Since we're all pining for football season to start, and it has yet to oblige, I figured some basketball talk might help us get through this sleepy Friday.
Particularly, I want to talk about Moritz Wagner. He came in at 6' 9" 210 lbs. and showed some promise as a freshman. He showed good hands, shot-blocking ability, and some nice touch around the basket. With some added bulk and more experience in Beilein's system he could have a huge sophomore season.
It appears he's making progress in the size department:
Improved vertical as well:
In this picture he looks bigger then Donnal and Austin Davis:
Sam Webb and others have called him the biggest x-factor going into this season. I'm inclined to agree. Looking at the team as a whole, these are the things I think need to happen in order for this team to reach it's potential:
- Wagner plays like McGary lite
- Xavier Simpson is able to successfully platoon with Walton and MAAR in the backcourt
- Irvin plays more consistently
- Billy Donlon takes Michigan's defense to a new level
- Duncan Robinson shoots like we all know he can all season.
Kithier is a class of 2018 PF from Macomb who is ranked #123 in the 247 composite. Although he did not have a Michigan offer, he was expected to attend this weekend's Elite Camp.
With the NCAA Tournament on the Time Warner channels, this is an interesting development for cord cutters. Time Warner (TNT, TBS, CNN, etc) will have a 10% stake in Hulu. Hulu is coming out with their own online live TV service, and those networks will be included.
There is rumor that Hulu will have a basic $35 package to stream to one in-home or mobile device (I assume one at a time) and $50 for streaming to multiple devices. As a Playstation user, I probably would not jump ship from PS Vue unless Hulu has a better channel offering.
Can't make this up. UNC admits it had bogus classes that athletes took for good grades - an entire academic unit, in fact, was a sham. BUT, UNC says, it's not an issue within the NCAA's authority to punish.
Apparently, the cheating was so rampant, non-athletes benefitted too. And nothing in the NCAA rulebook says classes can't be really lame. So UNC argues, the NCAA can't punish UNC.
It's laughable. Either that UNC has the iron ballz to say this... or, that they are right. Either way, what a joke.
Sign of the times, I guess.
To piggyback on an earlier post - check out the MBB Jumpman shoes:
I would love to see that blue shoe in a low top.
There was a thread on the Cazzie game yesterday but nothing showing the entire non-conference schedule.
Some exciting names on here.
|11/4||vs Armstrong State (ex)||TBA|
|2K Sports Classic|
|11/23||at South Carolina||TBA|
|11/26||vs Mount St. Mary's||TBA|
|11/30||vs Virginia Tech||TBA|
|12/3||vs Kennesaw State||TBA|
|12/13||vs Central Arkansas||TBA|
Our conference slate-
- Home & Road games with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin
- Single Home games with Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
- Single Road games with Iowa, Minnesota, Northwesten, Rutgers