...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
|4 hours 6 min ago||The Jeopardy Thing...||
I just saw Crean's expression in this still and then the OP's image and it came to me - Tom Crean would be the person who answered, "What is the threat of gun violence".
This would have beein after a Double Jeopardy wherein Crean made it a true Daily Double in the category "Terrible Offenses In Basketball".
|5 hours 36 min ago||So, There Is This...||
Minnesota and Penn State are a combined 4-18 from three point land, so this in combination with the other games in the BTT so far make this possibly the day that no outside effs were given in the Big Ten. Stats? Eh, Penn State is shooting at a mind-boggling 33.87% effecitve FG percentage, which is much less impressive than Minnesota's "meh" 46.00% effective FG percentage.
|7 hours 31 min ago||Holy Crap....||
Rutgers has TWENTY-SIX turnovers and a 29.35% effective field goal percentage. Wow.
Did someone happen to mention to them that the game has started? I mean, I would hate for the Scarlet Knights to miss their drubbing. Oh, wait...
|7 hours 36 min ago||Good News...||
That's excellent news, of course. I really liked what I saw out of Jake Butt last year and was hopeful to see comparable production across more time and more games this year. It will be interesting to see how he factors into Nussmeier's offense, but great that we will have the opportunity to see him in it.
|10 hours 16 min ago||Ah, To Make Light Of Crean...||
I suppose this means that Tom Crean can go home and await Indiana's NIT fate, all the while shouting at empty chairs, "YOU RUINED THE PROGRAM!".
He honestly did look lost at the end - I could almost see him paraphrasing "Batman" - "What sort of world do we live in where a program like ILLINOIS steals all of my tournament mojo...."
As for Snow Sucks, rest assured that the mods are on the case - expect to see a lot of open thread / oppoonent specific threads in the coming weeks depending on the length of the postseason run as the two aren't necessarily synonymous in terms of content.
|10 hours 27 min ago||Great Article...||
That was actually a pretty fascinating read. Thanks for sharing.
It is an interesting contrast really to see someone who has compartmentalized basketball as but one aspect of a far richer. It seems lik a fair number of players try to make basketball the focus of their life, where you have Horford saying something like this, which I thought was a great statement:
“The significance of what we do on the basketball court is limited,” he said. “Compared to the lives that we can touch in other ways, like putting time in the community or working with kids through basketball, that’s the stuff that really means something to people.”
He definitely sounds like the captain of a team, or someone you would want to captain your team, even if he is not a fan of the recognition that comes with it per se.
|11 hours 40 min ago||I Would Agree...||
The person in charge of their beer math does seem like the same guy who once discovered that three apples plus six cats equals a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville, and they might even be the person who once reduced the headcount at his previous workplace by reclassifying employees to an understaffed department.
|12 hours 7 min ago||Indiana-Illinois...||
There are 14 combined turnovers in the first half - Illinois has 8 of them and Indiana has the rest. Even more interesting, but maybe not shocking, is that both teams also have fewer assists than turnovers too.
Indiana 8-23 but 6-10 from beyond the arc, which makes for 47.82% eFG%. Illinois isn't doing much better, of course - less than 1% better actually.
|13 hours 6 min ago||Very Funny...||
These were pretty funny actually. Thanks for sharing them.
I particularly enjoyed the Southern Conference one actually:
"In existence since 1921 for some reason."
|13 hours 14 min ago||Bill James Log5...||
I always understood James' Log5 Formula to be based on the fraction of games won or lost by two teams, where Team X, for example goes 18-13 and Team Y goes 14-16, then you know that 18 games out of 31 is 0.5806 and 14 out of 30 is 0.4667. From those win percentages, the estimate would be something like this (going from memory):
((0.5806) - (0.5806*0.4667)) / ((0.5806+0.4667)-2(0.5806*0.4667)) = 0.6126, or Team X has an estimated 61.26% chance of beating Team Y.
Again, I haven't dealt with the Log5 calculation for a while, so if I am incorrect, someone please correct me.
|14 hours 12 min ago||Interesting Move....||
Considering that the story about Inhedigbo visiting only ran earlier this morning, this is some rather swift progress indeed. Last year, he managed 101 total tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery, according to the Baltimore Sun's article and that was statistically his best season to date. There are also 11 passes defended in there as well.
I do like the move though - if Inhedigbo can have productivity in the backfield like last year, that's huge for the Lions.
|15 hours 33 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
|1 day 2 hours ago||Brent's Deal...||
For someone who will be 75 in May and has Musburger's career, it doesn't sound all that bad - (LINK). His revised duties:
"The current contract of Musburger, who turns 75 in May, was up as of early this year. His new deal is for multiple years and includes calling a college bowl game on ESPN, as well as Big 12 basketball."
The article also mentions that, so far, they've got the SEC Network coming to 20 million homes.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Much Better...||
At least this time it was stopped before it began. I mean, as I recall, last year Baylor actually did wear the jerseys which were OSHA-friendly and would have allowed them to play hoops in the municipal right-of-way.
I will say, at least USC didn't adopt this - can't imagine anything but chuckles if someone came onto the court with something that read, "Sic 'Em Trojans".
|1 day 4 hours ago||Over At MGoBlue...||
(LINK) - MGoBlue had some stats for virtually everyone that tried out.
Some of the highlights on those who also participated:
In the bench press, defensive lineman Jibreel Black led all participants with 29 repetitions, while fellow defensive lineman Quinton Washington finished with 26. Wide receiver Joe Reynolds and defensive back Courtney Avery recorded vertical leaps of 37.5 and 36.5-inch jumps, respectively. Reynolds also posted a stellar broad jump with a distance of 10 feet, 5 inches. Linebacker Cam Gordon posted a 36-inch vertical and ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds.
|1 day 6 hours ago||The Louisville Game...||
I will admit to smirking perhaps a little bit when, a month or so after this game, Siva came out in an interview and acknowledged that he believed that now infamous block to be a clean block and that he wanted to tell Trey that after the game actually.
As someone said though, BTN should get some props for showing these games again - they were all pretty good games and part of a pretty good run, something that I definitely wouldn't mind seeing again sometime hopefully very soon indeed.
|1 day 8 hours ago||This Tweet...||
....also from Anderson, has the money mentioned in it:
|1 day 9 hours ago||Congratulations To Them...||
I will say that if the District V team were an actual team, that team would very likely destroy others from beyond the arc week in and week out.
In all seriousness though, it is nice to see the recognition for an excellent season come for John Beilein and the Wolverines. Well-deserved honors.
|1 day 9 hours ago||If You Ask The Lakers...||
Granted, the Lakers may be making an assumption, but their official statement is hopeful that he'll rehab in the offseason and be back at it next year. Indeed, Bryant himself expressed a desire to be there - and hopefully 100% - when training camp starts.
Given the Lakers state right now, there probably is no rush to get Kobe out there regardless, and he did recently sign an extension too - hard to imagine his production doing anything but slide though. If he never played another game, he would leave 4th in points and 8th in made FGs all-time, I believe, among a long list of other accomplishments, so he does have that.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I Think They Changed That...||
I thought that had been changed a few seasons ago so that you could get the grant-in-aid but at the sacrifice of a year of play. I seem to remember something from the compliance department to that effect, but I could be mistaken.
While people are mentioning McDowell, it may be of note that there is a deadline approaching for his saga per a Pete Thamel piece the other day. As I recall, he would need to submit either an NLI or a Big Ten tender by April 1st or MSU - if that's where he ultimately goes - would not be able to put him on scholarship until the beginning of the fall semester.
|1 day 15 hours ago||At The Moment...||
At the moment, it is only a few inches, but it is coming down at about an inch per hour here in Metro Detroit and some areas around here are supposed to get close to 10 inches of snow. They haven't even touched the surface streets yet, so my commute was basically 8 miles of of following ruts and trying to remember where the potholes were.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I Made It, But...||
My commute is all of the distance from Romulus to Belleville, but it was the most terrifying 8 miles of my life and I didn't go much faster than about 15 MPH for the entire stretch. I basically came in to conduct two Continuous Improvement meetings and then attend a staff meeting, after which I plan to go home and work from there for the rest of the day....after I shovel my way up my own driveway...again...still...
In retrospect, coming in at all was probably a mistake, but the director that was supposed to be at one session did in fact show up, so it might be a good thing that I did as well.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Put That Way...||
In the full knowledge that there are, at this point, too many possible outcomes to say that the odds are overwhelming, I am pretty confident that, if we confine this to last year's Elite Eight, it might be about a 1 in 4 chance of the best run being either Florida, Louisville or Michigan. Simply by the numbers, of course - ir is entirely possible that none survive to that point in different scenarios. That's merely based on some statistics and a lot of conjecture right now.
|2 days 4 hours ago||2004-2006...||
I don't think he saw the field in 2005 because of a medical redshirt, but yeah, he was in all but a handful of games in 2004 and 2006. I think he probably had his best statistical year at West Virginia in 2007, however - I think he might have even been in the top 10 in INT return yards in the Big East that year.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Decisive, And Yet...||
This was a great game, but what was always interesting to me about it is that it was not even our best shooting game in the Tournament. We were 30-65 on FGs and 10-19 from beyond the arc, making for an effective FG% of about 53%. Still, it was better than 10% over Florida's shooting, and that was good enough for me. I think Florida had something like 15 TOs in the game too, many of which proved costly.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Regarding Woodley...||
I think that Woodley is now #21 in NFL.com's assessment of the most sought after free agents in this offseason after this release, and I am pretty sure that he'll get the opportunity to do Woodley things elsewhere. He's only 29 and he's a rather good LB when healthy.
Someone on 105.1 here in Detroit was saying that Woodley has expressed a desire to return home, but I've not been able to find evidence of that as yet.
|2 days 7 hours ago||The Tim Miles Bit...||
I liked how Dan Revsine seemed a little taken aback by Beilein's reply and felt the need to reiterate that he was the media selection. You're right, however - John Beilein is a classy guy all around and is not afraid to recognize his compatriots in the conference for their impressive achievements as well.
|2 days 11 hours ago||A Bit Of Trivia...||
This is not strictly relevant to the Vegas odds for Michigan, but 20/1 sounds close to right historically for the 2-seeds in general. I think this was a couple years ago, but CollegeHoopsNet once did a historic analysis of the odds - by seed - of advancing and eventually winning, and I think it came in right around 4% for a 2-seed team to win it all by on historic averages (I think this study went back to 1985 too). The lowest seed with a projected chance greater than 1% was actually the 8-seed, I believe.
|2 days 12 hours ago||If That's True...||
If he has in fact taken the position, then that's one hell of a mess to take on - some awful contracts, not a whole lot of draft picks to speak of, and a culture that some of the previous Dolan hires seemed to wreck, and by some accounts, a culture that Dolan himself had a hand in wrecking. It does not seem like the Knicks have the infrastructure for this to work all that well, but I could be wrong there.
What I know of James Dolan is limited, but how much authority would he be willing to give Jackson?
|2 days 13 hours ago||To Support That...||
I was actually looking at mid-major brackets the other day, and there are a fair number of conferences which do something analogous to the MAC, and indeed usually with fewer teams from the look of it. The Horizon, for example, also puts the #1 and #2 seeds in the conference tourney out into the semifinals as well. The Patriot has ten teams and the top six all get the first bye while 7-10 (i.e., 7 playing 8, 9 playing 10) serve as the play-in games for the #1 and #2 seeds. There are quite a few ways to do this, it seems.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Not Bad...||
I like the host choices - that regional round on November 16-20th could be a fun set of games to watch really. Of course, having now seen Oregon's court while a game was being played on it, I can only say that, even on television it is disorienting and requires Dramamine. I can't imagine what sort of relief it would require in person, or indeed if you are a player.
|2 days 17 hours ago||The Not Eating Thing...||
As I recall, the revelation that Hoke does not eat on game day came up initially in 2011 and I remember that he said that this is something that goes back to his days as a player too, so he's been doing that for about 35 years basically. Between playing and coaching, that's almost a year of not eating, assuming he's been consistent for all that time.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Ouch Indeed...||
That's certainly not what you want to hear if you're Joel Embiid or Kansas, especially since Embiid just won Defensive Player Of The Year in the Big 12 and, as the OP mentions, was a potential #1 pick in the draft. However, this sounds like something you probably don't want to mess with and make worse, this injury, so hopefully Embiid is on the mend soon.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Our Cats...||
I suppose that if our cats were MGoAthletes they would be on the gymnastics team as perhaps that would be the only sport where you could have someone fall from the top of the bookshelf, somehow stick the landing, look at you like "What the hell are you looking at?" and then walk away from the area. This was inspired by something that happened about an hour ago actually, right here in this very room.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Some Of The Massey Projections...||
I put Gonzaga-St. Mary's on myself, although I am flipping back to the repaly of the Kansas game from last year as well.
In any case, some of the Massey stuff....
Ohio University getting 92% against Ball State, and Eastern Michigan getting 92% against Western Michigan. Northern Illinois getting 66% against Bowling Green in the MAC as well.
In the game I am watching, Massey gives Gonzaga 67% against St. Mary's. BYU is getting 62% against San Francisco too.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I Will Watch Too...||
I will say that I am normally a very reserved person, but that might very well have been the first time in a long time where I actually resorted to jumping on a sofa. Granted, my wife was at work at the time and I had to get the beer smell out of the fabric before she came home (DO NOT hold a beer when you jump up and down on a sofa that will be used by people during a family party the next day), but it was worth every single ounce of Resolve to be that excited for Trey's Trey.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Congratulations To All...||
It is nice to see Michigan recognized for its outstanding talent, coaching and its performance in what is a very competitive conference. Nick was Big Ten player of the week for the fourth time, just this morning and now he's Big Ten Player of the Year. I wonder how how many times a conference player of the year has also earned the Wooden Award? I assume someone has stats on this, but I can't imagine it is all that often.
|3 days 6 hours ago||A Bit Early....||
Go Boilers ...
It's just a wee bit early for the Big Ten Tournament threads perhaps, although the sentiment is nice enough.
|3 days 6 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
The quandary this year perhaps is that the probably both deserve it for different reasons, as was discussed in a thread this morning. I do think you have to give Tim Miles a lot of credit for doing more with less at Nebraska. This was a team that was picked to jealously guard the cellar in the Big Ten this year and they end up beating Wisconsin in their final game and earning a bye in the conference tournament and probably a shot in the big dance. That's a position no one thought they would be in, perhaps not even Nebraska. I do believe there is something to be said for blowing away expectations, and no one perhaps knows that better than our own coach, who has done it repeatedly at a few programs in his career.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Mt. Hope Cemetery...||
I've actually been by his grave - it's Mt. Hope Cemetery in Pontiac, on the west side of Orchard Lake between Voorheis and Edward. Ottawa intersects Orchard Lake near the noertheast corner of the cemetery.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Found The Photo...||
|3 days 9 hours ago||Providing Context...||
I agree as well. A win is not just a win and a loss is not just a loss - there is context, and margin and the opponent are definitely part of that. I think some people talk about "Oh, Team X lost to Team Y, but they were a TOp 25 KenPom team and it was only by 3", for example, but then come to a place like this and forget to mention the third dimension of the game result. It should definitely be part of the discussion.
|3 days 10 hours ago||This Could Be Awesome...||
"Dion Cocoros, the senior vice president of original production for NBA Entertainment and an executive producer on the film, said the Pistons of that era were the first team to give NBA Entertainment special access such as live sound in the huddles, training-room entry and cameras on bus rides and at hotels."
I certainly hope there is a healthy dose of this footage in the special. This particular "30 On 30" sounds like an excellent trip down memory lane for those who grew up watching this era of Pistons basketball.
For some reason, and I am not at all certain why, I want to dig the SNES out of the attic and play Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball now.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Changing The Game...||
I would tend to agree with others here in saying that essentially revolutionizing your own game and become a different sort of player than you were last season - and doing that with excellent results - seems to me to be first team worthy. However, he is still sitting in some rather select company in the sport on that list, and that certainly is not a bad list to be on.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I Liked It...||
I thought the first episode served as a nice prologue to build on and I am anxious to see where this series goes as well. I really did enjoy the presentation and the modernized Ship Of The Imagination, if you will. Like others, I grew up with the original Cosmos (it was on NatGeo yesterday) and have always been a fan of Sagan's works, but this seems like it could be a nice resurrection of the series.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Probably Milwaukee...||
We won't know exactly where we're going until Sunday, of course, but if I could choose, I would choose Milwaukee as well because it is closer to larger concentrations of Michigan fans and you do have the Chicago factor there as well. Not just Chicago either, but there seems to be a fair number of Michigan fans in places like northern Indiana and a few other spots in the Midwest that might prefer that location for access too.The thing that would make me rethink that is having Wisconsin in the same bracket, then this is eerily close to being a home game for them if that happens.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Some Assorted Individual Votes...||
While I am waiting for Pollstalker to update, some of the assorted individual votes -
- Seth Davis had us at 13th
- John Feinstein went with #8
- Dick Vitale did not moved us; still at #12 on his ballot
- Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance voted us at #7
- John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News put us up at #5, as did Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer
|3 days 12 hours ago||In Another Piece...||
I know in another story he was asked about where he needed to be in order to possibly return, and McGary said that he wasn't really sure, so to me that means that there's still some question as to any clear timetable. That being said, his mobility being at the point of running is great news and at least means that the trend is positive for Mitch.
What's great is that he's been there when possible, cheeing his team on in a suit on the bench - he's a team first guy and although I am sure he wants desperately to be out there, I have no doubt that he is elated to see this team perform as it has.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Regarding The SEC...||
A few sites are going with only three teams from the SEC, which makes a little more sense to me. I don't even know that Arkansas is in "first four out" territory at this point - they might be further away than that now. At any rate, It's probably Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee and that's all from the SEC - a 1, 7 and 12-seed respectively, per TeamRankings.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Another Vote For Miles...||
....come from Brendan Quinn over at MLive, who writes:
What the Wolverines accomplished surpassed expectations and cemented the program's staying power under Beilein.
Difference is, Michigan has been to four NCAA tournaments in the last five years. It’s an established program that’s built to withstand one or two players departing or the injury bug biting.
Nebraska, meanwhile, was a rebuilding project without a foundation. And because of that -- because of the big picture view and the realities in it -- Miles should be coach of the year.
I will admit that I find this a sensible position - Tim Miles has managed to do more with less better than anyone in the Big Ten in my opinion. As one example, they earned a bye in the conference tournament, which is miles above expectations at the beginning of the season and, given the fact that historically they've made little postseason noise even the Big 12, an achievement in itself relatively speaking.
Beilein may very well get the award, and it would be deserved, but if Tim Miles managed to win it, I agree with Quinn - it would be deserved as well.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Won't Go Too Far...||
Without projecting out too far in the portion of the bracket in which we will find ourselves, our chances are pretty good to mee the winner of either Nebraska / OSU or Nebraska / Purdue actually. Indeed, right now, if you combine the odds of beating either Indiana or Illinois (whoever should win that game), the projected odds to survive at least that far would be 74.49%. I will take this.
|4 days 2 hours ago||More Specifically...||
I tend to agree with TeamRankings when it comes to Louisville, as they have them as sitting perhaps on the 3/4 line right now. The current 3 and 4 seed alignment on their site is as follows:
#3 - Virginia, Creighton, Duke, Louisville
#4 - North Carolina, Iowa State, Michigan State, San Diego State
|4 days 2 hours ago||We're Good, Thanks...||
Transcript of every time Izzo brings up refs in under 9 minutes
Yeah, this interview is posted in one of the existing threads, so there is little point in transcribing it in another thread to be honest. That, and there really should be a limit on the the number of Izzo and MSU threads. As you know, the odd jab is all well and good, but the relative level of interest int MSU's feelings here is quite low, as it should be.
|4 days 3 hours ago||What's Interesting...||
What is interesting to me in this interview is just how haggard and spent he sounds, almost as if he knows exactly what he has to say to get through that interview but has a fair number of things he might like to say but can't. He looked like he was almost ready to lash out a little bit at points. I could be wrong, but he looked like a coach that was deeply unhappy with a great number of things, as he likely should be.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Fair Enough...||
I suppose you could even go one step further and some work the "sassy and assy" line in their somehow, assuming someone has bothered to come up with such a line. I swear it was not me, in any case.
As for Izzo's outburst, I think that you really do have to try to pretend the fans aren't there sometimes, especially if you're the opposing coach on the road and in a place like Value City Arena (where you know class is the last thing you might encounter in the stands). I assume nothing comes of this, but it simply makes it seem that the season and everything associated with it has worn on him to a point where he is having difficulties even being out there.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Bo Ryan Kneeling...||
My assumption regarding Bo Ryan kneeling by the bench is that he is merely looking for the right moment, should Wisconsin find themselves in a rough spot, to cast his trademark "Possessio Subtractorum" spell. If I were Nebraska, I wouldn't underestimate it as the shot clock will suddenly give the Badgers 35 years.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Only Questions....||
At this point, it looks like the fight is between #4 and #5 - basically, if Nebraska wins somehow, they are the #4 with Ohio State as the #5. In the more likely event that Nebraska loses, it will be the other way around with these two teams. Everything else is probably pretty solid at this point. Regardless of the outcome tonight, Wisconsin is the #2, I would think.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Hanging Around...||
Ohio State is hanging around right now due mainly to being sent to the line more than MSU right now. OSU's free throw rate is 40.00% right now, and they are 7-8 when they've been at the stripe. Right now, MSU has a 57.89% effective field goal percentage right now, 12% better than OSU at the moment.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Thoughts on calling out so called Michigan fans
Only at 19 downvotes, but I don't think this one is going to generate much more than giving the OP grief, but about that, I think it serves as a reminder that we are likely the extreme here at MGoBlog, and there are plenty of fans who don't perhaps have the in-depth historical or technical knowledge of various programs. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that - they are fans all the same.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Ones And Twos...||
At this point, you're probably looking at Wichita State, Arizona, Florida and VIllanova as 1-seeds in the tournament. Villanova's position might be the least secure among them, but I think the only potential competition for their spot - probably Wisconsin if anyone - will still get one of the #2 seeds. We're probably 3rd or 4th in line for the least secure #1 seed, meaning disaster would have to strike a few teams - Syracuse, Kansas and Wisconsin, as well as some #1 teams - before we likely snuck into the discussion. We're pretty much on target for a 2-seed at this point. Not impossible, but not very probable, in my opinion.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Already Posted...||
Lions owner Ford dead
As a reminder to everyone, please try to make a habit of scanning the first two pages or so of thread topics before posting to limit the number of duplicates. In the case of this one, it was only a few threads down - there is a significant number of Lions fans and Detroit area residents on MGoBlog, so something like this is very unlikely to stay off the board for very long.
|4 days 10 hours 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.
|4 days 11 hours 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.
|4 days 12 hours 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.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|4 days 17 hours 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.
|5 days 51 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.
|5 days 1 hour 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.
|5 days 1 hour 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.
|5 days 3 hours 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.
|5 days 3 hours 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.
|5 days 3 hours 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.
|5 days 4 hours 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.
|5 days 6 hours 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.
|5 days 7 hours 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.
|5 days 7 hours 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.
|5 days 8 hours 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.
|5 days 10 hours 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.
|5 days 10 hours 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.
|5 days 10 hours 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.
|5 days 11 hours 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.
|5 days 16 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.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|6 days 4 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.
|6 days 5 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.
|6 days 6 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.
|6 days 6 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.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Naughty Dentists?||
If you're going to go there, make sure this man is not waiting around to arrest everyone....
|6 days 11 hours 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.
|6 days 11 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
Here is the projected composition of the tournament by conference from TeamRankings, if anyone is interested:
|6 days 12 hours 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.
|6 days 15 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.
|6 days 15 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 8 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.
|1 week 9 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.
|1 week 9 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
|1 week 10 hours 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.
|1 week 12 hours 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.
|1 week 12 hours 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.
|1 week 12 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.
|1 week 16 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.
|1 week 17 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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?"
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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!
|1 week 2 days 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
|1 week 2 days 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%)
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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!"
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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:
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days ago||Very Nice....||
Pitino can only look on in amazement....
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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
|1 week 3 days 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:
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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?
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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
|1 week 4 days 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....
|1 week 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 4 days 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
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago||Why Not, I Suppose....||
...and so went Michigan State's season, for all intents and purposes....
|1 week 5 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
Here's the Michigan Stadium video. Awesome stuff, and thanks for sharing!
|1 week 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days ago||Found On YouTube...||
I think this is from the ESPN segment on it -
|1 week 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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.
|2 weeks 56 min 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.
|2 weeks 2 hours 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.
|2 weeks 2 hours 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.
|2 weeks 3 hours 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.
|2 weeks 5 hours 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.
|2 weeks 6 hours 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.
|2 weeks 8 hours 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.
|2 weeks 9 hours 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.
|2 weeks 9 hours 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%.
|2 weeks 9 hours 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.
|2 weeks 10 hours 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.
|2 weeks 11 hours 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.
|2 weeks 12 hours 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.
|2 weeks 13 hours 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.
|2 weeks 17 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||One Thing Is Certain...||
The reaction of the server to wins and losses looks a lot like this...
|2 weeks 1 day 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.