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|1 hour 39 min ago||Shut the fuck up, Donny||
You're out of your -- when do we posbang?
|1 hour 47 min ago||Not the way we played against Oregon, no||
But we're better than Purdue, and more versatile. Purdue either matches up well against an opponent or it doesn't, and they seem better suited for frontcourt-heavy teams, so I think the end result was worse than Purdue was overall. They had 16 turnovers and let Kansas go 15/28 from 3 (Kansas' forwards scored 9 points on 5 shots combined). . . two things Michigan never would've allowed.
We'd definitely have been the underdog and would've had to play well, but I don't think Kansas was guaranteed to have killed Michigan's run if Walton's shot went in. Point is, you can win squeakers only so many times before luck runs out, if fatigue doesn't get you first.
Kenpom is starting to legitimately scare me, though.
|5 hours 12 min ago||Coinflip, coinflip, coinflip, (coinflip)||
Michigan was in a horrendous bracket. They could play with anyone in the bracket, but things needed to go well. Even if they got past Oregon, Kansas loomed. Again, another team Michigan could go toe-to-toe with, but four straight coin flips (and that's just to get to the semifinals) is a lot more about luck, assuming the team took care of everything else, which they did.
There never should have been this many good teams in a single region.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Huh?||
The answer was fine, and thank you. I was just poking fun at how, while there's nothing wrong with the release following procedure by not naming names, neither did it do anything to conceal Walton's identity, since that news is already out as well.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Dammit, he stole my bit!||
To be extremely generous though, that isn't saying nothing. If one team is clearly superior, they can play like trash and still beat an inferior team, which (flipping it around) would have to play out of their minds just to get to parity. Or in the case of say me vs. Walton, it really won't matter how good of a day I'm having. At the time, it wasn't established that Michigan was better; they were essentially tied in B1G play. So logically, whoever played better was going to win.
Not to say it's great analysis but both teams were playing like garbage so there wasn't much else to say.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I love cases of meaningless SOP||
An MGoBlogger replied to my comment upthread. His handle, joined date and MGoPoints have been withheld from this reply to protect his identity.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The wind was probably always from the media's ass||
Yes it was windy, but if the pilots or anyone along the chain of checks determined that the wind was dangerous, the plane wouldn't have taken off at all.
|1 day 20 hours ago||"One passenger received a minor injury in the evacuation."||
Wasn't it publicly released that Walton got stitches?
|1 day 21 hours ago||One of the teams will win going away||
if not, it'll be close.
. . .
I'm ready for my ESPN gig.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Me: meds in the first place?||
I thought the go-to treatment for sleep apnea was CPAP?
|2 days 22 hours ago||Meds||
The article did mention he was on some (unrelated) meds that messed with his pain.
Pain is paradoxically as important as it is undesirable. A few people are born without it; they generally don't live very long.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Doyle||
So, Ricky now has a semi-colon?
|6 days 20 hours ago||Barely||
Jeff Carroll is terrifying. 19 points on 8 shots. . . I hope I never see that again.
|6 days 20 hours ago||OSU's defense is bad||
Their plan wasn't to stop Michigan, but to out-shoot and out-rebound us.
They out-rebounded us.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Yep||
Neither team broke tendency. We were just a little bit better at what we do.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Too much focus on Evans||
Evans finished with 23 points on 26 shots, mostly on the inside. They had 16 offensive rebounds but we knew that would happen.
The rest of OSU scored 68 points on 38 shots. Evans had 12 assists.
Win is a win, which means there's no wrong answer, but I think MGoBlog folks were correct in that they could've let Evans do his damage and shut everyone else down. Carroll had 19 points on only 8 shots!
|6 days 20 hours ago||We didn't beat the #1 offense||
The #1 offense torched us for 91. That's going to win most games.
What we did was run the #133 (or whatever) defense through a wood chipper.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Game of effiency||
I said it was a game of efficiency. Man, they killed us on the boards, and Evans did his damage as expected. But their defense suuuuucks.
I think it took some serious nerves to stick with the expected plan. It's hard to look at the Massacre of the Boards and everybody not Jawun Evans torch us, but they finished a combined 7/16 on threes and Evans himself jacked up 26 shots. It worked, so all's well that ends well.
But this is a snowflake thread, so I'm gonna snowflake. We expected Evans to do his damage and the defense to shut everyone else down. I still think that would've worked as well, maybe even better. Even if Evans doubled his points, keep him off the 3-point line and OSU would've had a tougher time keeping pace. As it is, the rest of the team went 21/29 from the field; Evans had 12 assists. Combined with 16 OREBS. . . yikes yikes yikes, that's scary.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Rashan Gary's a scary human being"||
Rashan Scary? Yes.
|1 week 1 day ago||@Minnesota||
The consensus on MGoBlog at the time was "extremely inconsistent". I've seen "white collar" teams turn it up for a couple games after a snub and for quite a while after Maverick, the games backed up the idea that this team was either dangerous or trash depending on whether or not a fire got going under their asses. You blow out Indiana by 30 and then lose to OSU at home, you're inconsistent. And frankly, I'm skeptical anyone honestly sensed a turnaround any earlier than the OSU game. How do you watch a team fall to 4-6 in conference against a (previously) 3-7 rival at home and think they'd already turned the corner?
I more easily believe those who saw hope somewhere along the three straight wins against MSU, Indiana and Wisconsin, but I needed one more sign. Up to Wiscy the team had gone WLWLLWLWWLLWW. Wiscy was a third quality win in a row, mighty compelling, but this was a LONG rut of inconsistency. Walton had long exonerated himself, but I was under the impression the team was riding him. Then Minnesota happened. It was a loss, but it took 41 free throws in a road game screwjob and they still almost won. Walton went 6-for-15, the team was 9/26 on threes and still almost won. That settled my doubts. If they had any remaining issues with self-motivation they would've lost by 20.
I will say this, though, I was never "Fire Beilein" if only because that's an extremely stupid notion that leads to the question, "Who the hell do you replace him with?" He's a squeaky-clean first-rate offensive mind with a knack for developing players. The only way we could do better is with a pay-for-play coach and anyone who thinks we can copy that model is fooling themselves. The NCAA hates, absolutely seethingly HATES Michigan! And there are people stupid enough to think we of all schools could get away with paying players under the table??
|1 week 2 days ago||Michigan won't win the boards||
Expect a massacre there. Orebs are part of Okie State's identity; they sacrifice transition defense. Michigan does the opposite. There's no right answer here, but it's not reasonable to expect a team that goes after offensive boards opportunistically to score that advantage against a team that goes after every loose ball hell for leather.
This will be an efficiency battle. Okie State targets transition defense but Michigan's isn't weak -- that plays into Michigan's hands. Michigan eschews offensive rebounds so Okie State has to be salivating at that thought. It'll come down to which approach fails to keep pace with the other.
|1 week 2 days ago||same as always||
I don't think Walton will be tasked with shutting down Evans. They might put X on him just to make him earn it. But Michigan hates foul trouble, and trying to stay in front of greased lightning is a great way to rack up bad fouls. Contest the three, make him go around a big in the paint and let him convert 60% of his FGs untouched (no and-ones). Then work the other side against the #133 defense. The last few teams to try to keep pace 3-for-2 didn't fare well.
The key here will be to stay on the kickouts. Evans will do his damage; if he wants to drive then let him. If the defense collapses too much and he starts finding Forte or Carroll open we're in a 3-for-3 shootout against the #1 offense in the country.
|1 week 3 days ago||It's backwards||
The anonymity doesn't make someone into something they're not, despite their pleading insistence when they get caught. All it does is remove inhibition.
Social media has shown us what we are really like when we're not wary of what others think of us. The result ain't pretty, but don't think to blame technology. And consider, the only really effective solutions are active moderation, such as here. Otherwise, this is what we truly are -- a bunch of shameless, bile-spewing assholes. I think there's a lot of denial because the truth is too much to bear, but it's not like these people think of themselves as fictional authors doing some kind of postmodern social experiment. They're just letting loose what's on the brain without a filter.
And if anyone wants to doubt that, it's well known alcohol is another effective method at removing inhibition, and as the sober one I've all too often seen alcohol reduce a bunch of otherwise "civilized" people into a bunch of loud, rude, obnoxious assholes. It's practically the point.
It's not like reality changed. But at least thanks to social media, now you know.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW, if I was Maverick Morgan||
I wouldn't feel the slightest regret for lighting a fire under Walton. Illinois annihilated "white collar" Michigan in the first matchup and if you're a competitive fellow where's the fun in that? Illinois lost the rematch but he's got nothing to apologize for to his team or Illini fans just because Michigan came ready to play. He made the comment, but Walton took it to heart.
If there's anything for Illinois to be sour about it's losing to Rutgers, which I'm sure they are, but Michigan didn't have anything to do with that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||PPA||
Oversimplifying the math, if Michigan makes 40% of their threes, that's 0.4 x 3 = 1.2 PPS. If you try to match that 3-for-2, you need to hit those 2-pointers at a 60% clip. Across the whole team. Or make up the difference with and-1s, but Michigan is a foul-averse team.
So I guess the key to victory is that Michigan will try to sustain 1.2 PPS, win the turnover battle, hold you under 1.0 PPS and bet that rebounding won't be enough to make up the difference. Which finally works now that they're not letting opponents match them 3-for-3 (argh Hancock argh), whereas they used to. . . well frankly I don't know what the heck they were doing, but whatever it was, it wasn't working. This. . . this I like.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Outside game||
IIRC, last season Evans wasn't trusted on 3rd downs at all. I mean, I don't trust my memory so you shouldn't, but that was my impression.
Johnson doesn't have Smith's pass pro, but he's a plus receiver so he gives Michigan's 3rd down offense an added dimension. On 3rd-and-manageable with Johnson you could play IZ, gap, OZ or a pass with Johnson running a wheel route or leaking into the flat. That's a much better proposition than having a scrambleback try to get you 3-4 yards with the whole defense keying on him.
Evans ultimately has more upside and will probably get more early down carries, but if Johnson's healthy I think we'll see him more on 3rd downs now that Smith's gone.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sure||
Johnson, if healthy, is still very much a weapon. His ideal scheme is inside zone but his acceleration works for outside zone as well, and he's not redundant with the other RBs.
I was happy that Blake Countess transferred because his skillset was being wasted, Ross probably should've transferred and I wish success for Canteen and Morris. But Johnson's good enough that I'd hate to see him on another team. If he's healthy and gets a sixth year (never count on the NCAA to do the right thing), he should see the field on merit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'll step in||
Roll for initiative, bitch.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||A lesser man would've gone. . .||
uh. . .
Well, Drake Johnson would've lowered his shoulder!
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||To be fair it was a WEIRD class|