...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|17 hours 56 min ago||Well virginia could pretty||
Well virginia could pretty realistically do this, they only lost 2 games in the acc, which is less than we did in the big ten, and could win the tourney. By your logic that puts them automitcally ahead of us.
|18 hours 12 min ago||the best basketball player in||
the best basketball player in the country could be on the worst team, teams performance has nothing to do with how good an individual player is or how good of a season they had on their own. At least it shouldn't matter.
|21 hours 37 min ago||the olympic stuff was a bad||
the olympic stuff was a bad excuse for a bunch of the athletes, they went back to the old uniforms and raced even worse. Maryland has brought in back to back top 10 recruiting classes in basketball with top 50 players both years, you can recruit fine with any apparel, auburn just sucks at basketball.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Well we started 6-4 with a||
Well we started 6-4 with a loss to Charlotte which you know still counts as part of our season. Virginia only lost 2 games in the acc, under your logic we have no chance of passing them. Anyways I'd rather be a 3 seed in the east or Midwest than a 2 in the south or west. At this point the draw matters way more than a 2 or 3.
|3 days 22 hours ago||As long we are in the midwest||
As long we are in the midwest or east I don't think it really matters seed wise. Millwaukee and Buffalo are the same distance from ann arbor, neither villanova or wichita state is all that scary, especially compared against zona and florida and I think michigan fans have just a good a chance of taking over msg as they do indy. I'd prefer the east because i live in nyc but I'm cool with either one. Would much rather be a 3 in either of those places than a 2 in the south or west.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I hope that gif never goes||
I hope that gif never goes away and used forever on this blog.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Out of conference still||
Out of conference still counts and we still started 6-4 with a loss to charlotte, Villanova has nothing like that on their resume.
Also I really selfishly want michigan to be in the east bracket, even if it means a 3 instead of a 2 because I live in NYC. But I could also for sure see Michigan fans taking over MSG and that would be great.
|1 week 1 day ago||Just wondering does this also||
Just wondering does this also mean you don't want to see starters play more than a half against indiana either? It carries the same amount of importance in terms of actually mattering to the season. Not an attack just wondering if people who don't care about the tourney also don't care about the last game either.
|1 week 3 days ago||I guess we have a difference||
I guess we have a difference of opinion, no fan should ever expect what alabama is doing now or what usc did in the early 2000's. But expecting to get to at least 9 wins 3 out of every 5 years isn't crazy and is what I expect. That's a big difference between just being happy whenver something good happens, though that is the much healthier way to follow sports, so that part is good at least.
|1 week 3 days ago||Since 2000 Alabama also went||
Since 2000 Alabama also went 3-8, 7-5. 10-3. 4-9. 6-6, 10-2, 6-7, and 7-6 ( from 2000-2007). They have been absurd under Saban and you can't expect what they have done the last 5 years to happen all that frequently but it just proves that stretches of mediocraty can happen to every program, Alabams 90's were similar to ours.
|1 week 3 days ago||I was annoyed that Brian felt||
I was annoyed that Brian felt the need to write a majority of the post on a down note to talk about a big ten title but that is my problem not his, I get that. I think there is a level between where Brian is at and truly elite, florida state has had 4 seasons with 7 or less wins in the last decade, michigan has had 5, things can change in a hurry with a couple good seasons. Of course that is not gauranteed to happen, but the big ten doesn't look like it will be all that good at football overall for the next few year so if we get 9+ wins 3 out of the next 4 with a big ten title one of those years everything will look different and I don't think that asking for that is all that crazy.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm not saying we are on that||
I'm not saying we are on that level, I'm saying we can be, and shouldn't have the same expectations as state, or if you want to take the rivalry part out we shouldnt have the same expectations as wisconsin.
|1 week 3 days ago||Why yes I did. In the post||
Why yes I did. In the post Brian equated us to a level below elite a level inlcuding teams like michigan state in terms of success we should expect. When I judge programs I think I'll look at a sample size of the last 20 years, anything longer doesn't really matter but anything less could represent a hot streak rather than an actualy sign of a program. To me for a program to be elite over a 20 year period they should average at least 9-10 wins, finish in the top 10 at least 5 times (probably should be higher than that, lets go with 8 as a random number) be in the running for a national championship i.e. top 5 at least three times and finish in the top 25 at least 13-15 out of the 20 years.
If you look at the last 20 years ( I started in '93 so actually 21 years but I don't feel like doing it again) Michigan has averaged 9 wins on the nose, state 7, michigan has a national championship, state does not, michigan has 5 big ten championships, state has 2, I couldn't find an easy way to check top 25's and top 10's sorry.
My point is that sure, have the past 20 years been as good for michigan as they have been for ohio state or other teams? No, it hasn't been. But have we gotten to the point that we are realistically on the same level as michigan state in terms of what we should actually expect? No, that is not true either.
At the end of the day I consider a season with 10+ wins to be successful (obviously if you are pre-season number 1 that could be different but on average) In the last 20 years michigan has had 7 years of 10+ win seasons. Over that same period state has done it 4 times, ohio state 14 times, alabama has done it 10 times, Oregon 9,USC 8, and I'm bored looking things up. Is Michigan high on the list? No. Michigan is not the premier program in college football. but we also aren't michigan state either and we shouldn't have the same expectation, especially since the last 6 years have been the worst 6 of the last 20 for us.
|1 week 3 days ago||I wish I could downvote a||
I wish I could downvote a front page post. Maybe Brian is right, maybe he is not, every program goes through a down period, the same Alabama he thinks we can't be mentioned with was pretty bad before saban showed up, we had back to back top 5 recruiting classes, just pulled in the #2 player in the country from jersey, probably lead for a top ten player in the 2015 class but yeah we are dead and can never be good again. Are we going to finish top ten 10 out of the next 15 years? Of course not because nobody will. College sports are different than they were when Bo was coach, more than like 50 schools actually try now so things have changed, but to believe we aren't still an elite program is being purposefully negative.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||What is he supposed to do||
What is he supposed to do about hockey? fire red? football hoke is recruiting well, we have good coordinators and hoke has another year to prove himself, we are also almost certainly better than the rich rod years. In addition swimming and gymnastics have both won national championships, we created mens and womens lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling are all doing well, we made a great hire for baseball and all the non revenue sports are getting upgrades. The athletic department is doing better under him, there is no way around it even if you don't like his policies around football,
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I know a lot of people who||
I know a lot of people who had student basketball tickets but not the time to get there early enough to avoid sitting in the upper deck and to them sitting in the upper deck just wasn't fun, it sucks up there and they would probably have re-upped if student seats were better and the atmosphere was there. Yeah it sucks but the fact of the matter is a lot of students go to games not because they love basketball but because they like michigan basketball and enjoy the experience of the student section. That experience doesn't exist in the upper bowl so they watch on tv instead.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The people that run the maize||
The people that run the maize rage try to make cheer sheets a thing, they are a really annoying group in my opinion.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Why will he be lucky to be||
Why will he be lucky to be here in 2-3 years? Is the increased revenue of the AD going to get him fired? The increased success of michigan sports during his tenure? The solid coaching hires? Yeah i'm sure the ire of the mgoblogosphere will overcome all of that soon.
Crisler was redesigned under bill martin, it is a shitty set up for a stadium and would need to be completely stripped down in the seating bowl to create something worthwhile which is a shame.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wait so in a three year||
Wait so in a three year period where we have won the big ten, gone to a national championship game and lead the big ten we have won a lot at home? That's crazy it must be the fans. Or maybe crisler only gets occasionally loud, is pretty shitty during non-rivalry games and overall doesn't compare to other venues but the team is just really good so we win a lot, that might explain it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It could also be the coaches||
It could also be the coaches were alarmed by the fact that neither of our mlb's last year were capapble of covering tight ends or playing passing lanes in general and jake ryan has shown that ability in practice.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Except for the fact that||
Except for the fact that bennett comes from the wisconsin school of trying to set basketball back 50 years in the name of success offense, it is painful. The wisconsin uva game earlier this year was horrifying.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Before making fun of people||
Before making fun of people about not going to class maybe check the entire story, it is occuring over break so they aren't missing class anyways. It is a brilliant idea, going to get a ton of press and will be a recruiting tool for state. Pretending like it isn't is just being naive or bitter.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think people are||
I think people are overstating the impact this will have in a game. It doesn't apply to situations where the play clock starts at 25 seconds, it makes it more difficult to read a defense first, change a play multiple times and still snap the ball with 18 seconds left on the clock but hurry up teams will still have the opputunity to read a defense and call in a play without huddling or waiting till the play clock will expire.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Uh what? Hurry up offenses||
Uh what? Hurry up offenses don't actually make the game go faster. In fact a lot of scoring and quickly changing possesions leads to more advertising break oppurtunites than multiple long drives lasting like 8 minutes.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||He backed out when he got on||
He backed out when he got on the slope, did a training run and hurt his wrist. Numerous competitors have complained about the course but most of them don't have another event where they are gold medal favorites to jeopordize. He might be a bitch, I don't know him, but if moves like this are the reason than it seems like the snowboard community is just looking for a reason to dislike him because he is the face of the sport.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It almost is like when the AD||
It almost is like when the AD told the daily not to report the story originally or they would lose all access. It's a petty power play to try to control whats said about the AD and it looks just as petty as it is.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||This game highlighted what||
This game highlighted what Stauskas is lacking to take his game to the next level, he doesn't get seperation from good defenders. A truly elite player takes yogi or gary harris off the dribble at least a few times and gets some points that way. When facing an elite defender stauskas either needs screens or gets turned into a jump shooter exclusively. That's fine because most teams don't have elite defenders and so he is still a great college player, but its the sort of thing that could cause him to fall down draft boards.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Holy crap not very good?||
Holy crap not very good? Yeah he isn't the alpha dog we were all hoping for but he is the teams second leading scorer and rebounder, I think that's doing ok.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Holy shit I know its the cool||
Holy shit I know its the cool thing to do on this blog to bash GRIII for not showing up but check the stats. He's our second leading scorer at over 13 points a game, probably our best one on one perimeter defender, is shotting almost 50% from the floor, and averages over 4 rebounds a game which is also second on the team and more than morgan averages. I get frustrated too because he hasnt devolped the ability to beat people off the dribble yet because nobody respects him as a three point shooter, but lol at thinking irvin would surpass that overall production because he hit a few threes and you noticed it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I get the whole we lost||
I get the whole we lost Mcgary thing to for that game, but when looking at who you think will do better over the rest of the season it is fair to bring up because msu is getting those guys back and we aren't gettting Mcgary back. If MSU plus those two is better than us sans Mcgary it doesn't really matter what the game would like with both teams at full strength MSU would be the better pick to go further in the tourney. People keep saying they can't see us not getting a share of the title and I'm not sure why everyone is so confident. Our defense is still not good and all it will take is one bad shooting night against one of the teams we should beat and our advantage over MSU is gone.