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|3 hours 55 min ago||I agree with these assessments.||
If I had a complaint at all about the officiating, it was in the first half. And again the problem with NCAA Tournament officiating is putting strtangers together to work as a team and then expect them to call the same type of contact. That rarely happens because guys see things differently and call it the way they do when working with regular conference partners.
I thought the white-haired official and the black guy were the most agressive in calling fouls and certain contact going to the basket. Again the lead (ACC Conference) official for this game was the lead official in Michigan's first round game with Oklahoma State, and he blew his whistle as little as possible, which is what you want.
The other guys seemed like they wanted to be noticed and called the most stuff. The black official seemed to call the most questionable contact in the first half. He called Wilson for his second foul. MAAR got called on an offensive foul in the first half for pushing off even though he had leverage going to the basket and was impeded by a late arriving defender. That call didn't match an earlier call in which an Oregon driver got the benefit of contact going across the lane on a layup attempt.
Having said all this, I really didn't think officiating was a major issue. Michigan just was out of sorts last night,offensively and defensively. And all of their issues helped lead to their demise; poor offensive rebounding and blocking out on the foul line. In large measure much of this was the result of good Oregon defense and slowdown measures that really bottled up Michigan efforts to run its motion offense.
Michigan's foul total was limited early on in the second half but then rose midway and into the bonus with the Ducks still with fouls to give as the game ended. Obviously Michigan's primary scorers were the guys leading the offense as time expired. So, the only strategy question might be whether Beilein might have tried to get Mo back in the contest to get to the hoop late. Michigan's inside game was sporadic at best and mostly ineffective, so even that move seemed like only a suggestion than a serious complaint.
Michigan was just off last night. Even though it was a one-point loss, it seemed like a much larger defeat. And that is why, I think, the game commentators kept making reference to Michigan scoring necessity at certain points in the game when a failure to score might create a two to three possession deficit.
Although the Wolverines never really treiled by more than six points. It just seemed like it was really hard to match baskets or run anything other than getting three point shooters loose.
|2 days 19 hours ago||The problem with guarding||
Michigan at this ooint, as has been the case for awhile now, is that every guy Beilein plays, can score. So, who are you going to leave when they go small or big, they can all shoot the three effectively? And now, they all will go to the basket if you overcommit on closeouts.
The thing is, not only are the guys scorers, they are unselfish and don't care who does the damage. The fact that they now play defense at the other end of the court, should prompt our coach to understand how good and dangerous a complete team can be. The fact that he was willing to hire a defensive coach whose influence in their play is clearly visible, just expands the confidence of this team at both the right and best time.
This team is playing at a high level and this is in part due to the fact that they've developed individually and as a team understanding and executing their roles on the floor, but perhaps the larger element that we can't measure or understand in terms of their growth, is their enjoyment in playing with each other. I think that goes hand in hand with their late-season commitment and desire to just do it, no matter what. That and perhaps understanding that life is short and the confidence of youth is also short-lived. In any case, what a great ride they are taking us all on.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Until it's worked out in court or||
through a decision by the county prosecutor to charge Jourdan with something or not to prosecute, I think this is just a private matter that unfortunately became public with a police report that always makes for an interesting narrative, but usually fais to tell the whole story very accurately.
Whatever the full story is, prejudging it based on the policre report makes little sense. It sounds to me as if there is more to this than an argument stemming from anger over a light being left on and who would have to pay the light bill because of extra wattage. Whether an assault ensued I guess depends on whether you feel qualified to interpret what both Jourdan and his roomate told police as their side of the story.
I think we do know something about the character of Jourdan Lewis during his time in school and his tenure on the football team and what others think of him. I tend to believe in him based on that than anything thet may have happened in this unfortunate incident.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Well, they beat a No. 1 because that's how the team was seeded||
that they played. It's always about the matchup and, of course, Villanova was a perfect matchup for the kind of game and tempo they play. Villanova is almost a mirror image of Wisconsin.
Put Purdue up against Kansas, another No. 1, and we'll see how that turns out.
But in a tournament where teams were mis-seeded to begin with and certain teams, like MSU, was given every advantage from seeding based on their actual record (with priority given for losses to better presumed better teams) they might have played only one tournament game, period.
You play up to the level of your competiton and advance based on your ability to exceed that team's competitiveness and strengths when you play them.
Oregon is a tougher matchup for Michigan than perhaps Purdue and Wisconsin, because of their versatility and blend of outside, inside game, which Michigan hasn't yet encountered in the NCAA Tournament. It's a team that does everything well enough, not a team that specializes in certain areas, and relies on them, that will ultimately have Michigan's number.
Matchups more than seeds determine how games are played and then won and lost. Seeds mean nothing at this point.
|3 days 7 hours ago||It's Oregon, man. Nike central.||
That's all you need to know.
|3 days 21 hours ago||We're talking about a preseason tournament. And Brooks is pissed||
about losing? It's like being pissed over losing an AAU contest from the past. Wow, really. Yeah, so you want to win because the team in front of you is good and has beaten you before? Like losing in December two years ago is such a relevant cause for driving your team's push for glory two years ago? Whatever. I would love to have Michigan beat Carolina or South Carolina. But alas, that bracket can wait. Whatever motivates you.
|4 days 3 hours ago||The officiating at the NCAA Tournament||
is always predicated on the best officials in every conference being assigned to fill out the three-man crews for every game, with the widest selection available for the 34 games the first two days of the tournament. Typically, a crew for an opening round game will include officials from three different conferences who see different teams playing at varying tempo and with different levels of competiveness during the course of the season.
For opening round games, like Michigan's opener against Oklahoma State, you frequently get a top official from a leading conference and then two officials from other conferences. That was the case on Friday. The lead official for Michigan's matchup with OK State is one of the best in the ACC who regularly works its biggest games, such as the first Duke-Carolina rivalry in late February. And just as I expected, he had the least number of calls in that game. He called fewer fouls and basically served as oversight supervisor while his partners made the lionshare of foul calls and violations.
The key for any crew is being consistent and calling the same type of contact. That's really hard when you get assigned to work with guys you haven't partnered with before. Everyone has a different view of how a game should be called, how much contact to permit and whether you are more inclined to see advantage-disadvantage in subtle play rather than overt. We saw that play out Sunday, when the lead official, got carried away calling the most subtle contact possible. The lead offiicial Sunday set the tone in a brutal half of officiating, as far as I could see.
But just like any other game for teams and officials, you learn how to officiate a game in the first half, and then let the players decide the game in the second half. Basically that scenario played out the first two days of the tournament.
As you move along in the tournament, only the top officials theoretically get assigned to work the biggest games. I was surprised to see Ted Valentine assigned to an NCAA game this weekend after he was basically absent from the Big Ten Tournament last weekend. I assumed we didn't see him because of a negative evaluation following his work in the Minnesota-Michigan game that was so butchered by the number of fouls called. But you never know how that stuff works out and how guys get evaluated.
But everyone should know that the officials are always scrutinized and evaluated and their performance determines future tournament assignment or not. A number of Big Ten officials worked both first and second round games, and I assume will continue throughj the Final Four.
|4 days 3 hours ago||If you like Gary Thorne,||
then you gotta love Kevin Harlan. Harlan hasn't seen a play he couldn't over-describe in more exciting detail and overhyped rhetoric without advancing either the game storyline or that play's significance to it. To Harlan, everything is exciting, from a throw-in to a pass downcourt.
|4 days 20 hours ago||At this point, it||
really doesn't matter. But neither team is as long and agile as Louisville. And neither has shooters or defenders that Oklahoma St. or Louisville possessed. So, either one while presenting their onw unique challenge, offer the same kind of resistance that Michigan faced in the first two rounds. And I feel that way even though Oregon is a three seed.
|4 days 20 hours ago||The crew you are referencing,||
included two of the three officials who worked the Big Ten championship game.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Just do it,||
|5 days 1 hour ago||Was there any DOUBT?||
Save for the journey that makes a champion realize what it takes, you don't really appreciate that road till you live it and then share it. And we should understand that for any team, in any sport, the ability to win under any circumstance is based on your ability and desire to trust and love your teammates and their capability.
That is what Beiein teaches as much as as his own system and philosophy. And when we iunderstand how together this team is and loves playing together, then we never have the right to question its leadership and direction. And, of course, results matter more than anything else.
|5 days 1 hour ago||For me, this was The Test for this team about where||
it CAN go. Now, everyone knows: We're going to the championship. This team is playing at a level that Beilein's last championship reached against Florida. We can beat anyone, and this team knows it. And more important, it feels it.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Michigan has faced every style of play||
in the Big Ten. But the team that would give them the most trouble is a team like them, which can score and play the way they do, shoot well and rebound offensively better while defending the perimeter.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I was just thinking about this kid and what a transformation.||
I mean this a guy who barely saw the floor a year ago, and is now perhaps one of the best in college basketball. How do you make that leap and just grow with incredible confidence in that time? You have to give the staff lage credit, something we've not really been fond of doing here, because we expect Michigan results without exception. Well, DJ is just a wonderful player and athlete.
|5 days 2 hours ago||We don't care. We are the world. And the world||
is out basketball oyster. We will play and beat whomever we face. Because Michigan.
|5 days 2 hours ago||We don't care. We are the world. And the world||
is out basketball oyster. We will play and beat whomever we face. Because Michigan.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I think I might alter that list.||
MLB ought to have the best because its umpires are career professionals. The problem with NCAA basketball refereeeing is that the officials don't work together until they meet for a specific game and so they get caught up in proving themselves to their peers and the NCAA at large, both assignors and the power structure.
I don't watch the NBA so I can't judge them. But they call a different game anyway because pro and college basketball are lightyears apart in terms of the game and what is allowed. College basketball is a purer game and calls are based on team and coach reps rather than individual advantage-disadvantage
The NFL is about to become a career profession for officials. But until they make pay commensurate with the sport's popularity and accountability, the results will always be challenged based on perspectve, whether legitimate or not.
|5 days 2 hours ago||We SHALL OVERCOME ANYTHING||
with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
|5 days 3 hours ago||The game was tied. And they hit a buzzerbeating three on an off-||
balance prayer and then another three after a missed foul call on a Wilson drive and then that ridiculous reach-in call on Wagner after a similar Walton call, and you're complaining about the defense and reboounding. They held them scoreless on about 6 straght possessions. Take awaty those two fouls and potential scoring opportunities and Michigan is leading this game despite getting killed inside.
|5 days 3 hours ago||We have a 3-5 point diffrerence||
for most of the half and then in the final 2 minutes it's tied and Louisville goes ahead by 8 on two calls that put them on the line when the ball was cleanly knocked away. Just incredible. How do you make those calls and become the difference in the margin?
|5 days 4 hours ago||Just brutal officiating.||
The lead official is calling a different game than his crew. They are calling touch fouls when there is no touching.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Officials now trying to even out the foul totals.||
You can always tell when that happens. It was 6-2 and then the lead official starts calling touch fouls on Louisville. The lead has led in foul calls, calling nothing but subtle fouls on and-ones and push-outs underneath. Wagner just walked before the holding call on the outside. He got called early for a nothing blockout foul.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Brutal reach-in call.||
The key to any NCAA game is whether the officials all use same whistle or whether one guy is calling a different game than the others. They always put a veteran with two upcoming zebras.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Just do it.||
|1 week 1 day ago||Like your picks.||
I agree with all of them except ETSU over Florida, but only because I think Florida pulls it out late. Otherwise, our picks match.
|1 week 1 day ago||Looking at the matchups,||
I have ND going to the regional final and losing to Gonzaga. FWIW, I also have Michigan going to the Final Four facing the winner of Kentucky-Carolina with Villanova-Arizona in the other semi-final. Yet to decide who Michigan will face Since it's my own bracket, I don't have to worry about filling it out completely, Chances are my bracket will be completely busted by Sunday.
|1 week 1 day ago||This is the disconnect between our fan base||
expectations coming from the performance of our team under this coach. How many times are we going to have this debate and realize as long as we have this coach, he will operate based on his own philosophy and success formula however that translates in recruiting the type of players we think this program should actually be recruiting based on Michigan's history and brand. It is quite apparent our coachi's desire not to compromise ethics or values as part of making this program, his program, is based in large part on his own coaching experience and system than this program's reach in obtaining high profile athletes.
We went from the Fab Five and then a controversial scandalous meltdown in its aftermath in recruiting similar athletes who were the real culprits of that scandal,not the Fab Five, and Michigan's decision as a university to move away from that tradition of athlete by hiring coaches who were not all about living and dying with whether they agreed to play at Crisler Arena for UM.
There have been many consequences with that direction, perphas none greater than the rise of Michigan's instate rival as a recognized national power in the college game. But it is the choice that the school itself made and has stuck with by the program leaders it has hired.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think as Michigan fans, and I've been||
one for a very long time, we tend to see success from our vantage point of how it ought to look. And Beilein teams rarely ever dominate from the start of any season to finish. There isn't a better or straighter shooter in the country. No coach under the Michigan basketball banner in my lifetime has been a straighter shooter in terms of being both a molder of character and strong basketball teams. The fact is, of course, that Beilein isn't perfect. Even when his teams are great, they aren't dominantly great, well, not like the Fab Five, which is the pentultimate team outside the Glen Rice-led championship team of 1989.
I mean I go back to the days when Michigan had Cazzie and battled Indiana tooth and nail during its perfect run.
But Beilein's teams are character-driven. And this team is as close as any Michigan has ever fielded. You can almost feel the chemistry of this team. It's not manufactired. The run to the Finals a few years ago with Spike's heroics in the Louisvile final, a Monday night in infamy, when both our current senior leaders and roomates to be, Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin were on the outside looking in, while we all wondered whether the Fab Five would gather in Atlanta for the big night, and then the following year in a heart-pounding loss to Kentucky in one of the great finishes ever in a losing cause, on a possession that will forever define any Beilein era team, Michigan kept probing the perimeter and keeping it alive until they hit the game-tying shot only to be undone by a better one at the buzzer.
We've been treated to some remarkablke basketball under this regime. And we haven't always appreciated the way it came about, because it wasn't immediate, like other things in life, it happened and evolved, and it was all good. And still we doubted. And maybe now, after what we've seen and experienced, maybe we should let this coach and his team teach us the respect for success that they've learned by playing and learning together. I know I'm all in on a season that is already another remarkable achievement under this coach.
Proud to be a Wolverine fan.
|1 week 2 days ago||You miss the point entirely. The Illni managed one less win.||
You still have to win in order to get in. For crying out loud,How many other at-large teams got in with fewer than 20 wins? Illinois fired their coach. And Michigan was on the bubble at 19 wins.
The point is, Sparty got in with a 19-14 record and a 9th seed based on reputatipm and their AD serving as tournament director. But in addition to getting a 9th seed against an ACC team which actually beat some of the reams that Sparty got credit for schoduling but losing to. And they nearly lost at home to Florida Gulf Coast in the preseason. The point is Sparty got every advantage including a late Friday tournament tip time compared to the opening tip time that Michigan got in the same Midwest bracket.
I'm not comparing technical data. I'm just making an observation about how some schools get treated with more respect than others.