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|2 weeks 6 days ago||If not during all star||
If not during all star weekend, I've always felt something like this over the offseason could be a big draw. One quick weekend tournament, whether 3-on-3, 2-on-2, or whatever.... obviously with some decent cash going out to the winners in order to pull the big names. It would be different enough from regular NBA games, but with the star power I think it would draw some viewers for sure.
I remember years back, Shaq and Olajuwon were actually scheduled to play one-on-one on PPV, and then it got canceled due to injury or something. But the point is, someone saw some money in taking some big NBA names and having them play something other than standard 5-on-5 ball. I can't help but feel there's some potential there, provided you can get the right guys interested.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Something's wrong in South||
Something's wrong in South Bend if he doesn't pick up that second season of double-digit wins next year. I think they have something like 19 returning starters.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||There were boards with GRIII||
There were boards with GRIII quite high, and he was definitely given the impression he was going in the first round in any case, if all the internet chirping was to be believed. I did say "borderline" lottery, FWIW.
As for the instinct argument, LeVert was around for two years before this one, and has always been a guy that is much better at creating his own opportunities than creating for others. This isn't even really a criticism - Carmelo Anthony has made a lot of money being even further tilted in this direction. My only point was that Stauskas was quite good at this, which made him more dangerous than a guy that could only score. I don't have the numbers on hand, but it's been posted on mgoblog how absurd our PPP rate was on possessions where the ball went through NS. When he wasn't scoring, he was finding guys. Yeah, it helped to have good players around him, as it always does.
BTW, I don't know who will be the better pro, and it doesn't matter. The better college player was Stauskas. He's struggling in the NBA because of athletic limitations. LeVert IMO will struggle because of his size and body type - he already gets pushed around by stronger opponents in college. But again, who is the better pro isn't really what I'm concerned with.
I do believe that if LeVert was gone and Stauskas here that yes, this team would be better - not as good as the last two years, but better than they are now.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||9-0-3, just like in||
9-0-3, just like in '92.
Sure, ties aren't allowed in NCAA football anymore. But successful NFL coaches don't leave for college jobs, either.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes and no on McGary. It||
Yes and no on McGary. It could just as easily be that he had been healthy last year and left early because his draft stock was high (although we probably beat Kentucky and maybe win it all with a healthy MM, so I'll take it!)
I've also heard people frequently bring up "what ifs" with Horford, but then he'd be gone if he hadn't had that injury redshirt his sophomore year, too.
I do think it's funny in hindsight that so many people didn't care at all that Robinson left. I'll take a JR Robinson over Chatman in a heartbeat!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed on||
Agreed on Walton/Irvin/LeVert, although I can't help but give Walton a partial pass based on his nagging toe injury. Irvin was so one-dimensional last year that honestly I didn't have expectations of a great leap forward this early. LeVert looks like a guy that is trying to carry the team, but he doesn't make the guys around him better like Burke and Stauskas could. Whatever improvements he may have made are diminished by the fact that defenses can focus on him and he's not instinctive enough as a facilitator to punish teams for collapsing on him. He'd be absolutely deadly if he had a knack for the extra pass the way Stauskas did, but then if Jordan Morgan was 6'10 with a 45" vertical we would have won it all last year.
I'd really love to see this entire roster return for next season, but I think LeVert is gone even if his stock dips into the second round -and despite what some boards say (the same ones that had GRIII as a borderline lottery pick, no doubt,) I think he's probably a second rounder.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||We don't even really need a||
We don't even really need a "true" post player - a guy that is going to score 18-20 a game with his back to the basket. We need one or two dogs... physical and/or athletic forces that are going to rebound and play defense, put back a couple of offensive rebounds, pick up some easy finishes off of pick and roll situations, that kind of thing. Give me a Jordan Morgan with a couple more inches of height, or a Horford that is a little more physical and aggressive (and, umm, on the same page as his team.) That would be enough.
BTW Doyle may well get there, and I think once Wilson puts on some weight and doesn't look lost on the court that he can be a big contributor as well. My issue is taking someone like Mark Donnal over a big, athletic guy because the latter can't shoot as well. How much is Donnal's shooting doing for this team right now? I'd trade it all for someone that could rebound and defend in the post without getting tossed around like a rag doll.
We also just spent a scholarship on a point guard that is at best a long term project even though we had two returning PGs (both with 2+ seasons of eligibility remaining,) and a walk-on PG that played last year (and was better then than MAAR is now.) If we're signing low-rated projects with no comparable offers, why not take a flier on a raw but big athletic kid and develop him (which is what JB has built his reputation on, after all.)
I don't know.... these are just things I wonder about. I'm sure by next season everything will come together - there are too many guys coming back not to be better simply due to the experience and the gelling within the system. But while the offense is down, the weaknesses inside are twice as glaring as when we're scoring every time down the floor like we seemed to the last two years.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I never understood the||
I never understood the Stauskas comparisons at all. Just because two players can both shoot threes doesn't make them similar players. Stauskas was an aggressive player with a high IQ, dangerous off the dribble and making passes. Irvin.... shoots. He has trouble getting to the basket against most defenses, and his ball skills are adequate at best. Nik carried us at times last year. Irvin is still a one-dimensional role player on a team that is counting on him to be a star. We'd love him on a team that had either a good low post threat or guys that were good at penetrating and kicking it out. Unfortunately, we're lacking in both departments this season.
The bright side for us is that he won't be two-and-done like Stauskas was.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I do think we're far enough||
I do think we're far enough into the season that it's at least fair to post constructive criticism - It's annoying when you can't make even the fairest of negative points because Beilein had success last year or the year before. If Harbaugh goes to the playoffs next year and then goes 5-7 in 2016, it'll be perfectly fair to point out whatever problem areas exist at that time.
None of Beilein's teams have been particularly good at defense, rebounding, or post play (except during the 2013 tournament run with a healthy McGary.) The difference in the good seasons is that the offense has been scoring at such an absurdly high PPP rate that we've been able to cover that up. This year, the efficiency has dipped and all the normal issues we usually overcome with offensive efficiency are now fully exposed.
Part of this is likely due to leadership, and yes some vets would help (although in the modern game if you're a sophomore with playing experience, you're basically an upperclassman.) LeVert is supposed to be our star, and he's a junior that was playing as a freshman. Ditto Albrecht. Walton was starting last year. Irvin was a sixth man last year. We're young, but we aren't putting five true freshmen on the floor. We actually returned a lot of minutes from teams that made deep tournament runs.
It's also disappointing that a five man recruiting class didn't provide a single instant impact player - Doyle comes closest, but he's not going to make anyone's freshman AA team. It's easy to excuse some of this team's issues based on departures, but Purdue alone has two freshmen better than anyone in our class. Looking around the Big 10, there are a handful of other freshmen I'd say the same for. A team that went to the finals and the elite eight in successive years ought to be able to capitalize just a little bit more than that. I like the long-term upside of four of our freshmen (I still don't get the MAAR offer, forgive me,) but a team that is winning the Big 10 and making final four runs probably shouldn't have to count on projects. Just one Vince Edwards or Isaac Haas would have probably made Michigan a tournament team. Purdue got both without having any recent on-court success and despite a coach on the hot seat. I don't expect us to recruit like Kentucky (the red herring that always gets thrown out there: "We're not Kentucky!" I know, dude,) but I do expect us to recruit as well as middling conference teams.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Wallace just Gardner vs ND'd||
Wallace just Gardner vs ND'd it.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I won't feel good about this||
I won't feel good about this until we beat OSU and Harbaugh gives Meyer the Jim Schwartz treatment after.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Those I've talked to in Ohio||
Those I've talked to in Ohio tend to think we'll get him (though a week or two back they thought we were delusional and he was gonna stay in the NFL for sure,) and tend to think he'll do a good job. BUT I haven't heard anything in the way of concern, honestly. After some second guessing of Meyer late last season and following the Va Tech game, most people around here have returned to thinking that OSU is going to steamroll the Big 10 and make the playoffs every season as long as Meyer is in charge. Basically, they expect Harbaugh to do better than Hoke or RR but for us still to be second best.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It's good simply because it's||
It's good simply because it's not like other sports podcasts. The guys are being themselves, not just acting like cookie-cutter sports pundits. It's the only other sports podcast I listen to, aside from the MGoPodcast, obviously.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly that's the one thing||
Honestly that's the one thing that bothers me about GBMW, which in most other ways I've found superior to the pay sites (not just because of the price, either.) A couple of the big dogs over there spend too much time complaining about other sites, and although I can understand some of it to a point (the feud with Beaver is obviously always going to be central to their existing at all,) picking on MGBlog doesn't even make sense. Of all the sites to be mad at, this one pisses you off?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You left out the part about||
You left out the part about the hurry-up offense, which will be executed flawlessly. Also, he will call a crucial timeout right before halftime to give OSU one more score.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||FG% 61-40 in favor of NJIT.||
FG% 61-40 in favor of NJIT. Ouch!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe they'll have a cup of||
Maybe they'll have a cup of coffee at halftime and get some energy going.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Offense is sluggish so far.||
Offense is sluggish so far. Must be that early start.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Hope Walton makes it back for||
Hope Walton makes it back for the Cuse game
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be that first guy to||
I'll be that first guy to ask: Best place to go for a stream?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Why take the timeout? Not||
Why take the timeout? Not that Hoke has ever used them sensibly...
|8 weeks 5 days ago||He's a millionaire and - if||
He's a millionaire and - if he wants - he'll get another coaching job somewhere, even if it's at a smaller school. He's had a more comfortable life than 99.9% of people on this planet will ever know. I have never understood the need some people have to moan about how sad it is that these guys get fired. Look around at the suffering in this world and funnel your sympathies somewhere more worthwhile.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Well I hope Wisconsin can||
Well I hope Wisconsin can beat OSU without their starting QB. As is always the case, we're left hoping another team can do what we can't.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||We all knew at halftime that||
We all knew at halftime that this was coming. I don't care how many of us pretended to be optimistic. We all knew. We all knew.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Well at a time that we had to||
Well at a time that we had to have a stop, we let the third string QB lead them on the clinching drive. How many times during Hoke's tenure have we played a good game on both sides of the ball on the same day?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Of all the phantom calls I"ve||
Of all the phantom calls I"ve seen....
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Of all the phantom calls I"ve||
Of all the phantom calls I"ve seen....
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Wow that looked bad...||
Wow that looked bad... surprised he is walking off
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I tried to get out of caring,||
I tried to get out of caring, and they just keep dragging me back in.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||A lot of us I think forced||
A lot of us I think forced some optimism out even after that late first half score that tied the game. But honestly, every single one of us knew this was coming.