landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Some of these are obvious, such as vs Florida and the 2nd half explosion vs MSU for Nik, and the game winner vs Purdue for Glenn. I was wondering if anybody had some off-the-radar moments that stick out for them. I have a couple.
For Nik, some of my favorite moments come from his freshman year non-conference schedule. At this point he was still kind of an unknown entity, all we really knew about him was what we had seen from various Youtube clips, such as him making 3 after 3 or tearing up Baylor while still in high school. He was a tall, gangly white kid who mostly stood in the left corner and never ever missed threes. He was shooting something ridiculous like 60% from 3, and it just added to the whole WOW HOW TALENTED IS THIS TEAM feeling that we all had early that season. Every home game, his left corner would be right in front of the other team's bench in the 1st half, and he'd inevitably make one or two and turn around and stare the other team's bench down before running back on defense. That was pretty fun.
For Glenn, one off the radar moment I'll remember was his freshman year when we played Penn State at home. He had like 5 or 6 dunks that game, and I think at least 3 or 4 of them were alley-oops. We knew he was pretty athletic before that game, but after that we knew we had something special. There also was a sequence in the game at Minnesota that season when Nik had a pretty big dunk, and then Glenn had his 360 back to back. That was cool.
One way off the radar moment I have for the both of them was at the very end of the Florida game in the Elite 8. All of the starters had been pulled, and it was obvious we had won. Matt Vogrich pulled up for a fast break three and cashed it. They showed a shot of the bench and both Nik and Glenn were going absolutely insane for Matt. Both guys were always in it for the team and the program, never for themselves. Both guys sacrificed a lot for Michigan (especially Glenn), and I'll always be appreciative of that. I can't wait to watch both guys play in the NBA and represent the university well.
Any other moments?
Via UmichBBALL twitter...
This has hit the Twitter wire, and Tennessee's AD has called a press conference this afternoon. Cuonzo Martin, who admittedly wasn't well liked by the Volunteer fan base until a Sweet 16 run, is leaving to take the Cal head coaching position.
It would not surprise me if LaVall Jordan gets a look, as Tennessee really isn't a top notch basketball program. But, as this season showed, they can be a perennial winner in the SEC and make a little noise come tournament time.
This is way off-topic, especially on a day when we're probably saying goodbye to 40% of our starting basketball lineup, but it may be interesting to people like me who are both sports fans and spend way too much time trying to quantify human behavior.
The 'hot hand" or 'hot streak' in basketball and baseball have been topics of debate forever, but for 30 years the academic consensus was that they were fallacy, that believers in such things did not understand the data. Well, new research from Stanford and Harvard - by business school faculty, interestingly - turns this assumption on its head:
(The two studies cited in this article are a bit more difficult and require at least a basic understanding of statistics to follow).
In a nutshell, prior studies suffered from endogenous variable bias; e.g. a model designed to predict the probability of a player with a 'hot hand' making his next shot suffers from the relationship between a variable in the model, current or recent shooting percentage, and a variable not in the model, or lumped in the error: defensive reaction. This is much less of a problem in baseball.
For those interested, Big Ten Network will air Nik and Glenn's joint press conference live at 3:30 with a live stream also available at mgoblue.com.
Mitch's father has told MLive that Mitch will not be announcing his future plans tomorrow at the 3:30 press conference along with Nik and Glenn.
This leads me to believe that Mitch is more likely staying than going. At the worst, it means he hasn't made up his mind yet (but Jon said Mitch had already told him his decision, so I feel like he's probably staying). It would make sense if Mitch was going to leave that he would announce along with Nik and Glenn so they could all do it together. I think Mitch's decision is probably different than Nik and Glenn's though, hence the different announcement times.
Out of the 3, Mitch was always probably the most important to the team's success next year, regardless of what you thought about the trio's differing skills. Now, with the transfer of Horford, Mitch is definitely the most needed out of the 3, as he is our only player over about 6'8" or so left.