/dish ability. If he can get some more consistency, especially with his shot, hold on to your junk.
Guard/Forward: Irvin. Super talented scorer, should be a lot less freshman-y by next year. Would have started on almost any other Michigan team in the last decade as a freshman.
Center: McGary. Incredible when he's actually on the court.
Spike, Chatman and Donnal/Bielfeldt should all be usable as reserves.
With all due respect to Trey, that's probably the best combination of talent and experience (not starting a single freshman for the first time in a thousand years, three juniors) we've had in an extremely long time, at least on paper.
That's a conference and national title competitor, I say. MSU might lose 4 of their starters, OSU (FINALLY) loses Craft, etc. Nik and Mitch are the linchpins: if they return, we on.
There is a small mention of Michigan in this article, and I'm not necessarily a huge fan of the NBA, but it mentions Michigan men's basketball as one of the most positive venues for NBA scouts. I found it interesting mostly because I assumed that everyone caters to scouts (spoiler alert: UCLA not so much), but I also think that this approach helps make Michigan basketball a success. This sort of positive relationship with NBA scouts might contribute to the increasingly high-profile of basketball recruits.
The article is here.
WBB is rolling. 3-1 and tied for second in the B1G.
Second straight year Michigan has gone into West Lafayette and beaten a ranked purdue team.
A huge win in terms of the B1G race.
This was Michigan's 30th all-time victory against a ranked opponent and the first-ever in program history against #22.
Michigan is now 17-49 all-time against a solid purdue program. Despite the lopsided series record, Michigan has won 4 of the 6 meetings and is 2-0 at Mackey Arena under Kim Barnes Arico.
KBA hasn't even been at Michigan a full two seasons and is already the owner of the highest winning percentage among head coaches in program history at .673 and needs 3 more wins to pass Cheryl Burnett's (2003-04 - 2006-07; 35-83 record) career win total at Michigan.
Michigan State is up 26-22 at Northwestern at halftime with Payne out. Michigan women's basketball is currently up 36-26 at #22 Purdue. Tonight Purdue plays at Illinois in the only other Big Ten matchup of the day. Both Big Ten games are on BTN.
Not a bad showing today although we looked very inconsistent at times. The defense was very inconsistent allowing a very average Penn State team to battle back into what should have been an easy blowout. With that, the offense did disappear at times only to come back and display some serious potential in the team. I'm hoping John B makes the necessary adjustments on defense and offense so that we can compete well with Wisconsin... I'd love to see some zone.
Figured we could talk about the "documentary," if you will, here.