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|17 hours 50 min 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.
|18 hours 16 min 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.
|18 hours 22 min 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.
|18 hours 50 min 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.
|20 hours 33 min 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.
|21 hours 18 min 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.)
|22 hours 58 min ago||Who decides what a day is||
Who decides what a day is "officially" is?
|22 hours 59 min 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.)
|23 hours 9 min 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.
|23 hours 21 min 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...
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|1 day 6 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 22 sec 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 19 min ago||I wonder how many rival||
I wonder how many rival football coaches even know the meaning of "unabashed."
|2 days 22 min ago||UNC and Duke have the||
What are they storing?
|2 days 1 hour ago||With the "flying wedge"||
With the "flying wedge" legal?
That play literally got people killed.
|2 days 1 hour 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 4 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 4 hours ago||Do we still hate the calendar||
Do we still hate the calendar year or is that over?
|2 days 8 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...)
|2 days 16 hours ago||Huh?||
Donnal's first half wasn't as good as his second, but Teske's first-half D was rough.
|2 days 17 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.
|2 days 18 hours ago||James Blackmon and Josh||
James Blackmon and Josh Langford might disagree.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I think those substitutions||
I think those substitutions were made with an eye to keeping guys fresh for the second half.
|2 days 18 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.
|2 days 18 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.
|2 days 19 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.
|2 days 19 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.
|2 days 21 hours ago||He inherited Izzo. Hollis's||
He inherited Izzo. Hollis's tenure as AD began in 2008.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Do you donate all of your||
Do you donate all of your disposal income toward cancer research?