That is all.
That is all.
just as much I'm looking forward to football season this year. This has never happened before.
Bama looks like a loss, but there really isn't anyone on the schedule Michigan can't beat. Michigan is now going to be the team with a lot of upperclassmen on it, who have been to hell and back. Meanwhile, there is a reason why every "tough" game on the schedule is winnable.
@ND: ND is a train wreck waiting to happen. I have yet to see evidence that Kelly truly has control of his team.
Sparty: OVER-RATED (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap). Seriously, they have lost too many good players and their rebuilding/reloading ratio will be too low this year.
@Nebraska: Taylor Martinez "progressively got worse" as a passer? He has to prove that he can throw the ball at a D-1 level.
Iowa: they were lucky to beat Michigan even when they had superior personnel. They don't have superior personnel this year.
@Ohio: Meyer isn't always great the first year. Braxton Miller has to prove he can carry the load as he works with his third offense in three years. Michigan's defense is in its second year of Mattison. We should probably be scared shitless of Ohio starting in 2013, but this game is in 2012.
B1G Championship game (if they get that far): Wiscy may be the best of their division, but they won't be pushing around a bunch of freshmen and sophomores this year.
In other words: I'm not writing the football season off yet, and you can be sure that nobody in the locker room is, either. "Leaders and Best" doesn't mean "I wet my pants and choke on tough games." I think this team will be very ready, and I think they are catching a potentially difficult schedule at the right time, due to the circumstances noted above.
I guess it was a good day then.
Here is the article from Rod Beard.
Caris is 6-5 and is built like small Kevin Durant and has all the tools Durant has — he can dribble really good, can shoot," Burke said.
Did Fred Jackson write this?
Can this be? A pure 3-point shooter in Beilein's system? Drool...
what?! Do you guys know how hard that is? I wonder how many of you have done five minutes straight of three pointers - it gets real tiring. You likely will have a few streaks where you make 8-10 or so, but 78 in 5 minutes is pretty nuts. That's a MADE 3 pointer every four seconds over the course of five minutes (amazing math skills provided free of charge).
Oh boy, oh boy.
That 5 freshmen would try to repeat (only the good parts please!!!!) history?
That article is really encouraging. It's great to hear that they new guys are humble and hardworking.
This can only mean good things if it elevates the game of our veterans.
Games to 11 can be fluky things. The freshmen winning 11-6, 11-7 says they're talented. The seniors coming back and winning 11-2 and 11-1 says they know how to play and are conditioned. I think the best part of the article talks about how well they mesh, that they're already hanging out together and all working hard.
I remember hearing that someone's incoming freshmen destroyed the varsity was the 1965 UCLA recruiting class with Alcindor/Allen et al. who manhandled the remnants of the two-time national champion Bruins. A year later, the Alcindor-led UCLA sophomores were national champions. Let's hope for a replay with this class.
There should be a (-1 Jinx) in the moderation options.
This is just a pickup game. No need to get too excited. It's only...
ah, screw it.
It's going to be weird not seeing 6'4" white guys playing PF
Protect me as I raise my excitement level and expectations for Michigan basketball. I shall not tempt thee by being overly exuberant, but.....
I'm sure the veterans will turn things around, but this bodes well for the competitiveness of the entire team this season. Having younger guys pushing the upperclassmen all the time will make this Michigan team much better. Hopefully this will push Hardaway in particular over the hump.
I don't know there is a hump Hardaway needs to get over. At this point I'm inclined to think Hardaway is what he is: Nice scorer with a bad handle. THJ does not look fluid, or naturally gifted when handling the ball. His overly upright crossover is a turnover waiting to happen, and kind of surprising considering his Papa; Tim's not really much of an NBA prospect at this point. I would expect Hardaway to be at M for 4 years.
There is also this review from the LeBron James Skills Academy via http://www.nbadraft.net/2012-lebron-james-skills-academy-top-college-prospects
Hardaway's biggest Achilles is plain to see as he really struggles to get by defenders off the dribble as he's severely lacking an explosive first step
I hear you. I don't even necessarily agree with the "first step" issue, honestly, I hadn't noticed it. I was just giving a less ringing review of THJ from this summer. THJ's Ball handling deficiencies, which I've noticed firsthand, are a much bigger concern for me.
And, perhaps most impressive, the duo said they witnessed Robinson make a flat-footed broad jump of 11-feet, 11-inches.
It's the mental that could make us a really good team-
"They want to learn, they don't talk back, they want to do whatever it takes to win. Coming into a freshman year, that's very good. They're not trying to just make an impact on offense, they're doing it on defense and making hustle plays -- they're doing whatever it takes."
....there is also the productivity:
"Sophomore point guard Trey Burke noted how Stauskas made 78 3-pointers in five minutes earlier this month during a shooting drill, something he said was nearly a Michigan record."
That's about 46 points a minute. I will take that.
It sounds like this squad is shaping up to be a potentially formidable one, and I like that they want to both play hard and play smart and, if Robinson's broad jump is any indication, simply leap over defenders. The talent and the ethic are there to make the next few years some good years indeed.
This will be the first time in the Beilein era M has the Bigs to bang with MSU and other physical teams.
Last season Beilein had Morgan, Smot, and Mclimans at his disposal
Next season Beilein has Morgan, Mclimans, Horford, McGary and Bielfeldt at his disposal; Huge difference literally and figuratively
Honest question, will Mclimans and/or Horford be factors? I dont remember seeing their names much last year and that was before the influx of talent you recieved.
Horford was hurt much of last year, he will def get a lot of quality minutes, especially early in the year...How well and how fast McGary and Bielfedt catch on to the college game will determine if those quality minutes extend throughout the whole season
I doubt you see much of McLimans at all by conference season
Horford could be a big factor. He took a redshirt last year due to injury, (right foot), but iirc he actually started the first game of the season ahead of Morgan. Horford was the best defensive presence M had inside, prior to the arrival of McGary.
McLimans is unlikely to contribute much, but will add a big guy with 5 fouls to give, and gives M a little insurance if the injury bug bites again. Part of the reason Bielfeldt took a redshirt last season was due to tendonitis in his knee and then there are reports of McGary having off and on bouts with Planter Fascitis since 7th grade. Probably a good sign for M if McLimans role is limited next season, but you just never know...
so Mclimans and Bielfeldt are going to be benchwarmers most of the season, with Morgan Horford and McGary getting most of the big man minutes pretty much ?
That's the most likely scenario IMO
Yes, he can have a major impact this year.
but lack of experience could be a major road block. This will be a very young team.
After years of limited depth, it sounds like we might even be in the opposite position - so much depth that some guys are going to have to accept a bench role for the good of the team. I'll take it.
I saw Burke and Hardaway yesterday and they are jacked. Burke has gained good weight. I also saw Morgan shooting around and he has lost a ton of weight (even more so than last year).
McGary shatters the backboard at breslin this year.
Bank on it.
But if he shatters it, they'll be nothing for the shooters to bank off of.
But if he shatters it, they'll be nothing for the shooters to bank off of.
Change your sig to "Mitch McGary will break MSU's backboard before he leaves Michigan"
Not to trying hijack, but Jehu Chesson tells me he's going to wear 86. Didn't think it was worth its own thread
It has it's own thread. Not just for Chesson, but all the freshmen.
This is genuinely positive news.
I can't help but think that it's possible that the vets are underestimating the freshmen at first and not bringing their A game, but even so...
Even if that is the case.... they are still B1G Champ vets haha
Extremely positive news
Remember like 2-3 years ago when we lamented that it was the worst all 3 major sports (football/bball/hockey) have been since like the 50's? And now look at us just a few years later. Basketball is preseason top 10, football is preseason top 10, and hockey is generally preseason top 3. Quite the bounce back I'd say
Hockey probably won't be a Top 3. We should be in contention for the CCHA, but we've got some Defense issues and trying to replace a midget goalie
needs to find someone (or preferably someoneS) to score consistently. Right now we have uhhhh... Guptill and Treais returning? Neither of whom was really all that prolific last year. And I totally agree with the D issues; the defense SHOULD be fine, but they SHOULD have been fine last year, too and the only reason the D numbers looked good was because Hunwick never stopped standing on his head.
That makes everything sound overly bleak. And it's really not. Michigan should be OK/good at everything, it's just hard to see where they're going to be great. They have the talent to be great everywhere (except maybe goalie) but it needs to be proven. Michigan should be more than good enough to make waves in the CCHA and make the NCAA tournament, but I wouldn't count on a 1-seed and probably not a 2-seed.
We'll probably be pretty decent next year, just not Top 3 like the guy I responded to was saying. Even in the small pool of college hockey I don't see us as a Top 3 team
I was also referring to the fact that I think INCH had us as their early-season #2.Too lazy to link the poll right now
I think we can pull out a 1 seed again this year. Hopefully some combination of Treais, Guptill, PDG, Moffatt, and Nieves will get consistent scoring. No doubt Hunwick is a big gap, but we are probably the last team in the country that should be complaining about Dmen. We have a top 10 pick, a 2nd rounder, 2 3rd rounders, a 6th and a 7th rounder plus a few other promising guys. I think D will be just fine
When I first read Burke's quote from the News article about the Ohio loss, the exit from the B1G tournament came to mind - not the NCAA. Hoke has forever brainwashed me.
Because of the controversial Basketball Seating change policy I was able to just today select my season tickets for this season. I have shared other's the past 2 seasons. I'm too excited to sleep!
who works at Addidas, he helps create new uniforms for various teams. Saw him yesterday, he throws me a bag with a jersery in it...boom, Michigan team jersey (maze version)...my legs got weak and I about cried when he gave it to me. It was a test jersey so on the back its says "ABCABC" where the name would be but I dont care...couldnt have come at a better time reading this article.
Jacked for basketball next season!
hell yea, watchout MSU and OSU. Your worlds are about to flip upside down.
I'm more concerned with Indiana than either of those teams.
"I won't say they destroyed us, but they were beating us 11-6, 11-7," Hardaway Jr. said. "There was one game, me and J-Mo just looked at each other and we were like, 'We need to show them what Big Ten basketball is really about.' And then we beat them 11-1, 11-2. They got their time, but it won't happen again."
Still good that they can beat them, but there is a difference.
Burke says "Ohio." hehe
I cant wait to win a NC in basketball and football in the same year!! GO BLUE!!
Decisions, decisions. To shock the world or not shock the world?
Beilein will find a way to integrate the freshman in so they can contribute. Need Burke to stay healthy. Think we could be okay with an injury to THJ or even Morgan but need Burke.
secured, I have gone to bed thinking about the new freshmen class and how they would match up against the vets in practice. I got that somewhat answered today.
In my pre-sleep imagination, I had Burke dominating Albrecht, Stauskas and Levert with an edge over Vogrich, Hardaway and Robinson even, and McGary even with Morgan/Horford. Then 2 months into the season, the freshman get the upper hand.
fiending for some McGary and GRIII action!!!!