Those comments sound pretty bleak. Hopefully some of the new guys break out and surprise us.
Men's Basketball - No Midnight Madness
I know people are skeptical about the team's chances this year, but it should be very interesting to see how things go.
It's pretty clear they'll lack experience as there's a good chance that three of the starters will be either true or redshirt freshman:
- Wing: Hardaway
- PF: Smotrycz or Christian
- Center: Morgan, McLimans, or Horford
Chris Balas has a detailed position breakdown at The Wolverine with extensive quotes from Beilein's press conference.
but let's be honest, Anyone with even a smidgen of hope that we'll make the NCAA tournament this year is a true homer. And to you, I have nothing but the utmost respect.
I guess I'm one of those people.
How about a scenario where the team has improved greatly over the course of the season, gets on a roll--and gets some matchup breaks--in the Big Ten tournament, and wins the thing?
Realistically, however, I'm hoping they can get into the NIT, make a deep run there, and set the stage for 2011-12.
of the football season will go a long way to determining how desperate I become for the basketball team to succeed.
says the whenever Colton Christian gets on the court an announcer either asks or says something about him "also playing conerback on the football team"
...we will be reading about "experienced starting lineups" on both the football and basketball teams. And that is when things will really start to get exciting in Ann Arbor.
I'm surprised there is competition between Christian and Smotz. I figured Smotz would have that locked up based upon his recruiting hype. I'm hoping that is a good sign about Christian's game.
I have low expectations this year, but there are plenty of reasons why we could improve on last year's 15-17 record. Namely, the additional height we have now, plus another years experience for Darius Morris. Remember, most players in Beilein's system take 2-3 years before they really "get it"...Novak and Stu were exceptions as were CJ Lee and Merritt. I think this year Darius will make the leap and the redshirted kids will look better than the true freshmen. By next year I think we'll be a very competitive squad.
Another reason for a possible better record than last year: the team chemistry should be much improved.
As far as Christian goes, I think he'll play a bigger role than many anticipated because he fills two key roles: rebounding and defense.
"He's really looked good in individual workouts," said Beilein [about Christian]. "He's an athletic rebounder, not as big as Evan or the big kids, but he plays much larger than his size. He loves defense and wants to guard people."
Beilein has always been touted as a great teacher of the game. With all these youngsters, we'll find out for sure. I really like having Beilein as our coach, he's classy and well respected, but he definitely has his work cut out.
The next couple of years are going to be rough, but just wait until he gets HIS kids into the system...wait...nevermind.
Sounds like we have a lot of grit. I'm hoping that translates to wins on the court, but I think this season is going to be a long series of growing pains.
sounds like an old man lol
Here's the lineup I'd like to see:
SF: Hardaway Jr.
Douglas first off the bench at PG and SG. Christian backs up at PF and Vogrich fills in at SG and SF. Whoever doesn't start at C between Morgan and McLimans backs up there. Horford redshirts.
I would be shocked if they don't. They will do maddening young team things like jacking up threes too quickly or not rotating on pick and rolls, getting out on shooters, etc. But what I like about this team is there are no expectations and there are a few players that are true leaders and who understand the system implicitly. Those two things in a Beilein system is critical. They aren't NCAA yet, but they are NIT. They maybe NCAA in a year or two.
He is getting his type of players, and as I have stated with Rich Rod repeatedly, people don't just go to a new conference and forget how to coach. That doesn't happen. I guarantee we will get equilibrium with MSU again and I suspect Coach B will do well in the Big Ten eventually because frankly he won in a much tougher conference. History indicates he should be successful.
I mean, it's not out of the question that they could make the NIT...but I don't think it's shocking if they don't. I mean, they lost their two best players from last year, so asking them to do better than that team seems to be stretch....
I'm just interested how the program bounces back from the step back they took last year. After the NCAA berth the previous season, it was more than just mildly disappoint to see Beilein's boys to not only miss any postseason play, but actually end with a losing record.
I wouldn't be shocked if Michigan missed out on postseason play yet again. If it happened, I wonder how much scrutiny Beilein would come under, whether he'd face anything like the pressure RichRod finds himself in?