"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I think the majority of||
I think the majority of people calling for Spike to start is because he runs the offense much more smoothly than Walton. One of the biggest problems in our losses is how sleepy our offense looks in the first half. After that, we're fighting from behind the entire game and it puts more pressure on our scorers.
If we were to start Spike, we might be risking some defensive collapses early, but it may get us in rhythm enough to jump out ahead and actually dictate the game.
I like Walton playing more minutes though. He just needs more time to get comfortable on offense.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I can't disagree with a lot||
I can't disagree with a lot that's been said here. After eight games we look like a B1G bubble team a la Minnesota or Illinois last year. Just too many problems and too many questions after a decent sample size.
They very much have the talent and, believe it or not, experience to turn it around, but I'm keeping my expectations low.
B1G play is gonna be brutal. Not necessarily in the sense that we're going to get spanked, but in the sense that every game is going to be a nailbiter. No longer will NW, Purdue, Nebraska, Penn State, etc be nice easy wins. It's going to be very difficult to even split MSU, Indiana, Wisconsin, OSU.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Yeah a lot of his points came||
Yeah a lot of his points came at the end and he wasn't full-on NCAA McGary, but I'd hardly call his rebounding presence "adequate". It's an absolute asset on this year's team.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Hey, at least free-throw||
Hey, at least free-throw shooting looked solid. 16-19, and Stauskas had missed two of those. That'll be important in physical B1G play.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||He had a rough start. I||
He had a rough start. I didn't think he played poorly though.
He didn't have a huge impact defensively, but 15 points and 14 rebounds against a top-10 team on the road isn't bad. Especially coming off an injury.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I don't think a comment like,||
I don't think a comment like, "Gosh, going on the road in the B1G is going to be brutal," or "GR3 continues to disappear in big games" are uber-reactionary. I think they're pretty safe assumptions.
All negative comments aren't shit-tastic. C'mon now.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I expected a few losses last||
I expected a few losses last year. Last year's team was quite obviously on a different level than this year's team.
A road loss at Duke doesn't spell doom for the rest of the season. Not at all. But when you string together the poor opening half versus UMass Lowell with the poor road shooting at Iowa State, Florida State, and Duke and the completely uninspired everything against Charlotte, you start to create an expectation of what this team is going to realistically achieve, at least at this point in time.
No doom or gloom. Just tapered expectations. That could change. But you can't look at the team's performance thus far and expect a 12-6 or better record in B1G play, even with the league looking less formidable than last year.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||LeVert and McGary looked||
LeVert and McGary looked fine. Stauskas is obviously hurt.
GR3 continues to look like...nothing. Literally forgot about him most of the game because he couldn't be less of a factor.
The Arizona game is going to be miserable. Going on the road during B1G is going to be miserable.
|2 years 4 days ago||This may be an odd question,||
This may be an odd question, but why haven't we spread the floor and run high ball screens like last year? Granted we don't have Burke, but we still have capable guards who can drive/dish/attack the rim, and we have at least one shooter.
Our offense looked really crappy tonight, poor shooting aside. I saw LeVert run a couple nice pick and rolls for easy lay-ups. More of that please. Less of Irvin taking one dribble inside the arc and going up with an ugly, low-percentage shot.
|2 years 4 days ago||Couldn't score. Couldn't||
Couldn't score. Couldn't play defense.
Stauskas looks great. Irvin looked so bad I can't begin to describe it. Terrible shooting and even worse defense.
Spike looks good on offense and terrible on defense.
We don't have a scoring threat outside of Stauskas.
The B1G will not be fun.
|2 years 1 week ago||The sad thing is, if they||
The sad thing is, if they were to design a maize-out uniform, it would probably be mismatched and ill-fitting just like that picture.
|2 years 1 week ago||I wanna be able to say that||
I wanna be able to say that this time, our alternates won't look blah and unnecessary and they'll actually be sleek albeit untraditional.
But I'm pretty sure they'll be blah and asthetically-unpleasant and overall kinda wtf-ish.
|2 years 1 week ago||Of course, I'm not saying||
Of course, I'm not saying he's "bad." But for a lottery pick, pre-season All-American-type player, there's still question marks that leave a lot to be desired.
And I never expected him to be a big creator. That's pretty obvious - he can't really do it. His shooting numbers tonight (mind you, these were mostly uncontested) were pretty poor, and he doesn't have that first-step to blow by anyone one-on-one.
I just get excited about his athleticism and potential and he's still not making that sophomore jump (at least not yet). He's like the Frank Clark of this year's basketball team.
|2 years 1 week ago||I think Walton is doing a||
I think Walton is doing a fantastic job replacing the unreplaceable Burke.
I think the problem is we're missing Timmy. Without another big shooter (other than Stauskas) on the wing, we're fairly easy to defend. Not to mention GR3 isn't an offensive threat and we don't have post-offense.
|2 years 1 week ago||Yeah, that's an overreaction||
Yeah, that's an overreaction after a tough road loss. I'm pretty damn critical of GR3 but to say he's a joke is kinda out there.
At the same time, I just don't understand how someone with that much athleticism and talent can't put it together. He doesn't have to create his own shot. But for coaches and players and the media who rave about his basketball IQ? I dunno, I haven't seen a lot of it this season.
|2 years 1 week ago||Exactly. I don't necessarily||
Exactly. I don't necessarily expect him to come out and be a world-beater, but he's shown no improvement thus far this season. Stauskas is stronger and is more assertive and dominant. LeVert took a big leap (although he didn't play that well tonight). Spike looks comfortable running everything.
GR3 doesn't look improved offensively or defensively. Every timeout, I just want McGary to start shaking him because he looked like he slept-walk through that game.
Anytime GR3 and Irvin are on the floor together, we're so stagnant.
|2 years 1 week ago||Also, is our defense just||
Also, is our defense just that terrible? LeVert was supposed to be our defensive specialist and he just got straight up schooled consistently. By multiple ISU guys. I thought we'd take a tiny step forward in that department but no.
And not that it decided the win or loss, but that was some very suspect officiating midway through the second half. A lot of fouls that were called that didn't affect the gameplay but obviously had a larger impact come the end of the game. I understand the hand checking and charges that are going to be called differently, but there was a span of two or three minutes that was pretty brutal to watch.
|2 years 1 week ago||McGary and Stauskas looked||
McGary and Stauskas looked great. Yeah, Nik missed some open threes, but he also hit some awfully difficult ones when we needed it. He's our #1 offensive option right now and I thought he played pretty well.
Spike looked fine. Walton really impressed me with his aggressiveness towards the basket. A couple times I thought it was LeVert because of how quick he hit the baseline and went up with the ball. Very good stuff.
GR3 played terribly. Not that surprising. I love the kid and I think he has an enormous amount of potential, but that was a repeat performance of exactly why everyone criticized him last year. The only difference is that his shooting looks worse this year. I dunno, man.
Also, Irvin looks lost 100% of the time.
Not really encouraging, but it's not a terrible loss.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Here is my||
Here is my "counterpunt"/hopeful opportunity to look stupid on Sunday morning:
Notre Dame: 31 Michigan: 17
Offensively, we either turn it over in our redzone or Devin throws a pick-six because of a bad read/big stage jitters. We can't seem to manage a reliable and consistent running game as they load the box and play competent coverage. A lot of Gardner scrambles for big gains, but nothing sustainable. Gallon and Funchess have a few nice grabs to keep us in the game in the first half. Dileo/Norfleet/Reynolds/Chesson are largely not targeted and therefore not a factor. Fitz and Green combine for just over 100 yards.
Defensively, our front seven play very well and gets a lot of pressure, but our secondary gets slashed on one or two big plays/miscommunication, and overpursuit leads to at least one big run in the second half.
It's a one possession game late before ND seals it late in the fourth.
(However, I'll also take Michigan 30-10 after everything I just said doesn't happen and Gardner has a field day/our defense makes ND look like CMU)
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Again, it's not even that||
Again, it's not even that rational. If offense is favored on this list, it wouldn't explain MSU's huge jump over Michigan's.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||If the list is defined by||
If the list is defined by great offenses, how does it explain MSU placing 20 spots higher than Michigan on this list?
It seems like the list favors a team if they have one great unit and one poor unit over a team with two good units.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Shoving another player to the||
Shoving another player to the ground after play has stopped is "defensive intensity"?
Telling a ref to go fuck himself is "physical play"?
Knowing that your team is extremely thin because of injuries and not being able to control your emotions, ultimately getting yourself ejected is "smart"?
C'mon now. The Bulls are playing admirably as a matter of being on the wrong end of the talent stick right now. But they're not "throwing Miami off their game" with this stuff. They're fueling the fire.
If they cut out all of the extracurricular thug-ness, they're elevated play would keep them in the game.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Honestly, there is not||
Honestly, there is not much of a bias for Lebron. If you've actually watched the series, he gets maybe one call per game. The problem is the Chicago has no idea how to play smart. What, we have a very short bench and we're playing against the most talented team in the league? Let's play like thugs and shove superstars and bitch about the refs! Grow up.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Call Dr. Spaceman!||
Call Dr. Spaceman!
|2 years 31 weeks ago||This idea irritates me the||
This idea irritates me the most.
"Pshhh what upperclass Michigan student wants to watch their team play a Michigan directional school in Row 80 in September?" Seriously?
You're right. We should only expect students to show up for The Game. Or against a highly-ranked B1G school.* Is that where we're drawing the line? I mean, screw it. No more tickets to a student section, then. Buy individual tickets for games that you want at actual market value.
The student entitlement is ridiculous. Yes, we all love pregaming and want to sit in Row 1. But my god, it's your football team. Go watch the 6 home games you had last year. When did it become acceptable to be so cavalier about football indifference?
I graduated last year but I feel like Clint Eastwood. Rabble, rabble, rabble....
*BTW, more than 3,000 students didn't show up at all for the MSU game last year. Ridiculous.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||I agree that the some of the||
I agree that the some of the same problems aren't going to be rectified, but we also don't know to what end DB is working towards here.
If it's to fill the student section to capacity quicker, yes GA helps that. More people who care about the game but may not feel inclined to get to the game early in previous years are more inclined to get the game earlier to get seats. No more 40% filled student sections at kickoff.
If it's to completely fill the student section, no GA won't necessarily help that. Like you said, not everyone is going to automatically make it to the game on time. Some people may not even show up because they're so late. Some student ticketholders who were "eh" about the games before are still going to be "eh" now.
Part of me thinks that DB wants to see the student section fill up quickly with those students who actually show up for the games, just as every other seat does, and then see if the remaining students actually fill the entire section. If not, make the student section smaller. There are students who don't really care about football, you say? Great. Give their tickets to alumni and friends that do.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||They also won't choose it||
They also won't choose it because you can't see his number. NCAA is paying bucks for #16 on that cover!
My hopes for the cover photo:
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Athletically, they would have||
Athletically, they would have been perfect fits. But as others have pointed out, expansion from here on out won't be predominately athletically related. Media and academics are going to play into the algorithm before "good sports school" does.
(Although seriously could you imagine this years B1G schedule for basketball, except substitute games against Northwestern and Nebraska with Louisville and Pitt. Holy smokes!)
|2 years 31 weeks ago||But....This isn't Crisler.||
But....This isn't Crisler. This is a student section that seats 20,000. About 100 of the seats are elite. 9,900 are awesome seats 5,000 are okay. 5,000 not so much.
Camping out two weeks before? C'mon now. You'll have to stand in line a little early to get the first 30-40 rows. Everything else, just come before the game starts.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||This. If you think that||
If you think that 15,000 students are going to wait in line before the game, you're crazy. Insane. Even for the big games. And on top of that, if you aren't in Row 10 or closer, you want to be a little further away because you can't see shit. Rows 30-45 are better than Rows 20-30.
I can't believe the number of students who are lighting up Facebook with "Let's boycott the games altogether! That'll show them!" Seriously? Their sense of entitlement ("I'm a senior so I deserve tickets") reeks of a fanbase who doesn't come to support the players and the team, but just comes after they're hammered to maintain social status.
Next year attendance will be significantly lower attendance in the Student Section, we'll talk about it some more, argue about it some more, and then DB will finally cut back the student section. It's worth allotting some of those tickets to the public who will show up on time rather than waste them on students who are passed out along State Street instead of at the game.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||A lot of people are worried||
A lot of people are worried about the competitive balance between the two new divisions, but I'll have to echo those who have pointed out that the balance is pretty well-distributed.
Michigan, Ohio, Penn State, and MSU v. Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern. As of the results from last two years that's a pretty even-handed distribution.
It's so difficult to predict who is going to be the "powers" even with the strengths of Michigan, Ohio, Penn State and Nebraska's programs. Tell me who thought Northwestern was going to have a 10-win season? Tell me who thought MSU would nearly win the B1G ? Tell me who thought Penn State would undergo the Sandusky scandal and lose a huge chunk of its competitive advantage? Anyone actually think Ferentz's team would be reduced to the laughing stock of the B1G?
Hell, we could turn out just like the Big 12. Minnesota and Purdue could all of a sudden turn out a couple great classes and MSU and Penn State could fall off the map and we could be looking at an imbalance in the opposite direction.
As of right now, competitively, these divisions make sense.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||The problem with the||
The problem with the basketball round robin, that you accurately pointed out, but nonetheless under-emphasized in my opinion, is that there's no benefit to being in the last slots of the Top 7. Think about it: the 7th seed has to face all of the top seeds for the last 6 games while the 8th seed just has to beat up on the bottom feeders? Hell, the 8th seed team should go undefeated the rest of the way out and have a potentially better record than the #1 seed.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Yeah, you need high||
Yeah, you need high individually ranked players to comprise a top class, but the way they are using "top class" is indicating more than just a numbered ranking.
How many highly ranked classes don't pan out? They get to campus and not that many contribute, they burn out, they don't work together.
It's good to see that their focus isn't on how many stars one player is racking up on Rivals, and more on how successful this class can be come time for the season.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||That looks pretty dead-on.||
That looks pretty dead-on. Iowa and PSU are going to be very underrated going into next year. Newbill's return and a late season surge will help out PSU a lot especially as some of the lower tier teams in the B1G will struggle again next year. And Iowa nearly won the NIT and brings back a lot of talent.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||If either of Walton/Irving||
If either of Walton/Irving have breakout seasons, this could be a lot of fun again guys.
Like, a lot of fun.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Make no mistake, Mary Sue was||
Make no mistake, Mary Sue was a huge asset to the University. Fantastic fundraiser and overall administrator.
Ask any current student: half of them have personally met her and have great anecdotes about her.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Yeah, consider me surprised||
Yeah, consider me surprised that Lunardi has us so high, seeing as there is a very good chance we lose all four starters.
Or maybe he is just very bullish on Walton and Irvin.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||My God. Any hope of holding||
My God. Any hope of holding it together once they get to the Kansas game is futile.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||This is what I'm clinging to||
This is what I'm clinging to right now. We've looked shaky in the opening weekend games (SDSU, Kansas, Syracuse), but we've been working on all levels for the second games (VCU and Florida).
I guess if Stauskas hits 5 threes before half, we'll know if we're on or not...
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Ah, you beat me right before||
Ah, you beat me right before I posted below!
Great side-by-side analysis.
Argh, Penn State....
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I don't think Michigan's path||
I don't think Michigan's path has been as impressive as this might lead you to believe, though.
Sure we played more top teams. But we didn't necessarily beat them. Playing Indiana and Wisconsin twice isn't impressive seeing as we went 0-4 against them. On top of that, Florida's Kenpom ranking was misleading from the start. Just like Pitt's high ranking.
I think both teams have had it pretty even when it comes to their key wins/paths here. Michigan had some nice wins against Kansas, Syracuse, MSU and OSU. Louisville had some nice wins against Duke, Syracuse, ND, and Georgetown.
Good analysis though. It's always fun to see just how tough the B1G was this year.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Yeah, I'm not feeling that||
Yeah, I'm not feeling that sympathetic for the Orange fanbase.
Their analysis leads me to believe that they scouted the game even less than the team did. They seem to believe that everyone except Burke on Michigan's team had "career" games, and that Boeheim "completely" outcoached Beilein, and that Michigan didn't win, Syracuse merely shot themselves in the foot.
They seem to forget that Michigan was a three-point shooting team who can knock 30+ footers down (hell, I guess just watching a few games from the past week would tell you that Burke's range is everything), McGary can hit jumpers from the foul line and can rocket around passes from anywhere on the court, Morgan plays good inside defense, etc.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Yeah a lot of mixed feelings||
Yeah a lot of mixed feelings from me too.
On the one hand, this would be a step in the right direction to support the team, and like the article says, Chris shouldn't feel like everyone at Michigan hates him and never wants to see him again. I think even people who aren't on his side would like to see him come forward, make amends, and be on better terms with the program, even if it is just a small gesture. Not to mention, like was said, this is about the team and these kids now, and it would be huge to see him and the rest of the Fab Five there to support Mitch, Nik, GRIII, Spike, and Caris and the rest of the team.
On the other hand, that is a best-case scenario and the media would never let it go down like that. The second he is there at the game, reporters want to know his thoughts on the team and how they compare to his time and if he is ready to make amends, and how hard it is been for him to be distanced from the team. It would be an ultimate distraction and would confirm probably why Chris hasn't come forward since then: the media is never going to leave him alone if the cameras see him and Michigan together again, and that's not what his return in Atlanta would be about.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Definitely. I'm not a hard||
Definitely. I'm not a hard advocate for the maize-outs either, but I do like that the players decided to bring them out for limited, extra-special home games (basically, the revenge games against OSU, MSU, and Indiana). They're an over-the-top, shake-your-head-and-grin burst of "well if it pumps up the kids..." type of occurrence.
And without a doubt, they photograph beautifully. The fact that you can't even see the names on the back of the jerseys really hits home the idea of "the Team":
PHOTO / CHIP LITHERLAND
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I hope I'm not the only||
I hope I'm not the only one....
I think the current uniform design is, well, pretty awesome. And this is coming from someone who has hated the collar detailing that Adidas has been trying to add in recent years.
They are modern and sleek, but not flashy. Minimalistic and actually somewhat classic (simple Michigan front with consistent blue detail), with a couple really nice touches that fulfill the "wow" factor (the mini block-ms that comprise the shading in the shorts). The only criticism I'd have is still the shoulder piping that isn't quite working.
The best part? Adidas understands design in motion. We can nitpick looking at a picture of the jersey, but when Trey throws a lob to streaking GRIII in transition, those blinding highlighters look explosive and intimidating.
I get that uniforms tend to be a touchy subject and most want to revert back to the oldest of the old schools jerseys, but the team looks really good in the bright, bold maize jerseys. The Adidas criticism is generally justified, but in terms of our basketball jerseys, I think they've done a good job.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||After rewatching, I'm trying||
After rewatching, I'm trying to think of a more complete, dominating game that I've seen Michigan play against a quality opponent.
I mean, just everything was clicking. Granted Florida shot poorly and helped pad our lead, Michigan made everything look effortless. That was a very pretty win.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||That McGary save was just||
That McGary save was just stupid. Lolwut indeed.
Spike had quite the GIFable game as well. That baseball pass is a huge reassurance for next year. Dude has split-second court vision like whoa. I guess his acrobatic steal was okay too seeing as he just punked Florida starters who've been to the Elite 8 the past three straight years.
For me, the GIF of the game was Hardaway pounding his chest. You want to know what happened in the Kansas game? Watch The Yell. You want to know what happened in the Florida game? Cue Hardaway.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I think this is the biggest||
I think this is the biggest concern: showing up.
I'm not in any way suggesting that Beilein nor the team has thrown in the towel, said "we're just glad to make it this far," and come out uninterested.
But just from the tourney standpoint and from a couple of instances this year, long breaks between games haven't been kind to us.
In the SDSU game we started slow and were trailing for a good chuck of the first half. The next week we started slow for about the first 35 minutes against Kansas. Now we have another break in between games.
I hope that the Florida game really left an impression with the team: Win the first 5 minutes. By a lot. Attacking early means being ahead early which means the game is a lot easier.
I think this game comes down to the end. Michigan by 2.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I was gonna say, he would be||
I was gonna say, he would be less competing with Timmy and Nik and more sharing minutes with GRIII.
Personally, I think that would have really added depth as we don't have a true "4" man other than GRIII who is really a stretch-3. Sure we can go two bigs but that affects our offensive production.
Burke/Spike at the 1
TH Jr/Stauskas/LeVert at the 2 and 3
GRIII/Smotty at the 4
McGary/Morgan/Horford at the 5
Anyway, good luck to the guy. Hopefully he wasn't trying to run away from the B1G...
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I don't think it's as||
I don't think it's as "consciously" rigged in that sense.
I think it would be safe to say though that as unbiased as refs want to be, they're gonna give the benefit of the doubt to an NBA superstar over anyone else. Why? Because the sport wants to solidify them as being virtuous, hardworking, honest heroes and therefore if a superstar player acts in a certain way ("not" fouling, or flopping), refs will go along with it instead of trying to stand up against it.
Other than that, it's a pretty solidified notion that good officiating is rare. It's a difficult job in real time.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||The picture of Brad Stevens||
The picture of Brad Stevens takes the cake. Literally screaming "Noooooooo!" like a Disney villain.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I love how his reaction after||
I love how his reaction after the shot actually goes in too. He stares at Trey like he just did something very, very wrong.
It started with the Northwestern game at Welsh-Ryan, but now I always look to see opposing fans begrudgingly rooting for Trey/clapping out of sheer awe of some of his more athletic plays. If I'm not mistaken, you can see some non-Michigan fans cracking some smiles or turning and going "wow...." in the chest pounding GIF on the bench.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Best edition of One Frame At||
Best edition of One Frame At A Time ever.
The Yell and The Growl should be in every NCAA 2012-2012 highlight reel. Overwhelming emotion.
Ace, you did an incredible job of finding even the hidden GIFs amongst the life-alteringly monumental ones. The Kansas lady, Corey's halftime dance, etc. Great work.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Something tells me that Burke||
Something tells me that Burke is gonna lose out on the Wooden Award to Oladipo and the shit is gonna hit the fan around here.
Didn't the end of Wooden voting coincide with Oladipo's game clinching 3 against Temple and Burke's "off" performance against SDSU? I remember ESPN being extra slurpy towards Oladipo on their final Wooden POY List.
How stupid are those voters going to feel if Burke misses out on this?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Mitch McGary (on playing||
Mitch McGary (on playing senior Kansas star Jeff Withey): I expect to dominate him.
Mitch McGary may have just become my favorite player.
Also, between his interest in wandering in general and calmly reading Chinese texts after that game, Jon Horford is as interesting of a basketball player as I've ever seen.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Honestly, though, I'm hoping||
Honestly, though, I'm hoping and I'm fairly sure that Indiana will get their stuff together and come out strong enough to win...
...but I'm basking in the pained facial expressions that Tom Crean must be experiencing right now. Delicious.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Crean to Syracuse, "YOU'RE||
Crean to Syracuse, "YOU'RE RUINING OUR PROGRAM!"
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Indiana looks like they||
Indiana looks like they watched the Marquette/Miami game, celebrated their inevitable easier road to the Final Four, and completely forgot that they're playing the second best team in the entire East region.
Oladipo has been struggling at the line but he's getting good looks. Nobody on Indiana can shoot right now.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||The 2012 ND football team was||
The 2012 ND football team was an augmented version of the 2011 Michigan football team.
Both overachieved (obviously ND had no business being 12-1, and we were a lofty 11-2), but were very solid squads. Honestly, if we had taken care of business against Iowa that year, we would have sat in the same position at 12-1.
They weren't a Cinderella story. They were the same ND team that usually goes 8-5, or 9-4; they just got an inordinate amount of lucky breaks last season.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I can't remember where I was||
I can't remember where I was just reading this, but it's easy to say that whatever storyline your team has at the moment will be the direction that the media and analysts will push you in.
Michigan misstepped in conference down the stretch? SDSU will clearly win! (Forget rational defensive matchup numbers and common sense)
Wisconsin beat Indiana in the B1G Tournament? Elite 8! (Aside from the fact that they were inconsistent at best, mind-numbingly boring at worst, and just got blown out by State)
Gonzaga hasn't lost in conference? National championship! (Aside from the fact that the WCC barely squeaked two teams into the tournament)
You can see how easily the tide turns. All of a sudden Michigan locks up a nice win and it's all pouring back on. ESPN is running stories where they say that the Zags loss is the worst loss in program history. There are actually a decent number of people who are confidently picking FGCU over Florida. I cannot tell you how many people are saying that Kansas "sucks" because of their game against Western Kentucky.
You're right, it's crazy the heaps of praise/criticism that jumps out of the woodwork in a single tournament game.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I'd be lying if that wasn't||
I'd be lying if I said that wasn't going through my head as well when he went to make that pass. "NO SPIKE, DON'T TRY TO....Wow. WOW. Carry on...."
I still went with McGary SMASH. It was the equivalent of a kick return team getting an enormous crack block. It's gorgeous and not as common as a (very, very) nice pass.
Bacari was talking about this team being the Justice League. McGary is so "the Hulk" it's not even funny. He can't control himself when he gets excited. It's amazing.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Let's not be too crazy here.||
Let's not be too crazy here. I'd rather play Florida Gulf Coast than Florida.
FGCU is an above average team that is playing hot in the tourney right now. Florida is an established and proficient offensive and defensive team who has it together right now.
You just saw what happened when a team who relies on turnovers and transition points plays Michigan. I really like FGCU and the way they're playing, but they are a less talented, but flashier version of VCU.
Also, Kansas is better than both teams, so let's worry about that.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Ohio's chances looked better||
Ohio's chances looked better before Gonzaga fell. If I were a Buckeye, I would want to meet the Zags in the Elite 8. Pretty favorable matchup. Hell maybe they get the Shockers who have proven they're better Gonzaga and have less to lose.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||No color commentator wants to||
No color commentator wants to be the one to say, "Well, I can't say I'm surprised because Gonzaga is wildly overrated and would have sat in the middle of the standings in the B1G, ACC, Big East, etc..."
So, I can't be upset with the fact that they're calling this a "shocking upset."
Thank God they're out though.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I agree with the fact that||
I agree with the fact that they usually never work.
However, with parity this year, I feel like everyone is a little upset-happy. Everyone thinks that there is no way that #1s can hit the Final Four together and therefore no one is picking them. Everyone is looking for the upset. I've seen more brackets write off Kansas and Gonzaga like they weren't close to being contenders than not.
I'm not saying this is the best strategy, but I feel a little bit more confident putting in one chalk bracket this year.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Also, I'm submitting a||
Also, I'm submitting a straight no-upset bracket with Louisville over Kansas. Did this in 2008, when everyone was going upset-crazy in their bracket selections (and no one saw Davidson coming anyway) and won one of my pools in a landslide.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||The Gonzaga/(hopefully)Pitt||
The Gonzaga/(hopefully)Pitt matchup is going to give me fits.
I want to go with Gonzaga, because they are honestly 10x more legit than people give them credit for, but Kenpom is telling me that Pitt is going to the Final Four. This makes or breaks my bracket.
Also, I have no idea what versions of Kansas, Florida, or Minnesota teams we're getting so goodbye any confidence I had in the South.
And I can't bring myself to rationally believe it won't come down to Louisville/Indiana, but I'm guessing that's true of about 65% of the brackets, so naturally neither will make the Final Four.
And so it begins...
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I can literally hear "In The||
I can literally hear "In The Big House" blaring from design #3. It's crazy.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Very aggressive game between||
Very aggressive game between St. Mary's and Middle Tennessee already.
Someone got laid out by a pick in the opening possession and another player just got rocked bringing down a rebound.
I like the winner of this game taking Memphis to the wire.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||As much as I wish I could get||
As much as I wish I could get behind this, if you think Michigan had problems on defense, you should see NC State's "defense". Can't imagine the country's number one offense having problems with that.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I'm surprised no one has||
I'm surprised no one has mentioned UNC at all. They enter the tournament playing some pretty good ball. Winners of 8 of their past 10 games. I can see them in a Sweet 16 matchup.
I don't know how to feel about Minnesota. They're more bipolar than Michigan. They have all of the pieces in place, but you never know if you are going to get the version of their team that lost to Northwestern and Nebraska, or the version that beat Michigan State and Indiana. I can see them getting blown out in the first round against UCLA, or reaching the Elite 8 after big wins over Florida and Georgetown. Eh.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Even if Kentucky escapes,||
Even if Kentucky escapes, they look awful without Noel. Hell, they looked average with Noel.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||That was my only huge||
That was my only huge takeaway from the story.
Yes there is an alleged rape and let's hope it's not true.
But my god, putting Dodson's name in the newscast? For him, it doesn't really matter if the charge is true or not. He's pretty much cast as a villian now.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Margin of victory does play a||
Margin of victory does play a good deal when look at the losses as well. If it weren't for the East Lansing debacle, things would probably be a little different.
Florida has losses by 1, 3, 4, 6, 6, and 11 points.
Michigan has losses by 1, 3, 3, 6, 8, and 23 points.
Also, Michigan had eight games when they won by eight points or less. Florida's closest win was a twelve point victory. Which means two things aside from strength of competition: Florida knows how to put teams away better than Michigan, and Michigan is better apt to winning close games.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||As someone who was mildly||
As someone who was mildly freaking out about the voting at the end...
...I'm sitting here dumbfounded as to the idea that I though Ryan Swope could actually be put on NCAA Football 2014. Over Denard Robinson.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||It's amazing how prevalent||
It's amazing how prevalent the notion is that the B1G is the toughest conference in America.
Highest 5-loss team in the AP Poll: Indiana
Highest 6-loss team in the AP Poll: Michigan
Two highest 7-loss teams in the AP Poll: Michigan State and Ohio State
Highest (and only) 10-loss team in the AP Poll: Wisconsin
Four teams in the Top 10.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||At first I hated the idea of||
At first I hated the idea of Spike and Trey on the floor at the same time, because I figured if we were gonna trot out Spike, at least use his minutes to give Trey a rest.
However, the system does run more smoothly, I think, because Trey gets more open looks when Spike drives. I think the only downside is that Trey gets no rest on the offensive end when he doesn't have the ball in his hands. Usually he can catch his breath a little bit if he's running the point, but with Spike running it, he's cutting and back screening and running all over the place. I wonder what that does, if anything, to his stamina late in the game.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Or, you know, it could be||
Or, you know, it could be that the schedule got significantly tougher, we started playing away games, our freshman hit the freshman wall, fatigue, etc.
But yeah, you're right, Burke is a selfish, team-hating, egotistical douche.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||If the negativity consisted||
If the negativity consisted of: "DAMN FREE THROWS! AH BAD FREE THROW SHOOTING! RAWR WHY CAN'T WE MAKE FREE THROWS! ARGH!", I wouldn't be surprised.
However, for some reason the negativity I'm hearing is: "DAMN FREE THROWS! WE ARE THE WORST TEAM IN THE B1G! WE CAN NEVER CLOSE ANY GAMES! HARDAWAY IS THE WORST! CUT MORGAN! CUT MCGARY! WE'RE NOT MAKING THE TOURNAMENT ANYMORE! FIRE EVERYONE! SCRAP THE PROGRAM!"
It's safe to say the negativity has been a far-reaching overreaction.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Trey Burke's 20-point||
Trey Burke's 20-point (including 5-8 from behind the arc) performance against the #2 in the country is gonna cost him a player of the year award?
I'd hope not.
Unfortunately, ESPN is chugging along full-speed with the Oladipo express.
It's gonna come down to who goes further in the B1G Tournament/NCAA Tournament.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Wait, are you serious? Last||
Wait, are you serious?
Last year football: Under the Lights vs. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia Tech. Late game clinchers.
This year football: Northwestern, Michigan State. Late game clinchers.
Last year basketball: Michigan State, Ohio State, all of our freaking overtime wins against Northwestern (x2) and Minnesota. Late game clinchers.
This year basketball: Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue. Late game clinchers.
Remember the good with the bad.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||You're right. Michigan all||
You're right. Michigan all of a sudden is a bad team.
These overreactions are, like, RCMB-level bad.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I wasn't aware that||
I wasn't aware that rebounding alone constituted whether a team plays tough.
Also note how I didn't say we dominated on the boards.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||You're saying that two free||
You're saying that two free throws would change your perspective that much?
If Burke/Morgan hits a routine free throw, you'd be jumping for joy and singing of how despite getting outrebounded, we fought hard against one of, if not, the best teams in the country and came out on top.
39 minutes of the game we just watched = what I've seen from this team that makes me think they'll prove you wrong.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||This is what I came away||
This is what I came away with.
Yeah, that last minute sucked. The free throws sucked. The loss sucked. No B1G Championship. That all sucks.
But my god that was the toughest I've seen Michigan play all year. Were they perfect? No. Did they miss bunnies throughout the game? Yes. Did they get outrebounded by 20? Yes.
And after all of that we still controlled most of the game and it came down to a few free throws that our usually good shooters just missed.
CALL OFF THE SEASON, THEY'RE DONE, BOYS.
Buck up and realize that we don't all of a sudden suck because we lost by 1 to Indiana.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I think it's definitely||
I think it's definitely possible that we fall to a 4 or 5 seed. Yes, it wouldn't make sense, seeing as we're on the cusp of a 1 seed, but think about it:
A loss to Indiana drops us to the 5 seed in the B1G Tournament. The first matchup is against the 12 seed: Penn State.
Losing out would mean another loss to Penn State. Two losses to a piss poor team in the final 3 weeks of conference play would not look too great in the NCAA committee's eyes.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||We are either going to win by||
We are either going to win by 2-5 points or lose by 15-20 points. We have two versions of our basketball team. It all depends on which one shows up in the first 5 minutes of the game.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||IU and OSU winning puts the||
IU and OSU winning puts the standings as such:
OSU and MSU 13-5
Wisconsin and Michigan 12-6
Clearly, IU has the one-seed, and OSU wins the tie-breaker with MSU because they have a better record against IU.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Facebook allows way more than||
Facebook allows way more than one account per person. Keep clicking the vote bubble and you'll see that your vote will be added again.
So there's still the problem of deleting multiple votes too.
The whole thing is poop.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||It said March 8th. Which I'm||
It said March 8th. Which I'm guessing means tomorrow at midnight.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||This was mentioned before,||
This was mentioned before, but you can vote as many times as you want. Keep clicking, and when it prompts the "block", you simple enter a code to prove you're not a bot.
Really poorly setup vote for something that is potentially really lucrative...
|2 years 38 weeks ago||If they win the ACC||
If they win the ACC tournament, you can pretty much guarantee them a #1 seed regardless of those losses.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I still think it would be||
I still think it would be tough for us to reach that one seed.
Win or lose on Sunday, Indiana will be a one seed. I feel like that is a lock. Gonzaga is pretty much a lock seeing as they won't lose in their weak conference.
That leaves two spots up for grabs for Kansas, Michigan, Duke (or Miami), and Louisville (or Georgetown)
Whoever wins their tournament will fill the final two spots. If we do that, you can bet your ass we're in. Even if other teams in that list win their tournaments too.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||To echo the comparisons to||
To echo the comparisons to last year.
Last year we lost to bad games at Iowa and home against Purdue. We went into overtime with Northwestern twice. Had tight games against Minnesota and at Purdue. And the conference, while strong, was wayyyyy weaker than this year.
Yes, we're still not playing offense nor defense consistently. But we just won one the road by 5. Now we're in the position to win the B1G on Sunday. This is an incredible position to be in and the team stuck it out tonight, when nearly everyone, including myself, wrote them off in the second half.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Yeah, this is either going to||
Yeah, this is either going to end like the Purdue and Iowa games did earlier this season....or like the Penn State game last week did.
I understand that if you're going to take a couple seconds to catch your breath and stand around, do it on offense. That being said, if we're collectively too tired to run a motion offense, we need subs or a timeout.
Our defense hasn't been that bad. It's the tired offense that leads to one player driving and taking an awful shot. After that it's a long rebound and an easy transition bucket for Purdue.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Anything Burke-related wins||
Anything Burke-related wins this week.
But the "So, Mr. Appling, How Was Your Sunday?" was my favorite. Yes, it's not a very clean pick or drive, but it's so representative of how we stepped it up and were the aggressors. Wanna guard Trey Burke? Have fun with that, Appling. BOOM.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I have a feeling this game||
I have a feeling this game will go very similarly to the Penn State game: close throughout, sudden flashes of Michigan's offensive prowess offset by some uncharacteristically good outside shooting from Purdue.
I'm hoping that there's some resurgence of leadership and drive from Burke, THJ, and Morgan and the game ends differently.
And for the love of all things holy, can we please pull away from an inferior opponent before the 15:00 mark of the second half?
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Yeah, depending on how it||
Yeah, depending on how it shakes out, I'd want to stay out of Indiana's hair until the very end, if we even get that far, meaning I'd like to not be in their half(the top half of 1, 4, 5 and the bottom half 2 or 3)
Honestly, no matter what way I look at it, I just want a shot at Wisconsin again. I still have PTSD after that game. Hell bring back Penn State too. Ugh.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Quality conference||
Quality conference teams?
Yes, St. Mary's is pretty good. They're just slightly below Minnesota's level on Kenpom. BYU? They're on Purdue's level.
The rest of their conference has a sub-500 overall record. That's a lot of Northwestern and Nebraska type teams.
Yes, they did well non-conference and they've been running the table. They should be a top-5 team. But the strength of your conference can and should be held against you. They've had no gauntlet. No tough stretch. And they've done what they needed to do. But let's call a spade a spade here: they've had a very easy 2013.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I wouldn't say that either||
I wouldn't say that either are out of the question (the 1 or 4 seed)
We lose at Purdue and to Indiana and get bounced in the opening round (no bye) in the B1G tourney, and I can see us getting bumped out if MSU and OSU do well (by beating Wisconsin and Indiana, respectively, and doing well in Chicago).
That being said, if win out and win the B1G tournament, we would definitely be a 1 seed. 28-5 with wins over Pitt, KSU, NC State, Indiana, MSU, OSU, Minnesota, Illinois x2, and another one of the previously listed in the tournament. That's a 1 seed.
EDIT: Thirty-eight people beat me to it.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||From the article:"Appling||
From the article, regarding Burke's steal and dunk:
"Appling took the blame, saying, "As a point guard, I should be able to multi-task and no what's going on.''
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Based on the rest of our||
Based on the rest of our starting rotation and granted he's healed up enough from that nasty cut, I'd would still have Stauskas start.
Stauskas and LeVert are very different players and while LeVert's defense is important, I'd rather give Stauskas the confidence to come out early and get hot. No matter what LeVert's defense will be there, but we are better off if Stauskas hits a few threes before half.
I like the idea of evening out their minutes though. LeVert was so key to our win on Sunday.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I think one of our biggest||
I think one of our biggest concerns is our defensive rebounding after short jumpers and layups.
In the past few games I think we've actually done a decent job defending the block; it's just that after our opponents throws up a bunny around the hoop, we cannot seem to grab a defensive board.
It's almost as if no matter if they make or miss a contested post touch, they have the putback immediately there.
Especially with State's size, I think that is the deciding factor.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I'm not exactly sure how the||
I'm not exactly sure how the final outcome is decided, but I do predict we begin the game similar to the way the games at Indiana and Ohio State started. Flat.
Aside from the few fast starts that we've had, B1G play has really slowed us down. Once we get started, we generally can break out big scoring runs, but for the most part we've been a little slow on the uptake of getting comfortable with the environment, refs, defense, etc.
I'm not saying we lose, but, again, I think we're in for another ten point deficit halfway through the first half. We just need to respond adequately.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||I absolutely love half of the||
I absolutely love half of the reactions in this thread. "I don't even wanna be #1 again! That's asking to be knocked off! How frustrating would that be?!"
If you were to tell any Michigan basketball fan at the beginning of last season that we would be having this conversation, they'd laugh at us. It's crazy to see how far they've come to toy around with the question: "We're #1 again, is that a good thing?"
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Hero-ball with Burke doesn't||
Hero-ball with Burke doesn't bother me. To those who say it doesn't work and it only worked once at Indiana this year clearly haven't been watching Burke for the past two seasons. I can count multiple times that he's hit the final shot of a half. Hell, Burke was 3/5 from three in the game when he went for it at the end of regulation against OSU.
The problem is his height and in a lot of those situations it works as a disadvantage because no matter how well he drives, he's not going to get a end of the game/half foul called by a defender who is at least 7+ inches taller than he is. He is going to get blocked/throw an errant pass/get an off-balanced look.
A step-back contested jumper may be a low-percentage shot, but it happens to also be Burke's bread and butter. Not that I want all of our possessions to be end of shot clock scenarios like that, but give credit where credit is due. I'd want Burke to be the one to take that shot at the end of a game.
Anyway, defensive rotations have to improve, and I think that's been touched on a lot, but to me, it isn't the rotations that are the biggest problem. What kills us is after we rotate and maybe are a step too late and someone jacks up a three, nobody knows who they should be boxing out. Stauskas gets blown by on the wing and he doesn't know who to put a body on on the perimeter. That's how we got killed with second chance points against OSU.
Clean that up, and bring a little more intensity on our on-ball defense (Burke was fantastic on Tuesday), and I think we'll be much better.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||In addition to the Kansas/TCU||
In addition to the Kansas/TCU "game", Stanford is on the road against a top 10 team, is shooting less than 30% from the floor, and is up at halftime.
Creighton got blown out. Cincinnati lost to Providence. Not the most glamorous night for college hoops.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Over half of their 13 first||
Over half of their 13 first half points came off free throws. Yikes.
They are shooting 13%. Derp.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||After 14 minutes of||
After 14 minutes of play:
BOTH teams combined score: 15
BOTH teams total turnovers: 14
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Well Kansas is off to a great||
Well Kansas is off to a great start: 7 minutes into the game and they have 0 points, 3 field goal attempts, and 6 turnovers.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Those are some truly||
Those are some truly incredible photographs. The training facilities are simply stunning.
Not to mention I think my favorite photo was of some student room with the Michigan shotglass power hour. Take me back to undergrad, NOW.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||I agree with everything||
I agree with everything except for the McGary comments.
6 points, 8 rebounds (4 of those being offensive rebounds) is not a bad game judging by his baseline thus far. Not to mention his points came at crucial times, i.e. ending Illini scoring runs.
Horford being healthy is so incredibly important. He, Morgan, and McGary are going to be vital throughout the year. I really appreciated Bielfeldt's minutes as well.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||This weekend is gonna be huge||
This weekend is gonna be huge for analysts to compare Duke and Michigan. Duke beat Ohio State at home, Michigan beat NC State at home. I know the matchups aren't exact but seeing how we fare with OSU and they fare with the Wolfpack will be interesting.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Yes, steal the next two||
Yes, steal the next two games.
Road wins against ranked opponents in the B1G are insanely difficult. And we're playing against the two toughest teams thus far. Days apart.
That doesn't imply the goal isn't to win. That implies that those two road games will begin a long stretch of the arguably toughest schedule in the country. Realistically we are not going to go undefeated in B1G play. Stealing some road wins against ranked opponents in the toughest conference in the country would be pretty impressive.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Beat Ohio!||
Maybe this mediocre performace against Nebraska will really kick the team into overdrive this weekend. HUGE implications if we can steal these next two games.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Yeah, not good at all so||
Yeah, not good at all so far. Poor shot selection, sloppy offensive play, very slow.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Well...as much as that is not||
Well...as much as that is not going to work, at all, against us, it's not that bad of a strategy.
We're a really really good three point shooting team but transition buckets are the easiest of points and if they are trying to slow down possessions, this may be their only chance of winning: hope that we're incredibly off from behind the arc and can't get into our flow.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Pitt:||
I still think they are a maybe fringe Top 25 team, but tonight's win didn't change anything. I think Georgetown may be the most overrated team in college basketball. They are like Wisconsin, but have found a way to score less.
Georgetown has scored less than 50 points four times this season already. They beat Tennessee 37-36. They are an absolutely horrendous offensive team who beat an overrated shorthanded UCLA team and took Indiana to overtime. That's it.
It's a "good" win for Pitt though, which is good for us.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I echo some other posters:||
First off, this is the first Bracketology that has Michigan winning the B1G instead of Indiana. I'm fine with that.
I echo some other posters: I'd much rather take a solid, but not-very-intimidating Baylor (or, honestly, a scarier Marquette bunch), than some other 8/9ish teams out there: UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina, etc. I know they're big name programs that are having off years, but they are all still much better than 8/9 seeds.
Granted it's not gonna shake out exactly like this, the Midwest bracket looks the toughest. UNLV, NC State, VCU, Florida, Davidson, Virginia, Syracuse, Marquette
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Can a freshman pick up a||
Can a freshman pick up a Player of the Week award, or are they just eligible for the Freshman of the Week?
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Dear God, those are eyes. I||
Dear God, those are eyes. I was trying to figure out what they were. I didn't think the "K" at the back of the helmet was that bad, but the eyes are horrendous.
I swear, if DB approves some f'ed up throwback that puts wolverine eyes on our helmets to make us look like the animal, I will throw up. Continuously. For a year.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I totally agree. I just hope||
I totally agree. I just hope Stauskas, GRIII, McGary, Levert, and Spike don't see this enormously talented team and insane expectations and take it for granted. They're 14-0 because they've worked their tails off.
Minnesota woke up. Hollins just hit 5 threes in a row and they're up 20+. And Mbakwe is scary.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Not to be the (hopefully||
Not to be the (hopefully unnecessary) buzzkill, but I think the pertinent question is will the team get to 16-0. Last year's Nebraska team beat Indiana. Granted we're playing at home and are better than last year's Indiana team, this conference is very good and very deep - even Nebraska has some athletes that can steal a game. Purdue just beat Illinois, who absolutely crushed OSU. We got bounced by a terrible Iowa team last year unexpectedly.
I'm hoping that Trey's and the rest of the upperclassmen's (thus far phenomenal) leadership makes sure that everyone's expectations stay in check and the team takes one game at a time. Every team has us circled on the schedule right now, especially the Nebraska's and Penn State's who really will push it to try to prove they're not bottomfeeders. One game lost and the entire conference championship could be out of reach. I would hate to see them take it to OSU next Sunday only to have it resonate as a makeup win for an ugly home loss. Again, the team has seemed humble enough to know this. Just a reiteration.
That being said, once we beat Nebraska, I'm more worried about Minnesota than OSU. I have them as being better than Indiana at this point (caveat being they're only up 17-14 home against Northwestern right now).
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I know the team has||
I know the team has emphasized not overlooking anyone and taking one game at a time, but I really hope they turn it out specifically for Iowa tomorrow.
I think Iowa is the sleeper no one is talking about and will end up surprising the conference by finishing ahead of one of the pre-elected contenders (MSU, Illinois, Wisconsin), and on top of that, well they handled us like whoa last year.
Here's for Trey, Morgan, and Hardaway getting a little bit of revenge.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I agree. He needs to be much||
I agree. He needs to be much more assertive. Whenever he touches the ball, his first look is someone to pass to. I'd like to see him attack the basket a little bit more.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Staukas is a showing better||
Staukas is a showing better defensive prowess tonight. Much more hustle and smart plays on defense, even if he is still spotting half a step when players drive on him.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Haha I love how on fast||
Haha I love how on fast breaks, we look for him on the outside before a layup
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Rebounding: (Off) Total M:||
Rebounding: (Off) Total
M: (2) 11
WMU: (5) 15
We really have to crash the boards better in the second half.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Foot. Please go on pedal.||
Foot. Please go on pedal. Please stay there for the rest of game.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Stauskas, GR3 and THJ are a||
Stauskas, GR3 and THJ are a combined 1/9 from the field and 0/3 from three. Combined they have 4 points. Meh.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||So happy to see us getting||
So happy to see us getting the passing lanes. It's been bugging me this season and we already have two hustle plays on defense that have led to two easy steals and two easy layups.
Now please make a shot on offense. Thanks.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||There should be a eight team||
There should be a eight team playoff system for the B1G Championship.
(but really don't tell Delaney)
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Seriously.The only part of||
Seriously bad defense today.
The only part of our defense that looks good is when our big men hedge ball screens. Everything else has been lazy as hell.
If you're guarding a wing, how can you let their point guard, who just picked up his dribble and has no options, simply flip the ball to the man you're guarding without trying to get the passing lane?
Our transition defense has looked awful today.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||NC State, Kansas State, and||
NC State, Kansas State, and Pittsburg are all ranked in the Top 30 or so.
Our SOS will fade more once we finish our non-conference schedule, but as of now, it seems right.
|2 years 52 weeks ago||They'll be strong come||
They'll be strong come tournament time.
I don't disagree with anything you said (although I think Appling is much better than anyone credits him), but with the combination of Appling, Harris, and Dawson, they'll be very competitive and well-conditioned and coached.
Touch matchup as always.
|3 years 2 min ago||Regarding Purdue, you're||
Regarding Purdue, you're right, they go about as far as Byrd goes.
However, when he's on, they look really good together. I watched the Villanova game and Purdue looked like a really formidable team. Byrd is essentially a Novak: good shot, extremely aggressive, team leader, etc. But again, once he fouled out, the whole team basically quit. I have them playing spoiler in the conference right now, pretty much exactly where they were last year with Hummel.
|3 years 19 hours ago||"Mitch McGary is a 6'10"||
"Mitch McGary is a 6'10" puppy, one of those with the crazy googly eyes that runs around barking at everything because everything has always been so exciting it will kill him."
Wait. This is perfect. Best description of him I've ever heard.
|3 years 21 hours ago||Indiana.Zeller and Watford||
Zeller and Watford are probably going to find a lot of success against us if we don't improve. With Hulls and Sheehey on the perimeter, help defense isn't gonna bail us out.
Then again, we did play them competitvely at Assembly Hall last year...
|3 years 21 hours ago||To me, it's seemed less like||
To me, it's seemed less like the inability to dominate on the defensive boards and more complacency after taking the lead. Neither are desirable, obviously.
I might be remembering incorrectly but a lot of those second chance points came in the second half when they went on their run and into the end of the game. We just have to do a better job of keeping our foot on the pedal and finishing down low defensively when we take control of the game.
Really, everything down low has to improve. McGary and Horford getting into the rotation has done wonders so far this year in terms of easing the pressure on Morgan foul-wise. But in terms of getting them involved on the offense, cutting down on turnovers, and defending the paint, it's still a work in progress.
|3 years 21 hours ago||Again, three of those misses||
Again, three of those misses were in the second half where they passed it around for 25+ seconds and then threw it to THJ with a second or two on the shot clock.
He literally had to catch and shoot off balanced from a few feet behind the three point line. He's lucky they all hit the rim.
But I agree about his notion to take it to the hoop early this year. The fact that he exploded right out of the gates really helped open up Stauskas and GRIII and got the offense rolling early.
|3 years 1 day ago||I agree. But in his defense,||
I agree. But in his defense, three of the attempts he missed tonight were products of the shot clock running out and someone passing it to him with a second or two left.
I really appreciate THJ's aggressiveness in terms of taking it to the hoop this season. Even Stauskas had a couple nice drives against NC State.
|3 years 1 day ago||This is getting ugly. I know||
This is getting ugly. I know UNC isn't as dominant this year, but damn Indiana is good.
Michigan can challenge them (and anyone in the country, for that matter) on offense, but we have to pick it up on the defensive end and on the boards.
|3 years 1 day ago||Make no mistake, NC State is||
Make no mistake, NC State is a very good team. They shot poorly against a damn good Oklahoma State team and putzed around against UNC-Asheville, but this team is gonna bring it.
Burke, Hardaway, and GRIII need to be physical and get the offense going early by attacking the basket and setting the tone physically.
LET'S GO BLUE!
|3 years 2 days ago||If the B1G performs well in||
If the B1G performs well in the B1G/ACC Challenge, we could be seeing four or five fellow conference teams in the Top 10 come conference tip-off.
Practically guarantees a #1 overall spot to the winner of the conference come March.
Damn, this is gonna be exciting.
|3 years 2 days ago||Consider it the SEC||
Consider it the SEC perception.
Reigning co-champion in the toughest conference in the sport returns most of its top talent and brings in a top recruiting class.
Hard to say they aren't a Top 5 team.
On top of that a lot of preseason favorites have faultered. UNC, UCLA, NC State, etc.
|3 years 4 days ago||He adjusted, all right. He||
He adjusted, all right. He adjusted from a good game plan, to a pretty damn bad one.
I wish he hadn't adjusted.
|3 years 4 days ago||"...but the fact that he||
"...but the fact that he isn't working with his own talent remains....We can't put Borges of the cross for this season."
That is irrelevant. Borges has these players. Plainly put, today he did not use this talent effectively. It was obvious.
The fact that he could not recognize that running up the gut didn't work and Devin/Denard fusion did work is inherently the source of our criticism. This isn't 20/20 hindsight, Sunday morning quarterback type-deal. This is a real time analysis that a good majority of us were complaining about in the 3rd and 4th quarter while it was going on.
I don't want to fire Borges. But how can today's second half be defended?
|3 years 4 days ago||It doesn't matter that his||
It doesn't matter that his options weren't as expansive as we think.
Even if he had two options: Run Smith/Rawls up the gut, or ANYTHING ELSE, he still didn't make the right call.
It would have been the equivalent of starting Bellomy in the second half. Would you really say the game fell on the fact that Bellomy didn't execute well? I don't think so.
I can't believe people are saying "Well our interior OL didn't play well..." We all already knew that. That's not the problem. As an OC, you're job is to know that and not actively facilitate its exploitation.
Putting Denard and Devin on the field together is hardly "playing fast and loose" and "exacerbating injuries". It's simple, straightforward, smart play calling. Worked in the first half flawlessly.
|3 years 4 days ago||This I mostly agree||
This I mostly agree with.
More than often I sit back and think that instead of going with predictable strengths, Borges is trying to prove himself in weird unnecessary ways.
It's almost crazy that we had to sit there and think: Is he *really* not going to continue to do everything that we did well in the first half? Is it because he thinks the Ohio D is going to expect Denard/Devin and automatically shut it down? It seems as if he already skipped to the "their D is going to overpursue the edges because that's where we were successful and so let's hope running between the tackles will open up." It's, in a way, sound logic to assume that may happen, but my lord wait for them to actually stop your strength before you try to adjust. It really does seem like overthinking everything. Like he's trying to outsmart himself.
I don't think he should be fired by any means. But it's odd. And while he's called good games with complex game plans, there are a few frustratingly simple decisions that don't get made.
Yeah, turnovers are about execution. But that's a different story. If Devin hadn't thrown the interceptions and we marched down the field, scraping by on one yard dives and 8 yard slants, and scored and won, I would still have these head scratching questions. Don't blame turnovers on Borges. Blame the fact that even without committing them, we had no shot with that playcalling.
|3 years 1 week ago||Interesting comparisons. The||
The Purdue overtime game is a little bit misleading. Two breakdown plays (83 yard pass and 100 yard kickoff return) make the game look close, but it wasn't. And the Miller injury, granted he wasn't playing lights out before he went down.
The Illinois game is also a little misleading. Scheelhause went down with an injury vs. Michigan. We would have still dismantled them, but with their star quarterback out they had no change of putting up points against us. They were driving against us early and would have probably put up a touchdown, or at the very least a few field goals.
And dear lord I would have actually liked to see Denard not get injured vs. Nebraska, even if that still meant a loss. A full stat sheet would have made the litmus test much more clear when breaking down our chances this Saturday.
Taken that into account, like what's been said, it's very comparable. Ohio seems to play down (or up, in Nebraska's case) to the level of their opponents.
|3 years 1 week ago||Brady Hoke loves the fact||
Brady Hoke loves the fact that this is probably a conversation occurring in the Ohio coaches room right now. And because of that, Michigan gains a huge competitive advantage.
You have two tremendous athletes that have both proven they are dangerous and proficient, both of whom can attack at three or four separate positions in different combinations. The largest criticism of the Michigan offense this year has been the fact that it is predictable. I'd love to argue with anyone who thinks that notion at this point in the season.
If anything, I think this argument is serving one purpose and one purpose only for Saturday and that is to keep the Ohio defense honest about the pass and rush threat that Michigan now has.
Both Devin and Denard will run. Both Devin and Denard will attempt to throw. Hell, both will probably catch a pass. And you probably won't be able to tell before they snap the ball.
|3 years 1 week ago||East: Michigan Ohio||
9 conference games. 3 cross overs. Sad faces.