ESPN projects the Pistons to finish one game better than last year, with a chance to have homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their reasoning for only a one game improvement is the return of the same starting lineup. I personally think the bench is markedly improved and that coupled with a more experienced roster will lead to a 3-5 game improvement.
I know football season is approaching and our attention has mostly turned to the team (and rightfully so), but I find it so encouraging to see both Michigan football and the Pistons on the up and up. Anyways, just my two cents.
Hadn't seen this posted yet today, but Cazzie Russell is returning to Crisler on Nov. 4, bringing the team he coaches - Armstrong State - to town for an exhibition against us.
I've never heard of Armstrong State and neither have you, but damn, it'll be nice to have Cazzie back in the House He Built.
Per Brendan Quinn, Cincinnati and Michigan have agreed to postpone their men's basketball series to the 2018-2019 season due to a conflict with final exams.
The game will be replaced this year with a road game at South Carolina as part of a home-and-home, with the return trip to Ann Arbor likely being next season.
With that, the 2016-2017 non-conference schedule is now finalized:
I'm glad the Cincinnati series is postponed and not cancelled entirely, as I'm excited about playing them. They're usually a solid team.
Now that Beilein has started to offer 2018's, it's probably worth tossing a few names out there that the coaches are showing interest in. One to note is Cormac Ryan, a 6'5" guard who plays AAU ball for the Middlesex Magic. The sharp-shooting guard is somewhat in the mold of another Magic alum who now plays for Michigan - Duncan Robinson - and Beilein has been keeping an eye on Ryan for over a year now.
I'm firmly in the camp of upgrading the athleticism of Beilein's recent teams at the expense of some ball skills, but I would be a big fan of adding Ryan despite some of his current limitations. He's not the strongest athlete, but I think he makes up for it with his combination of size, skill, and smarts. Plus, I think there's a chance he makes up some ground on others in the athleticism department once he gets stronger.
His shooting is fantastic. Textbook form and can pull up from anywhere. He also has great court vision and is an excellent passer. Like Robinson, defense will likely be an issue given that he's not quick laterally. However, from some of the limited video, he seems to negate that to an extent by putting himself in the right positions defensively. While his handle could be a lot tighter, he has more control than you see for a lot of big guards his size (the move at :30 is harder than it looks). He's not on Stauskas' level at the same age in terms of handle or athleticism, but I think he'll definitely be better than Robinson in both areas.
Adding another 2-guard may not be in the cards given the recent addition of Brooks, but I'd be happy to add Ryan if it makes sense from a roster perspective.
Oklahoma State men’s basketball player Tyrek Coger, 21, collapsed after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, university officials said Friday.
Coger, a junior college transfer from Raleigh, N.C., was transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. local time.