further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|21 hours 3 sec ago||Post D, perimeter d||
Can't agree with the post d entirely. Both Biefeldt and Doyle have pretty bad footwork that allows position for easy bank shots. Biefeldt isn't usually outdone by height, but quickness and positioning.
Both of them are mediocre post defenders. Donnal is not a post player and can't be considered, even when his assignment call for it: weak physically, narrow stance, only used as a breather.
Neither Rawk nor Spike were good defending high screens: they trailed the ball right through overtime, no matter where on the court, allowing penetration and open looks. Those two 'prayer' 3's were not that miraculous: Spike has a terrible reaction on the first; Rawk forgets his man on the action for the second. Both times the shooter had got free, open look, good balance. Bad d.
Next year will be interesting. Walton-Caris-Irvin-Dawkins-Doyle with Wilson, Robinson, Chatman and Donnal (and Rawk backcourt) would be pretty damn good if they all come back. If, of course, we spend the summer inbounding the ball.
|2 days 11 hours ago||The quick release, the stroke||
length, balance, keeps shooting, hands getting quicker with underrated positional defense.
Great potential as a #2. Already damn good. Weak finisher around the rim.
|2 days 11 hours ago||I'd go with inbounding||
over the 2 foul rule if you want to pick on JB.
There isn't another major college coach I can think of who doesn't adhere to this. Is there one?
|2 days 11 hours ago||GAARGH||
Crazy throwing that away.
Inbounding is amazingly bad for this time of year. So is our clutch ft's. Offensive execution is very hit-and-miss.
But the defense is crazy bad. All zones leave the corner 3 open even without penetration and collapsing. And our man d is pathetic. Our bigs have terrible footwork on d. Rawk and Spike were absolutely brutal on those two 3's they hit to stay alive, absolutely brutal. They seem to fall into rote instead of understanding the context of each situation. All screens trail no matter where or when. Guys need 3's and we back away, trail slowly after them...
Would have given Chatman a bit more of a look in the second. Rawk has to look way more of a threat on o, like he was when he hit his late 3.
Terrible to make that donation.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Well||
we were a pick and a bounty away from the SB a few years ago.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Another Vikes fan here||
who seconds that.
Not as grim about our O-line as Solid, but AD has a lot of mileage on him. He is an unreal talent and has freakish recovery abilities, but I am sure Spielman will trade him to the south and out of our demographic - including the Lions.
Then there's the kid-abuse.
Gordon, Cobb, McKinnon, with Teddy, hmm...
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Don't sweat it||
I was 6 or 7 in Winnipeg when I saw UM on TV playing Minnesota in a Big 10 game. Got hooked, those helmets, the Wolverine / X-Men thing.
Could never have afforded to go as a non-US citizen, remained a dream through HS.
Met many UM fans and grads over the years, in the many different places I've lived - Vancouver, Tokyo, Montreal, wherever. Not one of them showed the slightest bit of condescension or superiority because they were a grad, or from AA, etc. Not once.
I sport my Bo-style cap every (non freezing) day and my daughter knew the words to The Victors at 5. Maybe one day if she & her sister are so inclined and have the grades they'll go to UM (only 8 & 3, lots of time for classwork and working jump shots), but for now we are fans, having fun with it.
It's been one of the most amazing groups I have ever been associated with, very welcoming and encouraging. So always take the high road, touch the cap to those who hurl insults, smile, act right, read 'Bo's Lasting Lessons', stick with the blog, look forward to game day. Take an online course (actually looking at that as well). Never waver. It's always worth it.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for these||
Very much appreciated.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Bronze him||
but after the tourney.
You gotta have dreams...
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Thoughts and prayers||
My wife is battling it - far too young, her strength is staggering, inspirational.
Never give in. FUCK CANCER.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Boston||
and not because I am a fan.
One of the worst outside shooting teams I've seen. Unreal. Smart and Bradley are possibly tha all-time all-D / no-shot backcourt. Nik could come in as a 6th or 7th with Olynyk (Canadian, the only guy who can really shoot on the roster). The problem then becomes Boston's soft-as-butter interior D as opponents blow by him on the perimiter.
Well, OK maybe I am biased. Detroit?
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Dubs, Wiz, Hawks||
Blazers, Griz, even the post Smith Pistons too - all awesome and fun to watch.
Smaller, faster, higher scoring, more movement off-ball, more versatile players. Tire fires in LA, Boston, NY, Phila show a distinct lack of evolution.
Yes the NBA sucks if you are a C's fan (ahem)...but there is some creative, great ball being played. The only thing that bothers me really are timeouts - they should cut them to 2 each team at the 2-minute mark. They should also eliminate back-to-back timeouts. And too many games. But those are off-court issues independent of the quality of play.
And anyone who says Trey would have benefitted by staying should watch the run to the Final again.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Why wouldn't JH want them to win?||
We want the nat'l champs next season. The bigger the challenge, the better you compete.
Didn't rub me the wrong way at all, this is JH being competitive. Yeah I loathe OSU, but I want UM to beat the best, and in turn be the best.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It's all fun||
I think between an improved OL, RB competition, and possession-based receivers with a couple of real good looking TE's, we can have a very competent QB without having to resort to gunslinging. It's going to be fun to see guys let it all hang out in competition. No-one anointed. Competition at its best.
Spring is going to be high-energy and fun.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Positively balmy||
out your way.
Come up to Montreal sometime to chill.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh||
God. Family. Steak. Harbaugh.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||HARBAUGHCALYPSE!!!||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||QB, OL, RB||
in that order.
I'm very interested to see the OL with the all-new coaching staff and theor pedigree of excellence.
Interested also to see how Johnson slots in later after his recovery (if at all), and Green vs. Isaac.
But QB should be fun.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||We'll beat OSU||
Think Sparty and one other will give us two losses. If Utah can sort out what seems to be some internal division, they'll be very tough to beat there.
Don't like the Minny game either. PSU might be tricky. One of those might be another loss.
But we'll beat OSU. Even if Tyrone Wheatley Sr. has to suit up wearing his kid's uniform...hey, wait a minute...
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Recruiting up!||
Fun to see good news lately.
Think we will be better at football, both basketball teams improving.
Looking good! Go Blue!
Thank you Mr. Yost!
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Only one positive||
That is, we get to play the champs next season. Looking forward to it.
Other than that to hell with them. I hate most of the other B1G teams - Sparty, PSU, Wiscy, Neb, Illinois, Purdue...I loathe them.
I don't cheer for Sparty in their bowl games, though can appreciate impressive and / or superlative performances. The brain says good play, the heart says screw em.
Multiply that by infinity for the cheating scumbags of OSU.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Love it||
He loves Michigan, best RB I've ever seen wearing the maize and blue.
Whatever coaching questions there are I am sure Harbaugh saw what he needed / wanted in him.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Gotcha||
As someone who can't get anything from BTN, even the photo is most appreciated.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Great win!||
Way to go!
Was this even televised anywhere?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||NJ-NY||
is Barnes-Arico's base. Lots of talent out there, she's already pulling from it.
Spectacular turnaround in the program so far. Fantastic coach.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Start a hurling team instead||
Now that would be something. Great sport to play and watch, and a whole new range of uniform merchandising possibilites...
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Congrats Red!!!||
Don't doubt the ol heads Red and Coach B.
And all I have is this rotgut Gekkeikan saké to toast him...
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Remains to be seen||
but right now it doesn't look good this season at least. Dwindling minutes and zero defensive (post) presence.
He can't put the ball on the floor at all and doesn't look a special passer, so he'll live on open shots.
Let's see what happens if his quickness and ballhandling improve, and they do pair him with someone who can operate down low. Next year.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Rawk||
still plays at high-school speed. Two straight games he has missed easy dishes to a low cutter for open layups. Just looks totally maladjusted to the speed of the game.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Liked this game||
Lots of possible corner-turning here.
Walton looking much more mobile & aggressive looking for his shot. His release was confident, and his killer 3 from Caris' drive-draw-dish late (the killer momentum play) was perfect. Knocking down shots opens up his p&r game with Doyle, which killed them off. That combo looks potentially very effective.
Defensively the high trap unleashed Caris and Irvin as roaming poachers. Caris in particular looked the most confident he's looked all year on d, roaming, arms wide, anticipating, jumping lanes. The speed and length they have, astutely pointed out by Alex Cook in his excellent blog post, is ideal for this kind of running, gambling aggression, where extending the trap so far out lessens our height disadvantages. Great change-up by Coach B, and used just enough.
Caris little things right, still tempted to go one-on-one off screens instead of taking the open shots, but Matbaugh is right, no-one can hang with him one-on-one. The more Doyle gets his game vertical, the more running the 5 out at Caris as help is going to burn opponents as he will be able to jump-pass / lob into an active target down low (what I was hoping Wilson would turn into before his injury, a lob-target that can dunk zones & help back into man-to-man).
I like how Dawkins is coming along. He has growing comfort on both ends. He doesn't have to fill it up to fill his role. Doyle looks effective, still learning positioning. Donnal looks way off unfortunately and got a quick hook after a missed 3. Biefeldt is more effective at this point.
Very nice comeback. Even survived Irvin's wide-open miss off the corner 3, but you can't fault him for taking it. They proved against a pretty decent team that they don't need to be all Caris to pull out wins.
Go Blue! Win 4 of our next 5 (very tall order yes) and we are in real business.