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|20 hours 27 min ago||Even Mitch McGary has more||
Even Mitch McGary has more reason to be on this list than Crawford. He may only have given us a handful of good games, but they were a critical part of a much deeper March run than Crawford was able to give us.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Hope so. You know this team||
Hope so. You know this team is going to develop, and if even one big really emerges, Michigan gets a lot better in a hurry.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I actually don't think our||
I actually don't think our guys are getting him the ball often enough. We'll go through multi-minute stretches where he's not getting a touch, and that probably shouldn't happen when he and Caris are clearly our most reliable scorers.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Pump faking may have been||
Pump faking may have been tricky, as it's a split second thing and he's catching the ball on the move. I do think that maybe if he hangs in the air a split second and goes for the layup instead of committing to the dunk, he could have made it. Maybe. But at the same time, how often is the defensive player going to make that type of play? There's a lot to second guess in this game, but it's hard for me to be too critical of Irvin here.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I don't know about the||
I don't know about the reviewing fouls part, but the fouls on our bigs were huge. And maybe they were ticky tack, but we gave up way too many fouls on plays where Nova got a defensive board and we reached in or shoved the guy that made the board for no good reason. All three of our bigs were guilty of this. The only reason I can think of is because we were so awful rebounding against Oregon that we emphasized being more physical inside tonight, and the guys got a little carried away a few times. You have to pick your spots better, and get back on D once they've secured possession. Failure to do so tonight resulted directly in forcing Bielfeldt into the lineup late where Nova made it a point to exploit the matchup. If Doyle in particular is able to play those last few minutes, I think we probably win the game.
|2 days 7 hours ago||it's an oldie but a goodie||
it's an oldie but a goodie
|2 days 17 hours ago||I sure hope we improve on the||
I sure hope we improve on the defensive glass, but nice to win a close one early with a young team
|2 days 19 hours ago||If we clean up some of the||
If we clean up some of the little things, there's no reason we can't put away an athletic and aggressive but not so polished Oregon team. A lot of young guys played in the first half, and the rest will help tomorrow, but the rotation might have to be tightened up a bit in the second.
Hopefully Walton can stay out of foul trouble and we can be efficient enough offensively that Oregon won't be able to keep pace.
|5 days 3 hours ago||I'd rather that a million||
I'd rather that a million times over than seeing OSU make it
|5 days 3 hours ago||We need a back with that kind||
We need a back with that kind of speed.... and one that doesn't fall over as easily as Carlos Brown
|6 days 9 hours ago||I think Bucknell looked like||
I think Bucknell looked like a better team than Detroit. The difference is we had a lot of early threes just miss and blew a ton of layups in this game. Then we got impatient and just started forcing a lot of garbage shots in the second half - pretty atypical for UM these past few seasons.
I remember us being up 11-10 in the first half and thinking it easily could have been about 25-10 at that point, had we capitalized on several good opportunities. I don't want to excuse some of the poor play, and we certainly have a couple concerning issues right now. But I'll bet if we played Detroit again in a couple days, we'd coast.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Haas went off again, 32||
Haas went off again, 32 points on 9 for 12 shooting. Dude can ball.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Chatman needs a year before||
Chatman needs a year before he'll be a good Big 10 player, IMO. There are things he does well, but his decision making is inconsistent on either side of the floor, and he's not a good shooter or finisher. I would hope that with some games under his belt, he'll at least develop to where he's not a liability this season. But for now, in a close game we're almost forced to play Walton and Albrecht together because we're lacking that one more quality wing or stretch four to make this offense flow.
None of this means Chatman won't ultimately be very good. He just doesn't strike me as instant impact. He needs time, and it looks like that's going to be the case for this entire freshman class.
This team is probably as deep a team as Beilein has had. But, unlike in the past couple seasons, the youth is probably going to catch up to us this time.
On the bright side, everyone but Bielfeldt is back next year.
|1 week 4 hours ago||I fully expect a regular||
I fully expect a regular season somewhat parallel to last year, in that we'll struggle some in the non-conference and then do very well in the Big 10.
The non-con slate is pretty rough, and the Big 10 schedule is softer this year mainly because a couple of would-be home-and-homes with tougher teams have been replaced by, say, Rutgers.
Also, we once again have a young team that is going to need some time to gel, but comes with a lot of potential. So we should be more prepared to face a Wisconsin or MSU in February than we will be to play a Syracuse or Arizona in December.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not much energy this half at||
Not much energy this half at all. Settling almost every time down offensively.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nice to see Wilson come in||
Nice to see Wilson come in and get a deflection. They've been scoring too easily inside this half.
|1 week 2 days ago||They must've peed in the same||
They must've peed in the same fountain like in that movie
|1 week 2 days ago||He was never going to get||
He was never going to get enough touches here to score that much.
*Checks Bielfeldt's numbers so far*
Well... not with any regularity, anyway.
|1 week 2 days ago||Irvin high in this year's||
Irvin high in this year's draft? Easy there, guy. He's shooting well, but it'll take more than that.
|1 week 2 days ago||When you stop and consider||
When you stop and consider that half these guys are only barely getting their feet wet in this offense...
|1 week 2 days ago||Seems to me Hillsdale was a||
Seems to me Hillsdale was a better offensive team than Bucknell, better ball movement and more shooters. But the discipline off the ball has mostly been better so far nonetheless.
|1 week 2 days ago||Love the way Albrecht||
Love the way Albrecht maintains his dribble. Waited til exactly the right moment there.
|1 week 2 days ago||Defense looking a little more||
Defense looking a little more lively tonight so far. Let's hope they can maintain that intensity.
|1 week 3 days ago||"I was wondering if it would||
"I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile endeavor to keep doing these notes during certain games, and whether or not they should be posted to MGoBlog as a part of this particular column."
I'd definitely be in favor. I keep track of the scores, but don't always go looking for game breakdowns on other websites. So definitely makes it easier for someone like me.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm confused by the reactions||
I'm confused by the reactions of "How could he do this now, before the draft/graduation/OSU game/etc?" As if there are more and less sensible times to commit domestic violence.
I'm not going to jump to any conclusions of what he did or didn't do for the moment. But if he is the type to hurt someone outside of a self-defense situation, then I don't think anyone should be surprised by something like timing. Irrational violent acts don't tend to follow the calendar, and violent criminals aren't typically known for their good judgment.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think sometimes it can be.||
I think sometimes it can be. I don't know the circumstances of this individual alleged crime, of course. But....
Being hurt by some random asshole will cause physical damage. Being hurt by someone you trust, someone you love.... those wounds cut deeper.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd like to see better ball||
I'd like to see better ball movement offensively, but *first game of the year, lotsa freshman, yada yada.* Need to close out on some of the shooters better and not lose them off the ball as much.
The transition game has looked pretty good and we're hitting most of our open shots since the cool start. Just gotta work on the halfcourt O and defensive rotation.
|1 week 5 days ago||This team can score in||
This team can score in bunches.... should be near 50 at halftime despite being disjointed at the start offensively.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well, if the opponent is||
Well, if the opponent is taking care of the basketball, sharing it well and hitting the open shots when they're there, they're going to stay in the game even when the athletes can't match up. The one burst we've had came when Hillsdale started getting sloppy with the passes. But anyone that shoots well is going to stick around with any team.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nice to see the D turn up the||
Nice to see the D turn up the pressure up top, because Hillsdale still seems to be hitting everything that is remotely open.