|1 week 2 days ago||The AAC is pretty much the minor league for Power 5 coaches||
The AAC (the old Big East) has been pretty much a minor league for Power 5 schools to hire coaches. Look at the list of guys that have been swiped from that conference in the the past 5 or so years:
West Virginia: Rich Rodriguez (2007)
Including Houston and Tulsa on this list is a little bit of a stretch as they were in Conference USA at the time these coaches were hired and moved to the AAC last year.
And now the current crop of AAC coaches includes some of the hot coordinators of the last couple years and a handful of grizzled veteran coaches:
Chad Morris - SMU
|2 weeks 2 days ago||IMO it is overblown||
On the surface, in name and our preseason ranking, it was a huge upset. I get it. They were FCS, we were a preseason top 10 team, and it was the first time an FCS team beat a ranked FBS team.
But App State was an extremely unique FCS team. They were a two-time defending FCS National Champion that went on to three-peat by winning the National Championship later that year in 2007 by beating a Delaware team with Joe Flacco at QB. Look up some of the computer rankings from 2007. Sagarin has App State ranked in the top 50 that year. If you look beyond the name and uniforms, that was a decent football team. They had several future NFL players on that team. Personally, I find the Toledo loss in 2008 way more embarrassing than the App State loss. Toledo was one of the worst teams in FBS in 2008 when we lost to them.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If they made a list of the most self-flagellating fanbase||
Michigan would be #1. The NJIT loss sucked but let's not get overdramatic here. This is not on the order of App State (and I still think the App State loss is a little overblown). These losses happen every year in college basketball, and unfortunately, we were on the end of it this year. But it's not like they were some D-II squad like Chaminade. They already beat Duquesne this season and lost by 5 at Marquette.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Didn't you hear||
Travis Trice was recovering from the flu along with Dawson. It is the reason why he shot so poorly. After his mystery illness from last year, I would think Trice has the immune system of a bubble boy.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Anyone else find it weird ESPN assigned Dan Murphy to Michigan?||
Does anyone else find it strange ESPN assigned Dan Murphy to cover Michigan athletics? He is a Notre Dame grad who covered Notre Dame sports for most of his career including a 3 year stint Notre Dame's 247Sports site. Don't really get it, but it makes sense for ESPN.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Is it a Fresh Prince themed day?||
In Before Delete.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Can the IBD thread get more posts than the original?||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I posted mine before even reading the thread||
Didn't see yours. Great minds think alike.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||In Before Delete POSBANG||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Even if the rule changes, it still makes sense to redshirt now||
Even if the rule were to change, the only change would probably affect transferring within or up to Division I programs which he is unlikely to do. I think the rule currently grants all transfers moving down a level (to D-II or D-III) immediate eligibility under the One-Time Transfer Exception.
And even if he were forced to stay at Michigan for a 5th year, I think he would rather have that year to play when he would be older and more experienced.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Not really||
Why does any kid walk on to Division I athletic programs (football or basketball) with little chance to play? Get a top notch education and access to some of the best coaching and facilities in the country. There are few D-II or D-III schools that can match that even with the promise of more playing time. And if he decides to go into coaching in the future, he will be much better served having the experience learning in a Division I program.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||How does it hurt us?||
And it does a lot for Dakich. Seems like the right move to me.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||How so?||
Kansas is shooting 38% from the field, 20% from 3PT, and is only losing by 1 at the half. Kansas lost by 30 to Kentucky and was tied with Tennessee on Friday with 6 minutes left in the game. It is quite possible Kansas may not be an elite team this year or at least not yet with how young they are.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||Not a big fan of Peter King's MMQB||
but Woodson is featured prominently this week:
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Their rush defense definitely looks susceptible||
Not that Michigan will be able to take advantage of it.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF Update||
Wake Forest with the ball on their own 20 with 2 minutes remaining in the 4Q. Full M00N on the horizon.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||As a Michigan fan||
I appreciate the high level of DERPitude in this game. They may be able to achieve the full M00N.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF||
Wake Forest with their best offensive play of the game so far: a helmet to helmet personal foul targeting penalty on a play where their QB was getting sacked.
EDIT: The targeting penalty was overturned! VT00WF is still in play.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF||
VT00WF is the game of the day. Full M00N. Wow. VT is playing our role right now.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||PSU about to lose to Illinois||
Illinois 16-14 with 8 seconds remaining
|4 weeks 4 days ago||OMG||
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest just went full M00N. OMG.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You do know who VT's OC is, right?||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF Update||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||B1G||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You're realizing this now?||
Diamont has thrown for under 500 yards in about 5 games worth of play. He makes Mitch Leidner look like Matthew Stafford.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Wake Forest has missed 2 FGs in this game||
3 FGs missed if you count the one on the offsides penalty. This game is awful, but I can't stop watching now.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF Update||
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest has reached the gibbous M00N.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
Ohio State needs help getting in.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This is not talked about enough||
Sudfeld missed most of the B1G season, and they haven't won a game since his injury. Indiana is probably a lot more competitive with him.
They were 3-2 when he got hurt in the middle of the Iowa game. Their offense hasn't been the same (haven't scored more than 24 points in a game since).
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF Update||
Wake Forest missed a 42 yd FG, but VT was offsides. WF then proceeded to miss the 37 yard FG. LOL.
VT00WF 3Q 8:21 left
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I thought you were discussing the merits of OSU||
I see them now. I was more discussing how people seem to brush aside how average OSU has looked against about half their schedule.
Home loss to VT, OT against PSU, losing to Indiana in 3rd Q, losing to Navy at halftime.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||What does Michigan have to do with any of this?||
Did anyone say Michigan was any good? Where did Michigan enter this conversation?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
Both teams had to play in that conditions. How do you explain PSU taking OSU to OT? The same PSU team that is losing to Illinois right now.
Oscillating between good and bad means you are not a great football team. Just because a terrible B1G can cover up for your bad weeks doesn't make you good.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF Halftime||
VT00WF at the half. Half M00N so far.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||VT00WF||
This Virginia Tech-Wake Forest game is approaching M00N like levels. How did OSU lose to this team?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Don't look now||
Don't look now, but Virginia Tech-Wake Forest has some serious M00N potential. I guess I don't have to worry about anyone looking because this game is unwatchable.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||More from Eisen on Woodson||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Steve Hutchinson on Woodson||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Only one CB has more||
Ronde Barber at 28 is the only CB with more. I think the next nearest CB has 15. A couple caveats: sacks were not kept as an official stat until 1982. The last couple have come at safety, but at the same time, Barber racked up so many because the Tampa scheme had him lining up as slot CB so much and blitzing from there.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Valentine LULZ||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The mystery infection???||
Travis Trice's hernia, concussion, and mystery infection. They forgot the hangnail. LOL
|5 weeks 1 day ago||You can't have a "Champions Classic" without UCLA||
If you are going to have a Champions Classic, I think UCLA is pretty much a prerequisite.
I love having MSU in this event just to watch how little they belong in the this conversation anymore.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not really||
In those cases, usually the forum topic is posted before the main blog post. The blog post has 300 comments on it already and that is place where people are discussing it.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||And it has 300 comments on it||
It's the latest post on this blog with over 300 comments before this topic was posted.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||shh||
Let's wait a little before talking about this one.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Talkin' bout the Noles||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Didn't see your post||
I was just posting this. Urban Meyer has made a career out of keeping of DCs at new jobs, and then everyone attributing those guys to his coaching tree when they blew up as HCs. Whittingham had been at Utah for about a decade under Ron McBride before Meyer took over (Whittingham actually took over as DC for his own father in 1995). Charlie Strong is probably much more a product of Lou Holtz and Bob Davie than Urban Meyer had been at Florida under Zook. Even Greg Mattison whom Meyer brought to Florida was probably due to the fact Mattison had worked with Davie for about a decade between A&M and Notre Dame.
I'm not going to put Tim Beckman in the group of damn good head coaches, but yeah, he had been DC at BG for 3 years before Urban Meyer's 2 year stint there.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Charlie Strong and Kyle Whittingham||
Urban Meyer has actually done this a couple times now. He retained Charlie Strong as DC after Ron Zook was fired at Florida (although Strong and Meyer had a relationship dating back to when they were assistants at Notre Dame). Meyer retained Kyle Whittingham when he took the Utah job after Ron McBride was fired. Whittingham had actually been at Utah for years (replaced his own father as Utah DC in 1995).
Hasn't worked out too badly for him...at least until Luke Fickell came along.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||One||
Kevin Garnett. Some have reported that he would have gone to Michigan if he didn't go the prep to pro route. But even if he didn't this picture would still qualify him for Walmart Wolverine status.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Embedded video|
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The only thing Michigan has any influence over is night games||
Michigan has no influence over 12pm vs 3:30pm. That is determined by the conference and its network partners.
Michigan can refuse night games which they had done for years and continue to do with the Game (Ohio State) and Michigan State.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||My top 5 most ridiculous games in Hoke era||
5. 2012 @Notre Dame: The drive chart for this game is just legendary.
4. 2013 Akron: For many of the reasons Ace listed.
3. 2012 Sugar Bowl: Brian and Ace covered most of this. We won with 184 yards of total offense.
2. 2014 @Northwestern: M00N forever.
1. 2013 @PSU: I still can't believe this game went 4OT. Brian and Ace left out how the game ended up in OT with the ridiculous game-tying drive at the end of regulation capped by 35 yard prayer to Allen Robinson.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The one that popped out to me||
Michigan State's defense: #42 F/+, #57 FEI, #16 S&P+. Michigan State is #108 in the country in giving up explosive drives and #1 in methodical drives.
And Virginia Tech's defense continues to rate highly (#5 F/+, #3 FEI,, #8 S&P+). I am guessing the Ohio State game factors in significantly for both of those results.
Michigan's defense, as you would expect, is #3 in the country in explosive drives.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I had money on "The Killing Moon" for this week's MGoPodcast|
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No better option?||
The only reason I can see for keeping him is if the AD and high level donors put feelers out with candidates, don't find a lot of great options, and decide to put this off until next year. It doesn't look like a great year to be looking for high level coaching hires with few established successful coaches this year looking to make the jump to an elite job. I am guessing there will be a lot of coordinator hires this year.
I don't think this will happen though.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Curse of Bieber||
Similar to the the Curse of Kenny Chesney in College Football.
CURSE OF BIEBER?
Pop star Justin Bieber showed up at Steelers' Bible study yesterday, and now Pittsburgh is trailing 17-0 in the first quarter. Cause or coincidence? You make the call.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||VIDEO: Lions 1st Quarter highlights|
|6 weeks 3 days ago||VIDEO: Denard's TD run|
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Another note on Denard from ESPN Stats||
SHOELACE SCORES AGAIN
Former Michigan QB Denard Robinson continues to make things happen for the Jaguars offense, scoring a 32-yard TD. It's his third rush of at least 30 yards this season. The only player with more is Arian Foster (6).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Denard||
And this was before the 32 yard TD run:
|8 weeks 4 days ago||It was a joke||
Obviously KISS has nothing to do with Juggalos. But they also have almost nothing to do with coillege age students these days either. Show that picture to a kid under 18, and they will say Juggalo.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||It was a joke||
Who on a college campus would reference KISS today?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This wouldn't embed in the OP|
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Bad.||
Still a lot of season left, but hypothetically, if Ohio State were to make the Playoffs, it would quite possibly be the worst loss by a team to play for the National Championship. The only one close to that level that I can remember is FSU losing at NC State in 1998.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||This. One thousand times this.||
I don't see Brian Kelly giving back victories over Stanford and Pittsburgh in 2012 when the refs blew game deciding calls that gave Notre Dame the win.
It was a tough call, but ND has usually been the team that benefits from these calls in the past. I know Kelly is probably using this to start laying the seeds toward campaigning for the 4th playoff spot. Notre Dame is a unique position where they will not be playing on Conference Championship Weekend due to their independent status, and that may end up costing them a spot in the playoffs if they are not clearly one of the 4 best teams.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I think this guy may have something to say about that||
Woodson is now 4 INTs from tying Dave Brown for 9th on the all time career interception list. Most schools don't have one player in the top 10. Michigan is pushing for 2.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I guess but there is nothing new in it either||
except Weinreb's over-the-top writing and reveling in Michigan's misfortune. He has been hammering this for the last couple years, but he's not a Michigan columnist though. Like here:
You pretty much don't even need to read the column as you already know what is going to be in it. Revel in Michigan's misfortune. Take shots at Michigan's history and historical significance. Rinse and repeat. He has pretty much written the same column twice in the last 5 months.
The guy just the used the phrase "snooty self-indulgence" and "hoary symbolism of the Michigan Man" to describe Michigan after using "Michigan's storied and (schadenfreude alert) oppressively self-congratulatory history" and "No program traffics on the assuredness of its own history quite like Michigan does" in a column 5 months ago. Twice he has referred to schadenfreude, and I don't think it is by accident.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh||
The author Michael Weinreb is a PSU graduate who for some reason has taken much joy in writing about Michigan since Sandusky.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Not when you're under federal Title IX investigation||
Not when you're under federal Title IX investigation and have just been accused of sexual assault in the past year with a possible civil trial pending.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I guess that makes sense||
I still found it kind of surprising though due to the high percentage. I only looked at a handful of schools, but I haven't come across another one like it.
Michigan applicants are also overrepresented in the analysis so that may have something to do with it as well.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||True||
But I don't think you are going to find many major PhD granting universities that have that in common with MSU.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Not really.||
Some of those kids probably got scholarships. The surprising one to me was that 56% (of only 18 students though) chose Lansing Community College over MSU. LOL.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||It seems that may be a theme in a lot of our current scheduling||
Brandon has scheduled App State, BYU, Oklahoma, and if the rumors are true, Texas for upcoming games. We have losing records against all those teams. If Brandon is pursuing those teams, look for Toledo, Army, Arizona State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, UNC, South Carolina, and Tennessee in the near future.
I think the reference to losing record in the article meant App State is the only team we play in 2014 that we have a losing record against.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty poor oral history||
Really not much substance to the piece. Usually oral histories give you a lot more than that. Can't speak for the Appalachian State side, but Greg Mathews, Carlos Brown, and true freshman Donovan Warren were probably not the best sources for that story. Warren was playing in his very first game at Michigan, and Mathews & Brown were not major contributors that year. Really would have liked to hear from Mike Hart who was injured during the game, Lloyd Carr, and Ron English. Shawn Crable, Jamar Adams and Brandent Englemon probably would have been better from the defensive side.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||More Woodson|
|16 weeks 6 days ago||John Anderson got it right||
USC looks like a clown college right now
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Not only that||
You don't get high ankle sprains from that kind of fall. Calcaneal fractures are usually the injury you see when someone falls from a height and lands on his feet (assuming that is what his story is and the only one that makes sense based on the injury he has reported). If one of his ankles buckled on the landing, I think an ankle fracture or low ankle sprain would have been more likely, but it probably wouldn't have been in both legs.
I also thought this story seemed suspicious from the begininng.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||So does Justin Verlander||
Pitchers age. Fister is 30 and scheduled to be a free agent after 2015. It was not a bad time to trade him while his value was high. The point I was making is that people are looking at this trade more negatively because of the big year Fister is having this year in the NL. Fister's yearly stats had been on a downward trend since the Tigers acquired him 3 years ago, and Drew Smyly's stat line this year is not much different from Fister's last year with the Tigers.
Should the Tigers have gotten more back in the trade? Definitely. But I don't think they miss Fister much at all on the field.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Not a great return on the trade||
but let's not overrate Fister here. Smyly has been pretty good this year, and the 5th starter is not the reason the Tigers have imploded. And you have to account for pitching in the NL. It's hard to say what kind of season Fister would have had in the AL, but it's quite possible it wouldn't have looked much different from Drew Smyly.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Kind of disagree||
I'm not sure what wearing pads has to do with illegal contact. There is no reason a DB should be mugging a WR 10 yards down the field. I have no problem with any contact that does not impede a WR from running his route, but after 5-10 yards, there is no reason a DB should be pushing/mugging a receiver downfield running a route. I think there is a middle ground, and the NFL is definitely closer to the ideal than the college game on illegal contact.
Illegal contact by DBs is like clutching/grabbing in college basketball. It allows players with inferior skill/talent to muck up the game and keep skilled/athletic players from playing the game.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Illegal contact does not exist in college football||
Illegal contact rule is unique to the NFL and does not exist in college football. As long as you are in front of the receiver and the ball is not in the air, the defender is allowed to push and make physical contact with the receiver in college.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I think that is going to be a trend nationwide||
Until college football starts enforcing illegal contact like the NFL, the number of college defenses taking advantage of physical press coverage will continue to grow.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||May want to wait until something official comes out||
Don't even know what the scandal even entails at this point. I doubt it will have much effect at all though on recruiting.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||This could be even bigger than reports so far||
May involve former players as well.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Wow.||
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Field hockey players are not going to get paid||
Did you read anything I posted above? Of course nonrevenue sports are going to take a hit in their budget. But the leap you are making is ridiculous. Most schools in Division II and III LOSE money on intercollegiate sports. Michigan will still make money even after stipends to revenue athletes. Nonrevenue athletes are not going to get stipends--this was just posturing by the NCAA in the O'Bannon trial. The budgets for nonrevenue sports are going to get tightened, but there will still be plenty left in the pot after stipends to support nonrevenue sports.
Harvard competes in 42 varsity intercollegiate sports, the most in Division I. MIT competes in 33 varsity intercollegiate sports, the most in Division III. Michigan only competes in 27 varsity sports. If these schools that make no money off football and basketball can field more nonrevenue sports than Michigan, I think Michigan with close to $150 million revenue off athletics will be just fine.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Ridiculous||
You do realize there are hundreds of schools (all of Division II and III) that make no money off intercollegiate sports. It just means that the nonrevenue sports will no longer have these opulent centers and facilities, travel budgets will be reigned in, and coaching salaries will take a big hit. Division I nonrevenue sports will have to adapt some to the model of Division II and III. The biggest change may mean there will be a reduction in scholarships available to nonrevenue sports. But Division I schools will still have way more to spend on nonrevenue sports compared to Division II and III even with stipends to athletes in revenue sports.
If anything, I think the changes to the NCAA will be good for Michigan's competitiveness in the long term. There are few Division I schools that can compete with Michigan's combination of academics and athletic budget/facilities which should help recruit better prospects in the future. And having stipends for football and basketball players should level the playing field between schools that play by the rules and those that don't which should lessen the impact of some of the shady recruiting in revenue sports.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Both sides are still playing a game of chicken||
Unless I am mistaken, Monroe has only informed the Pistons he "intends" to sign the qualifying offer. He still hasn't signed it, and doesn't have to for a month or two. I think Monroe and his agent are hoping this threat forces the Pistons to trade him now. Long term I don't think Monroe is in Detroit, but I still have my doubts on whether he actually signs the qualifying offer.
|20 weeks 14 hours ago||Totally different situation though||
Robinson has only been recruited for the last month or so. His head coach at Williams left for Marist in the middle of June. He probably didn't put feelers out to transfer until July. It's quite possible more schools would have gotten involved if his recruitment was longer (remember Creighton called about him but he never even ended up visiting), and how do we know for certain more schools didn't call? Add in the fact the kid is high level student and may have been looking at only good academic schools, and you have a pretty unique recruitment that you can't compare easily to other transfer situations.
|20 weeks 14 hours ago||He's not just a good DIII player||
He may have been the best returning player in DIII this year--as only a sophomore. As I posted above, what do offers in high school matter anymore? The data point we should be working off is his performance last year in Division III.
|20 weeks 14 hours ago||I don't think his high school recruitment matters much anymore||
Duncan Robinson is one of the best players in D-III basketball. He was arguably the best player on a team that played for the D-III National Championship as a freshman and an All-American in D-III last year. I would argue that the competition in Division III is better than most high school basketball especially considering what he accomplished as a freshman.
Emphasizing a point Brian made last year, is there any considerable difference between lightly recruited Spike Albrecht and McDonald's All American Tyler Lewis? Does their high school recruitment even matter anymore? I think the only data point that matters here for Robnson is his performance on the D-III level.
|20 weeks 14 hours ago||Duncan Robinson transfer maybe doesnt happen without Joe Dumars||
Dumars' firing from the Pistons started the domino effect leading to Robinson's head coach at Williams leaving for another job.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah but||
there is huge difference between a cheap recruiting photoshop and a permanent display. I am guessing the permanent display had to pass through multiple levels of approval before it got made.
For instance, Florida fixed this one before someone hung it on the wall:
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Bruce Feldman did an article on this last month||
Many players get the permanent disability insurance, but the loss of value insurance is additional policy you have to buy that can be very expensive. The Student Assistance Fund has existed for a while, but it has only been a recent development that schools have begun using it for loss of value insurance policies. The Student Assistance Fund has a yearly limit set by the NCAA (the SEC allotted $350,000 per school last year) and can be used for a variety of purposes (travel, clothes, post-eligibility financial aid). I think this is a good development for the players though as the schools should be paying for these.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Looks like a tib-fib fracture||
Won't know for certain until official diagnosis, but it looks like a tibula-fibula fracture--the same injury that Fitz Toussaint suffered in 2012 and Kevin Ware in 2013. Significant injury, but the recovery is much better than what one would expect compared to how gruesome it looks. He could be back in 6-9 months.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||And possibly Tyriq Thompson as well||
Thompson will be at BBQ today and will choose his school before the season.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan State fans right now||
after losing Brian Cole to Michigan and Josh Alabi to OSU in last 24 hours:
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Congrats to her||
Not a fan of CrossFit but whatever motivation people need to get in shape I am not going to hate on. Kipping pull-ups are an abomination though. Kenny Powers, your thoughts?
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||Did you look at any of the other schools' posters on BTN.com?||
Compared to some of the other B1G school posters, Michigan's is not bad.
My votes for most ridiculous:
Indiana: Oh god no.
Iowa: Only Iowa would feature a lineman dripping with sweat.
Maryland: Is this a Maryland poster or an Under Armour ad? 7 strategically placed Under Armour logos on this poster.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I wonder what these people are saying today|
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I think that is Trent Dilfer||
I think that is the king douche of the Elite11 camp: Trent Dilfer
|24 weeks 6 days ago||But where was he ranked when he committed to Michigan?||
I think that is the more important data point here. Beilein has demonstrated an ability to identify talent well before the rankings, especially the kids that come to his Elite Camp.
Stauskas was a 3-star ranked in the 100s when he committed to Michigan. He was even lower than that when he got his offer.
GRIII was a 3 star ranked lower than Stauskas when he committed to Michigan with only one other BCS offer (Colorado). ESPN didn't even bother to rank him at the time.
Part of the error in looking at his final ranking is that prospects often times get a significant bump when they get offered or commit to major programs. Also, Stauskas played some significant competition his final two years in high school when he transferred to St. Mark's Prep. The NEPSAC is one of the most competitive basketball prep school conferences in the country.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Same here.||
Stauskas was not highly touted when Michigan started recruiting him. I still remember many people judged him just based off his early recruiting profile picture. He didn't jump into the top 100 rankings until his senior year--one year after he already committed to Michigan.
Similar story with GR III. GRIII was a 3 star recruit when he committed to Michigan and then proceeded to blow up his senior year. Both Stauskas and GR III were in the #100-125 range when they committed to Michigan.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||That isn't the criteria for these rankings||
This ESPN ranking is supposed to rate which coaches are running the best programs right now. That includes regular season and postseason wins, recruiting, player development, X & Os...the whole package. I don't see how you couldn't have Self in the top 5. Kansas has won the Big 12 conference title an astounding 10 years in a row (and the tourney title 6 times in those 10 years). He is one of the best recruiters in the country and put a lot of kids into the NBA. He has had some flameouts and underachieved in the NCAA tournament a couple years, but Kansas hasn't been Georgetown bad in the tournament as he has still won an NCAA title in 2007 and made the champ game 2 years ago. Has Self been any worse than Izzo in the NCAA tourney the last 5-6 years?
Bill Self has won his conference regular season title 14 times in his last 17 years coaching (10 of 11 at Kansas, 2 out of 3 at Illinois, and 2 out of 3 at Tulsa). And if you want to talk career, don't forget that Bruce Weber's best years at Illinois were with Self's players the first 2 years (winning the Big Ten both years), and then the program cratered.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||About where I expected ESPN to put him||
I think this is where most of us predicted Beilein would be when this ESPN countdown first started.
I think the top 5 are going to be in some order:
then the next tier:
I am a little surprised Beilein is below Gregg Marshall. Although I don't agree with it, I had a feeling he was going to be ranked below Izzo and Bo Ryan because this is ESPN.
It hurts me to write this, but the guy who is really ranked too low is Thad Matta at #20. No way he should he should be below the likes of Jay Wright, Mark Few, Fred Hoiberg, and Tony Bennett. Matta should probably be ranked higher than even Sean Miller.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||I hate these click bait lists but here are my thoughts||
I think the top 5 will have Krzyzewski, Calipari, Pitino, Donovan, and Self. I think Bo Ryan will be ranked higher than Beilein. It will be interesting to see where they rank Tom Izzo and Thad Matta, but I think both of them are going to be ranked higher than Beilein. This is not how I believe they should be ranked, but how I think they are going to end up being ranked.
Names we already know will be in the top 25:
I also would not be surprised if Tommy Amaker makes a surprise appearance in the top 25.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||KJ McDaniels just announced for the NBA Draft||
So you can cross him off the list.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||KJ McDaniels||
Other ones to look out for in addition to the Harrison twins: Clemson's KJ McDaniels, UConn's DeAndre Daniels, and Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie. This article from last week is a little dated as some of the players listed have already made their decision:
|35 weeks 1 day ago||GR III and the Harrison twins are the players that just missed||
He has GR III at #33 in his top 100. Ford also has Jerian Grant at #31, but most reports have Grant returning to Notre Dame for a 4th year after his academic suspension. I have a feeling GR III is going to sneak up into the bottom of the 1st round like Hardaway Jr. when it is all said and done though.
Ford is not as high on Mitch McGary as some other sites (like SI and DraftExpress) placing him at #43.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Oops||
You're right. I misread the ratings breakdown. The reverse mirror was for 3:30pm not 8pm.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||True||
It shared the ABC 8pm slot with KSU-Texas, but it was televised in the Midwest, East Coast, and Florida so a good portion of the country did get the game. Hard to dissect the rating more, but the ABC 8pm game was the highest rated game of the week.
I also think it was on reverse mirror with ESPN2 in out of region so you didn't need the internet to watch it. And that rating does not include the reverse mirror rating numbers as well.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Probably pretty well compared to the other BTN games||
Can't compare apples to oranges. I think the Michigan-Rutgers game will probably be one of the highest rated BTN games of the season. And I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a viewership number competitive with MSU-Nebraska.
The Michigan-UConn game last year, if I remember correctly, was one of the highest rated games of that weekend.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Rutgers: Blackout for Michigan game||
I wonder how many Michigan fans show up in maize
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Some good candidates for night games on Oct. 4th||
Alabama at Ole Miss
|35 weeks 1 day ago||They actually might||
|35 weeks 4 days ago||He's got a 5-star name||
I trust the rest to John Beilein and staff.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||But I think MSU loses out more||
I don't know if MSU had much bargaining position. I think MSU loses more with the loss of the annual Michigan-MSU game.
And quite honestly, I don't see how the scheduling change helped them. They now have Michigan and OSU home during even years (only Indiana has a similar setup in the division). MSU's odd year schedules are just awful--4 Big Ten home games with only PSU at home. At least Michigan's terrible even year schedules have 5 Big Ten home games in the future making the likelihood of drawing Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa on the home schedule higher.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
Dave Brandon should have made sure this never happened. He should have seen (like most did) the effect this was going to have a ticket sales in even years and raised hell with the Big Ten office. Even a marquee home and home was never going to rectify the scheduling problem of putting OSU and MSU home during odd years especially with how watered down the Big Ten schedule becomes with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||This is also partly the Big Ten's fault||
Putting MSU and OSU at home in the same year was ridiculous and avoidable. But I guess Dave Brandon should have raised hell to keep it from happening as well.
There is no motivation at all to buy season tickets in even years any more. Even if you added a marquee non-conference opponent, I don't think it would rectify the situation.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||One thing to keep in mind when watching MAAR's film||
The game most of those highlights were pulled from was MAAR's final game as a HS player in a loss in the PA state tournament semifinals to the eventual state champs. The team they lost to had a 4 star PG that signed with Miami (YTM) and some other D-I prospects so the level of competition in those highlights was decent for the HS level.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Mannix like a lot of the national NBA reporters have NBA sources||
But even with the early entry list finalized next week so much can change in the NBA workouts. The NBA workouts are where a lot of these guys get their true evaluations from teams and that eventually works its way to the agents and media. The predictive power is pretty low until a week or two until the draft. A mock NBA Draft now is like a mock NFL Draft before the Combine--way too early to be accurate.
The problem for McGary: is he healthy enough to compete in workouts? If he can't, I don't see how any NBA team can take him in the 1st round.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I think the bigger news is moving Brandstatter to PBP||
Not sure if I'm totally onboard with Brandstatter on play-by-play.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not sure Florida is definitely the better team next year||
They graduate 4 senior starters. Florida will probably be more young and inexpierienced than Michigan next year.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Not that surprising||
Florida graduates their entire starting frontcourt, and his brother played there.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe a little more but nowhere near adidas||
Alabama and Tennessee both signed with Nike just a couple months ago for far less (in the $3.5 to $4 million range). I would argue both of those schools are worth more than Louisville.
I would not be surprised if Tennessee actually turned down a larger offer from adidas to go back to Nike.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Like a small market team trying to sign a star player||
adidas and other apparel companies have to overspend and outbid to compete with Nike.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||It's a message board dude||
Just a step above twitter or text messages. I feel bad for anyone who feels the need to proofread or spellcheck a message board post. I would understand if the post was completely unreadable, but cumong man. Wait, can I not write "cumong man" either?
|35 weeks 6 days ago||If that's true||
you can pretty much pencil in adidas right now. Nike has not shown any signs that they are willing to pay like adidas, and this Louisville deal shows that adidas is still going to shell out the cash. I had some doubts about adidas' willingness to pay for collegiate apparel contracts after ND and Tennessee left adidas earlier this year, but this news proves otherwise.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Hard to compare because it was a long time ago||
But I think it was in the $2-3 million range.
EDIT: I think I may have misinterpreted that. Texas has the largest Nike contract netting around $5.56 million-$5.76 million per year when you combine apparel product and cash. Different sites have different numbers posted, but I think you get the idea. Nike is paying the biggest schools around $4-5 million per year.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Reebok owned by adidas||
You do realize Reebok is owned by adidas now?
|35 weeks 6 days ago||This is what I think happens||
Unless our athletic department is fed up with adidas, I think we are going to end up resigning with them.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think Nike will come near the $8 million per year number||
If we walk away from adidas, I think we will be leaving money on the table. None of Nike's apparel contracts come close to that. Tennessee just left adidas for under $4 million per year. If adidas offered Louisville $8 million per year, I have to imagine Tennessee got a similar offer.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Appling was a McDonald's All-American||
I think that counts for being a 5 star. I didn't meticulously pore over the recruiting rankings, but I thought both were 5 stars. If they weren't, I don't imagine they missed by much. Both were pretty much consensus top 30-50 players.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I think it has already started to hurt Izzo||
He lost out on some big time recruits the last 2 years that MSU may have led for at one point in time: Jabari Parker, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, Tyler Ulis, Kevon Looney, and Devin Booker. All of them are Midwest kids that passed on MSU.
Beilein has had more players leave early for the NBA in the last 5 years than Tom Izzo in his entire 19 year career.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||True||
But in the big picture, it doesn't change the conclusion. Roe is not the outlier here.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Hood is not a senior||
He is a RS sophomore with 2 years of eligibility left.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Just comparing the last 12 years||
And it's not close really. Izzo has had only 5 players leave early for the NBA in his whole 19 year career. I think Duke had 5 in the last 10 years. If Parker and Hood go pro as expected, that will make 7 players early to the NBA in the last 10 years.
Only 6 players in Izzo's entire 19 year career at MSU have scored more than 1,000 points in the NBA. Draymond Green will most likely join this group next year. Duke has 12 players in that group since just 2002 with another 4-5 players likely to join this group next year. Izzo can't even sniff the same success that Coach K has had with players in the NBA in the last 10 years. You could make the argument that Izzo is one of the worst elite college coaches for NBA player development based on his career track record.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||But Coach K also has a lot of success stories||
Izzo has practically none. Gary Harris may be his first in a long time since Zach Randolph. I don't think you can even compare Izzo to Coach K.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Some other 5 stars under Tom Izzo will surprise you more||
List of MSU 5 star recruits since 2002:
Some 4 star top-50 recruits:
Gary Harris and Shannon Brown are the only ones to declare early for the NBA Draft since 2002. I think Marquise Gray or Delvon Roe was the biggest bust of them all.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Delete||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||FTFY||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Nike Stauskas and GR III statements||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||GR III||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Stauskas||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||All depends on the coach||
If you can recruit Oakland, a coach could build a powerhouse there.
Arizona has been living off the Oakland Soldiers AAU team: Stanley Johnson in 2013, Aaron Gordon in 2012, Brandon Ashley in 2011 and Nick Johnson in 2010. One of the top recruits in the country next year, Ivan Rabb, plays for...you guessed it, the Oakland Soldiers.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Bruce Pearl wishing he waited a month||
It will be interesting to see who Tennessee pursues. That fan base still pines for Bruce Pearl, but I am guessing that door is closed now.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Jeff Goodman at it again--SOURCES!||
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Bartelstein is NOT the source||
What kind of journalism major are you? Your unnamed friend is the source hence he is anonymous. Unless you had direct contact with Bartelstein, he is not your source.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Just stop||
Bartelstein didn't text your imaginary friend. If you were a real journalism major, you would know that anonymous sources are a huge faux pas. Hedging your position makes nothing you wrote verifiable, and putting it in your first post in 7 months lends you little credibility.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||SOURCES: Thread to be deleted||
This thread to be deleted a source has confirmed.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Where are the sources?||
I won't believe it until he cites unnamed sources.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Nice 1st post||
So is the journalism thing the reason why you never posted until now? Your story is so full of shit. I'm sure Bartelstein was texting your friend about this. Your story is less believable that this:
|36 weeks 2 days ago||True||
But the one functional difference is if he had signed there is no turning back--final decision. I think it would be important to have that part right before reporting it.
It almost feels like the agent who fed the original story wanted that out there in a quid pro quo.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Do we need a thread for this?||
I hate to be that guy, but how is this thread worthy? Can everyone just post a thread based on their gut feelings about whether Michigan players are declaring for the draft or a recruit committing to Michigan? At best, this belongs in the GR III thread below.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Every basketball writer has agents and scouts that they know||
Snubbed agents are most likely the ones talking.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Decent||
It's the same for most of these reporters. The agents who get snubbed are the ones most likely talking. Not a great sign, but I wouldn't call this 100%.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Dude.||
Brian wrote a 1,000 word post on the site about this article yesterday. C'mon man.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||2 reasons||
1. If Horford and the staff knew he was leaving, he probably would have participated in Senior Day.
2. Horford himself stated to the media he was planning on coming back.
Obviously, Horford may have not wanted to go public to the media, but the Senior Day item is a big deal.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||This probably has nothing to do with academics||
Based on the graduate transfer rule in order to be immediately eligible, he has to transfer to a new school that has a graduate program that Michigan does not offer and Horford wants to enroll in. If Horford was looking for a graduate program that Michigan does not already offer, I think we would have known about this a long time ago.
It's pretty easy to do if you are transferring from a small school that does not offer many graduate programs. It is a little harder to do transferring from Michigan that has a wealth of them.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Is it though?||
I am going to wait until the dust settles. This could signal Mitch McGary and GR III are coming back for another year. It could mean that Mark Donnal is going to be a good player for us next year. And the craziest, most ridiculous scenario: it could mean that all 3 sophomores (including Nik Stauskas) are coming back, and there was not a scholarship available for Horford.
Evan Smotrycz and Carlton Brundidge transferred in 2012, and it wasn't the end of the world
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Have to think McGary is coming back||
Would be nice if Horford returned for veteran leadership and insurance in case McGary is not healthy.
Also, it may mean Donnal is ready to be a major contributor. I can't imagine Horford would leave if playing time were available.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Is it news or rumormongering if you're wrong? What then?||
Jeff Goodman is the same guy who reported that Trey Burke was gone to the NBA Draft. Only he wasn't. Here was his report after Trey's freshman year:
Does Goodman have sources? Probably some, but probably not that close to the primary source. I am guessing he often makes these jumps to conclusions off of reported leanings and then hopes he's right. Which is not breaking news but educated guessing and terrible reporting.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I know he's not coming back||
But looking at that list of players, and you have to believe Stauskas would be the Wooden/Naismith Player of the Year favorite if he came back for another year.
One can dream...
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Digger didn't retire; ESPN did not renew his contract||
ESPN didn't renew Digger Phelps' contract and let him go.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Key problem with this article: position rankings||
It uses the outdated notion of 5 positions in basketball: PG, SG, SF, PF, and C. If you look at the projections for the "shooting guards," none of them are projected higher than late lottery. Essentially the SG is a shorter wing--which makes their value lower. I am guessing all the top tier wing prospects will all be ranked in the "small forward" category.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Don't really care||
It's a totally different era and game now. Much easier for a freshman to make an impact now in the in the "one and done" age. The college game is much younger now then back when the Fab Five played, and freshmen are often the best players in the game (look at the draft histories since the age limit rule went into effect).
Records were meant to be broken, and it was only a matter of time until an all freshmen lineup won a championship with the way the draft eligibility rules are setup today. I don't really care who wins tonight but probably leaning Connecticut because Calipari irritates me.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Poop again|
|37 weeks 4 days ago||There are 3 broadcasts on||
The teamcasts have local play by play and color.
TBS - National Broadcast
TNT - Florida and Kentucky team broadcast
TruTV - UConn and Wisconsin team broadcast
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Yes I still would||
The spring game is to watch our future team play. I can live with what Nebraska did with their "Make a Wish" play with the child cancer patient, but I don't see why we would need former legends out there playing. It would be like sending Barry Sanders out there to play in an NFL exhibition game. Or a better example may be Jim Harbaugh playing QB for the 49ers in an NFL exhibition game instead of actually coaching.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Whatever||
You can pretty much say technically everything is "for the fans." This is just another lame publicity stunt by the Texas Tech Athletic Department which is watching its football program fall to fourth in the state pecking order behind Baylor now. They need to concentrate on their actual team and try to win some games instead. For instance:
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Disagree.||
Looks like a circus sideshow or lame publicity stunt (which TT has been doing a lot of as of late). Your head coach should be coaching. I could maybe understand if it was a graduate assistant or the QB coach, but not your head coach.
|38 weeks 10 hours ago||I think you are missing the point||
Go back to your original post responding to my post. You said you don't have much to be sad about. Our programs are in about the same shape right now. Again, whose fans' expectations are lower?
I never said Michigan had to win the national championship every year. But there is a big difference between competing for the championship & being in the conversation, and being eliminated by week 4 or 5 every year.
|38 weeks 12 hours ago||Brian Kelly and ND have gone to one BCS bowl in 4 seasons||
Brady Hoke and Michigan have gone to one BCS bowl in 3 seasons (11-2, 8-5, 7-6). Brian Kelly and ND in the same period (8-5, 12-1, 9-4). I don't think there is much difference between what the 2 programs have accomplished in the last 3 years. But ND fans like yourself are pretty content with their situation while Michigan's fans are not. Whose standards are lower?
Winning the B1G is a necessity to compete for a national championship, and with the new playoff, probably means a spot in 4 team playoff. Just because one of your goals is to win the Big Ten doesn't mean the team isn't trying to win a national championship. 9-4 doesn't even sniff the Big Ten championship in most years. The standard here is probably 10+ wins and also doesn't involve going 2-6 in our last 8 games against Notre Dame.
|38 weeks 14 hours ago||Wow||
The standards for Notre Dame have fallen pretty far.
I Like Burgers, this is the point I was trying to make in one of my posts below.
|38 weeks 17 hours ago||You could make a case for a lot of schools||
Tennessee. Notre Dame. Miami. Penn State. Nebraska. Colorado. Washington. Arkansas. West Virginia. Texas.
|38 weeks 17 hours ago||Who is saying we are OK?||
I don't think anyone is arguing that Michigan is anywhere near OK. The point is that you can make these lists for a lot of schools like Notre Dame, Tennessee, Nebraska, or Penn State. If anything, it is saying that the expectations at Michigan are higher than what they are at Notre Dame and those other schools right now which is probably a good thing.
|38 weeks 18 hours ago||Respectfully disagree||
If the expectations nationally aren't that high, Michigan isn't the answer to Mandel's question.
|38 weeks 18 hours ago||Compare that to Notre Dame||
Notre Dame is
There are a lot of programs you can do this for.
|38 weeks 19 hours ago||Better to have high expectations||
than to have no expectations at all. The fact this is not Tennessee says how far their program has fallen.
I could care less about this stuff. Actually, usually when declarations like this get written, the writer ends up looking really stupid in a year later. Hope this will be the case.
|38 weeks 21 hours ago||In before the delete||
General rule of thumb: If news is more than 12 hours old, it probably has already been posted here. If the news relates to Michigan and is more than an hour old, it probably has already been posted here.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Bronco Nation News? Really?||
You had to search pretty deep into the dark corners of the internet to find another person who even cares about this or shares the same view as you. You just cited some guy named
who is one bro-ish looking dude. Is this the best picture he could come up with for his writer profile page?
But seriously, I don't judge people based on their name and looks though. I read his blog post, and I wish I could get that time back.
Are you possibly Stubbs McGillivray-Zanelli in disguise, linking your blog, and trying to get views for your awful blog post?
The true Heisman pose doesn't stack up to Howard's version. The leg in the air adds more flash. If you do the pose with both feet on the ground, it looks kind of lame. Howard's verson is a more highly evovled version of the trophy pose.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Desmond Howard's version is better||
Personally, I prefer Howard's version of the Heisman Trophy pose to the actual Heisman. It's a testament to Howard that more people mimic his pose than the actual trophy.
Remember, Desmond struck the pose after sprinting 93 yards in a rivalry game. I don't think the accuracy of his Heisman pose was something he was too concerned about. Charles Woodson was going to do it as well, but he was winded after the punt return and mobbed by teammates before he could even attempt it.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Not related||
The lawsuit is related to the photo. I don't think you can claim ownership over the pose (and if you could I think it would be pretty hard to enforce).
I am guessing Desmond just doesn't like doing it on demand. I imagine he gets asked to strike the pose over 10 times a day. It probably gets old after a while.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||You probably have to order it from Getty Images website||
But I doubt you will want to shell out the cash it will cost to license it. In other news, Getty just made their images free for open embed.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||It's the iconic photo, not the pose||
The guy shot this photo which has been used everywhere.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||In news as old as this||
Anthony Weiner refuses to quit the mayoral race in NYC since his latest sexting disclosures and has dropped to 4th in the polling for the Democratic nomination.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I was about to say||
This was posted on about a year ago:
I can understand when someone makes the mistake of reposting something that is a week old, but this is a little ridiculous.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||At least our OL is not PSU||
PSU probably just lost 5th yr Sr OL Miles Dieffenbach to a knee injury. RS Jr Donovan Smith is the only OL left with any starting experience.
Yeah, still doesn't make me feel any better.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Post-high school||
but some of the kids also transfer in to finish their last year of high school to graduate.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||You get a trophy and rings for it from the NCAA||
Why not a banner?
You have to win the Regional Championship to advance to the Final Four. The NCAA gives you a trophy and rings to commemorate it. Why wouldn't you put a banner up for it?
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
You are immediately eligible and have 2 years of eligibility remaining. Two examples of players like this: USC QB Max Wittek and Indiana F Austin Etherington. Both redshrited their first year and graduated in three years.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||One of the more ridiculous myths that continues to be posted||
If they don't play defense in the NBA, where do they play defense? You may not like the style of the NBA, but the NBA remains the most competitive and highest level of the game. And it's not close. You can't hide bad defenders in the NBA like in college. It's much harder to cheat off opposing players on defense in the NBA because the players are more skilled--which makes it harder to play defense. There's a reason an NBA scout said this about Stauskas:
Stauskas has the potential to be a huge liability on the defensive end right now. Have you seen Hardaway Jr play defense in the NBA right now? And he was light years ahead of Stauskas on defense.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Not if Arizona loses||
I don't think you can say the Pac-12 outperformed expectations if Arizona were to lose tonight. They were one of the biggest favorites to win the tournament. The Pac 12 only went 2-2 in the #8-9 and #7-10 games so not much there to really boast about.
Only Stanford outperformed expectations for the Pac-12 so far, and even some of the shine is off Stanford after losing to an #11 seed Dayton tonight. But the rest of the conference has done nothing to distinguish itself.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Time to see how prescient Ken Pom is||
Ken Pomeroy went into a detailed analysis on the best in game coach yesterday on his blog. His answer: Steve Fisher.
If I had to offer up the best in-game coach among famous coaches, though, I’d go with Fisher. Yes, even over Brad Stevens. San Diego State has blown just six of 105 halftime leads against D-I teams over the past five seasons, and Fisher also happens to be 17-1 in overtime games over the past seven years.
SDSU leads Arizona at halftime.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Pac 12 is getting their lunch handed to them||
The Pac 12 could get swept out of the tournament in a matter of hours. Two of them by mid majors. Still early, but it's not a great start for them.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Here is the math for you||
1 #15-#2 upset + 1 #14-#3 upset = 2. I think that adds up. Seriously man, I think you just need to back away from the keyboard.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Two upsets||
One by a #15 seed and one by #14 seed. Add them up and you get two.
The point is that OHIO was a better team than Lehigh and Mercer, and that is pretty much not debatable and somewhat of an important point. You can't just gloss over that.
1. OHIO was #13 seed. Lehigh was a #15 seed. Mercer was a #14 seed. Before the tournament, OHIO was the more highly regarded and accomplished team.
2. OHIO then went out and played better than almost any #13 seed has ever had. OHIO had also upset Georgetown as a #14 seed 2 years earlier with many of the same players. It was an experienced team that had done it before.
I think both of those points are kind of important.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||That too||
Why does this poster keep referring to us as a 3 seed? There have been only EIGHTEEN #14 over #3 upsets in NCAA history. There have been only SEVEN #15 over #2 upsets in NCAA history. And Duke just had 2 of them in the last 3 years.
For comparison, there have been 25 #13 over #4 upsets which is as many as both of those combined. A lot easier to lose as a #4 than as a #3 or a #2. And at least OHIO proved to be a decent team by making the Sweet 16 and taking UNC to overtime in the regional semis. No #13 seed has ever made the regional finals and OHIO was an OT away from it. The teams Duke lost to both got blown out in their following game.
Also in 2007, Duke was upset as a #6 seed by #11 VCU.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Zach Novak and Stu Douglass were 1st rounders?||
You can't count Hardaway and Burke as 1st rounders that year. They played another season and finshed as the National Runner Up before they went to the NBA. If they had gone pro in 2012, Hardaway is undrafted and Burke maybe falls into the 2nd round. They were both different players in 2013.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||We haven't had a McDonald's AA since 2002||
Duke has had 27 McDonald's AA since 2002. Duke's bench is littered with them which was kind of my point. The fact you can even make a comparison to Duke shows how far Michigan has come with so much less (based on recruit rankings).