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|1 day 3 hours ago||Agree. If Z and Big E were||
Agree. If Z and Big E were back healthy, I would give the Wings a decent chance. Without those two, I feel like a deep Bruins team can exploit the Wings a bit on D. Howard will have to be very strong.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Sounds like they ruled Z out||
Sounds like they ruled Z out of the Boston series but are hoping for a return in round 2.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I second that.||
I second that.
Let's go Red Wings.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Maybe because he was a local||
Maybe because he was a local QB but Henson wasn't even the highest rated recruit in Michigan's class that year. That honor generally belonged to Justin Fargas who was rated #1 on many/most services.
|3 days 55 sec ago||Yes, I just don't know that I||
Yes, I just don't know that I have ever seen data suggesting that corner threes are more successful than are wing threes at the college level.
|3 days 4 min ago||Good point, it would be||
Good point, it would be interesting to see the data. It would also be interesting to see whether some of my assumptions are accurate (less offensive rebounds, more run-outs but leads to better spacing). Personally, I always liked shooting the wing three better but every shooter has different favorite zones. I think I have seen data suggesting the straight-on three tends to have the lowest % made.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Great post. But when did we||
But when did we all agree that "In today's basketball world, the corner three is superior in value to any shot that doesn't come at the rim?" I don't get why that is a better value shot than the wing three.
In fact, given the difficulty of the shot, the danger of stepping out on the sideline, I would argue that other threes may offer more value. Also, I would speculate that corner threes may lead to less offensive rebounds (less tap-outs) and more run-outs for the other team. Hitting some corner threes may open up the defense and allow better future possessions and that may be the true value but I don't understand why a corner three is better than another type of three.
Of course in the NBA, the corner three may be advantageous because of the shorter distance but distance is not a factor in the college game.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Wait, but the Spartans||
Wait, but the Spartans somehow had a challenging schedule? Yes, I think the 2006 Michigan team was likely (no way to know) better than 2013 MSU (great defense, very suspect offense).
|1 week 2 days ago||Agreed, good move for him||
Agreed, good move for him professionally but I view this as bad news. I love the Colbert Report (more than the Daily Show) and he is just not going to be the same on the Late Show.
|1 week 2 days ago||No offense but if you are a||
No offense but if you are a Pens fan, I think you should be wanting the Jackets as the #7 seed. Pens got the win last night but Detroit mostly controlled that game.
|1 week 2 days ago||I am generally a supporter of||
I am generally a supporter of Holland but remember he was the guy the signed Bert, Sammy, Cleary and Tootoo rather than bring some of the kids up. The Cleary signing was defensible but not the Sammy signing. I thought the Weiss signing was okay at the time but that's been a disaster. Knowing how the young players have performed, you have to question whether the above signings were really the moves of a great GM. Again, I think Holland has generally done a very, very good job but the last few years have been very mediocre.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'd give the slight edge to||
I'd give the slight edge to Michigan. Normally I would say that a Final Four trumps a regular season title but here Michigan won the B1G by 3 games, finished ahead of Wisconsin in the conference tourney and was only one game short of the Final Four, losing to the same team that beat Wisconsin. So those other factors tip the balance to Michigan in my opinion. Michigan was ahead of Wisconsin in 2 of the 3 measures and Wisconsin only edged them in the third. My answer would be different if Michigan had lost in the first weekend of the NCAA tourney.
|1 week 5 days ago||Or, he took the preseason #2||
Or, he took the preseason #2 team nationally to the elite eight. Two different perspectives. Overall, I think that MSU underachieved this year - yes in part that was due to injuries but Michigan clearly overachieved despite the injuries.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, offensively but that||
Yes, offensively but that bigger lineup likely makes us a better defensive team so the net result is pretty similar. Personally, I like the idea of starting Donnal at the 4 (if he can handle it) with Mitch at the 5.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Totally disagree. First,||
Totally disagree. First, GRIII has a promising NBA career ahead and M's coaching staff had a major role in that. The offense has allowed GRIII to showcase his talents.
Second, Beilein can promise the 3 if that's a sticking point because whatever the roster makeup, Michigan is a better team if GRIII returns. Beilein let's GRIII play mostly at the 3, Irvin backs him up and Michigan is a better and deeper team. Easy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I like the idea but I think||
I like the idea but I think if GRIII stays, he plays mostly at the 3. That's OK, put two of McGary, Horford and Donnal in the lineup, that slides Irvin into the backup 3 spot, moves Chatman to the backup 2 which gives a some SG depth and a 9-man rotation. Perfect.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think Beilen probably gets||
I think Beilen probably gets a pass for that when you consider that McGary was basically injured the entire year. If not, GRIII likely would have played the 3 much more. Once you lose your all-america PF/C for the year, I think you are forced to make roster adjustments. Even if he was initially upset, GRIII is enough of a team player to realize that. I think the pitch would be "barring major injuries, you will play the bulk of your minutes at the 3 position with some occassional minutes at the 4."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||And he can probably guard||
And he can probably guard many 4s as well, at least okay for a rookie. Gosh, we are not saying he is flawless but 7 footers that can shoot and do spin moves are uncommon.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He just calls them "weird||
He just calls them "weird guys" and it takes the confidence level down a notch.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I mostly agree with you but I||
I mostly agree with you but I don't think he's a 4-year player, I think he goes after next year especially if he puts on another 10-15 pounds in the summer. He has enough athleticism to play the 2 or 3 in the pros. Decent defender, good ball handler and passer, good shooter. What's not to like. He just needs to show he can add a bit of muscle and be "the man" on the team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes but if GRIII comes to you||
Yes but if GRIII comes to you and says he will come back but wants to play the 3 primarily (very realistic given his comments), as a coach you take that deal and plan accordingly. Michigan is a deeper and more talented team with GRIII than without, however you structure the lineup.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's possible but I would||
It's possible but I would have to wonder why. He has shown enough to be a top 20 guy IMO and probably isn't going to get much higher than that unless he really blows up offensively and honestly that just isn't going to happen with Izzo. If Harris can't shine with Appling and Payne taking the offensive pressure off him a bit, I doubt he takes a big step forward. Plus Harris has had health issues and if he's unhealthy next year, his stock likely drops.
Dawson probably should stay as he is just an athlete and rebounder at this point.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agree. It's not like he had||
Agree. It's not like he had a bad regular season either. First team all B1G. How can the draft guys not love a 7-footer that can drill 3's? Plus he was good defensively vs Arizona.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I don't get that||
Yeah, I don't get that either. To me, Kaminsky has much more to offer than Dekker who looks too awkward for the 3 and not strong enough for the 4. Kaminsky may not be the "athlete" that Dekker is but is a much better basketball player IMO. Kaminsky is either a very large 4 (with good range but may have to get a bit quicker) or a 5 with great range (that needs to get stronger). Either way, he looks like Dirk v2.0. I can't see why he would not be a top-15 pick.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||+10 if I could. There have||
+10 if I could. There have definitely been many stories over the years. e.g. look up Chris Duhon and his mom having a nice job with Duke.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Note: I went with a Duke fan||
Note: I went with a Duke fan and client so I could not obnoxiously cheer for Mercer (externally that is) or take a bunch of pictures of Duke players as much as I wanted to.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Late in 1st half||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Guys - Just got back to the||
Guys - Just got back to the office from the
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with you that today||
I agree with you that today the effort just was not there to play well defensively. During the year, however, I think the effort was sometimes there, sometimes not. The bigger problem seems to be the lack of one-on-one defending. I actually think our help defense is decent (certainly not great as we lack shot blockers) but most guys just don't seems to keep guys in front of them. Not sure if it's being afraid to foul or just lack of footspeed.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I know the defense has been a||
I know the defense has been a big concern all along but today's 2nd half version was really quite terrible. Ill guards going straight to the hoop around 3 UM players. Everyone (save Morgan maybe) just seemed a step slow and the intensity was just lacking. Still, you need to cut off the driver even if you have to foul sometimes. Michigan did not do that today. Maybe that will change tomorrow.