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|8 years 19 weeks ago||I thought Bruce Weber said||I thought Bruce Weber said that speeding tickets aren't innocuous?|
|10 years 17 weeks ago||You're correct that Michigan||
You're correct that Michigan doesn't necessarily have a series of set plays to run on offense, per se, but that's the whole point of a motion offense.
The only problem with running a motion offense is that it's very dependant on a player catching the ball in position and having the option to 1)shoot it 2) drive to the basket 3)pass to an open teammate
Michigan ran into problems last season because too many of the guys on the team were of absolutely no threat to shoot the ball or drive to the hoop when they caught the ball. So instead of three options, Michigan often only had one, and that's very easy for a team to defend.
If you add a guy like Lester Abram into the offense, first of all it makes it much tougher for teams to play the zone against Michigan because Lester can hit midrange jumpshots all day, and also, it makes the motion offense much more effective because it forces the defense to play him tighter, which opens up passing lanes to hit cutters.
|10 years 19 weeks ago||Given Vermont's history with||Given Vermont's history with the "Elephant Walk," be thankful that that is all the mascot is holding.|
|10 years 20 weeks ago||You're a little harder on||
You're a little harder on Smith than I am. Maybe he can't shoot, but he wasn't recruited to do that. He was recruited to be a throwback-type point guard that just runs the offense. I feel dirty for saying this, but maybe he'll be like Mateen Cleaves. Smith's sole purpose will be to dish the ball off on fast breaks to guys like K'Len Morris and Jevohn Shepherd. That's all he needs to do. The turnovers are problematic, but given some experience, I'm sure he can drop those numbers a little.
I wouldn't worry too much about the defense either. Defense is all about effort, and there's nobody better to get that type of effort out of him than Tommy Amaker.
He's certainly far from a finished product, but Smith should be a net gain for Michigan. It just may take a couple of years for him to really shine.
|10 years 23 weeks ago||I think you're being a little||
I think you're being a little rough. Montoya has not played spectacular all season, but he's gotten the job done.
I think Michigan is much weaker defensively this year. Losing Burnes hurt a lot, and Helminen did win defensive forward of the year in the CCHA. The combination of Cook/Dest/Martens is a pretty scary one.
Also, I think most goalies will tell you that facing fewer shots can be tougher. People used to rip on Josh Blackburn always giving up a goal on the first shot of the game, but when that shot comes 7 or 8 minutes into a game, it's a tough save to make. Most goalies would rather constantly face shots than stand around for a couple minutes.
The other thing with Montoya is that the statistics don't tell the whole story. It has seemed to me that Montoya has given up a bunch of goals when the game was already in hand. If he gives up a couple goals when Michigan already has a 4 or 5 goal lead, what does it matter?
Again, I'll agree he hasn't been spectacular, but he's been getting wins, and you can never complain too much about that.
|10 years 24 weeks ago||Amaker not developing players||
Amaker not developing players is RCMB Myth #27. Don't believe the hype.
Lester Abram went from a guy that was afraid to shoot as a freshmen to an all-Big Ten player in one year. Graham Brown couldn't play 2 minutes as a freshmen without getting into foul trouble, now he's good for the occassional big game, and he's learned to knock down free throws. Chris Hunter went from a 6th man to a legitimate Big Ten starter. Brent Petway's shooting range as a freshmen was 6 inches out, and now it's up to like 4 feet. That's like a 300% improvement. Ron Coleman is much better than he was at the beginning of the year, and he looks like he'll develop into a solid player.
I think the jury is stil out on Harris and Sims, but I think they'll come back with huge years next year when they've got a supporting cast that can shoulder some of the load.
|10 years 25 weeks ago||Don't forget that Hayden||Don't forget that Hayden Epstein! was also in that class, and rated one of the best kickers in the country.|
|10 years 25 weeks ago||That would certainly make up||That would certainly make up for losing out on a chance at Bertram or Chucko last year when Michigan didn't have any scholarships to hand out. I thought it was wishful thinking when Swystun first popped up on the Michigan interest list, but now it looks pretty good. Gotta say I'm pumped about having a blue chippah back-up plan for Kessel.|
|10 years 26 weeks ago||I hope you didn't take any||
I hope you didn't take any offense to my comment, because I absolutely love the blog and read it frequently.
Anyway, I guess we were talking about two different things on that whole Ewing theory. No biggie.
The thing you have to remember with Horton is that he may not be perfect, but there weren't too many other McD's All-American point guards knocking down the doors of Crisler 4 years ago. I can almost guarantee having Horton was way better than the alternative.
Comparing him to Jerret Smith is interesting. Horton is more of a combo guard, while Smith is more of a throwback point guard. Michigan might have fewer turnovers with Smith, which will be nice down the road when Michigan runs a more fast break offense with Shepherd and Morris on the wings, but they'll also be losing Horton's ability to create and knock down his own shot. Once Abram and Harris leave, I'm not sure Michigan will really have any solid shooters, which means they may struggle in the half court.
All in all, I think Horton has done way more good for Michigan than he has done harm. Obviously he's not a perfect point guard, but Michigan isn't a great basketball. I think most of us knew that from the offset. You're right that this team tests your patience, but I think a lot of people are spoiled by the elite talent level and national success of the football and hockey programs and have a tough time seeing the basketball team for what it is.
|10 years 26 weeks ago||So can I get you to retract||
So can I get you to retract your statements about the team getting the Ewing Factor from losing Horton?
Yesterday wasn't a great game, but Purdue isn't as bad as you make them out to be. Carl Landry is better than anyone Michigan has, and Kiefer played well yesterday.
Plus, Michigan's backcourt is just brutal right now. Wohl and Bell can't run the point, and putting Harris at the 1 completely neutralizes him. It's almost impossible to be successful when you don't have good guards.
I thought the team played hard though and didn't give up in the second half once the game was over. That's pretty much all I ask.
|10 years 27 weeks ago||Just to nitpick, but what||
Just to nitpick, but what schools besides the usual suspects(Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, BC, BU) did pull in high-level recruits?
Coming into the CCHA next year, Chris Zarb of Ferris State was invited to the World Junior tryout camp this past year and should be one of the top 5 incoming defenseman next year. Tyler Eckford of UAF was also considered to be a huge steal for them. I happen to think Jimmy Spratt will come in next year and fill in quite nicely for Jordan Sigalet when he leaves.
It's not a great year, but it's also not the Sahara desert either for the CCHA.
Northern Michigan is in a bit of trouble this season. Their RPI will get a nice bump this weekend from playing Michigan, but after that, only have two games against TUCs left on their schedule, and they usually find a way to lose some points to Tech and Lake State, which might keep them out of the tournament.
|10 years 29 weeks ago||Michigan needs to stay away||Michigan needs to stay away from guys with the last name Crawford.|