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|2 days 13 hours ago||This is so on point with why||
This is so on point with why I never watch anything but actual games on any of the ESPN networks. SportsCenter was awesome as was NFL Primetime. And then they decided that their "personalities" we're more important than the actual games. How's the old saying - opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one. Rather than realizing that no one gives a shit about some of their experts' opinions, they seemed to double down on this, adding more and more windbags until they literally became unwatchable. Like MTV did when they stopped showing videos about 20 years ago.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Thanks for the update, Matt.||
Thanks for the update, Matt. Both you and Anthony Wright (who is a fun Twitter follow) have long been saying that he's underrated and I think will be proven.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Good hire. The safe choice||
Good hire. The safe choice to get the program back on track. Bill Muckalt, who was one of my favorite players when I was a student at Michigan, was once an assistant at Tech under Pearson before landing his own head coaching position in a lower league. Hopefully he comes aboard as an assistant.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great work this weekend.||
Great work this weekend. Couple days off and then Sparty on Tuesday.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Let's get 2 more!||
Let's get 2 more!
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Great come from behind win!||
Great come from behind win!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. That 1994 Michigan||
Agreed. That 1994 Michigan team was just like the 1997 bunch - probably the best team in the country and didn't win the title. We had just beaten LSSU in the CCHA's and hen turned around and lost to them in the NCAAs (I believe it was in OT) in 1994.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well, it looks like the||
Well, it looks like the academic cheaters are going to win a title.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||1988. GLI Championship.||
1988. GLI Championship. Michigan/North Dakota. Michigan hadn't been good in hockey in a long while. This was one of the first hockey games - pro or otherwise - that I can remember. I was a sophomore in high school. Michigan trails that game something like 5-1 headed into the 3rd period. We score 4 to tie the game and send it to OT. I think they played 10 minute OT periods in the tournament back then and in the 3rd OT, I remember Mike Moes (pronounced Moose) coming in and scoring the winning goal. We would go on to win 9 straight GLI titles.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nice to see them taking care||
Nice to see them taking care of business.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||61 more attempts in the games||
61 more attempts in the games against better competition. Yeah Speight's numbers weren't great in those games, and you'd expect them to not be as good as they are against the cupcakes, but I think the 61 more attempts also shows that our ground game wasn't up to snuff and we had to rely on Speight to help win games rather than just not losing them. And as a first year starter on a team with a veteran defense, forcing him to have to win us games was more an indictment of our below average running game (i.e., below average offensive line) than an indictment of Speight.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I appreciate this post||
I appreciate this post because I wasn't ready yet for that 5+ month long wait until football. And I assume the Tigers won't keep my attention much past May.
Alas, here we are.
I agree with the premise that most of us fans look at the roster and assume everyone plays to their maximum potential, so we can realistically go 10 or 11 deep. It's awesome baby! And I also agree that we're generally wrong and Beilein likes to stick with 7 or 8 guys he can trust.
I'm also one who HATES red-shirting freshmen in basketball. It rarely pays off (Jordan Morgan is the only example for us where it paid dividends). Most of the time, it seems like we're cutting bait with guys who red-shirted (Donnal, Bielfeldt). Even if someone is red-shirted for injury - which I can understand - it usually ends in transfer (Horford, Spike) or worrying about them leaving early for the NBA (Wilson).
So in predicting the minutes for next year, I think everyone and their mother agrees that we have six guys who are going to get minutes next year - assuming everyone comes back and we don't win the Bamba lottery or hit on a grad transfer.
The six are:
Simpson, MAAR, Matthews, Robinson, Wilson, Wagner
That leaves - realistically - 2 or maybe 3 spots up for grabs for regular minutes from the following group:
Teske, Davis, Watson, Livers, Poole, Brooks
You would almost have to assume that one of Davis or Teske plays regularly (a la Donnal minutes). Yes, we could move Wilson to the 5 and play small at the 4, but now that Beilein once again has a taste of a true stretch 4, does he want to go back to playing undersized at that position again for 10-15 minutes per game (Zack Novak, I salute you)?
We will also need a back-up ball-handler. I've not seen any of the freshman play live nor on TV. I've read about them and seen some highlight videos, but I'm no expert and have no idea how good any of them may be.
That said, I like what I've read about Brooks. He was heavily recruited by Villanova. Some articles I've read make it seem like he's a college ready ball-handler (a la Spike). He's not as highly rated as our other two recruits, but I thought I read that he didn't play the summer circuit, so perhaps he's under the radar (Belien is obviously notorious for finding gems like this). It's also possible that his competition in PA was mediocre, so who knows, right?
Jordan Poole seems ready-made to be Zak Irvin's freshman self - a guy who can play 10-15 minutes and basically do nothing but shoot 3's. But if we have our 6, plus Brooks and then the winner of Davis/Teske, Poole would be #9 in the rotation. Will Beilein go that high?
Isaiah Livers is Michigan's Mr. Basketball. That's good, right? A 6'7" guy who can stroke it? Yes, please. And yet he's rated around 120 in the rankings. Why so low?
Then there's Ibi Watson. Talk about a wild card. When I went to one of the exhibition games at the beginning of this past season, I thought Watson looked the best of the freshmen (and Simpson looked the worst, to be honest), but then he ended up basically not playing at all. Apparently his defense was a major reason why. Will it improve enough to jump into minutes ahead of any of the freshmen coming in? Time will tell.
Crazy wilda$$ guess:
Barring injury or the Bamba parade, I see us starting with a lineup of Simpson, MAAR, Matthews, Wilson and Wagner with Robinson as the 6th man backing up Matthews.
Problem with that lineup is that there are 2 guys who are NOT good shooters: Matthews and Simpson. The key to a successful Beilein offense is the spacing provided by having 4 or even 5 guys who are true threats from deep. I think we can live with Matthews' ability because he's a plus defender, an athletic slasher and he should be able to rebound.
My wild guess is that after a few games where Simpson gets the Tum Tum Nairn treatment, Brooks takes over as the starter at the 1.
By the Big Ten season, or shortly into the conference slate, I see a lineup of:
Brooks, MAAR, Matthews, Wilson and Wagner
Poole and Robinson backup the 2 and 3 (MAAR backing up the 1). I see Davis winning the battle over Teske and getting the Donnal treatment (some games 10 minutes, some games 2 minutes). I also see Livers getitng maybe 5 minutes as a stretch 4 in situations where Wilson is playing the 5 and Beilein wants to go small (thus allowing Matthews to continue playing the 3).
Simpson will still play (he's a plus perimeter defender), but I think his role will be limited and he may not play more than he did this past year after conference season starts.
Crazy, right? Probably. Simpson certainly improved as the year went on, and it was no shame to play behind Walton who was other-worldly over the last 6 weeks or so. But a point guard who can't shoot is NOT ideal. Even on his free throws, X was a liability. If anyone can improve someone's shot, it's Beilein. But you're asking for predictions and I'm throwing this out there.
Now, who's ready for some spring football????
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Glad to see I'm not the only||
Glad to see I'm not the only one who doesn't think Pearson is the slam dunk hire. Not that I think Mel would be bad, but he's 58, coaching at his alma mater and though Tech has improved, they're not exactly setting the world on fire.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Is there any team that does||
Is there any team that does less with more than Kansas?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I hope they come back for||
I hope they come back for selfish reasons - I love UM and I don't care for the NBA. That said, I've never really believed either of them were ready. Need to add a little more muscle. Wilson needs to get a little better handle and Mo needs to be more consistent. That said, I loved watching them play and was very impressed with them, especially relative to expectations.
It sucks to lose Walton and Irvin (and Donnal, who had his moments), but I am already looking forward to next season.
A lineup of Simpson, MAAR, Matthews (remember him - could be a nice player for us), Wilson and Wagner could be pretty good. Plus our bench would still have Robinson and I think Austin Davis will be the backup big. Plus we have Eli Brooks coming in - I've never seen him play (obviously) but I've read that he's a college ready ball handler which immediately makes me think Spike 2.0. Then Jordan Poole is supposed to be a dead-eye shooter and we also have Michigan's Mr. Basketball in Isaiah Livers. Heck, if we somehow get Mo Bamba, then this team would be loaded!
I don't want to get ahead of myself (too late) but I really like the direction of the program right now. Of course 2 months ago, I wondered if we'd win another game after losing to that craptastic OSU team at home, so what the hell do I know?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Team was a joy to watch these||
Team was a joy to watch these last couple of weeks. Tonight we played terrible but never gave up.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Rebounding man||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Ballgame. That Wilson miss||
Ballgame. That Wilson miss seals it. Things not going our way tonight.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I can't picture this ending||
I can't picture this ending well the way it's going. Hopefully I'm incorrect.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||2nd half - more of the same.||
2nd half - more of the same. Ugh.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Let's see what went right in||
Let's see what went right in that half ... um, Walton had some nice passes. I think that's it. Turnovers. Poor shooting. Fouls. Bad switches on defense. No real pick and roll success.
Glad we're only down 2 but Oregon missed a lot of open looks that I don't expect to continue.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Through 13 minutes these||
Through 13 minutes these teams don't look like NCAA tournament teams, let alone Sweet 16 teams.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Please bring DJ back in the||
Please bring DJ back in the game!!!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Come on refs - call it both||
Come on refs - call it both ways!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Somehow we are tied despite||
Somehow we are tied despite playing like shit.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Wow - refs trying to make||
Wow - refs trying to make their mark with that tech.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Tremendous improvement and||
Tremendous improvement and ability. One more year in the weight room and he'll be NBA ready.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Getting boned by the refs.||
Getting boned by the refs. What a surprise.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The number of commercial||
The number of commercial breaks is ridiculous. When a team calls a TO, that should count as the media timeout as well.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I think Northwestern will be||
I think Northwestern will be pretty good.