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|1 year 16 weeks ago||Syracuse Tall Guys||
Not for nothing, but Keita seems like he is getting a lot more key minutes than Christmas recently. According to KenPom, they are so similar that it should not matter much. Christmas seems to have a more refined all around game, but both are all D, no O. One possible explanation is that Christmas is unhappy at Syracuse. Christmas is from Philly and there have been faint rumors that he could be transferring back to Philly area school.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Early Las Vegas Line||
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Come on...||
I am probably the only die hard Temple and Michigan fan here. Lifelong Temple fan and Temple Law but I went to UM undergrad and follow both teams very closely. i remember that in 93. Temple played ugly. William Cunningham had no chance to guard Webber soft so he played physical. Temple always had inferior talent but played hard. It does not matter what you hear about Chaney -- he did not do anything that any other coach does. Just because he said some stupid things after John Bryant (of St. Joe) got mildly injured after a hard foul does not mean that Chaney sent players in to intentionally injure the opponent. Hard fouls are part of the game. Michigan showed a lot of toughness winning that game but I'm not sure you can conlude from the game that Chaney did anything warranting "disrespect."
|2 years 20 weeks ago||re: Temple||
Sure. Hate to get ahead of ourselves but what the heck. Temple is not defensively oriented this year. They were always known as a defensive team under Chaney and Dunphy coaches up defense but do not listen if the pundits call them a defensive team. They are not. They gave three excellent perimeter guards. If the guards are aggressive and hitting shots, they are a tough beat. Wyatt and Moore can shoot and penetrate. Fernandez can dish. Inside, Jefferson is a monster. Not big, but a very physical rebounder and defender. Micheal Eric is the wildcard. He missed the tournament last year with a patella injury (they probably would have beaten SDSU with him). He also missed a large chunk of this season due to an aggravation of the injury. With him, and his close 7 ft, Temple has a better defensive presence. He provides a new angle to the team. However, he has been a step slower than ideal after coming back from the injury. Off the bench, DiLeo is a sturdy "defensive" sub, Brown can hit the 3 and Lee is a long shot blocker/rebounder. Realistically they only go this 8 deep. I'd say Moore/Wyatt are the biggest threats, although Fernandez can get hot. All three guards have length and can defend -- but they are not quick enough to be really good defenders. Teams get into the paint too easily on them. Burke will be a load for them to handle. Just look at what the 5 8 and lightning quick PG Chazz Williams (on UMass) did to Temple 2x in the last 10 days.
It's interesting because Temple (looking ahead) probably likes the Michigan matchup -- Temple struggles with more athletic running/pressing teams. At the same time, Michigan probably likes the Temple matchup. Neither team plays fast. The key to the matchup (if it happens, and my personal bball apocalypse occurs) will be which team shoots better. They both rely on the 3.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Well this blows.||
I'm a lifelong Temple fan. When I visited Michigan in March 1992 to consider it for undergrad, the Fab Five was in its heyday and they wound up playing Temple in the tournament in back to back years. That was not great. Went to UM undergrad, then Temple law. Now it is coming around again. I've spent so many hours agonizing over these two teams over the last 4+ months and as a reward, this is what I get. A potential round of 32 game from hell. F.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||eFG||
One possible measure of the impact of the 38 3pt attempts is UM's eFG. UM has averaged 53.8 eFG (a KenPom metric that credits 3pt as 1.5 and 2pt as 1). They shot 50% eFG last night, which resulted from 14-38 from 3 and 7-18 from 2. In other words, they shot better than season average from 3 (avg. is 35) but much worse from 2 (avg. is close to 55). So I guess the point is that the 38 3pt attempts would not look as bad had they been closer to avg. in the 2pt department.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||This Plinko Nonsense Has Been Going On For 2+ Decades||
Yes, it has been a rough 12 years. But this trend dates back to the early to mid 90s. Michigan has always been dominant. Lake State did the deed several times in the early 90s. Remember the Maine OT debacle. UM finally broke through in Cincinnati vs. CC. Then the next year UND breaks our hearts in Milwaukee with probably best team UM has had over the last 20 years. Unexpected Frozen Four win over BC notwithstanding, it has been a maddening 20 years of UM tournament hockey ... but as always, better to "enjoy" the agonizing ride then to not be playing at all.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Danielson||
Let's face at -- these talking heads can say whatever they want. That has minimal impact on the rankings -- the reason Alabama gets its rematch is because they lost early and then all of the teams ahead of them lost. Michigan lost to Ohio in their last game of the season - there was no time for them to rehabilitate themselves in the eyes of the voters or BCS computers. Timing of the L, which has been a constant theme in college football, is still applicable here.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Thanks!||
Damn. That is just great. Been over a decade since I was at Yost. In four years (93-97), I did not miss many games (between student section and radio). Football and basketball games are fun, but I'll always remember the craziness of Yost. Easily the most intimidating "revenue" venue at UM. Let's get another banner tonight!
|3 years 16 weeks ago||'97||
Wow. You know that Red still smarts from 97 if he brought it up so easily in those post-game comments. Must be nice "redemption" in a way, for him. Because 97 sucked. Big time.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Yep...correction||
Blame my foggy memory. BU beat UM in Milwaukee. I guess my bad memories were all the UND *fans* around us taking such joy in UM losing. UND went on to beat BU in the final.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Revenge for 97!||
As a senior, I still vividly remember the UM team that was supposed to repeat instead get dominated by UND at the Frozen Four in Milwaukee until a late Morrison goal made it close (and gave us faint hope). The entire building was rooting against UM except UM fans and took such joy in our demise. UND should be the favorite in the upcoming match-up, just as UM was the favorite back in 97. Let's turn the tables this time!
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Penn St.||
I can understand being "cautious" about Penn St., but this is only a coin-flip game if the Michigan/Penn St. coin we are using is rigged to land on Michigan 60-70% of the time. I listened to or watched most of that TU/PSU game. Penn St.'s offense is absolutely atriocious. They could do nothing right once they got anywhere near the red zone. If Bernard Pierce did not get hurt, Temple probably would have won. Penn St.'s D has no speed and is small. Pierce was bruising through them. In fact, Temple probably should have won anyway had a few bounces gone their way and the playcalling not gone into a shell. Temple has not beaten Penn St. since 1941 so I feel like the coaches clammed up. Anyway, take it for what is worth, but Penn St. is not very good at all. They should get torched in Iowa.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Temple||
I'm in Philadelphia, so slightly skewed (to the positive) view of Temple. But even so, it is unfair to say UConn is not good because they lost to Temple. UConn may not be very good, but Temple is an okay team and this game had a lot of intangible factors (Big East envy, revenge, etc.). Temple is well coached and motivated. There is a good chance they'll go undefeated in the MAC. Truth is, we'll know a lot more about Temple, the Big East and the Big 10 after this week when Temple visits Penn St. For the first time in forever, there are actually people who think Temple could spring the upset.