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|3 days 9 hours ago||That's what I've read they||
That's what I've read they tend to do on the road. Bad match to be missing Wood up front with his movement as well as Johnson as an attacking option. At least Nagbe can play the left wing pretty well. No one on the roster to replace Wood though with Morris also injured. Does Dempsey start even though he hasn't played hardley any soccer since his heart issues?
|3 days 14 hours ago||Yep. And 3 probably starters||
Yep. And 3 probably starters picked up injuries in the like 2 weeks before the qualifiers. Because of course. And now the roster has a very Klinsmann-y feel. There's like 8 CBs on the roster! Gah. People will be out of position for sure.
|5 days 14 hours ago||I mean, I think half the hot||
I mean, I think half the hot takes are purely for getting people mad and getting attention. Doesn't make it better. In my mind it actually makes it worse. I can laugh a guy who just doesn't know anything. I get angry with people who rile up the crowd and walk away like that jackass uncle at christmas.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I mean, he has 1st round||
I mean, he has 1st round talent; his problem is just he never played his NFL spot in college. UM used his talent to their maximal effect for what UM needed and wanted, but that doesn't mean it's the same thing for the NFL. I think there's some NFL talents that don't want that athleticisim to slip past them even if it means a little more coaching. We see that kind of thinking all the time in the NFL.
That said, Marcus Ray has some of the most uninformed takes in the UM radio sphere. It pains me to listen to him 95% of the time. Sometimes he comes through with some great X&O's breakdown, but then parlays that right back into hot take territory.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Ah yes, because the decision||
Ah yes, because the decision to leave early is always rational and well thought out. No early enterants have ever made a rash decision, or thought too much of their own game, and slid to the late rounds or undrafted. Come on. These are ultra competative athletes who work incredibly hard and usually believe a lot in their own ability. They are soooo close to achieving that dream of playing in the NBA. The deeper the run goes in March, the more exposure they'll get, they're play will presumably be better in order to win, and the less they may feel they have to accomplish or learn at the college level. I can easily see one or both turn pro early. Wilson is already 21, and Wagner comes from a culture that tends to not prioritize getting that degree when you're trying to become a professional athlete.
|6 days 10 hours ago||For some reason that||
For some reason that interview made me feel he's gone after this year. I feel Wagner is in the same boat.but I hope not; fully weaponized Wagner and Wilson for a whole season would be fun to watch. And could result in more banners as well.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think a bit of being||
I think a bit of being physical overmatched, UM gets back quickly for transition D, and just being bad at it. They're still young and it takes a while to develop as a big man if you're not a lottery type athlete early.
|1 week 1 day ago||They love the 3. Not quite||
They love the 3. Not quite as much has UM but they take quite a few and are a bit worse than UM at making them. Dillion Brooks I think is the only guy who shoots more than 40%. He's got to be their danger man. The injury to Bouchar (sp?), does change things I think; he was part of a duo of large men in the middle who block shots, rebound, score easy buckets. I guess similar to Louisville? However he was also a threat to shoot the 3 so they could stretch defenses. Without him it looked like Brooks was nominally playing the 4, so I guess they went small to keep offense. Who guards him is a question. I guess Wilson when Brooks is the 4, but Brooks is real quick. UM might have some size advantage in this one. Also, running them off the 3 will be key again. People with fancy stats I don't can provide a better outlook, those are just my initial impressions.
|1 week 1 day ago||I mean, I just don't see it.||
I mean, I just don't see it. Both are skilled offensively, but still need some strength, and don't rebound particularly well. And Mo on defense is kind of woeful for a guy of his size and mobility. One more season to grow and both could be top half of the first round type guys.
|1 week 3 days ago||What the hell happend to the||
What the hell happend to the defense? I mean, I knew they were going to get their points...but whew. I suppose they did drop 85 on Kansas, and without two desperation 3 chucks (Death to Backboards) it would be the same number. But daaamnn, they have some work to do.
|1 week 5 days ago||You mention that other site||
You mention that other site Bartovik or whatever. If you take UM since the Ohio St loss, UM is the number 4 team in the nation with the number 2 offense (0.1 behind Okie St) and the number 26 adjusted defense. So yeah...keep that up they could definitely make a good run in the tourney.
|1 week 6 days ago||As I've said before, my||
As I've said before, my fandom is just a product of my past experiences as a fan.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think the whole game will||
I think the whole game will be making Evans ineffecient on the offensive end. like reduce amout of assists he can dish by covering the perimeter, don't let him dish for dunks at the basket. Seems like he's the only one who can even go get his own shot. So make him get it. I mean, even if he does drive and put of crazy layups and floaters in the lane, as long as he's the only one getting anything of their end, I don't see him single handedly beating UM's offense against that OSU defense. Provided UM actually hits their open shots.
|1 week 6 days ago||I mean, I get what you say.||
I mean, I get what you say. But this is Michigan. We're destined to have bad shit happen to us and crush our hopes when we have great teams.
|1 week 6 days ago||I certainly hope. I do think||
I certainly hope. I do think the offense will get it's looks. I think they'll end up with a lot of high percentage twos off the pick and roll with some serious size advantages and/or a lot of open threes. But hitting those open threes will decide the game. Both UM's big men can hit it from deep and I don't think they'll be able to afford a low shooting percentage night from either of them and survive.
|1 week 6 days ago||So what's the game plan? Is||
So what's the game plan? Is it make Evans win the game for them; make him personally keep up with all of UM's offense? Reading some stuff from UMHoops, which jives with that video is that the offense is predicated around Evans' dribble drive. He can make baskets, but then he dishes a lot of open threes and they get offensive boards. Does UM basically just abandon help defense, cover the perimeter shooters, make sure to box the center out and make Evans do everything himself? I really think X could help here as he has quickness to match Evans. Would really like to see a breakdown of OSU vs ISU since ISU looks very similar to UM but not quite as good. And ISU beat OSU three times this year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Unfortunately they're that||
Unfortunately they're that type of team that no one wants to play in the tourney; they are lethal on offense and can beat any given team in a single elimination format if the shots fall. They're a lot like UM of past down to the lacking defense. UM should win, but there's a good chance that OSU just lights the nets on fire and UM just can't keep pace.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree on transition offense.||
Agree on transition offense. Also UM needs to make sure they get back for transition D; OSU is a faced paced team and will really push tempo. But I don't know; perimeter defense has improved, but Minnesota is also kind of a drive into the lane type of team and that has given UM trouble the last two times we played them. And also NW to a certain extent; Macintosh made a bunch of those floaters driving the lane if I recall correctly (to lazy to look up the stats).
|1 week 6 days ago||See I thought it would be the||
See I thought it would be the opposite with Okie St. They shoot way less 3s than UM, but actually hit them at a higher percentage than UM. And their main OREB guy is a big center. And their overall FG% is less than UM. UMHoops said their offense is predicated around the dribble drive with an experienced really good PG. To me that means that most of their OREB come from two's and the 3'is used efficiently when help d comes off their guy. If they missed a lot of 3's I would expect their gaurds to have more OREBs.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think the problem is that||
I think the problem is that their main strengths takes advantage of UM's biggest weakness on defense, rebounds. They've been great at putting up ridiculous numbers on O while not taking a to. threes and shooting a worse FG% than UM. If, say, their offense was depending on the 3, well that's a good match up because UM is great at denying threes.
On the other hand, what little D they have seems to depend on them causing TO's and UM does not turn the ball over. So UM should feast, IF they can actually hit their open shots.
Maybe the way to handle this game is forget about help defense, deny the 3 off the dribble drive and box out their big man, and just force the point guard to constantly make shots off the drive. I feel like jay would reduce their efficiency. Have them try and keep up with UM on drives without the offensive rebounds. Also, feed the post and drive in this game; try and get their OREB vacuum in foul trouble; he averages like almost 8 fouls per 40. Put him on the bench should help.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not sure how to do that with||
Not sure how to do that with Kenpom, but here is another efficiency ranking system, developed I think from a NW fan.
Not sure how good of a predictor it is (I know Kenpom is pretty validated), but Brian has referenced it before. the following link shows the dates since the OSU loss. You will notice that UM is the number 4 team in the nation. Number 2 offense (like just equal with Okie st), and number 26 D (right there with witchita state). Meanwhile, over the same stretch OKie St has 125 defense. Which is an improvement t over their like 180-something D during their losing streak.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, at least UM gets a||
Hey, at least UM gets a banner this year. Can't take that away. Anyway, I'm guessing OSU is heavily 3 dependent? Do they allow a lot of 3's on defense?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Don't go that far. I will||
Don't go that far. I will say that the I wish Warde would treat the NCAA and B1G with the contemptuousness that Brandon showed the NCAA in the situations it calls for it. Like this situation, or when the NCAA (SEC) is after the satalitte camps and such. Call them out. Threaten legal action if needed. But he just stood idly by it seems. However, Manuel also doesn't treat the fans, students, and alumni like crap either and generally seems good at running the athletic department and engaging with the UM community. However, his botching of of the hockey coaching situation is up there near firing for incompetance (or laziness maybe?). That's just bad.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know what you're||
I don't know what you're talking about. Soccer is the obviously the only sport where people make exaggerated motions, simulations, and flops to try and get a call. Never happens in any other sport. So it's a totally legitamate reason to not like soccer.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Man, I'm bummed. The site||
Man, I'm bummed. The site has been basically unchanged since I started cruising it's periodic updates and short posts during my undergrad years. I personally like the design. I also hate change. But whatever I suppose. As long as the message board remains relatively unchanged. It gives me the most recent posts easily and I don't have to wade through endless 'bumps' in threads that are mostly useless that I encounter on other boards.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I was wondering about this||
I was wondering about this too. I mean, if it was just the football incident, I don't think the AD is touched. But that on top of gymnastics which has apparently been going on for YEARS is really really bad. I guess it depends on how deep it goes and how much the president feels Hollis is responsible.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think MLK||
I don't think MLK specifically, but he ran the Sound Mind Sound Body camp which plugged him into the whole Detroit football scene pretty hard. That's what MSU hired. And two of three rumored players in this investigation are Detroit kids as well.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I thought I read that Long||
I thought I read that Long turned a laser timed 4.40 at one of Opening camps or at the Opening itself (and a glance back at recruiting profile states he also has a 10.6 100 in high school). He's reportedly legit fast That's why he was so highly rated I suppose, like a consensus top 100 type player who Washington really wanted (that means something under the current staff there).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe Evans can turn the jets||
Maybe Evans can turn the jets on near the end because he jogs earlier. Just because he was able to make up a lot of ground on the back end doesn't mean he would have been able to do it if he pushed it the first half.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, not the best way to||
Yeah, not the best way to determine the 'fastest' with a there and back 200 yard race...but still, it's quite interesting. Probably more a test of high intensity endurance than flat out foot speed.
I see Nordin, Melletus, Long, Glasgow, Evans, 45 - who the heck is that, McDoom, Johnson.