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|3 weeks 4 days ago||re: press||
It's pretty silly to say Michigan has no bench. McClimans and Vogrich were bench guys on B10 champion level teams. Michigan's bigs (Morgan & McGary) have both shown they can run. Caris and Spike provided depth at guard/wing.
What it is is what Brian said next: Beilein doesn't run press. That's it. That's the only reason. Beilein historically never uses his bench, that doesn't mean that he doesn't have one.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||the smile||
and no smokes.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||When he says shooting, I am||
When he says shooting, I am sure he is talking EFg%, which they did beat us on. Go to umhoops, scacchoops, kenpom, to get stats the way coaches are actually looking at.
He is wrong about the other four factors, though, we smoked them in FTRate and essentially tied in TOrate.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is an awesome story to post.||
I'm glad you're finding some happiness right now.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I haven't really been paying attention...||
Does this mean everyone has given up on Best ever playing again?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||just curious||
Can you say what you mean by that? By scoring? By defense? By margin?
The big ten was loaded that year, but college basketball has changed so much, I'm not sure your statistical comparison is valid.
p.s. stop talking crap about manny harris? (ha)
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Resident Manny Harris Defender Here||
Pretty much the only time I bother commenting on this site is when someone takes unneccessary shots at Manny Harris.
Can we please stop with the Manny and Coach hate each other crap? So, right, Manny got benched once or twice by Beilein. Other people on that list:
Zack Novak (kind of, was suspended by league)
If nothing else, Beilein has proven time and again that he loves benching his team's star player.
Manny has been back to watch a game, and made his love for Michigan clear with his comments on the day he declared.
FURTHER(!), all the talk about lack of leadership in 2010 is the most overblown thing in existence. People who got angry with Manny's step back 3s need to go look and see what Zack (.306) and Stu (.329) shot from 3 that year. In 2010 there was a talent issue much more than a leadership issue. Bless Stu and Zack I love those guys, but they were pretty crappy basketball players as sophomores. Peedi had a slow start to the year, and Manny was hurt a lot of the year.
When Manny was given team MVP, he insisted he share the award with Peedi. He always seemed like a pretty good kid to me.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||why||
do you have the comma everywhere except where it is supposed to be?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I see||
I didn't really get how a man can have xx ppp, but I guess it must just be the ppp on the possessions they use.
In some ways, I can see the numbers make sense, then. McGary's shot blocking makes him a better (potentially) team defender, whereas Morgan's speed/athleticism/3 years of DI S&C make him better equipped to man-up on a big. But even that explanation doesn't really cover the huge discrepency in the two sets of numbers. Like I've said, the easiest explanation is the +/- is noisy.
Against teams with strong bigs (IU, and MSU if Payne keeps playing out of his mind) I think it's really important to have Morgan out there.
We'll probably see Sunday, but I think Morgan's contributions to this team are severely underrated by most. McGary's sexy right now, so to speak.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Wish I had more time to read||
I'm curious how synergy sports gets their numbers, because they obviously directly disagree with the numbers Ace comes up with.
I feel like the "Jordan Morgan is a superior B10 defender" hypothesis is supported by the look test and the synergy numbers. He moves incredibly quickly for a big. He is dangerous on hedges, and quick to get back, etc. But Ace's numbers (although they have tons of noise, see my post above) obviously are tempting us to make the opposite conclusion.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||noise||
First, everyone should read kenpom's take on +/- :
There's a ton of noise in these numbers.
Second, everyone should read:
McGary is a nice defensive player, but he can't move his feet like JMo can, and that causes him to get more than 5 fouls per 40.
|23 weeks 16 hours ago||yeah||
you're right. They are east coast-y. The undergrads are very boat-shoes-wearing, shirt-ironing, types. I guess maybe I don't notice that much because I only deal with dirty beard wearing grad student engineers.
|23 weeks 17 hours ago||just curious||
Why not? I've lived here for a year.5 (Cville), and am not that struck by the southern-ness. I kind of agree that it seems a bit like other big ten college towns like Ann Arbor or Bloomington.
I do think the folks over the mountain, so to say, are bit different then a typical big tenner, but I mean so are the folks out in the woods in southern indiana, northern michigan, wisconsin, etc.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||what's the call you're talking about then?||
I don't remember that game very clearly. That whole season took a toll on me.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||are you talking about the||
are you talking about the alley-oop where DeShawn got grabbed? Because that was in Ann Arbor. Chrisler was always crappy, but hopefully not so much so that our court was being stormed by the visiting fans.
We got our butts kicked on the road that year, and it did clinch state a share of the title, and for all I remember there may have been some type of flagrant no-call at the end of that game but I doubt it had much to do with the outcome. I don't recall them rushing the court.
|24 weeks 20 hours ago||argh.||
please read below re: Charles at punt returner. Dude was not good.
EDIT: Obviously Charles Woodson is one of the greatest Wolverines of all time, but here is a fun list of people who are better (more yards per return than Woodson, min. 15 attempts) at returning punts than him:
George Hoey (17.1 yards per return!!)
Terry Barr (16.4 YPR!!!)
Barry Pierson (15.0 YPR!!)
|24 weeks 20 hours ago||Why does everyone remember Charles Woodson||
as some kind of amazing punt returner? E-fact: remove his one 78 yard return and his career punt return average is 7.15 yards. (Or don't remove it, he still only averaged 8.7).
Steve Breaston averaged 12.6 and had 4 touchdowns.
Desmond Howard averaged 13 in his career with 1 touchdown.
Derrick Alexander averaged 12.7 and had 4 touchdowns.
James Whitley, who seriously sucked at punt returns, averaged 8.2.
EDIT: Holy crap Anthony Carter averaged 15 yards per return as a senior. That is crazy. Anyway, point is that Charles Woodson is not even in the discussion here.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I envisioned him wearing #1...||
Sad to see him go. He is the type of kid we want at Michigan. Amazing accomplishment to graduate in three years while playing a DI sport.
Hopefully we recruit a lot more young men like him.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I think both gifs kind of confirm the calls that were made||
I feel you can pretty clearly see the ball touch the ground and shift in Roundtree's, and you can pretty clearly see Smith has two arms completely under the ball. Just my epinion. The smith thing is compounded by the fact that from that angle, his hands are clearly under the ball before his back is in the way, then his back is in the way. No way to overturn.
Further, to your point about how can the ball pop up like that if it didn't hit the ground: I feel since he was rolling over so the ball's momentum is in direction tangent to rotation (ie up) AND the ball gets squeezed by NU defender falling on top of him, it is super-possible for ball to be squirted up that direction.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||20-0 M||
ps can I just say that I would much, much, rather be Protege of the week/friend of the knowledge/top friend than win some stupid shirt?
I refuse to play the front page game simply because this very blog's blasphemous assertion that a shirt would be better than being top friend of the knowledge
Ever since s/he graced these very pages, I have only wanted to bask in glory
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Can we please stop||
Can we please stop simulataneously saying "Vincent Smith is not Joe Montana" and he's not going to hit that throw with a lb in his face and also "Vincent Smith is Joe Montana! And we should only run this play if he has enough room to throw a 30 yard lazer dart!"
I did a double take when Brian said this yesterday because I remember Dileo being completely wide open against Minnesota and Smith throwing a wobbly-kinda-spiraling-a-bit-not inspiring ball.
This play was run from the 17, check the box score.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||remember that scene in the||
remember that scene in the matrix when the oracle tells neo he's not the one even though she knew he was? She just knew that if she told him that he was the one, then he would not do what needed to be done to save morpheus.
well, it's kind of like that. the_KNOWLEDGE works in ways we cannot understand, but since he is from the future, he definitely knew what would happen. we cannot yet comprehend why, but he said what he said for a reason.