here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|4 days 18 hours ago||I don't want anything good to happen to Ohio||
Go back to south beach Bron Bron
|4 days 18 hours ago||Fine||
Then he's a masochist. Furthermore, he clicked on a thread (marked OT, mind you) and contributed literally nothing of value with his comment.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Reminded me of||
VCU trying to press Michigan last year...playing right into our strength
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think||
Just because Donnal "is a four", it doesn't mean he can't play spot minutes at the 5. He's taller than Jordan Morgan and has a pretty good post game.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Don't sleep on Donnal||
Donnal is 6'9 and has put on some weight. He will probably struggle at first on defense, but probably will at least equal (and likely surpass) Horford's offensive contributions.
If McGary leaves we're in trouble, but if not we're fine.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||There's definitely some component of that||
I had a friend who changed her status to "Gardner never fails to disappoint" when he threw that pick on the 2-point conversion against OSU.
I was like "THAT'S your takeaway? Not the fact that the defense couldn't stop a nosebleed?"
The dude was dead and nearly carried Michigan to an insane upset. Devin Gardner was the main reason we even had a shot. Yes he made a mistake at the end; but my god put nearly any other quarterback in the country out there and this is a blowout before halftime.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Morris also had much more to gain||
His jump shot needed a lot of work.
GROB is an inconsistent shooter, but his form is good and an NBA team will not be dissuaded by that. He's inconsistent in general, but NBA teams might feel like the right culture and teammates could really bring out more intensity.
Morris had more gaps in his game than Stauskas and GRIII.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Caris is getting a ton of hype||
This is no surprise considering a mock draft had him at #4 overall in 2015. It's hard to disagree. He's got length, quickness, shooting ability, a filthy crossover...just needs 10 pounds and a respectable mid-range game and the sky's the limit.
That said, I hope it doesn't go to his head. From everything I've read, he's a pretty down-to-earth guy and he obviously worked his butt off last summer. ONe more offseason like that and...look out
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I remember||
McGary saying he wasn't even thinking about the draft and then backing off from that stance last year. Part of it, I think, was that he didn't initially realize just how much his stock has soared.
I believe the same issue holds with Kaminsky. THat said, I still expect him to make the same decision as McGary
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think it means||
White guys need an edge. Any player with a chip on his shoulder can be viewed in a better light with regards to work ethic. Stauskas' chip just happens to partly be related that he's viewed as unathletic because he's white.
Lance Stephenson is black, but the "chip" he has from not being drafted (particularly by his hometown NY Knicks) has driven him to work extremely hard.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Manny Harris||
I know he was our go-to guy and there were certainly things beyond his control...but he had a ton of potential.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Wait||
Everyone on the team has called Caris LeVert baby durant...So a stretch 4 Caris LeVert must BE Kevin Durant...
|14 weeks 6 days ago||That's an understatement||
That team might actually be able to take down the All- "America" team (remember, Embiid is Cameroonian).
Would be a very good game, to say the least
|14 weeks 6 days ago||So much to be proud of||
Especially when you consider just how stacked that Kentucky team is.
To put things in perspective: Marcus Lee, the barely-used center who came in and wreaked havoc on the glass was touted by the announcers as "coming from nowhere", etc.
This was not Spike Albrecht coming off the bench to drop 17. Marcus Lee was a 5-star recruit last year and ranked 19th in the class (higher than Irvin, even). We went toe-to-toe with a team that had the luxury to bring someone that talented (if raw) off the bench.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||To be fair||
Stauskas was actually a 4-star...he wasn't top 50 so still a bit under the radar but a little more heralded than Burke was out of high school. Your point is still valid
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
Not a chance
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||Kentucky||
Was ranked number 1 to start the season. They beat Louisville twice, beat Wichita State, and gave Florida all it could handle. This was no 8 seed.
Michigan proved that they were every bit as good. Jordan Morgan, he who has been overlooked his entire career, hung tough and at times even doimnated what is probably the most talented frontline in college basketball. GRIII came to play too. Everybody left it all on the floor.
This stings but the future is very bright. Even if Stauskas, McGary, and GRIII leave, there are good recruits coming in and young talent already on the roster that should develop. Caris, in particular, looked like a different guy in the second half. He was everywhere, hustling, diving. He looked devastated after the game. I think this will fuel another big improvement. Add another 15 pounds and work on that mid-range game a bit...and this kid looks like he could extend Michigan's streak of B1G POY to three.
Irvin and Walton should also be much better. Walton is still figuring things out, but he is really quick with the ball. An offseason and more time with Lavall Jordan should make him an All-B1G contender next year. Irvin already shot 43% from three and it looks like he should be able to create his own shot when needed too (though with Walton and LeVert back, he won't have to do so all the time).
Add to that Kam Chatman, Mark Donnal, Ricky Doyle...the team is going to be stacked again. And if McGary, GRIII, or Stauskas decide to come back...the sky is the limit
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
I would argue that Michigan and Sparty have had similar paths in terms of difficulty. THey faced a one-seed, but we faced a team that beat that one seed by 35 points.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Spare me||
That "team" just lost to the collection of one and dones
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Also||
We didn't "get" the charge call at the end of the game. Morgan beat Stokes to the spot and Stokes lowered his shoulder. That's an automatic charge. Period. There's no controversy, there's no "anticlimactic ending". It was a big play by a big man who won his matchup all game long. On to Kentucky
|15 weeks 1 day ago||There's a ton of criteria by which to evaluate||
One, however sticks out. I remember when Trey got called for that foul, I almost left the context of the game. I didn't care about score or the greater implications...all I could think was "That was one of the best damn plays I've ever seen, and it's not going to count."
Going by that, I'm going to say the foul on Trey Burke was the more egregious call.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Unless either team||
Gets extremely hot from three, the game is going to come down to whether GRIII can hold up at the 4. He might have to go 40 minutes. If he can hold his own on the glass, use his length to make up for his lack of girth, and run the floor to tire the opposing bigs out, Michigan will be in very good shape.
My guess is Michigan will have to employ a lot of zone. Tennessee's guards are quick and athletic but can't shoot. We'll have to go zone and hope we can at least put up a respectable effort on the boards while being pretty damn efficient offensively. Again, GRIII is the key to this. I think we can expect a solid performance from Morgan.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||If by coach||
You mean rob Michigan of a national title by bullying the refs into making grotesquely bad calls, then yes Pitino is a hell of a coach
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That Louisville Kentucky line||
Is absolutely amazing. I would have thrown in a joke about Pitino fucking that waitress on a restaurant table too. Fucking scumbag
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Fuck Siva||
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Umm||
|15 weeks 6 days ago||WELL HE'S THE BEST COACH IN THE LEAGUE||
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY HIM WITH A SORRY JOB LIKE UCLA. THAT'S WHAT YOU GONNA GET
|15 weeks 6 days ago||That UCLA job||
Comes with a ton of strings attached. Agents are constantly hanging over everybody's shoulders. It's a high-pressure job and can be downright toxic for a younger coach.
Shaka Smart is talented but is still learning. Gradually working his way up is a smart move.
I may be criticized by this, but he's still a one-trick pony with regards to HAVOC and the full-court press. He does a great job, but he needs to build on it.
Last year, when he faced Michigan, the press failed because Michigan had too many skilled ballhandlers and passers. You have to be able to adapt and VCU was not able to do that. Contrast that with another devotee of the full court press, Rick Pitino, who was able to beat Michigan (yes, aided by the referees and the fact that he's a scumbag) even though his team was not able to force a bunch of turnovers.
Smart is still really young and has a brilliant mind. But he's not ready for UCLA yet. Marquette is a good spot for him. Beilein will see him in recruiting battles in Indiana and Chicago for sure
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||I think it's also||
Because Tennessee isn't a great three-point shooting team. I expect we'll throw some 2-3 and 1-3-1 at them if Michigan ends up facing them
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I think||
Also we were actually a little nervous before the game, because SDSU was a trendy upset pick and Nate Wolters was really good. The game itslef was no blowout, but you also had McGary coming to life which was an encouraging sign.
We just looked kinda flat this game.