"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Grantland hosted a live video podcast all day yesterday. Jalen was there and they spent about 10 min talking about Fab Five.
Probably the most interesting tidbit is about how Jalen believes they would have won the whole thing if the Final Four was hosted anywhere but New Orleans (I will vouch for that, that weekend was CRAY!).
You guys will know better than me, so someone please explain to me why we have no low post game? After watching what Bo Ryan did in the second half against us, just dumping the ball into the post, and if the double came or the angle wasn’t there for a shot, dumping it off for open threes, why isn’t Beilein taking advantage of this the first few games of this tourney where we have the marked size and athleticism advantage in the post? McGary, Horford and Morgan were all far bigger and more athletic than the SDSU bigs, but there was almost no low post game to speak of last night when the game was tight and the perimeter cluttered. Most of Big Puppy’s points were fast break and board put backs. Instead even Bill Raftery was complaining about how Michigan wasn’t “feeding the big dogs” in the box, and we bore witness to a cluttered perimeter game where SDSU focused on lane denial, that played a big part in preventing Trey Burke from going off.
Michigan won thanks to torrid 3 point shooting and fast break points against an inferior foe, but VCU looks to bring far more pace and energy and defense. We might not have the bigs to post effectively on Kansas/NC, but is Beilein missing out on a decided advantage here that may cost us vs. VCU? McGary, Morgan and Horford have all shown semblances of post moves throughout the season, albeit sporadically. I just don’t understand why Beilein doesn’t leverage the post to open space for his stars on the perimeter.
Someone educate a layman here.
So, anyone still have a perfect bracket? (I've got one loss...and it wasn't the Harvard win, it was f-ing Mizzou).
What were your thoughts from yesterday? (Other than "THANK GOD MICHIGAN WON!")
MGoQuestion: Am I the only one absolutely at ease today? Yesterday was nerve-racking ALL DAY...I didn't enjoy one single thing about yesterday because we were playing and I was so damn tense. I was so afraid that if we lost, my tournament would end before it even began. I'm looking forward to watching ALL the games today...truly enjoying some March Madness.
|NCAA Tournament Games|
|12:15 PM||(15) Albany vs (2) Duke*|
|12:40 PM||(12) Ole Miss vs (5) Wisconsin*|
|1:40 PM||(9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State*|
|2:10 PM||(15) Pacific vs (2) Miami (FL)*|
|2:45 PM||(10) Cincinnati vs (7) Creighton*|
|3:10 PM||(13) La Salle vs (4) Kansas State*|
|4:10 PM||(16) James Madison vs (1) Indiana*|
|4:40 PM||(10) Colorado vs (7) Illinois*|
|6:50 PM||(15) Florida Gulf Coast vs (2) Georgetown*|
|7:15 PM||(15) Iona vs (2) Ohio State*|
|7:20 PM||(9) Villanova vs (8) North Carolina*|
|7:27 PM||(14) Northwestern State vs (3) Florida*|
|9:20 PM||(10) Oklahoma vs (7) San Diego State*|
|9:45 PM||(10) Iowa State vs (7) Notre Dame*|
|9:50 PM||(16) Western Kentucky vs (1) Kansas*|
|9:57 PM||(11) Minnesota vs (6) UCLA*|
Congratulations to Tommy Amaker and the Harvard Crimson, for pulling of the biggest upset of day one in the round of 64
Unfortunately things didn't work out well for Amaker in AA, but he is doing a bang up job in Cambridge Mass. Amaker lost two key players before the season started to academic scandal, but still managed to win the Ivy League, then beat a 3 seed in the NCAA Tourney without the benefit of scholarship athletes
Sets up nicely for a basketball/hockey doubleheader (4:35 puck drop).
So we play VCU Saturday. I had heard somewhere recently that when VCU wins the turnover battle, they win and when they lose the turnover battle they tend to lose. I have nothing super insightful but I did gather up the data for you all to see and discuss so we can judge for ourselves. Behold:
|VCU TO||Opp TO|
|1-Nov||Virginia Union||W, 94-44||12||22|
|9-Nov||Fla. Gulf Coast||W, 80-57||14||25|
|13-Nov||Wichita St.||L, 53-51||15||13|
|17-Nov||at Winthrop||W, 90-54||13||21|
|22-Nov||vs. Memphis||W, 78-65||19||22|
|23-Nov||vs. #5 Duke||L, 67-58||10||8|
|24-Nov||vs. #13 Missouri||L, 68-65||8||14|
|7-Dec||at Old Dominion||W, 83-70||12||15|
|18-Dec||Western Ky.||W, 76-44||11||32|
|29-Dec||Fairleigh Dickinson||W, 96-67||15||34|
|2-Jan||at East Tenn. St.||W, 109-58||14||24|
|12-Jan||at St. Bonaventure||W, 72-65||15||16|
|17-Jan||Saint Joseph's||W, 92-86||5||20|
|19-Jan||at Duquesne||W, 90-63||12||19|
|24-Jan||at Richmond||L, 86-74||13||13|
|26-Jan||La Salle||L, 69-61||12||14|
|30-Jan||at Rhode Island||W, 70-64||19||18|
|9-Feb||at Charlotte||W, 68-61||10||17|
|16-Feb||George Washington||W, 84-57||16||25|
|19-Feb||at St. Louis||L, 76-62||10||8|
|23-Feb||at Xavier||W, 75-71||11||22|
|10-Mar||at Temple||L, 84-76||14||13|
|15-Mar||vs. #10 Saint Joseph's||W, 82-79||13||17|
|16-Mar||vs. UMass||W, 71-62||8||24|
|17-Mar||vs. St. Louis||L, 62-56||13||18|
In wins VCU sports the following:
VCU TO: 11.3 per game
Opp TO: 21.7 per game
TO Ratio: 1.92
In losses VCU does this:
VCU TO: 12.1 per game
Opp TO: 14 per game
TO Ratio: 1.16
So win or lose, VCU turns the ball over at about the same rate, but if they can't get you to turn the ball over, they struggle. With Trey Burke as the helm, that's a good matchup for us. That may cause you to say 'duh' but I found it interesting that there was such a stark contrast between wins and losses
Michigan is currently #1 nationally in turnovers at just 9.2 per game (ncaa.com). Go blue