in re: is GRIII on a tear
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|1 hour 18 min ago||Ouch Indeed...||
That's certainly not what you want to hear if you're Joel Embiid or Kansas, especially since Embiid just won Defensive Player Of The Year in the Big 12 and, as the OP mentions, was a potential #1 pick in the draft. However, this sounds like something you probably don't want to mess with and make worse, this injury, so hopefully Embiid is on the mend soon.
|9 hours 55 min ago||Our Cats...||
I suppose that if our cats were MGoAthletes they would be on the gymnastics team as perhaps that would be the only sport where you could have someone fall from the top of the bookshelf, somehow stick the landing, look at you like "What the hell are you looking at?" and then walk away from the area. This was inspired by something that happened about an hour ago actually, right here in this very room.
|10 hours 25 min ago||Some Of The Massey Projections...||
I put Gonzaga-St. Mary's on myself, although I am flipping back to the repaly of the Kansas game from last year as well.
In any case, some of the Massey stuff....
Ohio University getting 92% against Ball State, and Eastern Michigan getting 92% against Western Michigan. Northern Illinois getting 66% against Bowling Green in the MAC as well.
In the game I am watching, Massey gives Gonzaga 67% against St. Mary's. BYU is getting 62% against San Francisco too.
|11 hours 11 min ago||I Will Watch Too...||
I will say that I am normally a very reserved person, but that might very well have been the first time in a long time where I actually resorted to jumping on a sofa. Granted, my wife was at work at the time and I had to get the beer smell out of the fabric before she came home (DO NOT hold a beer when you jump up and down on a sofa that will be used by people during a family party the next day), but it was worth every single ounce of Resolve to be that excited for Trey's Trey.
|12 hours 23 min ago||Congratulations To All...||
It is nice to see Michigan recognized for its outstanding talent, coaching and its performance in what is a very competitive conference. Nick was Big Ten player of the week for the fourth time, just this morning and now he's Big Ten Player of the Year. I wonder how how many times a conference player of the year has also earned the Wooden Award? I assume someone has stats on this, but I can't imagine it is all that often.
|12 hours 40 min ago||A Bit Early....||
Go Boilers ...
It's just a wee bit early for the Big Ten Tournament threads perhaps, although the sentiment is nice enough.
|13 hours 6 min ago||I Don't Know...||
The quandary this year perhaps is that the probably both deserve it for different reasons, as was discussed in a thread this morning. I do think you have to give Tim Miles a lot of credit for doing more with less at Nebraska. This was a team that was picked to jealously guard the cellar in the Big Ten this year and they end up beating Wisconsin in their final game and earning a bye in the conference tournament and probably a shot in the big dance. That's a position no one thought they would be in, perhaps not even Nebraska. I do believe there is something to be said for blowing away expectations, and no one perhaps knows that better than our own coach, who has done it repeatedly at a few programs in his career.
|14 hours 13 min ago||Mt. Hope Cemetery...||
I've actually been by his grave - it's Mt. Hope Cemetery in Pontiac, on the west side of Orchard Lake between Voorheis and Edward. Ottawa intersects Orchard Lake near the noertheast corner of the cemetery.
|14 hours 27 min ago||Found The Photo...||
|15 hours 39 min ago||Providing Context...||
I agree as well. A win is not just a win and a loss is not just a loss - there is context, and margin and the opponent are definitely part of that. I think some people talk about "Oh, Team X lost to Team Y, but they were a TOp 25 KenPom team and it was only by 3", for example, but then come to a place like this and forget to mention the third dimension of the game result. It should definitely be part of the discussion.
|16 hours 49 min ago||This Could Be Awesome...||
"Dion Cocoros, the senior vice president of original production for NBA Entertainment and an executive producer on the film, said the Pistons of that era were the first team to give NBA Entertainment special access such as live sound in the huddles, training-room entry and cameras on bus rides and at hotels."
I certainly hope there is a healthy dose of this footage in the special. This particular "30 On 30" sounds like an excellent trip down memory lane for those who grew up watching this era of Pistons basketball.
For some reason, and I am not at all certain why, I want to dig the SNES out of the attic and play Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball now.
|16 hours 55 min ago||Changing The Game...||
I would tend to agree with others here in saying that essentially revolutionizing your own game and become a different sort of player than you were last season - and doing that with excellent results - seems to me to be first team worthy. However, he is still sitting in some rather select company in the sport on that list, and that certainly is not a bad list to be on.
|17 hours 50 min ago||I Liked It...||
I thought the first episode served as a nice prologue to build on and I am anxious to see where this series goes as well. I really did enjoy the presentation and the modernized Ship Of The Imagination, if you will. Like others, I grew up with the original Cosmos (it was on NatGeo yesterday) and have always been a fan of Sagan's works, but this seems like it could be a nice resurrection of the series.
|17 hours 53 min ago||Probably Milwaukee...||
We won't know exactly where we're going until Sunday, of course, but if I could choose, I would choose Milwaukee as well because it is closer to larger concentrations of Michigan fans and you do have the Chicago factor there as well. Not just Chicago either, but there seems to be a fair number of Michigan fans in places like northern Indiana and a few other spots in the Midwest that might prefer that location for access too.The thing that would make me rethink that is having Wisconsin in the same bracket, then this is eerily close to being a home game for them if that happens.
|18 hours 29 min ago||Some Assorted Individual Votes...||
While I am waiting for Pollstalker to update, some of the assorted individual votes -
- Seth Davis had us at 13th
- John Feinstein went with #8
- Dick Vitale did not moved us; still at #12 on his ballot
- Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance voted us at #7
- John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News put us up at #5, as did Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer
|19 hours 30 min 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.
|19 hours 46 min 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.
|23 hours 13 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.
|1 day 8 hours 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.
|1 day 9 hours 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
|1 day 9 hours 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.
|1 day 9 hours 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.
|1 day 11 hours 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.
|1 day 11 hours 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.
|1 day 12 hours 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.
|1 day 14 hours 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.
|1 day 15 hours 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.
|1 day 16 hours 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.
|1 day 16 hours 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.
|1 day 17 hours 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.