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|23 hours 42 min ago||lol||
a place Michigan rarely wins? We have won our last 5 games at the barn, and haven't lost there since 2008, currently our longest road winning streat against one team.
|2 days 23 hours ago||hope so||
I actually think this team is going into a perfect storm with the game at Minnesota.
We are reeling, following 2 blowout losses at home.
Minnesota played us well last time, so they will have confidence.
Minnesota hasn't won a game in 2 months.
Few chances left to win at the Barn, so the crowd should be raucous.
I am calling it now, we haven't hit the bottom yet with this team.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Shakeup Needed||
First and foremost, I remember the last time this blog was calling for JB to be fired. We were terrible in 08, surprised in 09 and went to the dance even winning a game. Most of that 09 team returned and the 2010 team finished sub .500, no dance no NIT. In 2011, we had a decent non-conf slate, but similar to this team, didn't beat anyone of note and then B1G play started and we started 1-6, culminating in a "not as close" as the score, home loss against Minnesota, in which we got a total of 12 rebounds for the entire game, as a team. We went to East Lansing, next and everyone remembers the rest of that story.
I do think JB made some miscalculations on recruiting, most notably that he knew Burke and Hardaway would leave after the 2013 season before it even started. After the 2013 season, he knew he probably would only have GR3 and McGary for 1 more season as well. I am sure he didn't plan on Stauskas blowing up or Horford transferring after 2014, but that happens. Not taking 2 bigs in the 13 class has really backfired. He knew that McGary was at most a 2-3 year player, so putting all the eggs in Mark Donnal, when he knew that Bielfeldt would never be a B1G starter seemed silly, and it is hurting this team. Donnal is never going to be a B1G starter for a contender. He is backup quality on a good team.
The 2014 class not having one capable player after 2 years is also hurting this team. Recruiting is half the battle in college basketball, maybe more.
The defense is an issue, and similar to the adjustments and adaptations that JB made in 2011, I think he needs to rethink some philosophies and bring in some assistants that can mold and specialize that end of the floor.
JB is a great in game coach and a slightly below average recruiter. Things turn around in basketball in a hurry, as noted above. I do think the situation is less dire than most, in that the entire team that is out there now will be back next year plus 1-2 impact players, with IMO the most talented recruit still to come (Jordan Poole - and if you don't believe me go watch his tape and then look at his measurables). I think we could be set up for big things in the next few years, but there need to be some tweaks to the philosophy and roster management, ala changing to a ball screen oriented offense in 2011.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||could be better/could be worse||
Student attendance at Michigan in general is on the decline. They have a tough time filling the allotted seats for students now, and they have more seats in the lower bowl than any time I can remember in recent hisotry. They have the 4 sections behind the benches and a whole section next to the old tunnel. Honestly, I have said this before, but they missed an opportunity when they renovated Crisler to add real suites and lower the overall capacity, but you know Brandon lower capacity = less revenue, even though anybody that took Econ 101 knows lower capacity/better seats = higher demand = higher price points.
The real solution, and I know this happens elsewhere is to provide incentives for attendance. As in ticket packs for marquee games at a reasonable cost are only available to those that have great attendance records. This should not be hard to track with today's technology.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Why do we need 11 wins||
10-8 in conference to go with 10-3 out of conference and 1-1 in the conference tourney is 21-12 overall, and probably solidly in the tournament as a 7-10 seed depending on momentum and quality wins.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||In 2 years||
Ricky Doyle will be Mark Donnal, an upper classmen sitting on the bench. Wagner, Wilson, Teske and Davis will have all surpassed him. Stone hands and doesn't finish well.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Michigan will be 4-9 point dogs||
in those games. Most are at home, and conservatively they probably only need to win 1.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Correction||
Years we made it: 09, 11, 12, 13, 14
Years we didn't make it: 08, 10, 15
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||This needs fisking||
First off, Minnesota is probably one of the worst teams I. The B1G, I mean they just lost by 20 at home to South Dakota. Michigan will be solid favorites in the following games: @ILL, PSU, MINN, RUTG, PSU, @MINN, NW.
The following will be toss ups: @NEB, IND, @OSU, @WISC, Iowa
The following will be slight dogs: @IOWA, MD, MSU, PUR
NO chance: @PUR, @MD
Using conservative projections we go 6-1 vs first group, 2-3 vs second, 1-5 vs last two groups for 9-9.
I really see that as the floor for this team. Back away from the ledge.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||maybe or maybe not||
If MSU gets thumped by OSU, they would most likely fall behind a Michigan team that wins out in the CFP Ranking, so then it would come down to who is ranked higher between Michigan and OSU.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Not so fast my friend||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Urban backed himself into a corner||
with all the comments about Jameis and how Urban would have dismissed him from the team. Urban responds with a light punishment in terms of time missed, but a punishment that on the surface looks pretty harsh to the player. I have a feeling that someone is doing PR work for Urban and Ohio State.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||LB play||
LB Play was atrocious. Quite possibly the worst game of the year for Ross and Morgan. Bolden wasn't much better. Dymonte Thomas had a poor game as well. Felt very much like last year, where 1-2 guys biff a play and it blows up for the whole team.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Having a game changing QB||
giving us a legitimate NC caliber team, top to bottom.... little upside?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I think it sends the right message||
Nothing is given, everything is earned, and it shouldn't discourage Peters or Gentry. They are both super young and Hill would be here 1 year. I may be missing a guy or two but we lose exactly 6 starters going into next year from the 22 on O and D. Rudock, Kerridge/Houma, Morgan, Bolden, RJS/Ojumedia, and Wilson. We have the talent to be crazy good next year, except for the whole unproven QB thing. Brady Hoke really deserves a high five for this.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||OK,||
Sound like Brady hoke
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Wrong||
Compared against each other as in record against the teams with which you have tied in the standings
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Wrong|
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It would come down to||
The CFP Rankings....probably need sparty to lose twice
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Big f@&#%+@ bump||
Seriously though, what university has had more awful shit happen to lose games in the last 30 years.... Off the top of my head in no particular order...
Desmond tripped in endzone 1990
Sparty clockgate 2001
I know there is more but I need to stop
|19 weeks 5 hours ago||PICK 6||
I disagree about Purdue holding MSU under 30, they have given up 41, 51, and 35 to FBS competition to some not so stellar offenses (Marshall, VT) and struggled against the only power 5 defense they faced. Otherwise I agree with the picks above, and my bet for the week was laying $100 on Michigan to win the playoff at 150 to 1.
Iowa +7 @ Wisconsin - Iowa's offense isn't the normally anemic offense of the Ferentz era and Wisconsin's offense has struggled early this year.
MSU -21.5 v Purdue - Purdue O = not good, Purdue D = turrible
Bama +2.5 @ Georgia - see reasons above and Georgia always chokes in the big SEC games
NW -4.5 v Minny - This one has me a little weary, I would be more inclined to take the under in a single bet
OSU -21 @ Indiana - similar to the MSU game, Indiana is really bad on D and can easily be made one dimensional on offense. Sneaky stat: OSU is fielding a top 10 overall D.
Clemson (pick) v Notre Dame - inexperienced QB on the road in a hostile environment at night - this seems to easy
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Here is your report||
Turns out Michigan might be better than expected in year 1... prices soar!
No seriously, as someone who monitors the secondary market daily... ticket prices are on the rise. The biggest indicator of where ticket prices will go is usually based on supply (crazy concept, I know). Northwestern and Michigan State have already dropped below 2800 tickets available. Compare that with Michigan's first 3 games when over 3000 were available on the Friday before the game. If Michigan starts 3-0 in the B1G, look out. It will be tough to get in to that OSU game without re-mortgaging the house. I could see it costing somewhere between 300-350 just to get in the stadium and around 750-1000 to sit between the 20's.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Pitchford||
Pitchford is not going pro... staying in school
|44 weeks 6 days ago||^^^This is true||
Not entering the draft, staying in school, just not playing Basketball, like Jack Miller.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||funny thing||
I have actually won a couple grand between the BTT and NCAA tournament. Sparty has covered all 7 games ($200 bet on each game), plus I bet on them to win the regional after the first weekend at +160 (200 bet) and I placed a 200 bet on them to win the BTT at 7/1. When they were up on Wisconsin late in the game I placed a 200 bet on Wiscy to win at +450, which was a nice hedge on the BTT bet. I do think the luck has run out and will be betting Duke to win and cover. With all that said, I was still strongly rooting against them on Sunday, to the point where I threw the remote control when Louisville missed that FT to win. Last but not least, I don't endorse gambling, but if you know what you are doing and stick to a plan, you can make money, but you have to be super disciplined and know what to look for.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||what model Tesla?||
I have considered buying one, but have a hard time dropping that coin on any nice car, but if I did a non-gas guzzling car would be my choice.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Beilein||
IIRC, Jalen stated that Michigan needed to recruit Detroit better when Beilein was hired, and that couldn't have been farther from the truth. Former players are just that. I will trust any good coach over a former player in terms of whom to recruit. Larry is just being Larry.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||missed the header||
Am I the only one that missed the header?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||still would rather have these players||
Carter-Williams, Giannis, Larkin or Snell. All were drafted behind KCP, all would have been a fit for the current roster at significantly less cost. In reality, the Pistons should have traded the pick if they were unsure about who they wanted. They got a late first round talent for that draft with a top 8 pick, which even if the draft is horrible is a proverbial, "swing and miss".
Also, the fact remains that Dumars stated, "we didn't need a pg" and then drafted a pg and traded for one, neither is panning out. Meanwhile, Carter-Williams looks like a future All-Pro. I know he hasn't played this season, but last season he was head and shoulders above anyone player the Pistons had in their backcourt.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||comparing wrong guys||
In my opinion, you are making the wrong comparison. THJ and KCP are much more comparable since they play the same position and have similar roles. Trey is being asked to do something completely different than KCP, in that he handles the ball on nearly every possession. Furthermore, every night he goes against some of the very best players in the league, to your point.
If you want to compare Burke to a Pistons player it has to be Jennings, Augustin or Siva. For my money, Burke is the better value, as he is a slightly less efficient player than Jennings at about 33% of the cost. Jennings last year 37/34/75 with a 3/1 A/TO ratio with an ORTG of 106 at 7.5 million last year. Burke had 38/33/90 with a 3/1 A/TO ratio with an ORTG 101 at 2.5 million last year.
Either way there was not the greatest value in either pick, which is syptematic of the Dumars era. Good player, but not a good value (i.e. Smith and his contract and countless other examples).