“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
4. New Mexico
3. Miami (FL)
That EAST bracket would be murder, 3 potential #1 seeds in the same region and a Butler team that is always dangerous (and getting its best players back after losing games without them).
The MIDWEST doesn't look that bad, but it has every team that is dangerous/sneaky. Miami (FL) is big a physical and destroyed Duke. Oregon is the best team no one knows about (not Ole Miss). I don't mind the Syracuse matchup...in most years I'd cringe. I think they're tough to prepare for. But if they want to bring that zone vs. this team...good luck.
This is definitely one of the most bump-worthy things I've seen as a mod. Awesome work. JGB.
Who's making the trek down to watch the monster matchup tomorrow?
As you already know, the last time that the Michigan Wolverines were ranked #1 was during the 1992-1993 basketball season, when the fab five were in their second and final year of playing together. Other than the #1 ranking, there are actually a number of other similarities between that team and this year's team. Since it is snowing outside and I don't work on Fridays, I thought it would be interesting to compare the impact players from both teams. Chart? Chart.
|'92-'93 Impact Players|
|Player||1992- 1993 stats (avg/game)||Draft Info||Other Notable Facts|
|Chris Webber||19.2 pts, 10.2 rebs, 2.5 asst, 2.9 TO, 2.5 blk||#1 draft pick 1993||1993 1st Team All-American. In the range of #60-75 all-time NBA player. Ranked by ESPN as the #11 power forward of all-time. 5 time NBA all-star.|
|Jalen Rose||15.4 pts, 4.2 rebs, 3.9 asst, 3.1 TO, 0.4 blk||#13 draft pick 1994||1994 Consensus 2nd team All-American, NBA All-Rookie Second Team|
|Juwan Howard||14.6 pts, 7.4 rebs, 1.9 asst, 2.6 TO, 0.4 blk||#5 draft pick 1994||NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995), All-NBA Third Team (1996), NBA All-Star (1996)|
|Jimmy King||10.8 pts, 4.4 rebs, 3.1 asst, 2.3 TO, 0.5 blk||#35 draft pick 1995|
|Ray Jackson||9.0 pts, 4.1 rebs, 2.3 asst, 1.5 TO, 0.3 blk||undrafted|
|Eric Riley||5.6 pts, 4.8 rebs, 0.4 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.9 blk||#33 draft pick 1993|
|Rob Pelinka||4.3 pts, 2.1 rebs, 1.0 asst, 0.5 TO, 0.0 blk||undrafted|
|James Voskuil||3.1 pts, 1.8 rebs, 0.5 asst, 0.7 TO, 0.2 blk||undrafted|
|'12-'13 Impact Players|
|Player||Season Stats (avg/game)||Anticipated Draft Status||Other Notable Facts and Projections|
|Trey Burke||17.9 pts, 3.0 rebs, 7.1 asst, 1.9 TO, 0.4 blk||2013 1st Round||Likely All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten POY and candidate for National POY|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||15.5 pts, 5.0 rebs, 2.6 asst, 2.2 TO, 0.6 blk||2014 Late 1st Round or Early 2nd Round||Candidate for All Big Ten this year, and should be a lock for Big Ten honors if he stays for his senior year.|
|Glen Robinson III||12.1 pts, 5.8 rebs, 1.3 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.2 blk||2014 1st Round||Could make a run at Big Ten POY next season if he stays.|
|Nik Stauskas||12.6 pts, 3.0 rebs, 1.3 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.3 blk||2015 1st Round||More than just a shooter. Canadian.|
|Jordan Morgan||6.4 pts, 5.2 rebs, 0.4 asst, 1.2 TO, 0.2 blk||Undrafted|
|Mitch McGary||5.6 pts, 6.0 rebs, 0.4 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.7 blk||2015 Late 1st Round or Early 2nd Round||Great motor.|
|Caris Levert||3.0 pts, 0.9 rebs, 1.1 asst, 0.3 TO, 0.1 blk||Too hard to tell, could be drafted after Junior or Senior seaons.|
|Jon Horford||2.6 pts, 2.6 rebs, 0.3 asst, 0.4 TO, 0.6 blk||Unlikely that he will be drafted, but has potential|
|Team||78.0 pts, 37.0 rebs, 15.0 asst, 9.0 TO, 3.0 blk||Preseason #5 ranking, climbed to #1 in week 13 (ahead of Kansas and Indiana), anticipate a final top 5 ranking. Should finish either 1st or 2nd in the Big Ten Conference and make a strong NCAA Tournament run. 2-1 against currently ranked opponents.|
*Disclaimer: I am not an NBA scout, and I do not even play one on TV. My "anticipated draft status" is a combination of what I have read online, and my own untrained opinion. There is a very very good chance that both THJ and GRIII could enter the draft after this season. Draft Express only had them in their 2014 mock draft the last I saw, so that is where I have them for now.
Comparing the two teams (I am just going to use present tense and assume that time travel already happened): Both teams have 4 players averaging double digits PPG and both teams do a good job controlling the boards. Both have similar win percentages against ranked teams, but of course the 2012-2013 team has a much smaller sample size at this point; the next couple of weeks will give us a better sample of what this year's team can do against elite competition. The '92-'93 team was elite at blocking shots, but also turned the ball over at a much higher rate. The '12-'13 team plays a slower pace, but takes better care of the ball and has a much better assist to turnover ratio. The '92-'93 team featured that year's #1 draft pick and a second rounder, as well as 2 future first rounders and a future second round pick. It remains to be seen what is in store for this year's team in upcoming drafts, but they probably have 2 players who could go in the first round this year if they chose to leave early and another who could probably go in the second round this year. In total, I expect that this year's roster will match the '92-'93 roster with eventually 5 drafted players, and could add a sixth or even a seventh (optimism!!).
Questions: Who is the better team? Who is the more fun team to watch? If both teams were in this year's NCAA Tournament, who would have a better chance to win the title? I will post the answer key after all tests have been submitted.
*It's a working title, kind of like danger beach*
This is not a prediction thread. This is a it's Friday, I'm bored at work, look at the numbers and discuss things thread.
( Big Ten Rank)
|Pts/Game||78.0 (2nd)||84.0 (1st)|
|FG %||51% (1st)||50% (2nd)|
|3PT %||41% (2nd)||42% (1st)|
|FT%||71% (5th)||74% (1st)|
|FTA/Game||16.8 (10th)||27.5 (1st)|
|Per Fouls||247 (1st)||352 (5th)|
|AST/Game||15.5 (4th)||16.0 (2nd)|
|TO/Game||9.4 (2nd)||13.3 (10th)|
|ST/Game||5.6 (9th)||8.1 (3rd)|
|BLK/Game||2.86 (12th)||3.48 (9th)|
Wow, this is going to be an exciting game. As you can see a lot of the offensive stats are pretty similar. One key fact to look at is that Indiana gets to the foul line the most in the Big Ten, but Michigan fouls the least in the Big Ten. I really hope this game is not called like last nights Illinois at MSU game, that would be bad news for us. Indiana doesn't take care of the ball as well as we do, so turnovers could be a huge advantage for us.
GO BLUE. BEAT INDIANA.
p.s. Brady Hoke would never wear Red. Not even if the World were ending.
I'm a long time Michigan basketball season ticket holder and for the last three seasons, I've observed a strange ritual before each home game. After the players finish their warm-ups, they all leave in a single filed line, walking by the student section on their way back to the locker room. However, before getting to the locker room, each player proceeds to hug and kiss the same woman one after another until each player has done it. Who is this woman? Is it Beilein's wife?