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|1 week 2 days ago||Love the Depth||
With exception of QB and possibly TE, solid quality depth all over the place.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Seth||
You have obviously never been to Syracusa, Sicilia, Italia. There's nothing but orange and lemon groves down there. I'd be hard pressed to believe that it isn't a carry over from Italian immigrants from that region, wikipedia be damned.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The reason Siva had crappy games against SU||
is that he's one of the more overrated players in the Big East. He's a decent facilitator, but relies on others to get production. I would compare him to Florida's backcourt in that he gets a lot out of his talent, but he's not in the same solar system as Burke.
Burke will get his shots off (Siva couldn't shoot an NBA three if you held a gun to his head); question is whether he can be effecient and facilitate.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Really fine piece||
The only UM thing that comes to mind as comparable was Woodson's performance in The Game his last year. You're right: he just wanted it more than Kansas.
|9 weeks 31 min ago||Take it to the rim!!!||
If UM doesn't settle and closes out on defense half decently, they win this game comfortably. They have several players in this match-up who can get to the rim and SDSU still has to respect the outside shot for Hardaway and Stauskas.
There's noone on that roster who can guard Burke one on one or in a high ball screen situation. I think Burke will either have 16 points by halftime or 8 assists. If he doesn't, the rest of the team didn't get off the bus.
Run your sets; don't settle; close out.
|9 weeks 57 min ago||Berger||
Seems like a really good kid. Would be hard to root against him if he goes to the dark side.
Ace, do you know if Deshawn Hand is a military brat - get a lot of those in Northern VA, and he seems to follow the stereotype.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||GRIII||
They switched him onto Borovnjak in the second half and he did pretty well. Don't know his rebounding, but had a least 3 steals that I counted and kept him out of the lane.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Looked like||
Camp or AAU competition. Frankly, of all the film I've seen on UM big recruits, other than McGary, this kid has the most upside. Great understanding of floor space and angles and knows how to get a shot off.
That said, no film of him passing out of a double or having to go against a Nerlens Noel type player (which McGary did), nor did they show him running the court. Definitely has some really good instincts and fundamentals around the hoop.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas||
Brian - the referees got it right. The new rule is a pile of dung, but hoops is a game where you're going to get some cuts. I had a broken nose, a set of loosened teeth, and four separate sets of stiches before I was 20 playing hoops. It happens.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Grantland has some real gems||
And this is one of them IMO.
Couple of comments though.
1) Coaches are notoriously conservative animals, probably due to they being the true demonstration of free enterprise - if they don't perform and get the desired results, they are updating their resume. It takes some very innovative thinking to get them out of their comfort zone, and the current paradigm seems to stress control/tempo (Brian could probably go to town on statistical analysis of this);
2) Another area which has slowed the game down in my personal opinion (and having been an AAU and HS BB referee, I'm not completely talking out of my tailpipe), is that way too much contact is allowed by defenders, especially on drives to the basket. This is compounded by what I view as substandard officiating overall. It used to be forearms only, now I consistently see hands used to check players (cough Craft) and get away with it. That is a HUGE advantage. And they don't show balance; there's a huge difference between calling a trivial reach-in 30 feet from the hoop and calling a hand check on a drive where the offensive players has a distinct advantage. We understood that in HS hoops and it was emphasized in clinics. Not sure where this was lost.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Ace!!||
Need to get an interview with Dakich! I'm thinking 60 minutes style with low/moderate lighting and contrast the ensure everyone knows who the bad guy is. Ask ALL the hard questions, like "why were you such a slacker at IU during your playing days", or "film analysis has shown that you couldn't carry Ant's jock".
Given his open approach and low ego, I'm sure he'd be amenable.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||What ships have you been on MGo?||
Did 10 years as a black shoe and 12 as an IP - Reuben James, Ranger and Kauffman before I went C4I
|15 weeks 4 days ago||He's not Just a Shooter||
Watch could turn into a fun drinking game, but I'd be afraid I wouldn't make it past the first half.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Absolutely correct Tom Mc||
As an old (very old LOL) HS and AAU referee (did it back when they were transitioning from 2 to 3 official crews), was going to comment on this, but you saved me the trouble.
Issue in this case isn't entering the frontcourt, but staying within it, which is treated exactly like a sideline.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||72-63 Meeechigan||
|18 weeks 53 min ago||Have to earn it on the road||
They stunk the place up; still they had their chance and didn't finish.
|18 weeks 56 min ago||Good Post||
I've watched OSU probably 4-5 times this year and they are an excellent defensive squad (which makes the meltdown at Champaign even more puzzling). Probably the best in the B1G and other than Louisville and Kansas, can't think of any other teams nationally that can bring that on-ball defense when they have their A game.
While I hate losing to the acorns, and would have loved to see Burke hit that 3, this is a great "I told you guys" game from a coaching standpoint. If they didn't understand that floor spacing, sprinting through your cuts, and setting good picks, and using the picks properly wasn't important before, they do now, especially with Minnie in three days.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Some additional film||
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Best one yet||
Keep up the good work Ace
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Also||
Interestingly, they went under the screen on a couple of occasions, one of which Burke knocked down a wide open 3 on.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Well, execution is key as in most sports||
Chuck Daly once did a coaching clinic on methods of stopping the pick and roll; when finishing up, he ended by saying "that said, if it's done properly, none of them work" or words to that effect.
That's why it's been a staple play since the peach basket was nailed up along with Wooden's give and go high post. It works, but you've got to execute it.
Several posters spoke of Burke getting a better 'rub' which I agree with. Also, in your example, Hardaway should have moved toward the center of the floor to balance the court; if he had done so, he would have had a wide open 3 point shot at the top of the key.
Saying JB understands offense is akin to saying Paula Dean knows her way around a deep fryer. They'll get it figured out and if ever there was a pick and roll match made in heaven, it would be McGary and Burke if they can get on the same page.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Early Enrollees||
The two early enrollees that I personally think will have the best chance of seeing significant playing time are Thomas and Butt.
Depth at TE will give Butt an immediate shot. While safety is a tough position to to break into the two-deep as a frosh, I think Thomas has a shot because he is so talented and physically gifted. At the minimum, his athleticism will translate to an excellent special teamer next year.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Pipetting?!!||
Bad flashbacks to Organic Chem lab - thanks Heiko
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Nice Drew Sharp impersonation||
Nice Drew Sharp impersonation Ace,
Hard to hang this one on Borges. He didn't cause the fumbles, get Toussaint injured or block up front. The middle of the line simply wasn't winning the LOS.
If the results are the same next year, we should have this discussion, but not now.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Brian, You're beginning to||
You're beginning to sound like one of the blue-hairs. Need to just let it go.
FWIW, MD I think is a good addition. Rutgers, I'm going to have to adjust to a bit.
Their admission doesn't diminish the previous Conference accomplishments, and they could potentially be excellent additions once setttled in. If you want to focus on nefarious motives fine; go stew, but it isn't going to change anything.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||There's some pretty good||
There's some pretty good linebacker's in the B1G, but if JMFR doesn't make 1st team, the voters can all go screw themselves.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Brian, You were there, but I||
You were there, but I have to tell you, everything I've seen from this kid speaks of unnatural maturity, leadership and patience. The debacle last week must have absolutely killed him. And to come in to Minnie/St.Paul as unprepared as he was and to play as well as he did.....sure seems like a statement to me.
In team sports, I look to who the players respond to. This kid is a natural leader. That's not to say they won't be following Denard, but they trust Devin will get it done. There's a big difference to getting 3 snaps a game where the defense knows it's going to be gimmicky and being able to run the whole offense; same with the the spring game where they know what's coming.
Does one game make a career? No, but what does the kid have to do to show people he can play? So he missed a few open receviers. He also was dodging hospital tackles on most of his drop back attempts. I'm firmly convinced this is one feel good story that has some legs. With the combination of maturity, ability and flat-out leadership, I truly believe this kid will get it done.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Nah, I think Ace nailed that||
Nah, I think Ace nailed that one. Frankly, I think Minnie should be in the contender column ahead of Wiscy. You look at who Minnie has coming back healthy and they're going to be a huge headache in the conference. That team has ridiculous athleticism and are a year older, and Tubby ALWAYS gets them to play hard (even if they don't always do what he wants).
Wiscy lost too much with graduation and injuries, and although I absolutely love Decker, he's still only a Frosh.
Iowa's still a year away in my opinion, but definitely on the right track; McCaffery is doing a bang up job in Iowa City.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Agree, another option in the toolbox||
He and Hayes are valuable guys to have around. Both can play tailback or slot, but Norfleet I think is more elusive and seems to have that hyper competitive winner's mentality.
I can easily envision him having a role similar to what Marquis Maze had with Bama last year. Don't think he'll ever be an every down back, but not out of the realm of possibility.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Denard Speech||
Denard is a classic introvert; requires a lot of mental energy for him to get up in front of a group like that and provide a speech. I thought he did very well under the circumstances.