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|4 hours 1 min ago||Honestly||
I think VCU's "havoc" is more gimmicky than effective. Teams with good pressure defense with the athletes and length to back it up (see: Louisville) will cause anyone problems. Good defense is good defense. I just don't happen to think VCU qualifies in that regard.
All the same, our lack of turnovers should hopefully help against a bigger and more experienced Villanova team.
|18 hours 49 min ago||Agreed 100%||
Every single game in basketball is a separate game. That said, I think the safer bet will be on Nova's size and experience.
We have a chance, but it's going to take a stellar outing from Walton, LeVert, and Irvin to make it happen. I know Irvin and LeVert played a lot today.
Edit: I will say I think if we were playing against VCU tomorrow, we would perform similarly to Villanova. We can handle pressure defense pretty well.
|18 hours 53 min ago||Stream of consciousness...||
Wilson is not an impact player in year 1 with this roster. I didn't expect that going in, and seems to be coming through so far. That said, he has perhaps the second most room to grown of any freshman on the roster behind Chatman.
On Chatman, once the game slows down for him (something that McGary and Stauskas seems to indicate happens around March) he will be a critical piece of this team. We keep seeing flashes, but Kam still has a ways to go.
I hate the moniker "Michigan's Big Three" but they are delivering so far. Caris and Walton are showing a great ability to get to the rim which helps the rest of the team. Irvin is doing what he needs to do, and seems to be closer to a freshman level Stauskas in terms of "not just a shooter".
Dawkins has so much potential that may well not be tapped this season. He is all kinds of athletic but has to get his mind and IQ up a bit before I think he's really threatening for minutes. Just hope he continues to have a solid 3 point shot.
Spike... don't know where to begin. He's still just Spike, but that means so much more now that he's Junior Spike instead of freshman/sophomore Spike. He and Walton should not be working together as well as they do, but that tells you a lot about how multiple years in Beilein's system treats you.
Donnal I do think is going to lose playing time to Doyle progressively. That said, I think Donnal fits a really nice niche on this team as the "finesse" big that has some range. We haven't seen that yet, but as long as that's his reputation and scouting report, that helps us.
Doyle. I am 100% convinced that if Doyle is somehow not the starter at the 5 by B1G play, he will be the starter before the season is out. He's not McGary, he's not McGary-Lite, but he is the most physical presence in the frontcourt for this team. That is something we need. Moreover, he seems to have decent hands and a good IQ. We don't need him to be a stretch 5 like Donnal, but we need him to be better at cleaning up the defensive glass.
On DReb.... I'm half convinced Beilein is coaching it such that the Bigs don't rebound themselves, they box out or tip out to give guards the rebound. Donnal is always tipping, and Doyle seems more focused on staying on his guy when he's focusing on boxing out.
|18 hours 55 min ago||Indeed.||
But they looked very capable of a great half-time adjustment against VCU. Even though I think now that VCU is perpetually overranked early season because of their First Four - Final Four run (kudos to that team though for what it accomplished).
|19 hours 5 min ago||The way they got that Oeff||
is very un-Beilein. the FTA/FGA rate was >60%, that's crazy. Oregon was doing us favors by fouling. If there's one thing to maybe concretely take away from this game, it's that our non-freshmen are REALLY good at free-throws. Which is great.
|19 hours 7 min ago||Villanova will be tough||
Very tough. I can't say I'm expecting or even hopeful of a win. But I am hopeful of a great learning opportunity for the freshmen of both a tournament schedule and skill growth.
|19 hours 9 min ago||My only regret||
Is that I have but one upvote to give.
|1 week 1 day ago||Read this today||
Best decision NCAA has made in a while.
|1 week 5 days ago||Couple thoughts||
1. A Syracuse blogger/insider of some sort reported he had heard that Duke and Michigan were near the top of Battle's list a week or so ago. I'd personally presume Duke is the favorite until we hear something more.
2. Pay attention to where 2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe commits tonight at 6pm. It seems to be a race between UK and St. Johns for his services as one of the top PGs in 2015. If he commits to UK, that would likely be good news for Michigan with respect to Derryck Thornton.
EDIT: Briscoe has committed to UK
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Definite Onions||
Man, It feels like an eternity waiting for him to step on to the court in the Maize and Blue.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I watched it||
It was awesome.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hearing John Beilein||
Over the PA is awesome.
EDIT: "I can do whatever I want with the clock" - John Beilein
|4 weeks 6 days ago||NWIAP||
Still good to have the message spread I guess.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmmm||
You don't say....
Sorry, seriously that sucks.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I just drink Fireball||
To honor the path of Michigan Football's 2014 season.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||This whole thing||
is so surreal. What a time to be a fan....
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||Please allow me||
To wish Shane the speediest of recoveries. You have all of the Michigan fanbase wishing you the best. I hope you work with the medical staff to get back into playing shape as soon as possible, and represent the University in the manner to which you are accustomed. Go Blue!
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||"we've got to execute better."||
While true, still siiiigh.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Just||
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Fairly sure||
That Caris comment just means he is the number one pick to go from Michigan to the NBA next draft.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I will||
Take a point.
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||I'd say zero chance of pursuing him right now||
Because Michigan already has a 6-11 2016 center in Teske.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Would have liked him too||
Sadly it was not to be. Or should I say, sadly it was not to bee.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||No small thing||
That Beilein got his Plan A big man for 2016. That's a great start.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The amount of use||
this gif has gotten recently on here, is beautiful.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||someone||
screen cap it.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||He's a lower-touted commit||
But an 11W article says he was 6-11 without shoes. A legit 7 footer who's current best attribute is "game changer on defense" is a nice addition as far as I'm concerned. Also one less scholarship to scramble to fill with a Plan B or C prospect down the line. Michigan staff got their plan A big man in 2016 with this commit.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||7 foot shot blocker?||
Yes please! Welcome Jon!
|16 weeks 1 day ago||sigh||
|16 weeks 6 days ago||So||
Are you calling us that?