...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|1 week 1 day ago||maybe||
|1 week 4 days ago||Earth calling ESPN..||
We have been missing a pre-season All American all year, WTF indeed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Or..||
|1 week 4 days ago||I have seen him play here in NW Ohio||
He can shoot outside or come inside with finesse or bang if he has to do so. I agree there is a very positive future for Donnal
|1 week 5 days ago||sorry||
The chart came out wierd but you can find the data at the NCAA web site.
|1 week 5 days ago||data||
Here is a ...chart.
I took the total number of games played against top 50 RPI by each conference and calculated the winning percentage.
The ACC played 115 games against RPI top 50 and had a .287 winning percentage. For SOS this comes to playing 7.66 games per team against the top 50
The Big 12 (which is actually the big 10) played 141 games against top 50 and won .418 of them. SOS 14.1 games per team against top 50
BIg East played 79 games v. the top 50 and won .266 SOS is 7.9 games per team against top 50
Big 10 (which is actually the big 12) played 119 games agaisnt top 50 and won .370. SOS 9.91 games per team against the top 50.
For those with more ambition than I have, feel free to calculate the winning percentage against the other grouping and compare but this data is enough for me to conclude that the Big 12 (10) is the best conference so far this year. As others have pointed out, the conference playoffs and national tournament will give us a better view of the accuracy of this conclusion.
|1 week 6 days ago||Crowd sourcing/prediction markets?.||
There are market places for predictions of elections and other future events. I am no expert but doesn't the Vegas line just depend on who is betting and they just try to balance the money on both sides. Is than not somewhat like crowd sourcing/prediction markets?
I found this article (admittedly written by Ohio economists) that suggests that the betting line is not very predictive for NCAA B ball but is better for NFL and NCAA football. They say overall betting markets like the Vegas line are not all that predictive. Hmmmm
|4 weeks 1 day ago||We must||
win the games!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Bacari was on the pre game video of BTN||
saying that Caris will want to go back to the Easton Mall next summer being able to say that he beat Ohio! Echoes of the Trey Burke tribute.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Caris needs to see the open guys when he drives||
He draws a lot of attention when he drives. Once he learns to hit the open man when the defense collapses on him, he will be even more dangerous especially on this team with our great outside shooters. As noted, he may not be as careless as he looks and he certainly can be exciting to watch. No one else on the team has that crazy jump stop move.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The top team in the B1G should be in the top 10.||
THe last several weeks the B1G had three teams in the top 10 and we beat them all two on the road. No way this team (or the B1G) should be without at least one or two teams in the top 10 and thus sayeth KenPom as well.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Wisky used up all of its positive Karma last year||
on the Brust "look what I just pulled out of my ass" miracle shot. May they get lousy officiating ad infinitum!
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Cheerleaders doing the handstand race||
I dont think they do that anymore. It was always fun rooting to see if they could make it all the way across the north end zone.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||hmmmm?||
Where is the Babel fish when you need him? By the way looking at 2012 and now at the 2013 Kate in the SI swimsuit edition, she has put on some weight in a nice sort of way. (Maybe it was advised given the shoot was in Antarctica. BRRRRR!)
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Air Force with its option scheme at better than 80% on 4th down.||
They also look to have one of the highest attempt rates on 4th. Wonder what is going on there? There is evidence that you should always go for it on 4th down especially any time you are across the 50. The yardage gained by punting is rarely worth the lost opportunity to score if you do convert the 4th down in your opponents territory.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||To which the Dude replies as he is led to the door...||
"I am just leaving to find a cash machine."
|34 weeks 3 days ago||I thought this was too OT for the blog.||
When I read the series I thought that it would be interesting to post the Custer quote but thought it was too OT to post. Thanks for the courage to post it. It is a great series of short articles that contains some nice insights that surprised me even though I have read quite a bit about the Civil War and Gettysburg in particular. For example that Custer wore a red bandana around his neck and his men were worried that it would single him out so they all began to wear red bandanas to protect him.
The series is also interesting because he invited other experts to comment on his writings blog style and some of those comments were also enlightening. "Come on you Woverines!"
|44 weeks 1 day ago||I suspect many of us have MGoBackgrounds||
My brothers and I grew up in a household with both parents who were Michigan grads. All three of us have Michigan degrees. My father was a friend of Bump Elliot and had meet and greet parties for him at our home in Lorain,Ohio, I remember going to Michigan football games as a kid. I know that I saw Bob Timberlake play and win at the Big House though I am not sure who we played that day. My brother and I still sit in seats that our parents had for years. All three of my children are Michigan grads and my 31 year old son still comes to some games every year although he lives in Chicago. This blog is a great place to share our legacy and love of the U of M with others. Thanks to all on this blog who contribute and continue to enrich my own experience by sharing their thoughts and experiences. Thank to those whose posts educate me about the U of M and the sports I love. I am a better fan and alum because of it.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the links. Best trash quote from pre-game= Horford||
"Brandon Triche is a nice young man," the forward deadpanned. "Nice young man. And I would love to have tea with him to discuss matchup issues.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||The videos are very helpful thanks to those who posted them..||
The Syr/Lou game video shows some of what Izzo talks about in his coaching vid. Louisville has a couple of plays where someone sneaks in behind the zone and several drive and kick plays similar to what Izzo is talking about. .What also is apparent from the game video is that the Louisville center has a nice 15 foot shot if the zone backs off him. Also the center makes lots of key passes as the offense seems to run a lot from an entry pass to the center at the high post. I hope that our bigs will have excellent shooting touch and passing savvy next Saturday.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||This post deserves to be in the MGoHallOfFame.||
I want to be able to go back and enjoy it and share it forevah!! Thank you Ace.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Jumping up and down behind the right end of the KU bench ...yup||
|49 weeks 4 days ago||That smile on Beilein||
He is just so proud and happy for the kids. It is about them not him. May he coach our team, our team, our team... forever.
|1 year 3 days ago||Different Flashback comes to mind||
We lost twice to an outstanding Illinois team in 1989 before beating them in a thrilling national semifinal in 1989, We then went on to win the title against Seton Hall with Rumeal Robinson making the key free throws at the end. This is the flashback that came to my mind.
Maybe this is our year to beat Indiana in the semis and beat whoever makes it through in the final game. Much like this year, we were undefeated in pre conference play with all our losses occurring in conference play. There were multiple Big Ten teams in the tourney in 89 as expected this year. Indiana won the Big Ten but lost twice to Illinois and recieved a #2 seed with a #1 going to Illinois even though they came in second in the conference. We were a #3 seed that year. Iowa and Minnesota also made the tourney that year. GO BLUE!
|1 year 3 days ago||Hopefully shades of 1989||
I am old enough to remember the 1989 season where we lost twice to an outstanding Illinois team before defeating them in the national semifinal. Deja vue please!
|1 year 1 week ago||The officiating was awful. (TL;DR warning)||
It was totally inconsistent and at times just plain bad. We got a lot of calls early in the second half but then it was as if they were trying to not see the MSU mayhem. This type of inconsistency is the hardest to deal with as a player.
With about 11 minutes left in the game Michigan gets into the bonus. There would be only one additional foul called on MSU over the next eleven minutes while there were six called on us until McGary was fouled intentionally with 8 seconds left. After the game I spent ½ an hour and reviewed the period right after the 11 minute mark going in slow motion at times and trying to be as fair as possible. The refs were just awful to us.
10:46 Hardaway drives to the hoop between two defenders both of them grab him and rip the ball away. No foul. We get the ball out of bounds
9:15 Burke drives the lane and is grabbed and pushed and has to dish the ball to Albrecht who misses an open three.
8:44 Both teams scramble for a missed shot rebound. An MSU player grabs Hardaway by the shoulder and pulls him backward as he positions for the rebound. The ball hits both of them and goes out. MSU gets the ball.
8:08 Burke drives and is fouled once before he get to a massive pick set by GRIII. He gets pushed in the back as he makes the layup. No call.
8:02 GRIII is backing up as Appling jumps into him and attempts a shot which McGary cleanly blocks. I think this is a fair call until during the time out they show highlights from a first half play where MSU did the exact same thing to us and did not get called for a foul (i.e. first defender on the ball bodies up on the drive and the second defender cleanly blocks the shot as it goes up.)
7:08 Burke get fouled on the drive with no call and dishes to Lavert who lays it in awkwardly as Nix throws him to the floor. No call.
6:45 Morgan pulls in a rebound with two player on his back. The as he turn to throw an outlet pass he is fouled again a couple of times by an MSU player trying to steal the ball. No call on either.
6:39 Burke drives and is grabbed and pushed and has to dish the ball. No call.
5:35 Burke is fouled at least three times on a drive to the hoop and makes the bucket anyway. He shouts something at the refs in displeasure which is something I do not remember him doing very often if ever. I guess he was fed up also.
4:36 Burke is fouled at least three times as he tries to bring the ball up the court. Only on the third shove that sends him to the floor does the whistle come. He makes both ends of the one and one. This is the first foul called on MSU in over 6 minutes and the last foul shot we get until McGary is fouled intentionally with only 8 seconds left. I could go on with a description of additional missed calls but we won so now I will just have some cheese with this whine.
3:53 Payne gets a rebound and then walks at least 4 steps after getting a rebound off a missed FT. No call. This was the worst miss of the entire game and almost unbelievable that it did not get called. Enough already!
TL;DR summary- The lack of consistency of calls in this game was shameful. However, this is not happening just in our games but across the board in B1G games this season. (I have watched quite a few non-Michigan games on BTN this year). I have been playing the game myself and watching B1G b-ball since Cazzie and I have never felt the refs were this piss poor. I have also ref’ed b-ball myself so I know how hard it is to be fair and balanced but SHEEESH it’s bad this year.
|1 year 1 week ago||Their joy = our misery||
Yes it seems that in sports the joy is distributed as a zero sum game. Their joy equals our misery. Yet, joy leans to the positive overall due to our appreciation of the beauty of the game. Mgoblog adds to my joy by helping me to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sports that I follow here with my fellow M fans.
PS I still would rather win.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||It would be interesting to||
It would be interesting to see if the Rivals rankings regression model matters more for offensive or defensive players or linemen vs skilled players.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Get ready to be (re)f'd||
Per the B1G statistics web site, Indiana averages 27.4 foul shots per game in the B1G so far this year. The entire of the league averages 18.4 per game across all league games. The standard deviation of the league is 3.8 foul shots per game around that mean. This means that Indiana is shooting foul shots at a rate greater than two standard deviations above the mean. This would happen randomly about one in a hundred times by chance (2.37 sd above the mean). The next highest teams Iowa and the Gophers and they are about 1 sd above the mean. Even Wisconsin at the low end is still well under 2 sd from the mean. Here is the....
sd=3.8 free throws/game
Get ready to be (re)f'd at Indiana tonight.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Thanks for the Bacari video||
Man I would love to play for this guy. I have a new appreciation for the assistant coach(es) contributions to this team.