thank you for hitting those 2 free throws at the end of the game...
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thank you for hitting those 2 free throws at the end of the game...
I grew 3 inches too. BAM.
I'm guessing you don't live within 500 feet of a church, library, or school.
Hide yo wife, hide yo kids, cuz they rapin' errbody out here.
he is a priest.
or a Chuck E Cheese
do some people really get chubbies when the team or (urg) some player "performs" well. Cuz--not that there's anything wrong with it-that's not how my shitz works.
Not to mention him grabbing the offensive board to set those up - plus the defensive board on Iowa's last shot in regulation.
Wish the team would stop forgetting about him during scoring lulls when they just pass the ball around the 3 point line aimlessly
Morgan has probably been the biggest surprise this season out of everyone. I mean at my most optimistic, I could see Morris and Hardaway being as good as they are, but I didn't think Morgan could be anywhere near this good this year. If he can just avoid taking dumb fouls the next couple years I'll think he'll be a force, especially if Smotrycz can develop into a four man that can stretch the floor.
He's gotten opposing players to make a lot more dumb fouls than he himself has committed, at least over the last 12+ games.
he is phenomenal at rolling off screens and we get a lot easy buckets because of it. If he can truly develop some 1v1 post moves a la Sullinger, he could be a great big man.
D. Sims work his magic in the post all the time the last two years, I just don't think Morgan has real post moves in his arsenal yet.
Hell, I cringe more when Douglass has the ball at the top of the key.
Three guys score 18, 20 and 30. That's tough to defend for anyone. I was very impressed with Morgan's 2 FT's to send the game to OT, those of course were huge.
Side Note - DAMN Broncos just scored to go up 1-0, 49 seconds in.....
I am liking this Hoops team, they are more of a team then last years IMO.
The heartbeat is alive for the NCAA's, faint, but beating...
And those three guys are a true freshman, a redshirt freshman, and a true sophomore. Good times ahead for Wolverines hoops.
I sure am glad to be proven dead wrong about that.
Morgan is a space-eating force. And now he's capable of putting up 20? What an awesome surprise.
It recently hit me how good this team can be as Morgan, Morris, and Hardaway continue to progress and play off of eachother. Combined with the other role players and more young talent coming in, this team as a very high ceiling.
Well they clearly didn't have a high ceiling, what with them only going to two national championship games and all.
Maybe my memory is flawed, but frosh Morgan is starting to look almost as good as a senior Courtney Sims. And lately he's starting to gain the confidence to just go up strong and dunk, something Sims always struggled with. Future=bright.
courtney sims actually had pretty good post moves; just a bit slow. he also was weak taking it to the rim.
morgan doesn't really have a good post game, but he dunks with authority on those pick and rolls. the great thing is that morgan has 3 more years of eligibility.
JB, please get this guy some help in the paint.
Also, Sims was a much better shotblocker. Morgan is a lot more athletic, and just seems more coordinated in general.
Webber, Howard, and Rose started from game 1. I believe Eric Riley and James Voskuil
started in front of King and Jackson until well into the B1G season.
Riley was a center. I don't think he started that year, but Voskuil and Talley did for awhile. The Fab Five did start together for the first time against ND, but it was around February, not at the beginning of the season.
riley and talley started at the beginning. don't think JV started at all. king soon replaced talley as rose ran the point. jackson replaced riley a bit later in the season as a starter.
Had a monster game (30 and 13) against Arkansas in '94 that should have pushed UM into its third straight Final Four.
But that was the crescendo of his career: he moved on to be a pretty good NBA player.
Crazylegs Roy Tarpley was probably the best Center Michigan ever had. (OK, it's a tossup.)
And if Beilein can recruit, JoMo will be a power forward next year.
I doubt Belein takes anyone else for his 2011 class besides Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge. Both of them are backcourt guys. Morgan will be at the 5 for better or for worse the rest of his career. And that's not a terrible thing, because he has the size to bang around with other Big Ten centers. He defended Sullinger well. It's the tall guys he'll have trouble with in his career, like Mike Tisdale and JaJuan Johnson. Best case scenario, Smotrycz develops as a 4 to the point where Belein feels comfortable having both of them on the floor most of the game.
Courtney Sims had a good offensive game and could put up 30 on SOME nights. Trouble was, he often disappeared for entire games. He was slow, and IMO didn't play hard most of the time. It always seemed to me that he didn't reallly care that much. Keep in mind, Morgan is just a freshman. By time he is done, he could very well be much better than Courtney. The coaches say he wants to learn and improve.
is really smart. He loves Horford, too; wish, in retrospect, that we could have red-shirted Horford.
was also on that team and played like he didn't care, tho he did battle some injuries early in his career. he would show up 3 or 4 times a year. he was 6'11" and athletic with a decent outside shot. what a complete waste that he didn't make it. there is no reason he could not be like J Johnson of purdue.
another reason to hate amaker. that guy could not coach or develop players in the least. seemed like a nice guy tho.
Morgan has gotten much better regarding fouls. A few weeks ago he would pick up a couple fouls in the first few minutes of the game. He, along with the rest of the team, has been really impressive. I cannot wait for Wisconsin. Whatever happens this year the team has gained some valuable experience.
Belien is a phenomenal coach. Morgan's development as a player has been nothing short of spectacular and we get 3+ more years of this. Kudos to Belien for the direction and to Morgan for putting in the blood, sweat, toil and tears.
Now, about THJ, I know he is Tim Hardaway's son, but when he gets in the lane, elevates, hangs, and gets good looks, he reminds me of the Big Dog, from his days at Purdue.
i guess i missed all those 4* and 5* players on the roster.
vastly exceeding expectations with a team full of freshmen and sophmores in a strong big ten doesn't qualify you as being a good coach? what does make an excellent coach then? because a young team that has stayed poised in many tough places this year, won games they werent supposed to and played the best teams in the country to a few points would lead me to believe he's done a heckuva coaching job...
you seriously can't admit he's done a good job? How has he not? Did you expect this team to win the National Title? Or a Big Ten title against teams like Ohio St. that have 1 loss or a Wisconsin team that doesn't lose at home. like ever.
Or are you questioning the purpose of a basketball coach completely? Because yes, he is not the one making the shots, rebounding the ball, playing the game, but I assume you're smarter than that.
Because right now, you sound like you're analyzing this like many do with our football program..."We should be in contention every year because we're michigan damn it!" That's not the way things work.
Or, you might just not be very familiar with basketball or how programs rise and fall...
Anyway, what is the problem with saying John Beilien has done a good job this year? Your argument would be stronger if you provided evidence...
necessary to win big.
The basketball program has subpar facilities, and recruits today were still in diapers the last time Michigan made it past the second round of the NCAAs.
You can't compare the two.
Teamort is a troll. He doesn't have anything better to do. But we do.
Collectively, let's ignore him. (This, after I just replied to one of his more rational posts moments ago.)
Teamort, return to whence you came.
Your a complete idiot, he asked you to provide any evidence for your ridiculous statements and you go on to talk about how the Michigan Woman's BBall team was a better game then the men's? Did you watch the game? It went into overtime, usually when that happens you know it was a close hard fought exciting game. If you didn't think today's game was exciting then have fun watching your woman's bball game. The only thing that made today's game bad was the refs calling fouls on both teams every time down the court, that shit gets annoying.
Wissssy really? You are the epitome of an Mlive poster.
that kid already had those skills before he stepped on the court at osu. matta is the worst coach in the big ten, imo. just gets the best recruits money can buy.
I don't agree with the poster saying Beilein sucks, but Matta is a good coach. He is a good coach in a different way than JB. Matta recruits better than anyone else in the B1G. He does develop talent, ala Evan Turner. He takes 4* and 5* talent and turns them into all-americans and lottery picks, which FWIW is a lot more than a coach up in East Lansing can say. Matta might be the best coach in the B1G, behind Bo Ryan. You have to look at the complete package. Recruiting is part of coaching in college.
matta is a good coach like bill self or calipari is (except matta doesn't have the success those 2 have). he's a helluva recruiter, but i stand by my claim that he's the worst "coach" in the big 10.
that's all he gets is 5* and 4* players, yet his teams seem to struggle every game. they've won a lot of close games this year, and i will give them some credit for that. but that team should be much more dominant during games.
and please don't tell me that matta developed the likes of oden, conley and sullinger. i will give him mild credit for turner. but even he was frosh of the year i think.
Do you also post under a "MfaninOH" screenname, by any chance?
Next time count your zeroes, small man.
If this M team makes the tourney, Belien has national coach of the year on lock down, and deservedly so. As of now he has Big Ten coach of the year sewed up.
will get it. as much of a joke that is.
Calchoun or Fisher, IMO.
So bt your logic, the job being done by coach Adam Walsh of 0-27 Centenary Gentlemen is the exact same as that being done by every other coach in NCAA basketball. I'm not knocking Mr. Walsh's abilities, but coaches are judged largely by wins and losses and player development, and on both fronts Beilein has exceeded most UM fans' expectations this season. That is a pretty phenomenal to me.
most of the credit should go to coach Alexander. I think he was a great hire and really knows how to coach the bigs. If JB had him from the start we may have kept Udoh around. Remember the coaches trying to teach him how to shoot from the outside? We don't see that with Morgan and I think it is because Alexander really knows how to coach big men in the paint.
i just want him to play good solid D and rebound; including the occasional offensive rebound. hopefully he can add 15-20 lbs this offseason to help toughen him up.
i'm tired of seeing novak playing against 6'10" guys on D. even the mediocre iowa bigs were able to dominate him.
a solid horford would give JB a lot more match up flexibility.
he has people around him telling him in his ears that he needs to transfer if he wants to get into the NBA. Not sure if Udoh would stay with Bacari as the coach.
however i think it wa$ more than just voice$ that made him tran$fer if you get my drift.
I think at least part of the credit for Morgan's development goes to Barari.
Morgan, Morris, and THJ are all part of my love triangle
I really hope this young nucleas all stays together and no one leaves early or gets into stupid trouble. Indications suggest that they're all bright kids likely to make good choices. Most doubt any would leave after this year, but depending on how things go next year there could be departures. Crazy, considering how little was thought of them nationally out of high school. Morris was highly rated, but Morgan was considered a big, fluffy kid who peaked early and was then an injury concern, and Hardaway was a talented kid but his name was bigger than his game.
Now? They're the biggest surprises in the conference.
Haven't had a true one, for awhile. And everytime I think about this teams future, it makes me shiver.
forget about him already?
Sims was great, but he was definitely undersized for what UM asked him to do. Morgan is a legit big, not a 3/4 forced to play "big" because of a lack of depth. But still, I feel the love.
i just love having a big man who can throw it down
i remember watching the all-guard-squad and its so refreshing to see a pick and roll finishing with morgan throwing it down
P.S. Please make him stay and get his degree.
Also to THS...if your son leads us into the tourny, I will forgive you for your comments about gay men.
Signed Heterosexual Male
Did somebody say "love?"
It was a road win in the Big Ten. It's where MSU lost by 20 and Wisconsin escaped with a 3 point win.
UM didn't play it's best game and got out of there with a W. This was marked as a probable L before the season. THJ had a great game. Morgan played well. There are positives, but you want to focus on it being Iowa (a bad/young team that has been improving).
WTF that is ? I remember Juwan Howard. Is Jawaan his cousing from Bahrain ?. Teamort2.
Hey teamort2. WHO THE F... is Jawaan Howard ?. Your cousin from Bahrain. I remember a Juwan Howard at UM playin along Jalen , Chris, Jimmy K and company.
Why do you have some many spaces between your commas ? and your next word ?
I think you may be an alias of teamort2, you both put dot dot dot on your curse words, both of you put extra spaces between your punctuation and your writing style is identical. When teamort2 stops posting all of a sudden Cigarro pops up? Hmm, it's pretty damn funny your calling yourself out though for spelling Juwan wrong, very clever. I'm on to you buddy.
Great game by Morgan and clutch free throws, but this team didn't give up being down 10 on the road in the 2nd half. I still think this team falls short getting to the NCAA tournament this year (I'm a pessimist when you consider the chatter about 11(!) teams from the BE getting in), but just a great season and one that gives me immense hope for the future of this program. It is scary that I'm nearly 30 and this basketball team gave me so little hope of sustained success since I was about 15 until Beilein showed up.
I always thought there was a good amount of enthusiasm about him coming out of highschool... That'd he'd be a solid workingclass big as an upperclassman. That he's doing this as a redshirt frosh is even better.
I watched him three years at my high school, and he has definitely improved a lot. I hope this means he also improved in being a clutch player in close games at the end. Often times, he seemed to be a non factor within the last three minutes. I really hope this has changed though. He's a good kid, and props to him.
When I want your opinion I will give it for you. Thanks buddy.
There is a reply button Cigarro/teamort2/MfaninOH, got it? Probably not because your about 12, but it's right there in the lower right hand corner of the comment box.
Don't you mean when you want my opinion you'll ask for it? Because saying when you want my opinion you'll give it to me makes no sense. You have got to be, no you are, the dumbest poster on this site. Congratulations. You and your alias' need to go away, like yesterday.
I'm sure he enjoys playing for his dad at CMU, but right now they're 8-18 and not going anywhere post-season while we look to be a lock for the NIT with an outside chance at making the NCAA.