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|1 day 5 hours ago||Hurst||
Looks to be running with the 1's consistently, meaning he passed Glasgow (unless he's hurt).
|1 day 8 hours ago||can he play tackle? But very interesting news||
can he play tackle? But very interesting news
|2 days 11 hours ago||Horford||
a moment of silent communing with the basketball fairies that only he can see
|2 days 12 hours ago||I disagree||
M is outstanding at offense, poor at D. It allowed them to go 15-3 in the B1G this year.
If another team is #1 in offense and #1 in defense, then sure they're rock solid. But if you call a contender a team with the #15 Offense and #15 Defense, that's just balancing out the goodness. Instead of arguing that Michigan can be upset if they have a bad game on Offense, I'd just say this second contender can be upset if they have a worse game of offense and a worse game on defense. IOW, if the team in question is going to be 25 points bad, you'd apply that all to Michigan's offense and say they can lose. I'd take 12.5 to the second team's Offense and 12.5 to their Defense.
There's no reason to believe that if you're playing bad on offense you'll make it up with defense (as you seem to assume a balanced team would). If you stink that night, you're just as likely to stink all over. In that way, Michigan's offense has multiple scoring options (i.e. they can win in multiple ways, by having multiple offensive players take over for their outstanding offense), and it's very rare that all of them have an off night. If they do, they can certianly be upset early. Just like Team B can be upset if most of their players play poorly, whether on offense of defense.
|2 days 13 hours ago||This is true of all teams||
Team A is really good on defense? If they have a bad game on defense, they could lose in the first round
Team B has a big man inside that all commentators love but doesn't really exist anymore in fact he's like the tooth fairy? If the big man inside like the tooth fairy has a bad game, they could lose in the first round
Team C jumps through rings of fire and rides monkeys on the ceiling fan? If they have a bad game jumping through rings of fire and riding monkeys on the ceiling fan they could lose in the first round
|2 days 13 hours ago||Be prepared||
there are about ten million TV/radio/blog commentators lining up to predict M as upset candidate, no matter who they play.
They will say things like "they're so dependent on the three-pointer" and "the 1-3-1 John Beilein uses is vulnerable" and they will base the sum total of their knowledge on this game, likely one of only two or three they've seen this season.
you are not allowed to shoot these people.
|2 days 13 hours ago||FUCK YOU ESPN GAMECAST||
FUCK YOU ESPN GAMECAST FUCKING QUIT AT THE END OF EVERY CLOSE FUCKING GAME FUCK YOU
|2 days 18 hours ago||That's a lot of pulling guards||
for an inside zone team...
|3 days 5 hours ago||this beautiful gif has||
this beautiful gif has already begun to heal the world
|4 days 14 hours ago||are you saying that he is Rosen?||
are you saying that he is Rosen?
|6 days 16 hours ago||Stauskas' passing||
That's an excellent point on the 1-3-1, and in that spirit, I'd say Nick's passing. It seemed like earlier in the year he was trying to be Magic and no-look guys all over, and ended up throwing it away a lot. He still does that every now and then, but his ability to generate assists has been deadly. People are so concerned about closing on him or cutting off a lane, when he can put a pass right on the numbers for a dunk or lay-up, it's got to be a soul-crusher for the D. It brings scoring options into play for guys who don't necessarily create their own shot (GRIII, Morford, whoever is standing underneath or near the basket at the time).
|1 week 5 hours ago||ESPN||
just showed Michigan as a 2 seed, according to Lunardi's latest. With Arizona in the South, I believe.
Wiscy still a 2
|1 week 5 hours ago||that is a cold mess||
of a coach blaming refs and throwing his starters and bench (seriously how much does thus guy hate this last round of kids he recruited?) under the bus.
Who is the absolute embarrassment of a reporter who asked "would a 6 foul rule have fixed the problem tonight?". And Izzo actually starts to go with it for a little bit. Yeah they're going to change that rule so you guys can win this game that already happened
|1 week 5 hours ago||lol||
|1 week 13 hours ago||Smotrycz's guy came free||
Smotrycz's guy came free right? As he was half-heartedly trying to fight through a screen?
|1 week 13 hours ago||Smotrycz's guy, right?||
Smotrycz's guy, right?
|1 week 13 hours ago||Does he shoot anymore?||
The kid was a great shooter, especially 3's. Don't see him doing much. He certainly wasn't a great rebounder or passer or defender while he was here. Why have him out there ignoring his greatest stregth?
|1 week 3 days ago||warshak test, apparently||
But what stuck out to me:
"That's to say nothing of all the pass protection schemes that Michigan's linemen were asked to master and failed to nail down. That's how Borges took a team with a mobile upperclassman at quarterback, a fantastic receiver in Jeremy Gallon, an uber-athletic 6'5 receiver in Devin Funchess, and two offensive tackles that the NFL will draft in a few months (including first-rounder Taylor Lewan) and built a team that gave up nearly three sacks a game."
On many run plays our tackles did their jobs, our center as well, and our guards laughably ran by someone or were overpowered. Blame scheme and youth. But on our pass protections, all of our guards/center and senior tackles let people run by them constantly, looking for another blitzer or rusher that never came. Watching Lewan let a DE get free run at DG was beyond frustrating. And inexcuseable, really.
|1 week 3 days ago||here||
I will let you borrow an "f"
|1 week 3 days ago||incredible photograph||
If I were Nik, this is the one I would be signing when coming back to the MDen. On my phone it's a bit darker than my flat screen, and it looks phenomenal. Kudos Mr. Fuller
|1 week 4 days ago||assumed starter||
or back up?
|1 week 4 days ago||Loved the idea someone else||
Loved the idea someone else had of the student section serenading Stauskas with "Oh Canada"
EDIT: idea from Naked Bootlegger in the Stauskas Effect diary post
|1 week 4 days ago||and passing||
his passing of the ball is what really has made him tremendously effective, and makes defenses squirm. Guard him tight, he'll drive the basket, so fine close on him... then he passes to Morford underneath the basket (or a flying GRIII).
|1 week 4 days ago||Curious on this||
Why does entering the draft as a 23 or 24 year old matter? What do NBA teams care? Draft him in the first round, sign him to a contract... he's going to be on that contract for several years (don't know the NBA/contracts)... and then he's going to sign another, either with you or another team. His youth doesn't matter at all to the team that drafts him, does it? It's not like he's going to be old coming off that first contract.
|1 week 4 days ago||I did not think I would like||
I did not think I would like this post. I did
|1 week 5 days ago||A little worried||
that he doesn't start for his HS Basketball team, at 6'6"? I googled the kid starting in front of him and he has offers from Toledo and Northern Illinois.
I thought I heard he was mostly a blocking TE for his team this year, had few catches.
|1 week 6 days ago||In my opinion, misplaced||
In my opinion, misplaced and untimely.
The opening up there is obit, when reality - for this BB team that just won this thing - is blossom.
|1 week 6 days ago||They had a lot of poise||
against Sparty. Though it was a classic sparty no, Illinois hit their shots and kept forcing turnovers. Breslin didn't seem a very intimidating environment, and Illinois didn't seem like they cared one way or the other. Prettty good focus.
Obvious to everyone, but can't start with a big deficit. I think they're being very aggressive in their attempts to generate turnovers and apply pressure on the ballhandlers, and my guess is Beilein will have a counter for that, leading to some easy baskets. But what the hell do I know.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||like having any idea||
like having any idea whatsoever who to block on the OL
|2 weeks 2 days ago||totally agree on the yay||
But I'm happier about the additional practice reps. I know we won't be Oregon, but anything that pushes toward max speed/reps in practice is beneficial