“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.”
Madison Ristovski, a senior point guard for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, was today named Michigan's Miss Basketball for 2012, per Mick McCabe of the Free Press (sponsor of the award). Ristovski has signed a letter of intent for play basketball at Michigan starting this fall. Another member of Michigan's 2012 class, Kelsey Mitchell of Inkster, finished third in the balloting.
Madison Ristovski was in the seventh grade when she met a sports writer and made a prediction.
“I’m going to be Miss Basketball someday,’’ she said.
The writer was impressed at the precociousness of the youngster.
“That’s nice,’’ he said. “What state are you moving to? Montana?’’
“Nope,’’ she said shaking her head. “I’m staying here in Michigan.’’
Five years have passed since then and Ristovski was right: She is Miss Basketball.
. . .
“To be Miss Basketball means a lot to me,’’ she said. “But I don’t want the title to define me as a player. I worked so hard because I just wanted to be the best player I can be, whatever that came out as.’’
Ristovski is the fourth future Michigan to win the Miss Basketball award, following Tabitha Pool (2000), Krista Clement (2003), and Jenny Ryan (2009).
Ristovski and Liggett have reached the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament in Class C. Liggett will play Riverview Gabriel Richard in the quarterfinals, which take place tomorrow.
Two other future Michigan women's basketball players have also reached the state tournament quarterfinals. In Class A, the aforementioned Kelsey Mitchell and Inkster will play Detroit King, while in Class B, Taylor Gleason (member of the 2013 class) and her undefeated Goodrich team faces Detroit Country Day.
March Madness has us all in its grips, squeezing the picks out of us. Every year I sweat and swear as I fill out my bracket, knowing all along that my first round picks will be decent and then my bracket will go to sh-t. Its all I can do to have even just one team in the damn Final Four. So I was wondering if you all have any interesting ways of picking "toss up" games or filling out your backets in general.
One interesting tidbit I found on Yahoo is this"
Make difficult picks using the "mascot fight" theory
Two of the hardest games to pick in last year's first round were UCLA-Michigan State and Vanderbilt-Richmond. They were veritable toss-ups. But looking at these games in retrospect, they were all too easy to pick. Bruins vs. Spartans? Hmm, a vicious bear or a person who shuns the conveniences of modern living? I saw "Grizzly Man." I know how that story ends.
(I deleted the reference to "Friends" in that blurb because, well, "Friends" and NCAA basketball should never be uttered in the same discussion.)
Fork over your secrets!
Obviously this doesn't mean a thing, it is just interesting to see where certain coaches ranked Michigan basketball. The most surprising one is Shaka Smart, from VCU, not ranking us at all. He also didn't feel Kansas was good enough to be ranked. I think he MUST be on something. I am curious to see his top 25
Michigan related votes:
Tommy Amaker, Harvard (former Michigan coach) -- 15th
Steve Fisher, San Diego State (former Michigan coach) -- 12th
Dave Paulsen, Bucknell (former Michigan assistant) -- 13th
I can actually watch this one on TV after work. Awesome.
Given the not nice things that CBS analyst Seth Davis said about our beloved basketball team tonight I though it would be worth looking up exactly what he did to warrant the main chair during selection Sunday. Well.........this is what I found out:
- He wrote for the Duke student newspaper (did not play basketball)
- Was an unsuccessful stand-up comedian
- Wrote a book not about basketball called “Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp”.
- The publisher of this book - Chandler Press - also specializes in publishing XXX stories of all variations.
- He appeared on the HBO show "Real Sex" in the late 90's where he confessed to someday wanting to have sex in the White House
Clearly he's a guy whose opinion MATTERS people. How can you argue with a guy whose basketball background is as solid as Seth's?
Obviously in the coming days Brian and Ace will provide us a ton of info on this Ohio Bobcats team, much more in depth and better than I could possibly do as they will watch game tape and what not, while I haven't. But if you're like me and realize that we now have 5 long days to wait for Michigan v. Ohio, you might want something to chew on until then, so I decided to write up a brief scouting report, because why not? I am by no means an expert on Ohio, the only time I've seen them play was parts of their game last night, but I'll give you what I know about them.
Ohio went 27-7 this year, and 11-5 in the MAC, good for 3rd. Their only win over win over a toruney bound team is Lamar, Pat Kinght's team, 85-78 in OT at home. Their most impressive game is probably a 59-54 loss at Louisville. Both of these games took place in November.
Ohio was 11-6 away from home this year, including 3-0 at a neutral site, all three wins coming in the MAC tournament.
They start 3 guards and two forwards, and they are lead by Junior 5'11 guard D.J. Cooper, who leads the team in scoring, assists, and steals, and was first team All-MAC, and finished 4th in MAC player of the year voting.
The rest of their starting 5 are two 6'3 guards to go along with two 6'8 forwards, so they won't beat anyone with their size. Of those 4, 6'3 guard Walter Offutt and 6'8 forward Ivo Baltic were honorable mentions for All-MAC consideration.
All of the three mentioned are juniors, and their other 6'8 forward Reggie Keely is as well. The only starter who isn't is 6'3 Sophomore guard Nick Kellogg, who is the son of former Buckeye and current CBS announcer Clark Kellogg.
The Bobcats are a fairly deep team, they have 9 goes who average 10+ minutes a game, compared to just 7 for Michigan. None of the guys on the bench average more than 4.7 a game.
As a team, the Bobcats make their money on the defensive end. They are second in the country at creating turnovers, 26.9% of opponents possessions, and are 11th in the country at defending the three, allowing just 29.1% of opponents 3's to go in. And despite their lack of size, they are rebound the ball well offensively, rebounding 34.8% of misses.
Ohio's biggest weakness is shooting the three. They rank 242 in made three's, and Kellogg is the only player on the team to shot better than 36%, shooting at 42%.
All together, the rough outline for beating seems to be:
1-Protect the ball. Burke has been good at that all year long, but against Ohio, we need to be extra carefull.
2-Don't settle for three's. We don't want a NW type game over here. We are much more effective the more 2's we shoot, and against a good 3 point defensive team like this, we have to put an emphasis on that.
3-Force Ohio into 3's. They don't hit them often, so try to get them to jack up as many as possible.