|2 days 4 hours ago||Univ. Wisconsin 2013 commencement speaker||
Any Workaholics fans out there? If so, you'll love to know that Anders Holm delivered one of the keynote commencement addresses at UW-Madison this year. He's a Wisconsin alum (former swimmer, too?), so there's a definite connection. My favorite snippet from the local Madison newspaper:
|3 days 17 hours ago||Just wow. I'm having a hard||
Just wow. I'm having a hard time believing this really happened. Pinch me.
|1 week 1 day ago||Minnesota, no Block M||
That would be an especially bad idea considering the M (or, more appropriate, upside down W) adorning the Gophers helmets. Or maybe Minnesota could wear alternate helmets with winged gopher stripes on them.
|1 week 1 day ago||Link?||
Magnus: The link goes directly to a Sam Webb write-up on the Detrot News, not your scouting report.
OMG: Sam Webb is Magnus! I knew it all along.
EDIT: Beaten to the punch...twice.
|1 week 2 days ago||You forget about...||
....Bo Ryan's deal with Satan. It's true.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||All #1 recruits in all sports did in those days||
I'm also admittedly saddened that my tenure as a UM student is now referred to as "those days". Sigh.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Jim Delaney created the||
Jim Delaney created the future.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Mars might have water Donde||
Mars might have water
Donde esta el bano?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Grabbing = yelling||
Grabbing ballsacks and yelling go hand-in-hand.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Dude hates the ball. Might||
Dude hates the ball. Might be the angriest swing I've ever seen.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Work study opportunity?||
I'm sensing an undergrad work study opportunity here.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Me thinks there is always a||
Me thinks there is always a numbers crunch at IU!
Anyway, welcome aboard, Andrew. Great decision to play with your AAU teammate and for JB.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||And they have to - you know -||
And they have to - you know - play best of 7 series. No way Yale beats Quinnipiac in a 7 game series. No way.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Must've been Denard or||
Must've been Denard or nothing for them. If no Denard, then trade away for more picks. I'm not saying I agree with the strategy, but maybe it's a plausible explanation.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Detroit on the board again||
Detroit on the board again soon, so the Swopes or Robinson combination is still in play (for those of you who are seeking slot-type WRs).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure if this is from Herm||
Not sure if this is from Herm or not since he didn't sign it. Proceed with caution.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||OK...I guess I'll take my||
OK...I guess I'll take my lumps from you in stride. I'm no technophile, but I do a ton of data analysis and computer programming on unix/linux systems, have used both windows and mac extensively for 2+ decades, and can generally troubleshoot most computing issues on my own. But my Dell laptop (upgraded memory at the time, not entry level specs, etc) + Vista experience was unbelievably nightmarish and I spent far too many hours trying to "enhance" that experience by pestering technical support and researching the web for solutions. No more Windows for me.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Windows Vista||
I had to also chuckle at the OS comparison between these two laptops (Mac OS 10.5 - Vista). I bought my first personal laptop with Windows Vista. That experience alone drove me to buy nothing but Macs ever since. Windows Vista was horrifying. It took me 5 minutes for my computer to load - when it was brand new. My work laptop at the time was a cheaper version of the MBP shown in the comparison, and it further convinced me to never go back to Windows. I'm sure Windows 7 or 8 is a much better experience, but Vista sucked the life outta me.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure how you diagnosed||
Not sure how you diagnosed this from the video. I watched it and saw a tremendously gifted athlete outperforming everyone on the field. Maybe you have insider info that I don't know about. But I also completely trust Hoke's character radar, and will continue to do so until systematiclly proven otherwise.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||1. Gardening. 2. Enjoying||
2. Enjoying the sun's warmth on my face for the first time this spring in the upper midwest.
3. My dog's butt stinks, so maybe I'll have to search the MGoArchive on how to express his anal glands.
All-in-all, a great weekend ahead.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Definitely go||
Definitely go and give us your post-Rivals thoughts in diary format. I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts. I've never been - and don't have an opportunity to see one nearby my home - so I'm living vicariously through you. No pressure whatsoever, but just know that my weekend now depends on you attending.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Further Donnal quote: NBA player emulation||
I highly encourage everyone to check out UMHoops' Donnal interview. My favorite quote:
I love this. He's his own man, and seems downright level-headed.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This is the year that I||
This is the year that I really thought Izzo would take a chance on a SG from Iron Mountain. He has plenty of room in this class, and it would make a compelling storyline for the TV producer-types.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Wisconsin = TE||
Wisconsin has produced a ton of NFL-caliber TE talent in recent years, too, so this was an exceptionally good get against big-time schools. I know nothing about how the new Badger HC utilizes TE's, though, so maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree. But he would be silly not to keep that TE middle screen in the playbook. That damn thing worked all the time.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Lewan's arm||
Love the Lewan shot. The image is gritty and symbolically captures the Hokepoint. Not a true double Hokepoint, but still very cool.
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Canine anal glands||
I seriously broached this topic at dinner a few nights ago when our dog emitted a funky smell.
My spouse: "Where did you get this information"
Me: "MGoBlog, I think"
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||See previous post. It makes||
See previous post. It makes a lot of sense to play GR3 at the 3 and McGary at the 4 from a professional development standpoint. It may have been a huge selling point to keep them both here another year (maybe not...obviously pure speculation).
If Irvin is as good as advertised, he'll get his minutes. The Irvin/Stauskas/LeVert combo allows for a lot of flexibility...one of them may even play point forward under certain circumstances (foul trouble, injury, etc.)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I think this only becomes a||
I think this only becomes a valid option if we lose McGary and GRIII. If we lose all 4 players, here's our roster:
PG: Walton, Spike
SG/SF: Stauskas, Levert, Irvin
PF/C: Horford, Morgan, Bielfeldt, Donnal
That's still a roster full of viable B1G players, but man alive the depth is thin. One injury ruins everything with only 9 scholarship players. I would definitely comb the transfer wires for Luke Hancock or Brandon Wood-type players to fill some minutes and provide much-needed depth.
How do you prepare for this type of NBA roster turnover? I guess John Calipari - and maybe Tom Crean - knows.
I would love to be a potential walk-on next year...lots of opportunities. Maybe Freddie Hunter has an age-appropriate son to bolster our roster?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Good luck, Tim. You were a||
Good luck, Tim. You were a key cog in bringing our program back to national relevance. Godspeed in your NBA quest.
Tie your laces tight, Zak Irvin. Major minutes are coming your way.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen is||
Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen is the cream of the U.P. crop over the past (insert large number) years and more than makes up for the lack of dots in the U.P. Maybe Dean Altobelli, Spartan safety in the 80's, is the last significant B1G contributor from above the bridge?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Work-out vids on You Tube||
I remember those YouTube videos of Trey working out before he came to UM. That was the first inkling for me that we had something special on our hands. And guess what, Trey? All the hard work paid off. Congrats to you. Thanks for representing the UM family so brilliantly.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Scooby Doo||
I think he did plenty of "cameos" on Scooby Doo cartoons back in the day. That's how I first knew about him. He was an upgrade over Don Knotts.
|6 weeks 3 hours ago||That was mildly||
That was mildly entertaining. C'mon, Akers. Where's your vid?
|6 weeks 3 hours ago||^||
Hero of the day. It never occurred to me that I could be in control. Bye, bye Brent. Bye, bye Pam Ward's replacement on ESPN-2.
On the flip side, I will use the reverse strategy to pump up the Gus Johnson during BTN basketball season. "MMMMmmmmmmmmm".
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||May||
Can someone translate the Mark May Notre Dame/ASU/Kate Upton thingy for me? I'm having difficulties digesting it.
Also, spot on about the Michigan fans complaining during the throes of victory. The dude who was calling for Shaka Smart as the next Michigan head coach and oh-by-the-way John Beilein's squad just destroyed VCU, but apparently JB still sucks...yeah, that type of thing happens. Give it a rest, please. You're ruining my buzz from an incredible hoops tourney run.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Sarcasm...||
....is contagious. Sorry, but I guess I should've included the dreaded "/S" tagline to my post.
I hate it when people have these knee-jerk reactions claiming Dombrowski has completely sucked at every move, every year. He negotiated one of the biggest trade heists of the century by getting Cabrera for what amounted to nothing. Nothing. Sure, we had to take on Dontrelle Willis for a few years, but we have Miguel Cabrera and gave up virtually nothing! Genius move.
Also, everyone in the bullpen has kinda stunk this year. If they had a true closer in the fold right now, does that mean Villareal, Dotel, Coke, and Benoit are automatically lights-out through the first 8 games? That's kinda illogical thinking, too.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||And then he goes out one||
And then he goes out one off-season and trades away Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller for Miguel Cabrera. Dombrowski completely sucks.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't see the Freep||
I didn't see the Freep Kickstarter for this one.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Looking forward to a||
Looking forward to a mega-diary entry by you on this topic somewhere down the road! Or at least point us to a link of your thesis or published work (if you're willing to sacrifice your anonymity).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I hope John Beilein at least||
Burke was almost a 1 & done, even though he was an under the radar type. D. Morris left after two years. McGary was talked about as a 1 & done before he swooned in the recruiting rankings, but now is again a possible 1 & done candidate. GR3 could be a 1 & done. Irvin and Walton are very high profile recruits coming in next year. JB's in on Devin Booker, a 5-star 2014 recruit. Not really sure what you're talking about here.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Tough call||
Not sure how I feel about this one. I agree with the spotlight needing to shine on this year's team, but damn if I wasn't happy to see Jalen in his silly wolverine hat madly cheering on as a fan, alum, and supporter. His Michigan pride was on full display, and I was ecstatic to see it. Coach Jordan did the right thing by asking for some locker room privacy, and I'm sure those guys (Rose, King, Howard, Jackson) complied without complaint.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sure this is homework||
I'm sure this is homework assignment is prescribed every year. Let's assume 30 days/month, 100 FT's per day. That's 3,000 FT's per month. From the May through September stretch, that's 15,000 FT's. They have and will continue to shoot their FT's in the off-season.
EDIT: We shot 72% from the FT line in the game. The best FT shooting team in the NCAA this year (Davidson) shot 80%. We shot 25 FT's, so 80% is only two more makes than 72%. I don't think FT's alone decided this game.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||^||
Completely agree that Burke should have sat in the 1st half. Siva and Smith are attacking guards, among the best we've seen all year (except for maybe Penn St...seriously, their guards mauled us attacking the rim in our first two matchups!). It would've been game over if Trey picked up his 3rd in the waning minutes of the 1st half. Instead, we rode a hot Albrecht and went into halftime with a 1 point lead. And Burke came back strong in the 2nd half to keep us in the game.
Burke not playing in the 1st half didn't kill us...it was our complete inability to identify Hancock during his crazy 3 point barrage. Defensive rebounding and defensive communication lapses killed us. I don't think Burke not being on the floor had anything to do with that.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know. I rarely||
I don't know. I rarely complain about officiating from start-to-finish, but that was an absolutely shoddy job of reffing. We did indeed get a lot of calls our way in the 2nd half, but I think most were indeed fouls on Louisville. There was one Hardaway drive to the hoop where he got fouled that I thought maybe was a soft foul (didn't see the replay, though, to verify). Otherwise, Louisville was fouling. A lot. And a lot wasn't called. Some of the scrum rebounding no-calls I can handle since there was plenty of contact both ways. But blatant over-the-back, undercuts, etc. weren't called, and that's when the game gets dangerous. So I completely disagree with the "refs weren't as bad as everyone's been saying".
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Crisler's rafters||
Not a lot of love for Bill Buntin even though his jersey is hanging from the rafters, although the competition at forward is fierce.
SG: Glen Rice (just stand in the corner and shoot, Glen!)
F: Cazzie Russell
F: Rudy T
C: Bill Buntin
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Bossard||
That dude would jack up nothing but 35 footers during pre-game warmups. Very comical to watch.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||In haiku, obviously.||
In haiku, obviously.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||two guys dry humping him for||
Dry humping should be a foul designation. No question about it. I really want to see Teddy Valentine make the dry humping motion in front of the scorer's table on national TV.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||This was also no flop.||
This was also no flop. Significant contact was made. Flopping with minimal contact to draw a charge stinks, and this play does not fall under this category. I've seen some refs have the balls to make a no-call under such circumstances (flopping), but the subjectivity of minimal versus sufficient contact is admittedly difficult. As an aside, I broke a rib once taking a charge, and the ref decided to make a no-call. That sucked. I think sufficient contact was made to break my rib.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Great news. Meow.||
Great news. Meow.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Trey Burke has offiicially||
Trey Burke has offiicially entered the Michigan basketball Pantheon by wrapping up the Naismith. A national title would be sweet icing on the cake. Congrats, Trey.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||You are not alone in this||
You are not alone in this sentiment.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan over OSU||
I've never picked Michigan to win it all, even in the Fab Five and late 80's years. Never. It was just to jinxy. But as I filled out my bracket this year, I kept penciling in Michigan each round and saying "what the hell". Sometimes heroball really works in the tourney (Danny Manning, Kemba Walker, etc., etc.), so I kept thinking Burke will put us on his shoulders and carry us to the promised land. Michigan over KU was my toughest choice, but kept the faith and completed the bracket.
Burke only had to heroball us once (KU), so my prediction for Michigan's pathway to the championship game was kinda wrong. But I'm OK with that.
Michigan over Ohio State. National Champs. That's what I picked.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This was clearly in response||
This was clearly in response to the Bud Light couch-related commercial that plays ad nauseum during the NCAA tournament.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Football? What is this||
Football? What is this sport you're talking about?
In all seriousness, thx for the highlights. I especially love the raw on-the-field sounds and sideline cheering w/o the useless banter of announcers.
Clearly looked comfortable dropping back in one of the highlights. Since this is the interwebz, I can therefore proclaim from this one piece of film: "OMG. Cleary is awesome! He's gonna push Gardner for serious PT!" It's hard evidence. You can't ignore it.
Chesson had some nice catches. This warms my heart.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Too nervous to do grocery||
Too nervous to do grocery shoppping? Welcome to March Madness. Isn't a great feeling?
I solved the grocery situation by suggesting we eat a late restaurant lunch yesterday, then dig into the chips, salsa, pretzels, etc. during game time. Worked like a charm. But, like you, the refrigerator and cupboards are bare, so a grocery run is on the to-do list today.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Gotta work today. What's||
Gotta work today. What's that Mitch?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Nice catch||
Burke's all smiling and shit, then does a "YEAAAAHHHHHHH" post-McGary rant.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Coach B has never been an||
Coach B has never been an assistant coach. Never. I be like dang.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||But they DO play a 2-3 zone.||
But they DO play a 2-3 zone. Did you watch the 1st half Wichita St. game? Luckily, it's not their specialty and they don't play it as well as Syracuse (who does?).
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Russ Smith looks nothing like||
Russ Smith looks nothing like 6'1". He looks about 5'10" out there. I want to see him side-by-side with Burke...and we will see him side-by-side with Burke.
Smith and Siva are super fast, which definitely presents defensive match-up problems for our guards. Then again, I think we can post up Hardaway all night long if Siva is locked up on Hardaway.
The wild card...will Louisville play zone again? The post-game Pitino inteview indicates that he's completely worried about his guard foul trouble w/ limited depth due to Ware's injury. We might not have seen the last of a 2-3ish zone this tourney.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||To all the bandwagon jumpers||
To all the bandwagon jumpers who claimed they would not watch this team any longer after the IU game...YOU MISSED A GREAT TOURNEY RUN!!!
Spike Albrecht = Demetrius Calip from the '89 run.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||^||
This. No doubt when it happened that it was a charge. On slo-mo, I could see it going either way. I'll say this...Brandon Triche should be driving under control in that situation and should not even remotely put hmself in a position to get an offensive foul. 'Nuf said.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||McGary, LeVert, Albrecht||
3 Freshmen. 3 major catalysts in the 1st half. We don't win this one without their contributions. Great job, guys. Can't believe we won this game with Trey's worst offensive output and Hardaway's cold shooting night.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||One of the most obvious||
One of the most obvious traveling calls to make, too. I was incredulous that it wasn't called at the time. The non-travel controversy would've been as big (or bigger since it was against UNC) as the TO dramatics if Webber had not called the TO and if we had converted to tie or win that game.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||But it was a glimmer of||
But it was a glimmer of excitement that seemed - at the time - to indicate a postiive trajectory for Michigan basketball after enduring the late 90's & early 00's deep funk. I was genuinely excited winning the NIT at the time. Nowadays, no. In those days, yes.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Loyola loss||
I threw my Couzens Hall dorm room trash can all over the place during and after that game. At least we held them to under 150 points.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||I was there, but don't||
I was there, but don't remember wearing white. And I don't remember any calls for "white out" crowd conditions. But, then again, my memory isn't so hot from those years.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Glen Rice...||
...still silky smooth after all of these years.
EDIT: This apparently is not the 1989 NCAA tourney! My bad. I'm recording it on DVR right now, so my error would have been apparent about an hour from now.
Let's just change Glen Rice to "Sean Higgins jump shot is still silky smooth after all of these years". And Loy Vaught remains one of my top 5 favorite hoops players ever. His ability to hit the 15 foot jumper was such a weapon (same for Juwan Howard).
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||I am SO backing this one.||
I am SO backing this one. This is great news.
Q: I really want the photobomb shirt, but I'm worried it will scare my children (no offense, Brian...you're sexy and all, but the soft pretzel-chewing face with wildly flowing hair is way intense). Should I get it now and not wear it until my kids aren't afraid of make-believe things like Sasquatch? Or do I just get the sweet Face Palm/Rapture T-shirt and live for the moment? Decisions, decisions.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Thanks for the many years of||
Thanks for the many years of service, Mr. Hanson.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||But the city doesn't crumble||
But the city doesn't crumble on Saturdays. He's fine.
(If I were in his situation, I would definitely get outta town for the weekend just to forget about Detroit's problems for one splendid evening.)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||No you didn't, Bob Costas||
Great stuff. The Bob Costas bit was a very tasty icing on the cake.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This makes an already||
This makes an already great-looking license plate look exponentially better.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you for reminding me of||
Thank you for reminding me of Milt Wilcox. What a great workhorse #3-ish type of pitcher.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Glad to see Alan Branch still||
Glad to see Alan Branch still hanging around an NFL roster. He was a man-beast in the B1G. If memory serves correctly, he was a RB or QB in high school, so the dude had some skill.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you...||
BiSB. Nothing else to add but "thanks".
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I despise the NBA. Can't||
I despise the NBA. Can't watch more than a minute of it before switching channels. I used to be an NBA junkie in the 80's and early 90's, but just grew so tired of it. This is why I'm so depressed to see Trey Burke potentially leave for the greener NBA pastures after only 2 years in Ann Arbor...I will probably never watch him on the hardcourt again.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Mouth widely open. Gutteral||
Mouth widely open. Gutteral sounds continually emitted, growing louder and louder until reaching an intolerable cresencdo. My dog left the room in utter fright. Then a completely silent commercial break before OT in an attempt to digest what happened.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I like playing the "it's a||
I like playing the "it's a different game if...." game. We could do this until we're blue in the face, and we (the UM fanbase) frequently played this game throughout the season during some of our close losses. But losing by 20? I'm sorry, but you can't play the "its a different game if..." game under these circumstances.
It's a different game if...
(1) Trey Burke is healthy.
(2) GR3 doesn't completely shut down a hapless Murphy (a matchup Donovan was totally trying to exploit early in the game...FAIL).
(3) Michigan lost to Kansas.
(4) Etc., etc.
Sorry, Billy. You didn't show much class or grace hanging out this post-game dirty laundry.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||On the contrary, I watch too||
On the contrary, I watch too much UM basketball. Your sarcarsm meter is clearly off-kilter. I have a running bet with my wife - and loyal game watching companion - each game about how long it takes for an announcer to wow us with deep insider information about JB never being an assistant coach. I love JB, and it is impressive that he has always been a head coach. But I'm just sick of hearing it dragged out every freakin' game. It's a convenient story line that fills in a few on-air seconds, so I guess it's low-hanging fruit that every TV announcing crew pounces on. I would rather listen to the UM radio broadcast each game rather than the network announcers, but I'm not local any longer...and the damn streaming UM radio feed is usually way out of sync with the TV broadcast. Sigh.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Excellet defensive rotations||
Excellet defensive rotations today. I can't believe this is the same team that struggled with defensive rotations a month ago.
Mitch McGary has elevated his game quicker in-season than any UM player in recent memory. He played great defensively today by altering a lot of shots. And he runs the floor as well as any other big in the nation (reminds me of J. Morgan two years ago when D. Morris was the point guard...JMo got so many offensive looks by running the floor well).
Role players inevitably make big plays in long tourney runs. Albrecht's steal and smooth layup might be the 1993 version of the James Voskuil late in the game floating jumper type of play that will forever resonate in UM fans' minds years from now. That was the dagger that sealed any hope of a Florida comeback in the 2nd half. It was effectively a 4-point play coming off of McGary's basket. Smart, heady play.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Long haul up the coaching ladder||
Man alive, JB has paid his dues. Great man and great coach.
But I never realized that he has never been an assistant coach at all of his stops. He's always been a head coach. I sure wish announcers would tell me useful nuggets of info like this. (/S).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Forgot about that angle.||
Forgot about that angle. That could have been eye-pleasing under different circumstances.
I'm just bitter right now that I can't see any pre-game hype and am stuck watching tennis.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Watching a tennis player's||
Watching a tennis player's legs get rubbed between sets is seriously ruining my pregame buzz.
Leave. Tennis. Now.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||upholstery immmolation||
Definitely t-shirt material.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Easter dinner with...||
...THE_KNOWLEDGE? It's the only explanation for already planning your Sunday UM game-watching experience. I"m OK with this thread as long as THE_KNOWLEDGE has already prognosticated a Friday p.m. victory, and you're cooking Sunday dinner for him.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Basketball was absolutely||
Basketball was absolutely meant to be played here. The sightlines are amazing from everywhere.
In essence, you'll be paying hundreds of bucks to sit in the upper level seats and watch the game on the big screen since it's bigger than the actual freakin' court.
Anyway, congrats to Jerry Jones for landing the NCAA hoops regional finals and the 2015 football championship game. He surely needed to host these events to fill his depleted ego bucket.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Blerg||
TO's suck. C'mon guys. Cherish the ball.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||Maybe this is in reference to||
Maybe this is in reference to Bill Martin's assurance that the facilities would get upgraded, but never did during Tommy's tenure? I'm just guessing here.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||Bo Ryan would find a way to||
Bo Ryan would find a way to suck the life out of that match up. He would purposefully take 9.5 seconds to get past half court against the press, then milk the next 25.45 seconds before resorting to a Frank Kaminksy shot clock special.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||This is the first time I've||
This is the first time I've seen VCU this year. Color me impressed. #30 is a sniper, and VCU is very good at attacking the rim. I think we'll get plenty of easy looks in transition, but VCU seems like a team that won't go away easily.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Akron-VCU||
Prediction: someone will vomit on the court tonight.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||20-1 team||
GR3 hitting mid-range and 3 pointers, plus an active transition game in the 2nd half, made this team look like its old self. Remember how fun they can be to watch? That 2nd half was fun.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Potential reason #1: Coaches||
Potential reason #1: Coaches decision (see B1G tourney).
Potential reason #2: Knee is still an issue, or tweaked it. But haven't heard anything about a reinjury.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Mike Jones?||
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||McGary: 25 Horford:||
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes||
I personally think GR3 and THJ should be back for another year, but if they both get hot in the tourney and increase their draft stock, it bodes well for our chances to may some noise and have a deep run.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||GR3||
It's all about:
(1) GR3 hitting outside shots.
(2) McGary hustle.
(3) Great TEAM effort.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||No, we can't do that. An||
No, we can't do that. An earlier poster in this thread wanted to hire him after we lost to SDSU.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Horford = great rebound.||
Horford = great rebound.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Maybe just whiplash?||
Thought for sure his head bounced, but maybe you're right. The way he recoiled, though, made it seem like he smashed it.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Daggers...I'm looking for||
Daggers...I'm looking for daggers right now. And 2 missed layups in a row are not daggers.
The complexion of this game may change drastically if we're without Trey.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Shit...||
Burke crushed his head. Wow. That has concussion written all over it.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Nice offensive set||
Great passing and movement by GR3, Stauskus + nice post by HOrford.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Anyone notice||
the nice D by Stauskus in the post?!
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||6 assists||
He does have 6 assists, plus a bunny that McGary missed early. I agree, though...the drive & kick has been working, so I was hoping he would do it again and set up a hot GR3.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Dagger||
Stick it in deep now, boys. We need to put this game away NOW.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||GR3||
He changes the whole dynamic of this offense when he can hit those 3's.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||GR3 for 3!||
Another great sign.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||GR3 for 3!||
Great, great sign.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||What?||
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||DAMMIT. Horrible call by ref||
DAMMIT. Horrible call by ref leads to last-second shot.
Horrible defense, too.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Mitch has the best looking||
Mitch has the best looking form for a 50% FT shooter.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Fast-break hoop. Burke to||
Fast-break hoop. Burke to McGary. That's what we need to do.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Big hoop for GRIII. He||
Big hoop for GRIII. He needed that.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||That was the best colonoscopy||
That was the best colonoscopy commercial i've ever seen.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||No transition||
No transition opportunities. Sucks. We thrived in transition earlier in the year, but that part of our game has suffered. We should be able to run on these guys.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||Horford off the bench...||
Wow. JMo #3 off the bench.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||Thx...||
...was also having problems with the liveblog while traveling (and only mobile access).
I'm amazingly serene right now. No nerves. Just like Trey.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||My parents live nearby||
My parents live nearby FGCU. I'm pretty sure that's a man-made lake versus, say, the Gulf of Mexico. But, still, yeah...lawn chairs, sand, water, palm trees, and lots o' sunshine = much different dorm experience compared to Markley Hall. Not better. Just different!
|9 weeks 1 day ago||You're playing against pogo||
You're playing against pogo sticks, St. Mary's. Pump fake down low and watch jockstraps fall down to the floor.
Otherwise, St. Mary's is displaying grit and an inability to make shots.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||in my mouth.||
in my mouth.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Bob Morris rushes courts well||
Now THAT'S how to rush the court. Nicely done, Bob Morris.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Moderated: Disturbing.||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||...what are they going to do||
Open gyms/rinks. City league/rec sports. Corporate shindigs. Birthday parties. Paintball. The possibilities for renting out Michigan Stadium, Crisler, and Yost are endless. We don't need no stinkin' university-sanctioned sports to make a mint off of UM's sporting infrastructure.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Thx||
Great info. Thx. I'm on the road all week, so I'm happy to get this info now so I can carefully plan my Thursday watching options. The prime time slot really helps.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Ryan Evans? Is it ridiculous||
Is it ridiculous that they are winning so much with your astute observation of mostly white players? Or is it ridiculous that Bo Ryan supposedly recruits more white than black players?
I can't quite read your mind, but I'm curious to know. Or maybe I'm not.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||^||
Was just about to bring this point up. They're not perennial one-and-done teams. Bo Ryan has made it to the tourney EVERY FREAKIN' YEAR he's coached @ Wiscy, and has only one 1st round NCAA loss. 3 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Elite Eight. A handful of 2nd round losses, including a 2nd round loss with a #2 seed team as his biggest tourney disappointment (Tucker and Harris, maybe?). Can we all just agree that Bo Ryan is a great system coach - as maddening as it can be to watch that system pummel us into obliviion more times than not.
Hell, Dick Bennett coached 'em to a Final Four appearance playing slow, ugly basketball predicated by great team defense.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Well-stated||
Well-stated. Team defense is team defense, and pressure "D" by the smalls certainly helps the bigs down low. Wisconsin thrives on team defense, and they do it with an athletic deficit against most B1G teams.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Stu was an excellent||
Stu was an excellent defender, but last year's version of Stu was a senior who learned to play great defense over the course of 4 years. I don't think I would have labeled him as a defensive stalwart during his freshman year.
Your point is taken, though. It would be great to have a defensive-minded perimeter player.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This, in theory, is a great||
This, in theory, is a great idea - if only for a handful of minutes at a time to mix things up. Two things to consider, though:
(1) GRIII has completely lost his outside shot. He was regularly knocking down 3-pointers and mid-range shots early in the year. That hasn't happened in recent weeks. Even when Stauskas isn't hitting, his mere presence on the perimenter makes opposing defenses react.
(2) Can GRIII guard quicker wings? I think so, but it's still an unknown commodity. Stauskus has struggled against 2 guards and wings, too, so maybe this is a moot point.
I really like JB as a coach, and am not standing on the ledge like many other UM fans after the recent spate of losses. But I have to admit that I didn't enjoy watching Evans manhandle GRIII on the block repeatedly in the 2nd half. I think Horford or Morgan might have been a better matchup there. If GRIII's offensive game is on, then I'm not complaining. If his offensive game is not on, I would opt for the better defender against a guy who's killing you with his post game.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||How bizzaro that this board||
How bizzaro that this board was proclaiming JMo the absolute key to this team 4 weeks ago when he was injured. Now it's the polar opposite. He's had a frustrating offensive stretch for sure, but some of the hate is mind-boggling.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||but our team is 100% reliant||
Got it. I won't argue much with that point. If Walton comes in and becomes Yogi Ferrell Part II, I will be very happy. And I really think Zak Irvin will arrive with much better defensive tools than other recent freshmen that have contributed heavily.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||^||
I'm with you, but facts will get you nowhere with this crowd today, Magnus. How dare you disperse factual tidbits instead of wielding pitchforks and torches.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The cuts on the set aren't||
I do agree that our cuts aren't sharp at times. Just take a glance at Princeton's vintage offense and you'll see exactly how to cut and set up your cuts.
The other thing that gets lost in the shuffle is that every now and then we do have someone off the ball slashing to the basket that is wide open, but we never seem to see it - or just don't attempt to get the ball in to the slasher. Those are easy offensive opportunities that we need to capitalize on, and capitalizing on those opportunities also sets up the outside game.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||BOOM goes the dynamite!||
BOOM goes the dynamite!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Devil's advocate...Trey||
Devil's advocate...Trey average 7 assists per game. He gets people involved. His assist rate would be even higher if we could take care of finishing at the rim. Not sure how removing 20 points and 7 assists will make us better. You better hope we get exponential development from other players (which is completely possible), or the incoming freshmen are even better than this year's crop (also possible).
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I honestly think this is why||
I honestly think this is why Burke is going all hero-ball on us. Who is finishing shots these days, especially near the rim? We had a good game at Staee finishing near the rim. Other recent games, not so much. Burke should be averaging 8 assists/game if people were finishing better.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That team had two top 5 picks||
That team had two top 5 picks on its roster. And look at Kentucky this year. Fire Calipari.
EDIT: I am also Erik_in_Dayton
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm OK with this. I moved to||
I'm OK with this. I moved to a suburb of Madison, so I should be safe.
|10 weeks 11 sec ago||Dakich is right about one thing...||
Dakich preaches driving under control to the hoop and and jump-stopping on two feet when a defender is on top of you. Good things happen when you do this, and most of our slashers just don't have it in them to do this basic, fundamental move. YOu make shot blockers get off their feet with a nice pump fake. You can see other players slashing the basket. You have both pivot feet available for making further post moves. We just don't finish around the basket, and it makes it difficult to consistently win tight games when you rely on mid-range to 3-point shots. We make easy shots difficult, and I have no idea why.
That being said, we had no excuse not being up by 15 at half when the opposition shoots 17% from the field. Let me repeat...17%.
|10 weeks 1 min ago||Spoken like a true fan.||
Spoken like a true fan.
|10 weeks 9 min ago||There were a lot of players||
There were a lot of players not guarding or making shots.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||And I slowly weep. Sure, the||
And I slowly weep.
Sure, the players wanted it. But the players probably also wanted to eat pixie sticks and gummy bears before game time.
I have such mixed emotions. The Fab 5 *wanted* baggy shorts, and thus a trend was hatched. And I agreed with that move since I was a HS basketball player who grew up in the mid-80's wearing tighty-tights. Skinny legs in tighty-tights sucked. Looser and longer shorts made sense, felt better, and looked better. That change was good for me. I'm sure, though, there were a lot of purists yelling and screaming for changing the length and bagginess of basketball shorts.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||The camo camouflaged the||
The camo camouflaged the camo. Sweet!
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||Great news||
Great news to offset what looks like a board meltdown regarding hoops uniforms (haven't looked at it yet, but it can't be good).
I think this is the year the defense really shines. Year 3 with Mattison's schemes and a lot of returning experience.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||Any stats on Evans after jumpshooting?||
Does anyone know if the jumpshooting routine has worked for Evans?
EDIT: According to Madison newspapers, he started jumpshooting FT's in the late season Nebraska game, so that makes him 5/8 jumpshooting for a 62.5% FT rate. Not a strong sample size, but he has improved his season FT % to 42% due to his jumpshot. And he's shooting 8.7% from beyond the 3 point line.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||Yup...exactly how I envision||
Yup...exactly how I envision Bo Ryan's relationship with the Dark Lord. Great find.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||Thx||
Thx for the insight (between you and Seth). Amazing commitment by a group of athletes who are obviously doing this for the love of the sport. I was assuming weekend trips to the Traverse region would be a main practice venue, but even that is a long slog on a regular basis.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||Congrats. Great showing by||
Congrats. Great showing by all.
Question: where does the team practice?
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||56-53||
I still think Wisconsin controls the pace in this one. But I choose to be optimistic and predict a close win. I'll change my mind if I see an all-red figure with horns and goatee sipping a hot drink behind the Wisconsin bench and whispering in Bo Ryan's ear during TV timeouts.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||Good move by Pats to bring him in?||
I don't know. If I were the Pats, I would not have brought Kovacs in. Seems like they could have kept it on the down low that they were interested in him and sneakily drafted him in the late rounds. What more do they need to evaluate about him? He obviously has great character. Just jingle Mattison for any necessary input and go from there. Now the entire NFL will be knockin' on this kids' door since the Pats are sniffing around!
Or maybe it's a ploy to convince someone to draft Kovacs in the 3rd round just so the Pats dont' get him later. Oh, those sneaky Pats.
Congrats to Jordan on a great workout. Someone will pick him up.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Backus was a tough SOB. He||
Backus was a tough SOB. He had major surgery in maybe his RS freshman year @ Michigan - I think it was adbominal surgery - and came back strong after a major scare. The dude may not have been an All Pro, but to start as many UM and NFL games for such a long stretch says something good about his skill set. Sure, I wish the Lions could have drafted Hutchinson one spot ahead of Backus, but he was a legit 1st round caliber NFL tackle coming out of Michigan. Backus was the least of our worries during the 2000's. I don't understand the hate.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'm in||
Thx for the heads-up. This is a good excuse to visit Chicago from the cheeseland up north.
I'm in. And I'm in only because I want to handily defeat Gerry DiNardo. Tim Doyle, on the hand, might be tough to beat on his home turf.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome to the fluid world of||
Welcome to the fluid world of tweeting! That was a magical Adam Schefter trifecta.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Nice analysis, Ace.||
Nice analysis, Ace. Rebounding is a team effort. I saw a lot of complaints about our bigs not grabbing enough defensive boards, but these examples are clear cases where our bigs have been hung out to dry by the guards/wings not putting an ass in someone's stomach (BOX OUT!) after the shot goes up. The only way Morgan gets a rebound in example #1 is if the ball caroms directly to his position. Any off-angle carom is advantage IU.
I absolutely loved boxing out on perimeter shots or on the free throw shooter. Nothing pisses a shooter off more than getting a stomach-full of ass immediately after releasing the ball - except maybe getting their elbow grazed while shooting w/o the refs noticing.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Those were dark days if you||
Those were dark days if you were a Lions fan. But the future is bright, right?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
They didn't let him leave town w/o a contract. I can't believe it.
From Reggie's perspective, he is joining an offense that has recently put up huge numbers. He will fit in nicely, so I can see why he was drawn to it. So that's a plus.
On the negative side, the Lions' offensive line is in a state of flux. Our run game hasn't been exactly dynamic in the past few years, but Bush thrives in a dual run/pass mode, so this shouldn't be as much of an issue.
The bigger negative: does he realize that he just signed with the Lions? (Spoken as a Lions fan for many hard, brutal decades).
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Burke put up monster stats,||
Burke put up monster stats, and he went head-to-head TWICE against two of the premiere on-the-ball defenders in all of college basketball (Craft and Victor O.). In this case, Burke's stats don't lie, and it's not like he's the only person shouldering the scoring for UM. We have 3 other players averaging double-digit points. Victor's offensive numbers are hurt by Zeller's production, but UM also has significant offensive production for other players surrounding Burke.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||You're selling Roe short.||
You're selling Roe short. Don't you remember all of those feelgood ESPN clips of him as a budding actor at MSU? We'll see Mr. Roe again. He's destined for theatrical greatness.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||No trade value?||
I guess there wasn't much of a market for trading him, even for low minor league scraps? The cost benefit of releasing him now apparently outweighed any perceived trade value further down the line.
He had some great moments in a Tigers uniform -moments that usually lasted a few weeks at a time. The weeks of absolute non-production that preceded or followed his manic mashing phases were so frustrating, though. I thought this guy was destined to be a .270-.280 hitter with 25 HR 80 RBI potential.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Without a dobut my favorite||
Without a dobut my favorite UM lineman. Congrats on a stellar career, Hutch. On to the next challenge.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Crazy Legs Classic||
The Crazy Legs Classic - a spring-time tradiational running event - is annually held every year in Madison as U-Wisc Atheltics Dept. fundraiser. Badger Nation loves itself some Crazy Legs and seems to claim him as "theirs". I always find it disconcerting that he's intimately related to both Wiscy and UM. Oh well.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Practice||
Practice repetition should eliminate this perceived mental block. If you shoot thousands of free threes in the off-season (often solo or w/ one person rebounding), it shouldn't matter that a few teammates are MIA on the free throw line during a game. Same with technical fouls. Nobody liniing up shouldn't be an issue if you've practiced enough.
I really think it is *game* situations that causes good FT shooters to miss (front end of a one and one with under a minute=more pressure) than teammates not lining up next to them. Fatigue also.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Please do.||
Please do. Consider yourself THE local source for Ricky Doyle game analyses and highlights. Or I could ask my dad to do this since he lives in your neck of the woods, but video cameras and the interwebz scare him.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Sponsored by?||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Agree. It has been a thorn||
Agree. It has been a thorn in our sides. We shoot 70.6% as a team, though, so it's not like we're missing every free throw. Maybe you should be counting a 2 shot foul automatically as 1.4 points for complete mathematical accuracy!
Also agree that missing front ends of 1-and-1's is hugely important. I'm sure someone has a stat on this, but I would be curious to see our front end 1-and-1 miss rate versus other teams - especially other teams that shoot near the same FT as us.
Lost in all of the emotion is that IU shot 5-9 from the charity stripe. They weren't much better than us.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||FT's||
We hit plenty of key late-game FT's to beat Purdue recently. Just sayin'.
And how exactly did we look "rushed at the line"? I didn't notice anyone rushing. It looked like their normal FT shooting routines to me.
"Wake up call": Not sure what this means. Every player knows FT's are terribly important, especially in late games. It's not like they didn't care or weren't focused while shooting FT's yesterday. Did it take 3 missed FT's in the last regular season game for the light bulb to finally go on that these types of shots are important? No. They just didn't convert, so they'll go back and continue practicing FT's like they usually do. I'm sure they shoot hundreds, if not thousands, of FT's every week during practice. And I'm sure the coaches have ways to introduce pressure situations into the FT shooting routine.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I honestly don't think having||
I honestly don't think having UM players lined up affects the mental state of the FT shooter. I blame late-game tension and /or fatigue as bigger factors. It's a free shot with nobody guarding you that you practice countless times without anyone lining up.
Another reason you keep everyone from lining up is to avoid silly over-the-back fouls while going for a rebound. I personally would still put 2 UM players in rebound position, but I can see why some coaches wouldn't do it.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||OK||
OK. I will allow the masses to vent.
I just wish many people would've vented elsewhere, because insinuating that Trey Burke - potential NCAA POY and the guy who kept us in that game in the second half - sucks is kinda asinine.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||^^^||
Silver lining. But a shitty silver lining.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||"I'm done with this shit."||
"I'm done with this shit." Seriously? Seriously? If it's such a chore to watch this team, I can't imagine where you were in the early to mid 2000's. Yeah, it sucked that 3 of our best players missed 3 FT's in the final minute. Yeah, it sucked that the last-second tip rimmed out. But to jump off the bandwagon? Wow.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||OK...thx. I would have died||
OK...thx. I would have died inside a little more if (a) that was a half-court shot and (b) PSU had fouls to give.
This still sux. Wisconsin will pay for these repeated transgressions at some point. Maybe a first round NCAA loss while scoring only 37 points will be the ultimate penalty.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||My first glimpse||
Thx for posting. This is my first glimpse at the play.
Please don't tell me, though, that PSU had fouls to give.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Umm....what?||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||As I sit here in my work||
As I sit here in my work office about 4 blocks from the Kohl Center, I can feel the devil's tendrils grabbing for my soul. I have no idea what happened in the game*, but it can't be good. Madison is the official location of the gates to hell. No doubt about it.
*I'm feverishly trying to finish up some work before heading home to watch UM/IU.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Guarding Penn St. guards||
Newbill and Marshall killed us with their penetration. These guys *should* be able to penetrate against Brust and Jackson, right? If not, then I will officially cede my soul to Bo Ryan's team defense philosophy.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Drop down, gimme 20 push-ups||
Drop down, gimme 20 push-ups and never let it happen again!
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||^||
Similar fate, except farmersonly.com for me.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Big East - 1980's||
I'm old enough to remember. Those were the halcyon years of college basketball (in my eyes). The Big East ruled. Jerome Lane breaking backboards. Epic Georgetown-St. Johns battles. Even Providence (Pitino and Billy Donovan) was a tough nut back then. Michigan in the Grant/Tarpley years should have matched up well with the Big East powers, but our tourney runs always came up a little..ahem..short.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||At first glance, I thought||
At first glance, I thought the shorts were just very wrinkly. Then I looked closer and remembered the camo-theme from a previous uniformz thread and ran to the bathroom to violently wretch. Bullet dodged. Thank goodness.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Irvin = defense||
I hope Irvin brings extra athleticism and tenacity on the defensive end. He's going to be a great scorer, but I think he can really make in impact defensively next year.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Impressive||
Impressive highlights. Time will tell if he's as polished as Trey, but I'm excited about his potential. I really like his ability to absorb contact and still finish at the rim...very reminscent of Trey.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||That font is groovy.||
That font is groovy.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Appling probably did foul||
Appling probably did foul first on this play, but you have to admit that Trey has mastered the art of absorbing contact while dribbling, lifting his shoulders as he "fights" his way through the contact, yet somehow is able to use his forearm to ward off the defender ever so subtly (sometimes not so subtly). My eyes are always attracted to his upper body shrugging motion first, so I often don't catch the forearm action. It's a subtle, yet smart, move. And it usually is in response to initial contact by the defender.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Ask USC. They seem to be||
Ask USC. They seem to be doing a good job of continually attracting 5 stars. Maybe it's Lane Kiffin's pleasing personality.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||^||
This sentiment exactly.
I am treating this news as a bonus 2014 commitment and am celebrating accordingly. From both an offensive continuity and QB development standpoint (allowing Morris and Speight to take their time developing, barring unfortunate injuries), the Gardner redshirt is a huge deal.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||RS Freshmen||
I am want to see some of the RS Freshmen have a JMFR spring game coming out party.
I also want to see if Will Hagerup has officially used 4 of his 9 football lives and makes it back on the field.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Motion Beaver||
I think that's a "Motion Beaver" (a la Wisconsin's "Motion W").
|11 weeks 4 days ago||You always take 2 free||
You always take 2 free points. Always. That, my friend, was 2 free points.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Great crowd||
Crisler seemed very energetic. Thanks, old people, for filling in for some of the missing spring breakers.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||^||
Yup. We shot ourselves silly in the last few minutes. The lane violation on the free throw amidst a five-point MSU play would've loomed huge if we lost. Some sloppy ball handling. Missed FT's. Defensive rebounding.
Energetic defense made up for the other sloppy mistakes, though. That's the kind of defensive intensity I'd like to see carry through for the rest of the season.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||3 PT FG%||
UM: 0% Ughhh.
MSU: 45% Ughh.
I think State was at 34% 3 Pt FG% coming into the game. Uncontested 3's continue to haunt us.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Doug Gottlieb's tie..||
....belongs in a different decade.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||This person really likes||
This person really likes cats.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Pride||
Pride is on the line. B1G championship probably outta reach, but splitting with State will help heal some wounds and restore some confidence.
HINT TO BIGS: Don't react to Nix's first shoulder twitch post move. Or the second, third, or fourth twitch. He only makes an offensive move after 4 shoulder twitches.
My parting shot: Badgers lost to Purdue.
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||Ace, sick?||
Don't we have a medical professional (Heiko) on staff? MGoSickness will not be accepted around these parts.
(Get well soon, Ace).
|12 weeks 20 hours ago||Nice hoops conference||
That's a nice hoops conference.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Leaving feet||
This seems to be rampant in today's game. There aren't a lot of players who instinctively know how to drive to the basket under complete control. In most cases, taking an extra dribble to slide around a defender, stopping under control and executing a pump fake, or just pulling up for a jump shot over a stationary defender trying to take a charge will eliminate the charging.
Relatedly, I almost pooped my pants when Trey pulled up for a mid-range jumper on a fast break last evening. Attacking the rim is good, but players are leaving a lot of high percentage offensive opporunties on the floor by not opting for a 10-15 foot jumper.