- Member for
- 4 years 28 weeks
- View recent blog entries
- Current value
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks - intended to say "not||
Thanks - intended to say "not so cryptic". Title fixed
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Playing at Duke for BIG/ACC Challenge||
Playing at Duke for BIG/ACC Challenge per Dylan at UMHoops:
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Donnal was 154, Irvin was 54,||
Donnal was 124, Irvin was 54, and Walton was 87.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Terry Foster||
says don't be surpised to see Zeigler and Brundige end up at U of D. Curious if this is just speculation, or perhaps he has knowledge of something that we don't.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||No Contact from Michigan||
according to Trey himself per Tremendous. Says he would "definitely" be interested if M contacted him.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||FWIW Wiltfong||
is of the opinion that M is fading...........
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Neil Davlin(Denver Post) Confirmed||
that it is either Iowa or M for Koazn
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Diamond Visiting Wisconsin This Weekend||
according to multiple sources. I seriously doubt that Diamond is down to M & Ark if he is visiting Wisconsin this late in the game. This one is going down to the wire
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Okafor is Indeed a Possibility|
|1 year 24 weeks ago||The Lakers May Have an Additional Big Man||
on the way. People seem to forget that there is an additional unnamed player coming over to the Lakers, and the rumors seem to indicate that Emeka Okafor is a strong possibility. If that is the case, the Lakers certainly improve as a team. They certainly have the best backcourt in the league with CP3 & Kobe, and lose nothing with Okafor in comparison to Odom, as he has essentially averaged a double double for the duration of his career. Not to mention Okafor is a much better fit with CP3 because he is much more likely to benefit from Paul's penetration and lob passes, whereas Odom is basically a guard in a PF's body.
Even if the Lakers don't get Howard, if they can pull in Okafor, I still think they improve as a team.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Fiesta Bowl Gets First Pick||
Sugar Bowl had the first pick last year, but the Fiesta Bowl has priority this year. Taking that into account, it looks like this assuming M is top 14:
Fiesta: Alabama/Ok. St. vs. Stanford
Sugar: M vs. Kansas St./Boise St./TCU
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. WVU
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I Agree||
Burke does look for real. But we can not annoint him the chosen one five games into his freshman year. You can certainly make the claim that he lead the team against Memphis, but to say he's(individually) leading a top 20 team is a bit exaggerated. I would say that Novak and Hardaway "lead" the team, but that is just my take on things. He certainly didn't "lead" the team against UCLA, in fact he made repetitve mistakes in identical situations(overdribbling on the pick and roll deep into the shot clock which resulted in a TO).
Bottom line - let season play out, I think Burke is going to be a very good player, but that is yet to be determined.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Burke Will Have to Get Better||
as the season progresses. Obviously he had stellar games against Duke and Memphis, and appears to be ahead of the curve for a freshman. However, I take it that UCLA watched film on Burke, and he didn't operate the pick and roll nearly as well vs. UCLA in comparsion to the previous tourney games.
The question becomes did Burke simply catch Memphis and Duke off guard, as opposing teams rarely scout for freshman PGs that aren't highly touted out of high school, especially in the 4th and 5th games of their respective careeers. Or did Burke simply have less than overwhelming performance against UCLA?
In terms of raw talent, I think Burke has more skill than Darius, but he doesn't have the size. Burke is more skilled than I anticipated, but not as quick laterally as I would have hoped for. All in all, I think he will become the top PG in the Big 10 next year, but the jury is still out this year. Let's see what his learning curve is like before we praise him so highly.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Announcement Will Be Made||
on ESPNU REcruiting Nation at 5pm on Thursday. The link below has some additional information that is very nice, but I will refrain from conveying such information due to any potential bad luck that I may bring about! Fingers Crossed!
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Agree on Many of Your Points||
Just making the point to the other poster I responded to regarding the position that TO's are created by pressuring the QB and making tackles for losses. Bottom line is that we haven't done that very well, yet we are among the leaders in TO's gained.
I do think we have improved on the defensive end somewhat, however, I do disagree with those that think we have improved signficantly. Bottom line to me is that although the opponents' scoring numbers may dictate otherwise, we are still a very flawed defense to say the least. My personal opinion is that the TO's have masked those flaws. Granted, some of those TO's have been forced, but a good portion of them have not been created by our pressure in the backfield.
You would have to admit, objectively, that the huge discrepancy in points allowed and the other defensive statistics is quite baffling. How can the defense be very bad at rushing defense, pressuring the QB, average in passing yards allowed, and yet great in scoring defense. I happen to think it is partly based on the randomness of TO's, but that is just my opinion.
We can all twist the statistics to our personal formulations and theories, but the statistics certainly support the fact that we are not in the backfield nearly enough for a defense that is supposedly improved. Just think of what this will look like halfway through B10 play.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Agreed||
I certainly have to concur with this viewpoint, we have been much better at preventing the big play this year.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Question||
Do we have a strong pass rush? Do we have good coverage in the secondary?
I would answer both of those questions with one word - NO.
That being said, how can we explain the apparent discrepancy between the mediocre(being generous) play of our defense, and the outstanding TO generation?
I'm open to answers!
|1 year 34 weeks ago||TO's Do Seem Random When Considering||
our placement in key categories such as tackles for loss, sacks, rushing defense, etc.
A look at some current national rankings for our defense, which I generally don't like to uitlize on the basis that our defense usually is on the field at a higher rate than other defenses because our offense generally scores in an expedited manner, which doesn't level the playing field in comparison to other defenses. That being said, if the defense is on the field more, it presents more opportunity for tackles for loss, sacks, interceptions, etc - which essentially means that while we should get some slack for total yardage, we should not get slack for the uninspiring amount of tackles for loss and/or sacks.
Take a look at some key national rankings for the defense
Tackles for Loss - 4 per game(#104 in the nation)
Sacks - .67 per game(#112 in the nation)
Rush Yards Allowed per Game - 176 yards/game(#86 in the nation) & 4.89 YPC
To put another twist to my analysis of TO's being at least partially random, San Diego State is #6 in the nation at TO's forced(ahead of Michigan who currently sits at #15) with 12, while being #113 in rush defense and 80 in total defense . From my viewpoint SDSU certainly wan't a great defense, if Denard is slightly more accurate, we probably put up 40+ points on a team that is #6 in TO's forced.
Bottom Line - a strong correlation doesn't necessarily exist between TO's gained and a good defense, at least statistically speaking.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Agreed||
Fitz is billed as the back with better wiggle, but when opportunities were presented yesterday, it certainly looked as though Shaw has better ability to make a defender miss. Not to say that Fitz isn't a good back, because he is, but his advantage is physicality rather than speed and/or wiggle. To be totally honest about it, I actually thought Shaw looked slightly better overall.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Didn't say he||
couldn't defend better than Fish. If you look at my post, you'll see that I made specific reference to Blake's defense. And, in all honesty, I think Fisher is a decent defender in a man to man situations(versus screen and roll) against guards other than CP3, Tony Parker, Westbrook, etc., and probably has better lateral movement and speed than Darius. Of course, Darius makes up for that with size and wingspan.
In terms of outside shooting, if you classify merely hitting the rim as doing better than Blake's airballs, I guess you have a point. However, I classify "doing better" than Blake's airballs as actually going in. Darius shoots less than 30% from 3 in college, which is subpar. I wonder how that translates to the Western Conference semifinals from NBA distance? You tell me if Darius would actually do better than a player who has shot over 40% from 3 four times in his career, and is shooting 39% from distance over that entire span?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Have to disagree||
with the thought that D. Morris could have contributed 15-20 minutes last night in the Lakers/Mavs game. If you watched the game closely, the Lakers pretty much outplayed the Mavs in every category(rebounding, FTs, TOs, Steals, Blocks) other than FG%. Bottom line, the Lakers can't buy an outside shot from anyone other than Kobe right now, and that is why they are down 0 - 2. The Mavs are packing the paint and daring anyone other than Kobe to shoot beyond 15 feet. Blake nearly airballed a wide open 3 last night from straight away, and Fisher just couldn't get them to drop.
I simply don't think Darius could've helped the Lakers last night, he certainly doesn't shoot better from the outside than either Fisher of Blake, and his defense certainly isn't as good as Blake's at this point. Darius' strong points are obviously his passing ability and post up game against smaller guards, but I have a hard time believing he can effectively post up Jason Kidd, considering that he holds his own against Kobe in the post for strecthces of the game. His passing ability would be negated by the fact that the triangle doesn't utilize screen and rolls with the PG, and thus Darius would pretty much be useless unless he was in transition(another thing the Lakers don't do because they have too much size in Bynum and Gasol). So while I love Darius' game, to say he can get 15-20 minutes on a championship team that doesn't utilize the best parts of Darius' game is a bet of a stretch in my opinion. I think he'll make a decent backup PG in the league one day, just not with the Lakers.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Observations||
QB - Denard still hasn't been able to overcome his tendency to overthrow the open receiver downfield. Devin looked pretty bad to me, his TD to Stokes wasn't the result of a good throw(it was actually pretty bad), but a great play by Stokes.
RB - Cox looked good, but Shaw needs more carries(perhaps injury prevented this), less Smith please
Defense looked better, but I don't know how much better they would've looked if it wasn't for the bad QB play, the secondary was burned a few times but our QBs weren't able to connect.
There is no way that Furman is a sub 4.4 forty, he really couldn't close the gap against Cox. Looks to be in the high 4.5s.
Ryan looked great
For the life of me, please don't put our QBs under center during the regular season, you can see it simply doesn't compliment them very well.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||No, Actually||
it's a little misleading to label Dawson a consensus 5 star when a.) he is not a 5 star according to ESPN b.) Rivals has not updated their rankings since August 2010 c.) consensus from MCD All-American game seems to be that he is a great athlete/rebounder, but not necessarily the most skilled guy(and from my view of the game this seemed to be true), hence his drop in ranking/ratings on behalf of ESPN
|2 years 12 weeks ago||With Today's Win||
our RPI currently sits at 54, and that certainly looks a lot better than the #66 spot we started the day at. Bottom line, beat State and we probably are sitting within the top 50 in terms of RPI. I find it hard to believe the committee would be able to deny us with a top 50 RPI and a .500 winning % in conference play assuming we win at least 1 game in the Conference Tournament, and play competitive/win the second game.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||ESPN Reporting Announcement Set for 7:30pm||
at the family restaurant
|2 years 27 weeks ago||The tickets would be greatly appreciated.|
|2 years 27 weeks ago||OT Not Included||
That would've tainted the numbers when comparing the defense to an "average" defense such as PSU, especially in terms of points/drive, considering that most teams score at least a FG in the overtime due to field position.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Not Really||
When you take into account that our defense allows 36.83 yards per drive, the only way it would "shorten" the oppositions drives on average would be if the opposition started inside the Michigan 35 yard line.
The field position kills us in terms of points/drive - essentially the opposition only has to pick up 35 yards to get within field goal range, and since we give up an average of 36.83, you can obviously see the consequences that result accordingly. This is why the discrepancy exists between PSU allowing a lower points/drive ratio despite the fact that they allow more yards per drive on average.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Per Drive = Per Possession||
The defense allows an average of 36.83 yards per drive, and 2.81 points per drive. See the charts above
|2 years 27 weeks ago||ESPN||
has been high on Morgan for a while now. He's been rated a high 3*(78 rating) and the #24 ILB for at least a few months. I know ESPN is considered a less than desirable football recruiting service, but I must say that recently they've gained some credibility with me.