In honor of our esteemed opponent on Thursday, I would like to prepare a meal fit for the occasion. I wasn't able to find duck breast anywhere, but I found a local butcher who has whole duck.
After wading through the youtube my preference is to cook it on the grill using the "beer can chicken" method, but it sounds a little tricky and proper temperature is critical.
I would be very appreciative if anyone in the MGoBlog community has experience cooking whole ducks, and particularly, "beer can duck" on the grill. I can't remember a tastier opponent, and do not want to let this opportunity slip away.
I enjoy looking back at old "Hello" posts, especially when an individual or team is succesful. I thought others might enjoy this too, so I collected them here.
Mark Donnal (shared with Austin Hatch) - June 15, 2011
Zak Irvin - July 31, 2011
Derrick Walton Jr. (not an actual Hello post, but this is the closest I could find) - August 2, 2011
For some context, this is still before Mitch McGary committed. Levert and Albrecht wouldn't commit until the following March. Brady Hoke hadn't coached a game as the head coach of Michigan yet.
D.J. Wilson - October 6, 2013
MAAR - April 19, 2014
Duncan Robinson - August 6, 2014
Jon Teske - August 7, 2014
Moritz Wagner - April 5, 2015
Austin Davis - April 17, 2015 (edited with correct link)
Ibi Watson - July 28, 2015
Xavier Simpson - September 10, 2015
Charles Matthews - June 20, 2016
Seth tweeted me pictures of the Point Guard preview from the 2013-14 Hoops/Hockey HTTV. Since Walton was expected to be the started, this also doubles as a recruiting post.
2016-2017 Oregon Ducks
So this team is difficult to gauge by computer metrics alone. They are an efficient offense and a pretty stout defense. Per Kenpom, they are the #16 offense and #23 defense in the country. They aren’t really old and they aren’t really tall. They don’t rely on 2’s, 3’s, or FT’s with any sort of regularity. They steal the ball quite a bit and they don’t turn it over much. They are good at offensive rebounding but not so good at stopping offensive rebounds. They also don’t foul much. So yeah. These metrics are all based on the fact that they had 6’10” #10 shot blocker, top 300 offensive and defensive rebounder, and their third most efficient player when counting more than 20% usage – Chris Boucher. So, what do these Oregon Ducks look like without him? Here’s their last three games.
(18) Arizona 83-80 L
(118) Iona – 93-77 W
(33) Rhode Island – 75-72 W
From March 10th to March 20th, Michigan is #6 in adjusted efficiency. Oregon is #33 coming in right behind Bucknell. FWIW Louisville is #36 and Oklahoma State is #23 during the same time span. The depth chart over the last five games looks like this –
(player number, name, measurements, description, (2PT/3PT/FT))
#3, PG – Peyton Pritchard, 6’2” 200 LB FR, good distributor and decent shooter (46/37/71)
#2, SG I – Casey Benson, 6’3” 185 LB JR, very efficient at scoring and splits almost half the minutes with Dylan Ennis. (50/42/79)
#31, SG II – Dylan Ennis, 6’2” 196 LB SR, moves around from the 1, 2, or 3 spot, not great at any one single thing, has a proclivity to turnovers. (47/37/75)
#5, SF – Tyler Dorsey, 6’4” 195 LB SO, very efficient wing that takes a majority of 3PT shots. (53/40/73)
#24, PF – Dillon Brooks, 6’7” 225 LB JR, very efficient shooter and also leads Oregon in assist rate. (55/41/73)
#1, C – Jordan Bell, 6’9” 225 LB JR, super efficient at the rim, one of the best offensive and defensive rebounders in the country, blocks well, steals frequently, and doesn’t foul much. (65/15/70)
Oregon has really only used one other player much the last five games. He’s a big fella…
#35, C- Kavell Bigby-Williams, 6’11” 230 LB JR, not enough minutes logged to rank him among shot blockers, but he is a threat to do just that. (48/0/62)
They do move the ball around well from the little bit I’ve watched of them. Will be interesting to see how Beilein plans for this game. I’m not an analyst, just a data guy so feel free to educate me on the strengths and weaknesses we will face on Thursday. Go Blue!
Happy Monday everybody! I feel like this is worse than a typical Monday coming off opening weekend of the tournament (simply judging by Twitter). A quick update: nobody has a perfect bracket; things are still tight at the top, but it's still early; not a lot of parity when it came to picking a champion.
The following are teams picked to win and the percentage of the total:
Michigan(177) - 17.42%
UNC(171) - 16.83%
UCLA(121) - 11.91%
Villanova(115) - 11.32%
Gonzaga(110) - 10.83%
Duke(101) - 9.94%
Arizona(84) - 8.27%
Kansas(80) - 7.87%
Kentucky(37) - 3.64%
Louisville(8),Oregon(2), Baylor(1), WVU(2), FSU(2), UVA(3), Notre Dame(1), Wichita St(1) < 1%
So that's it. Only 17 teams chosen from the vast # of entries submitted. Aside from the Michigan bias, UNC is the overwhelming favorite. I'm sure there is some pickers remorse over that after the weekend.
There are a whopping 1016 entries this year! Up almost 300 from last year. And don't forget we do have prizes at stake this year. I thought it was a pretty good first weekend. Two prevailing topics by media and coaches: seeding and the refs. Both awful.
We have three guys who started in that game still on the team, Derrick, Zak and Mark Donnal. MAAR and DJ Wilson combined for four minutes
We get the CBS slot, as opposed to TBS which is good for a lot of us cord cutters.
The good: Kevin Harlan is probably the best pure PxP guy doing national basketball in both the NBA and college. Dana Jacobson is, famously, an alum.
The neutral: Dan Bonner is fine
The Bad News: Reggie Miller. Who is the worst.