Not a huge Seth Davis fan, but his new column had a couple notes of Michigan interest:
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but Jon Horford is absolutely killing Florida. He is a 6-10, 245-pound senior who transferred from Michigan. During his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Horford made a grand total of one three-pointer in 10 attempts. During his first seven games at Florida, Horford has shot 24 three-pointers and made only five. During Saturday’s loss at Kansas, he was 0-for-5 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, he shot just two free throws the entire game. I honestly have no idea why Billy Donovan is letting Horford play like this, but unless Horford is willing to get on the block a lot more, he will continue to hurt this team’s offense far more than he is helping it.
Michigan’s Zak Irvin did not shoot a single free throw in the Wolverines’ loss to NJIT on Saturday. Not one! Yet, he went 1-for-8 from three-point range. I have been pointing out this flaw in Irvin’s game for a long time, but since he is usually so pure from behind the three-point line, my words fall on deaf ears. Irvin is 6-6, 215 pounds, yet in 280 minutes this season he has shot just 16 free throws. If he wants to become a great player -- a pro, perhaps -- he will have to learn to power his way to the rim a lot more often.
NJIT Head Coach on police officer assigned to him at Crisler:
SI.com: So what did it feel like when the final buzzer went off? Engles: Totally surreal. The cop there who was assigned to me, every time we scored I’d look over at him, and he was cheering. At halftime I said to him, “What are you doing?” He said, “I went to Michigan State, dude.” After the game, he gave me a big hug.
The loss to NJIT dropped Michigan from the rankings this week:
Edit: Wisconsin #5 (AP), #6 USA; OSU #12 in both; MSU NR (AP), #23 USA; Illinois NR (AP), #25 USA
I brought my five year old daughter (father daughter trip) to the BB game yesterday. I bought tix on Stubhub for $7.50 each the day of the UM's public sale. Our seats were in section 220 row 6. She was attemting to shoot baskets in the Kidzone when we were awarded the Stubhub fans of the day. Thus, we got courtside seats. At the under twelve timeout we were on the videoboard.
She did not understand the magnitude of getting to sit that close. I was shaking and in tears when we got to our seats. Hope I am not the only one that crazy about my fandom. She was more interested in the cheerleaders, dancers, and band.
We will never forget our first trip to Crisler and not just because of the upset. It would have been awesome even without the upgraded seats. My daughter Riley says (despite living in Ohio), "we don't like the red team we like Michigan." She topped off her visit with a mini football, necklace, and "you wish you could shoot like girl" shirt from MDen.
I had to share this story with people that might appreciate it. It was too cool not to and I thought it would be a good thing to take our minds off of the CC and the worthless nuts getting into the CoFoPo.
Let's get some of our ANGAR out...
Thought the board could use a breath of fresh air, so I'm tossing out a name for the 2017 basketball recruiting class that many think could be an early commit for that class.
Christian David is a 6'5" Canadian (yay!) guard out of Milton, Ontario, who is tearing things up north of the border. He's rated as the No.1 Canadian prospect for 2017 and is being pursued heavily by Michigan and UConn. He's a lights-out shooter, great passer, and has a high basketball IQ (seriously, he does). Interestingly, he's also of Filipino descent and to my knowledge I don't think Michigan has ever had a Filipino basketball player (or Asian for that matter).