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|12 weeks 17 hours ago||Well, until Jay Bilas made a federal case about||
NCAA marketing of branded merchandise numerically enhanced by its more memorable student-athletes this summer, the association didn't seem to have a problem with collecting money off the sweat and exposure of its so-called voluntary workforce on football fields across America.
And who cared that these guys work yearround on their game and far more than 40 hours a week in season on conditioning, rehab, game study and other prep work in addition to carrying a student workload.
And why is it if the voluntary football and basketball workforce at the University of North Carolina is being steered into no-show classes and credited with course work they never took, that you can still call them student-athletes?
Northwestern football players took the plunge in union organizing because the NCAA doesn't provide workplace protections or guaranteed scholarships with voluntary releases, and there is no other way to get this organization's attention about that unless you threaten their bottom line and that of their members
Unionizing, by the way, is about collective bargaining, not striking, picketing or threatening the livelihood of the organization they are controlled by. The fact is the NCAA regulates the behavior of student-athletes to prevent them from being viewed as employees, when the very schools that pay their way treat them as such.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||This isn't about politics, this is about a process that||
gave a woman who alleged rape against a football player in 2009, that he forced himself upon her when she said no to his sexual avances. Because this kind of thing has happened a lot on college campuses nationally with women victimized both by the incident and then by the process of reporting it, federal policy was adopted for universities to help deal with it.
I think we've seen in this case exactly why such a policy was launched and how victims are reluctant to come forward after being attacked.
Because this case is about consent, and only two people know the truth, you are left with conflicting emotions, perceptions and explanations for what really occurred. In the end, it matters not whether Gibbons was guilty, he was found guilty based on a preponderance of information supplied supporting the victim's case.
That fact makes the subsequent handling of the matter then about the resolution of the expulsion order. Gibbons was never indicted by a criminal court. He was never officially prosecuted under criminal or civil law. The expulsion itself is simply a revocation of student privleges, or withdrawal of his scholarship. It is in fact a university finding without legal conviction. And if Gibbons weren't a public figure as a Michigan football player, we would never have learned about it or regarded it as more than a passing headline, whether fair or not.
The upshot then becomes the reporting of Gibbons dismissal from the university and football program. And this should have been a university announcement, not a Hoke report of Gibbon's absence from the playing roster for whatever reason. The university not Hoke or in partnership with the coach should have jointly announced this. Why? Because it was a university decision, not Hoke's. Gibbons violated university student policy which also means he violated team rules. The expulsion was the school's decision after investigation, not the coach. The coach is an employee and Gibbon's supervisor. But he wasn't involved in the case because it was outside his jurisdiction.
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||Hoke wasn't Gibbons coach when this incident occurred.||
And Hoke wasn't in a position to enforce any punishment until judgment was rendered by the university office reviewing the matter.
The timeline as reported above leaves open the possibility that Gibbons was in fact injured at some point and that Hoke was justified in using that as an excuse to explain his absence. At least during the Ohio game. Not saying that is accurate, just saying the timeline gives him that out considering the handling of the rape complaint and a final judgment.
A police report is simply that. It's a report of possible criminal activity and alleged wrongdoing. It's not a formal indictment. Police are charged with investigating crimes backed by witness corroboration and supporting evidence, not hearsay contentions.
You don't violate people's constitutional rights based on police reports. And you don't revoke scholarships and deny school privileges without factual knowledge because you are subject to legal liability when you do.
Whether Lewan should have been reprimanded, suspended or criminally charged for his behavior is an open question. But it wasn't Hoke's responsibility because he wasn't the head coach when he allegedly threatened the victim. You can't punish him retroactively when the victim didn't even pursue the matter.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Iowa went to the line 40 times and still only registered||
a third of their points there while going 15 minutes without making a basket of any kind. Where was White and all these other contributors?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I think you've done a good job of explaining the nature||
of the process, and the standard by which certain behavior is judged before action is taken.
This reminds me of a case where criminal charges could have been brought but instead the matter winds up being resolved in civil court. There are separate issues at stake: did the university handle the allegations properly when first notified. And that is a whole separate matter from how the case was eventually adjudicated
If you are going to hold yourself accountable as a school and football program, then you must take responsibility when one of your student athletes' behavior crosses the line and violates those standards, regardless of how those might impact your football program.
This really has nothing to do with Gibbons himself and what he did or didn't do, because we don't know the circumstances or facts of the case. The allegations were sufficient to bring a complaint that was resolved in the victim's favor and prompting the expulsion of her attacker.
This matter should have been handled as a joint announcement by the unviersity office making the decision in connection with Hoke, using whatever language and sensitivity in explaining the outcome as they deemed fit, without putting the university's image and Hoke's own veractiy at stake. Because that didn't happen and Hoke handled this like limited hangout on team-related personnel matters, the school is now facing an embarrassing pr problem that raises a whole set of questions that never needed to be addressed publicly.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||First of all, this incident didn't occur on Hoke's watch.||
Whether or not the allegations were properly handled when is questionable given the timeframe of the allegations and the outcome of the matter.
As for attempting to eliminate media attention, Michigan is guilty as charged. The public relations are terrible on this, and the school should just admit it by addressing the matter straightforwardly.
The nature of this case and the manner in which it was reviewed ought to be a lesson for the university as a whole. How does it plan to address these issues going forward?
I think the victim in this case felt totally frustrated by the process of making her case known to university authorities. And so this matter dragged on over time without being properly resolved, and that is the real problem which has led to the clear disclosure issues with Hoke's description of Gibbon's status during Michigan's last two games of the season.
Now, there are privacy concerns which both protect the victim and perpertrator which also impact this situation and complicate the announcement. But clearly lying about the nature of Gibbon's roster absence is a poor excuse for protecting personal security and rationalizing your response to the sensitivity.
But given the way the coach handles other personnel questions, like injuries, are you surprise that he would take this tack? He handled it the same way. And in this case, many could reasonably argue he was wrong to do so. I am one of those.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||The NCAA has responded to the NU petition||
for union recognition by insisting that college football players and other scholarship athletes are not employees and therefore not subject to the protections afforded employee under national labor law. In fact, the NCAA contends that college athletes are, in fact, volunteering their services when they sign letters of intent.
If they are not employees or military personnel or even indentured servants, why are they required to sign contracts binding their commitment to certain schools for only a year instead of freely signing at multiple schools or offering their services to the marketplace without conditional requirements? No verbal commitment is ever binding in any contractual arrangement. In fact, recruiting is the most abused aspect of college sports, with more regulation governing it than practically any other part of the student-athlete experience.
The NCAA specifically adopted the term student athlete to shield itself from the notion that it was dealing with people who could be regarded as workers under court action or labor commission findings and then subject to worker compensation for disability claims stemming from workplace injuries. The idea that schools are recruiting student athletes and not conducting expensive job interviews with athletes they hope to attract and give scholarships to is simply a head hunting process by another name. It doesn't alter the basic understanding between the parties over what's at stake.
Make no mistake, players receive benefits for signing scholarship offers in lieu of paychecks because that is the compensatory arrangement of the system. It doesn't define their status.
Just because they don't get paid as traditional employees, doesn't change the workplace arrangement under which they perform their services on behalf of schools they represent.
Traditional perception is the vanguard of the system, not the compensatory arrangement. Players get paid for work performed while under contract on campus based on conditional work-release requirements. And the conditions for compensation and the consequences for violating the scholarship agreement are actually far more reaching than any basic employee agreement.
Student athletes are barred from obtaining outside employment, receiving different forms of gifts, but are eligible for government assistance, including food stamps while in school.
Labor organizing is ostensibly illegal in many states that operate under right to work laws. But in at least 14 states, unionizing Division 1 athletes as public employees would work as a hedge against NCAA regulations that treat student athletes as volunteers in a highly controlled environment that absolutely underscore every conceivable way you identfy anyone as an employee or working for someone else.
It's not what they look like, it's how they are treated by the system regardless of whether they receive payment directly for work performed.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I guess I view this attempt at organizing differently than||
an effort by players to receive compensation for their work on the behalf of the schools they represent. The NCAA set up workplace conditions and the system student-athletes operate under without real voice from student athletes themselves in order to preserve the idea of ameturism and guard against the unwarranted influence of financial remuneration corrupting college competition through collusion with boosters and gamblers.
And they were right to do so because history has demonstrated those influences clouding the integrity of this competition in both college football and basketball, the primary revenue sports and highest profile events on any college campus in America.
But in so doing, the NCAA over time, has continued to remove the student-athletes from the real financial equation in the financial growth of these sports and the money made by universities through the exposure of their programs on television and in the marketplace.
This has occurred in part because of tradtional practices and recognized roles of those who participate and those who provide education through this process. But when scholarships aren't guaranteed, when athletes are asked to make both educational compromises while pursuing their scholarship sport on a fulltime basis without contractual requirement that the university honor their commitment for the duaration of their scholarship, then the student-athlete's rights are at risk, from a variety of standpoints.
The school can never guarantee any athlete that upon graduation they will experience successful entry in any career aim that is studied at their campus, but they sell that idea and belief. The school is also not responsible if a player gets injured in the course of his scholarship career or finds himself only a role performer on a roster. The only requirement the school is providing is paying the daily expenses of room, board and education of an athlete while he is an enrolled student in qualified, good standing at his school.
They can rescind that agreement or the student can seek a release, but the option is always in favor of the institution because the deal worked out by the NCAA benefits schools whom they represent, not athletes, who are simply part of the regulatory process but not represented.
This is what these Northwestern athletes are seeking to change, gaining recognition as part of the contractual process as equal partners in the decision-making process, ensuring their rights as student-athletes are protected and served however those issues are perceived from their standpoint. I have no idea what their agenda is.
But one thing they ought to help curb is the very debate issue a few threads below on athlete oversigning and cutting by schools, which, in essence, is a professional practice that violates the very notion of ameturism and serving student athletes who sacrifice for the greater good of their university.
The only reason this issue hasn't gone forward is because the athletes have never organized in pursuit of their rights the bargaining process.
You don't think the NCAA and its members haven't seen this coming? That's what this pending lawsuit seeks to correct in the past, and what collective bargaining by a real student union could ensure in the future.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||The thing about the officiating is this:||
if you don't complain, you don't get calls. In the first half at some point, the foul margin was 6-1 in favor of Sparty. At the same time, LeVert and Irvin got whistled by the same official for travel calls. Both were iffy at best. And they let go lots of situations where guys didn't start their dribble after taking a couple steps. I saw Appling walk at least twice when he started drives that way.
The crew absolutely blew the Byrd taunting call after allegedly rejected Robinson's baseline move, of course it was all ball above the shoulders and all body below, which is why GRIII was upset in the first place.
Plus, it looked like there were some guys off the bench for both teams on the floor, which could have resulted in technicals. So, I don't know how they assessed Morgan and Appling for their minor byplay after the whistle and commotion was pretty much under control. Two of the officials were huddling to confer on what they saw leaving one guy to control about 9 or 10 guys. Hardly the smartest way to handle that.
Then, on the Beilein blowup, I have no idea what he and Wymer were getting into it, though the coach seemed to suggest the official brushed while going by to report his call to the table. It all seemed so strange when the blowup came. But it turned out that the coach's reaction was sort of like a safety valve release for the entire fan base watching that game. Yeah, way to go John.
But seriously, it seemed like two different types of contact were allowed at opposite ends. And Morgan has been hit with more phantom calls than any big guy I've seen. He got nailed for allegedly grazing Appling on a 3-point shot in the first half. Then he got called for a push-off underneath the basket on an offensive rebound. Pretty legit, especially when you have the defender falling out of bounds.
His last foul was a thing of beauty: he stood under the basket with his hands raised as Appling ran into him. This was a defensive foul for blocking Appling's path, I guess, since there happened to be contact and it was in one of those game-ending scenarios where the officials try to even things up with virtual contact accounting for stuff that they weren't calling as fouls the rest of the game. Why, because they can. It makes things seem fairer.
If you want to understand how officials call games, remember this: they look for subtle fouls and violations, they call obvious, and they whistle 50-50 on contested plays.
If you were to ask an official why Michigan didn't get first half calls, they'd say because the team didn't go to the basket enough or play in the paint, which it didn't, because MSU took that away. Officials rarely call off-ball fouls unless you make it an issue.
And Stauskas at times in the first half especially wasn't moving around too much. Harris gets away with a lot of pushoffs at the offensive end. He never got called on that, creating separation for his stepback jumpers.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Sometimes, simple says it.||
Mitch, you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Well, there was a hand that went through the hoop||
but not at the point of the play and it didn't interfere with the ball going through. That call was understandable, though, given the time and proximity. But these guys seemed to be calling two different styles of game at both ends, giving Sparty more leeway on contact than Michigan. And that travel call on Irvin was ridiculous. The guy barely caught the ball before he was called.
Appling never gets called for traveling, even when he starts his dribble two steps after putting the ball down.
I was really shocked at Belein's reaction on the bench because it seemed an accumulation build-up not a one-incident trigger. And he deserved a T for going off. So, the fact that he didn't get one, was a testament to his past behavior and usually-calm demeanor.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Roped into game night with our best Sparty friends.||
Outnumbered 3 to 1 including my wife --Sparty grad-- but have taught my 3-year-old granddaughter to shout Go Blue at moment's notice. Expect her commentary to come in handy on foreign ground. Despite home court advantage and raucous hostile environment, feeling good about tonight. It's gonna be awesome, baby!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||These cases are the downside part of college football, the||
part that reminds you that while the game is an equal opportunity venture, that no matter how you try to gloss it over, it still comes down to what have you done for me lately. You know, after you got the offer and committed. Where are you on the depth chart?
There are many stories in both the naked and forested realm of college sports, and not fitting in to the program's longterm plans, prompts a businesslike approach. Given the physical and academic sacrifice this chance opportunity tolls, when it doesn't toll for thee, it's time to flee for greener pastures of PT. Good luck to all those concerned: T Rawls, Josh Furman and Richard Ash. We appreciate your time at Michigan and wish you well going forward.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Why do you think the school's reaction to what||
is erroneously referred to as the Fab Five scandal is different from Bo's decision to dismiss Frieder on the eve of the NCAA tournament in 1989?
Why doesn't Jalen comment on that issue from the standpoint of a "family atmosphere" context in the history of Michigan basketball? That was tough love from Michigan's resident Godfather.
There was doubt whether Fisher would even get a chance to coach the Fab Five if Michigan had faltered in the tournament.
Michigan responded to the scandal based on its core values, and sacrificed the great success achieved by the Fave Five in the process. And that hurts deeply. And it was especially hurtful during the years that followed.
You know I think Jalen has taken it upon himself to reach out and find ways to explain what happened with himself and those guys during their heyday.He helped produce a great documentary on the team. And he expected Michigan would reciprocate at some point. And because Michigan was embarrassed by that whole episode, it has chosen so far, whether rightly or wrongly, not to relive it in terms of recognizing those guys.
And those guys were largely blameless for the Ed Martin scandal which was primarily a booster problem that plagued many programs in college basketball including some schools that were championship titans like UCLA and UNLV, which either avoided NCAA problems or became the posterboys for them. Michigan fell into that trap and because of the notoriety surrounding the Fab Five image and the school's adherence to doing the right thing, we've seen the results.
The aftershock of all of that, which Jalen won't even address, is that out of the ashes of the Ed Marin case, which began with a traffic accident involving Michigan recruit Mateen Cleaves, is the emergence and ascendancy of the Spartan basketball program under Tom Izzo. It was a direct result. And Cleaves led the last Big Ten NC team in 2001.
So, Jalen needs to reconsider his POV based on the actual turn of events from his era to now, and not just look at them through the lens of his own experience before condemning the treatment of his team's memory at Michigan. We all loved the Fab Five and want to see them honored and welcomed back.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I think winning takes care of everything else, both rankings||
and tournament seeding, especially the way Michigan looks at things.
Looking a the competition elsewhere, it's hard to say how Mihcigan matches up with other teams across the country. I mean we saw them play an exceptional Arizona team with all that length and depth, just like Iowa, and it's those teams that will give Michigan trouble going forward on foreign and neutral courts.
All the experts seem to think that once MSU gets their big guys back, they become one of four of the top seeds in the tournament. I wouldn't argue that. So, I think that beating Sparty on their home court tonight is huge for both conference standing, eventual seeding and ranking honors. If Michigan pulls off a Top 10 triple, including two top five in the space of a week, they will put an exclamation point on their resume that few other teams can ever claim to match. There are some historic angles to the matchup tonight.
But, in the end, this is a rivalry game. And you just want to win it on that count alone. The rest is just gravy.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||You make some great points, and I agree with them,||
especially the notion that the Fab Five were all guilty of taking money from boosters. Not so. It was the class that came after them who were the real problem and Webber and Rose were implicated by their past connection to Ed Martin, the real villain in the entire case.
Whether Michigan went overboard in punishing itself and the legacy of those players is another debate. And whether Michigan has been slow to forgive and welcome them back is also a debatable matter. But the idea that this school and program doesn't promote a family atmosphere and live up to it, requires greater evidence than a broadside from Rose.
And today it just sounds out of context and unjustifiable even if its all about recognition that he he feel hasn't been properly levided.
Maybe Jalen could help promote the healing he seeks if he were to do more reaching out to Belein and the program instead of channeling old rants about a past that actually helped launch the very career of Michigan's arch rival that he claims is so welcoming to its player alums. Michigan State was the huge winner with the sinking of the Fab Five era.
He ought to consider that as well.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||This just sounds like jealously. And I'm not sure why||
.he thinks this is helpful in making his connection and the Fab Five era more meaningful.
What's the point? No family atmosphere because the school won't fly your team's banners? That's got nothing to do with it.
If Jalen watched the press conference today announcing the hiring of the school's 14th president, he might have gotten an inkling what this school values and the kind of emphasis it places on access, diversity, student passion for education learning and athletic competition.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Correct me, if I'm wrong, but don't you think||
there are just too many vowels in Payne's first name to spell it the way it's pronounced?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Correct me, if I'm wrong, but don't you think||
there are just too many vowels in Payne's first name to spell it the way it's pronounced?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Correct me, if I'm wrong, but don't you think||
there are just too many vowels in Payne's first name to spell it the way it's pronounced?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||This announcement reminds me of the Munchkins||
confirming the actual death of the Wicked Witch.
Adriean Payne isn't just thought to be out of tomorrow night's showdown matchup with Big Ten and cross-state rival Michigan, he is really, REALLY, now officially out. The house just landed on the Izzone with Payne and Daklch suffering stemming from
Can we get an official decree from ESPN's mayor of GameDay world to ensure this an actual happening? You know a pithy commentary from Dick Vitale on the status of Sparty's health heading into the Michigan game.
"Yeah, Tom Izzo says he has made the most difficult decision of his coaching life and decided to not start Payne after losing Branden Dawson Thursday in a freakish film-watching accident. Two of Tom's top PTPers will be out of action. But I expect the Breslin center will be rocking, baby, and that Izzo and the Spartans will find a way to bottle up that high-powered Michigan offense. It's gonna be awesome, baby!"
|12 weeks 5 days ago||My feeling is, the way Michigan is playing now,||
it doesn't matter who plays for MSU, it's about Michigan playing its game and dictating tempo and forcing Sparty to match baskets. I don't think they can, not the way their offense has functioned lately.
As Brian noted in his catalog of offensive efficiency, Sparty hasn't played anyone lately who is playing at Michigan's offensive efficiency level. The way you survive Sparty, is by making shots, something that Breslin and the Izzone makes extremely difficult for visitors because of its well-earned raucous environment. You win by overcoming the hostile setting and not getting worn down defensively by MSU's grinding extra-chance offense and transition game.
Sparty wins most of the time because they wear their opponents out defensively and on the boards.
The problem with Michigan in beating MSU at Breslin under Belein is that his offense is so precision and shot-efficiency oriented without emphasis on second shots, that unless you are on, you can experience a lot of empty trips and difficult margins to overcome unless you get a sufficient amount of fast break points of your own.
The reciipe for beating MSU is the same as beating Iowa, except with different matchups and philosophy. Most of their points come from their backcourt and dribble penetration setting up the perimeter looks or inside scoring. Michigan needs to guard Harris and Appling and let Valentine shoot all day beyond 15 feet.
I think the size matchups in this contest favor Michigan, especially in the backcourt. And I think Michigan's confidence coming into this game is a like light years different from the attitude they had coming into this contest a year ago.
One more point, last year, Michigan's offense was easier for Sparty to check with Burke and Hardaway taking a majority of the shots. The offense can't be checked the same way this year. So, that makes Michigan a harder to defense especially when it spaces the floor.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Both calls were horrendous as noted. The over and back||
call is routinely butchered at all levels. And usually when you are at a game, especially in high school and the over and back scenario seems like it ought to be called and then isn't, it always gets a big fan reaction, especially when a guy is bringing the ball upcourt and stops his dribble midway across the center line. I agree though, you only call the violation when both feet and ball cross the line illegally.
As for the phantom and-one on Morgan, I think he gets a lot of ticky-tack contact calls against him. The thing that bugged me about that call, was not the fact that he didn't touch him, that later, when Robinson made his two-handed dunk, he got slapped big time at the rim with no call.
Two schools of thought about officiating. There is no question officials get caught up in the emotion of a contest. And certain calls reflect this. They are more likely to call subtle contact and a big time hammer block, even if it's clean (recall the clean Burke block on the breakaway layup late in the NC game) then a highly contested shot that goes in.
The other point is one to watch. Because officials work as a team, they will never criticize each other and will always back the other up. However, sometimes, when you watch a game, and a guy makes a call out of his area or one that another official didn't whistle, watch the non-calling official's face for his reaction. Sometimes, that tells you exactly what he thought of that call. I've seen that happen a few times on TV this season in Big Ten games, guys grimacing or reacting, when the camera caught them.
The Big Ten has some great officials, but there are a few who are pretty weak. That crew the other night was less than top notch.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Right now, the way MSU is playing, I just don't see||
them as a No. 1 seed. Not that 17-1 shouldn't get that seeding, but the record and quality of performance that has led to it, lately, just doesn't seem deserving. I mean a Sparty team minus Adrien Payne isn't deserving of that. With him, yes. And he will be there at the end, so the results are what they are.
Just saying. Right now, I think Iowa is a more difficult team to play. And on the road, I think Michigan has a better shot of winning Saturday night than it does when it has to go to Iowa City for a rematch with the Hawkeyes. I just think that home court makes the Hawkeyes extremely difficult to beat. And as their confidence grows, they will be hard to beat at year's end as well, whereever.
What makes Sparty difficult to beat minus Payne is their home court. Play that game at Crisler, and I think Michigan wins going away. At Breslin, looking for a real close game, not a blowout loss like last year.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||We've seen kids with pro aspirations who played for Michigan||
and stayed or left when they had that choice, and there is no right answer. Was it right for Drew Henson, probably not. Was it right for Charles Woodson, yes; it was.
How about Taylor Lewan? Everyone thought he would leave, but didn't because he wanted one more year in college to compete and play as a Michigan captain, and the choice didn't translate into what anyone had hoped. Because when a guy stays, it's only vicariously thrilling for us if that choice turns into a championship season.
Whereas with Burke and Hardaway, they had a championship season plus a near NC championship season, but at worse, a great stepaway platform from which to ascend to their career goal.
At Michigan, in basketball, under Belein, there will always be guys who are the focal point of the team. But the outcome of their results are always about the sum of the parts, not one or two. Yeah, we remember the great ones and wish they'd stay as long as possible to lengthen our memories of their success as teammates, but we all have to turn the page. And the clock never stops ticking. Some guys just have to go sooner than others. And all we can do is wish them well and thank them for the memories.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Sometimes dad needs to shut up. May be Nik could have||
put that sentiment more politely, but I'm sure they 've had a conversation and he expressed his feelings directly. The fact that people here have been making assumptions and conjecturing about his future beyond this season, only makes Nik's comments stronger in terms of eliminating that speculation as a game by game distraction.
We all want to project how things will be when things are going well and we want them to stay that way based on current results. But all things change. And the team you have now, even if the faces are still the same, change based on confidence, growth and sometimes, the weather. Either way, enjoy Nik while he still wears Maize and Blue.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Having watched all of MSU's games minus Adrien Payne||
whose game is similar to Wisconsin's center, I think Michigan can work both ball screen, two-man game and spread becuase it just has more scorers than any other team Sparty has had to defend this year.
That's why Michigan's efficiency is high and they are harder to guard because you really can't leave anybody to help on one or two like Burke and Hardaway last year. Since plays were mostly run for them and Stauskas, Robinson and the centers were always secondary scorers whose points came off opportunity, so Michigan was guarded accordingly. This year, teams can't gravitate to one or two guys like Staukas and Robinson, because LeVert can go and the centers have been giving Michigan double digit output. And if they aren't, then Irvin and or Walton can score both in or outside the arc.
This will become more evident as Walton and Irvin develop and emerge in their roles as they become more experienced Meantime, Spike and LeVert make Stauskas verstatility harder to deal with this. And this combination makes game-planning MSU in some respects easier than Iowa only because the matchups are more favorable in the backcourt where Sparty's scoring is concentrated.
If Appling, Harris and Valentine must guard Michigan's best playmakers and shooters, it takes away from their offensive focus. And if Payne doesn't play , it lessens the outside shooting worry for the big men, giving Michigan a better rebounding situation.
Spary's strengths are rebounding and defense. It keys their transition game and makes them more efficient. When they have to settle into half-court offense they aren't as dangerous as Wisconsin or Iowa because they don't have scorers at every position.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||As we look ahead to Saturday night, I know that it would||
still be beneficial to look back at last year's nightmarish trip to Breslin, not as ghost protocol to recall green men that can make you go clank in the night, but that seeing how things can go bad quickly there when you fall victim to big game atmosphere makes the idea of winning there mission impossible, when we all know that that is not true --not now, especially not now.
But you need be reminded of one of your worst games in that last 39-14 span.
And it didn't derail the season, there were other outcomes that left Michigan with what-if memories about the conference title but not that night in EL where UM played like it was facing Dantonio's defense.
In fact, I don't think this year's version of Sparty albeit with 1 loss is as intimidating as last year's team. And I am optomistic that given the attitude of Belein's efficiency warriors that Michigan goes three-for-three in Big Ten Top 10 supreme court battles.
But this only happens with the boys playing with the kind of poise and precision that has guided their previous road efforts this season, meaning playing their game and imposing it on Sparty.
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||The stat sheet reflects an almost even contest.||
Michigan made 6 more 3's than Iowa and that was the difference. They also shot a higher FT percentage sinking all but two at the line for 13 points while the Hawkeyes were 15 of 21.
It was Michigan's transition defense and offense that made the difference. While the ball screen offense worked to an extent Michigan ball movement and floor spacing made the difference in rebounding and ability to identify Iowa better in the run game. It also gave Michigan a better chance at getting in the paint and kicking when Iowa's defense collapsed on the drivers; Once again, Morgan made a huge contribution on both ends of the floor, and Belein recognized it giving him more time as a result.
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||Play that sealed it in final minute was Morgan's deflection at||
the rim and tip to Albrecht. Great effort by an undermanned team which kept Iowa from shooting threes and fast break points until late.
Stauskas was daggers but the big lift came from Irvin who had his second double digit performance. Great win, great win.