landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|4 weeks 1 day ago||The idea that high school||
The idea that high school seniors should pool investors and start a league to fight a monopoly with anti trust protection is one of more remarkable thoughts I have ever seen on this blog.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||So, will this be the second||
So, will this be the second year in a row we leave a scholarship open, instead of keeping around a not very good center? Is Doyle's presence on the bench worse than nothing at all? I guess we'll find out.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Well you're right about it||
Well you're right about it going no where. You think that camps didn't offer Michigan much benefit, but that absent a ban a large number of schools would hold large numbers of camps. You think that having more camps available for hs athletes to attend actually harms that group as a whole, because they'll just feel compelled to go to them all. You ignore that the greater availability of camps allows students opportunities to attend camps in more convenient times and places. I just don't see the problem.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Trivially||
Trivially it's not about stopping what already happened, since that's, like, impossible.
You must be pretty convinced that the slippery slope concerns you mentioned above are likely to come to fruitition, because you support a full ban on all satellite camps. I don't see how you can be that confident about it. If the satellite camps don't help the hosting school very much or at all (as you've claimed), then why should we worry about a flood of camps? Are all 127 schools just blind to the information that you have regarding the ineffectiveness of the camps?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So you're worried that the||
So you're worried that the Universities will waste money on camps that they themselves have decided to create and that people will waste money on camps that they themselves have decided to attend. That seems to require quite a slide down this supposed slippery slope.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||What is the pressing problem||
What is the pressing problem that this solves? I don't see anything here in need of a solution, just faux moral outrage.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That might make sense if||
That might make sense if Michigan was pushing for a rule change. But they passed a new rule precisely to stop Michigan from applying a band aid. People aren't asking the ncaa to conduct business based around helping Michigan. They are pissed because the ncaa made a decision based on the interests of a few schools to hurt (marginally) Michigan.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Good point. A win is a win,||
Good point. A win is a win, but all those near misses where the starters had to play big minutes added up.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I think many people had||
I think many people had overly optimistic expectations for him because he was a successful high school player in Michigan.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think Max was all||
I don't think Max was all that good, but with Doyle a lost cause and Wagner having barely played, the cost of keeping Max was solely the reduced minutes for Donnal.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Further support for you hypothesis||
According to some posters Spike's injury was absolutely devastating to the team this year and we were lucky to recover at all from it. Now Spike's a jabroni because JB doesn't want to make room for him. Ricky Doyle was a promising young big who was going to vastly improve once he got a CPAP machine, until he transferred. Now he's a big who just can't hack it at a P5 school. It's all or nothing around here.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||It seems like||
it seems like ever year we lose a center (Horford, Max, Doyle), think it's no big deal, and then end up regretting it. Hopefully that doesn't happen again.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Nobody takes a shot clock||
Nobody takes a shot clock turnover in that situation. It prolongs the game. Coach K is a fuck.
|10 weeks 3 hours ago||What the hell?||
You switched from talking about the fives to total rebounding rates. Michigan's bigs don't do the bulk of the rebounding. Their Dreb rate is good, which means they don't, as a team, give up many offensive rebounds. Their Oreb rate is 301st in the country, leaving them with an overall reb rate of 201st in the country. How you can try to spin that into a positive is beyond me.
The bigs stink on defense. Michigan is 3rd (I think) in points allowed in the paint. That's not solely on the bigs, but it is largely on them. They don't defend post players well and they don't defend the rim well (block % is 309th in the country). ND's big didnt' score a ton only because Michigan sent help (as they usually do) whenever the ball went into the post. That leaves 3 point shooters open on the perimeter, which we saw in the ND game.
The simple fact is that a team with a decent big will not be as terrible defensively as this Michigan team is. It's not only the big's fault, but they are a large part of the problem. It's pointless to go round and round any further on this with you. I don't think Beilein should be fired or that he is a terrible coach. But his centers have been brutally bad the last two seasons and that is a problem. I'm not sure what it would take to convince you of that, and guess we've reached an impasse.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||??||
I think OSU will be much better next year and g will give us problems. I don't see how that invalidates the post.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||You consistently||
You consistently point to the scoring at the 4 and 5 spot as evidence that we aren't weak there. But opposing bigs consistently outrebound us. That's not shown in the scoring comparison unless the big is putting back orebs, but it certainly matters on both ends of the court.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||You're wrong again.||
First, I did rewatch it and it did look odd. Apparently JB agreed because he yanked Dawkins and was upset about it. The fact that ND ended up turning the ball over has nothing to do with the fact that Dawkins gave up the rebound.
Donnal had a clear lane to the basketball and managed to either miss it or get blocked. You can piss into the wind all you want making excuses for that, but it's still a terrible play.
Irvin shoots .309 from three and .477 efg%. Derrick Walton shoots .389 from three and .488 efg%. Robinson shoots .447 from three and .619 efg%. Irvin is not our best shooter. Not on the season, and certainly not on his disasterous night. Your Burke comment make no sense. Michigan had 10 seconds on the clock when they got the ball on that possesion and had no timeouts. It's a completely different scenario than have 30+ seconds on the clock and a timeout. I think JB would agree, since apparently he was trying to get someone to call a timeout.
The defense Michigan played in the second half game was especially bad. Not for them, of course, but bad for average team. ND shot 58%. That's not just dumb luck.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||The ND game||
The ND game had three separate plays that showcased the essence of a different player. 1. Aubrey Dawkins stands with his head up a his ass watching a defensive rebound float softly over his head. ND gets the rebound. 2. Dunk-allergic Mark Donnal gaks up a lay-up in crunch time. 3. Zak Irvin is a chucker at heart, regardless of his pretty poor 3pt % this season, so he dribbles around for a while and heaves a 29 footer at the end of the game.
JB must think five fouls makes a player ineligible for the next game too. That's about the only reason I can think of for waiting until there is one goddamn minute left in the game to put in Wagner.
What to expect next year: Walton is the starting pg and the team's best defender. He's an above average big ten player but nothing more. Xavier Simpson does a whole hell of a lot less than people around here think. MAAR is the starting sg and best player. He also gets injured and misses a number of games. Robinson starts at sf, is still just a shooter. Irvin starts sharing time with Chatman at the four and neither is very productive. Center is a complete fucking mess. Wagner looks like the best bet there but is still way too raw. The team is about four wins better than this year's team and makes the round of 32. They still get dominated by MSU and OSU. Mgoblog rejoices at the immense success of JB's comeback year.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||That was kind of amazing in one way||
That game had three separate plays that showcased the essence of a different player. 1. Aubrey Dawkins stands with his head up a his ass watching a defensive rebound float softly over his head. ND gets the rebound. 2. Dunk-allergic Mark Donnal gaks up a lay-up in crunch time. 3. Zak Irvin is a chucker at heart, regardless of his pretty poor 3pt % this season, so he dribbles around for a while and heaves a 29 footer at the end of the game.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||Why the fuck||
Why the fuck didn't we call timeout on the second to last offensive possession? Was that because of injuries too? Because that was fucking terrible coaching.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Amazing||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||On Walton||
I agree with you on Irvin, but I think you're far too easy on Walton. You can't have one of your best players post a 0-7, 0-3, and 4-10 shooting, to take our most recent games. His eFG% is down considerably from his first year. His greatest improvments, according to advanced stats, are on the defensive end, which is good, but he's still not a real difference maker on that end. He has been very disappointing for a first year point guard.
Donnal's "epic" leap is swallowed by it's own qualification: he's often physically overwhelmed. Bielfeldt is never going to be good evidence for JB's coaching-- he had his best year under a different coach afte JB didn't want him on the team.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Seth curry and Draymond are||
Seth curry and Draymond are both stellar athletes who are rarely physically dominated on the defensive end. Green was almost DPOY last year. I have no idea where you are going with that unless you think physically outmatching someone just means being taller. We do get dominated on the boards often from the four spot, though the scoring from the four has been decent since Irvin is our primary scorer. You're still right that the five is a bigger problem.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This isn't true||
Stretch bigs are rare. There just aren't enough stretch bigs to sustain a college program unless you have super-duper recruiting powers and excellent foresight. NBA teams can be much more selective. You're overstating the nba case as well. NBA teams field short range bigs all the time, especially at the 5 spot. Long range shooters at the 4 spot are becoming more common, but all of those guys are still big enough to rebound and defend the post-- guys like Drammond Green, LeBron (in some line-ups), and LaMarcus Aldridge. Those guys are incredibly hard to find.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||Results based evaluation:||
Results based evaluation: make the NCAA tournament. I was pissed when it looked like they wouldn't, regardless of injuries and so on. I will be happy if they make it regardless of how they get there. Just make the tournament.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||"Lower your expectations and||
"Lower your expectations and hope for the best"--isn't that Michigan basketball's motto?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Totally agree with (2)||
Irvin gets a bad rap because he's playing the wrong position and expected to do a million different things on offense because nobody else can drive to the basket. I think GR3 had his draft propsects hurt by JB doing the same thing. It's not at all surprising that bigger 3s don't want to play for Michigan-- you'll get stuck playing the 4.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Is anyone||
Is anyone surprised that front court player developed a great deal after leaving this staff?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW||
That Kentucky game was tied when they hit the three. I think an elite eight is a very good run, but I hate when people act like UK hit a half court three when UM was up two. If the three missed, we were likely going to OT. Actually, if it missed UK probably would've gotten the rebound, but whatever.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Need to make the tournament.||
Two years in row without making the tournament just shouldn't happen. Sun-shine blowers can make all the excuses they want*, but any momentum from the two long tourney runs will have been completely wasted. M will look like a flash in the pan (perhaps rightly). It's frustrating as hell to watch Wisconsin succeed with a younger team than us after they lost their fucking coach mid-season.
At least we won't have to worry about early departures. Irvin isn't the greatest player, but I feel bad for him. He has to work incredibly hard on the defensive end, because he plays out of position, and is expected to carry the team offensively. It's notable that the two good Michigan players who have caught the most shit from fans were Irvin and GR3, and both were stuck playing the wrong the position. I gurantee Irvin would look like a much better offensive player if he wasn't stuck trying to body up bigger guys on the other end.
* I especially like the sports gambler who informs us that JB usually beats the spread. That's great. I'm glad that once oddsmakers have watched Michigan get smashed early this season, we managed to lose the remaining games by fewer points than they expect us to. I'm sure recruits are impressed as well.