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- Field position due to superior defense and special teams
- More opportunities due to defense getting opponents' offense off the field
- Depth -- scoring continues after game has been decided
- More explosive running game. OL may not be great, and there are no marquis running backs, but rushing yards per game is way up
|1 day 23 hours ago||Yeah, even the best teams||
Yeah, even the best teams can't win that many games in a row against top flight competition. Usually, a high seed and semi-home court advantage like Kansas is enjoying are required to win it all. Michigan had to run a gauntlet. It probably would have been different if Rhode Island had been able to hang on on Sunday.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Duke - S Carolina Officiating||
I was nauseated by the officiating at the end of the Duke - S Carolina game. The referees seemed to be doing everything in their power to get Duke back in the game (all for naught). It was disgusting, in my opinion.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Their mental toughness is||
Their mental toughness is founded upon talent. Wagner and Wilson are two of the best big men we've ever had. Walton is the consummate point guard. Rahkman is solid, filling all the niches.
Irvin is perhaps the most impressive. It's been a horrible year for him, yet somehow he's raised his game over the last several weeks. He's not showing the most ability, but he's hung in there and contributed all over the court.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Right. That was a 4-point||
Right. That was a 4-point screw-up. Michigan had an easy 2 points off the turnover. Instead Kentucky got 2 free throws to end the half.
|6 days 5 hours ago||As coaches like Pitino have||
As coaches like Pitino have been able to recruit the best athletes, the haven't been as good with the 3 point shooting. The Cardinals were 5 for 20 in 3 pointers today.
|1 week 5 days ago||Also, Wagner can take over on||
Also, Wagner can take over on offense if necessary. So the defense can't overplay Wilson.
|1 week 6 days ago||Michigan clearly best in B1G||
Michigan clearly best in B1G by year end.
I just wanted the B1G tourney this year. Anything beyond this is gravy.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||That shows us playing||
That shows us playing Kentucky in the 2nd round. Let's win tomorrow and move up to 6.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Ok, I did the homework. 3pm||
Ok, I did the homework. 3pm on CBS
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||What time is the championship||
What time is the championship game tomorrow?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Free Throw "Violation"||
What happened with the free throw give away? Why weren't our players in their positions for the front end of the one and one?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Minnesota||
Yes, Minnesota is big because we're tied with them in the conference standings.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Right. The defender's||
Right. The defender's clearly moving and there was contact.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Heebie-Jeebies is no Basis for Predicting Upset||
I want a reasoned opinion!
|14 weeks 6 days ago||UCLA Shot the Lights Out||
But so did Michigan. Poorly officiated, in favor of Bruins.
Still, I must tip my hat to the Bruins' shooting. So many seemingly bad shots that they took went in. Credit where credit is due -- they've got some good shooters.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Home Court Referees||
And Michigan's best player (Wagner) had to sit because of 180 degree wrong calls.
Michigan might have won this at home, in spite of UCLA's fantastic shooting. The officiating was bad.
Great game by Michigan! Every single player of ours looked good.
Clearly the officials called it incorrectly for UCLA many times and that was the difference. The Bruins were fantastic, but no better than Michigan.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||More Rakhman Please||
Interesting that Rakhman was out there to win the game, but benched during the long period of turnovers by Irving and Walton. I'm not sure what Beilein's thinking, but this has to change.
At least Wagner played more tonight, along with Wilson. And they were the two best players for us.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Guards||
Xavier Simpson and Ibi Watson must be unbelievably shitty to just play 3 combined minutes behind the absolutely horrible duo of Walton and Irving tonight. Or else Beilein is stretching to make some point.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Different Spot => Game Over||
"Yes, with at least one call (the 4th down) going another way, UM could have won the game probably assuming we could run out the clock." [MGoStrength]
If the 4th down spot in OT went our way, the game would have been over right there and then. No "probably" or "run out the clock" needed.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
But it seemed like that long pass on 3rd down was catchable. It hit the receiver (Darboh?) in the gut. There were apparently several like that near the end of the game. Before that, Speight was just off.
Like everyone else, I just don't get the lack of imagination for the Peppers wildcat snaps. We did try a few other trick plays, however, without success. It just wasn't our night. But we still control our own destiny, so it's an affordable loss.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Whole Greater Than Sum of Parts?||
Here are some reasons we're averaging 50 points per game without tremendously exceeding expectations:
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Right!||
And UCF, Colorado, Penn State, and Wisconsin are all significantly better than expected.
Perhaps the biggest plus for me is the way Peppers turned the Colorado game around. He showed great confidence and leadership and now looks like a force on offense as a wildcat QB.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Evans Tops in YPC Also||
if you exclude players with 5 or less carries.
On the other hand, Evans' best games were against Hawaii and Rutgers.
|25 weeks 6 hours ago||Good Read||
It looks like we already have 1/2 of the quad-fuckta, with OSU and ND winning big. I think M's biggest risk was too much rain, however, and that threat seems to have waned. Michigan 27 - Wisconsin 6,
|28 weeks 5 hours ago||What was the possible ref||
What was the possible ref miss on the 87 yard TD run?
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Much Better than the Akron Game||
I guess college football is the sport where coaching makes the biggest difference.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Injuries||
Injuries are likely -- They seem to happen to our QB every year. However our offensive line will be better going forward. Still, I think losing some time to injury is likely for our QB each year. I noticed in spring game that both Speight and O'Korn liked to run. So it's good to have the depth.
|1 year 1 week ago||Drake the Best||
I like Drake Johnson better than Smith (and Isaac). He's going to get you more yards on average, because he's quicker. He's a bit more fragile, however, so a Smith - Johnson rotation works well, as in our bowl game against Florida.
There was one play for us on the Gators' 3 yard line. 3rd and goal I believe. Johnson ran to the left and it looked like he was going to get stuffed. There were 3 or 4 defense players running with him, parallel to the line of scrimmage. But his instincts led to a quick cut, and he was in the end zone before the Florida players could adjust and hit him with any momentum pushing him away from the goal line. I would guess that, if Smith were carrying on that play, he gets hit by 3 or 4 players, with momentum, before getting to the 2 yard line. Smith is a tough SOB, though.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Now Would be a Good Time to Get Hot||
This team hasn't been very good, but I suppose we can hope that Irvin, Walton, and Robinson get hot. They all have the potential to shoot the lights out and spring another upset or two. It would be oh so satisfying to beat Spartans in Big Ten tourney final. A man can dream, can't he?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Wormsley Beat Isaac||
According to Nick Baumgartner, "in a 30-yard sprint, Wormley won. He beat Isaac and everyone else in his group"