I was hoping that the Michigan game would be the later game on Thursday in K.C. so I could just buy someone's ticket off of them when they walk out but since our game is earlier I don't know how to go about buying the Michigan portion of Thursday's session. Any idea how to approach this? Thanks!
There's a nice article by Sndyer at the Freep about the benefits of Camp Sanderson and Beilein's skill development.
For mgo-obsessives, there isn't a whole lot of new information. From my perspective, the interesting observation is that the NBA is taking notice. Partially because of Michigan, a number of players have stuck with the NBA. Here are a few quotes for those of you who refuse a Freep link:
Michigan has become deeply respected in the NBA conversations. Before Beilein arrived at Michigan in 2007, he had no NBA pedigree. His players were talented and he won NCAA tournament games but they never panned out at the next level. That’s rapidly changing and Beilein’s decade longevity at U-M plays a role.
“It’s clear when you watch Michigan play they have a culture and a system similar to all the great teams in the NBA,” an NBA assistant coach told the Free Press. The coach did not want his name used because he is not authorized to speak publicly about prospects and schools. “Similar to all the great teams in the NBA. You look at the Spurs, you look at the Warriors, they have a culture and a system that they stick to. For Michigan, you see how it goes both on and off the court.”
Michigan had five players from the 2013 runner-up team picked in the first round of the 2013, 2014 and 2016 drafts.
“Look at the guys they have in the NBA now, it says something,” the coach said. “Nik Stauskas, everyone’s shocked when he goes and dunks on a guy. I’m like, he did that in college and he’s doing that in the NBA. Tim Hardaway (Jr.) is such a smooth, explosive athlete. Glenn Robinson (III) winning the dunk contest, he’s found his niche in the NBA. All three of those guys, going to back to the mental makeup, their first years in the NBA were rocky. They all got traded, they all got cut and now because they got the mental and physical to keep on going, they’ve turned themselves into nice NBA players.”
It goes back to Beilein players’ defining traits — shooting and passing — and Sanderson building basketball strength and flexibility.
The great thing about this is how it "might" affect recruiting. Beilein needs to continue to get players he believes will fit. He can develop them mentally and with shooting ability. Sanderson can mold them physically, gaining muscle and hops and speed. The big thing is for HS and AAU coaches, along with the players and their families, to understand the benefit. If they believe that they will have a better chance of getting to the NBA by going to Michigan, it may open some doors. If a player believes he is ready for professional ranks and doesn't want coaches to get in the way, well, he might be a better fit elsewhere. But an intelligent player who wants to use a year or two to develop strength, improve shooting skills, and learn a system . . . well, some of them might consider going to Michigan.
Many people know that before Crisler, Michigan Basketball played at Yost Field House.
But what about before that? The team moved into the new Field House in 1923, but played 7 seasons somewhere else.
It was the original home to Michigan Basketball, Men's Gymnastics, Wrestling, Indoor Track(!) and Baseball practice(!!)
Its site is where the chem building currently sits today. It was demolished in the 70s.
Built in 1894-
The first Michigan Basketball team practicing in 1909. Notice the wood backboard.
That balcony is an indoor track. That's where Michigan held it's indoor track meets until Yost Field House was built. It was common in those days to have elevated balcony tracks. Some old Detroit high schools built in that era still have them.
Baseball practice in the batting "cage". You can see a bat in one of the player's hands. Notice the still rings hanging down from the ceiling. Gymnastics also called Waterman home.
Michigan Basketball compiled a 39-25 record at Waterman Gymnasium.
The first game was against Oberlin on January 16, 1909. Michigan won that game in an overtime thriller, 27-25.
It was home to Michigan's first B1G Championship team in 1920-21. That team and this current Michigan team in 2016-17 are the only two teams in the 101 years of Michigan Basketball to play and win 4 games in 4 days.
Waterman Gymnasium demolition in 1977.
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!