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|3 days 9 hours ago||In your most likely scenario||
I think GR3 gets more time at the 3 spot.
Also, I cringe a little at our fan base putting out the expectation of national titles. It's great that we've arrived, but we should win one first before expecting any.
Also, I remember last year MSU coaches and players having press conferences after the season all but guaranteeing a national title with Payne, Harris and Appling returning. Could still happen, I suppose. I hope that Beilein and company never behave like Izzo and company.
Anyway, as Beilein says, "one game at a time" in this B1G league. And then, subs.
|1 week 1 day ago||whining izzo||
He is the person that is extremely annoying. His players are guilty by association.
Today izzo was complaining about society in general because he convinced himself that it is to blame for 4 year players each getting a bad NBA Draft reputation. Never mind the idea of a business wanting as much upside (i.e.a younger player) in regards to investing millions of dollars. Also, college basketball is a big business, as evidenced by izzo salary and benefits.
Dude is crazy about his whining about his job. He's just pissed he has a poor track record developing young talent.
|1 week 1 day ago||I ran into Courtney Sims||
at the IM building when the pick-up bball games were shut down so the MMBB team could have practice.
He was a bit too cool to my friendly hello, as a I recall. Not a big deal whatsoever.
Anyway, he was the most frustrating player to watch, because he'd have so many "soft" performances and then one tough one in a blue moon against a weak team.
My favorite player was Lester Abrams.
I have blocked out all detailed memories of the Ellerbe era, even though I remember watching every single game of the Ellerbe and Amaker eras. I also watched every game of the first 4 years of Beilein, but now I cannot catch every game.
I thank God for the mgoblogger that posts the games these days on youtube for me to catch up on later. Thank you, whoever you are.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||We should try to forget about MSU||
Desperate defense is desperate, but it's still defense within the rules (assuming no contact).
MSU will do well this post season. Will they win the BTT, or go to the FF or win the NCAA title? Who knows. I'd rather they not win a championship, but at this point, who should really care?
Yes, Izzo constantly acts like a whiney d-bag (I'm not making excuses, but . . . ). People outside of Michigan's fanbase seem to see at least some of that. OTOH, his team is still in 2nd place and could still win a share of the regular season title this year.
Next year? that msu team looks relatively tenuous, but TBD. All I know is 6 out of (m**f**g) 8. Let's go for 7 out of 9 when that next game arrives.
Michigan isn't going away anytime soon. If not this year, it looks like next year Michigan will send more first round picks to the NBA.
Recruits like Luke Kennard, Jalen Coleman and Jalen Brunson are probably seeing and noticing the tremendous improvements Michigan players and teams make each season.
That's a lot of writing to say something as simple as: Michigan is back under Beilein.
Let's take his lead and be classy, humble and appreciative for each win as they come. One game at a time. It's served us well to not be the entitled pricks that the rcmb fanbase shows itself to be.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||scouting opportunities baby||
Michigan can prepare for 4 days for Wisconsin while watching Wisconsin play Minn. on Thursday.
Michigan can prepare for MSU for 6 days while watching MSU play on Thursday, Sunday and Thursday.
Michigan not only survived a brutal schedule that doesn' t much easier at all, but it thrived. Lots of reasons to be confident as a team. I hope what THJ said recently rings true. GO BLUE.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||a full week||
without a game will help Beilein make the team get better. I still agree that it will be a grind, just not the same grind as other B1G teams that used up the "bye week."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||something to consider about scheduling||
Home court and timing.
I think both schedules shake out evenly the rest of the way. Michigan has the challenging games now, MSU later. The timing favors Michigan after the OSU game on Tuesday. That's why that game is so huge IMO.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Happy birthday, Coach Beilein||
Thanks for representing my school with class. Good luck tonight.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta take care of home||
holding serve is key.
protecting the fort is must.
prevent the enemy from invading.
(somebody slap me please).
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Absolutely NO BREATHERS in the B1G||
I also have felt that after the last three games, Purdue can't possibly be a loss, but it's clear that no win (home or away) is all that easy if at all.
We barely escaped Nebraska with a win which was more difficult than playing at MSU according to the score, etc.
Hopefully the players are really following Coach Beilein's mantra of the next game is the only game that matters and each game is the same as any other one.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||thanks||
I thought about just writing that I had sex with Dawson's wife, but then jerkstore came to mind.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Maybe he broke his hand practicing||
slapping the floor to play defense.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||CONFIDENCE||
Beilein's staff in the most recent episode of Inside Michigan basketball said that the players know they've earned the right to be confident even though they also are taught to respect each and every opponent.
MSU is very good, but Michigan should feel like it can get a win. Michigan has beaten three of the other top four teams in the B1G with two of those wins on the road (at MN and at Wisc).
MSU has only beaten one of the other top four teams (MN) in East Lansing in overtime.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa is my favorite to win the B1G||
ever so slightly ahead of Michigan and then a toss-up between Wisconsin and MSU. Izzo will have his team dialed in for Michigan, but I don't see us losing our home court to him. We might be able to steal one there. But first things first.
Tomorrow's game is HUGE. Go Blue, baby.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Eh. Same thing was written here about THJ||
Stauskas works like crazy on his game. The pace of his improvement is impressive. I say he can be a first rounder either this year or as a junior, depending on how his improvement continues.
Let the chips fall where they may, and either way, it's great for Michigan. The future is bright for him and Michigan.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan's only-one game matchups for home = PSU & NW||
while the one-game matchups for the road are OSU and Illinois.
Last year we only got one game against Wisconsin on the road.
B1G scheduling seems to disfavor Michigan a lot lately. Wisconsin and others seem to get the better end of it too.
Will the B1G ever get to time when every team plays every other team twice?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not talking shit about hoops||
Hoops is poised to lead the B1G, but MIchigan still has to win big games this year. I think it will. Until then, Michigan is not the best in the conference. Top 4, for sure.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||why is the OP garbage?||
You can't be the best if you're too blind to see your weaknesses.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||OSU > MSU||
in basketball over the previous 4-5 years.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||head to head records||
over the last five years, OSU and Wisc. have beat us more (we haven't beaten them on the road in I can't remember how long). We are more on par with MSU in that regard. All three have outright conference titles over the last 5 years. Michigan does not . . . yet.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||To be the best, you've got to beat the best||
Hoke can talk about the goal being a championship, but he has to go through these teams to get there. He needs to instill a mentality of targeting them like they each target Michigan. Beilein is right there, but he needs, imo, an outright B1G title or a National title to solidfy his place toe-to-toe with those three programs.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I believe the same about Dantonio||
"Meanwhile Dantonio will be graduating more than half of his starters and is at the pinnacle of what he could potentially achieve as the head coach of MSU. It may seem like MSU is headed forward while we are headed backward, but I believe the opposite to be true; we are on an upward trajectory and MSU has peaked." MSU has a perfect schedule this year in conference by avoiding OSU and Wisc. After this year, MSU's OL and defense will lose a lot, and I don't remember Dantonio getting much talent on OL and DL the last couple of years.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||this season so early at this point||
Last year, Beilein was better. Michigan won a NCAA regional championship (2 appearances in the FF last year too), but in the B1G, Indiana and Wisc won the conference titles. The year before, Beilein got a share of the B1G for us, tied along with OSU and MSU. In the last five years? It's MSU, OSU and Wisc. This season, so far, MSU has talent everywhere on the floor and the experience to back it up. Michigan only has the talent, and is lagging just a little on the experience. When the teams actually meet though, that may no longer matter. There is, to me, a ceiling on the experience(s) you can get, and the incoming sophomores have lots of experience for such a young group. Tomorrow and going forward, I like odds to favor Beilein and Matta (great recruiting continues) with Indiana, Wisc, and MSU trailing in that order. Izzo kind of screwed himself the last couple years striking out on all the flash, big-name recruits.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||"That'll probably pull Andrew Donnall towards the five . . . "||
Andrew Donnall is fine, but I prefer to call him Mark.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||walmart wolverine||
Right, little brother?
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Dantonio's record||
I think it's currently 4-2 because he lost to Lloyd Carr, Mike Hart, Chad Henne, et al.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Physicalness||
God bless coach, but I cringe every time he uses this word when talking about football.
Physicality is a better choice.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||MSU will be very good, but so will Michigan||
So why should Michigan fans "be concerned"? The last time Michigan was blown out at MSU and played a close game at Crisler was in 2009-10. The results of the following season were more than favorable. And that doesn't even account for the upgrade in talent since those seasons. Here's the history:
2009-10 season (LOST at MSU 64-48, LOST at home to MSU 56-57)
In 2009-10, Lucas, Roe, Summers and Nix started against us in one of the two games. All four of them returned in 2010. That's 4 of 5 starters that returned to play us in 2010-11.
2010-11 season (WON at MSU 61-57, WON at home vs MSU 70-63)
Also, our starting lineups (starting true freshmen in CAPS) were the following:
2007-08: Coleman, Sims, Udoh, Manny, Grady and later it varied with Udoh, Sims and Manny staying starters.
2008-09: Merrit, Manny, STU, Sims, Shepherd and later Lee, Perry, Manny, NOVAK, Gibson
2009-10: Novak, Stu, Manny, Sims, Perry and later Novak, Stu, Manny, Sims, MORRIS
2010-11: SMOT, Morgan (RS freshman), Novak, Morris, HARDAWAY, and later Stu, Morgan (RS freshman), Novak, Morris, HARDAWAY
2011-12: Smot, Morgan (RS sophomore), Novak, BURKE, Hardaway and later Stu, Morgan (RS sophomore), Novak, BURKE, Hardaway
2012-13: Morgan (RS junior), ROBINSON, STAUSKAS, Hardaway, Burke and later MCGARY, ROBINSON, STAUSKAS, Hardaway, Burke
The returning sophomores that started as true freshmen are as follows:
In 2009, Michigan returned Stu Douglas and Zack Novak
In 2010, Michigan returned Darius Morris
In 2011, Michigan returned THJ and Evan Smotrycz
In 2012, Michigan returned Trey Burke.
In 2013, Michigan will return Nik Stauskas, GRIII, and MM.
I can't remember the last time 3 true freshmen starters returned. Maybe it was the Fab Five's second run? I think there are many reasons to not be concerned about MSU. Michigan will respect MSU's team as always. Michigan though will also be prepared to compete.
Most here agree that MSU will be very good next year. I think MSU will even be the B1G favorite. Michigan is not going to concede the title though or even give up much ground, if any at all.
If we are not concerned about MSU in 2013-14, why is that delusional?
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Uninformative||
Michigan's offense is not at all based on a player creating his own shot. Burke could do it when the team needed it, but it was usually with the shot clock winding down. THJ certainly didn't get to the hole based on his own moves dribbling the ball. He would get to the hoop on occassion after the ball moved around within the offense or off of a set pick or screen.
Beilein tweeks the offense each season to his personnel. Before Burke, the offense was based on the skills of Morris (a completely different PG than Burke). The last year and half, Beilein adjusted it to Burke's strength. I think you're kidding yourself if you think Beilein can't adjust the offense to all the different talent he will have next season.
Also, getting into the lane is not the same as "creating your own shot." Once a pick or screen is set, it's up to the player to read the defense and take what the defense gives him. You seem to be suggesting that Spike and Walton won't be able to get into the lane and draw the defense. If your fellow fans think this, you will be disappointed.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||"MSU *will be more diverse offensively"||
I expect Izzo to kill any possibility of having a creative offense. It's just not his style or ability.
Harris and maybe Payne will make his offense look good at moments, but it's not an offense to fear.
Michigan has a great opportunity to up its defense with the returning sophomores and Morgan/Horford in the paint. Zak Irvin has great length too. The ability of Spike or Walton to defend at the PG position will be huge.