I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||why is the OP garbage?||
You can't be the best if you're too blind to see your weaknesses.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||OSU > MSU||
in basketball over the previous 4-5 years.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||"That'll probably pull Andrew Donnall towards the five . . . "||
Andrew Donnall is fine, but I prefer to call him Mark.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||walmart wolverine||
Right, little brother?
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Dantonio's record||
I think it's currently 4-2 because he lost to Lloyd Carr, Mike Hart, Chad Henne, et al.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Physicalness||
God bless coach, but I cringe every time he uses this word when talking about football.
Physicality is a better choice.
|31 weeks 5 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?
|31 weeks 5 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.
|31 weeks 5 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.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Appling is not terrible||
He is an above-average, PG. He is a very good guard. There's nothing terrible about his game.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Good depth for 2013-14||
(PG) Valentine, Appling, Trice
(SG) Harris, Byrd, Ellis (frosh)
(PF) Payne, Kaminski ,Schilling (frosh)
(C) Costello, Gauna
Did I miss anyone?
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Nix||
on a good day could draw double teams. Problem for MSU was his good days were usually only against Michigan.
Next year will be interesting. MSU will be great on D again, but its offensive style of play has never impressed me. I expect the same next year.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||My favorite MM play||
Beauty of a no-look pass against a difficult Syracuse defense.
MSU will be slight favorite to win the B1G, but Indiana, Michigan and OSU aren't going anywhere with the recruits they got coming in. MSU otoh has a critical 2014 class to develop with 2013 being so underwhelming.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||You don't go out looking for a job dressed like that?||
You don't go out looking for a job dressed like that? On a weekday?
Answer: Brian's title
|33 weeks 1 day ago||different interpretation||
I thought Beilein was joking about Spike's recent hype from his performance in the championship game. It seemed to me he was asking if there was a scheduled date to announce Spike's declaration to go NBA or stay in school. Beilein said "dates" but then corrected himself by saying "there's no date?"
|33 weeks 1 day ago||defensive length!||
That lineup could definitely get stops. Word is that Irvin plays good defense.
Stauskas has good ball handling and if he takes that up a notch, I could see him playing the point if Walton is not ready to run things. Before Burke decided last year to stay, Stauskas was prepping himself for PG with ball handling drills (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_keYLb0WhU )
Horford or Morgan
BENCH: Horford or Morgan, Beifeldt, Levert, Spike, Walton, Donnal
Maybe Donnal or Walton redshirt?
|33 weeks 3 days ago||thanks THJ||
you were a great leader this year
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Happy for him or happy for Michigan||
THJ's decision will make me happy.
Before he came to Michigan, Beilein had only taken the program to the NCAA tournament once in 2009. THJ as a freshman was a pleasant surprise and propelled us to an 8 seed. I would love to see him be the first senior to have serious playing time under Beilein.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||great idea and great effort||
My suggestion is putting more emphasis on bball than football, simply because Beilein has achieved more than Hoke so far. I know Hoke won't let that stand for too long though.
Maybe the hardwood block M instead of the 50 yard line?
|35 weeks 6 days ago||before football, it was a sci-fi war speech||
Bill Pullman, acting as the US president, says " . . . for it is the day when the world declared in one voice: 'We will not go quietly into the night, we will not vanish without a fight. We're going to live on; we're going to survive. Today, we celebrate our . . . ."
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Valenti trolling||
Was an obvious attempt to get ratings after VCU destroyed Akron. That game had no relevance on the game today against Michigan.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||it's close but I agree||
Craft is equal to or better than THJ.
Harris is not yet at their level.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||context||
definition: The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
You can't pin blame on THJ for team statistics like team rebounding or team defense. Lapses by his younger teammates in these areas doesn't make THJ a worse rebounder or defender.
You can however pin blame on THJ if he himself is a poor rebounder or turns the ball over. For a 2 guard, he rebounds at a high rate. I don't think he turns the ball over very much; certainly he's improved from last year.
Contrast these ideas with the obvious fact that THJ is a leader on the team. The team's record is 25-6. I guess you can call a record a statistic, but context gives these statistics different weight in this particular discussion.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Ekpe||
|38 weeks 2 days ago||so you want||
the youngest team to be great at rebounding while already being great on offense and not turning the ball over.
Yes, we all want a perfect team. Maybe we'll get it one day, but the program is still growing. It also helps when the top talent we get sticks around.
Imagine if Darius Morris and Ekpe Udoh (even Smot too) stuck around. Much more experience, much more depth. We probably win the B1G this year.