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|2 weeks 6 days ago||It will be interesting to see||
It will be interesting to see how Calipari handles the mintues for everyone. They have 5 5-stars coming in the 2013 class, and they return 2 5-stars in Alex Poythress and Will Cauley-Stein. They are also bringing in high 4-star Marcus Lee along with returning former high 4-star Kyle Wiltjer. With 7 former 5-stars and 2 other near 5-stars, there simply is no way to give each kid the minutes he will expect. But that is a pretty damn good problem to have.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||2 years in a row now that||
2 years in a row now that Beilein has signed 2 top 30 recruits in the same class. Impressive stuff, especially considering where this program was only 5 years ago.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I agree. Similar to Jake||
I agree. Similar to Jake Matthews from Texas A&M, that would be more of a projection of him at LT.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Obviously it will depend on||
Obviously it will depend on how the season goes, but I think Michael Schofield can work his way into a top 50 pick as well. And I believe Devin Gardner will be a 1st rounder whenever he decides to leave school.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Are there Mo Ways than one to||
Are there Mo Ways than one to buckle up?
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||While Irvin could certainly||
While Irvin could certainly play the 4 offensively in Beilein's system, there is no way he can defend opposing PF's. He does have the height to guard the spot, but he is not near as strong or athletic as Robinson was leaving high school. I also think Zak will be the best wing defender on the team, so that is another reason why having him defend one post spot wouldn't make sense. My opinion on how the minutes will be split next year:
PG - Walton 25, Spike 15
SG - Irvin 20, Stauskas 10, LeVert 10
SF - Robinson 20, Irvin 10, Stauskas 10
PF - McGary 25, Robinson 10, Donnal 5
C - Horford 20, Morgan 15, McGary 5
With the newfound depth, I think McGary, Robinson and Irvin will be the only players that average 30 minutes per game. I truly believe Donnal will work his way into the rotation. At 6'9", he will be the best shooting big man on the team, with range out to 22'. He also has a very nice post game, but his defense could be what keeps him off the floor.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||McGary at the 4, and I||
McGary at the 4, and I wouldn't be surprised if Horford is the starting center. I still feel he has a very high ceiling. I believe Irvin and Walton will both start, although they might not right away. Stauskas gives them an instant offense option off the bench and will probably still play starters minutes. With Robinson and McGary coming back there are numerous options on what to do with the lineup.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Why is Hardaway not an NBA||
Why is Hardaway not an NBA player at this time? Do you believe Ben McLemore from Kansas is an NBA player? Most expect McLemore to be taken #1 or #2 in the draft. McLemore and Hardaway have very similar stat lines (and similar games):
Hardaway (6'6", 205 lbs., age 21) - 14.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 44% FG, 37% 3FG
McLemore (6'5", 190 lbs., age 21) - 15.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50% FG, 42% 3FG
I'm not saying Hardaway is as good as McLemore or should be taken as high as him, but I don't understand why so many people are making comments about him not being an NBA talent.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I wouldn't worry too much||
I wouldn't worry too much about depth right now. If McGary and Robinson both leave (which I don't think they will), UM still would have a solid 8 man rotation (Walton, Spike, LeVert, Stauskas, Irvin, Morgan, Horford, and Donnal/Bielfeldt). Most high-major programs do not have much more than a 7 or 8 man rotation, so I don't think depth should be a concern right now.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I would agree that I don't||
I would agree that I don't think both will leave (I think Payne will leave, Harris will stay), and I also agree that Robinson and McGary will return. I guess I was more or less speaking to the fact that Beilein has done such a wonderful job building depth.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Again, if Payne and Harris||
Again, if Payne and Harris return, MSU will most likely be the favorites to win the Big Ten. However, if both, or really even one of them leave, you are looking at a very average team (in terms of typical Izzo era MSU teams). IMO Payne would be a much bigger loss for MSU than Harris. They really have no one that gives them a legit low post option outside of Payne. If Harris were to leave, they at least have Trice and Appling to fill some of the void. Just my opinion, but UM is in better shape to deal with early departures at this point than MSU.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||They also have a good chance||
They also have a good chance of losing Payne and Harris, to go along with Nix. If that happens, I have no idea where their offense will come from.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Getting to the line is an||
Getting to the line is an area where Zak definitely can improve. He shot right around 6 FT's per game this year (hitting around 75%). The strongest part of his offensive game is his ability to drive and hit the pull up jumper, but he can improve his ability to get all the way to the rim. His most impressive game of the year, IMO, was against Indianapolis Tech (who features 2014 5-star big man Trey Lyles). Despite having a rough shooting night, Zak absolutely dominated that game finishing with 30 points and 10 rebounds (Lyles had 25 and 16) in a narrow win for HSE, 64-59. He was 12 of 14 at the line in that game, though I'm pretty sure that was his season high in FT attempts.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Some kids just love college||
Some kids just love college and want to enjoy that lifestyle as long as possible. There certainly are not many examples of players of his level staying in college, but I remember the three Florida players (Noah, Horford and Brewer) that were all but guaranteed lottery picks after winning the national championship deciding to come back for another run, and another championship. Burke's main drive for coming back this year was to win a national title, so maybe knowing how close they came this year and how much talent they will have next year (same team plus another potential future lottery pick in Irvin) will convince him to stay one more year.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This might be my favorite||
This might be my favorite feature on the site. Great work!
After IU lost to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 all I seemed to hear from IU fans was "Fire Tom Crean" or "Yogi Ferrell needs to transfer". I couldn't help but think how ridiculously insane they were and that there is no way UM fans would react like that after a Sweet 16 loss (or even before the end of the game). Not so much I guess....sigh....
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Zak is a legit 6'7". It will||
Zak is a legit 6'7". It will be easier to tell once he gets on campus, but he is slightly taller than Glenn Robinson, who is slightly taller than Stauskas and Hardaway (all are listed at 6'6"). Zak is a SG all the way. The 2 and 3 spots are pretty interchangable in Beilein's offense, so he definitely could play SF, but he is by no means a PF.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Even if he doesn't come back,||
Even if he doesn't come back, if everyone else returns UM might be #1 preseason. Louisville also returns basically everyone (not considering early draft entrees), but UM will probably be a preseason top 5 team again next year, as long as there aren't multiple departures. On a similar note, if Harris and Payne stay at MSU and Thomas stays at OSU, the Big Ten will probably have multiple top 5 teams again next year. If Zeller and Oladipo somehow stay at IU, they will be right there as well, though that is very unlikely.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Irvin isn't quite the athlete||
Irvin isn't quite the athlete that Robinson is, but his game is further along than Robinsons was at the same point in his senior season. I said something similar last year regarding Glenn, but UM fans are going to love watching Zak play. Similar to Robinson, he makes everything seem so effortless and easy. Regardless of who stays or leaves, I don't see any scenario where Zak is not a starter next year. For comparisons sake, Zak is a taller, more talented version of Caris Levert in my opinion. And I don't mean any disrespect towards Caris, Zak is just one of those special talents.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||77-63 Michigan||
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||I don't believe they do team||
I don't believe they do team specific previews in the spring. They have briefly touched on UM several times on The Football Report, but to my knowledge, there will not be a preview until the fall.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you for posting this||
Thank you for posting this video. The way Syracuse likes to gamble pays off against teams that don't have multiple ball-handling threats (Indiana, Marquette), but as Louisville showed in the above video, can be easily penetrated by smart decision making.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You act like I didn't say||
You act like I didn't say "Syracuse does not use the zone for this reason". And book or no book, the 2-3 zone didn't stop Louisville's guards from penetrating much.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Eh, the 2-3 is typically used||
Eh, the 2-3 is typically used to nuetralize height disadvantages. Syracuse does not use the zone for this reason, but that is why you normally see a zone being utilized. And pentrating guards are a nightmare for any zone defense. Defenders are not able to move near as fast as the ball, and a guard that can get in to the middle of the zone and kick it out to a shooter is a worst nightmare for a zone defense.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Indiana doesn't really have||
Indiana doesn't really have "penetrating" guards though. Every IU player, with the exception of Yogi Ferrell, relies on other players to create shots for them. Against a zone you need more than one player that can get in to the middle. Burke, Stauskas, Hardaway, and too a lesser extent Spike, are all able to create shot attempts for others.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Fair enough. You very well||
Fair enough. You very well may end up being right, but I like UM to win this game becuase of the huge mismatch at PG. If you look at all of the teams Kansas stuggled with (even in wins), they all have on thing in common, good to great PG play. Baylor (Pierre Jackson), Oklahoma State (Marcus Smart), and Iowa State (Korie Lucious) all were at a disadvantage on the interior, but managed to beat (or should have beat in Iowa State's case) Kansas due to having very good PG's. Either way it should be a great game.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||75-70 Michigan||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||As much as he annoys me, he||
As much as he annoys me, he is normally pretty spot on with his analysis. He did miss on MSU last year (he said numerous times he thought OSU and MSU were clearly the two best teams in the conference), but their problems were more due to the fact that they did not have a QB. As long as I have followed BTN his predictions have worked out pretty well for the most part.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||I will give you Zeller, but||
I will give you Zeller, but he is also a future lottery pick. Both Payne and Nix averaged 10 pts in 2 games against us, hardly dominant performances. Evans had 12 points on 12 shots against us in the BTT, and all of those players are much more skilled offensively than Withey and Young (well maybe not Evans). Withey will probably be a dominant force defensively, but McLemore, Releford and Johnson are the threats offensively to worry about, IMO.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||McGary had a total of 2 fouls||
McGary had a total of 2 fouls in the two games against MSU, but he did have 4 in both games against IU. Withey is not a skilled offensive player though. He gets most of his points on putbacks and lobs. He does have a decent right handed hook over his left shoulder, but his offense alone will not win the game for Kansas. And Young, whom Brian mentioned as a bad matchup for Glenn Robinson, is far less skilled than Withey. This really is not that bad of a matchup for UM.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Their sectional is probably||
Their sectional is probably the hardest in the state of Indiana. North Central, Carmel (where Stu Douglass attended high school) and HSE are 3 of the top 5 programs in the state every year, and they are all in the same sectional.