Mike Lantry, 1972
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|39 min 28 sec ago||In Another Piece...||
I know in another story he was asked about where he needed to be in order to possibly return, and McGary said that he wasn't really sure, so to me that means that there's still some question as to any clear timetable. That being said, his mobility being at the point of running is great news and at least means that the trend is positive for Mitch.
What's great is that he's been there when possible, cheeing his team on in a suit on the bench - he's a team first guy and although I am sure he wants desperately to be out there, I have no doubt that he is elated to see this team perform as it has.
|55 min 13 sec ago||Regarding The SEC...||
A few sites are going with only three teams from the SEC, which makes a little more sense to me. I don't even know that Arkansas is in "first four out" territory at this point - they might be further away than that now. At any rate, It's probably Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee and that's all from the SEC - a 1, 7 and 12-seed respectively, per TeamRankings.
|4 hours 23 min ago||Another Vote For Miles...||
....come from Brendan Quinn over at MLive, who writes:
What the Wolverines accomplished surpassed expectations and cemented the program's staying power under Beilein.
Difference is, Michigan has been to four NCAA tournaments in the last five years. It’s an established program that’s built to withstand one or two players departing or the injury bug biting.
Nebraska, meanwhile, was a rebuilding project without a foundation. And because of that -- because of the big picture view and the realities in it -- Miles should be coach of the year.
I will admit that I find this a sensible position - Tim Miles has managed to do more with less better than anyone in the Big Ten in my opinion. As one example, they earned a bye in the conference tournament, which is miles above expectations at the beginning of the season and, given the fact that historically they've made little postseason noise even the Big 12, an achievement in itself relatively speaking.
Beilein may very well get the award, and it would be deserved, but if Tim Miles managed to win it, I agree with Quinn - it would be deserved as well.
|13 hours 44 min ago||Won't Go Too Far...||
Without projecting out too far in the portion of the bracket in which we will find ourselves, our chances are pretty good to mee the winner of either Nebraska / OSU or Nebraska / Purdue actually. Indeed, right now, if you combine the odds of beating either Indiana or Illinois (whoever should win that game), the projected odds to survive at least that far would be 74.49%. I will take this.
|14 hours 36 min ago||More Specifically...||
I tend to agree with TeamRankings when it comes to Louisville, as they have them as sitting perhaps on the 3/4 line right now. The current 3 and 4 seed alignment on their site is as follows:
#3 - Virginia, Creighton, Duke, Louisville
#4 - North Carolina, Iowa State, Michigan State, San Diego State
|14 hours 43 min ago||We're Good, Thanks...||
Transcript of every time Izzo brings up refs in under 9 minutes
Yeah, this interview is posted in one of the existing threads, so there is little point in transcribing it in another thread to be honest. That, and there really should be a limit on the the number of Izzo and MSU threads. As you know, the odd jab is all well and good, but the relative level of interest int MSU's feelings here is quite low, as it should be.
|14 hours 51 min ago||What's Interesting...||
What is interesting to me in this interview is just how haggard and spent he sounds, almost as if he knows exactly what he has to say to get through that interview but has a fair number of things he might like to say but can't. He looked like he was almost ready to lash out a little bit at points. I could be wrong, but he looked like a coach that was deeply unhappy with a great number of things, as he likely should be.
|16 hours 16 min ago||Fair Enough...||
I suppose you could even go one step further and some work the "sassy and assy" line in their somehow, assuming someone has bothered to come up with such a line. I swear it was not me, in any case.
As for Izzo's outburst, I think that you really do have to try to pretend the fans aren't there sometimes, especially if you're the opposing coach on the road and in a place like Value City Arena (where you know class is the last thing you might encounter in the stands). I assume nothing comes of this, but it simply makes it seem that the season and everything associated with it has worn on him to a point where he is having difficulties even being out there.
|16 hours 51 min ago||Bo Ryan Kneeling...||
My assumption regarding Bo Ryan kneeling by the bench is that he is merely looking for the right moment, should Wisconsin find themselves in a rough spot, to cast his trademark "Possessio Subtractorum" spell. If I were Nebraska, I wouldn't underestimate it as the shot clock will suddenly give the Badgers 35 years.
|17 hours 54 min ago||Only Questions....||
At this point, it looks like the fight is between #4 and #5 - basically, if Nebraska wins somehow, they are the #4 with Ohio State as the #5. In the more likely event that Nebraska loses, it will be the other way around with these two teams. Everything else is probably pretty solid at this point. Regardless of the outcome tonight, Wisconsin is the #2, I would think.
|19 hours 34 min ago||Hanging Around...||
Ohio State is hanging around right now due mainly to being sent to the line more than MSU right now. OSU's free throw rate is 40.00% right now, and they are 7-8 when they've been at the stripe. Right now, MSU has a 57.89% effective field goal percentage right now, 12% better than OSU at the moment.
|20 hours 38 min ago||Coming Down...||
Thoughts on calling out so called Michigan fans
Only at 19 downvotes, but I don't think this one is going to generate much more than giving the OP grief, but about that, I think it serves as a reminder that we are likely the extreme here at MGoBlog, and there are plenty of fans who don't perhaps have the in-depth historical or technical knowledge of various programs. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that - they are fans all the same.
|21 hours 49 min ago||Ones And Twos...||
At this point, you're probably looking at Wichita State, Arizona, Florida and VIllanova as 1-seeds in the tournament. Villanova's position might be the least secure among them, but I think the only potential competition for their spot - probably Wisconsin if anyone - will still get one of the #2 seeds. We're probably 3rd or 4th in line for the least secure #1 seed, meaning disaster would have to strike a few teams - Syracuse, Kansas and Wisconsin, as well as some #1 teams - before we likely snuck into the discussion. We're pretty much on target for a 2-seed at this point. Not impossible, but not very probable, in my opinion.
|21 hours 56 min ago||Already Posted...||
Lions owner Ford dead
As a reminder to everyone, please try to make a habit of scanning the first two pages or so of thread topics before posting to limit the number of duplicates. In the case of this one, it was only a few threads down - there is a significant number of Lions fans and Detroit area residents on MGoBlog, so something like this is very unlikely to stay off the board for very long.
|22 hours 36 min ago||On The Season...||
Going over to StatSheet, Smotrycz is 112-285 (39.3%) for FGs and 52-145 (35.9%) for 3FGs, which overall makes for a personal eFG% of 48.42% for Evan. Similar numbers to 2010-11 but a little dip from 2011-12 on that dynamic. Actually, his offensive rating is 106.3, and he is responsible for about 25% of Maryland's production from beyond the arc.
|22 hours 53 min ago||Official Statement...||
CBS in Detroit has the statement released by Ford Motor Company here - LINK
I will admit that most of my life, I really only thought of WCF Sr. as the owner of the Lions and rather overlooked the career he had at the company which bears his grandfather's name. It was a long career, a successful career, and one which produced some of Ford's best remembered automobiles. Some of his more charitable work included extensive involvement with United Way here in SE Michigan as well as with the Henry Ford Museum and several other local and national charities. Indeed, the tennis courts at the University Of Michigan are named for this man. We can debate his legacy as the owner of the Detroit Lions, but his service to Ford and and to the Detroit area cannot be overlooked.
Thoughts and condolences to the Ford family.
|1 day 2 min ago||Good Gravy...||
It is admittedly morbidly amusing to watch a team like Northwestern hang onto a lead despite currently sporting a 39.65% effective field goal percentage. If you're shooting worse than Northwestern, as Purdue is at the moment (24.00% effective FG%), that's when you know it is an awful, awful start for you.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 5 hours ago||Dakich Predictions...||
Dakich makes annoying prediction
Yeah, the tribe spoke here, it seems, and it is presentation in this case. I realize that Dan Dakich gives the muscles which allow eyes to roll a workout sometimes (the man knows basketball though, you have to give him credit for that), but I don't know if it leads to a good discussion of his statement if we begin the thread with "The dude is ralking out of his ass at least 70% of the time...". Perhaps put more tactfully, such a thread stands.
|1 day 12 hours ago||In The Grand Scheme...||
In the grand scheme, I would doubt that this affects Iowa's relative odds of getting in the tournament too much - we're still likely sending six teams as a conference, one of which would still be Iowa. What this does mean is that the Hawkeyes should be a very comfortable #6 in the BTT, so assuming that and if they win their first game, they get #3 in the next game of the BTT.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Fair Statement...||
I will say, it has been great to see Crisler packed most of the time thesr last few seasons as Michigan basketball has gone from getting better to pretty much awesome all around. Most of my years as an undergraduate coincided with the Ellerbe years, and I do remember some afternoons and nights when it was comparatively dead in comparison to the atmosphere you can experience now. The Maize Rage has been a significant part of that atmosphere being revolutionized as well.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Ha! Nice...||
Nice. Charles Woodson might be one of the relative handful of people who could shout "Photobomb!" like that, slide into the photo, and make the photo timeless and awesome in its own right. At least, one of the relative few people in a Michigan athletics context. I wonder if anyone got that moment live for television purposes actually, because the look one a few players' faces seems rather priceless.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
You have to admire the dedication and spirit of the Cameron Crazies. I mean, there is putting on the school colors and then there is looking like you were near an explosion at a Sherwin-Williams paint store and then putting on a fright wig hoping no one will notice your injuries. To me, that is a dedicated fan - also, a deeply disturbed individual.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Four Factors At The End...||
Michigan eFG% - 51.79%
Michigan OREB% - 35.48%
Michigan FTR - 51.79%
Michigan turnover % - 8.03%
Indiana eFG% - 66.3%
Indiana OREB% - 30.00%
Indiana FTR - 34.69%
Indiana turnover % -20.98%
Our defensive PPP ended up at 1.23 in this game, but our offensive PPP was 1.34.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I Dare Say...||
I dare say that this program might not be quite where it is now without the effort, play and sheer determination of Jordan Morgan. Truly, he is an example of what can happen if you keep hard at something at stick with it. He has been rewarded handsomely for his loyalty to Michigan and his leadership this season. Thank you, Jordan Morgan - you will be missed.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
Michigan eFG% - 51.56%
Michigan OREB% - 38.89%
Michigan free throw rate - 15.63%
Michigan turnover % - 5.52%
Indiana eFG% - 66.67%
Indiana OREB% - 25.00%
Indiana free throw rate - 29.63%
Indiana turnover % - 8.95%
For those wondering about the defense, Indiana's PPP is 1.36, so not the best from us, especially in transition. However, our offensive PPP is 1.24, so we're definitely outperforming our Assembly Hall selves.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Well, The Winner...||
The winner was this thread for title and this is where the discussion began (sometimes, that second criteria is a little more important than which one was posted first).
Also, I really do hope Jeffy Meyer has the opportunity to at least whisper to Crean, "We ruined your program." As a representative of the program, he shouldn't, but it would be hilairous, I think.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Another Hoop...||
I believe the media votes on the Wooden All-American team, from which the winner is eventually selected, beginning in the middle of this coming week. After that, the team is announced during the Elite Eight and then the winner, as we know, is announced during the Final Four. That makes for a field of 15 being narrowed to 10 and then 1, and it is entirely possible that Harris does not make the first cut, but both Stauskas and Harris were not on the midseason Top 25 for the Wooden, so for both of them, this is some nice recognition of their value to their teams.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Not Impossible, But Not Probable...||
I would agree with others - it would likely take winning the BTT and a slide from a few other teams (Kansas helped out a little today perhaps) for use to get into 1-seed territory. If you go by what TeamRankings throws out there for estimated probabilities for a 1-seed, we sit at 15% with Kansas, Wisconsin, Villanova, Florida, Wichita State and Arizona ahead of us, the final four in that listing being their projected 1-seed right now. Right now, I see us as an easy 2-seed and a 3-seed at the lowest, and that's probably where we begin the dance.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Entirely Possible...||
I would also agree that this seems possible. They are the only bid likely to come from the Missouri Valley conference - Indiana State went 22-9 and will likely not sniff a bid. The competition is terrible, it seems, in the MVC. Actually, TeamRankings does projections to advance by round (purely preliminary at this point, but still interesting to look at), and they would actually place our chances of advancing deeper as better than Wichita State's - this is true of most of the projected Big Ten bids actually. By the algorithm anyway, their RPI really hurts them, and I think it might on the court too.