landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
|46 min 37 sec ago||The better analogy||
would be Maryland with Gary Williams. The Terps went to back to back Final Fours, winning it all the second time, and then never came close to replicating that. They made the Sweet 16 the year after winning it all, and then never made it past the first weekend. In the 9 years Williams coached Maryland after they won it all they had double digit losses in 6 of those years, and the two years they didn't have double digit losses they lost 9 games.
|53 min 6 sec ago||I'd throw the '91 UNLV team in the discussion||
Defending champs (returned just about all the key players from the year before), undefeated heading into the Final Four - trying to be the first team since IU in '76 to go undefeated, crushed just about everyone during the regular season, and then lost to a team they beat by 30 in the championship game the year before.
|14 hours 4 min ago||Gonna disagree some||
Yeah, Illinois has fallen hard from the time they made the title game but the circumstances are a bit different. Bill Self put that Illinois team together and then left for Kansas. Bruce Webber rode Self's coattails for a few years but Webber couldn't keep it going.
|17 hours 22 min ago||The bummer is||
the UM/VaTech game will be lucky to be on the espn2. It might get relagated to espnu or whatever there smaller channels are.
|22 hours 1 min ago||Without knowing||
what each defensive player's assignment is it's hard to be too critical but.... It's kind of the old adage - do your job. If that DB's job is the QB, he should be sticking with the QB whether the QB pump fakes or not.
|1 day 13 min ago||Kansas||
only has 3 national titles in their history.
|1 day 16 min ago||ACC||
I don't know if it's due to 15 teams and a completely unbalanced schedule but there were only 5 teams in the ACC that didn't finish .500 or better in conference play (BC, Wake, GT, NC State and FSU).
|1 day 19 hours ago||It's kind of one of those catch-22s||
Hopefully by the time November rolls around the QB will have settled into the system and be solid. Early in the year I'm expecting some hiccups from the QB play.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Different strokes||
for different folks. The freshmen who red shirt this year will be 5th yr seniors in 2020. If Harbaugh is still the coach in 2020 the roster is going to be so stacked with talent it's going to be rediculous. What year a player is will probably be the last thing on our minds.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Probably but||
I'd assume there's one or two but the reality is if you're playing college tennis the odds that you'll have a successful pro career are pretty slim. By successful I'm talking about being ranked in the Top 40-50 in the rankings. Most of the premier players as a youth turn pro while they are in high school.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Not to mention||
If Harbaugh keeps pulling in classes like Bama and OSU, most of those recuits aren't looking to be in college for 5 yrs. We'll start seeing UM join the ranks of teams who are consistently having players go pro before their eligibility is up.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Agree||
especially the part about the one sided games. I'm assuming there are going to be a decent number of games which are over early in the 3rd quarter and the second and third stringers (and possibly most of the players that don't start) are going to get playing time.
|6 days 11 hours ago||It's a very gray area||
Almost all of these players started playing when they were really young. While I agree the universities and conferences might have some responsibility, to place it all on them assumes high schools, jr highs and pop warner leagues are not at fault. Part of the problem is the repeated pounding the brain takes and the brain didn't start taking that pounding when the players went to college. It more than likely started when the players started playing football.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Not sure||
but back then there was some rule about a trip to Hawaii not counting against the 11 game regular season schedule so they got to play an extra game.
|1 week 1 day ago||Agree on MSU but||
somehow Sparty is 2-2 against Meyer while he's been at OSU.
|1 week 1 day ago||Alabama and OSU||
Since when has Alabama losing key starters been an issue? In the last 8 years Bama has finished in the poll: 6, 1, 10, 1, 1, 7, 4, 1.
OSU has finished 3, 12, 1, 4 in Meyer's tenure. There's only 3 games I could see OSU losing - at Oklahoma, at MSU and Michigan. The Penn St and Wisky trips will be tough but while OSU is inexperience it's loaded with potential talent.
|1 week 1 day ago||it's totally fake||
The kid that gets hit is starting to get up from his chair before the punch lands.
|1 week 4 days ago||40 yr wasteland||
This is where opinions differ. I was born in 1970 and since then the only programs that have more appearances in the title game are UCLA, Kentucky, Duke and UNC (Kansas is tied with UM at 5).
I wouldn't call UM a blue blood or put them at the same tier as those programs because they go through roller coaster periods of being really good and then taper off to being average but I wouldn't call it a 40 yr wasteland between Orr and Beilein.
The mid 70's saw 2 big ten titles, 3 Elite 8s and an NCAA runner up with UM being the #1 ranked team in the country when the '77 NCAA tourney began.
The mid 80's lacked the ncaa tournament success but the Grant, Joubert, Tarpley and Relford teams set the stage for the late 80s. Heading into the 85 NCAA tourney UM was Big Ten champs and ranked #2 in the country. Head into the '86 tourney they were Big Ten champs and ranked #5 in the country. Heading into the '88 tourney they were runn ups in the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the country.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ignores our history??||
Curious as to what you mean when you say "But expecting us to be better because we're Michigan and/or have money ignores our history..."?
|1 week 5 days ago||Burke and Blake||
One difference between the two players is Blake is a much better 3 pt shooter. For his career Blake has shot 38% from the 3 pt line, and that percentage has gone down his last couple of years. He had a number of years where he shot 40%+ from the 3 pt line. You can carve a niche in the NBA by being a solid 3 pt shooter.
Burke on the other hand has shot 33%, .318% and .344% from the 3 pt line in his first 3 seasons.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah||
Pretty sure for most the games against the Spurs I've seen him in street clothes in the first row of people behind the players bench.
|1 week 6 days ago||UNLV||
I don't know if I'd say they are similiar to UCF based upon potential. I'd put UCF well ahead of UNLV in regards to the potential of one being a good football program because UCF is in one of the most fertile states for high school football, not to mention they are surrounded by the other southern states.
|1 week 6 days ago||Southern Big 12 schools||
This is just done off of Google maps but:
Dallas to Orland is 1084 miles
Dallas to Cincy is 934 miles.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I don't know||
In the last 4 years the Big Ten has put 7, 7, 6 and 7 teams in the NCAA tourney. I'm guessing if you go back a few more years, one will continue to find that about 50% of the Big Ten teams make the toureny. When you have doormats like NU, PSU and now Rutgers, making the NCAA tourney is great but it should be a regular occurrence.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Question||
Do you watch espn other than sporting events and maybe 30 for 30? Most people I know only tune into espn to watch a game.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Irvin's 3 point shooting||
Irvin shot 37.5% from the 3 in conference play, 32-85. 34-85 is 40%. Since it only would have taken 2 more makes by Irvin to shoot 40% in 18 conference games, I'm not so sure his 3 pt shooting in the conference was that big of a detriment.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That's a small lineup||
I get what you're saying and think we could see that lineup some, but man, that is small: 5'11", 6'1", 6'4" and if Irvin is at the 4, 6'6".
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Scouting too||
Agree with you about better athletes and defenders but teams also had a good scouting report on him by the time conference play started too.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Looking at the list of transfers||
I only count 81 from Power 5 conferences, so that's an average of just over one per school but UM has 4 transfers this year. UM is WAY above the average number of transfers from a power 5 conference school this year.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Yeah||
I'm guessing you don't need more than one hand to count the people who have been all-stars in two professional sports. Heck, there aren't that many people that even play two professional sports.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||What if's||
Yeah, if we're going to play the 'what if' game any of those guys could have started, but I'm guessing a month ago if asked to give their starting 5 for next year, 99% of people would say Walton, MAAR, Robinson, Irvin and Donnal/Wagner.
I do like Robinson coming off the bench.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Undecided impact recruit||
I don't follow basketball recruiting that closely but how many undecided impact recruits are still out there in early May?
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Yeah||
No one was projecting any of those 3 guys to be starters but all had the distinct possibility of being a role player off the bench (Doyle maybe not as much as Chatman and Dawkins). With the exception of the Donnal/Wagner rotation at the 5, the rest of the subs off the bench will have little to no college experience.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Michigan||
has lost 4 transfers this year - Spike, Doyle, Dawkins and Chatman.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||It's funny||
We embrace Harbaugh's mantra of competition when it comes to playing time in football but with basketball, we don't want any competition for playing time.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||6' shooting guard||
You'll probably be seeing some of that this year. MAAR isn't going to be playing 40 minutes at the 2. There'll be times when 6'1" Walton and 5'11" Simpson are probably on the court at the same time.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Don't forget Dawkins||
but playing for his dad more than likely factored into that decision.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||Ohio State||
Pretty sure Cook didn't play against OSU. He was out with an injury.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Your last question||
is kind of a trick question. If a QB is getting drafted in the first round, it probably means he had a great college career. In turn, especially at programs like USC and Michigan, it also probably means the football team was pretty successful.
Obviously, going in the first round and being a stud NFL is the best of both worlds, but my main allegiance lies with the Michigan football team so while I love to see UM players excel in the pros, I get more enjoyment out of the Michigan football being successful on Saturdays in the fall.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Barrett||
I could be wrong but I doubt he goes pro early. He probably isn't going to be rated that high as a QB on many draft boards.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||1st round QBs||
Rivers, Rodgers, Roethlisberger and Dalton are all first round draft picks.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Awful game||
UM absolutely dominated the first half and led 28-10 at the half. The offense had the ball 4 times and each time went something like 70+ yds to score.
Second half UM bottled up the offense and Purdue just chipped away at the lead.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
unless Sanchez shines in August, I'm guessing Lynch is probably going to be thrown to the wolves starting week 1.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Wilson||
is kind of Big Ten. He spent most of his years at NC State and was a darn good QB for the Wolfpack.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||In addition||
Miller actually had a season under his belt as a wr while Barrett will probably never have played wr in college.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure||
they realized the ban was stupid but rather they didn't want the DOJ poking around.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Utah too||
Both TCU and Utah had some growing pains when they moved into the Big 12 and Pac-12. They weren't going 1-11, but they didn't just initially keep going 10-2 when they moved into the Power 5 conference.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||1998 season||
The defense was actually fairly solid that year. The offense shit the bed in the ND game - they had a chance to build a nice halftime lead but bumbled around instead. Syracuse was a disaster. The defense was the reason they went into the OSU game undefeated in conference play: The offense was abysmal until the PSU game:
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Relegation as Pac10/12 doormat??||
While they've never won a conference title, I wouldn't say they've been a doormat. They joined the conference in the late 70s. The record of their head coaches since then:
Larry Smith, 48-28-3, 1980-86
Dick Tomey, 95-64-4, 1987-2000
John Mackovic, 10-18, 2001-03
Mike Hankwitz, 1-6, 2004
Mike Stoops, 41-50 , 2004-11
Until their string of bad coaching hires in the 2000's, they were anything but a doormat.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||True||
but the Gator offense was improved in the first half of the season (compared to what they had under Muschamp and...the bar was low after Muschamp) then the QB got suspended. After that it was a disaster.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||It'd be interesting to see||
how good a shooter he is on the move - ie, coming off a pick. If he can hit a good percentage of his shots off of a screen, I'd love to see the offense incorporate that a little bit (Bob Knight would have him coming off of screen after screen after screen).
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Williams name||
might not be mentioned but if you read the linked articles 10 members of UNC's basketball team which won the title in 2005 had majors in the department with non-existent classes.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not surprising||
I would have been way more surprised if the NCAA brought the hammer down.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If I'm the NCAA/SEC/ACC||
I'm thinking real quick about reversing the decision. I'm guessing there's a lot of collateral damage that could be unearthed if the government decided to get involved.
As we all know, the NCAA can't force anyone testify but the government sure can.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not necessarily||
Georgetown is D1 in basketball but I don't believe the rest of their sports are. At least when I was in college (25 years ago) the rest of their teams were D3. It might have changed though.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget||
the NFL also took away the Pats first round pick this year too. For an organization that usually does a really good job in the draft, that's a huge hit as well.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Kraft||
I still can't believe Kraft put his tail between his legs and didn't fight harder for Brady.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I have kids||
who are 12 and 11 and when I let them choose the radio station, the Biebs is getting constant airplay.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't they actually||
have another hit - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Good luck||
with getting playoff football in the Midwest or Northeast. Delaney/Big Ten is probably the only conference fighting that battle. Every other Power 5 conference would prefer the playoff games to be in the sourth and the west.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I just see it||
as a very slippery slope. I see people in the thread talking about making sure it's regulated. The NCAA can't even regulate the rules they have in place now. How do they regulate this?
I think there would be bidding wars. If Clemson was offering Gary 250K + other benefits when it's illegal, that cost is probably only going up when it becomes legal. And while it won't be legal to pay recruits, the 'annual salary' of a recruit from endorsements once they enroll will be part of the recruiting pitch.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Depends on who is paying||
Is only the university allowed to 'pay' the players or could a car dealership have a kid do a commercial and pay him?
If it's just the university, then yeah, UM would have an advantage. It players are free to get paid for endorsements from anyone, it could essentially become like free agency in pro sports - which bagmen are willing to offer the largest endorsement deals. The grad transfer rule could become interesting if other schools can offer a player a larger endorsement deal than what they are making at their current school.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Pandora's box||
Agree, while good in theory, it will pretty much allow the bagmen to legally give the players money.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Few and far between?||
He's 29th all time in career assists and most of the guys in front of him were/are pure point guards.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Mike Garrett||
Pat Haden and now Lynn Swan. I wonder if there's something written down that they can only hire former players of John McKay to be AD.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This||
unless someone else on the team takes a massive jump in production, Irvin is more than likely going to be counted on to be the alpha dog next year too.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Ugh...||
Pretty sure they went off on Beilein a week or so ago about limiting where Spike could transfer.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You forgot some states||
Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Don't throw rocks||
if you live in a glass house. If you look at future Big Ten schedules, the Big Ten is going the way of the SEC. There are going to be conference games the first and second weeks of the season with non-conference games falling later in the season (not as late in the season as the SEC though).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
A lot of the country music that comes out today would have been considered 'pop' music 20-30 yrs ago.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Title 9||
Wouldn't Title 9 come into play if you allow the football teams to have more scholarship players?
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Lots of credit||
to Villanova for their game plan. At the same time though, the lack of in game adjustments by UNC to combat the Nova game plan was bad.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||NC State - Houston||
everyone talks about that game, and rightly so because of the way it ended, but the Louisville/Houston semi-final that year was a much better overall game imo.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
UNC's inability to make adjustments to get their bigs involved killed them.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Receivers||
Agree they are mostly unproven but most people had a lot of concerns about the wr's heading into 2015 and they ended up being a solid position group.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Because some people||
like to freak out 18 months before a season starts.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||What about a PWO||
Is a 'preferred walk on' recruited to some extent?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||It's way to early to worry||
about 2017 and 2018. Every team usually has holes to fill each year. The amount of starters UM has coming back in 2016 doesn't happen that often. I'm going to see what happens in 2016 before I start worrying about 2017.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Agree on the redshirting||
Harbaugh's philosophy is about competition. You compete for the job, and if you win you play. Doesn't matter whether you're a 5th yr senior or a true frosh. He's also stated the best way to get better is to play, and by playing he doesn't mean in practice, he means on Saturdays.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Brown||
didn't fall off the face of the earth with his football career though before he retired. He led the league in rushing yds his last 3 years in the league (actually led the league in rushing yards 8 of his 9 seasons). He could have easily played longer if he wanted.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Doyle||
Looked pretty promising as a freshmen. Hard to know how much the sleep issue affected him and if so, how much that will continue to affect him in the future. If the sleep issue was the main cause of his regression this year and he can get it under control, I could see him being a solid role player at a good bball program.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
It might take a little time for the oline to gel, but agree with what you're saying.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Sweet 16 appearances are about even||
First number listed is from 83-99, second number is 00-present.
IU - 8, 4
Purdue - 4, 3
OSU - 4, 5
UM - 5, 2
MSU - 4, 11
Illinois - 3, 4
Iowa - 4, 0
Wisky - 0, 9
Minny - 3, 0
NU - 0,0
PSU - 0, 1
Nebraska - NA, 0
Maryland - MA, 1
Rutgers - NA, 0
Totals: 35 sweet 16 appearances from 83-99 and 40 sweet 16 appearances from 00 to present. The interesting thing though is from 83-99 it's a fairly even distribution among the teams but from 00-present half of the sweet 16 appearances come from 2 teams - Wisky and MSU.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Comparing periods||
I wasn't comparing era's, merely pointing out that Big Ten basketball was pretty darn good from '83-'99. And that was in an era when there were only 10 and then 11 teams.
80's: The Big Ten won 3 NCAA titles in the 80's (IU - '81, IU - '87, UM -'89). They've only won one National title since - MSU 2000. Heck, you add in MSU's title in '79 and the Big Ten won 4 NCAA titles over a 12 year span.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Big Ten basketball||
not that strong over this time period. I'm going to disagree. Not including IU and Purdue, this is how some other Big Ten teams did over that 17 yr period:
Illinois: FF - 89, Elite Eight - 84, Sweet 16 - 85, made the NCAA's 14 of 17 years, 2 Big Ten titles.
OSU - FF 99, EE - 92, SS - 83 and 91. 2 Big Ten titles.
Minny - FF 97, EE - 90, SS - 89 and 1 Big Ten title.
MSU - FF - 99, SS - 86, 90, 98. 3 Big Ten titles.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
and in the playoffs coaching becomes bigger. Pop is pretty darn good at making adjustments from game to game in the playoffs. It would not only be a fascinating series because the teams are so good but also to see the coaching chess match that would take place over the course of the series.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This||
The NBA playoffs aren't like they used to be. There's almost always a day off between games and often times 2-3 days off when travel is involved for teams. Not to mention if you can win a series in 4 or 5 games, they're probably going to have a week or so off before the next series starts.
I remember in the old days teams would play game 7 of a series and the winner would have less than 48 hrs before they had to play Game 1 of the next series.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Didn't there used||
to be a rule in the Big Ten that players couldn't transfer to other Big Ten teams?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas||
The running joke on this blog his freshman yr was 'he's just a shooter' because there were enough times throughout the season that he showed the ability to get by his defender and get into the lane.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Beating a dead horse||
You mention that finding a big man who can shoot the 3 isn't easy but...Max shot 45% from 3 for IU this year. Granted, he only had 64 attempts.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Kind of agree||
but considering they are going up against what should be a damn good dline, I like what I'm hearing about the oline.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Walton||
maybe my memory is off but I don't recall him being that great of a penetrator and creating shots for other people this year. Freshmen year, yes.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Hey||
Didn't Columbia win the CBI tourney (or whatever it's called)????
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty sure||
the announcers said Columbia had some players play last night who are on their men's national team but are under 23. One was under by 18 days.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||forgetting one thing||
Actually, I didn't forget that. In my post I clearly state that Spike is an unknown.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Assuming no injuries||
Considering the past two seasons have been derailed by injuries (and a 3rd if you include McGary, even though that team still had a solid year) that seems to be a big assumption. Maybe the injury gods will look favorably upon UM this year.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe it's me||
but when it comes to football it seems this site is all about redshirting and getting as many upperclassmen on the field but with basketball it seems to be let the upperclassmen go so the freshmen can play. I realize Spike is an unknown coming off his surgery and essentially sitting out a year, but if there's more attrition I don't see why they wouldn't bring him back. The guy knows the offense and what JB wants.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe Harbaugh has changed me||
but shouldn't it be about competition and the best players play? Letting Max leave seems like they did it just so they could get minutes for Doyle, Donnal, etc.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Spike||
Besides the fact he's a solid 3 pt shooter and paser, to me the thing he brought to the table that was sorely lacking on the team this past year was some grit and scrappiness.
|8 weeks 1 hour ago||Matta||
I've always thought he was a really good recruiter and a solid defensive coach but his offense always seems lacking. For a while now players just never seem to develop any type of offensive skills under him. If they don't have a stud that can carry the offensive load, they struggle.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Agree||
I'm kind of surprised that colleges and the NFL haven't put some sort clause in contracts and scholarships that players acknowledge the inherent risks associated with the sport and choose to play at their own risk, essentially releasing the NFL and colleges from the brain injuries suffered (with the assumption that all proper medical care has been taken by the NFL and colleges).
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||The other thing about race cars||
is while the car is designed to shatter the helmet the driver wears is not. Now a days, the seat, and specifically, around the head of the driver, is designed so that the drivers head and neck remain in the same position in a wreck.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||I upvoted you||
for the use of 'jabroni'.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||While I agree||
it seems a bit odd, I'm guessing those players eat way better than 90% of students. Not to mention, I'm guessing the amount of food those guys put away is enormous. I know what our grocery bill is each week for our 11 yr old son and 13 yr old daughter. I can't imagine would the grocery bill would be if we were trying to feed a 6'5" 300lb lineman.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Bringing Spike back||
Not sure what the status of Spike is academicly, but if he still needs to graduate in May/June, he's not gone for a few more months. If another player were to transfer, it'd be up to JB to determine how the scholarship would get used: additional recruit, transfer coming in, Spike, leave it open.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||That could be||
like saying the Browns had 3 QB's last year. Quantity does not equal quality.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||ACC wins NC's||
You mean Duke and North Carolina win NC's. Since NC State with Lorenzo Charles the only ACC team other than Duke or UNC to win a National Title is Maryland.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Bigger name stars||
will probably be missing from these games. With Copa America and the European Cup taking place in June into early July this summer, I'm guessing most of the bigger name players are going to want a little RnR before league play starts up.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Broome||
only weighs 160 pounds.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
Aren't they already over the scholarship limit by 1 for next year before they even entertain a transfer like this guy?
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah||
Hopkins is D3 in just about every sport except lacrosse.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Nebraska and PSU||
Have either of these teams ever been good on a consistent basis? PSU has prettymuch been a regular in the lower 3rd of the Big Ten standings for the past 20 yrs. They've made the NCAA tourney 3 times since they joined the Big Ten.
Nebraska had a nice year a couple seasons ago but that's the exception. They had a nice run for 5-6 years in the late 80's/early 90's but that's it. The Huskers have only made the NCAA tourney 7 times in the history of their basketball program.
The chances are much more likely these teams are going to be sub 100 rpi teams than in the 50-100 range.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||Depleted rosters||
With both the Copa America and European Cup taking place this summer I'm guessing most of the big name players won't be participating in too many of the friendlies in the US this summer. They'll be concentrating on playing for their country in these tournaments.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||Tony Bennett||
seems to be trending up at Virginia though. Yes, he's missed the tourney 3 years but those were his first three years. His record at UVA:
15-16 (5-11 in conference)
22-10 (9-7, NCAA 2nd round)
30-7 (16-2, Sweet 16)
30-4 (16-2, NCAA 2nd round)
28-7 (13-5, Sweet 16 if not further)
UVA has 2 regular season ACC titles and 1 ACC conference tourney title.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
A quick first step on offense and lateral movement on defense is lacking with this team.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Nail meet hammer||
You nailed it. Once Levert went out, defenses didn't have to worry about anyone blowing by their defender and rotating over. They could just play straight up man with little help responsibilities.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||IU 2002||
When IU made their FF run in 2002, these were the seeds they faced: 12, 13, 3, 10.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Don't think so||
I don't think anything ever came from it punishment wise.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I thought most of the Big Ten||
got screwed. I was surprised Maryland and Purdue were seeded as low as they were. Not that I was expecting them to be 2 seeds but was figuring 4.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||this||
UM's ability to penetrate and break a defense down off the dribble is almost non-existent, especially when playing good teams. It's the reason why they don't get a ton of open looks. No one can beat their man off the dribble so no one on defense needs to rotate over and help.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I looked at the list||
and Matta is ahead of JB cause Matta is a better recruiter. I'm not going to argue that.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||List is bunk||
Any list that has Matta ranked ahead of JB regarding offense is bunk. OSU's offenses are painful to watch every year. OSU wins by playing great defense and usually having more talent than the other team.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Saw a twitter post||
Brown shot 10-48 in his last 5 games.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Also||
wasn't the rumor on here that one of the reasons the olineman from Texas went to UCLA was because he wasn't going to get into UM?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe I'm missing something||
but the numberss don't add up. When did Wagner sign with UM? I didn't think it was until well passed the end of the ncaa tourney. Did someone else leave the program for them to have two open scholarships?
They have one open scholarship right now, so if UM wanted Brown and wanted to keep Max they could have. Brown went to Cal so UM still had two open scholarships. One was used on Wagner and the other one went unused.
Just my pure speculation but I think JB thought the bigs were going to play better than they did this year. Thus, he didn't feel the need for Max or want Max to cut into their playing time. Doyle actually looked okay last year. IMO, he didn't come close this year to replicating what he did in the 2014/15 season. I'm guessing JB thought with Doyle he had a solid interior player and then was hoping one or more of Donnal/Wilson/Chatman was going to step up. Unfortunately, Doyle seemed to regress and only Donnal seemed to step up.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||At least initially||
with the rule, at the new school the player had to enroll in a graduate program that his old school did not have. Not sure if that is still part of the rule.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Sulimon||
I thought he had burned his bridges at Duke and wasn't really welcome there anymore. Could be wrong though.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||What's the mean?||
UM hasn't shot well from 3 point land for about the last 13 games - that's over a 1/3rd of the season. I think people overestimate this UM teams ability to shoot 3 pointers.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Sh*t||
They need to get the upvoting working again cause I really want to upvote you.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||2013||
is the only other time FGCU has made the NCAA tourney. Most of the players on this years team were not on the 2013 roster.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||FGCU||
I'm trying to figure out why some people think they can hang with UNC. FGCU went 16-13 against D1 competition and have an RPI of 215.
They went 0-5 against teams ranked in the Top 150 of the RPI.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||As ryholly said||
24% isn't to far off the mean over the last 3rd of the season. Over the last 13 games UM has only shot above 33% from the 3 pt line 4 times:
MSU - .286
Minny - .560
Purdue - .250
OSU - .208
Maryland - .481
NU - .267
Wisky - .385
Iowa - .235
NU - .414
IU - .286
Purdue - .240
Tulsa - .240
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Average number of 3's||
They haven't been shooting well from the 3 point line in a while. Over the last 10 games the 4 main 3 point shooters have gone:
Walton 13-53, 24.5%
MAAR 9-31, 29%
Irvin 15-52, 29%
Robinson 15-46, 33%
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Top 15 team||
From the mid-80s to the mid-90's UM was consisently ranked in the Top 15 AP poll heading into the NCAA tourney:
84/85 - 2
85/86 - 5
86/87 - not ranked (ost 2nd round of NCAA tourney)
87/88 - 10
88/89 - 10
89/90 - 13
90/91 - not ranked
91/92 - 15
92/93 - 3
93/94 - 11
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Loaded Big Ten||
I don't know if I'd say the Big Ten was loaded this year. Rutgers and Minnesota are probably two of the worst power 5 teams in a while. Illinois, PSU, Nebraska and NU weren't anything great. OSU was down this year. Wisky was in a rebuild year.
Excluding MSU and UM, the other four teams were pretty good (Iowa, IU, Purdue and Maryland) but I don't think they are anything great.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The team has been there||
Their last NCAA appearance was in 2013 so before the game last night only 5 players had played in the NCAA tourney.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Saban at the Dolphins||
They went 9-7 and 6-10. Not sure what Saban's role was with regards to player personnel - I don't think he was a GM but the Dolphins big mistake while Saban was there was signing Daunte Culpepper instead of Drew Brees, who was coming off the shoulder injury.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Part of that||
was what marqueeview said. McGary is the unique big man who can dribble and is a really good passer. Replace McGary with say a Donnal or Doyle against Syracuse and the results would not have been the same.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||This tournament||
is on a Monday, Tuesday and Weds. You really think fans are going to take a few days off of work to go watch their team play in some scrub post season tourney, even if it's in Vegas?
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Dang it||
Where are the upvotes??? I'd upvote you as many times as I could.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||If they beat Tulsa||
I doubt they'll go back to AA, they'll probaby head straight to Brooklyn.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know||
I'm guessing these games have been sold out for months. There'll be a good contingent of UM fans but I don't see it being a huge percentage of the people in attendance.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||BYU||
Also with them, of the teams listed above they probably easily had the longest distance to travel to get to Dayton. Not sure how far they had to travel to get to their next game.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Don't know but||
Florida has more Top 100 wins than UM does. I do know most pundits say the committee puts a lot of stock into non-conference SOS when it comes to at large teams.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Florida||
Their SOS metrcs are probably helping them. Overall their SOS is 12 and their non-conference SOS is 4. Both of those are huge win it comes to the bubble.
UM's SOS is 63 and their non-conference SOS is 207.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Oregon St||
OSU: RPI - 29, SOS-9, Non-Conf SOS - 53, record vs Top 100 12-12
UM: RPI - 64, SOS-63, Non-Conf SOS - 207, record vs Top 100 3-11
UM's resume was before the IU win.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Under the Radar||
Not sure how 'under the radar' some of the guys you mention were. On 247, Burke was a 4 star and the 93rd ranked player nationally, GR3 was a 5 star and the 16th ranked player nationally while Stauskas was a 4 star and the 82nd ranked player nationally.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Everyone stays||
That would require some of these players to take a lot less money than what they are getting on the free agent market. Even with Manning's retirement, Denver is strapped. Most hard core Broncos fans that I work with were of the mindset 'this year or bust' for the Super Bowl because they knew Denver was going to lose some people to free agency this off season.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||The good news is||
most of those teams you mention have games they could easily lose in the first game of their conference tourneys:
UConn plays Cincy. UConn lost both regular season games to Cincy, although by the scores both games were close.
Tulsa plays Memphis. Tulsa just lost to Memphis in the last week of the regular season.
Florida plays Arkansas. Gators won the regular season meeting by 4 in Gainesville.
Oregon St has what appears to be the best chance at a sure victory in their first game, Arizona St.
Obviously, need to root for St Marys.
The kicker as others have said though is UM beating IU doesn't seem likely right now.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||Valentine||
Valentine is all over the statistical leaders of the Big Ten. He averaged 19.8 pts, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists.
Points/Game - 1st
Rebounfing - 7th
3 Pt FG % - 5th
FT % - 4th
Assits - 1st
3 Pt FGs made/game - 1st
Assit to Turnover ratio - 3rd
Defensive Rebounds/Game - 1st
On the Big Ten's website the only statistical catagory that Ferrell was ahead of Valentine was steals.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Last year||
there at least seemed to be some grit and tenacity on the floor. This year it's just kind of blah.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Who improved this year||
Biedfeld??? Oh wait, he wasn't on UM's team this year.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||If I could up vote you||
I would. There's no need to be scheduling teams that are the bottom dwellers of D1 basketball.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Look at RPI or Kenpom||
The D2 win is not listed in their W/L record.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||yeah||
That's what I was thinking - the bowl games don't want to compete with the NFL.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||True but||
a victory over NU isn't going to move the needle much for UM's RPI.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||The good news is||
there aren't too many 'mid-major' conference champions that are going to get in as an at-large so the amount of bid stealers is pretty limited this year. Wichita St is probably not getting in. The WCC is probably only getting one team - whoever wins the conference tourney.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||You're being generous||
Outside of Beathard and Barrett that list looks like a bunch of your first name.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||American sports stale??||
The new blood that's winning in American sports is in almost every league.
In the NBA Golden St is the defending champion and has a chance to set the record for most wins in the regular season. The last time they were relevant (besides Sprewell choking PJ and Webber having a feud with Don Nelson) was in the mi-70's.
In MLB the Royals, having gone to back to back World Series, won their first championship, since 1985 The Mets also made the World Series for the first time in 20 yrs.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Mrs Bielema???||
Just a guess though.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||275||
The scale they put him on probably only goes to 275.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
not sure who is covering him but TJ makes him look small.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Already been done to some extent||
Happened in the 90s before the BCS era. Big 10 and Pac 10 didn't join. The other conferences formed their own 'coalition' to try and help determine the national champion - goal was to get the top teams playing each other in bowl games.
|12 weeks 15 hours ago||Just a guess||
but I'm guessing USF and UCF aren't going to let UM hold spring practices at their facilities.
I like your idea though.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||Your last paragraph||
is gold, pure gold!!!!
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||Back injury?||
He had surgery on both hips in the offseason.
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||Dawson||
Aren't they kind of limited by hours a player can practice and limited in the number of olinemen they have in FL?
With Bars not being in FL, I count 13 olineman on the roster. You have 7 practicing from 8-12 and 6 practicing from 10-2.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Iowa||
Not sure how the tiebreakers work, but in terms of loses Iowa is tied with Maryland and MSU at 5 losses.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||What are you complaining about?||
Not sure I understand your post.
(Meant for Carlos)
|12 weeks 1 day ago||What?||
UM has a pretty strong history in basketball. They are tied for 13th all time in FF appearances and that's with the '92 and '93 appearances vacated. If you want to count the two the fab five vacated UM climbs to 10th all time in FF appearnces.
When it comes to appearances in the championship game, UM ranks 8th. 8th is with the vacated FF's. You count the vacated FF's and UM is 6th all time in championship game appearances.
Yeah, UM isn't UNC or UCLA or UK, but they are historically a solid bball program.
You say the '89 title came out of nowhere - hogwash. They'd made the NCAA tourney in '85, '86, '87 and '88 with '88 being a Sweet 16 appearance. And the '85 and '86 teams were damn good - they just choked in the NCAA's. All four of those teams ('85, '86, '87 and '88) finished in the Top 10 of the final AP poll.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Death sentence??||
The NCAA doesn't hand down death sentences. In fact, the NCAA barely enforces anything anymore.
Beilein has gotten his share of highly ranked recruits - there's a number of 4 stars on the roster right now. The problem is they aren't living up to expectations - some of them have hardly made a dent in the contribution department during games so far in their career.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||yeah||
Since MSU lost 3 in a row, they have won 9 out of 10 and these are their results:
They're destroying people - doesn't matter whether the opponent is in first place or last place. Some of those final scores are closer than the games actually were (UM, IU, Wisky).
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
Going 1-2 in the last 3 games puts UM at the mercy of what other teams do. Going 2-1 I think puts UM in the tourney.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||IU didn't lock it||
IU still has Iowa and Maryland left so they haven't clinched the #1 seed. I believe they've clinched a share of the Big Ten title though. One more way and they win it outright.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Kind of agree||
I don't think that gets them in either. At that point there'll be a lot of scoreboard watching to see what's happening with other bubble teams.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Passing up 5 extra games||
I don't think anyone's saying to turn down an NIT invite. What they are saying is it's better to make the NCAA's than the NIT.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Considering||
the amount of injuries they suffered on the oline and the fact they beat OSU in Columbus with their backup QB's, I'd say that's a pretty good year.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I'd say||
the 42-13 beatdown at the hands of OSU this year was pretty bad.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It used to be||
that you could hold supervised practices through the NCAA tourney, whether your team was still playing in a tourney or not. Knight would sometimes make his teams practice after they had been bounced from the tourney.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Spike||
had surgery on both hips in the off-season. There were questions before the season began as to whether Spike would be able to play and if he could go, how effective he would even be.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Youth||
to some extent I get it but at the same time, most of the players in the rotation saw extensive time before this year. Robinson being the lone exception, and possibly Donnal but Donnal is a jr and an upperclassmen.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa||
While I tend to think this is going to be a loss, Iowa is on a bad losing streak. If they lose to IU, the Hawkeyes might be pretty dejected coming into AA.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Conference seeding||
At this point for UM it's more about matchups in the conference tourney than seeding. They aren't going to finish 11th-14th so they don't have to worry about playing in one of those games. The odds of them getting one of the top 4 seeds is pretty slim (they'd need to win out and get help). They aren't going to win 4 games in 4 games to win the tourney so whether they are the 5th seed or 8th seed, it's all about the matchup(s).
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Dogged it||
I seriously doubt he dogged it. but I could see maybe decrease in motivation and/or his figuring out a way to get Gard the HC job affecting Wisky's play. At the same time, they lost some pretty good players from last year and it might have just taken the team a while to find their roles.
Agree though, it looks like it's going to be hard for Alvarez to not offer the job to Gard.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||You're assuming||
everything else remains stagnant other than UM's W-L record. The RPI changes after every game. Other teams are playing games and the outcome of those games will have a ripple affect as to where teams are seeded. Whereas we are often times only looking at UM, the reality is there are lots of teams trying to get into the NCAA. UM is affected not just by what UM does but also by what other teams do.
When you're on the bubble, it's almost like taking a class where a teacher is going to grade the class on a curve. How you do in the class depends a lot on the quality of your work but at the same time your grade is going to be determined by the quality of work by the other people in the class.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||In the immortal words of Sonny Corleone||
What, did you go to college to get stuoid?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Oregon St||
The Beavers resume compared to UM's:
OSU: 28 RPI, SOS - 1, 9-10 vs the Top 100
UM: 50 RPI, SOS - 68, 4-9 vs the Top 100
|12 weeks 5 days ago||yeah||
Most of these guys like Lunardi/Palm/etc. will be off their seeding some but usually have about 95% of the teams picked correctly as to who makes the tourney. When these guys start saying a team is on the bubble or last four in or first four out, they are probably aren't to far off.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||IU||
Some of their resume is a little weaker than the other big ten teams:
IU: 30 RPI, SOS 112, Kenpom 20
Mary - 10 RPI, SOS 42, Kenpom 18
Iowa - 20 RPI, SOS 38, Kenpom 13
MSU - 14 - RPI, SOS 62, Kenpom 1
IU's RPI and Kenpom has gradually been getting better. They had a very easy conference schedule through the first 9 games.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure||
how much of this stuff we'll actually hear out of 4 practices in Florida, but I'm hoping a lot of these questions are answered by the time spring ball is over.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Limping through close win after close win||
You might want to recheck the 2011 season. These are scores of UM's victories in the regular season:
8 of the 10 wins were by double digits, and 6 of the 10 wins were by 20+ pts.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||If if, and and but||
were candy and nuts it'd be Xmas every day.
I love how people on this board are quick to rip Izzo for whinning when MSU has injuries, but as soon as UM has injuries, it's okay to play the injury card.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||This year and last year||
This is pretty much the same team as last year too.
Instead of Spike last year, they have Walton this year.
They lost Max from last year but added Robinson and Wagner.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||MSU and Big Ten title||
I'd say MSU still has a legit shot at getting a share of the Big Ten title.
MSU's remaining schedule: PSU, @Rutgers, OSU
IU's remaining schedule: @Illinois, @Iowa, Maryland
Maryland's remaining schedule: @Purdue, Illinois, @IU
Iowa's remaining schedule: @OSU, IU, @UM.
Out of those 4 teams MSU easily has the softest remaining schedule.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Actually||
there's two big ten teams on the list.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Well||
if I'm playing UM I'd be trying to shut down UM's 3 point shooting whether Robinson is on the floor or not. 3 point shooting is UM's bread and butter. When they hit a good percentage of their 3's they play well, when they don't hit a good percentage of their 3's they usually don't play well.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Indiana||
lost one of their best players (Blackmon Jr) and they are in first place.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||20 wins||
isn't a magical number to get into the NCAA's. Every year there are teams from the P5 conferences with 20 wins playing in the NIT:
2015: Miami, FL (21-12), UConn (20-14), A$M (20-11)
2014: Arkansas (21-11), Clemson (20-12), Minny (20-13), Mississippi (20-12), Utah (21-11)
2013: Kentucky (21-11), ASU (21-12), Tennessee (20-12), Bama (21-12), Maryland (22-12), Virginia (21-11), Iowa (21-12)
2012: Washington (21-10), Oregon (22-9), Arizona (23-11), Mississippi (20-13), Stanford (21-11)
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Top 100 wins||
as you mention the number of wins UM has against Top 100 teams in is flux. Either NU or PSU could sneak in there, or possibly both. At the same time NC State is something like 93 in the rpi. The lost tonight and have a couple more tough games left - there's no guarantee they stay in the Top 100.
And as you say, a lot depends on what happens with the other bubble teams - although I think a win against Wisky or Iowa just about secures a spot, especially if they can win their opener in the BTT.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||While true||
Irvin is listed at 6'6" and 215 lbs. Even when other teams go small, he's more than likely guarding someone taller and heavier than him. That player might not always be 6'10 250lbs but most teams, even in their 'small' lineup, aren't putting a 4 that small on the floor.