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|1 week 4 days ago||Thanks for your continued input.||
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm sure his post||
was just as informative.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||yikes||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No Najee||
Bad thread title, redundant thread, got pissy when called out, and a bewbs avatar.
Other than that, great job, OP.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No impact NT yet...||
...but I think James Hudson is an impact DT. His senior film is really impressive. More polished version of Willie Henry.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Popovich, huh?||
He may not be with you on this anti-analytics front: https://digit.hbs.org/submission/san-antonio-spurs-data-driven-approach-to-win-games/
|2 weeks 3 days ago||JeepinBen has me covered for stats.||
So let's address this:
That is the hoops equivalent of "there are three things that can happen when you pass and two of them are bad." How's that one holding up in 2017?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What would you call for him?||
Post-ups? Wildly inefficient and not his strongsuit.
Roll man on the high screen? Wagner is the better option there.
Perhaps we should take a 28-point, six-offensive-rebound, six-assist effort as a sign Beilein is utiliing him how he should be utilized. Not calling plays specifically with him in mind doesn't mean Michigan isn't running sets in which he's involved; there aren't many (any?) plays in Beilein's playbook designed to end only one way. Unless you want the ball in Wilson's hands at the end of the shot clock, I'm not sure what more you could want here.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Way off base.||
If Michigan is running their offense through Wilson, he's not there to get those six offensive rebounds, which is how he got a good chunk of those points. The rest came within the flow of the offense, which is ideal. He's a player who functions best that way; you don't want to run a bunch of Wilson post-ups or isos—he's not a guy who's going to take a defender off the bounce and he doesn't have a refined post-up game yet (not to mention post-ups are just about the least-efficient play you can call).
It's a good thing that a player is able to produce so much without being the focal point of the offense. Criticizing Beilein for how he handles Wilson after that performance is quite the feat of Beilein-bashing.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||No problem.||
I appreciate the constructive feedback.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't approach it that way.||
I have no intention of belitting the importance of DIB's commitment. The second half of the post is testament to that, I hope.
I can't think too much about the possible reaction of the subjects of most of the posts I write; if I did, it would be much more difficult to provide as fair and complete analysis as I hope I put out there for football, hoops, and recruiting. I'm quite aware there are some active players who read this site. For the most part I try not to think about it.
My intention with the introduction wasn't so much SpartyFreude, though I certainly don't mind that (I realize I tagged this with 'lolsparty'), but to call out the type of reporting on display in SpartanTailgate's coverage of Irving-Bey. To be frank, I found it dishonest and unfair to the kid, and I thought that was worth discussing. I don't think it's right to post that stuff behind a paywall when it's obvious the recruit is going elsewhere; at best, it comes off as sour grapes. That's the type of stuff that most often finds its way back to recruits—a writer from a credentialed outlet saying the player is overrated/not very good/not a take/etc.
I had a little fun with how I went about it, sure. I've been cranking out these posts; I finished Ruiz's right about the moment he went public, saw that DIB's announcement would be at four, and got this one put together in a few hours. I wouldn't try to diminish anyone's commitment to Michigan. I understand your concern; I'd hope the recruit would see it the way I do, but that can't be at the very forefront of my mind if I'm going to do this job very well.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That explains that.||
Much obliged, Tim.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Pace matters.||
The Michigan game was UCLA's slowest of the season by five full possessions (64; they average 75). UCLA scored a season high 1.59 points per possession on Saturday night. Their next-best output this season was 1.49 PPP against Pacific, which has the #171 defense in the country.
There's no way to sugercoat this defensive performance even when accounting for UCLA's firepower.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Yup.||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||This isn't it.||
Wagner: 4.1 fouls/40 minutes
Meanwhile, Wagner has a 15.9 to 10.5 edge in defensive rebound rate and doubles Donnal's block and steal rates (4.6 to 2.3 and 2.6 to 1.3, respectively).
The only real edges Donnal has over Wagner statistically right now are offensive rebounds and turnovers, and I find it very hard to argue that Donnal is the more effective offensive player despite those stats.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Damn emojis.||
Thought I edited quick enough for nobody to catch that, but alas. When a stray emoji makes its way into the post it cuts off everything that follows. Thankfully, had the draft saved.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Just posted in the board thread.||
Essentially, Martin's timeline may leave him without a spot in the class as Michigan starts to hit a numbers crunch, and he just set up an official to ND.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||This.||
The reasoning here and Martin setting up an official to Notre Dame led to the Crystal Ball change. With the number of players still on the board there are going to be some targets whose timelines determine whether they'll have a spot in the class more than their interest; Martin could be one of those guys.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That's how they are.||
Unfortunately, even if I go in and manually edit the embed code, there's no way to turn off autoplay for gfycats. I realize it can be distracting, but there is the pause button, and they're so much better than regular gifs that I'm going to stick with these. Might not use so many in future non-OFAAT posts. Still getting used to these.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Considered it.||
Trying to be conservative about handing those out. It was a close call for both.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Not yet, out of an abundance of caution.||
One more game like last week's and he'll have one, though.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yes.||
4 pm, as usual.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Pulled||
We're taking Harbaugh for Granted
This is a flagrant misapplication of the proverbial we.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It's about utilization.||
There's a reason I highlighted this quote:
That is precisely how GRIII was used in this offense. Also, limited sample size, but Wilson hit 30% of his threes last year—he's not particularly reliable from the outside, but like GRIII, he has the range to hit the occasional three.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Oops.||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Replay angle||
In a quick montage, ESPN showed a replay angle in which it sure looked to me like Bush led with his helmet. Intricacies of the rule aside, though, it was at best a borderline hit, and I'm not big on celebrating those, especially if they result in injury—and even though MSU didn't run a full test, it was pretty apparent that Frey was concussed from the hit.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||The Tree...||
...is very much exempt of any ill will I hold towards Stanford. Seth chose the photo/caption.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||No, he'll start.||
Since he was kicked out in the first half (first quarter, in fact) of the Maryland game, he doesn't have to sit any additional time.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh's offense is so varied.||
Michigan is quite capable of lining up in three-wide sets and running down MSU's throat, which is what Maryland did to the tune of 6.2 yards per carry on 41 attempts.
I do not share this concern, especially if MSU chooses to keep McDowell at DE, and I'm not sure they have much of a choice right now.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah.||
Missed that. Might edit later but Seth doesn't appear to be at his computer right now.