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|2 days 8 hours ago||He does a fair amount of||
He does a fair amount of spotting up, actually; per hoop-math, six of his nine made threes this year have been assisted. I think Beilein would be much more willing to put him and Walton out there at the same time—allowing Spike to spot up more—if that lineup wouldn't be very small and defensively deficient. As it is, I think he's being utilized the right way.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Tough to say without looking||
Tough to say without looking at the specific play, but with GRIII that's been a consistent issue throughout his career. His defensive recognition isn't great—he's involved in more than his fair share of missed boxouts and blown switches—and while he's greatly improved his on-ball defense, that stuff keeps happening. I think it's a combination of fatigue—he definitely prefers guarding smaller threes instead of big fours, and Michigan's lineup doesn't afford him that luxury—and youth.
Other aspects of his defense have improved, so there's little reason to believe he can't shore up his awareness, which sometimes takes a while to come around, especially for a player who's had to work on so many areas of his game.
|2 days 10 hours ago||There's definitely something||
There's definitely something to be said for that. Beilein mentioned at media day, IIRC, that he's had to simplify his offense at Michigan because he's had so many early entrants to the NBA, especially at the point. We all focus on youth affecting the defense, as we should, but Michigan's in a pattern where they have to re-teach the offense to a new point guard every two years, with the first year being a trial-by-fire learning experience—Beilein was still installing new stuff for Burke during the season last year.
You can tell from the way Beilein talks about it that, while he loves having this much talent, he'd prefer to break that trend and reach the point where his young guys can at least get a year's apprenticeship before having to take command of his complicated, ever-changing offense.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Irvin's one consistent role||
Irvin's one consistent role has been as a defensive stopper when Michigan goes to that big lineup, and Beilein mentioned after the Arizona game that he might start utilizing that lineup more to get stops; it sounds like he's earned the trust of the coaches in practice on that end, and I think he's held up pretty well defensively in the time he's been out there.
Walton shows flashes of being really disruptive—he's got a good sense for when to double down on post players to generate steals—and he's got good size, but he's had some issues with defensive communication (not particularly surprising for a freshman) and fighting through screens. He's been pretty solid as an on-ball defender, though, and the off-ball stuff should improve as he gets used to the college game.
I think both players will be very strong defensive players for their position by next year. How soon it all comes together is a tougher question to answer.
|4 days 8 hours ago||This.||
Between adding more football/basketball coverage, the fact that those spreadsheets took hours to update every Sunday (my one down day during football season, and even then we spend a couple hours recording the podcast), and the fact that 247 did the work for me, we decided the weekly recruiting rankings weren't worth the considerable time they take to put together. I'll probably do a Big Ten recruiting overview around/after Signing Day so we have something here; otherwise, 247 has it covered.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's certainly possible, but||
It's certainly possible, but so much has to happen before that's even feasible that I don't think it's worth a lot of discussion. The Saban-to-Texas rumors haven't exactly come from any reliable sources yet.
|1 week 1 day ago||This has been the plan all||
This has been the plan all along, but the timeline for setting visits kept getting pushed back to the point that I (among others) speculated that they might not happen. I agree with you that there's a lot of uncertainty here; it's tough to consider any team but Michigan as the favorite right now, but he's by no means a lock.
|1 week 1 day ago||ARGH, fixed.||
As an Ann Arborite, I've never been more ashamed of a typo. Thanks.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Just to be clear||
My original post was pointing out the threshold one has to pass to actually get a rise out of me—the anonymity thing was a side note about how I deal with the rest. If I actually took the stuff on here personally, I would've quit in the first month.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Oh, IT'S ON|
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Absolutely—I totally||
Absolutely—I totally understand why people don't put their real names on here, and that the freedom provided by anonymity cuts both ways (allowing several genuine contributors to post while working other jobs, namely).
That doesn't change the fact that, if a person hiding behind anonymity starts saying things on here that they wouldn't say to my face—and I've never been insulted in person like I have been on here—that I have very little reason to respect their opinion, and a whole lot of reason to want them off the site. I welcome intelligent discourse from any source if it's reasonable and avoids personal attacks; I have no idea who Space Coyote really is, for instance, and I have a great respect for what he brings to the discussion.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||As one of the writers in||
As one of the writers in question, here are the two comments I've taken personally.
1. A guy who'd repeatedly called for my firing posting a comment referencing my mother in the most despicable, offensive way possible. I banned him with pleasure.
2. A poster trying to accuse me of plagiarism without actually coming out and saying it. I defended myself in the comments and didn't ban the guy.
That's it, and if you've read the comments/boards enough you know that there's plenty more out there that I could take personally. I think the writers here have plenty thick skin and take solace in the fact that we're actually willing to attach our names/reputations to what we write, in stark contast to the commenters.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||If you're going to be so||
If you're going to be so intentionally dense, I'd recommend not doing it to somebody with admin powers. Like I said before, there was no need to leave that comment—how hard is it to just not read a post and move on with your life? It literally takes doing nothing. This shouldn't be difficult.
This one's a freebie, since if I blocked/Bolivian'd everyone who's been a buffoon this week, we'd start running out of active posters; I understand that people are generally pissed off right now. Next time, though, I might not feel so forgiving.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Do you think that 11W should||
Do you think that 11W should let me do a weekly Q&A over there? Because I do, in case you hadn't noticed, and it's actually pretty popular—us homers, when we acknowledge our allegiances, can still be quite objective. I mean, Ross' prediction gives Michigan more of a chance than most Wolverine fans do at this point.
Also, you can always skip over a post that a lot of other people clearly enjoy. This comment is pretty unnecessary and, considering Ross has a full-time job that isn't blogging and did this simply as a favor, quite ungrateful given the quality of the analysis.
[EDIT: I tried as long as I could. This thread no longer makes sense because a certain poster refused to stop posting about a post he didn't even want to read. This was not a reply to Gandalf, but a post that should no longer appear here.]
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, there will be a||
Yes, there will be a corresponding Q&A up at 11W tomorrow; I'll be sure to post a link, as I have another Q&A with 11W's Johnny Ginter that'll go up here tomorrow. (I'm also the guest on 11W's Dubcast, which will be posted at 4:15 today, for those of you who are interested.)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The earlier games went long,||
The earlier games went long, so the Michigan game will come on as shortly after FSU/Northeastern is over. Best guess right now is between 7:15 and 7:30 EST for tipoff.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There's a laughable rumor||
There's a laughable rumor on The Site With Zero Credibility by That "Insider" suggesting that Michigan will pursue John—not Jim—Harbaugh, the coach who won a Super Bowl last season and then inked an extension. You can give up any hope of that happening now. It'll be less painful that way.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||I got a lot less nice||
I got a lot less nice when he tried another half-apology on Twitter, if that makes you feel any better.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||It's true.||
I also write under the monikers Greg Dooley, Tom VanHaaren, and—to switch things up and troll—Jason Whitlock. The conspiracy deepens.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||I thought Walton did a very||
I thought Walton did a very nice job running the back end of the 1-3-1, actually. That spot requires a player who's quick enough to cover the entire width of the court, and Walton certainly fits the bill; McGary being smack in the middle of that zone makes it tough to exploit any size issue underneath. Also, Walton's displayed a knack for grabbing defensive rebounds, which is an unexpected bonus.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Cripes, man.||
The reason I said the thing about writing an FSU preview before is that I didn't have any need to look at someone else's FSU preview. The reason I said the thing about Dylan and I being friends is that I value that friendship and certainly wouldn't steal content from him; that would put quite the strain on our friendship, not to mention the fact that I'm good friends with Joe Stapleton (of UMHoops) and our assigned seats at Crisler are right next to each other.
I appreciate you admitting your error in judgment; I'd also recommend trying a little less hard to hold onto any possible point in your favor when you're clearly in the wrong here.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||It's entirely possible that||
It's entirely possible that could happen, though I'll say with certainty in this case that it didn't, since I wrote so much in the last couple days that I didn't get the chance to read what was posted on this site, let alone any other. (Tonight's job is catching up on the defensive UFR.) Also, I'd already written an FSU preview for HTTV Hoops; I didn't exactly need any help today.
I do appreciate the response; I don't appreciate the "I'm not saying, I'm just saying" tone of this post or your original post. If you see an issue like this again, a much better way to handle it would be to email me or Brian, wait for a response, and then make such a serious accusation if and only if you think it's warranted.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Thanks||
I appreciate that. Basketball/football overlap can get crazy but I do enjoy the opportunity to post this much copy about actual games.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||I should have access to full||
I should have access to full game film of this one sometime over the weekend, and at that point there will be many GIFs, that one included.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Fixed||
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Are you accusing me of||
Are you accusing me of plagiarizing Dylan? Because Dylan and I are friends, the VCU press is both "vaunted" and called Havoc, and that's quite an accusation to drop in such a manner. We happened to write very similar sentences about a thing that happened. That's going to happen every once in a while when we write about the same topics.
EDIT: Also, I'd have to be quite the idiot/asshole to link to the post I'm "plagiarizing" in the very same post in which the offending quote appears. I'm both of these things at times, certainly, but I'd hope at this point I'd get more benefit of the doubt than that.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||This official site provides||
This official site provides this link for live audio; it isn't working yet, though hopefully that's because the game hasn't started. It's also on 950 AM (Detroit) and 1050 AM (Ann Arbor), as well as Sirius channel 85, though that'll be the FSU broadcast per the game notes.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I learned my lesson (again).||
Not going against KenPom for the rest of this lifetime.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Honorable mention; click the link.||
Honorable mention; click the link.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If I edited the podcasts||
If I edited the podcasts instead of Brian, this would've been deployed weeks ago.