Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|1 day 13 hours ago||That's the other thing that||
That's the other thing that surprises me about Iowa - that state is almost entirely white, but it's apparently producing players at an above-average rate.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I would not have guessed that||
I would not have guessed that Iowa would produce more basketball talent than Minnesota or Wisconsin, given that it's easily the least-populous state in the Big Ten region. Interesting.
Illinois is quite the hotbed. Makes you wonder why UI isn't more consistent.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Sounds like a good plan. I||
Sounds like a good plan. I like the SuperFan concept. I'm not sure I'd necessarily want to be seated down by field level, though.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Yeah, there are a lot of||
Yeah, there are a lot of variables at play. The Kohl Center is said to have a weird shooting backdrop, which may help to explain Wisconsin's success there (it's not necessarily the loudest arena).
Also, the home team can use its own brand of basketball, and while they're all pretty similar, some have a slightly different feel. I think we're the only school to use The Rock, which may be an advantage, whereas I think all the Nike schools use the same type of ball (and I notice that the six lowest ones on the chart are all Nike schools).
|1 day 15 hours ago||Yep. Scheduling these games||
Yep. Scheduling these games in NY is a great idea - we get credit for a neutral-site game while playng in front of a de facto home crowd. Plus it's a cool trip to make.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I think that's actually in||
I think that's actually in reference to international tours, like the one we took of Europe a few years back.
|1 day 15 hours ago||The total number of FT||
The total number of FT attempts is also interesting. We know Michigan does not commit a lot of fouls, but OSU opponents shooting only 118 FTs at Value City Arena is . . . interesting.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I had that poster - classic!||
I had that poster - classic!
|2 days 13 hours ago||Oh, duh, you're right.||
Oh, duh, you're right.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Yes, that column and the||
Yes, that column and the comments below it are fun to read now. (I'm not saying that to call anyone out - I was pretty much in the same emotional place at that point in the season, too.)
|2 days 13 hours ago||Probably the first time||
No, it's happened several times. Once you get to 15+ wins, you're probably going to do it. I would imagine that 2005 Illinois and 2007 OSU (which each went 15-1) pulled it off, and 2009 MSU went 15-3, so they may have as well.
|2 days 13 hours ago||The committee claims it||
The committee claims it doesn't go for "storyline" matchups . . . but I would not be surprised if we and SDSU just happen to be the #2 and #3 seeds in one of the regions.
|2 days 13 hours ago||They are a great choice for a||
They are a great choice for a 30 for 30 film, given how polarizing they were and what an interesting cast of characters they had. I'm surprised it's taken this long.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Does the charge circle serve||
Does the charge circle serve any functional purpose at this point? It seems like officials ignore it now.
Also, re: Nebraska, I wonder if Petteway will stick around - not sure where his stock is, but he seems like at least second-round material.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I think we beat Illinois and||
I think we beat Illinois and Nebraska but lose to Wisconsin in the final. The third game in three days will be tough from a physical standpoint. The Charlotte game this year was also the third in three days, and we didn't have our legs under us. UW has more of an inside game with Kaminsky, which will be the difference on that third game. But reaching the final should be enough to secure a #2 seed in the NCAAs.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Yeah, I don't think we're||
Yeah, I don't think we're talking about him playing 30 minutes a game. More like 10, if that.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Moreover, that looks worse in||
Moreover, that looks worse in the still photo than it was actually was live. On the video, it's apparent that it really didn't affect the shot.
|2 days 17 hours ago||How Izzo won it over Beilein||
How Izzo won it over Beilein two years ago, I have no idea. Beilein won a share of the conference title with one capable post player (Horford redshirted with an injury), an unheralded true freshman point guard and a 6'4" power forward. He's definitely due.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Given the way Iowa is||
Given the way Iowa is completely tanking, they shouldn't have drawn too many conclusions from that one in the first place.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I would say it's more that||
I would say it's more that Izzo has always been a defense/rebounding guy and has never been all that great of an offensive coach. Over the years, he's used transition and offensive rebounding to mask his so-so halfcourt offenses.
Izzo's problem this year is that his team isn't built along his usual lines - it actually is very talented offensively, but just average at the other end. MSU this year needs to outscore teams to win, which would be fine if they had a Beilein-like offensive genius, but Izzo's not that. They're a sloppy mess offensively, as they often are, but now it particularly hurts them because they really need to be efficient at that end to make up for their nondescript D and rebounding. I think it's safe to say that Final Four streak is in serious jeopardy.
|5 days 11 hours ago||So is his job safe, or is||
So is his job safe, or is this just a show for recruiting? There were points during last season where he was looking like a dead man walking.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Out of curiosity, do you||
Out of curiosity, do you consider all college football and basketball players to be "exploited," or just the minority that actually are good enough to play professionally?
(We'll leave aside the detail that playing professionally is no guarantee of long-term financial success.)
|5 days 11 hours ago||Great summary.One thing||
One thing worth adding - two years ago, Jordan was basically all we had at center after Horford broke his foot in December. Our backup options at the 5 were Blake McLimans or Evan Smotrycz. Morgan was the only legitimate post defender on the team, which meant that while we needed him to bang against the likes of Sullinger, he had to be extremely careful about avoiding foul trouble.
As it turned out, Morgan never fouled out all season, and we won the Big Ten.
|5 days 12 hours ago||I like the side view even||
I like the side view even better - it has the great reaction of the Syracuse mascot.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Keep in mind, though, that in||
Keep in mind, though, that in '96 we weren't really expected to do much in the tourney (we were a #7 seed and had lost Traylor for the season in the rollover accident), so it's maybe not that surprising that our fans didn't turn out in large numbers.
This year could well be different. If I were a Michigan fan in Chicago, I'd jump at the chance to go see us in Milwaukee.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Does Beilein actually hate||
Does Beilein actually hate midrange jumpers? I've seen this mentioned here before but I don't recall him actually saying that (and his teams seem to take plenty of them anyway).
|5 days 12 hours ago||Can we really consider our||
Can we really consider our school's all-time leading rusher to be "underappreciated"?
|5 days 12 hours ago||At Seton Hall, Amaker went||
At Seton Hall, Amaker went 15-15, 15-15, 22-10 and 16-15. He basically parlayed one good season into the Michigan job. Altogether, in his 10 years at high-D1 schools, he had two winning conference seasons. At the time we fired him, I don't think anyone (other than Jay Bilas - *drumroll*) could have predicted that he'd turn his next school into a conference powerhouse.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Maybe I'm wrong, but that's||
Maybe I'm wrong, but that's not how the baseball draft works, is it? I thought MLB teams lose their players' rights if they choose to go to college.
|6 days 12 hours ago||I suspect our low possession||
I suspect our low possession total is strongly influenced by our low foul and turnover rates. We don't give up a lot of fastbreaks to our opponents (which are quick possessions) and don't create a lot of extra stoppages with fouls.