...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|43 min 57 sec ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
Michigan eFG% - 64.00%
Michigan OREB% - 8.33%
Michigan free throw rate -24.00%
Michigan turnover % - 9.79%
Illinois eFG% - 53.45%
Illinois OREB% - 31.25%
Illinois free throw rate - 10.34%
Illinois turnover % - 16.52%
Michigan PPP - 1.29, compared to Illinois at 1.06. We held Illinois to 0.88 PPP for the game in Champaign.
|2 hours 19 min ago||Oh, Yes...||
The fact that it is the week of Thanksgiving makes it difficult too - I have both family and a trip to the Ohio State game going on that week, and I am sure a few others here would be in the same boat. Worse, we're supposed to host the holiday this year, and I am the one that does all the cooking. I suppose I could leave instructions, but I might not be let back in the house again.
|4 hours 20 min ago||I Like It...||
Yeah, for the blocking alone, I really don't have a problem with the Lions getting Pettigrew back, and when he is clicking in an offense, he's a really good all-around TE. Indeed, he is at least a small part of the reason the Lions have been routinely finishing in the top 10 in total offensive yards. The money is not bad either - I like those numbers for him.
|4 hours 46 min ago||Playing With Numbers...||
I was tinkering with the probability matrix for the BTT a while ago, pulling some of the numbers out of Massey's matchup simulations. Right now, the estimate for Michigan and Michigan State to emerge from their respective brackets to face each other (not the estimated probability of winning it all here) is about 44% for each team. The next most likely teams to emerge victorious from their brackets are Ohio State (32%) and Wisconsin (41%). Essentially, your chances of seeing either Michigan or Ohio State play either Michigan State or Wisconsin are pretty darn good.
|6 hours 43 min ago||In Agreement...||
I would agree with mGrowOld actually - for me, the most disappointing loss when it comes to the season's entire resume might very well be Arizona. We came pretty close to winning as it was, and if we do, the seeding discussions for March Madness might very well be somewhat altered.
I would also agree with the OP here on the underappeciated win - that's the away game at Nebraska for me as well. It showed that we could overcome when things weren't exactly firing on all cylinders, and in a conference schedule where the average scoring margin for Michigan was +6.8 points, we spent some time on edge and ofter prevailed.
|7 hours 24 min ago||Recent Development...||
There were a couple pieces out there - most notably 247Sports - that said that the spike in communication between Rosen and Michigan has been relatively recent and Rosen did say that Michigan has made him a priority. Hopefully, he enjoys his visit to Michigan if nothing else, but this would be a nice add to the 2015 class, I would say.
|16 hours 43 min ago||The Jeopardy Thing...||
I just saw Crean's expression in this still and then the OP's image and it came to me - Tom Crean would be the person who answered, "What is the threat of gun violence".
This would have beein after a Double Jeopardy wherein Crean made it a true Daily Double in the category "Terrible Offenses In Basketball".
|18 hours 12 min ago||So, There Is This...||
Minnesota and Penn State are a combined 4-18 from three point land, so this in combination with the other games in the BTT so far make this possibly the day that no outside effs were given in the Big Ten. Stats? Eh, Penn State is shooting at a mind-boggling 33.87% effecitve FG percentage, which is much less impressive than Minnesota's "meh" 46.00% effective FG percentage.
|20 hours 7 min ago||Holy Crap....||
Rutgers has TWENTY-SIX turnovers and a 29.35% effective field goal percentage. Wow.
Did someone happen to mention to them that the game has started? I mean, I would hate for the Scarlet Knights to miss their drubbing. Oh, wait...
|20 hours 12 min ago||Good News...||
That's excellent news, of course. I really liked what I saw out of Jake Butt last year and was hopeful to see comparable production across more time and more games this year. It will be interesting to see how he factors into Nussmeier's offense, but great that we will have the opportunity to see him in it.
|22 hours 52 min ago||Ah, To Make Light Of Crean...||
I suppose this means that Tom Crean can go home and await Indiana's NIT fate, all the while shouting at empty chairs, "YOU RUINED THE PROGRAM!".
He honestly did look lost at the end - I could almost see him paraphrasing "Batman" - "What sort of world do we live in where a program like ILLINOIS steals all of my tournament mojo...."
As for Snow Sucks, rest assured that the mods are on the case - expect to see a lot of open thread / oppoonent specific threads in the coming weeks depending on the length of the postseason run as the two aren't necessarily synonymous in terms of content.
|23 hours 3 min ago||Great Article...||
That was actually a pretty fascinating read. Thanks for sharing.
It is an interesting contrast really to see someone who has compartmentalized basketball as but one aspect of a far richer. It seems lik a fair number of players try to make basketball the focus of their life, where you have Horford saying something like this, which I thought was a great statement:
“The significance of what we do on the basketball court is limited,” he said. “Compared to the lives that we can touch in other ways, like putting time in the community or working with kids through basketball, that’s the stuff that really means something to people.”
He definitely sounds like the captain of a team, or someone you would want to captain your team, even if he is not a fan of the recognition that comes with it per se.
|1 day 16 min ago||I Would Agree...||
The person in charge of their beer math does seem like the same guy who once discovered that three apples plus six cats equals a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville, and they might even be the person who once reduced the headcount at his previous workplace by reclassifying employees to an understaffed department.
|1 day 44 min ago||Indiana-Illinois...||
There are 14 combined turnovers in the first half - Illinois has 8 of them and Indiana has the rest. Even more interesting, but maybe not shocking, is that both teams also have fewer assists than turnovers too.
Indiana 8-23 but 6-10 from beyond the arc, which makes for 47.82% eFG%. Illinois isn't doing much better, of course - less than 1% better actually.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Very Funny...||
These were pretty funny actually. Thanks for sharing them.
I particularly enjoyed the Southern Conference one actually:
"In existence since 1921 for some reason."
|1 day 1 hour ago||Bill James Log5...||
I always understood James' Log5 Formula to be based on the fraction of games won or lost by two teams, where Team X, for example goes 18-13 and Team Y goes 14-16, then you know that 18 games out of 31 is 0.5806 and 14 out of 30 is 0.4667. From those win percentages, the estimate would be something like this (going from memory):
((0.5806) - (0.5806*0.4667)) / ((0.5806+0.4667)-2(0.5806*0.4667)) = 0.6126, or Team X has an estimated 61.26% chance of beating Team Y.
Again, I haven't dealt with the Log5 calculation for a while, so if I am incorrect, someone please correct me.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Interesting Move....||
Considering that the story about Inhedigbo visiting only ran earlier this morning, this is some rather swift progress indeed. Last year, he managed 101 total tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery, according to the Baltimore Sun's article and that was statistically his best season to date. There are also 11 passes defended in there as well.
I do like the move though - if Inhedigbo can have productivity in the backfield like last year, that's huge for the Lions.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
|1 day 14 hours ago||Brent's Deal...||
For someone who will be 75 in May and has Musburger's career, it doesn't sound all that bad - (LINK). His revised duties:
"The current contract of Musburger, who turns 75 in May, was up as of early this year. His new deal is for multiple years and includes calling a college bowl game on ESPN, as well as Big 12 basketball."
The article also mentions that, so far, they've got the SEC Network coming to 20 million homes.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Much Better...||
At least this time it was stopped before it began. I mean, as I recall, last year Baylor actually did wear the jerseys which were OSHA-friendly and would have allowed them to play hoops in the municipal right-of-way.
I will say, at least USC didn't adopt this - can't imagine anything but chuckles if someone came onto the court with something that read, "Sic 'Em Trojans".
|1 day 17 hours ago||Over At MGoBlue...||
(LINK) - MGoBlue had some stats for virtually everyone that tried out.
Some of the highlights on those who also participated:
In the bench press, defensive lineman Jibreel Black led all participants with 29 repetitions, while fellow defensive lineman Quinton Washington finished with 26. Wide receiver Joe Reynolds and defensive back Courtney Avery recorded vertical leaps of 37.5 and 36.5-inch jumps, respectively. Reynolds also posted a stellar broad jump with a distance of 10 feet, 5 inches. Linebacker Cam Gordon posted a 36-inch vertical and ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds.
|1 day 18 hours ago||The Louisville Game...||
I will admit to smirking perhaps a little bit when, a month or so after this game, Siva came out in an interview and acknowledged that he believed that now infamous block to be a clean block and that he wanted to tell Trey that after the game actually.
As someone said though, BTN should get some props for showing these games again - they were all pretty good games and part of a pretty good run, something that I definitely wouldn't mind seeing again sometime hopefully very soon indeed.
|1 day 21 hours ago||This Tweet...||
....also from Anderson, has the money mentioned in it:
|1 day 22 hours ago||Congratulations To Them...||
I will say that if the District V team were an actual team, that team would very likely destroy others from beyond the arc week in and week out.
In all seriousness though, it is nice to see the recognition for an excellent season come for John Beilein and the Wolverines. Well-deserved honors.
|1 day 22 hours ago||If You Ask The Lakers...||
Granted, the Lakers may be making an assumption, but their official statement is hopeful that he'll rehab in the offseason and be back at it next year. Indeed, Bryant himself expressed a desire to be there - and hopefully 100% - when training camp starts.
Given the Lakers state right now, there probably is no rush to get Kobe out there regardless, and he did recently sign an extension too - hard to imagine his production doing anything but slide though. If he never played another game, he would leave 4th in points and 8th in made FGs all-time, I believe, among a long list of other accomplishments, so he does have that.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I Think They Changed That...||
I thought that had been changed a few seasons ago so that you could get the grant-in-aid but at the sacrifice of a year of play. I seem to remember something from the compliance department to that effect, but I could be mistaken.
While people are mentioning McDowell, it may be of note that there is a deadline approaching for his saga per a Pete Thamel piece the other day. As I recall, he would need to submit either an NLI or a Big Ten tender by April 1st or MSU - if that's where he ultimately goes - would not be able to put him on scholarship until the beginning of the fall semester.
|2 days 4 hours ago||At The Moment...||
At the moment, it is only a few inches, but it is coming down at about an inch per hour here in Metro Detroit and some areas around here are supposed to get close to 10 inches of snow. They haven't even touched the surface streets yet, so my commute was basically 8 miles of of following ruts and trying to remember where the potholes were.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I Made It, But...||
My commute is all of the distance from Romulus to Belleville, but it was the most terrifying 8 miles of my life and I didn't go much faster than about 15 MPH for the entire stretch. I basically came in to conduct two Continuous Improvement meetings and then attend a staff meeting, after which I plan to go home and work from there for the rest of the day....after I shovel my way up my own driveway...again...still...
In retrospect, coming in at all was probably a mistake, but the director that was supposed to be at one session did in fact show up, so it might be a good thing that I did as well.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Put That Way...||
In the full knowledge that there are, at this point, too many possible outcomes to say that the odds are overwhelming, I am pretty confident that, if we confine this to last year's Elite Eight, it might be about a 1 in 4 chance of the best run being either Florida, Louisville or Michigan. Simply by the numbers, of course - ir is entirely possible that none survive to that point in different scenarios. That's merely based on some statistics and a lot of conjecture right now.
|2 days 16 hours ago||2004-2006...||
I don't think he saw the field in 2005 because of a medical redshirt, but yeah, he was in all but a handful of games in 2004 and 2006. I think he probably had his best statistical year at West Virginia in 2007, however - I think he might have even been in the top 10 in INT return yards in the Big East that year.