this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Have a banana. You'll feel better.
I'm writing up the fourth game of some sort in four days and it's after 10 p.m. on a Sunday, so this will be brief. Michigan lost by two points on a last-second defensive breakdown after trailing for most of the game, only to tie it up late on a Mitch McGary layup off a brilliant inbounds play. Caris LeVert couldn't stay in front of his man on the next possession, McGary had to contest a layup, and Terrence Williams was all alone for the putback with 0.4 seconds left.
Because, based on the Twitter reaction, this is necessary to do, here are some reasons not to freak out and abandon all hope:
Michigan lost by two points against a team that, while not great, is by no means terrible; they did this despite missing a ton of open shots they'd normally make and playing without one of their best players—losing lineup versatility and the ability to switch up defenses—for most of the game. To top it off, the one guy who'd been playing well was clearly limping through much of the second half.
It's one game in a long season. The sky is still intact. Once these seemingly-minor injuries heal up—and Michigan is off until Friday—so is Michigan basketball.
for providing some perspective. Hopefully those who don't back away from the ledge now meet the same fate as those who jumped off after the Penn State loss last year.
I seem to recall similar sentiments following the football team's victory over Akron.
Belein's teams have answered and come back from hard ship in the past. Like last years Tourney or in 2011 when we where 11-9 and finished 21-14 and nearly knocked of 1 seed Duke.
So because a team in a different sport had a bad season, Michigan basketball will have a bad one as well? Curious logic.
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It was useful for Irvin and Morgan to get more crunch time action, and good to see Bielfeldt get some meaningful playing time. Assuming Robinson and Stauskus recover, it will be to our benefit in the long run.
The officiating was a bit wierd IMO. How many games will M play where they have 4 players in serious foul trouble before halftime. I don't think M is a team that fouls a lot. The officials were whistle happy. Add that to extremely cold shooting (from a good shooting team) and a couple of injuries, and you're looking at an entertaining game, and one that was probably better than a 30 point blowout against the Little Sisters of Podunk...
But as long and athletic as we are, we still feel smaller than everyone we play. That seems systemic. Should still be pretty solid if we can figure out our roles.
Hey Ace, what did you think of the officiating? It seemed like Michigan was having to get fouled like 30% harder than Charlotte to get the same calls. What did you see?
we went to the line 24 times, Charlotte 8. I am sure Charlotte doesn't think they got the benefit of the officiating. Officiating had little to nothing with the loss---defense and mostly poor shooting did.
Also, not even sure we can say we were really in foul trouble in an objective sense as it is simply Beilein's philosophy to sit out anyone who gets 2 fouls in the first half---as Burke in the NC game proves. Most other coaches are not as inflexible about it---not saying its right or wrong, just that it is what it is--okay, I'll admit I'd prefer he'd be a little more subjective in his approach.
edit: took 24 and 8 foul shots respectively--not trips to the line as it mis-implies.
IIRC, late in the first half we had 4 guys out with 2 fouls plus GR3. You are right, it wasn't that bad, but it felt like it
As far as that time went, the 8-0 run in the minute surrounding halftime went a long way to the game feeling like an uphill climb.
think of any coach I would rather have. Having said that, if I were coaching against him I would have my guys drive the lane on every possession and try to draw fouls. Pretty soon, 2 or 3 Michigan players would be on the bench with 2 first half fouls and my guys would be playing against UM's second team.
LeVert ended the game with only 2 fouls. He doesn't usually foul very much. I think that the odds are high that he could have played the entire game without fouling out. We needed him in the line up last night, especially after GR 111 got hurt and we had to rely on Nik for all of the offense. I hope that the coaches learn from this game.
I, personally, would really like to see you coach against Beilein. I'm certain you would take him to the woodshed.
It was both weird and bad. And I don't mean the whole hand checking thing where officials, players, and fans are all trying to figure this out. Inside, the officials were just guessing all game long. Morgan, Horford, and McG's final fouls were each really bad.
Not blaming the game on it, just answering the question. The game was lost on bad defense at keys points, couples with the cold shooting and GR3 not playing the 2nd half. This team will not be a great defensive team (although there is no reason they couldn't be), but they will need to not give free baskets away due to blown assignments, lack of focus.
and not assuming that that man is yelling, "There's always money in the banana stand!!!"
I would argue the sky is not intact if, in fact, the team has sustained potential season long injuries on two of our biggest stars (Stauskas/Robinson).
Hopefully they will not be out long.
Now we have to worry about nagging injuries. Honestly, the bb team's run last March, the win over ND, and hockey's win over BC have been the only bright spots in an otherwise black hole of a year. Pitch black. (Sorry gymnastics, and women's volleyball teams. I should have given you credit for your achievements.)
I would not describe a year in which a team plays for a national title in one of the two glamour sports to be anywhere near "pitch black."
Like a lot of rationalizations for what can only be called a bad loss.
Every coach has some losses to supposedly inferior teams after catching a lot of bad breaks, shit happens sometimes. After going to the Final Four last year and winning the Big Ten the year before, this coaching staff has earned the benefit of the doubt, and it would be nice if all the posters on here realized that. Instead, some "fans" feel the need to complain about this staff after a very understandable loss. Just stop posting please.
say a goddamn word against the coaching staff.
It looked like Zak Irvin was supposed to have the wing man on the last play for Charlotte. He kinda wandered into no man's land.
Irvin did have the wing that floated in eventfully to the top of the key. The main problem was Caris getting beat away from the screen ( did you hear that enough from the announcers?!!?). When the screener roles to the hoop both guys were ahead of both defenders, leaving Mitch defending a 3-1. To me that play is completely on Caris. He was beaten so badly that Irvin didn't have time to help, although I guess you could say he should have done better, as he did get stuck short of helping. But that play wasn't on him. (Unlike yet he wide open 3 with ~3:00 left)
I am not blaming Irvin. I am stating that he wound up out in no man's land. I know LeVert got beat badly. That being said, Irvin was guarding the guy rolling towards the top of the key and he probably should have stayed with the guy on the baseline since he is closest to the basket. Tough for a guy playing in his sixth college game and a good play design by Charlotte.
up a lot of switches tonight. I think they will get that cleaned up.
that Stauskus was hurt and for the last 8 minutes was just a body on the court. In reality it was more 4.5 vs 5 basketball. I think with him healthy and Levert and Spike playing like they did in the last 5, we would have won by 5 points. Really hope he is healthy as he has been our most consistent scorer this year at 20.3 ppg. This team has a lot of talent, they just need time to gel.
A win by even more than five if Nik wasn't hurt. Injury messed with his D and his jump shot.
Still a really shitty sports weekend.
which I missed. I wish they would rebroadcast the 2nd half today.
What we are lacking in defense right now is the ability to limit penetration and GR III is a super soft post defender. Iowa St and Charlotte took advantage of that.
We'll be fine. By the end if the year we'll have 8 or 9 losses but Levert, Stauskas and McGary will have a better understanding of how to operate together.
Coach B's own words via UMhoops: "We had adversity tonight like we hadn’t had, and we just kept plugging away, it’s all good. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s all good to come into that environment, play as hard as we did and fight back to have a chance to win.”
I can't help but feel like GR3 is soft. He had an ouch-y back and went out for the night. Stauskas rolled an ankle and went all Sugar Bowl Molk on it, despite it totally throwing off his jump shot and defense.
You are a moron. Do you have any idea what his injury was or how severe it was? He didn't even make it back to the bench so clearly it was something fairly serious.
You cannot even compare the injuries. The best thing to do for a rolled ankle is just keep playing. Dakich said it best last night, if Stauskas sits, the ankle swells up and he doesn't come back in the game at all.
man, i hate this crap. i just watched the post-game press conference, and there was no passion, no fire, no anger. i wish the coach would take some personal responsibility, but he just stands there and defends his staff and pretends nothing is wrong. well, something is wrong - we're barely above .500 and losing to two teams that we should beat.
looks like more years of mediocrity in ann arbor, until we sweep these guys out the door and go in a new direction.
wait, this is the iowa game column, right?
We have to remember what happened last year was special. If this season goes the same way it did two years ago, then we should all rejoice in happiness.
I'd rather take these punches now than in the Big Ten. Our non-conference is not weak by any means, and it will get us battle ready if anything else.
By the end of the year, you will not remember that we lost to Charlotte. I can guarantee that.
I agree with everything Ace says in terms of not freaking out but something I have been wondering about is all the hype about GRIII. I mean, he doesn't do much on offense and even less on defense. I am not an NBA scout obviously, but other than pure potential, what are they evaluating him on because the in-game evidence doesn;t suggest to me that his guy is a hgh first round pick? Has he even once created his own shot since coming to UM? He's an athletic freak but lots of good athlete's don't make great BBall players. I guess I'm just missing something where he is concerned.
Oh...and will someone please teach these players to box out on defense and follow their shot (instead of admiring it out of their hand) on offense? Some rebounding from people other than McGary would be a good thing.
Yeah I don't get it either. I said it all last year and I'll say it all this year. GRIII is just a dude who has a decnt shot and can jump, nothing else. Stauskas is far far better than him. He barely played against Charlotte and I didn't even notice he was gone (though obviously he would have been an improvement over Irvin's brick-fest). Once Nik got injured I didn't enjoy that game at all, spent the whole time watching and wincing, i wish they'd taken him out, it's not worth making things worse.
Wait, LeVert blew a defensive assignment late in a close game? What a shocker. For all his length, he's a pretty poor defender.
He's effective at the top of the 1-3-1. We really should utilize that more
Maybe after a few more seasons, Alan Major may turn out to be a little grumpy like his ol' mentor.
The team is extremely skilled, but with lack of height how will they make a run looking foward. The defense collapsed in the paint on the last play and quite honestly if we had a tall and defensive rebounder that breakdown may not of happened. fruit for thought.
Best part of this game was Charlotte's coach's hair. 'Nah, I'm not going bald, I just have a big forehead that grows every year.' It's like the afro version of the comb-over and I couldn't stop staring.