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- I think Jim Delaney made the right play by extending the B10 footprint. New Jersey, Maryland/DC, and somewhat Virginia/North Carolina will be reasonable sources of talent now that coaches can promise familes that they'll get to see their son nearby a few times, and have them on TV.
- The midwest isn't what it once was, but I think the demise is a bit overblown. There's enough talent in IN, OH, and MI to field pretty good basketball teams. That's 12 players. And the better programs will be able to attract talent from elsewhere, while the lesser programs can try to give overlooked players from other states a chance at playing on a "big stage."
- Finding 85 guys in football is a bigger challenge. I don't think it'll affect Michigan as much as you believe, because Michigan has never really relied on homegrown kids for 50% of the roster. We need in-state talent, sure. But we'll spend the money on coaches and facilities, and OH, PA, and the East Coast rim give us a solid talent pool. Just need to avoid tarnishing the reputation/tradition of the program any more so MICHIGAN still appeals to top talent in California or elsewhere.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Yeah that was the goal||
Gonna have to get over it fella. The goal was to make things better, not to deliberately screw the seniors. They made a quick change.
|2 days 7 hours ago||No worries||
I'm not sensitive. No worries. I completely agree with you that plays can end up costing themselves money (in the short term, maybe long run (hi Durrell Summers). All I'm saying is that there is a definite appeal to coming back and playing in college, right or wrong, no matter the cost. Players do it and will continue to factor quality of college life into their decision
|2 days 8 hours ago||True||
Im only commenting on WHY they made the decision. Lewan may have too, not that he cost himself much money.
|2 days 9 hours ago||It's different though||
You're right, and I agree. But the happiness that awaits in the NBA is different. Much different. I can't count how many interviews I've read where a pro says something along the lines of "it's a job, and that's it." Everyone is playing for themselves and a contact. Team bonding isn't as emphasized. Age gaps are 20-38, so a young guy could feel a little bit lonely on a veteran team.
Meanwhile, college offers the type of happiness that makes us all wish we were back there. Goofing off with your friends, going to Ricks after a big win, campus life. People your age everywhere. The college life appeal can't be discounted because it has to be the biggest reason why GRIII and Mitch came back this year, and the same reason why dozens do every year (Lewan, etc...)
The dream is one thing. College happiness is another. You just can't have your cake and eat it too.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Good for them||
I wasn't necessary in favor or against GA. But good for the AD to hear the complaints, see the problems, and make a change. No guarantee that this will work any better but you have to try to find out.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Big Ten||
|2 days 17 hours ago||Big Ten||
We're in good shape regardless of our Sophomore decisions (I think all 3 leave, fwiw). Your point is made. But there's no sense in predicting wins right now. The Big Ten is very very good. OSU, Indiana, and Maryland figure to have extremely talented teams in the next few years. Wisco is always good. MSU talent takes a step back on paper, but let's not kid ourselves. They'll be very good. Iowa should be in mix. Nebraska, Illinois, and Purdue have either good coaching, solid talent, or both. NW has some reason for optimism. Minny loses a lot in the short term, but I'll buy on Pitino.
My point is, the conference is great. No sense in sitting here and salivating over our roster because they'll have to earn every win, every year. But we are in good shape to be a contender with our best and worst case scenarios.
|3 days 13 hours ago||It's all good||
Even 25% Mitch is an asset. In a one and done scenario, you want as many bullets as possible. He won't play 30 minutes a game. He won't be in midseason form. Hell, he might barely play. He said himself he's a team guy and JMo and Horford have won the job and earned their role.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Walton and LeVert||
Everyone is important, and I do agree about the 1-3-1. But I'll go with the Freshmen. You're only as good as your weakest link, which is especially true when your team only plays 8 "links." Walton has won a few games, some with scoring and some with incredible rebounding for his position. Irvin has won a game and impacted others with his microwave shootings, and he's been able to get up to speed on defense which puts him on the court in last minute O-D sub scenarios. The pups are playing their roles perfectly and it's been a constant improvement game by game.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Normally||
Normally I'd advocate for Miles. But JB has done the same thing twice. The season with Morris and Novak aneurysm. And our first BTT. He gets passed up for Thad winning a lot of games with great players. Both coaches did a phenomenal job. Give it to our guy, mostly because he's way overdue.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Watching||
I'm watching and the announcer said specifically that they (his coaches) would like to see better body language. I might be taking a leap, but that suggests to me that his defense still suffers. Also it's a sign that he 1) hasn't improved in that regard, because that was one of my complaints when he was here and 2) It had less to do with him being upset at UofM and having a rift with the coaches, and is more just his nature. No disrespect to Evan. Some people definitely just have a more pessimisstic body language or approach to the game/life.
There's guys like THJ who are labile (hot & cold; but show emotion), guys like Glenn who are steady (never get too up or down), and guys who always have a little bit of a sad look (Smotczyz, and remember Paul Davis?)
|4 days 17 hours ago||Maize Rage||
When I was in the Maize Rage they practically paid us to show up. Free pizza before every game, sweatshirts and MDen incentives for attendance. And we made the tourney (09-10). Awesome season.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Illinois||
They beat a few of the conference big boys this season. Lost a few bad games, and had a losing streak (Ok State did too) but they had an OK season if you consider the whole. Maybe a bubble longshot? Ah, probably not. They'd have to win it all...and then obviously
|5 days 7 hours ago||He's a good player||
He's a good player. Did he perform better than Nik? No. But he probably deserves to be on the list. Haven't looked at the other 13 though.
|5 days 8 hours ago||You're probably right||
But 16-3 with this team (wo McGary uncertainty) and you have to assume we would have won the first 6 with or without him. Apparently the committee does factor injuries when things get too close to call otherwise.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Why not||
I had a ton of friends who wanted to be at Michigan, but ended up loving State. There have been plenty of players who feel the same why.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Dave Merritt||
David Merritt. Graham Brown, if we had made the tourney.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Jalen||
For every negative thing he says about the program (like that) he says like 9 positive. Follow him on Twitter. I'll bet many more 16-18 year olds see him congratulating our guys or shouting out Trey/THJ, and notice that more than an emotional quote (he tends to say these things every once in a while when the old wound is opened).
|1 week 15 hours ago||That's just not true||
Nationally, that's just not true.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Yeah||
Yeah, anyone with a DUI who even THINKS about doing something charitable should be flayed!!!
|1 week 18 hours ago||I was under 5||
I was under 5. Love them. Read the book a dozen times. Upset, yeah. But I blame Martin and questionable judgment by Webber. It's not clear when he took the money, and it's not clear under what circumstance. Ultimately we've seen it happen a half dozen times since to varying degrees, with a dirty secret/assumption that it happened a lot back then and still does now. So I blame the NCAA more. We got caught, and we were martyred by the NCAA and UofM.
|1 week 19 hours ago||You're sensitive||
Backhanded stab? More just a love for his coach. Rose has a high opinion of Beilein, he's said it before.
|1 week 1 day ago||I agree||
Wrote some of the same below. I agree. He's done everything at Michigan except for win a National Championship and Big Ten Tournament Championship. There's still time for that...
|1 week 1 day ago||Role Model||
Mayne not invididually, but he might have the most accomplished resume of any Michigan Basketball player. He has 98 career wins (and counting...vs. 39 losses). 6-2 vs. MSU. 2 B10 Championships. 1 Final Four/Runner-Up. 1 B10 All-Defensive Team (and counting...maybe even a DPOY). Plus whatever we accomplish this postseason. Is there a player that has a more well-rounded resume?
I'm a huge fan, and I'll continue to heap praise on our Senior: JMo is tough and hard-working. He improves every year (and game it seems like). He's productive. He's a leader, who knows his role and plays it well. And he's a scholar and a flat out winner. I'm jealous of kids these days. That's the type of player/person you want to emulate. To put things in perspective, my UMHoops role model was Avery Queen (and Blanchard...but I was a point guard).
|1 week 1 day ago||I hate change||
I hate change. I have no interest in getting rid of extra points. I hate that idea.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nik||
Nik also had a tendency to play with Trey Burke and THJ. He played his role, and it was usually to camp in the corners for opportunities.
|1 week 3 days ago||Demographic||
Geez, depressing introduction. But some things are facts. A couple of my thoughts:
In conclusion, yeah the demographics are changing. Yeah, both programs have faltered. But there's no good reason that Michigan can't be a contender in every sport.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah||
There's no easy pick. I agree with you, but I'll wait until the bracket is released to see how the paths to the title set up.
|1 week 4 days ago||More of the same||
I think this is a great conference. But I don't think that we have a team that can win a National Championship. Last year, we had Michigan, IU, MSU, and OSU with rosters and athletes I could see winning it all. This year, our best bets are Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Iowa - which I believe are each a step down from last years foursome. I could see 4 teams in the Sweet 16, and 3 in the Elite 8 again. But I wouldn't bet on any in the Final Four.
For us personally, I love what we've accomplished (JMo and Horford have delivered everything we could have asked) but I can't help but think we might be a Mitch McGary away from a National Championship team.
Wisconsin has beat some really strong teams, so they can obviously do it. But beating Florida in December isn't as impressive. It's my opinion that, at that point, Wisconsin is closer to their ceiling while a 'Florida' is only stratching their potential. I just think they'll lack the athletes at some point.
MSU. Injuries, man. Yeah, I know it's a running joke but it's also true. They have the roster to do it, but injuries and chemistry...and maybe just not being as good as advertised make me pause. I think it's possible the Fed investigation waking some skeletons in the closets of potentially key players might have an effect on psyche outside of injuries.
Iowa. Can't win a close game. Can't play defense. I do think they have a shot to get hot though. Lots of bodies. Some athletic, some big, some veteran.
Personally I'l be pick between Florida and Duke to win the NC. And to answer your question directly, yeah I think the conference is great. But you're ultimately measured by how far your teams go in the tournament.
|1 week 6 days ago||Exchange rate||
20 nickels equals a dollar. So does 40 minor violations mean anything, other than "thanks for telling us."