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|4 hours 4 min ago||I'd guess Hackett is||
I'd guess Hackett is specifically referring to the neutral site games.
|4 hours 7 min ago||A lot of teams still use||
A lot of teams still use Oosterbaan. Softball uses it, many club teams use it, and intramurals a little bit.
The outdoor space between softball and Schembechler is used by baseball and softball and summer kids camps.
|4 hours 13 min ago||Screw that. I don't want to||
Screw that. I don't want to be outside in sub 40 degree weather. Sure, it's fine if there's no precepitation, but no sun and/or precipitation makes for miserable games.
|3 days 19 hours ago||I agree and disagree. The||
I agree and disagree. The photography of The Revenant was spectacular. That's a film made to see on the biggest screen you can and get lost in that wilderness imagery.
I do agree it could have been cut down (not 20-25 min like you suggest, but 10 - 15). I thought it was the flashback/vision scenes that could/should have gotten the axe.
All that said, it was still a stunning movie. The single-shot scene of the indians attack on the camp? Amazing. DiCaprio's performance was great (maybe not his best, but maybe it was. Oscar worthy in its own right regardless). Tom Hardy was excellent as well.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I know you're talking since||
I know you're talking since Caris went down. I went with the most easily available stats and the caveat that we can probably expect most players MPG during conference season to be significantly higher than their MPG during non-conference.
In conference, Walton is averaging 36.6 mpg.
A good comparison is probably Yogi Ferrell. He's averaging 36 mpg in conference.
I'm not claiming it wouldn't be nice to get him more rest. But, in the age of "4 minute periods" (in between TV timeouts), I don't know if an extra two minutes per game really is going to have any significant cumulative effect.
Another example, in his last six, Denzel Valentine is averaging 35.3.
Melo Trimble is averaging 32.8 in conference, with a 15 min game in a blowout.
Jarrod Uthoff, 32.9.
You get the picture. Yes, Walton has the most, but he's not the only one withing a minute or two of 35. Hell, Buddy HIeld is averaging almost 36 with the 3OT game removed (if you include that he's averaging 37.8. If you include that game but take out his OT minutes, he's averaging 36.2. In conference.
I'd call Oklahoma an Elite team. Hield is still playing practically every minute.
|5 days 9 hours ago||It was a lazy opening line.||
It was a lazy opening line. Sorry, but come on. I made my points in my first post, but that line, aside from beign a tired meme, belies what modern basketball is.
The three point shot - specifically for this team, but really all teams - is not some gimmick. It's part of the game. You cannot win without being somewhat decent from behind the arc. Therefore, that first line is akin to writing "Michigan stuggles to win when they don't score points." That's why I thought it was a lazy and tired way to talk about the game.
Some very basic stats:
There are 16 teams that shoot more 3's per game than Michigan and nine that shoot as many, rounded to the nearest whole number. There are six teams that shoot a higher percentage. Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Arkansas, North Florida (18-6, first in ASun) and St. Mary's (18-2, first in WAC) shooter better. Arkansas is the weird average/below average team in there. Everyone else will make the tourney, likely.
More to the point, if you look at the Big10 conference standings it practically mirrors 3pt%.
Finally, Michigan is second in B10 play in 2pt%.
So, asserting the Michigan struggles when "the threes aren't falling" has many problems, aside from correlation != causation.
Just because Michigan doesn't have some back-to-the-basket giant doesn't mean they can only score from behind the arc. Just because their percentage is lower in a particluar game (and low for Michigan is literally average for many teams) doesn't mean that their ability to hit those shots doesn't have a positive factor even when they don't fall. There's also no talk of transition or defense which have direct effects on offensive efficiency. Instead, Beilein threes meme.
And yes, I know this entire article was describing how MIchigan got it done is all these other ways and the article basically supports what I'm saying. The thing I'm tired of being perpetuated is that Michigan, specifically, can't win without hitting a ton of threes. This season, the games they haven't won have pretty much been to teams much, much better and their 3pt% in those games should probably not be considered as highly as you suggested with that first line.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Michigan is in the tenth||
Michigan is in the tenth percentile for 3PA per game, true. But, if you consider a difference of three 3PA per game negligible for the sake of comparing how much teams "rely on" the three, Michigan is basically in the top third of college basketball. Yes, they are high. No, not significantly higher than a majority of the nation.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Well, in fairness, Derrick||
Well, in fairness, Derrick Walton isn't even averaging 32 mpg this year. Sure, much more during B10 play, but that can be said for just about every team's star players. In the Big 10:
Tre Demps, NW, 36.6
Nigel Hayes, UW, 36.1
Bronson Koenig, UW, 35.4
Bryant McIntosh, NW, 35.2
Kendrick Nunn, ILL, 35.1
Malcolm Hill, ILL, 34.7
Shep Garner, PSU, 34.5
Yogi Ferrell, IU, 34.0
Marc Loving, OSU, 33.4
Rasheed Sulaimon, MD, 32.5
Nate Mason, MINN, 32.5
Caris LeVert, 32.4
Corey Sanders, RU, 32.4
Brandon Taylor, PSU, 32.1
Zack Showalter, UW, 32.0
Derrick Walton, 31.8
Denzel Valentine, MSU, 31.8
Melo Trimble, MD, 31.6
Zack Irvin, Mich, 31.2
Joey King, MINN, 31.0
Keita Bates-Diop, OSU, 30.6
Shavon Shields, NEB, 30.3
Jarrod Uthoff, IOWA, 30.0
|6 days 10 hours ago||When the threes aren't||
Lazy writing is lazy.
At what point do we do these three things:
1. Acknowledge that shooting 20+ threes a game is not some weird gimmicky strategy.
2. Kill the meme that we can only win if we shoot an obscene %?
3. Acknowledge that a team shooting 42% from 3 on the season should shoot a lot of threes because 3-points are worth 1 more point than 2-pointers.
It's 2016. The 3-point shot is not some low-quality shot. Players are better shooters than ever. An open 3 is a much better shot than anything but an uncontested layup.
When the threes aren't falling for ANY TEAM IN THE COUNTRY they are in deep trouble. But, for Michigan, 30% is terrible whereas for most teams, 30% is simply a slightly off night.
|6 days 18 hours ago||I thought it was funny. Par||
I thought it was funny. Par for the course in any stand up comic routine.
|1 week 19 hours ago||You make a good point that I||
You make a good point that I admittedly have never put much thought into.
My personal (political) view is that the government should not be making money off of student loan lending. It should be a break even enterprise. However, what I don't probably consider well enough is that someone like me, paying 6.55% interest is making up the loss of people defaulting.
Someone mentioned above that the interest rate should be linked to the institution, which I would certainly think is worth considering. Go to a school that has a track record of putting graduates in promising careers after 4 years of schooling? You get 3.5%. University of Phoenix? 7.2%.
Those higher interest rate schools are also going to be schools with lower tuition to begin with, so maybe there's something to that idea.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ok, if it wasn't clear||
Ok, if it wasn't clear before, now we know you really don't undertand the real impact of interest rates.
Credit cards are the worst interest rates on Earth.
Do you have any notion of what 10% on a $50,000 sum of student loans would be? I'll tell you.
The first month of repayment, the loans would accrue $417 in interest. In one month. Just interest. 50,000*(0.10/12).
To pay off 50k in 10 years at 10% APR, you'd have to make monthly payments of about $660.
A.) $660 a month is tough to swing at just about every entry level job imaginable, regardless of discipline. You are almost certainly putting off saving for retirement.
B.) In total, you end up paying almost $80,000. That's $30,000 in interest alone over the course of 10 years.
Now, let's say you take 15 years to pay off the loans. That means you're making payments of $535, for a final total of $96,300. Almost twice the original balance!
If the interest rates were something much more reasonable (3% for example), you could have much more financial space to invest in retirement, put money away for a first home purchase, car purchase, etc.
In fact, a 3% interest rate on that same 50k means you can pay off those loans in 10 years with - get this - a monthly payment of 485. That's the power of interest rates on large amounts in the tens of thousands. $485 is much more reasonable. The government still gets an interest rate that outpaces inflation and you are much more able to fully participate in the economy.
|1 week 1 day ago||An important point here. For||
An important point here. For PSLF, the forgiven amount is not going to be taxed. For "running out the 25 year clock" I think they are taxed.
I read every line of the PSLF stuff about 3 times before I went all in on it because I had been paying my loans off in an accelerated rate. However, once I learned about it and learned that the final amount wouldn't be taxed, I immediately switched and stopped paying any extra.
Now, my income-based payments (about 410 a month) for 10 years will cost me about 52000. Assuming a small income increase over that time - in my position I'm unlikely to have that payment go above $500 a month, so I'm solidly looking at a max of $55,000 paid over the course of the 10 years.
My current loan balance? $52000. So, if I believe I'll still be working at non-profits for 8 more years (and I solidly do), I'll actually end up paying next to no interest on my loans. It makes no sense for me to accelerate my payments and instead I'm putting that money into retirement.
All assuming that the program doesn't collapse or get yanked by some politicians........
|1 week 1 day ago||All my loans are fed loans.||
All my loans are fed loans. A couple small ones are 5.5%, the vast majority are at 6.55%.
I think it was two summers ago that an interest rate drop got through congress? Of course, they didn't apply that drop to people that already have fed loans (and are paying them off on time! why not reward the people doing it right and help them get to a point where they can pump money into the economy?!).
|1 week 1 day ago||Exactly. I don't want my||
Exactly. I don't want my loans to be washed away (I mean, sure if you're offering...). I'm glad and happy to pay them back because the American Gov't invested in me. I love my life, love my college experience, love my job and have no issue paying back those loans.
However, interest rates should be lower. Interest rates for education shouldn't be higher than mortgages, cars, etc. My interest rates are 6.5%. What's wrong with 3%?
Also, there's many programs out there that people aren't taking advantage of. Federal Service Loan Forgiveness is a lot more encompassing than people realize. Basically, if you work for a non-profit for 10 years and make income-based payments for those 10 years, the remainder of your balance is wiped clean. That seems like a pretty great program to me and I wish I got rolling in it sooner (instead of paying on a different, non-qualifying plan).
|1 week 2 days ago||fomo, I appreciate the humor.||
fomo, I appreciate the humor. Some people are a little too sensitive.
|1 week 3 days ago||I can't believe it took so||
I can't believe it took so long for someone to make this comment! What a hilarious last line of an article.
|1 week 4 days ago||I might be the only one, but||
I might be the only one, but for all the reasons you listed, I can at least understand how these no calls happened. There was so much going on - what do you call? In the end, they "NBA'd" it and didn't call any rules violations. I actually don't think there was a travel in there because you can't travel when there's a held ball and it looks like there were at least two held balls that should have been called. Several contacts should/could have been called a foul, but that's also tough when many coaches will instruct teams to first go for a steal/double team before fouling. The refs hae to call that as they call it throughout the game: Don't make up a foul for weak contact b/c you expect a foul, but also don't ignore a foul because there's a trap/double team/steal opportunity.
Full-year suspension? Seems extreme if the officials coordinator determines there was nothing nefarious happening outside the general incompetence. Seems like general incompetence to me, which means these guys will be given games of less importance, less D1 games, lower conferences, etc.
|1 week 5 days ago||Further, Michigan is 7th in||
Further, Michigan is 7th in the nation in 3FG%. Of the top 40 teams in 3PT% only one other team attempts more 3s as Michigan (North Florida, oddly, who also is the 6th best %-wise).
|1 week 5 days ago||They also routinely went||
They also routinely went inside when they needed a big bucket and did a great job rebounding.
Also, also they shoot 42% from three. It's not like they bomb up a million shots and hope to get lucky. They are a great 3pt shooting team. It's not an abberation when they shoot 52% from 3, it's one or two makes above their average. Take away those 2 makes yesterday (9/21 instead of 11/21) and they probably still come away with road B10 win in a game Kenpom had them as an underdog.
I'm so sick of the false "this team can only win when the threes fall" meme.
|1 week 5 days ago||Chatman I kind of agree with,||
Chatman I kind of agree with, but Wilson has shown flashes and you need to give him and/or Doyle some minutes here or there. It's a long season and you never know when you'll need a guy to fill a small role. Don't forget, people were sayign the same thing about Donnal not long ago and now nobody ever wants him off the court, and rightfully so.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||People neg because many (not||
People neg because many (not all and probably not this poster since he's an MGoDenizen) of those season ticket holders don't show up for even mid-level to important games and don't seem to put up much of an effort to make sure the tickets are used.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And they have... Cowbells are||
And they have...
Cowbells are now non-existent and the band might as well be. Every time out there's a fucking promotion. Just 5 years ago the timeouts were a chance to impromptu cheers or band pieces. Can't only blame the students on that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||As others said, he can't do||
As others said, he can't do this. The only reason those big time season ticket holders have those tickets is because of high profile games. Because they sure as hell don't use them for any other games.
Huge Hackett fan like everyone, but this seems like lip service. It would never happen. He needs to bring out the pimp hand and say "Show up or stop buying the tickets," then expand the Maize Rage since they are the ones that actually show up and will be the future donor base anyway.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I love in that Isaiah Simmons||
I love in that Isaiah Simmons picture Harbaugh is:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Allowing a team the option of||
Unintended consequence: Without the rewarding of FTs, teams that are down would put in scrubs with the sole initiative to "hack and foul your way to a steal." Most basketball games aren't overly extended due to the "foul to stop the clock" strategy. If you take away FTs, a team down 6-8 suddenly can take the last four minutes (not 1-2 minutes) and put guys out there they don't care about fouling out and play insanely physical defense until a ref swallows his whistle and they steal the ball. Maybe they get 4 fouls in 15 seconds before getting a steal, but all that's lost is the 15 seconds and you didn't even give the team a chance to score.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Fine points, but remember||
Fine points, but remember that strikeouts are pretty high in general right now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Scarface is a terrible movie||
Scarface is a terrible movie that is great... If that makes any sense.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Was also going to say 500||
Was also going to say 500 Days of Summer. It's basically a chick-flick, but for 20-something male romantics; thus, the potentially "embarrassing" tag. But, I love it, it has a lot of funny moments, it has a bitter sweet ending and Zooey Deschanel is Zooey Deschanel.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's not like they're||
It's not like they're shooting 50% on 1,000 FTs.... They are 5/8. Get a grip. Swap one of those to a make and they are shooting 75% which is pretty much what you want.