|6 hours 20 min ago||I don't know if it's truly a||
I don't know if it's truly a coin flip. The fact that we - normally - don't foul very much should work to our advantage in OT games, since we shouldn't have too many guys fouling out. That may explain the excellent overall record.
As for 2015, that was the year we had no backcourt depth due to injuries, so playing five more minutes was a challenge. This year, both OT games have been on the road.
|6 hours 31 min ago||I've never liked this||
I've never liked this either/or line of reasoning. The fact that Michigan missed some free throws, box-outs and so on does not mean that the officials weren't atrocious and had a significant impact on the game. It doesn't have to be one or the other.
When John Beilein is coaching in his 339th game at Michigan and in this one, his opponent shoots 30% more free throws than any of his 338 previous opponents ever has, that's something that jumps out at you. Especially when many of those attempts come on downright phantom calls.
You may not know this, if you were at the game, but even the TV commentators couldn't help being perplexed at many of the calls going Minnesota's way. (Actually, I'd imagine that being in an environment that is 95% pro-Minnesota would probably sway your perception quite a bit the other way.)
|7 hours 6 min ago||You know that we won the Big||
You know that we won the Big Ten title outright, reached the Elite Eight and were a last-second 3-pointer away from the Final Four that season?
|7 hours 7 min ago||The bubble is always weak,||
The bubble is always weak, honestly. We got in with .500 Big Ten records in 2009 and 2011.
|7 hours 11 min ago||Probably 20 wins, although||
Probably 20 wins, although getting in with 19 isn't out of the question. Tonight's loss is frustrating because it was a golden opportunity to pretty much seal the deal, with Rutgers coming up next, but we're still in OK shape if we win Wednesday..
|7 hours 16 min ago||I was at the game, the refs||
This is specious reasoning. Michigan entered tonight having committed the fifth-fewest fouls in the country. Minnesota was ranked 56th. One would expect Minnesota to commit a lot of fouls, but not Michigan. And I don't recall any phantom technical fouls called on the Minnesota bench.
As I noted below, before tonight, the most free throws any opponent had ever shot against us in the Beilein era was 31. Minnesota shot 41 (!) tonight. They shattered that record. Meanwhile, we shot 18.
|7 hours 24 min ago||185 in adj defense||
|7 hours 38 min ago||Here's a mind-blower: before||
Here's a mind-blower: before tonight, the most free throws any opponent had ever shot against us in the Beilein era - 10 years long - was 31.
|8 hours 36 min ago||You know it's bad when the TV||
You know it's bad when the TV announcers (who go out of their way to praise the officials nine times out of ten) repeatedly say they have no idea where the foul was.
Duncan Robinson blocks a shot cleanly and gets called for his 4th personal, while Minnesota gets 3 FTs.
A Minnesota guy loses the ball out of bounds and somehow gets 2 FTs.
A Minnesota guy slips and falls and gets 2 FTs.
We get T'd up apparently because an assistant moved a little on the sideline (didn't even go on the court). They get 2 FTs.
And that's just in a stretch of 5-6 minutes.
|13 hours 31 min ago||You use your legs more in a||
You use your legs more in a shot from 20 feet than from 5 feet. When you get fatigued, those shots start coming up short. This happens to us in our 2nd or 3rd BTT game just about every year. I think a team like PU is best suited for the BTT, actually. Tired legs don't really matter when you're shooting from in close.
|1 day 7 hours ago||IIRC, we were down about 10||
IIRC, we were down about 10 in the second half and then he hit two threes in a row to jump-start the run. I think it was Manny Harris who delivered the dagger at the end.
The other Minnesota game that jumps out at me is from 2011 (I think), where Zack Novak hit a big 3, then stole an entry pass to Ralph Sampson III (who had a huge height advantage), throwing it upcourt to Darius Morris for the clinching layup.
EDIT: Found it.
|1 day 8 hours ago||We've got to be ready for||
We've got to be ready for that trip to Lincoln at the end of the season. The most dangerous games to play are against losing opponents, where a loss kills your RPI. Nebraska has been an enigma, winning at Maryland, IU and OSU while losing most of their other games. That game and Rutgers are the two we've got to get.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Win 4 of their remaining||
That's a solid enough plan, but I'm greedy - I don't want to concede any game. Purdue is almost certainly our toughest opponent but it is at home, on Senior Night.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I'm talking about whether the||
I'm talking about whether the NCAA rule should have been applied - not whether the rule actually makes sense.
But to clarify, Ed Martin was originally a booster for Detroit Southwestern HS, which is why he befriended Webber and Rose as middle schoolers. Besides attempting to lure kids to Southwestern, he also laundered his money by loaning it to star high school and college players from the city, in the hope they'd eventually pay him back when they turned pro.
Martin had no particular connection to U-M until we hired Perry Watson (the Southwestern coach) as an assistant, in 1991. He officially became considered a Michigan booster at the 1992 Final Four, so any cash he dished out after that would be illicit - unless he had a relationship with a player that predated that player's high school years (which he did with Webber/Rose). Using the NCAA's logic, the Traylor/Taylor/Bullock trio were correctly ineligible but it's not clear why Webber was - or why Rose (who has freely admitted taking money from Martin) got off and not him.
I've also never bought the argument that Webber shaved points. He was by far our best player in the '93 Final Four, the championship game included. Besides, a guy who is about to turn pro has no incentive to shave points in his last college game.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I wouldn't count on it. As a||
I wouldn't count on it. As a perimeter-oriented team, which tends not to go too deep into the bench, we're particularly vulnerable to the format of the BTT, which gives only 24 hours' rest between games. Beilein has never lost an opening-round BTT game (9-0) but we almost always lose the next day (2-7). Fatigue probably has to do with that. It's hard to shoot from the perimeter on weary legs.
Fortunately, the NCAA tournament doesn't make you play games closer than 48 hours apart.
|1 day 11 hours ago||We've won six straight at the||
We've won six straight at the Barn? Wow, I knew Beilein had had some success there but didn't realize it was to that extent. I think we can do it again. I'm not a big believer in Minnesota. They sound like an Amaker team, with high-volume, low-percentage shooters and a couple of big men who are athletic but not that skilled. I'm not sold on Little Ricky either.
(I like the "When Minnesota Has the Ball" photo, BTW.)
|1 day 13 hours ago||Who decides what a day is||
Who decides what a day is "officially" is?
|1 day 13 hours ago||It's the Basketball Hall of||
It's the Basketball Hall of Fame, not the College Basketball Hall of Fame. He does have official college stats, though - he didn't officially become "ineligible" until the 1992 Final Four, so what he did up to that point officially counts.
It's all a farce anyway, and we recognize this by listing his complete stats, just with an asterisk. If every guy who took money when he was in college were ineligible for the BHoF...
I've never actually understood why Webber was ruled ineligible in the first place. His relationship with Ed Martin went back to his middle school days, which should have made Martin a "family friend" according to NCAA logic, and permitted to give him gifts. (For Taylor/Traylor/Bullock this was not true - they didn't form a relationship with Martin until later, after he'd been ruled a booster.)
|1 day 13 hours ago||I'm surprised he isn't in||
I'm surprised he isn't in already as a player. He had a pretty strong career (both college and pro), and the Basketball Hall of Fame's standards aren't quite as lofty as baseball's.
|1 day 13 hours ago||It might help to clarify what||
It might help to clarify what sport this is in the title. "Team 40"? I drew a blank...
|1 day 20 hours ago||(No subject)||
|1 day 20 hours ago||That game led to an epic||
That game led to an epic column by Brian afterward.
Let's do it again.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Given that he changes his||
Given that he changes his predictions daily, if he actually only gets 64 out of 68 teams right in a typical year, that would be quite poor. By the final weekend, about 60 of the teams in the tournament are locks; there aren't that many genuine bubble teams at the end.
I think his record is a little better than that but still, even getting all 68 right isn't that hard when you can make your final prediction on Selection Sunday itself.
|2 days 14 hours ago||I wonder how many rival||
I wonder how many rival football coaches even know the meaning of "unabashed."
|2 days 14 hours ago||UNC and Duke have the||
What are they storing?
|2 days 15 hours ago||With the "flying wedge"||
With the "flying wedge" legal?
That play literally got people killed.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Actually he's mentioned that||
Actually he's mentioned that the language was an adjustment for him. It's one thing to study a language in school and another to be immersed in it 24/7.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I'm not saying this was our||
I'm not saying this was our strategy, just that it arguably could be a successful one.
Teams foul to both stop the clock and end your possession. They need the ball back. If you foul in the last minute, you prevent the other team from using the possession any other way - whether it's trying to dribble out the clock or shoot a 3.
The game-theory argument is that fouling and potentially surrendering two points (but no more, if you rebound) is preferable to surrendering three. Wisconsin shaved the lead down a bit, but could not get within a possession, even though they got the best-case scenario (two missed one-and-ones by Michigan) at the other end. Getting 2 points per possession wasn't enough for them. OTOH, if they had drained two 3-pointers on two possessions where they made a pair of FTs, then it would have been a three-point game with 9 seconds left and that inbounds call could have been a game-changer.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Do we still hate the calendar||
Do we still hate the calendar year or is that over?
|2 days 22 hours ago||You know, from a game-theory||
You know, from a game-theory standpoint, I don't know if it's really that bad to foul when you're up 6-8 points in the last minute. Conventional wisdom says that it is because it allows the opponent to score with the clock stopped - but it also (assuming you can get a rebound) ends their possession, and it's hard to come back from a multi-possession deficit without hitting any threes. For this reason you also see teams often give up uncontested layups in the last minute.
You'd ideally like to just get stops of course, but it may be statistically better to make your opponent shoot FTs than allow them to get off 3-point attempts. This is definitely true in the last few seconds of the game, but the math might check out going up to a minute or so. (Certainly, it helps if you don't miss two front ends of one-and-ones...)
|3 days 6 hours ago||Huh?||
Donnal's first half wasn't as good as his second, but Teske's first-half D was rough.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Still not on board (with the||
You may be overestimating what a tourney team actually looks like. Don't forget, 68 teams get in. I would say we are playing much better basketball than last year's Michigan team at this same point in the season, and they made the field.
We're 7-6 in league play, but +57 on the scoreboard, which suggests that we're better than our record indicates. With that scoring margin, you wouldn't expect us to be that close to .500.
|3 days 8 hours ago||James Blackmon and Josh||
James Blackmon and Josh Langford might disagree.
|3 days 8 hours ago||I think those substitutions||
I think those substitutions were made with an eye to keeping guys fresh for the second half.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Yeah, there was a stretch||
Yeah, there was a stretch where everyone else seemed to be standing around and only he wanted to attack the basket.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Yeah, that Va Tech game was||
Yeah, that Va Tech game was bad. We led that game most of the way and choked. It'd be nice to be 19-7 right now (which I think is more indicative of this team's talent level) instead of 17-9. Oh well. Just have to keep winning.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Splitting with Wisconsin and||
Splitting with Wisconsin and MSU isn't that shocking. The home team won every time.
Losing at Iowa was a bit of a bummer, but Iowa shot the lights out (like everyone against us in January - that's thankfully evened out).
OSU at home is the one that sticks out.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Big performances from two||
Big performances from two guys that have been struggling - Irvin of course, and also Donnal, who played some of his best post defense in the second half.
Huge win. Amazing how different the season looks now from where it was eight days ago.
|3 days 11 hours ago||He inherited Izzo. Hollis's||
He inherited Izzo. Hollis's tenure as AD began in 2008.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Do you donate all of your||
Do you donate all of your disposal income toward cancer research?
|3 days 13 hours ago||Nah. As they say, there is||
Nah. As they say, there is no place like Nebraska...
|3 days 13 hours ago||None of his salary comes from||
None of his salary comes from University funds - not even his base amount. The athletic department pays it.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Jim doesn't mess around in||
Jim doesn't mess around in laser tag. 10-year-olds beware.
|3 days 13 hours ago||I don't mind Rece Davis - he||
I don't mind Rece Davis - he has some ties to our state and generally gives us a fair shake. Calhoun's a bit of a marblemouth, though.
|3 days 15 hours ago||And the MSU football||
And the MSU football experience, brought to you by Muscle Milk(TM), has gone beyond even Brandon's dreams of commercial tackiness.
|3 days 15 hours ago||And Koening's always seemed||
And Koening's always seemed to bring his A game against us.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Sounds like a guy struggling||
Sounds like a guy struggling to adjust to Big Ten defenses, kind of like Duncan Robinson last year.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Ugh. She is the worst.||
Ugh. She is the worst.
|3 days 19 hours ago||I've never quite understood||
I've never quite understood the concept of the "non-committable offer." What exactly are you offering then?
|4 days 14 hours ago||I see some parallels between||
I see some parallels between Wenger/Arsenal and Red/Michigan hockey.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I have a feeling this will be||
I have a feeling this will be cringeworthy. But I'll give it a shot.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Ligue 1 has a lot of talent;||
Ligue 1 has a lot of talent; it's just young. From age 18 to 23 or so, it's as good as any other league. But the studs mostly leave after that.
|4 days 15 hours ago||It's to keep teams from||
It's to keep teams from stalling. They have to actually move the ball if guarded.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Well, I don't think the||
Well, I don't think the intentional walk is terribly exciting either.
|4 days 18 hours ago||This discussion comes up||
This discussion comes up every few weeks. People insist that basketball is the only sport with a rule that gets abused, and then we discover that other sports do, too.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I like the 20-minute halves.||
I like the 20-minute halves. I don't know why. It just seems like the half flows better than when it's broken down into quarters.
|4 days 18 hours ago||They'll still foul - they do||
They'll still foul - they do in the NBA - but it will be harder to come back.
I'm curious to know if players shoot better in two-shot situations than in one-and-ones, since there is less pressure on the first shot.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I'd like them to reset team||
I'd like them to reset team fouls in overtime. I don't see why a team should still be in the bonus when the second half ends.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I like it most of the time -||
I like it most of the time - it adds drama to late-game situations.
I only hate it when it's my team at the line.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Ha - within 5 minutes!||
Ha - within 5 minutes!
|4 days 20 hours ago||Spare me this BS that||
Did he say that, or are you internalizing it?
It's true that Michigan has more stringent admissions standards than MSU or other in-state schools, and that most people would choose to attend it if given the option. That's not to say that you can't get a good education elsewhere.
|4 days 21 hours ago||They like doing that. They||
They like doing that. They once named their football student section "Bobby's World" after Bobby Williams.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Is it a coincidence that Izzo||
Is it a coincidence that Izzo massively overreacts to a dumb tweet on the same day that some awful news comes out about the MSU athletic department?
|4 days 21 hours ago||Nah, a lot of us never||
Nah, a lot of us never applied to MSU.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Good for him and your father,||
Good for him and your father, but 50 points in one game isn't all that rare of a feat. And many star high school players don't get noticed by D-1 teams.
The difference between high school and college basketball is gigantic. Xavier Simpson had games of 65 and 59 points last year.
|5 days 14 hours ago||If there is truth to these||
If there is truth to these allegations, he'll be fired. Nine years is a long time to be doing nothing.
|5 days 14 hours ago||As much as I dislike MSU, I||
May I ask why? I'm not saying that from a rivalry standpoint. This is looking like a Baylor situation. I feel angry at their athletic department more than anything.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Funny, I was saying that as||
Funny, I was saying that as well. Though probably not for the same reason as him.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Yeah, I felt like the||
Yeah, I felt like the officiating crew was simply incompetent, rather than dishing out home cooking. By college basketball standards, it was refreshing.
|5 days 15 hours ago||I've been wondering when Izzo||
I've been wondering when Izzo will finally be T'd up for his "3-3 defense." It's ridiculous.
|5 days 15 hours ago||To be fair, most of the world||
To be fair, most of the world does not follow our irrational "one drop of blood" rule.
|5 days 19 hours ago||I don't see the point. They||
I don't see the point. For one thing, many athletes major in things like sports management, physical education and so forth. For another, they are already getting a de facto degree in their sport - an ex-college football player can generally get a high school coaching job without too much difficulty. It's not like they come out of school unqualified to participate/coach in their sport.
Having a degree in something outside of sports simply makes them more marketable. They already can enter the sports field, but this allows them to go into other fields, too.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Here's the issue. No||
Here's the issue.
Allowing revenue-sport athletes - all men - to receive benefits beyond what athletes in other sports get probably can't hold up in court.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Bagmen pay a lot more than||
Bagmen pay a lot more than $5K per term for the best recruits.
|5 days 21 hours ago||That currently exists.||
That currently exists.
Athletes living off campus also get room-and-board checks to cover rent. When they room together, that usually leaves them some extra spending money,
As for allowing them to profit from their likeness, that's basically the status quo these days. It's just under the table.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I don't think we need to be||
I don't think we need to be coming up with jokey nicknames here.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I bring it up for the||
I bring it up for the Illinois game because IIRC, we had a huge first quarter offensively, then didn't do much in the second with Henson in there. It still looked like we were going to win before the defensive collapse, but we might have put that game to bed before halftime without the platoon.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I'm afraid your memory is||
I'm afraid your memory is betraying you on this one.
Here are Henson's college stats.
Speaking of memories, I was in school at the time and remember that '99 Illinois game vividly. From my endzone student seat I had a prime view of that wild shotgun snap that sailed over Brady's head, killing our would-be game-winning drive. Without that snap we may have played in the national title game - or at least the Rose Bowl.
|6 days 13 hours ago||He's right. Brady had the||
He's right. Brady had the job to himself in '98 and platooned in '99. The platoon lasted the first seven games of the season and arguably played a role in our two losses (MSU and Illinois). After those losses, Carr finally dropped it and we went 5-0 the rest of the way.
|6 days 14 hours ago||If this has been going on||
If this has been going on that long, one would think that, even if no one dared to go to Holls's office, he would have heard some rumors himself. East Lansing's not that big of a place.
|6 days 14 hours ago||I don't know. Brady wasn't||
I don't know. Brady wasn't all that great as a junior, so I don't know if the sophomore version of him could have led us to 12-0. He took a major leap forward between his junior and senior seasons.
|6 days 14 hours ago||His sophomore year he was the||
His sophomore year he was the starting center on our Big Ten championship squad.
He actually was always a pretty good player. The main setback he had was an ankle injury midway through the 2013 season, which opened the door for McGary, who then became an impact player, making it look like Morgan had been Wally Pipped. But then when McGary went down the next year, Morgan got his old job back and had a good senior season.
|6 days 14 hours ago||I think it was more about him||
I think it was more about him not being sure if he wanted to return. I don't think Beilein was going to give him a firm handshake. He was basically a four-year starter, except for the stretch run of the 2013 season when McGary moved ahead of him.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Not to be That Guy, but that||
Not to be That Guy, but that game against Syracuse was in Morgan's junior year.
Griese's an excellent choice. It's often forgotten that he nearly quit football altogether after his junior year - he was about to get a job in his field of environmental science - but he was pursuaded to play one more year, and the rest is history.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Not only is paying the||
Brian, two questions here:
1. How could you pay only revenue athletes without running afoul of Title IX?
2. Hasn't it been your contention that this windfall is a temporary one and that the bursting of the cable TV bubble could cause the revenue streams to dry up (at least somewhat) in the future?
|6 days 15 hours ago||Not sure why you're banging||
Not sure why you're banging this drum so hard. Going back to 2012 conveniently includes ND's fluky 12-1 season, while counting three of Hoke's years for us. I don't think anyone is arguing that we were elite under Hoke; we wouldn't have fired him otherwise. Nor does anyone (besides yourself, apparently) think that ND is elite now. ND's own fans wouldn't argue that.
|6 days 15 hours ago||MSU's been a very good||
MSU's been a very good program, to be sure. But they've historically struggled when they've gone up head-to-head against the bluebloods. Izzo is winless, or close to it, against UNC and Duke. Given their history, I'd call them a decent pick to make the Final Four many years (not this one), but I'd hold off on picking them to win the whole thing.
|6 days 18 hours ago||OK, that makes sense.||
OK, that makes sense.
|6 days 18 hours ago||I don't understand the logic||
I don't understand the logic of the play-in games. There are two matchups of 16 seeds, one of 11 seeds and one of 12 seeds. If an 11 seed is objectively better than a 12 seed, why would some 12 seeds get into the field of 64 right away while some 11 seeds have to play it out?
|6 days 19 hours ago||That's not a bad track record||
That's not a bad track record for most programs, but maybe not for a program that was a hot pick to win the national title two of the last three years.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Ten months from now, ND will||
Ten months from now, ND will be looking for a new football coach. Stay tuned.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Irvin's shot is a mess right||
Irvin's shot is a mess right now, but he's quietly played some good defense lately.
Donnal is what he is - a pretty typical backup center. He's more skilled offensively than Teske, who seems to be very raw.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Three wins (plus one in the||
Three wins (plus one in the BTT) could do it. Four makes us pretty much a lock.
I do think we will do it. We're seeing guys step it up. Walton obviously is raising his game. Wagner's avoiding the silly fouls. MAAR is playing really tough defense. Simpson is finding the game slowing down. I like where we're headed.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Two years ago, I thought the||
Two years ago, I thought the team actually did improve down the stretch, though it didn't show in the record. After we lost LeVert and Walton, I frankly expected us to tank, but we were competitive - except that we kept losing games in overtime. That was when MAAR suddenly emerged as a playmaker, and Irvin also stepped up his game.
Last year I felt worse about the season, at least pre-BTT. We did put it together at the very end to sneak in the tourney.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Not too happy about that. I||
Not too happy about that. I don't want that to be a wakeup call for UW.
|1 week 11 hours ago||No kidding||
In nine years at a blueblood program, he's won 55.6% of his games and just 43.9% in conference play, while never advancing past the Sweet 16. This, at a school that has won five national titles.
I know he inherited a terrible team from Kelvin Sampson, but you can rebuild pretty quickly in college basketball, especially at a school of that stature. This is like Michigan football keeping a coach around for a decade whose average season is 7-5.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Speaking of "pride before the||
Speaking of "pride before the fall," that moment was his high-water mark as Indiana coach. IU went on to be upset in the Sweet 16 that tournament, and hasn't done too much since.
|1 week 12 hours ago||We might want to remember||
We might want to remember that Beilein "had" to hire Billy Donlon and Saddi Washington because he had two vacancies on the staff- as LaVall Jordan and Bacari Alexander were hired as head coaches elsewhere. Generally, it speaks well of a coach when other schools are trying to hire his assistants away.
|1 week 13 hours ago||This would call for Muppets.||
This would call for Muppets.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Beilein's 64. He's probably||
Beilein's 64. He's probably only going to be here a few more seasons, regardless. Given that he is about to become our winningest coach in program history, I think Manuel will let him ride it out. I am fairly optimistic about next season, though, and think we can have a good enough season to make it academic.
Matta and Crean are another story. I could see either or both being fired within the next year or two if they don't get it turned around. (I thought Matta was close to retirement, but somehow he's only 49.)
|1 week 13 hours ago||Dude, we just won in||
Dude, we just won in Bloomington for the first time in forever. Enjoy the win.
|1 week 14 hours ago||To be honest, I'd say we've||
To be honest, I'd say we've had only two really poor games from an effort standpoint in league play - at Illinois, and at home against OSU. The OSU one is especially galling because OSU didn't even shoot well, they just outworked us.
But in the other 10 conference games I think our effort's been there, and we're a bit unlucky to only be 6-4 in them. Most of our wins have been lopsided while Iowa, Maryland, Wisconsin and at MSU were all competitive games that we let slip away.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Mentioned this elsewhere, but||
Mentioned this elsewhere, but perhaps Beilein's greatest strength is that he gets his teams to take good care of the ball. We've currently committed the fewest turnovers in the country. When you think back to the Amaker days, the difference in this area is night and day.
We've committed eight turnovers in each of the last two games, while our opponents have committed 21 and 15. That adds up over the course of a game. It's easier to win when more of your possessions end in shot attempts.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Stat of the last two games:||
Stat of the last two games: 16 turnovers for Michigan, 36 for MSU/IU.
Beilein's greatest strength as a coach may be his ability to get his team to value the basketball. We've committed the fewest turnovers of any team in the country.
|1 week 16 hours ago||I am loving these huge edges||
I am loving these huge edges in the turnover battle we've had the last two games. It's a lot easier to win games when you get to shoot more than your opponents.
|1 week 1 day ago||I see some Zack Novak in his||
I see some Zack Novak in his game. A bit of Travis Conlan and Dugan Fife, too. Maybe Mike Griffin. Not Stu Douglass, though. That's pushing it.
|1 week 1 day ago||David Eckstein.||
Gritty as the day is long. Helps the team in ways beyond the box score.
|1 week 1 day ago||Are you excluding ties from||
Are you excluding ties from the analysis? They're usually counted as a half win and half loss.
|1 week 2 days ago||But his team became worn down||
Not this one again...
|1 week 2 days ago||Wow||
He was one of the great pro sports owners. He leaves big shoes to fill.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hardaway was a leader, but I||
Hardaway was a leader, but I don't know if he was the leader. We had Darius Morris his freshman year and Trey the next two.
|1 week 2 days ago||So, since the 95-96 season||
So, since the 95-96 season we've won once.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very clever. Recruits will||
Very clever. Recruits will use Avant's trampolines to leap over Chris Ash's Garden State Fence.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm thinking Tim Dwight.||
I'm thinking Tim Dwight. And several Colorado punt returners.
|1 week 2 days ago||The mods have done some||
The mods have done some surgical strikes to clear out portions of threads that have become derailed, rather than lock them altogether. I like that better.
|1 week 2 days ago||There are so, so many places||
There are so, so many places you can go on the internet right now to have a political fight. My Facebook feed has become unreadable with people (on both sides) attacking the other side non-stop.
Let's not have MGoBlog be like that.
|1 week 3 days ago||If you graduated in '75, then||
If you graduated in '75, then Lloyd was, in fact, your school's coach for part of that time. Per MGoBlue he was at John Glenn from 1973-75. (Scroll down to the bottom of the article.)
|1 week 3 days ago||If you've signed a letter of||
If you've signed a letter of intent, you're a member of the program. I'm pretty sure switching schools would count as a transfer.
|1 week 3 days ago||I can understand this on an||
I can understand this on an intellectual level - you sacrifice short-term pleasure for long-term gain. But on an emotional level I just can't do it. I went to that Maryland game, and while I was feeling pretty numb about the team prior to the game, watching the seniors being honored, I really wanted them to go out with a win. It worked itself out in the end, but I still feel bad for the guys who ended their career that way. (Also, watching Maryland fans celebrate in our stadium was pretty disgusting.)
|1 week 3 days ago||Sorry, but any system in||
Sorry, but any system in which the previous year's results affects the next year's schedule bothers me. A new year is a new year. In 1969 we weren't weighed down by getting killed in Columbus the previous year.
And you guys have to let go of the mid-season scheduling thing. There is no way that will ever happen, not in a sport for which fans often travel long distances (and in college towns, hotel rooms often need to be booked many months in advance).
I'd just go back to the old system. No divisions, and two protected rivalries. The other seven games are a random assortment of the other 11 teams. There is no conference title game. If multiple teams share the title, good for them.
It's not ideal, because the conference is large that scheduling will be a factor. But I'd take it over unbalanced divisions and a single winner-take-all game in an NFL domed stadium.
|1 week 3 days ago||If you're going to have||
If you're going to have divisions, they've got to be geographic. Trying to weight them for competitive balance is a fool's errand. What do you do with a program like MSU, that was mediocre for 40 years, then had a great 5-year run under Dantonio, and now is bad again? Do you realign the divisions every decade?
Aside from that I strongly disagree with moving the Game (yes, some early-season rivalries are fun but the Game needs to be at the end) . . . protected cross-division rivalries is problematic. Michigan and OSU will have a tougher protected rivalry than anyone else in their division.
Also, rivalry games should be played once a year. No rematches.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agree that Hoke/Beilein isn't||
Agree that Hoke/Beilein isn't a great comparison. Having said that, I don't think the 2014 team was an embarrassment off the field. They were pretty much good guys who stayed out of trouble, went to class and graduated down the road.
If you mean the concussion thing, that was on Brandon.
|1 week 4 days ago||What is the 8:57 reference||
What is the 8:57 reference about?
|1 week 4 days ago||Without knowing exactly what||
Without knowing exactly what was said, that looked like a really cheap technical.
|1 week 4 days ago||Actually we shared the Big||
Actually we shared the Big Ten title in 1998.
Also, the OSU team that beat us in '98 was absolutely stacked - that was the year they went 11-1, with one inexplicable loss to MSU, the one that prompted this epic photo:
Altogether we were 20-5 with Brady as starter. Could have been a bit better but that's not too shabby - that's .800 ball.
|1 week 4 days ago||I've got to say, I'm shocked||
I've got to say, I'm shocked how well he's done there. I didn't think he was that good of an X and O coach when he was here, so when he went to Harvard I figured he probably wouldn't win that much.
Kudos to him. I had the chance to meet him twice when he was here - very nice guy.
|1 week 4 days ago||Plus, didn't he win his first||
Plus, didn't he win his first three or so Super Bowls before teams were able to provide their own footballs?
|1 week 4 days ago||I get the motivational||
I get the motivational aspect. But when a team kicks your butt, sometimes it's just a bad matchup.
|1 week 4 days ago||That was the thing to do in||
That was the thing to do in the years just before the Fab Five. Basketball shorts were so short back then that people wore the compression shorts underneath for more upper leg coverage.
Then our equipment manager had the good sense to ask Russell Athletic to add a few inches to the length of the shorts, and the rest is history.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah, the black socks/shoes||
Yeah, the black socks/shoes are the best complement to the maize uniforms. They work with the blue uniforms as well. I would only wear white shoes/socks with the white uniforms.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think people have been||
I think people have been writing him off more for this season than for his whole career. - thinking he's a year away. At least I hope so.
|1 week 4 days ago||Plus, Izzo has changed his||
Plus, Izzo has changed his recruiting strategy to get more one-and-done type guys. He's going to have a lot of young teams going forward.
|1 week 4 days ago||Whoa. If true, they'd be||
Whoa. If true, they'd be losing the centerpiece of their offense.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, there's no doubt that||
Well, there's no doubt that Assembly Hall has been a house of horrors for us, but why does our huge win over IU a couple weeks ago make them the "lock of the year" in the rematch? If we lost by 30 on the road, would you be confident in the second game?
|1 week 4 days ago||The IU win was a good||
The IU win was a good defensive effort. Don't overlook the number of turnovers we forced. IU is one of the best offensive teams in the country. To hold that team to 60 was a nice job.
From game to game, our intensity level seems up and down. An OSU team not known for its rebounding prowess went nuts on the offensive glass against us, whereas we held our own on the boards in the two MSU games. Even on offense, there have been games (OSU again) where the team hasn't displayed much patience and has taken quick threes with no one underneath, rather than get shots in the flow of the offense. When we do the latter, we usually shoot a lot better, too.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ah, how I've missed Izzo's||
Ah, how I've missed Izzo's postgame excuses after a loss to Michigan. These never get old.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't mind Irvin taking||
I don't mind Irvin taking that elbow jumper from the right side - that's his shot. (Not sure why he hasn't taken many lately.)
The heroball threes off the dribble are another story.
|1 week 4 days ago||Shooting 22-32 inside the arc||
Shooting 22-32 inside the arc is even better. That's the number that really jumps out.
|1 week 5 days ago||We're much more so than IU||
We're much more so than IU football under Wilson. They played good teams close, but rarely ever beat them.
This Michigan basketball team can go from looking like a top 10 team to CBI-level from game to game.
|1 week 5 days ago||I remember that. The slide||
I remember that. The slide began with a home game against IU. We played a flawless first half and led by 18 at intermission. IU slowly crept back in it but we still were up by 6 with a minute to go. The AJ Guyton (IIRC) drained two threes in the final minute and forced overtime . . . which they won. We then lost about five games in a row and missed the tournament, before winning the NIT.
|1 week 5 days ago||You were saying? ;)||
You were saying?
|1 week 5 days ago||MSU has the same record as us||
MSU has the same record as us (14-9). Pretty logical that we're favored.
I think we will win. That's not necessarily because I have a lot of faith in this team, but I because I don't think all that much of MSU, either.
|1 week 5 days ago||The article didn't even||
The article didn't even mention that Brady also led us to comeback wins in the previous year's bowl game against Arkansas, as well as the 1999 opener against ND.
|1 week 6 days ago||Unfortunately the wallet||
Unfortunately the wallet itself looks pretty cheap.
|1 week 6 days ago||That's not what I mean. How||
That's not what I mean. How much longer he plays doesn't matter for his legacy. I just don't the guy to have any health issues after his playing days are over.
|1 week 6 days ago||My only concern is that he||
My only concern is that he keeps his health - 17 years of pro football is lot of wear and tear. But I guess he has, so far.
|1 week 6 days ago||Actually UT signed the #10||
Actually UT signed the #10 and #7 recruiting classes (per 247) in 2015 and '16, respectively. They haven't been winning on the field but still are formidable in recruiting, as long as it's not a coaching transition year.
|1 week 6 days ago||It literally is a football||
They manufacture footballs?
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||This was the best yet.||
This was the best yet. Brady's OL was a sieve for long stretches. NE had no ground game. The receivers struggled to get separation and dropped several balls (though they did make one incredible catch, granted). And still, he could not be denied.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Goodell being drowned out by||
Goodell being drowned out by boos and walking off with his tail between his legs was beautiful.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||He just led his team to a||
He just led his team to a 25-point second half comeback featuring two 2-point conversions and a 95-yard drive in the last 3 minutes . . . and that was just to get to overtime. He finished with 466 yards.
GOAT for sure.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||GOAT.||
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Brady has 411 yards of total||
Brady has 411 yards of total offense in this game - with this OL, WR corps and non-existant run game.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Whoa! That is a catch.||
Whoa! That is a catch.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Should Edelman have fielded||
Should Edelman have fielded that punt? Could have let it bounce and possibly go in the end zone.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Wow, that's a huge sack. I||
Wow, that's a huge sack.
I have no idea why Atlanta is so pass-happy. They've had success running.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Brady's thrown for 296 yards||
Brady's thrown for 296 yards (with not much coming after the catch) with 10 minutes to go in the game and we consider that a relatively off game for him. For a non-GOAT QB it's a nice day.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Nice playcall. We should try||
Nice playcall. We should try this.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||The Pats' OL is just brutal||
The Pats' OL is just brutal tonight.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||He's missed a few throws but||
He's missed a few throws but he's 22-35, with several drops.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||There's no need to tear down||
There's no need to tear down his whole legacy. Beilein's won over 700 games. He's clearly been a good coach over the course of his career. But the question is whether he can still push the right buttons and get his team to perform as it should.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Of course he misses.||
Of course he misses.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Wow, positive yardage on a||
Wow, positive yardage on a runnng play!
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Boy, close call - and it||
Boy, close call - and it ended up being a killer.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Brady's getting no help||
Brady's getting no help tonight.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Brady doesn't have any time||
Brady doesn't have any time back there.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||That's not necessarily true.||
That's not necessarily true. Sometimes teams need these kinds of things to get everyone on the same page. The Fab Five turned their season around the freshman year after having a players-only meeting. More recently, USC football apparently had one this past season (when they appeared to be a huge tire fire) and they got it together.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Michigan used to be a "top"||
What exactly were we from 2012-14, when we won two Big Ten titles and reached the national title game?
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||And he hasn't not done||
I don't think the AD chooses assistant coaches. Beilein hired Donlon.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||What do you want an ex-AD to||
What do you want an ex-AD to do?
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Actually Wisconsin has||
Actually Wisconsin has excellent basketball facilities - the Kohl Center was part of a big upgrade in that area. The record against them is terrible, nonetheless.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I could see us bounce back||
I could see us bounce back and beat Sparty - they're not that good, either. The problem is, that's not enough to wipe out this loss. We'd need to go to Bloomington and win there to really do that. We've left ourselves zero margin for error.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I suppose you could count||
I suppose you could count Wagner, too, but he can't manage stay on the court.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't go that far. A||
I wouldn't go that far. A lot of his guys had good final years (whether seniors or not) - Burke, Stauskas, THJ, Morgan, Novak, Douglass, Albrecht, etc.
But it's not happening anymore though, and that's a problem.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I feel bad for Walton, since||
I feel bad for Walton, since he's apparently the only player on the team to give a shit.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is awful. I've been a||
This is awful. I've been a Beilein supporter but this was an inexcusably bad effort, in a game we had to have to make the tournament. A lousy OSU team, which may not even make the NIT, outworked us in our own gym. Terrible.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Kenny Allen.||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Properly speaking, Jersey is||
Properly speaking, Jersey is part of France, although it isn't ruled by the Paris government. It's a weird holdover from the days when the King of England was also a French nobleman (Duke of Normandy). To this day, Elizabeth II reigns over the Channel Islands as Duke, not as Queen.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So the nefarious Buckeye plot||
So the nefarious Buckeye plot to deny our fans tickets didn't really pan out?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's done on purpose. You'll||
It's done on purpose. You'll very rarely see someone listed as shorter than 5'9".
|2 weeks 3 days ago||These are always part funny||
These are always part funny and part cringeworthy. Some of the names are a bit out there but at the end, it's basically making fun of kids' names. It seems a little beneath a national publication like Sports Illustrated.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wasn't Herman losing his||
Wasn't Herman losing his hair? Did he get plugs?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||In theory, it shouldn't be||
In theory, it shouldn't be that mysterious: Georgia has over 10 million people and UGA is the main local school (GT has more stringent admissions standards, IIRC). It's just that they used to have a reputation as a relatively clean school and now there are whispers that they've started to follow the practices of their SEC brethren.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes removing him gives you a||
But a star punter shouldn't be considered a "reach" at all. They need to rethink how they evaluate specialists.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He'd better hope his current||
He'd better hope his current signees don't have any talented younger siblings.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ha, I'm not sure where||
Ha, I'm not sure where "foothead" came from.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The bigger thing is that||
The bigger thing is that soccer has gained a foothead among younger Americans in general, not just those of recent immigrant background.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think Detroit City is a||
I think Detroit City is a cute little club, but they've got to get over themselves.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'm still expecting Bama -||
I'm still expecting Bama - we've been burned too many times in battles with them - but I'd love to be pleasantly surprised.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Saying that a degree from the||
Saying that a degree from the Ann Arbor campus is more prestigious does not mean that a degree from the other two is "shit." You're inferring that on your own.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Have you really met anyone in||
Have you really met anyone in the second category?
I could maybe see someone being mocked if he/she claimed to be a "U-M grad" without ever specifying that it was Dearborn or Flint. Beyond that I don't think most Ann Arbor graduates have strong feelings about the satellite campuses one way or the other.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||More selective||
U-M Flint admitted 78% of applicants in the most recent recorded year. Its ACT range (25th to 75th percentile) was 18-24.
U-M Dearborn admitted 63% of applicants. Its ACT range was 21-27.
U-M Ann Arbor admitted 32% of applicants. Its ACT range was 29-33.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Shouldn't we blame the||
Shouldn't we blame the parents of today's young people for coming up with the idea of participation trophies?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As the linked page is blocked||
As the linked page is blocked for me at work, it'd be nice if you could have looked it over a bit more carefully before sharing this "news" with the rest of us.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||What is the origin of the||
What is the origin of the Mod/Mom thing?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Cross was a tailback. I||
Cross was a tailback. I don't think he was listed as a WR and we didn't recruit him there, at any rate.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Our effort defensively and on||
Our effort defensively and on the glass was respectable. We lost this one on offense.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Wagner's cheap foul/foul||
Wagner's cheap foul/foul ratio has got to be one of the highest in the country.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||This is definitely not a||
This is definitely not a vintage MSU team. We shot like crap, were uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball (we'll need to work on passing to the cutter in practice, apparently) and had to deal with foul trouble*, and lost by 8.
We've got to win the rematch. This one was there for the taking.
*We commit the 4th-fewest fouls in the country out of 347 teams, yet in Madison and East Lansing our opponents were in the bonus about 8 minutes into the second half. Big Ten!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think he's an interesting||
I think he's an interesting guy. He speaks like six languages.