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- Looking back at Caris' stats his freshman year he had 6 games with 8+ pts scored or more. MSU game he played 30 minutes, in the tournament he had a game of 21 minutes and a couple of other Big 10 games of 15 minutes. Caris shot 32% overall and 30% from 3.
- Kam had 5 games with 8+ pts scored, with 6 games of 15+ minutes. So not dissimilar to Caris. Shot 32% overall and 26% from 3.
- No games of 8+ pts. (2 of 7 pts). Only 3 games of 15+ minutes. Granted he - like Caris - was behind more established players. While Kam had the starting job handed by default. 32% from field, 29% from 3 pt land. So more or less in line.. all 3 shot 32% overall; interesting!
|5 hours 31 min ago||And Harbaugh's master plan to||
And Harbaugh's master plan to put 1 Wolverine on every HS staff in America begins.
Will reach out to Pete Finebaum for commentary...
|6 hours 44 min ago||I wonder what has conspired||
I wonder what has conspired to make the Big 10 so bad this year. I know MSU is down - we are sort of where we have been the past few years as is Wisconsin & Maryland. Purdue is actually up vs recent past. As is Northwestern, Minnesota.
Iowa, OSU, Indiana (Ill to lesser degree) sucking seem to be the culprits. But maybe less star players as well. Bridges apparently is the only guy in conf projected in the top 20-25 of mock drafts. (Swanigan is projected 2nd rounder) No Lonzo Balls out there.
Our top teams are projected as #4, #5 type seeds in the tournament. Far cry from 4-5 years ago when this conference might have been the best in the country. At least the deepest. We had multiple 1st rounders on our team alone, forget more than the entire conference at this point.
|1 day 6 hours ago||"Damn, I've never seen a year||
"Damn, I've never seen a year like this in terms of deaths..."
|1 day 23 hours ago||Praying he is more Caris than||
Praying he is more Caris than Kam....
Honestly I saw real bursts from Caris and Mo among a lot of drizzle their freshman years. I didn't see it from Kam (making 1 shot in a game is not a burst), and if you had asked 3 weeks ago I didn't see it from X but let's hope this is the start of a burst up.
Seeing if I have selective memory...
So apples to apples their freshman years were quite similar. So maybe I have selective memory.
Here is how X stacks so far:
So you just never know I guess. These all look somewhat similar as freshman. Kam I just felt you never saw the SWAG, and maybe I am overestimating any SWAG from Caris as a freshman with my memory.
Dawkins is the one I still scratch my head over - 48% overall and 43% from 3... 21, 31, 18 pts in 3 of his last 4 games. Looked like a budding all conference guy coming back. Boggling to this day!
|1 day 23 hours ago||MM14 I believe is the guy who||
MM14 I believe is the guy who brought Higdon to attention of Singletary and helped guide him away from the cornfields of Iowa.
As stated in OP, live and die in '17 with the OL on offense. You can win a lot with young skill positions if talented; pretty tough with a young OL. I feel a bit more sanguine about the DBs just because there are so many of them and quite a few were highly ranked you hope just by chance the odds fall into your favor esp at CB.... but there will be a learning curve for sure. Thankfully the Big 10 is not a conference like Big 12 or Pac 12 where there are a lot of workhorses at QB. And #ChaosTeam is now full Debord so that's one less one to worry about with legit QBs.
March thru spring game is the time for hype and building everything up with breathless practice whispers! Watching the very young offense go vs what should still be a good defense in the spring game is the time we say "offense is way behind defense - no worries bro. Off to the submarine."
Just beat OSU again in my lifetime guys....
|2 days 4 hours ago||It's impressive considering||
It's impressive considering it's an 8 man rotation, with essentially 6 guys who really you can count on to score more than 5 any given night... AND 1 of your expected seniors really has been nowhere to be found other than 2 games the past 5 weeks.
|2 days 4 hours ago||#ReHireBeilein#FireBorges||
|2 days 9 hours ago||Winning is just a statistic||
Winning is just a statistic ...
|2 days 14 hours ago||Hopefully for Jordan's||
Hopefully for Jordan's situation they lost a lot of seniors as they only had 1 similar season the prior 6 years. That said, UW is not a hotbed for attracting coaches so I'd assume the FireLavall.com website is not up and running yet with the 8 wins. I guess in a way Bacari got the "easier" gig in that expectations and results were so low of late. But obviously being handed a program that has 20 wins 4 of the past 6 seasons is a nice situation to walk into, usually. I wonder why the previous coach got fired.
|3 days 10 hours ago||He was not even the starter||
He was not even the starter to begin the year, so no it's not that easy. His own coaches who saw him day in and day out started someone else and I believe that guy played the first 3 games - once he was shown to be ineffective they went with Darnold. Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle as they say.
Also when you peg him the greatest USC QB of all time you should probably spell his name correct.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Wins over Rutgers basketball||
Wins over Rutgers basketball just don't have the cachet they used to...
|4 days 18 hours ago||That 13 v 12 line..As for||
That 13 v 12 line..
As for the rest of the tourney so much parity that I think on any given day almost anyone can beat anyone from 1 to 7. Purdue is the one team some teams will have difficulty matching up with due to the beef but even the Maryland's and Wisconsin's could be early knockouts based on any given day.
Being a jump shooting team and watching earlier tournaments where we lose our legs in day 3, the more byes the better. And that was with some years we played deeper into the bench than our current 8 player rotation.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Not going to lie. Was||
Not going to lie. Was disappointed when the google image search was not a Polynesian guy.
|6 days 6 hours ago||coaching time spent on||
coaching time spent on offense vs defense seems hard to verify
Mgoblogger MatD (I believe is the screen name) has been to multiple practices and has said the same. Tons of time spent on offense.
|6 days 6 hours ago||MO BAMBA!!!!!!!!!!!||
(this has nothing to do with Mo Bamba, I just like to say Mo Bamba)
|6 days 12 hours ago||What's average attendance||
What's average attendance been the past 10 years - just curious. I happened to go in the Fab 5 era where we had to camp out for split season tickets so I don't have a point of reference as most. But generally we've hit on the topics of basketball being 2nd tier at UM but someone posted an article a few years ago that even at Duke student attendance is falling.
I think we are hitting a tipping point where it's just very comfortable to watch games at homes on very big TVs with much cheaper food and drink and it's a hassle to go to games and deal with parking, driving, ridiculous pricing of concessions, and for increasingly many just they are priced out of the product. You are narrowing the pool of people year after year who will go to a game - hence why I am curious what the trend has been the past decade. When the team is winning big you get the bandwagon fans more - when it's like it is this year, you get more the die hards... who are affected more by the issues above and are a smaller pool.
I also think until a few weeks ago this was a pretty boring product to watch; that has turned the corner but the larger issues remain. Game threads here fell off, there was apathy, the style if play etc is not one that lends to "sportscenter", we don't have a dynamic personality or NBA player ala a Webber type or heck a Nic and Burke type.
|1 week 10 hours ago||In one of the local rags, the||
In one of the local rags, the "reason" for the tech was that our coach got up on the sideline floor to go over to the end of the bench rather than stayong on "ground level". Due to the raised surface at The Barn (tm) only Beilein and players about to enter the game would be seen on that actual court level during game play. So I guess the fact the coach somehow got up on the actual sideline floor incited armageddon and a tech foul.
|1 week 10 hours ago||POLITICS! Be careful Brian,||
POLITICS! Be careful Brian, lest you get sent to Bolivia.
|1 week 10 hours ago||He is going to be ok losing||
He is going to be ok losing it to Chris Evans.
|1 week 1 day ago||Was he wearning Minnesota||
Was he wearning Minnesota underwear?
|1 week 1 day ago||Our starting guards went 2-8||
Our starting guards went 2-8 on FTs tonight.
But the team fought hard at least in the closing moments - down 8 with 2 to go is not an easy one on the road. The FT disparity is exaggerated a bit due to slowing down the game at the end but until that point Minn had about 28-30 FTs...against a team which tries not to foul you. Silly refs.
|1 week 1 day ago||More importantly, what shape||
More importantly, what shape does Flaherty believe the world is?
|1 week 3 days ago||Good article earlier this||
Good article earlier this week on the "two cornerstones" of the franchise. They both don't sound like true leader types who give the effort of champions. Has to drive a coach like SVG nuts.
Opponents have outscored Detroit by seven points per 100 possessions with both Jackson and Drummond on the floor -- a margin that would rank 29th among teams, per NBA.com.
The Pistons usually hide Jackson on the least-threatening wing player, a reprieve that draws shade from teammates -- including during an infamous players-only meeting in December, when a few guys hammered Jackson for his desultory play.
|1 week 3 days ago||When you had negative||
When you had negative MGoPoint, it just felt like all was right in the universe at that time...
|1 week 3 days ago||On DraftExpress.com (which||
On DraftExpress.com (which have others have said is the legit site) Mo Bamba is #3 overall in the 2018 mock, so it's going to suck only having him 1 year but I'll live with it.
|1 week 3 days ago||USA Today: 9-seed vs. Dayton.||
USA Today: 9-seed vs. Dayton.
So play in game to determine coach of UM next year?
|1 week 4 days ago||As a critic earlier let me||
As a critic earlier let me say I enjoy the defense and effort of late a lot. That has often been the frustrating part of the team of late but it's been on point since OSU. Can live with whatever results come when you see that commitment.
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|1 week 4 days ago||Another Trice!||
|1 week 5 days ago||Poor damn Brandstatter...||
Poor damn Brandstatter...