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|2 weeks 1 day ago||Logged in just to upvote this||
spit my morning water right out. Scott Frost is definitely from the Brady Hoke school of football.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||DONT BUY||
CFP tickets for both games fell well below face value prior to the game and so did the NC Game, but not quite as much. Remember, the teams that make it to the NC game will have played a Conference Championship game and semi-final game at neutral sites, meaning several fans won't be interested in traveling for a 2nd or 3rd time. Ultimately this is why I think the semi-final games will eventually have to be played either at home team stadiums. I think the ideal scenario is Conference Championships in first weekend of December, Semi-Finals approximately 2 weeks later and National Championship approximately 2 weeks after that.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||Nebraska||
Interesting situation in Lincoln. They now have an underqualified coach, with several years of mediocrity as the longer term trend. I think even now, Michigan would have a tough time selling out at $2500 per season ticket.
Also, I don't understand the contempt that Universities and some people hold towards people who have season tickets and sell some games or all games at a profit/loss depending on the game and year. It's unlike anything else in this country. We buy and sell literally everything, houses, cars, stocks, toys, etc. Literally every reality show now is about buying and selling to make a profit. Why aren't tickets acceptable?
|14 weeks 7 hours ago||I think Michigan will not miss||
Walton and Irvin, similar to Novak and Douglass. Walton and Irvin have been calming forces of stability in an up and down 3 years, but let's not over look that they are both highly rated recruits that have not lived up to the recruiting hype. Personally, I think X is going to make people question whether or not Walton should start. That roster in 17-18 could be lethal if they add 1 more playmaker.
1) X and prospect (ala Spike)
2) MAAR, Poole and Watson
3) Robinson and Mathews
4) Mathews and Wilson
5) Wagner, Davis and Teske
And honestly, I could see them adding a big time prospect at the 2/3 that would start or platoon with MAAR in the event that Watson hasn't emerged.
Future is bright, and I do think the team will over achieve this year and compete for a B1G Championship, similar to 2012.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Better, but could still have problems||
I think it puts Michigan in an unfair compromise of being tied to playing 2 of the 4 best programs over the last 10 years every single season.
I think it makes more sense to have 1 protected game (Sparty can play Penn State every year). Go to 10 conference games, spread across 13 teams. You would have less issues with competitive balance of schedules and guarantee playing every team 3 out of 5 years and playing most 3 out of 4 years.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Stopped reading||
Stopped reading when he said we had 3 incoming guards. Even my wife knows that is not right.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||dirty||
Someone asserted that Kansas, Kentucky, etc were the dirtiest programs. Those programs don't have to get real dirty. They will if need be, but Baylor on the other hand .... have you ever been to Waco?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||don't know whether to laugh or cry||
laugh because we are soooooo late to the party or cry because our coach thinks this is how recruiting should go. Every day I think Beilein is becoming more and more like Hoke.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Izzo||
Izzo has made a career on cutting down those final four banners. I couldn't believe the stat I saw the other day that Michigan still has more B1G championships than staee.
|30 weeks 3 hours ago||but||
But will you have someone trained to run the deep fryer while you are gone?
|30 weeks 3 hours ago||Beilein||
is something like 2-15 against Wisconsin. It's beyond pathetic. The reason I think Indiana is beatable, is not because of how they beat us (which was bad) but that they are not an elite defensive team, so as long as we don't go 10 minutes and not make a single freaking shot, we should be able to stay in that game. Also, they are a bit easier to gameplan for than say Michigan State.
|30 weeks 5 hours ago||honestly||
Michigan wants to be in that 8 slot. Staae is probably going to end up in the 2 slot, so we don't want to play them. Wisconsin is looking very likely to be the 3, and we don't match up well with them historically. Not to mention that Indiana is probably the most beatable of the 3 teams mentioned. I also like playing Penn State more than Northwestern. If Olah is hot, they become a nightmare for us, which is sad.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I think some of you are confusing the question/topic||
The 2011 team produced better on field results, was probably more talented man for man despite the obvious lack of a competent coaching staff. I actually think if you combine our current staff with the 2011 roster and schedule, that team probably goes 12-1. No way they lose to Iowa.
The 2015 team produced good on field results against a much tougher schedule, but is probably slightly less talented man for man (especially on offense). That speaks to both this staff and the previous regime.
End of story.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||debatable||
I don't think the 2011 team loses to anyone by 29 points (and let's be honest it wasn't that close this year, it felt like a 40 point beatdown). Plus I do think Denard puts up more than 13 points against OSU.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Revisionist History at its best||
This is revisionist history at its best. The 2011 team would most likely gash the 2015 team. The 2011 team was built to exploit the weakness of the 2015 team with the inside zone reads of Denard and Fitz (good Fitz). I actually think the 2011 team would win that game fairly comfortably.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Unless||
Colorado is the night game, which in a way makes sense. It appeases both sides of the fan base, those that like a night game to combat the warm Saturday's in early September and those that prefer to see the B1G games be noon or 3:30 starts.
|32 weeks 3 hours ago||more like parts||
Another 3/4 that can't shoot. 32% from 3 for his career, but not big enough to guard the few teams that play 2 posts. Meanwhile you trade Ilyasova who is a 37% shooter from 3 and 6'10". Harris is 23 and Ilyasova is 28, so I guess there is that, but Harris has a big contract as stated above and we already spent our first pick on Stanley Johnson, who has to play the 3, because he is too small to play the 4 and not enough of a shooter to play the 2. And I forgot about Morris. They are turning in to the NBA version of OSU, bunch of tweeners that can't shoot.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|33 weeks 1 day 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.
|33 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 6 days 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.
|41 weeks 5 days 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.
|41 weeks 5 days 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.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan will be 4-9 point dogs||
in those games. Most are at home, and conservatively they probably only need to win 1.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Correction||
Years we made it: 09, 11, 12, 13, 14
Years we didn't make it: 08, 10, 15
|41 weeks 5 days 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.
|46 weeks 6 days 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.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Not so fast my friend||
|47 weeks 1 day 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.
|47 weeks 1 day 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.