...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|14 weeks 23 hours ago||I think the majority of||
I think the majority of people calling for Spike to start is because he runs the offense much more smoothly than Walton. One of the biggest problems in our losses is how sleepy our offense looks in the first half. After that, we're fighting from behind the entire game and it puts more pressure on our scorers.
If we were to start Spike, we might be risking some defensive collapses early, but it may get us in rhythm enough to jump out ahead and actually dictate the game.
I like Walton playing more minutes though. He just needs more time to get comfortable on offense.
|14 weeks 23 hours ago||I can't disagree with a lot||
I can't disagree with a lot that's been said here. After eight games we look like a B1G bubble team a la Minnesota or Illinois last year. Just too many problems and too many questions after a decent sample size.
They very much have the talent and, believe it or not, experience to turn it around, but I'm keeping my expectations low.
B1G play is gonna be brutal. Not necessarily in the sense that we're going to get spanked, but in the sense that every game is going to be a nailbiter. No longer will NW, Purdue, Nebraska, Penn State, etc be nice easy wins. It's going to be very difficult to even split MSU, Indiana, Wisconsin, OSU.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah a lot of his points came||
Yeah a lot of his points came at the end and he wasn't full-on NCAA McGary, but I'd hardly call his rebounding presence "adequate". It's an absolute asset on this year's team.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, at least free-throw||
Hey, at least free-throw shooting looked solid. 16-19, and Stauskas had missed two of those. That'll be important in physical B1G play.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||He had a rough start. I||
He had a rough start. I didn't think he played poorly though.
He didn't have a huge impact defensively, but 15 points and 14 rebounds against a top-10 team on the road isn't bad. Especially coming off an injury.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think a comment like,||
I don't think a comment like, "Gosh, going on the road in the B1G is going to be brutal," or "GR3 continues to disappear in big games" are uber-reactionary. I think they're pretty safe assumptions.
All negative comments aren't shit-tastic. C'mon now.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I expected a few losses last||
I expected a few losses last year. Last year's team was quite obviously on a different level than this year's team.
A road loss at Duke doesn't spell doom for the rest of the season. Not at all. But when you string together the poor opening half versus UMass Lowell with the poor road shooting at Iowa State, Florida State, and Duke and the completely uninspired everything against Charlotte, you start to create an expectation of what this team is going to realistically achieve, at least at this point in time.
No doom or gloom. Just tapered expectations. That could change. But you can't look at the team's performance thus far and expect a 12-6 or better record in B1G play, even with the league looking less formidable than last year.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||LeVert and McGary looked||
LeVert and McGary looked fine. Stauskas is obviously hurt.
GR3 continues to look like...nothing. Literally forgot about him most of the game because he couldn't be less of a factor.
The Arizona game is going to be miserable. Going on the road during B1G is going to be miserable.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||This may be an odd question,||
This may be an odd question, but why haven't we spread the floor and run high ball screens like last year? Granted we don't have Burke, but we still have capable guards who can drive/dish/attack the rim, and we have at least one shooter.
Our offense looked really crappy tonight, poor shooting aside. I saw LeVert run a couple nice pick and rolls for easy lay-ups. More of that please. Less of Irvin taking one dribble inside the arc and going up with an ugly, low-percentage shot.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Couldn't score. Couldn't||
Couldn't score. Couldn't play defense.
Stauskas looks great. Irvin looked so bad I can't begin to describe it. Terrible shooting and even worse defense.
Spike looks good on offense and terrible on defense.
We don't have a scoring threat outside of Stauskas.
The B1G will not be fun.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||The sad thing is, if they||
The sad thing is, if they were to design a maize-out uniform, it would probably be mismatched and ill-fitting just like that picture.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I wanna be able to say that||
I wanna be able to say that this time, our alternates won't look blah and unnecessary and they'll actually be sleek albeit untraditional.
But I'm pretty sure they'll be blah and asthetically-unpleasant and overall kinda wtf-ish.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Of course, I'm not saying||
Of course, I'm not saying he's "bad." But for a lottery pick, pre-season All-American-type player, there's still question marks that leave a lot to be desired.
And I never expected him to be a big creator. That's pretty obvious - he can't really do it. His shooting numbers tonight (mind you, these were mostly uncontested) were pretty poor, and he doesn't have that first-step to blow by anyone one-on-one.
I just get excited about his athleticism and potential and he's still not making that sophomore jump (at least not yet). He's like the Frank Clark of this year's basketball team.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I think Walton is doing a||
I think Walton is doing a fantastic job replacing the unreplaceable Burke.
I think the problem is we're missing Timmy. Without another big shooter (other than Stauskas) on the wing, we're fairly easy to defend. Not to mention GR3 isn't an offensive threat and we don't have post-offense.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, that's an overreaction||
Yeah, that's an overreaction after a tough road loss. I'm pretty damn critical of GR3 but to say he's a joke is kinda out there.
At the same time, I just don't understand how someone with that much athleticism and talent can't put it together. He doesn't have to create his own shot. But for coaches and players and the media who rave about his basketball IQ? I dunno, I haven't seen a lot of it this season.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly. I don't necessarily||
Exactly. I don't necessarily expect him to come out and be a world-beater, but he's shown no improvement thus far this season. Stauskas is stronger and is more assertive and dominant. LeVert took a big leap (although he didn't play that well tonight). Spike looks comfortable running everything.
GR3 doesn't look improved offensively or defensively. Every timeout, I just want McGary to start shaking him because he looked like he slept-walk through that game.
Anytime GR3 and Irvin are on the floor together, we're so stagnant.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Also, is our defense just||
Also, is our defense just that terrible? LeVert was supposed to be our defensive specialist and he just got straight up schooled consistently. By multiple ISU guys. I thought we'd take a tiny step forward in that department but no.
And not that it decided the win or loss, but that was some very suspect officiating midway through the second half. A lot of fouls that were called that didn't affect the gameplay but obviously had a larger impact come the end of the game. I understand the hand checking and charges that are going to be called differently, but there was a span of two or three minutes that was pretty brutal to watch.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||McGary and Stauskas looked||
McGary and Stauskas looked great. Yeah, Nik missed some open threes, but he also hit some awfully difficult ones when we needed it. He's our #1 offensive option right now and I thought he played pretty well.
Spike looked fine. Walton really impressed me with his aggressiveness towards the basket. A couple times I thought it was LeVert because of how quick he hit the baseline and went up with the ball. Very good stuff.
GR3 played terribly. Not that surprising. I love the kid and I think he has an enormous amount of potential, but that was a repeat performance of exactly why everyone criticized him last year. The only difference is that his shooting looks worse this year. I dunno, man.
Also, Irvin looks lost 100% of the time.
Not really encouraging, but it's not a terrible loss.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Here is my||
Here is my "counterpunt"/hopeful opportunity to look stupid on Sunday morning:
Notre Dame: 31 Michigan: 17
Offensively, we either turn it over in our redzone or Devin throws a pick-six because of a bad read/big stage jitters. We can't seem to manage a reliable and consistent running game as they load the box and play competent coverage. A lot of Gardner scrambles for big gains, but nothing sustainable. Gallon and Funchess have a few nice grabs to keep us in the game in the first half. Dileo/Norfleet/Reynolds/Chesson are largely not targeted and therefore not a factor. Fitz and Green combine for just over 100 yards.
Defensively, our front seven play very well and gets a lot of pressure, but our secondary gets slashed on one or two big plays/miscommunication, and overpursuit leads to at least one big run in the second half.
It's a one possession game late before ND seals it late in the fourth.
(However, I'll also take Michigan 30-10 after everything I just said doesn't happen and Gardner has a field day/our defense makes ND look like CMU)
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Again, it's not even that||
Again, it's not even that rational. If offense is favored on this list, it wouldn't explain MSU's huge jump over Michigan's.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||If the list is defined by||
If the list is defined by great offenses, how does it explain MSU placing 20 spots higher than Michigan on this list?
It seems like the list favors a team if they have one great unit and one poor unit over a team with two good units.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Shoving another player to the||
Shoving another player to the ground after play has stopped is "defensive intensity"?
Telling a ref to go fuck himself is "physical play"?
Knowing that your team is extremely thin because of injuries and not being able to control your emotions, ultimately getting yourself ejected is "smart"?
C'mon now. The Bulls are playing admirably as a matter of being on the wrong end of the talent stick right now. But they're not "throwing Miami off their game" with this stuff. They're fueling the fire.
If they cut out all of the extracurricular thug-ness, they're elevated play would keep them in the game.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly, there is not||
Honestly, there is not much of a bias for Lebron. If you've actually watched the series, he gets maybe one call per game. The problem is the Chicago has no idea how to play smart. What, we have a very short bench and we're playing against the most talented team in the league? Let's play like thugs and shove superstars and bitch about the refs! Grow up.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Call Dr. Spaceman!||
Call Dr. Spaceman!
|46 weeks 1 day ago||This idea irritates me the||
This idea irritates me the most.
"Pshhh what upperclass Michigan student wants to watch their team play a Michigan directional school in Row 80 in September?" Seriously?
You're right. We should only expect students to show up for The Game. Or against a highly-ranked B1G school.* Is that where we're drawing the line? I mean, screw it. No more tickets to a student section, then. Buy individual tickets for games that you want at actual market value.
The student entitlement is ridiculous. Yes, we all love pregaming and want to sit in Row 1. But my god, it's your football team. Go watch the 6 home games you had last year. When did it become acceptable to be so cavalier about football indifference?
I graduated last year but I feel like Clint Eastwood. Rabble, rabble, rabble....
*BTW, more than 3,000 students didn't show up at all for the MSU game last year. Ridiculous.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||I agree that the some of the||
I agree that the some of the same problems aren't going to be rectified, but we also don't know to what end DB is working towards here.
If it's to fill the student section to capacity quicker, yes GA helps that. More people who care about the game but may not feel inclined to get to the game early in previous years are more inclined to get the game earlier to get seats. No more 40% filled student sections at kickoff.
If it's to completely fill the student section, no GA won't necessarily help that. Like you said, not everyone is going to automatically make it to the game on time. Some people may not even show up because they're so late. Some student ticketholders who were "eh" about the games before are still going to be "eh" now.
Part of me thinks that DB wants to see the student section fill up quickly with those students who actually show up for the games, just as every other seat does, and then see if the remaining students actually fill the entire section. If not, make the student section smaller. There are students who don't really care about football, you say? Great. Give their tickets to alumni and friends that do.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||They also won't choose it||
They also won't choose it because you can't see his number. NCAA is paying bucks for #16 on that cover!
My hopes for the cover photo:
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Athletically, they would have||
Athletically, they would have been perfect fits. But as others have pointed out, expansion from here on out won't be predominately athletically related. Media and academics are going to play into the algorithm before "good sports school" does.
(Although seriously could you imagine this years B1G schedule for basketball, except substitute games against Northwestern and Nebraska with Louisville and Pitt. Holy smokes!)
|46 weeks 2 days ago||But....This isn't Crisler.||
But....This isn't Crisler. This is a student section that seats 20,000. About 100 of the seats are elite. 9,900 are awesome seats 5,000 are okay. 5,000 not so much.
Camping out two weeks before? C'mon now. You'll have to stand in line a little early to get the first 30-40 rows. Everything else, just come before the game starts.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||This. If you think that||
If you think that 15,000 students are going to wait in line before the game, you're crazy. Insane. Even for the big games. And on top of that, if you aren't in Row 10 or closer, you want to be a little further away because you can't see shit. Rows 30-45 are better than Rows 20-30.
I can't believe the number of students who are lighting up Facebook with "Let's boycott the games altogether! That'll show them!" Seriously? Their sense of entitlement ("I'm a senior so I deserve tickets") reeks of a fanbase who doesn't come to support the players and the team, but just comes after they're hammered to maintain social status.
Next year attendance will be significantly lower attendance in the Student Section, we'll talk about it some more, argue about it some more, and then DB will finally cut back the student section. It's worth allotting some of those tickets to the public who will show up on time rather than waste them on students who are passed out along State Street instead of at the game.