Mike Lantry, 1972
|6 min 29 sec ago||On The Season...||
Going over to StatSheet, Smotrycz is 112-285 (39.3%) for FGs and 52-145 (35.9%) for 3FGs, which overall makes for a personal eFG% of 48.42% for Evan. Similar numbers to 2010-11 but a little dip from 2011-12 on that dynamic. Actually, his offensive rating is 106.3, and he is responsible for about 25% of Maryland's production from beyond the arc.
|23 min 13 sec ago||Official Statement...||
CBS in Detroit has the statement released by Ford Motor Company here - LINK
I will admit that most of my life, I really only thought of WCF Sr. as the owner of the Lions and rather overlooked the career he had at the company which bears his grandfather's name. It was a long career, a successful career, and one which produced some of Ford's best remembered automobiles. Some of his more charitable work included extensive involvement with United Way here in SE Michigan as well as with the Henry Ford Museum and several other local and national charities. Indeed, the tennis courts at the University Of Michigan are named for this man. We can debate his legacy as the owner of the Detroit Lions, but his service to Ford and and to the Detroit area cannot be overlooked.
Thoughts and condolences to the Ford family.
|1 hour 31 min ago||Good Gravy...||
It is admittedly morbidly amusing to watch a team like Northwestern hang onto a lead despite currently sporting a 39.65% effective field goal percentage. If you're shooting worse than Northwestern, as Purdue is at the moment (24.00% effective FG%), that's when you know it is an awful, awful start for you.
|6 hours 39 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|6 hours 41 min ago||Dakich Predictions...||
Dakich makes annoying prediction
Yeah, the tribe spoke here, it seems, and it is presentation in this case. I realize that Dan Dakich gives the muscles which allow eyes to roll a workout sometimes (the man knows basketball though, you have to give him credit for that), but I don't know if it leads to a good discussion of his statement if we begin the thread with "The dude is ralking out of his ass at least 70% of the time...". Perhaps put more tactfully, such a thread stands.
|14 hours 7 min ago||In The Grand Scheme...||
In the grand scheme, I would doubt that this affects Iowa's relative odds of getting in the tournament too much - we're still likely sending six teams as a conference, one of which would still be Iowa. What this does mean is that the Hawkeyes should be a very comfortable #6 in the BTT, so assuming that and if they win their first game, they get #3 in the next game of the BTT.
|14 hours 51 min ago||Fair Statement...||
I will say, it has been great to see Crisler packed most of the time thesr last few seasons as Michigan basketball has gone from getting better to pretty much awesome all around. Most of my years as an undergraduate coincided with the Ellerbe years, and I do remember some afternoons and nights when it was comparatively dead in comparison to the atmosphere you can experience now. The Maize Rage has been a significant part of that atmosphere being revolutionized as well.
|15 hours 8 min ago||Ha! Nice...||
Nice. Charles Woodson might be one of the relative handful of people who could shout "Photobomb!" like that, slide into the photo, and make the photo timeless and awesome in its own right. At least, one of the relative few people in a Michigan athletics context. I wonder if anyone got that moment live for television purposes actually, because the look one a few players' faces seems rather priceless.
|16 hours 32 min ago||I Will Say This...||
You have to admire the dedication and spirit of the Cameron Crazies. I mean, there is putting on the school colors and then there is looking like you were near an explosion at a Sherwin-Williams paint store and then putting on a fright wig hoping no one will notice your injuries. To me, that is a dedicated fan - also, a deeply disturbed individual.
|16 hours 37 min ago||Four Factors At The End...||
Michigan eFG% - 51.79%
Michigan OREB% - 35.48%
Michigan FTR - 51.79%
Michigan turnover % - 8.03%
Indiana eFG% - 66.3%
Indiana OREB% - 30.00%
Indiana FTR - 34.69%
Indiana turnover % -20.98%
Our defensive PPP ended up at 1.23 in this game, but our offensive PPP was 1.34.
|16 hours 55 min ago||I Dare Say...||
I dare say that this program might not be quite where it is now without the effort, play and sheer determination of Jordan Morgan. Truly, he is an example of what can happen if you keep hard at something at stick with it. He has been rewarded handsomely for his loyalty to Michigan and his leadership this season. Thank you, Jordan Morgan - you will be missed.
|18 hours 12 min ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
Michigan eFG% - 51.56%
Michigan OREB% - 38.89%
Michigan free throw rate - 15.63%
Michigan turnover % - 5.52%
Indiana eFG% - 66.67%
Indiana OREB% - 25.00%
Indiana free throw rate - 29.63%
Indiana turnover % - 8.95%
For those wondering about the defense, Indiana's PPP is 1.36, so not the best from us, especially in transition. However, our offensive PPP is 1.24, so we're definitely outperforming our Assembly Hall selves.
|19 hours 16 min ago||Well, The Winner...||
The winner was this thread for title and this is where the discussion began (sometimes, that second criteria is a little more important than which one was posted first).
Also, I really do hope Jeffy Meyer has the opportunity to at least whisper to Crean, "We ruined your program." As a representative of the program, he shouldn't, but it would be hilairous, I think.
|20 hours 57 min ago||Another Hoop...||
I believe the media votes on the Wooden All-American team, from which the winner is eventually selected, beginning in the middle of this coming week. After that, the team is announced during the Elite Eight and then the winner, as we know, is announced during the Final Four. That makes for a field of 15 being narrowed to 10 and then 1, and it is entirely possible that Harris does not make the first cut, but both Stauskas and Harris were not on the midseason Top 25 for the Wooden, so for both of them, this is some nice recognition of their value to their teams.
|21 hours 15 min ago||Not Impossible, But Not Probable...||
I would agree with others - it would likely take winning the BTT and a slide from a few other teams (Kansas helped out a little today perhaps) for use to get into 1-seed territory. If you go by what TeamRankings throws out there for estimated probabilities for a 1-seed, we sit at 15% with Kansas, Wisconsin, Villanova, Florida, Wichita State and Arizona ahead of us, the final four in that listing being their projected 1-seed right now. Right now, I see us as an easy 2-seed and a 3-seed at the lowest, and that's probably where we begin the dance.
|22 hours 7 min ago||Entirely Possible...||
I would also agree that this seems possible. They are the only bid likely to come from the Missouri Valley conference - Indiana State went 22-9 and will likely not sniff a bid. The competition is terrible, it seems, in the MVC. Actually, TeamRankings does projections to advance by round (purely preliminary at this point, but still interesting to look at), and they would actually place our chances of advancing deeper as better than Wichita State's - this is true of most of the projected Big Ten bids actually. By the algorithm anyway, their RPI really hurts them, and I think it might on the court too.
|23 hours 18 min ago||West Virginia-Kansas...||
Kansas is managing only a 44.56% effective FG% right now ans they are just 3-13 from beyond the arc. If you want a fun stat from this game, both teams have free throw rates of 50% or better, but they are also both under 70% at the line. WVU also has an offensive rebound percentage of 48.18% right now.
|23 hours 25 min ago||It Will Be Interesting...||
As I recall, the initial issue was lingering inflammation in his left foot (I think it was the left), so it will be interesting to see if he is 100% in today's game against us. He averages something like 12 points and 9 rebounds per game, and Indiana has definitely felt that loss as they seem to need every point and rebound they can get with the quality of play lately.
|23 hours 31 min ago||Already Covered...||
Nik Stauskas Wooden Award Finalist!
The original announcement was just below this thread, so this one will go. That being said, I would not be averse to any Michigan hoops player winning the Wooden twice in the same year, if it were indeed possible.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Very Good News...||
It is great to see Michigan and particularly Nik Stauskas get this level of recognition for the season that he has been having. That, and two Wooden Award winners in a row from Ann Arbor? Yes, I believe I will. That sounds like a wonderful idea to me.
|1 day 5 hours ago||What Made That Worse...||
I believe Kampfer was just coming back from a fractured skull from an attack by a former football walk-on and had been in a neck brace until just a short time before that game too, at least if I remember that correctly. That was one thing that made that assault doubly horrifying, especially when Kampfer didn't get up right away.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 17 hours ago||I Will Say...||
The last article actually points out something that, if true, probably would be a good sign. The author said that, in the current 2015 class as it would be now, he couldn't see anyone making the two-deep. I would tend to agree with his assessment that this would be a sign of growing stability in the program as well as a sign of growing depth in positions where we need it and, most of all perhaps, some consistency.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
I wonder if this was from the practice late last week as next one is supposed to be on the 11th of March, but it looks like Mattison has them playing pretty aggressively already.
I will say, in that one clip, Morris threw a rather nice dart - I would be curious as to how he is doing in practices as well. Nussmeier seemed to like what he saw in the brief moments he has been mentioned.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Already Posted...||
Buckeyes Excluded From Social Network Created by 'M' Dropout
I believe this was on the board yesterday, but it was pretty interesting all the same, I thought.
|1 day 20 hours ago||If Nothing Else...||
It could very well be that, for various reasons, Pelini does not last until 2018, although they have said all the right things to put most of the speculation to bed in Lincoln so far. Even going back to November, Eichorst was out there saying that Pelini was the coach that would lead Nebraska "into the future", however you want to define that. He lived on one-year extensions for a couple years, I believe, but this makes official the school's confidence, at least publicly.
Actually, from the limited fan comments so far, the Nebraska fan reaction seems to be mixed. The funniest one was someone who said they would like to be thrown in front of the Bo Pelini train.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Naughty Dentists?||
If you're going to go there, make sure this man is not waiting around to arrest everyone....
|2 days 24 min ago||If I Recall...||
If I recall correctly, the early signing period for the sports that do allow it is typically about 4 months prior to the regular period, which would mean October-ish if football adopted a similar timeframe. It doesn't sound so bad on its face really, and I do see their point about not having to worry about the entire class for a period of time, but directed portions of it. I wonder if the NCAA would alter some of the admission rules to make this mesh with early enrollees as well.
|2 days 43 min ago||If There Is Interest...||
Here is the projected composition of the tournament by conference from TeamRankings, if anyone is interested:
|2 days 1 hour ago||Ran It For Myself...||
I ran it again so I could see some of the words - it's pretty clear that we talk about Dakich a fair amount too, and perhaps even more interesting, enough of us made a mention of Les Abram in the "Prove You're A Michigan Basketball Fan" thread that his name comes up in the word cloud as well. Our biggest non-conference obsession? Probably everyone else's in Duke.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
That was a rather nice summary. Thanks for putting that together.
I actually think that this has been one of the more interesting things about the transition to Nussmeier. That is to say, the names that seemed to suddenly disappear and the ones that began to emerge. It probably is one of the better indicators of the long-term plan for the offense as Nussmeier envisions it really.
Before I saw your rankings, I rather liked the idea of Stidham in a Nussmeier-type offense more than any of the others on the list, but I remember your previous installment and I would agree that Rosen seems like a good fit too.
|2 days 5 hours ago||This Weekend...||
I've been struggling with a cold for the last few days, a struggle which included a moment on Tuesday where I very nearly passed out in a meeting, by all accounts, so I had some juice and went home after that. Wednesday and yesterday were pretty bad too, but today is the first time since late Monday where I have felt semi-normal, which is a good sign.
This weekend will is one where my wife works, so it will be a lot of hanging out with the kids, watching the snow slowly begin to melt and, of course, basketball. My hope is that we avenge the game in Assembly Hall earlier in the year and send Crean & Co. a lovely flower basket as they await their NIT fate.
On Sunday, I will probably do my taxes since I have been putting that off for forever basically, and as I normally owe a little, I put it off with good reason. Yeah, I could change my deductions, but I get bonuses that make up for the inconvenience of owing, so it sort of works out. In any case, while I am doing that, I'll probably start working on whole-season analysis of Michigan hoops too.
One other thing - in honor of a temporary return to 40-degree weather, I am also planning to grill this weekend....quite a bit actually.
|2 days 16 hours ago||The Wildcats...||
So, Northwestern was 10-43 from the field, including 3-22 from beyond the arc - calculations aside, that's basically enough bricks to build a replica of Northwestern University in the event Hedley Lamarr and his hired bad guys should attempt to take over Evanston. In all seriousness, it amounts to an "effective" field goal percentage of 26.75%. Far and away, Northwestern had a better free throw rate - nearly 50% - but they made only 43% of them. Wow.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Researched, Struck Out...||
I couldn't find any progression of projected odds of winning the Big Ten (and we have, so they are 100% now), but perhaps as a vague indicator of our progress, consider that we were thought of as 50/1 to win it all back in early January. As of just this morning, our projected odds are now at 22/1. Considering the field this year, or at least how it will likely look, I will take that.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Colds Too...||
There's also a rather nasty cold / sinus infection thing going around, and that is what I am struggling to get over. I almost passed out in a meeting on Tuesday, and I've basically worked only limited hours since. I certainly hope she's on the mend soon enough - some of the crud being passed around at the moment is not fun at all.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Intriguing, But...||
As someone said, this would have been much cooler to play around with when there were more potential outcomes, but at this point, a fair number of the seeds are pretty much a lock or nearly so depending on other games, I would think. The one scenario that I was able to find which would not create the need for a tiebreaker was if Iowa wins out, Northwestern loses out, MSU splits and Minnesota, Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan all win their final game.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Correct...||
This is indeed conference only data for purposes of this analysis, although I do have the entire season on the spreadsheet (I did a non-conference summary after Christmas), in which case, Michigan's overall (entire season) PPP is indeed 1.22. At the end of the season (i.e., next week), there will be a look at the entire season, which should conform mostly to KenPom's data set as well.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Another Projection...||
Over at TeamRankings, they have altered their projections a little bit (Duke is now a #3 and SDSU moved up, to name a couple changes from earlier). The top four seeds in their model now are -
#1 seed - Arizona, Villanova, Florida, Wichita State
#2 seed - Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Syracuse
#3 seed - Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Crieghton
#4 seed - Iowa Stata, Michigan State, Louisville, San Diego State
|3 days 13 min ago||I Remember That...||
There was an article in late 2012, I believe, about Payne's struggles with ADHD while in high school and how, once diagnosed, he took advantage of every service available to ensure his success. He talked about his experiences working with specialists and developing strategies so he could do his best, which shows he really does have a sincere love of learning and a great attitude towards it.
As I recall, his mother died when he was in his early teens as well and he was raised in part by his grandmother. I can't even imagine what that's like for someone still in their formative years.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Beaten By Moments...||
Uniformz: New basketball jersey coming soon
This thread came in second place by mere moments with the news, but as the discussion appears to be ever so slowly be starting in the first one, we can probably take this one off the board.
|3 days 1 hour ago||As Well As This...||
"The repeated mantra by Nussmeier is removing the negative plays that plagued Michigan in 2013 by providing players with foundations. Once the line is competent in blocking plays like inside zone and power and the quarterbacks understand how to make reads in passing concepts like shallow cross and Y-sail, then the team will advance towards finding an identity."
There really was no base scheme last year, so there was nothing which would have served as a foundation to build from with any reliability. The ground-up approach should work much, much better and will definitely accelerate the learning curve for players, I think. I expect that, if things go well, we should see a better than expected performance from a lot of players on offense.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Through The Draft...||
If it is up to me, I would rather get a young CB in the draft and develop that player because I think the Lions will get more mileage in the long term out of that scenario than signing a veteran corner to a 1-year deal. The Lions would hopefully be a little more invested in building the team and adding depth at positions rather than temporary fixes which might delay progress, which I fear is what a 1-year deal like that would do.
|3 days 5 hours ago||The Style...||
It's also that sort of style of leadership that folks like Beilein and Miles exhibit that can take a team that no one really thought much of at the beginning of the season and, in the case of Miles, have them achieving many levels above what the pundits as well as fans probably expected. It really is fun to watch a program go through that, and I dare say, we've experienced something similar as John Beilein has brought Michigan basketball back to a high-performing status.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
In that scenario, we still retain GRIII with another year of experience, as well as Irvin and Walton, a healthy McGary and we would probably still be getting some timely production from Albrecht as well. Jon Horford is staying as well, I believe, which helps the team too. DJ Wilson, Kameron Chatman and others coming on board - if they can contribute early, I still like the look of this team a lot.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I'll Play...||
It will sound a little odd perhaps, but I was always intrigued by the game of Lester Abram to a certain extent. He was a dead-on free throw shooter most of the time and played some pretty good basketball in his time in Ann Arbor, winning numerous team awards as well as a few conference honors. I think he might have been an AAU teammate of Graham Brown, now that I think about it.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Actually...||
There are some projections which would put us at a #2 seed as it is along with Duke. TeamRankings has Michigan as a projected #2 along with Duke, Kansas and VIllanova right now. I would wonder if Duke actually drops to #3 in this projection, which right now is Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina and Creighton on their site.
|3 days 16 hours ago||There Are Several...||
If I look at Beilein's time here as it has developed, I think early on the most prominent names to me are Manny Harris and David Merritt, which quickly seemed to herald the emergence of Stu Douglass and Zack Novak. After that, we pick up this guy named Tim Hardaway, Jr., then someone named Trey Burke. Jordan Morgan came on board as well, and he has been rewarded well for sticking around. It just seemed to get better from there, and it already seemed to be getting pretty good.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Quick Check...||
Meanwhile at Assembly Hall....
Indiana eFG% - 43.18%
Nebraska eFG% - 53.85%
Indiana OREB% - 14.29%
Nebraska OREB% - 31.25%
Indiana has the better free throw rate and one less turnover, but yeah, the rebounding and the cold shooting is hurting just a bit.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Full Interview...||
The segment of the show where Ray Jackson speaks is here - (LINK). Hopefully, the embedded link works. Ray Jackson kicks in at the 2:37 mark or so.
They start off by asking Jackson how he felt watching his former team win the outright Big Ten title, and I like what he said right off the bat about how Illinois was a team they never lost to when he was there and he was happy to see that continue.
Anyway, the Beilein stuff is in there too. I thought I would post it if people wanted the full segment.
|3 days 19 hours ago||The Answer...||
You are indeed fortunate in that there is an answer to this question. As a matter of fact, you can indeed +2, but you would need access to certain functions in the interface and there would be a few extra steps involved. That is to say, only certain people can +2 around here. I know, that's what she said.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Probably True...||
Per the schedule that was published, the second practice was actually last Thursday and they will not begin again until March 11th. From that point onwards, there is basically a practice every 2-3 days up until the Spring Game, if I remember correctly. I would expect plenty of spring news beginning in the middle of the month.
|3 days 21 hours ago||What They Might Do Now...||
I am guessing that Saban and Bielema will now take it to the streets with a public service announcement. I can see either of them, eggs in hand and in front of a frying pan and using the format of an famous anti-drug ad:
"OK, last time."
*holds up egg*
"This is football."
*camera moves to frying pan*
"This is uptempo offense."
*egg is broken and emptied into pan*
"This is football with uptempo offense. Any questions?"
|3 days 22 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
Like others here, I tend to put more stock into the winning the conference as we just did than the Big Ten Tournament. The Tournament was instituted while I was at Michigan, and it was fun to watch the games (even travelled for and attended a few), but it always seems like the conference title is the primary achievement and that the BTT is simply a way to potentially build a slightly nicer pedestal for that achievement should you win both, so to me it isn't quite as vital.
When we needed the BTT for our March lives, yeah, I would tend to pay much more attention to it. I suppose that's the heart of my opinion - the BTT has utility value given one's performance in the regular season perhaps, but as for being amped about it, I have a difficult time typically.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Interestingly Enough...||
I was over at TeamRankings looking at their own projections - by their algorithm, you would see three of the four #3 selections coming from the ACC, one of them being Syracuse, with the others being Virginia and North Carolina. Creighton would round out the 3's in their bracketology actually.
Their #2's - Kansas, Michigan, Duke, VIllanova
Their #1's - Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Wichita State
|3 days 23 hours ago||Big Ten POTY...||
Nik will likely win something at such an award ceremony, this much I believe.
I have to think there is a decent chance now that Big Ten Player Of The Year goes to Nik Stauskas, last night's performance at Illinois definitely helping matters greatly, I would think.
Indeed, the tracker that Brent Yarina utilizes at BTN has Stauskas in the top spot if the decision were made today. Last week, he had Terran Petteway at the top of the track with Nik at #2.
The comments under Brent's article show some disagreement among other fanbases that Nik should be considered for Big Ten POTY, but whatever. For the last couple weeks in particular, the honor has been Stauskas' to lose, I think, but I would be a little surprised if he did not earn it at this juncture.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Some Appreciation...||
Jordan Morgan has made great contributions to bringing this program to where it is now in his time here, and it is great to see his hard work and effort get rewarded so handsomely in his final year of eligibility with the team. He'll walk away from Crisler with some fantastic memories and he'll walk away from this university with undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School Of Engineering. Not a bad haul at all.
Thanks for everything, Jordan.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Third Grade In 1986...||
That was 3rd grade for me. I remember as it if it was yesterday that our teacher had set aside time to watch the Challenger launch because she was pretty excited about the whole Teacher In Space idea even though no one in the Northville district was in the program, as I recall. In any case, our class sadly got to see the whole thing transpire live on ABC - I still remember that the live audio from Mission Control stopped soon after someone said, "negative contact and loss of downlink". Funny how little things like that stick with you.
|4 days 5 hours ago||The Stauskas Effect...||
I think we can see the Stauskas Effect, if you will, in the statistics for the season as well. Consider the following aspects of Michigan's production for which Nik is responsible:
- 18.9% of all made FGs
- 27.6% of made 3FGs
- 29.8% of Michigan's made FTs
- 10.2% of all rebounds
- 23.1% of all assists
- 22.0% of all points scored
That's pretty significant, I would think.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I Will Say...||
Seeing photos and clips of Robert Traylor again brings back some pretty good memories of Michigan basketball as well, at least for me as I was there when he was playing. I believe in his time in Ann Arbor he shot pretty close to 60% and had a few games where I believe he was responsible for 30+ points. He was a fun player to watch indeed.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
Was it just me or did Knight look and move like he would commence a series of exclamations that would make just about everyone in the room blush at almost any moment? His body language was one of the more amusing aspects of this clip.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Let Me Also Say...||
Let me just say that I am happy that someone started this a bit early because this way it will be prominent. The way that people are about to hit this site, it might very well take four hours to completely delete the other ten duplicate threads.
Something is about to happen that hasn't happened since I was a wee lad of eight. Beer is flowing and we are the Big Ten Champions, folks.
Go Blue, MGoFriends!
|4 days 17 hours ago||Some Halftime Stats...||
So, here we go....
Michigan eFG% - 87.50%
Michigan OREB% - 22.22%
Michigan free throw rate - 10.71%
Michigan turnover % - 9.28%
Michigan PPP - 1.72
Illinois eFG% - 58.33%
Illinois OREB% - 8.33%
Illinois free throw rate - 12.50%
Illinois turnover % - 16.49%
Illinois PPP - 1.10
|4 days 19 hours ago||TeamRankings Stuff...||
Here's the projected seeding from TeamRankings for Big Ten teams -
#1 - Wisconsin
#3 - Michigan
#4 - Michigan State
#6 - Ohio State
#8 - Iowa
There are also three teams that they project as having some shot at a bid - Nebraska (25%), Minnesota (32%) and Indiana (14%)
|4 days 19 hours ago||Best Wishes...||
From a roster standpoint, I dare say we should be OK, but Dirks can and does contribute when he is in there, so it is a blow. That's no way to start a season, and I am sure it is certainly not how he envisioned it. Hopefully, the surgery goes well and the recovery is full and he gets back out there as soon as possible.
|4 days 20 hours ago||As An Aside To This....||
As an aside to this , there was an article recently - Pat Kirwin at CBS, I think - which talked about a seemingly growing trend in the draft of players perhaps representing themselves for the first deal, which I suppose might be fine for a fair number of players. The second contract and beyond, however, when there is more money perhaps on the table, I don't think that the same logic would apply - that's definitely when an agent should be involved, I think.
|4 days 21 hours ago||From The Videos...||
“I will definitely miss it,” Bunting said. “There is no way I am not playing basketball, some how, some way. I will find a way to play, even if it’s pickup with friends.”
From the videos that exist on YouTube, mainly in the form of old recruiting videos (by old, I mean 2011-12 in this case - couldn't find anything more recent), he seems like a pretty solid basketball player too. All the same, glad to have all 6'7" of Ian Bunting on the football team.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Here's The Embed...||
You know, the part of me that has helped do field safety training gets a little leery of people dancing at the top of a ladder, but then when the OP said "net Nazi", my first thought was Tom Crean rushing to the base of the ladder with some paranoid look and shouting, "THOSE ARE MY NETS AND YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM!"
|4 days 23 hours ago||That Game...||
I actually travelled to see that game and that catch alone made the trip worthwhile, in my opinion. Absolutely phenomenal, and indeed, probably one of the few times Tacopants has been intercepted. You have to be pretty damn good to get in the path of an otherwise easy grab for Tacopants, but Avant did it.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Very Cool...||
This is a great tradition really, and like others, I am quite jealous - I have not made it down there in a few years now and it is a great atmosphere from what I can remember. As for the regular season, it seems like there was a little more access perhaps back in the day, but not a lot more. I remember some of the players would stand and chat with the folks sitting near the dugouts during BP at Tiger Stadium, for example, but only for a bit as it was structured time.
Thanks for sharing these observations. Very much appreciated.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Using Massey Projections...||
The projections were slightly revised this morning, but our chances of winning out still look rather good:
TeamRankings compares them thusly:
|5 days 5 hours ago||The MGoDoctors...||
The MGoDoctors could probably do this better, but from what I was reading this morning (I was curious too), a fair number of these cysts are asymptomatic and many people never get past simply having them monitored.
One site said there are two common treatments if it does require this level of care - one is done via endoscope through a small incision near the cyst. They endoscope is used to open the cyst, allowing CSF to flow normally. The other is the insertion of a small catheter in the cyst which allows the fluid to drain elsewhere.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Champs Week...||
(LINK) - ESPN has the comprehensive bracket information by conference on this page. Simply click on the link for the appropriate conference to see their bracket as it stands right now.
As the OP mentioned the Horizon League and that has a couple local representatives here in SE Michigan, Detroit plays Milwaukee tonight at 7 PM, with Valparaiso facing off against UI-Chicago about an hour later. In their other bracket, Oakland gets Youngstown State, with the winner of that game advancing to play Wright State.
|5 days 14 hours ago||What It Means...||
The numbers mean that LeBron was responsible for not only about 40% of all the shots the Heat took, but about half of the ones that they made. It also means that he was 30% of their offensive rebounds and had a person eFG% of 78.79%. If you subtract LeBron's production, it seems like the Heat rather stink, but I could be wrong.
|5 days 14 hours ago||If Anything...||
I don't think it has even been ayear actually since he was hired, so I would be extremely curious as to what precisely prompted the partng of ways, as some are terming it. We might know more in the next few days, I assume. Still, Jones' job was basically to manage daily operations for the program, so I have to wonder what went amiss, if anything.
|5 days 17 hours ago||If Any Indication....||
If the opening minutes of this game have been any indication, offensive rebounding is simply not a thing for the Knicks. This would explain some things, I would think. Of course, they have more defensive rebounds than we do, so there's that as well. We're shooting a cool 33.33% at the moment, which seems about right somehow.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Already Covered...||
Michigan #22 in ESPN BPI.........huh?
The pitfalls and pratfalls of ESPN's methodology were discussed in a thread earlier today actually. Be damned if, aside from McGary, we've been able to field a healthy team basically all year. Per ESPN, that means our season counts more than MSU's. I like it.
|5 days 21 hours ago||In the full image on Twitter,||
In the full image on Twitter, I am pretty sure it is Max Scherzer in the sombrero in the foreground wondering whether or not it is worth turning around to see what has transpired. I suppose it would depend on where you would like to focus your attention, given who is standing there, but still, he did get into a photo with Kate Upton and this is worth something indeed.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Great News...||
This is excellent news, of course. Horford may average only about 15 minutes per game, but they are impactful minutes and the defensive presence cannot be understressed when he is out there. Like others said, having some veteran leadership on the squad never hurts either. Similar to the situation last season, leaders like Horford may not play the most minutes, but their presence helps the team play like a team.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Very Nice....||
Pitino can only look on in amazement....
|5 days 22 hours ago||Yikes Indeed...||
I suppose these wouldn't be as "ugh" if the helmet logo were somewhat smaller and the numbering were something not reminiscent of my bedside alarm clock. Actually, the more egregious thing to me is the digital look, if you can call it that. It really does ruin it for me. As others said, as they are, I would think these were XFL or Arena League if the Buccaneers logo (plus the fact that the impending change was known) weren't a dead giveaway.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Until There Is Confirmation...||
Obviously, if it is the case, then hopefully all is well and it is not serious, but if we're going to run with something like that, I feel uncomfortable that Bucknuts and RCMB are the only folks talking about it. If someone gets independent confirmation that Urban Meyer was in the hospital at some point, feel free to post that story.
|6 days 31 min ago||Waiting For PollStalker...||
Waiting for Pollstalker to provide the comprehensive distribution as not all of the individual ballots are available for viewing yet, but here are a few of the national votes, if anyone is interested -
- Dick Vitale put us at #12
- John Feinstein had us at #10
- Seth Davis went with #13 for Michigan
|6 days 1 hour ago||Illinois And Good...||
Here's how Illinois stacks up versus the rest of Division I on, well, a lot of metric. This is courtesy of TeamRankings, which typically does a nice job compiling this information:
|6 days 3 hours ago||Their Explanation...||
For what it is worth, ESPN explains their system to some extent in this 2012 article here - LINK
I will say, although it is annoying that they do not go into much technical detail on the claim that most would not be interested (obviously, they've not seen us pick apart systems here), they do mention one thing that they have somehow incorporated:
On top of this, we decided to incorporate a little bit more information than the other power ranking systems use. In particular, we added a way of accounting for missing players. If a team or its opponent is missing one of its most important players (determined by minutes per game) for a contest, that game is less important for ranking the teams compared to games in which both teams are at full strength.
So, that might explain MSU to some extent in their system. In any case, there is a chart in the article comparing what they factor into this to Sagarin and Kenpom as well.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Regarding This...||
Q: If February you proclaimed this to be the most overanalyzed team in the history of sports. Are five losses in a weak SEC a clever ploy to slow down the rampant analysis of the Wildcats?
I had always thought that the implication, when Calipari said this, was that if people would simply stop caring about Kentucky basketball and, to some extent, SEC basketball in general, the Wildcats would be the better for it. I think that those of us with a larger interest in the Big Ten will not have too much trouble with this. Surely that can only help him out, right?
|6 days 15 hours ago||Come On Indeed...||
If you listen to the segment mentioned in the interview, what the OP quotes is Switzer's response to the question that was asked regarding whether or not he would recruit or interview Manziel if he were the one in charge of a team. Switzer goes into a brief summary of both his critical and complimentary comments when it comes to Manziel and then says, well, that which is quoted above.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Could Be Wrong...||
I am pretty sure that - sadly - this is not the worst score to come out of the combines in recent years. I believe that Terrelle Pryor scored a 7 as did Tavon Austin. I think Morris Claiborne might be in the record books for the combines of recent note with his 4 actually. Frank Gore scored a 6, I think, in his draft. Still, there has to be some context to all of this, whether it be known issues with schools or individuals or sheer indifference.
I could be wrong, but I had read somewhere that some teams actually target scores based on position. I would have to think that a 9 is below all of them. However, given the talk surround Hyde from scouts, there are still several teams that would take him all the same.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Interestingly...||
Well, going into the game, the Buckeyes were 9-7 in the conference with a better than 60% chance of beating Indiana if Massey had anything to say about it. Of course, no predictive algorithm is perfect, but that's fine - they have an estimated 62% of beating Michigan State and being 10-8 in the conference. Given the present rate, 9-9 it is, I suppose.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Some Notes....||
Particularly for Nik Stauskas, this was a significant game in some respects:
- It was Nik's sixth straight game in double digits for points
- Nik has now led the team in scoring in 15 out of Michigan's 28 games
- Nik now accounts for 31.8% of Michigan's total scoring
|6 days 18 hours ago||Oh, Lovely....||
I walk away from the Pistons for just a second, only to return and find out Gores is supposedly trying to extend the problem. Granted, it is the NY Daily News, but just the thought....
|6 days 19 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|6 days 22 hours ago||According To Sports Reference...||
According to Sports Reference, this has happened three times since the Big Ten Tournament was instituted:
1998-99 Michigan State
2010-11 Ohio State
More common - slightly - is the situation where one of the teams which won a share of the title has also won the tournament. This has happened four times.
2011-12 Michigan State
2009-10 Ohio State
2001-02 Ohio State
1999-00 Michigan State
|6 days 22 hours ago||What's Interesting...||
The interesting thing though is that the Big 12, by some accounts, is projected to send the most teams of any conference to the Tournament in March. On other sites, the Big 12 and Big 10 will send the same number of teams. For example, at TeamRankings, they project these:
1) Big 12 - 6.2 projected bids
2) Big Ten - 5.7 projected bids
3) Pac-12 - 5.5 projected bids
4) ACC - 5.3 projected bids
5) Atlantic 10 - 5.0 projected bids
Representation by conference falls of precipitously soon after this by most projections.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Even Further...||
Our odds of accumulating a record in our own ten best in the history of the program is fairly good, I would say, at this juncture:
The 15-3 row is our estimated shot at winning out, followed by the scenarios of beating Illinois but losing to Indiana and then vice versa. The last row is the relatively unlikely scenario of losing out. By the numbers, we've put up one of the best performances of any Michigan team almost regardless at this point.
|1 week 23 min ago||Right Now...||
Right now anyway, if you based the seed projections on the current estimated odds of winning out for each team as well as current overall record, which seems like a relatively good indicator with so few games left (2-3 for each team - wouldn't recommend this method early in the season, of course), you would get the following estimate for a top six right now:
3) Michigan State
4) Ohio State
Wisconsin is 10-5, but with nearly a 50% estimated chance of winning out, which means a max. ceiling of 13-5 with a less than 20% chance of going 2-1. Michigan State has only two games left, but their odd of tying at 13-5 sit at only 21.66%, whereas the estimated odd of them going 2-1 are nearly 50%. Ohio State and Nebraska both have 2 games to go, but Ohio State's estimated odds of winning out (11-7) sit at 39.06%, which is just shy of Nebraska's odds of losing out (40.26%)
Again, I wouldn't do this early in the season, but with a narrowing number of possible outcomes now, it seems like a decent estimate.
|1 week 2 hours ago||It Gets Older...||
I am not the oldest on the blog by any stretch, but I was born in the early summer of 1978. This entire segment of the thread makes me feel old now. I will probably start drinking earlier than normal on a Sunday as a result of reading this, as I now know that a couple fellow MGoBloggers were born when I was at Michigan.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Blind Guess....||
Just based on records, which is not how they vote necessarily but might make for a decent approximation, we were the highest-ranked 7-loss team in the last poll for both the AP and Coaches poll, as I recall. Enough teams may have joined the 6-8 loss club, however, that it might give us a bump to perhaps 12th or so in both. That's also a guess based on the number of teams with comparable records that had a rougher week than we did.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Even Though...||
Even though I just spent ten minutes cleaning out the other posbang threads, yeah, I will say this particular win, though it doesn't mean the outright title yet....
|1 week 16 hours ago||Oh, Wow...||
EFF IT I'M MAKING ONE TOO! BANNERS B**CHES POS-BANG THREAD TO GET DELETED
I'm glad I didn't start the 8th B1G Champ thread posbang; POSBANG!
as well as
2013-2014 B1G BASKETBALL CHAMPS. POSBANG.
B10 Champs! Posbang!
...but wait, there's more....
2013-14 Big Ten Champs - Posang!
I'm here to raise a banner posbang thread
...and there is this...
B1G Regular Season Champions POSBANG!
Wow. Just wow.
|1 week 18 hours ago||The Four Factors At Halftime...||
Michigan eFG% - 59.62%
Michigan OREB% - 7.14%
Michigan free throw rate - 3.85%
Michigan turnover % - 15.90%
Minnesota eFG% - 39.58%
Minnesota OREB% - 18.75%
Minnesota free throw rate - 16.67%
Minnesota turnover % - 21.37%
|1 week 19 hours ago||Why Not, I Suppose....||
...and so went Michigan State's season, for all intents and purposes....
|1 week 19 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
Here's the Michigan Stadium video. Awesome stuff, and thanks for sharing!
|1 week 19 hours ago||Already Created...||
CBB Gameday Thread 3/1
There is already a thread for the numerous games today still on the front page, but of course, there will be a separate thread for Michigan's game as always.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
To compare on some of the teams listed from 1968 in the article, the rest of the top 10 after Texas Tech in 2013:
- BYU, 89.9 plays
- California, 88.7 plays
- Fresno State, 85.4 plays
- Baylor, 85.2 plays
- Virginia, 84.0 plays
- Arizona, 83.2 plays
- Hawaii, 82.5 plays
- Nevada, 82.4 plays
- Southern Methodist, 82.3 plays
....and in the NFL last season:
- Denver, 72.1 plays
- New England, 70.4 plays
- Buffalo, 69.8 plays
- Washington, 69.2 plays
- Cincinnati, 69.2 plays
- Detroit, 68.9 plays
- Baltimore, 68.1 plays
- Houston, 68.1 plays
- New Orleans, 67.6 plays
- Cleveland, 67.4 plays
So, not a glaring amount of difference for the most part, it seems. If anything, perhaps the NFL has gotten slightly faster.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Per User Request...||
Mods, please delete
This was a discussion on KenPom and adjusting for strength of schedule, which KenPom actually already does. It did spawn some interesting side discussions, however, but the thread is gone per the request of the OP.
|1 week 1 day ago||Big Ten Viewing...||
If anyone is planning their Big Ten viewing, Illinois and MSU square off at 4 PM on ESPN2 and Northwestern and Nebraska are on at 5 PM on ESPNU. We are, of course, on BTN at 6 PM.
Around the horn -
Connecticut is up by one against Cincinnati at halftime - 26-25.
Miami (FL) is also in a bit of a battle against NC State - 37-36 at halftime there.
Tennessee just scored again - they are manhandling Vanderbilt at the moment 43-18 in the opening minutes of the second half.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Do It...||
I way overthought this particular bracket last year and managed only 750 points, so I am looking to be in something a little more illustrious than the 63rd percentile this time around. The rumors about pools and how much per pool are already in full swing at the office, and yes, it is nice to be back to this time in the sports calendar yet again.
|1 week 1 day ago||Other Systems....||
TeamRankings does and SOS RPI Ranking (it's a composite they do, as far as I understand) which has some vague similarities to KenPom actually in terms of how it would stack up the Big Ten. The top five, for example, in the conference (and their overall ranking) would be:
Wisconsin (1st in Big Ten, 2nd overall)
Michigan (2nd in Big Ten, 5th overall)
Minnesota (3rd in Big Ten, 6th overall)
Ohio State (4th in Big Ten, 15th overall)
Michigan State (5th in Big Ten, 17th overall)
Interestingly, in their calculation, Nebraska and Northwestern would be the next two Big Ten teams on the list at 27th and 30th overall respectively. Iowa is next, but not until we get to 45th overall on their system.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good Choice...||
It appears that we were on the same page tonight, sir - that is what I have at the moment as well. I may very well switch over to Guinness later and that will be a forced change as I began the evening rather low on Boddington's.
|1 week 1 day ago||As I Recall...||
I believe there was something in the Detroit News and perhaps the Lansing State Journal as well that indicated the second complaint is a sexual harrassment complaint, but neither article game much in the way of information beyond that, so I am not sure if was related. It may not be, but again, there wasn't much said about either.
|1 week 1 day ago||Saw This On The News...||
"He said, 'Gracie, don't get upset. We're fixing to take your daddy to the hospital,'" she said. "I said, 'What?' And he told me, 'He's back moving.'"
This has to be the one type of call that you would never expect from a funeral home, the one that goes, "As it turns out, we had to turn your father away because he is in fact alive...". Glad that the family gets to enjoy their father for a bit longer though. The article from the paper in Mississippi did not have any insight into what precisely the medical issue was though - I was curious about that.
|1 week 1 day ago||What MGoBlog Says....||
new uses for mini basketball hoops in East Lansing.
MGoBlog says that this is not in the least amusing because the story involves an alleged sexual assault. MGoBlog also says "Bolivia.....deep Bolivia". Assuming no further incidents, your points will return around the time the football season begins.
|1 week 1 day ago||My Perspective Changed...||
In full realization that these are someone's concepts and the chances of them seeing production are faint at best, I have to say that I suddenly rather like the brown and mustard yellow of the back-in-the-day San Diego Padres uniforms in comparison. The bright stripes of the Houston Astros unforms of the early to mid-80s suddenly don't seem quite as "ugh" as they used to now.
In other words, yikes....those are not flattering.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not Too Bad...||
I would agree with what a few have said - this looks rather favorable, much more so than this year. Then again, 12-3 in the conference at this point in the season is probably somewhat ahead of what most of us thought back in October, so if we're playing at the same or a similar level next season, I rather like what that could become. Obviously, no data yet, but still nice to think about.
|1 week 2 days ago||Found On YouTube...||
I think this is from the ESPN segment on it -
|1 week 2 days ago||Over At The Lantern...||
The Lantern (OSU's paper) ran a story last week when the count was not quite as high, but it is enough to provide some insight into the world of "the minor violation", if you are interested - LINK. They basically run an odd range from a coach using smokeless tobacco at an event to athletes participating in voluntary workouts while not enrolled at OSU to a rash of impermissible phone calls, as noted in the ESPN article.
Gene Smith, of course, has something to say about the number:
“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang."
|1 week 2 days ago||On Tempo...||
"Practices are really fast, we get a lot of reps. This was probably the fastest practice I've ever been a part of ... I feel like, right now, there's a lot of energy in practice. I'm happy with it. ... Coach Nuss definitely pushes tempo, makes sure we get to the ball fast, get the calls out, do everything you need to do and then get the ball hiked. He's pushing that a lot. And sometimes we just go hurry-up to get more reps." - Devin Gardner
That description seems reminscent of the way in which people have talked about Oregon's practices through the years, and while we may not go quite that fast, I do like the idea of incoporating tempo and maximizing the time like that. Especially with a new system, I think that this in conjunction with the sort of phased change that Nussmeier hinted at in the presser should help ease the transition. As someone else mentioned too, I think it will eventually mean the defense will get a great variety of looks too and that will hopefully help them against teams that change up the tempo as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||Congratulations!||
Congratulations and welcome to the Michigan family!
Hopefully, your next four years are some of the best and most fulfilling of your life. As someone also said above, make good use of the time and many door will be open for you when you graduate.
As a gift in honor of the news, you have 1000 more points than you did a moment ago.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks For The Heads Up...||
"The Journey" is a pretty good program, I think, and it is nice to see Michigan or some aspect of one of the programs become almost a staple for them. The recognition that these players get for what they have achieved is nice to see.
As for filling Burke's shoes, Walton is definitely a major part of the reason that Michigan has a team A/T ratio of 1.55 - the only person on the team that has more assists than Walton is Stauskas, I believe.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good To Hear...||
This is excellent news on an otherwise cold Friday morning (well, here anyway). We don't know at this point, of course, but hopefully this was early enough that he will still see some time on the field this season, assuming all goes well with the recovery.
Thanks for the update, OP. I had seen tweets about it being this week, but not when specifically.
|1 week 2 days ago||78 Degrees...||
At this juncture in our long Michigan winter, I would almost be afraid of the flooding a 78 degree day would cause. Indeed, the only truly redeeming thing about today is that it is Friday - it was all of zero degrees at my house this morning.
Anyway, over in this neck of the woods, there is of course basketball tomorrow, perhaps all day since apparently we will be a little impaired by snow - again....still. On Sunday, there are plans to take the kids to Jungle Java so we can actually wear them out, or at least attempt to do so. You can tell they've spent a lot of time indoors this season.
|1 week 2 days ago||Great Article...||
This was a very nice article and a moving read about Caris Levert.
I found it interesting that Levert credits his on-court success to the confidence he says he gained in dealing with his father's death - but the article does a good job of showing how precisely he has rolled family tragedy into that success. For all he has been through, he carries himself amazingly well, it seems, and it's awesome to be able to witness as we do here in Ann Arbor the sort of player and person that Levert has become.
|1 week 2 days ago||We Have One Already....||
Michigan BB officially defeating Ohio POSBANG THREAD
I am going to make an early judgement call and say that this could be perhaps easily covered in the posbang thread that already exists, although the fact that OSU is mathematically out of title contention now is a fact that does make everyone happy, I am sure.
Texas Pan-American Up At Halftime POSBANG THREAD!!1
Yeah, sometimes it gets be excessive, but in a hilarious way. I did laugh when I saw this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Final Lines...||
The final line for Aaron Craft was 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, but for points anyway, that was actually the second best individual performance from the Ohio State squad tonight. LaQuinton Ross' 19 points was the only performance that was more prolific. Not to worry, of course, as I am sure Dan Dakich still considers Craft one of the most brilliant players of this generation.
|1 week 2 days ago||Free Throw Rates...||
You know, the stat of the evening in the Ohio State / Penn State game has to be some rather ridiculous free throw rates for both teams. Ohio State's free throw rate was 57.45% and they went 18-27 from the stripe, and you can compare that to the even more ridiculous free throw rate of Penn State - 65.12% - and 22-28 from the line. In the end, most other major stats being fairly close, that was the difference.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Table At The End...||
The full table at the end is worth a look actually - the vast spread with the Sagarin numbers is interesting really . I see that Marshall went bold there with Miami (OH), Rhode Island, Ohio (NTO) and Akron, and Southern Methodist gets a rather rough run through Texas with Baylor, North Texas, Texas A&M and then TCU - the Mustangs will have fun that first month, I am sure.
|1 week 2 days ago||Ah, Football...||
Thanks for putting the notice out there, OP and thanks to GoBlueDenver for the links. I do wish MGoBlue would allow folks to embed these.
In any case, I like what Nussmeier said about goals and having team goals as well as personal ones as I think creating manageable goals will help the players and help with the installation of a new system, but he did put what I take to be the overarching goal rather nicely - getting 11 players to do the same thing the right way every play. We call those "true north" statements, and they do help people achieve. Hopefully, that's what happens here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Good Work...||
Very well done, OP. I actually found myself anticipating each photo as I got further into it as well. It does make me think about how much his skills will be missed next year, but how valuable he has been during these last few years of hoops here at Michigan. Indeed, as of right now, his 46 offensive rebounds leads the team.
|1 week 2 days ago||March 6th, 1994...||
If anyone is curious (I was anyway), the archive does have at least Michigan's statistics from the game in question. Juwan Howard went 13-19 and hit 1-2 from the stripe to get 27 points (no threes), and Jalen went 4-17 (0-5 from 3-point range) but 5-6 from the line. Dugan Fife started and Olivier Saint-Jean saw some action in the game as well. Overall, we went 37-68, but only 4-20 from 3-point land. We also outscored Purdue in the second half - 47-46.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Phenomenon...||
There was another interesting stat thrown out there on Twitter last night actually that speaks to this phenomenon a little bit. Per the tweet, in the last five games, Michigan has been outscored 102-46 in the first ten minutes of play, and then in turn we have outscored our opponents 309-264 in the remaining 30 minutes. Very interesting.
|1 week 2 days ago||Regarding That...||
First and foremost, I will say that I like the idea of having the phrase "Dakich-fueled rage" in the English language now. Well done there.
Massey doesn't take injuries into consideration, I would think, but that aside, this game against Illinois is probably the only relatively high-confidence pick for them in the last three that they have - Massey gives them 85%.
|1 week 2 days ago||Best Of Luck To Him...||
Congratulations and many thanks to Jon Falk for his decades of tireless service to the University Of Michigan and its football program.
In addition to his duties here, he was also the executive director of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association for many years and has won Equipment Manager Of The Year and the Lifetime Achievement award from that organization as well.
Best of luck in retirement, and again, thank you for helping to keep our favorite football program running as best it can each day.
|1 week 2 days ago||Other Sources...||
When she asked more experienced colleagues how to handle their lagging charges, she was told not to lose any sleep. Willingham became, in effect, “an eligibility specialist,” she says, “knowing just how much I could get away with in helping these guys, without actually doing the work for them.”
Reading that passage made the whole thing even more sad really because this seems to hint it was accepted by some perhaps, and the rest turned away because, as WIllingham found out, there was no support system for those who raised concerns.
Dan Kane of the News & Observer down in North Carolina has follow the scandal for a few years now and has written extensive articles on it as well. Last week, in fact, there was an update story that gave some information on transcripts of current professional players who went to UNC-Chapel Hill and had been in the known "no-show" courses. Julius Peppers was mentioned, among others - great grades in the fraudulent courses, near failing or failing in everything else.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yikes...||
Louisville's SBNation page - Card Chronicles - said that under Florida law what he's charged with at the moment is punishable by a maximum of 15 years and a maximum of $10,000 in fines. I'll go ahead and agree with the "that's effed up" sentiment being expressed here, because yikes...that's effed up.
I'll also go ahead and agree with some of the comments on their article - drop the kid 15 minutes ago. That seems like an easy decision in light of what has come about here.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Whole Team...||
The Fab Five led the conference in both 1991-92 ans 1992-93 in total rebounds and rebounding margin as well. As I recall, it was fairly routine for them to get 35-40 rebounds per game and something like 8-10 more than their opponents. I think their collective record for blocks (nearly 200 in 1992-93, I think) might have stood until somewhat recently too.
|1 week 3 days ago||Didn't Notice Before...||
I think the charts from yesterday are simply the fall version of Overanalysis with the 2014 freshmen added, so I imagine they were ready made before the actual roster was made official - the weights are listed though, so perhaps it was an oversight. It's an understandable one perhaps, as there was not even a mention of the possibility of Paskorz not being around. I know there was a thread a week or so ago wondering what, if any, role there would be for Paskorz because of Butt's injury, but as was said above, at least one move makes more sense now if he is no longer on the team.
|1 week 3 days ago||That Moment...||
For our tournament hopes last season, that was as close to a buzzer beater as you could probably get when it comes to at least vastly improving our relative chances in that game. I don't have the graphic where I am right now, but the estimated odds of Michigan winning as that shot fell jumped about 40-50% at that precise moment in the game per the tracker. Still, I think I woke people up with my screaming in joy after that game.
|1 week 3 days ago||One Thing Is Certain...||
The reaction of the server to wins and losses looks a lot like this...
|1 week 3 days ago||Over On 247...||
If this is comprehensive for his season, these are some pretty good stats for a linebacker, I would think, at the high school level. In 2013, he managed 92 total tackles along with 5 sacks and 2 interceptions, so he definitely is a presence in the middle of the defense. There are only nine predictions right now on the site with an even split between Michigan and Michigan State actually - a productive linebacker is always welcome though, I believe.
|1 week 3 days ago||That Game....||
That game was not good for my back nor my blood pressure and I had to take an extra Naproxen when I finally stopped jumping in the air on that last shot, but all the same....
|1 week 3 days ago||So, That Half...||
The four factors -
Michigan eFG% - 33.33%
Michigan OREB% - 35.00%
Michigan FTR - 33.33%
Michigan turnover % - 13.90%
Purdue eFG% - 62.00%
Purdue OREB% - 27.27%
Purdue FTR - 24.00%
Purdue turnover % - 17.84%
|1 week 3 days ago||The Smith Switch...||
I could be misremembering something here, but wasn't the original number change for Smith so they could use him on special teams without any sort of conflict last season? If I remember correctly, they had wanted to use him on special teams with Cam Gordon, who was of course #4 on defense. Again, could be wrong, but I had thought that was the primary driver there.
|1 week 3 days ago||Other Places...||
I've seen beer soldat LSU and UL-Lafayette events (baseball and softball, in this case) - I was down there several years ago on a trip and took in a couple games with a friend that lives in that neck of the woods. Not sure about football in either case. I would have to think that it is up to the schools or what local or state laws would allow.
|1 week 3 days ago||Comparison Stats For The Board...||
Here's how TeamRankings would compare Michigan and Purdue:
I will say that they also seem to smite KenPom this time around, instead opting to go with a Vegas Implied 72.5 to 67.5 median projected score. Hopefully, KenPom's representatives will talk to the site owner and the bookie regarding predictions moving forward.
|1 week 3 days ago||Done Differently...||
I probably should have used cumulative record instead of the number of wins to illustrate this as it is a good question. Essentially, we would need to win two more games to achieve a minimum of 13-5 in the conference, the cumulative odds of that being 97.39% (82.05% for doing better than this). For MSU, which only has three games left, their ceiling is 14-4, and for them to achieve a minimum of 13-5, the cumulative odds are 65.86% (18.92% for a better record than 13-5). We're in rather good shape right now when it comes to winning the conference, I would say.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Table...||
The tables from MGoBlue have not exactly been copy-and-paste friendly historically, but if you go back to edit it, you can right-click on the table and go to Table Properties to see if changing the width helps. The only drawback night be longer names getting cut and moved to an additional row. Pasting it into Excel would allow you to clean it up a lot more, although the heights would turn to dates thanks to the default formatting in Excel.
|1 week 4 days ago||Finding Roles...||
"At the same time, we go into where we find out from that point that these guys can still make plays on their own. They're out of that shadow." - Beilein, on Levert and Stauskas
I know there was a lot of concern back in the fall about how versatile this team could really be with Tim and Trey now gone, but I would think that now we have the answer to this question. The roles have been reapportioned and adjusted beautifully and the offense is indeed more efficient than it was last year (1.20 PPP on average) and it seems like we really haven't lost a big step in ball handling either (1.61 A/T ratio in conference play).
|1 week 4 days ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
As for the embed, so the OP knows, I don't think this is possible from MGoBlue but I imagine MGoVideo or someone else will have the YouTube or Viemo version of this later so it can be embedded. I know MGoVideo already has Hoke's presser as well as interviews with Gardner and Funchess over on his site.
As for the post in general, I smiled at the sight of football being played, even in a spring practice video. Nice to see Nussmeier out there, seemingly hands-on and energetic too - that style will make a huge difference, one would hope.
|1 week 4 days ago||Quad City Times...||
The Quad City Times did a longer piece on the subject and provided some vague insight into what was said, although not the tweet from McCabe itself (which may be lost to history now) - LINK
Senior Zach McCabe, who has been a target of some fans on social media throughout the season, underwent a barrage of abuse on Twitter after he shot an airball on an open 3-point shot in the final minute of the game. McCabe responded with a profane tweet telling those fans what they could do.
We might wager a rather good guess at what he told them to do, but McCaffrey did sit the team down apparently short afterwards to have the meeting about it. According to the article, the discussion went well and McCaffrey said that he saw the problem as basically being that one could get the impression that the whole fanbase is on you when that is not the case.
|1 week 4 days ago||4.41%...||
4.41% was the turnover rate for Michigan in that game, and when you couple that with the 15 assists and 3 turnovers (5.00 A/T ratio), it makes for overall the most disciplined ball handling performance Michigan has put together in the conference schedule. Beilein hinted at it here, but I think it is true - manage this and you can beat just about anyone.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreed There...||
We've even had threads and diaries where people have had opportunities to share these stories whether they be undergraduate or graduate school stories, but the point does remain - it is an excellent opportunity regardless and hopefully the OP enjoyes their academic experience as well as Ann Arbor in general. The school itself and mention thereof is obviously never OT.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Iowa / Minnesota Stats...||
That was interesting game - Minnesota only outscored Iowa by 4 in the first half and then 2 in the second half.
Minnesota eFG% - 72.45%
Minnesota OREB% - 31.82%
Minnesota FTR - 59.18%
Iowa eFG% - 56.25%
Iowa OREB% - 37.14%
Iowa FTR - 34.38%
Iowa also had 13 TOs to Minnesota's 14 TOs.
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting Question...||
I am not sure how to answer this except I spent many years designing electric reliability projects in the Ann Arbor area, so while I credit myself with some successes, obviously the power still goes out in extreme conditions from time to time. Actually, sometimes it happens in not-so-extreme conditions, so I suppose it isn't a 100% success. Glad I rolled that track record into managing people who do that now.
I am also working my way up the amateur mod circuit, hoping one day to declare for the Mod Draft and go pro.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Think It's Cool...||
During the show, Beilein told a full room of supporters at Pizza House, “I think (Fisher) was as excited as we were that we beat Michigan State (on Sunday).”
This was actually a nice, refreshing piece in a way as it is great to hear the the two coaches do chat and that Fisher still seems to follow his old program as much as he can, which is pretty cool. Despite the scandals, the sense of history in the basketball program is basically as overarching as in the football program and it is neat to see the minds behind two successful periods in Michigan basketball talking when they can.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah...||
Harbaugh may be available for 2015
There is pretty much zero reason for this to be here given that we had a roundabout discussion just yesterday. Further, these threads get pretty divisive and that's something that we just don't need, at least not with this sort of frequency.
|1 week 4 days ago||The 4-3 Over Thing...||
It sort of makes sense to go with the 4-3 Over if Ross would play at SAM and Jake Ryan at MIKE. Was their any indication of who might be at WILL for the time being?
I have to say, I had a feeling that Funchess might end up as a WR since the role change seemed to work out well overall this past season. That's actually a pretty good move, I think.
|1 week 4 days ago||Saw It...||
The exchange was deleted before it got way out of hand. One user was "dealt with", the other has a very good history and was talked to about not extending such things going forward. Hopefully, nothing else like that happens in that thread.
|1 week 4 days ago||In Addition...||
According to CBS Detroit, there is something else that is being discussed in conjunction with a 4-point shot. It involves the court and its dimensions:
Also being discussed is the possibility of the court expanding. Right now the NBA floor measures at 94-by-50 foot court. ”Making the court bigger — it’s an interesting idea and we’ve actually looked at it,” said Kiki VanDeWeghe -VP of basketball operations.
|1 week 4 days ago||On MGoPoints...||
If we did everything right, the $550,000 in additional compensation should include a goodly amount of MGoPoints - at least enough to get access to the private room of the MGoClub plus mod powers and a weekly column on the front page of the site. I have to believe this was a minor but not unimportant part of the deal.
|1 week 4 days ago||Although...||
It is indeed way too early, although knowing historically how early April can be around these parts, it sounds just about right all the same. It could be 45, cold and with passing showers or it could be, as in some years, 85 degrees with monstrous spring downpours then followed by the 45 degree day. To be in Michigan in April....
|1 week 5 days ago||Grievance Procedures...||
CBS provides a tiny bit of insight into the nature of this complaint - LINK. If there is anyone who knows precisely which grievance procedure that this might be referencing, please feel free to respond with it as it might aid the discussion here. The specific passage:
According to the report, Doug Smith, a former University of the Michigan pathologist, filed a complained with the U.S. Department of Education last year. He alleged that the school refused to investigate the case and claimed that "the grievance procedure does not fully comply with Title IX." Smith has reportedly been one of the "loudest voices demanding that the university investigate the alleged rape."
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting In Retrospect...||
What is interesting to me is that people were willing to run a coach who had won about 5 out of every 8 games he had coached across three programs before Michigan out of town during that 15-17 season, and indeed at various points after that when we would slump.
Admittedly, it is hindsight now, but I did get a chuckle out of the statement in the one piece that said we would not have been any worse off (at the time it was written) if we had kept Tommy Amaker. I think to myself, "Perhaps not worse, but sure the ceiling is so much higher with Beilein and here we are getting a look at how good we can be with the right pieces in place, right pieces like John Beilein."
|1 week 5 days ago||Congratulations!||
First and foremost, congratulations to the OP on the new addition to the family!
As everyone knows, the way recruiting cycles seem to go faster and the way in which classes fill up now, 2032 is almost right around the corner, so he should start seeing those pamphlets soon hopefully.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agree With This...||
I was wondering the same thing actually, and this could even keep a scenario in which "0" might be ascertained if their lack of interest is definitely known. As for the rest, it could be something along these lines even despite the subjectivity of the rating:
1 - less than 20%
2 - 20% to 49%
3 - 50/50
4 - 51% to 79%
5 - 80% or greater (heavy lean to lock basically)
If there was a true desire to separate "heavy lean" and "lock", that could be made even more granular. All the same, using a rating scale here is an interesting idea.
|1 week 5 days ago||And Then....||
The Michigan-Illinois game in the Final Four was pretty epic too, and awesome since I believe they beat us in both regular season meetings. The last ten minutes or so of the game that sent us to play Seton Hall saw the lead change hands a couple times (over 30 times throughout the game actually) but it never grew beyond four points for either team, at least not in those final minutes. For what seemed like a year, that was a nailbiter and some excellent basketball.
|1 week 5 days ago||Something Like This...||
Yeah, this is the reason I would have difficulty with someone saying that Jim Harbaugh is a "great fit" for Michigan, and it isn't because he isn't qualified professionally - that is not in dispute at all. The culture that the AD is trying to create and the culture that is now entrenched in part because of Brady Hoke's approach seems like something that the department wants to maintain. It wouldn't be very Harbaugh-friendly.
I think also the same thing that makes him a success as a coach is why the 49ers have their current quandary. Harbaugh seems like a high-strung, competitive person and that ultimately will wear on some in any organization. Of course, the 49ers management isn't exactly easy-going, so the head-butting there must be phenomenal, but other teams and especially colleges probably don't want that at all if possible. If there is any teeth to the idea that the Browns offered the world for Harbaugh, then it seems to underscore the notion that San Francisco actually thought about a world without Harbaugh despite the success. If that is the case, then I wouldn't doubt that this professional disagreement and tension could happen elsewhere.
Even if someone in the AD's office though about it for a moment, I don't see the athletic department as wanting the grief.
|1 week 5 days ago||TeamRankings Stuff...||
The TeamRankings seed projections do have a difference when compared to last week - Nebraska is projected as having about a 1 in 3 shot at a bid and Minesota is out in their view.
They've got the seeds lined up like this:
#1 - Wisconsin
#3 - Michigan State
#3 - Michigan
#5 - Ohio State
#6 - Iowa
#13 - Nebraska
At this point, they have the first five of these as "sure", if you will, for the tournament.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Distribution Is Out...||
The distribution of the AP votes for Michigan is now available -
#10 - 1 vote
#13 - 3 votes
#14 - 5 votes
#15 - 17 votes
#16 - 15 votes
#17 - 14 votes
#18 - 6 votes
#19 - 3 votes
#20 - 1 vote
One person appeared to not turn in a ballot. I think it is the same guy as every other week too.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Sad News...||
It would be fair to say, like other posters have, that a fair number of my favorite films growing up and even into my adulthood had the name "Harold Ramis" somewhere in the credits. This is very sad news - he was a very talented writer and director and great on-screen as well.
Like saveferris though, one of my reactions did involve:
RIP Harold Ramis.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agreed....||
Louis Nix does not fly terribly high - his vertical at the combine was 25.5 inches - but yeah, 330 pounds of human being that can run a 5.42 second 40-yard dash and still manage a 97-inch broad jump is probably a prospect that some might find....intimidating. Actually (not that this means a whole lot for NTs, of course), of the 40-yard times in the books for the DL group now, Nix has the second slowest, and that broad jump was the third shortest in his position group.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Only This...||
The amazing thing about this is that not only is it his third time this season winning this honor, but those three times have come in the last month and a half or so. Nik Stauskas has had an overall pretty damn good stretch in conference play here. So, I agree with the sentiment expressed above - this is becoming a little routine, but it is an awesome routine.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Would Agree...||
I would agree - it's effective and will definitely grab attention in the Ann Arbor area. If you going for eyes in this market, that's one rather good way to about it, and I think it is meant to at least get a snicker if nothing else. It's certainly far more effective than this billboard:
|1 week 6 days ago||Warp Speed...||
If you look at the other times from the defensive line group that are in, what Clowney did is even more impressive. Here are some of the other 40 times from the DL group so far:
Kony Ealy (Missouri) - 4.84
Scott Chrichton (Oregon St.) - 4.78
Kasim Edebali (Boston College) - 4.69
James Gayle (Virginia Tech) - 4.60
Ra'Shede Hageman (Minnesota) - 4.97
DaQuan Jones (Penn State) - 5.28
Cassius Marsh (UCLA) - 4.89
|1 week 6 days ago||Seen Another Way...||
We could always look at this from a strategic standpoint and say that Izzo is simply showing us that coaches can be highly valuable on help defense, but then the question becomes this - do you just take the technical in exchange to trying to prevent your opponent from getting inside or would the refs insist that he at least write a number on the back of his suit jacket?
|1 week 6 days ago||Some Highlights...||
StatSheet had some interesting stuff in their game notes actually...
- 9 FGs made is a career high for Nik Stauskas
- When our FG% is 50% or better this season, we are 12-1
- That was the 7th 20-point game for Caris Levert
- GRIII has led the team in total rebounds five time this season
|1 week 6 days ago||Done And Done...||
I only caught the one comment in isolation, so it was a spot judgment, but the points are restored. Admittedly, one the pitfalls of trying to keep up with everything here is that you miss some of the more subtle components of the history here.
|1 week 6 days ago||Top Five...||
Above is the link to Brent Yarina's article from a few days ago regarding his own assessment of he Big Ten Player Of The Year rankings. As of that time, in order (summary stats in the article):
1) Devyn Marble
2) Terran Petteway
3) Gary Harris
4) Nik Stauskas
5) Yogi Ferrell
|1 week 6 days ago||What's Interesting...||
Massey keeps its own statistical estimste of home field advantage as it relates to basketball, and although it is for purposes of making a guess at score margins and estimated probabilities, the sort on HFA is interesting in the Big Ten right now.
It isn't based on arena, of course, but performance - Nebraska is on top right now, followed by Purdue and Minnesota. Statistically, Michigan would ring in at fourth and Michigan State would be second to last. What is interesting about that is that it rather mirrors their typical rating for football, making both Breslin and Spartan Stadiums as close to a statistically "neutral site" game as you get in the Big Ten. It is an interesting phenomenon.
|1 week 6 days ago||Calls For Change...||
|1 week 6 days ago||More Good News...||
More good news is always welcome, especially on a day like today. Congratulations to the softball team on sweeping the FAU tournament and on this great start to their season.
That's two sweeps completed today then - not a bad performance for University Of Michigan athletics this weekend overall, I would think. Hockey on Saturday, basketball and softball today.
|1 week 6 days ago||Change Of Pace For Me...||
In my line of employment, rarely are power issues timely or poetic (and I know that, at worst, it was a building issue since other things were working), so it was nice to see something like this happen for a change, and it couldn't happen to a more appropriate person than Tom Izzo. Indeed, the lights did go out, Tom, so it might be time to head back to East Lansing now.
|1 week 6 days ago||Schadenfreude...||
You could say that Michigan State is feeling
This rather serves the same purpose as the existing Schadenfreude thread. One will be sufficient, I think.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Admit It...||
I admit that I laughed at this one from Tony Gerdeman of the Ozone...
|1 week 6 days ago||Time For A Little Celebration....||
I think Kool & The Gang would like to play a little number about now....
|2 weeks 13 min ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
Michigan eFG% - 55.56%
Michigan OREB% - 17.65%
Michigan free throw rate - 29.63%
Michigan turnover % - 3.17%
Michigan State eFG% - 70.45%
Michigan State OREB% - 18.18%
Michigan State free throw rate - 31.82%
Michigan State turnover % - 19.31%
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Other Big Ten WRs...||
Here are some of the other Big Ten wide receivers and their times as posted on the NFL site so far (unofficial right now, I believe)....
Jared Abbredaris (Wisconsin) - 4.44
Corey Brown (Ohio State) - 4.37
Quincy Enunwa (Nebraska) - 4.40
Some of the faster times overall - Brandin Cooks of Oregon State put up an unofficial 4.30, as did John Brown of Pittsburg State. Bruce Ellington of South Carolina and Odell Beckham of LSU ran a 4.31.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Thanks Again...||
I believe what MGoGrendel has done here should be the format for Olympic threads going forward actually. I know that between Winter and Summer, that's only every other year basically, but I thought about it yesterday afternoon and think that the unified open thread / spoiler thread is probably a good move going forward. Save for significant events in which the US is involved - such as the hockey open threads - these have been a good catch-all.
Thanks again, MGoGrendel.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Comparison Stats...||
Not really a prediction per se as I have a sneaking suspicion that this game is a good each way bet. Whoever wins will likely not win by much. What I will put up - as usual - are TeamRankings' comparison stats. Worthing noting, of course, is that the four factors, at least on offense, would favor us.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Other Bill Daly Things...||
In a CBC interview of recent note, Bill Daly also made it a point to mention that the Pacific Northwest was a "good hockey market", and he compliment the Vancouver Canucks for having expanded the hockey market in the region. Presumably, the trip by Seattle officials is one of those "best practices" studies where they will see what the Canucks have done and try to build on that, but I could wrong. In any case, I think it would be interesting and even potentially profitable in that neck of the woods if marketed properly.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Partial Reply...||
As a partial reply here, StatSheet does make a very broad attempt to quantify the bias. They do keep track of some referee stats and they do quantify "home foul margin", which is how many fouls overall the home team receives when compared to the away team. That list is here - LINK
Hopefully, I did that right and the table is sorted by that margin. You can click on individual referees and see which conferences they generally work and what their recent schedule has been as well, if you're interested in a deep dive into the subject. It isn't the complete answer, but hopefully it helps out some.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||To Celebrate...||
To celebrate a solid hockey win, I am going with Guinness tonight.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Let Me Just Say....||
First and foremost, I just got back from this game - first time I had been to Yost in nearly a year, and it was very nice to be there for a rather decisive win to boot, as well as with some of my fellow MGoBloggers. After last night, I was admittedly nervous a bit, but we came out ready to go tonight. Very nice to see.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||From Paula Pasche...||
Paula Pasche had what appears to be part of the interview up here. The audio is a bit rough, but it seems like he claims to have told NFL teams about it, which he claims is "a different matter", whatever that means. Tout videos loop, I believe, so watch the first one only....
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Some Stats...||
At the end of the game, we had...
Wisconsin eFG% - 53.97%
Iowa eFG% - 51.56%
Wisconsin OREB% - 37.14%
Iowa OREB% - 33.33%
Wisconsin FTR - 20.63%
Iowa FTR - 14.06%
Wisconsin A/T Ratio - 1.67
Iowa A/T Ratio - 2.71
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Compare That...||
Some of the other offensive linemen on the board right now for comparison -
Matt Armstrong - 5.36
Joel Bitonio - 4.97
Russell Bodine - 5.18
Conor Boffeli - 5.30
Justin Britt - 5.19
You can look at other results here - NFL Combine
|2 weeks 1 day ago||So, That Happened...||
In the end, we were nearly there with shots on goal - Finland had 29, and we came in at 26. Of course, Finland also had 5 goals and 10 assists, whereas we sadly had zero of each. Hopefully, this does not set the tone for my trip to Yost tonight.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Now, Now...||
I was kind enough to leave this with the thought that, going forward, there would be a cap on the frequency of such threads - obviously not expecting one so soon after yesterday. However, there is a vast difference between OMG Shirtless' ribbing and straight up calling people "douchebags". He is correct, incidentally - your history of starting threads is not stellar. Points return in a month.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Will Second This...||
I will second this - thanks, MGoGrendel.
From a mod standpoint, I was a little leery of how the Olympics might go given some of the "mishaps" that took place during the London games, but these threads have been pretty straightforward and formatted quite well. Very good work indeed.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Shot In The Dark Here...||
I know we had a very similar thread yesterday, but again, I think one of the qualifiers we need to put on any projection right now is that we have a new offensive coordinator and will probably not be running the hodge-podge of schemes that we did last year. It seems like Nussmeier will incorporate a pretty consistent scheme and some base plays (given what he's done at Alabama and elsewhere), so this alone probably injects rather significant error into any projection made before spring practice at the very least.
I tend to think that, this year, we're starting with as close to a blank slate as you could get on the offensive line. That being said, if epxerience or performance has any bearing on it (not sure what Nussmeier, Hoke, Funk, etc...will look for now), a total shot in the dark would probably put Glasgow at center, Bosch and Kalis on either side of him and then Magnuson and Braden on the outside. Still, you've probably got nearly a dozen players here vying for playing time and perhaps some serious competition in a couple places (e.g., Kugler / Glasgow at center - I could see this being something to watch), so that could be completely different by August.
I would think that anyone's guess - for the most part - is as good as anyone else's right now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Asked...||
I did throw the question out there regarding hoops recruits visiting this weekend and did get a reply - a 2016 recruit, a PG from Kitchener, ONT named Jamal Murray could be at Crisler on Sunday. There could be others, of course, but so far this is what I has been mentioned so far. I can always update this later, of course, if I hear back from other folks.