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|2 years 13 weeks ago||St. John's||
I don't think anybody is seriously talking about them as a 4/5. They've been a 6/7 wherever I've looked, which is about right. Saying they have a "couple" of big-name wins is laughably dismissive. Georgetown, Notre Dame, Duke, UConn, Pitt? That's 5 teams that have spent much (or all) of the season in the top 10. Add to that road wins over bubble teams Cincinnati, West Virginia and Marquette and the fact that the committee weights how a team is playing later in the season, and it's not hard to see them on a 6/7 line.
Also, while the Fordham/St. Bonaventure losses happened, a lot can be attributed to the growing pains of a coaching change with 10 seniors. It's telling that their only freshman Dwayne Polee, who was one of their best players in the non-conference schedule, has disappeared as the seniors have adjusted.
The reason why the Big East gets so much love every year is because even though a team like West Virginia only played Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Duqesene, Cleveland St and Purdue...well that's a bad example I guess, because that's a legit schedule, tougher than Michigan's Kansas-Clemson-Syracuse and nobody else.
The Big East gets love because its good teams play ridiculously tough OOC schedules, which gives the middle-of-the-pack teams (which play tougher schedules than their counterparts in other conferences) an extra boost when they beat those teams.
As for the larger point, the advanced metrics fail to take into account the human element. Sure, a team that wins a lot of close games is not as statistically dominant, but they still had to win those games. There are always teams that consistently find a way to win the close one's, and there is something to be said for having the resolve to play through adverstiy that can't be quanitfied.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Tyler is a legend...||
but I've actually liked Darke more. If i had to equate him with an American announcer it would be Sean McDonough. He obviously knows the game and isn't afraid to share his opinion. He toes the line between getting excited and the right time and being too excitable almost flawlessly. Also, and this obviously doesnt apply only to him, the different way they use the language (talking about a "plot" between Donovan and I think Bradley on a free kick) is interesting to me.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Brian, I think you mean||
Worcester, not Worchester.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Butler||
When he said he'd be doing a whole lot of nothing, I took it to mean that his season would be over because Michigan wouldn't be in the Final Four with a hypothetical redshirt junior Butler. I don't think there's anything disrespectful about that.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Blueloosh beat me to it||
was browsing TNR and saw this..love seeing mgoblog getting some mainstream love.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||[Editor's note: UMHoops||
[Editor's note: UMHoops pointed this out about the refereeing: DeShawn Sims says he complained to the refs about his game-tying three and the ref said he would have called a foul if he had missed, which just goes to show that every conspiracy theory you've ever had about basketball refereeing is true. Bastards.]
That's actually a fairly commonplace procedure. If a player gets bumped but the shot isn't affected much, the ref waits to see if it goes in. If it does, no harm no foul (literally) and if it doesn't the whistle gets blown.
Sounds unfair, but it reduces cheap fouls and three point plays.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Pure shooters are not really||
Pure shooters are not really affected by moving the line back a foot.
Scorers (Sims, Harris) who shoot 3s are affected more.
As for the people we thought were shooters, like Douglass and LLP, well I don't know to be honest.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||No reason for him to be||
No reason for him to be ejected.
Harris shouldn't have been ejected last year. Two wrongs don't make a right.
Perry was hounding him defensively. A misplaced elbow is dangerous, but it is what it is--misplaced. It's a part of basketball
|3 years 18 weeks ago||I compare this team's tourney||
I compare this team's tourney prospects to Kentucky's two years ago. They started 5-6 and ended 18-12 and squeaked into the tourney as a 12 seed despite a loss to Georgia in the first round of the SEC tournament (IIRC)
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Defense||
is mostly about effort, especially factoring in who they've played, as they haven't been at a significant athletic disadvantage so far this year.
The 1-3-1 lends itself to more steals, as well as more open looks, but Michigan is not in the 1-3-1 all the time.
At the game I went to against Houston Baptist, they looked lazy, esp. in transition.
I've seen the same things in other games as well.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||aargh||
When I saw the headline in my feed reader, I thought it was going to be something along the lines of "Donovan Warren (aka 1/2 of our defense last year) is coming back."
|3 years 24 weeks ago||and it's Terrelle, not Terell||
and it's Terrelle, not Terell or Terrell
|3 years 25 weeks ago||I really liked Troy||
I really liked Troy Woolfork's play this year.
In addition, I wish we still had Adrian Harrington.
Don't you think our most improved lineman was David Mossman?
When he wasn't hurt, Brandon Minor was MAJOR! LOL
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Uh, yeah||
He was going to leave. He came to the AD with an offer from the Saints and told them he was going to take it unless they opened up their pocketbooks.
Or so I've heard.
Notre Dame couldn't afford to call his bluff if he was indeed bluffing.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||FWIW, I think that these||
FWIW, I think that these predictions taken right after the season are the most rational and accurate.
After RR was hired, we all said, "If Mallett transfers and we don't get Pryor, we're gonna suck."
But after both those things happened, we rationalized why we would be good, leading Brian (among others) to predict 8-4.
At the end of the season, we said "We'll be lucky to make a bowl game next year." Then, as the offseason went on, our expectations crept up until most of us expected no less than a bowl game by the beginning of the season.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Uh...||
The Red Sox won the World Series 3 times between when it opened and the selling of Babe Ruth.
How does the Titanic reference apply?
|3 years 27 weeks ago||I'm from MA||
...and that comment has been made on facebook in all seriousness.
No coach is perfect. Belichick's tragic flaw has always been arrogance, esp. when it comes to offense.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||bronxblue||
After seeing Notre Dame last night, I agree with you there.
Iowa has beaten Penn State the last two years; They have the same record overall, won head-to-head, and put up a better fight than PSU against the bucks.
The point wasn't to say that the teams in the 2nd half were worse, just that they weren't better (or at least noticeably so), as people are using the argument that "our schedule got harder."
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Tim highlighted in the||
Tim highlighted in the presser notes that RR said there wasn't a lot of time for halftime adjustments during halftime.
While I generally give him the benefit of the doubt, I call bull on this one. 20 minutes is plenty of time to make adjustments, IMO.
The "better teams later in the season" issue also falls apart.
Iowa > Penn State
With that being said, I tend to agree with Michelin's (purely observational) theory. It would be interesting if somebody could study this more in-depth
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Tim, your deltas are fine top||
Tim, your deltas are fine
top 3 haven't moved
Cincinnati - 4 This week, 5 Last week, Delta + 1...correct
That's the top 10. The rest of the top 25 is correct as well. I don't seem to see the problem.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Obviously it was a typo, but||
Obviously it was a typo, but can we call him Beilein Beielein from now on?
His name/coaching style is so nice we have to say it twice, right?
|3 years 29 weeks ago||mgovictors||
They might not have a team left if they do that
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Msybe it's just me, but I||
Msybe it's just me, but I feel like the pointing to God runs counter to Christian principles.
Pointing to God screams, "Look at me! I made a great play, now I'm going to show you how good of a person I am!"
There are exceptions of course, but I think the point to God has gotten away from its original message.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Originally it was just an NFL||
Originally it was just an NFL rule. Now it's expanded.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Just to clarify: As soon as a||
Just to clarify:
As soon as a player plays ONE PLAY in any game, whether it's offense, defense or special teams, they are not eligible for a redshirt.
A player can get a medical redshirt if they have played in 30% or less of their team's games. 4 games "rounds down" so to speak, so functionally it's 33%
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Lost in the hubbub of the bands is this gem||
"Michigan punched a baby seal until it was unconscious and then brought in its six-year-old brother to continue punching the baby seal because he's got to execute the playbook and every play in it is 'punch baby seal,'"
One of the better lines from Mr. Cook in recent memory.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||And I c+p'ed that MacArthur||
And I c+p'ed that MacArthur quote into Google. This thread was the first result.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||To paraphrase: I played||
I played hockey in high school so when I say the Red Wings are in trouble, I'm right and you're wrong, no matter what your level of hockey knowledge is.
EDIT: Since your political ideology agrees with President Obama's, you are a virgin.
Did I get the gist of it?
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Yankee Stadium does this as||
Yankee Stadium does this as well, and they do put song lyrics up, FWIW.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||"He might have even been||
"He might have even been kicking too well"
the emperor knows no limits