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|12 weeks 6 days ago||'Tis the age of big data||
Coaches have talked a lot about the "new" (to us) GPS-ish technology they're using, like on Jake Butt and people. Especially as a Ph.D candidate, my guess is that this guy is going to be doing quite a bit of data analysis on the information those devices provide, perhaps more so than "just" being in the weightroom with the athletes all the time, like Wellman or some of the other S&C coaches. It would probably be really interesting to 1) see what he gleans from the data and 2) as these types of things become more common in the NCAA, to have reasonable cases and controls to try to see if this is actually an effective strategy. Though 1 will probably never be available to the public and 2 probably won't ever be done at a particularly rigorous level.
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||I strongly dislike||
the new calendar of events. Don't love it overall, looks very sanitized and you have to scroll down a country mile to get to the stuff at the bottom, but I suspect I'll get used to it.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think||
the NCAA recognizes men's rowing as a sport, which also seems like a minor hurdle.
|36 weeks 8 hours ago||He did go to State||
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danton_Cole. So that would be one reason.
|36 weeks 10 hours ago||Acutally,||
Rick Bennett is in his third year as head coach at Union and they've been pretty good all 3. Before that, he was an assistant there for a while, under Nate Leaman (who coached for a while, had a decent year and now is at Providence who has become better). But he's someone who, if Union does well next year, I wouldn't mind as coach. And I don't believe he has any significant ties to Union, other than coaching there (he didn't graduate from there), so he might be amenable to a move despite having success there.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||There's still||
a few ways for Michigan to get in but, goodness, a lot of things have to go right.
Western to beat or tie (apparently they can tie in the third place NCHC game) NoDak
UMass-Lowell over UNH
Wisconsin over Ohio State
Those will all get us in as the 14th overall seed and last at-large (I would guess against Ferris State?). Without all of those three results, I see Michigan as 1st out.
The good news is that those three don't seem particularly unlikely. The bad news is that UNH and NoDak now pretty much have play in games for the NCAA tournament, so they're likely going to be pretty fired up. We can only hope that they fire up for virtual NCAA play-in games the same way Michigan does...
|39 weeks 3 days ago||...Wilcox||
is both player of the year and goaltender of the year? That's not something you see every day. I thought Dzingel was going to win it pretty handily, though I guess no forward really stood out as particularly exemplary points-wise and Wilcox is being mentioned for Hobey.
|1 year 6 days ago||Michigan's 3rd period||
woes are pretty concerning. Both OSU games, both UNO games, the NTDP game, last night against Ferris... A team's going to lose a one (or two, or three...) goal lead in the third period sometimes, but 6/7 is not ideal.
|1 year 6 days ago||Billy Powers||
was also a Michigan player. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/billy_powers_463257.html
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I think Spath mentioned this||
on Rivals but the last several times we've had 10+ freshman (1998, 2002, 2006, 2008), 3 of those years went pretty well. 1 title, 3 frozen fours. Small sample size, but pretty good precedent.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||According to the boxscore||
Waterloo blocked 23!!!! of our shots. Which actually feels about right, from watching the game. Michigan needs to work on shooting at the net, not the defenders. That'll fix a lot of things, I think.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||My biggest question/concern||
Is just what happens to the names. Ferry Field and Cliff Keen-nice places, with history, for sure, but they're only places, they can be reincarnated in other locations. I'm wondering if the new multi-purpose area is going to be re-named after Keen, or if it's going to be Allstate Arena and Cliff Keen gets lost to history? Same for Ferry. Is the new track building going to be named the Ferry building, or is Ferry only going to exist in old record books?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Interestingly,||
though WMU is primarily a public university, the new Med School is going to be private. Oakland University and Oakland's med school are the same way.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Pretty much the whole class||
could have been drafted, except for the goalies and maybe a few others, without anybody being too surprised. It's a heck of a strong class. It's going to be exciting to see who steps up and validates/exceeds their expectations vs. who maybe doesn't end up being who we thought they would.
It also sounds like most of the headliners of the class are fairly good defensively, except for maybe Allen, who definitely sounds like more of an straight offense-first player (and who I think is the best candidate for magic midget, though he is an inch taller than Motte and not really all that midget-y at 5'10), which is good news for a fairly young/untested defense and a question still in net.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||This whole||
2 initial first name thing is really throwing me off, I keep thinking of Trouba. This is looking too far into the future, but what happens if Compher someday earns JMFJ/SMFH type status? Is it JTMFC? JMFT? JMFTMFC?
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Personally,||
I hate it, the Anthem is for honoring America, not Michigan (or really, any other entity) but it's nowhere near as bad as North Dakota's version.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I really like||
the agressive scheduling. It's gotta help recruiting and it may even be better to win 1/3 at UNC/Florida type places than sweep at home against IUPUI or something, in terms of RPI. I also like how he's getting southern(ish...) teams to come to Ann Arbor to play.
As a interesting side note, Scott Stricklin, the coach that took Kent State to the College World Series last year, and the presumed favorite for the Michigan opening before we settled on Bakich, accepted the Georgia head-coaching job.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||No.||
There's a weird crossover between the two brackets. The team that wins their first game, but loses their second switches brackets, with the corresponding team from the other bracket. It's unlikely for a loser of the first game to make the championship series, but it's technically possible, especially if it's Oklahoma that loses game one and Michigan that loses game two. It's also possible they play in just the bracket final, if one goes 2-0 and the other climbs back into it from the loser's bracket. Though obviously in that case, they won't meet in the championship series.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||WCWS is set||
Interestingly, 4 conferences are represented with two teams each:
Big Ten: Michigan and Nebraska
Pac-12: Arizona State and Washington
Big 12: Oklahoma and Texas
SEC: Florida and Tennessee
Michigan faces #1 Oklahoma at 9:30 on Monday 30th in their first game of the double-elimination WCWS format. Oklahoma leads the nation in scoring (7.89 runs per game) while Michigan is second (7.16). Oklahoma also leads the nation in ERA (1.16) while Michigan is 36th (2.28). Needless to say, Oklahoma is pretty good, winning 5 straight NCAA regional/super regional games by a combined score of ¡¡¡¡¡59-8!!!!!, winning 3 games in five innings, 1 in six innings and only needing the full seven innings once. They've lost 4 games this year (52-4), one each to Nebraska, Louisville, Texas and Kansas. Michigan's gonna need something special from the pitchers and the hitters to pull this one out. Oklahoma is quite simply the best team in the nation, by a decent margin and has been all season. But that's why they play the game.
The winner/loser of Michigan/Oklahoma will play, respectively, the winner/loser of Texas/Arizona State. The loser of that loser bracket game will be eliminated. Michigan is 2-2 against the WCWS field this year, 1-0 against Arizona State and 1-2 against Nebraska (who plays in the other bracket, there is the possibility of a cross over, it's weird, look at the bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/softball/d1)
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Good ol' Plymouth.||
Being pretty good to us for hockey recruiting for that class.
Yost Built commit write-up: http://www.yostbuilt.com/
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Gosh,||
ULL's pitcher is fantastic. 5 stikeouts through 3, allowing 0 hits. Lucky for Michigan, she's also a tad wild. You'd think that at some point her pitching every inning for ULL will fatigue her a little bit and between that and the Michigan hitters seeing more of her pitches, they'll be able to start hitting sometime, but right now it's not pretty. Gotta keep them off the scoreboard until the bats can heat up.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I believe||
home/away for game 3 (if necessary) is determined by a coin flip. Hopefully we don't find out today. Go Blue!
|1 year 30 weeks ago||True.||
I was stretching. I always wondered why Kevin Lynch didn't end up being captain, after Chris Brown left, I thought he fit the prototype better. But even when they gave him the A things didn't get better. They didn't get better until pure desperation kicked in.
I do wonder how different things would have turned out if Brown had stayed. Perhaps it's one of those things where nothing was going to help them, regardless of who the C was, or maybe if had ended up staying and being captain, it would have made all the difference, people would have started playing before March, he woulda scored a ton and maybe without the pressure of trying to lead a dilapidated team, AJ continues his torrid scoring pace from the first few weeks all the way to the NCAA title.
As it is, I feel bad for the kid. He'll always be the Captain that let The Streak™ get away.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Kevin Porter, 2008?||
He wasn't only a scorer, but he certainly scored plenty. Brendan Morrison in 1997. If you want not a Hobey winner, probably Brian Wiseman in 1994. Matt Herr in 1998 scored a ton the year before he was captain, if that counts.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I agree||
in theory, and one and done is a horrible idea in hockey, but that could be anywhere from 3-5 games in a weekend. I feel like that isn't very feasible for most sports besides baseball and softball when you can play a couple times in a day and not be dead.
Now if you wanted a best-of-3 at higher seeds for the first two rounds and then maybe try to figure out something interesting for the Frozen Four, or leave it, I'm with you. I'd actually even be OK with 4 straight best-of-3 series, whether the semis and/or finals end up at "neutral" sites or not. But I don't think the circuitous baseball/shoftballl double-elimination translates well to the ice.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I thought we||
were the only school at all with one NCAA championship in each of those four? Unless you count pre-NCAA (for non-football) in which case Minnesota has at least 3 of each anyays.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||And more good news||
on the gymnastics front: Though the women's team season ended somewhat disappointingly, short of the NCAA finals, Joanna Sampson and Katie Zurales competed today in event finals today. Sampson took home the NCAA Championship on the Floor Exercise. She also tied for 14th on the vault. Zurales tied for 2nd on the Balance Beam.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||One more point of interest,||
In addition to his 4!!! NCAA titles this weekend, Sam also earned 6 All-American honors (top 8 in Event finals), from the All-around, then every event except rings. He qualified for the event finals in Rings, and likely would have finished top-8 giving him a clean sweep of All-American honors, but he withdrew from that part of the competiton to avoid injury.
Kid is incredible. He's the first male UM gymnast to ever qualify for the Olympics, so I think that's a pretty good indication he's the best Michigan gymnast ever, though I don't know a lot about the history of that program.
For those curious, Elise Ray competed in the 2000 Olympics before coming to Michigan to compete with the women's gymnastics team 2002-2005.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||One more.||
The last season Michigan Hockey missed their NCAA tournament? 1989(-1990). Obviously basketball's next NCAA championship comes the next time hockey missed NCAA's, the bookend year of their (2012-)2013 season.
After this year, the only logical conclusion is that both teams win NCAA titles every year.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Great news!||