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|4 days 9 hours ago||Very fortunate to win||
Wright State actually took the lead by one, 64-63, with about 5 minutes left and then scored just 2 points the rest of the way. Lackluster is definitely the word for Michigan's play, and they were very lucky to win.
To be honest, most of the teams in the WNIT simply aren't very good. So far, the Michigan women really haven't shown that they deserved an NCAA bid.
|1 week 2 days ago||Michigan's top win was over||
Michigan's top win was over #51 Indiana. Cal had three top-50 wins, over #9, #20, and #36. Cal also played in the top conference in RPI. The Big Ten ranked sixth.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's hard to figure out, but||
It's hard to figure out, but her teams seem to fall apart down the stretch almost every year. She's piled up a lot of wins in her five years, but how many have been big wins? Never winning a big game is how a team with 22 wins gets left out.
The Big Ten was also by far the worst of the Power 5 conferences in WBB this year. So it's hardly a shocker that only four teams got bids.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No offense, but RPI is close||
No offense, but RPI is close to meaningless this early in the season.
Another poll, Collegiate Baseball, has Michigan #19, with no other Big Ten teams ranked.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Also, Collegiate Baseball has||
Also, Collegiate Baseball has Michigan entering their poll at #19 this week, with no other Big Ten team ranked.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's close, but I think||
It's close, but I think Michigan (22-9, RPI 45, SOS 81) would get in before Indiana (20-10, RPI 47, SOS 73). They both have just one top-50 win and one 100+ loss.
But I agree with you that the Big Ten might end up with just 4 berths. Very much a down year for the conference.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Could be||
Michigan's RPI is better—45 vs. 54—but Purdue has five top-50 RPI wins compared to Michigan's one, and their strength of schedule is slightly better (68 vs. 80). Boilers are also on a 7-game winning streak. So Purdue has a pretty good case for having a better resume than Michigan.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The pattern with her has been||
The pattern with her has been that she uses her bench a fair amount during the nonconference season, but then basically goes with 7 or 8 players during Big Ten play. Look at yesterday's game. It was essentially a 6-player rotation; 3 others played a total of 7 minutes. Even during their blowout wins during the Big Ten season, she kept her starters in until very late. It's tough to develop a bench when you won't even play them during blowouts.
This actually isn't unusual in WBB, but it's never made sense to me in Michigan's case for the reason you state--the wear and tear of a long season, which they've shown evidence of. This season, Brozoski's transfer didn't help things (although from what I've heard that may have been a self-inflicted wound). Also, Akienreh Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury, and I'm not sure what's up with Sam Trammel, who hasn't played all year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure it's anything||
I'm not sure it's anything specific to this year's team or just a continuation of the pattern of late-season swoons under Barnes Arico.
2015-16: lost 2 of last 4, then lost 1st Big Ten tourney game
2014-15: lost 5 of last 7, then lost 1st BTT game
2013-14: lost 4 of last 6, then won 1st BTT game, lost 2nd
2012-13: lost 3 of last 4, then won 1st BTT game, lost 2nd
Also of note: MSU has knocked them out of the BTT in four of the last five seasons.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||They had an NCAA bid all sewn||
They had an NCAA bid all sewn up before this late-season collapse. It's no longer a sure thing. Their RPI is now down to 44, and they have only one top-50 win (over #48 Indiana). They've played themselves right onto the bubble. It'll be a week of watching for bid-stealers, now.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Lamb||
I was surprised to learn in the fall that Jackson Lamb had returned for his senior year. There was a report in July that he had left his summer baseball team and was negotiating a contract with St. Louis. Not sure what happened, but it's good to have him back, healthy, and pitching well.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree about being back on the bubble||
I think they're still safely above the bubble, which is very weak this year (not an unusual occurrence in WBB). They have three top 50 wins, and their RPI (after the loss today) is at 37, which is third best in the Big Ten.
The problem with these two losses is that they've probably now dropped back to an 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA tourney, making a run to the Sweet 16 highly unlikely.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting post||
A release from the team today has Bivens starting at first and Lugbauer at third.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Reserved tickets are $8.||
Reserved tickets are $8. General admission are $6, but there aren't any of the latter (left) for the MSU game.
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||You may be right about the||
You may be right about the gaps, although OSU does have a lot of talent, but they simply haven't jelled as a team given the transfers and freshmen they're trying to incorporate into their rotation.
I would say Michigan had great depth because they've now lost Boogie Brozoski to transfer and Akienreh Johnson to a torn ACL (KeAsja Peace has also been out with a concussion). But I agree with you about Barnes Arico; she always seems to tighten her rotation during Big Ten play. I've never quite understood that.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Slim||
Maryland is undefeated in the conference and unlikely to lose any of its remaining games, except perhaps to OSU. Michigan already has 2 losses, and while they have no games left vs. Maryland or OSU (the top 2 teams), I doubt they run the table.
Michigan has a good chance to finish 3rd or 4th in the conference and thus get a double-bye in the conference tourney. But they'd still likely need to beat either Maryland or OSU (or maybe both) to win the tourney, and those teams are much more talented and have deeper benches than Michigan.
Michigan has developed into a consistently good basketball team under Barnes Arico, but they are far from a women's basketball power, as the misleading headline in that article claims they are building into. Right now, they're not even a top-25 team, let alone being close to the powers of women's basketball.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you, Michigan.||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||WBB rankings, particularly||
WBB rankings, particularly outside the top 10 or 15 players in each class, are notoriously unreliable. On a consensus basis across multiple recruiting services, Flaherty and Gondrezick were probably similarly ranked, with Flaherty perhaps a bit higher. Thome certainly was not ranked higher than Flaherty.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Two signed with Michigan yesterday||
Also signing with Michigan yesterday was 5-9 guard Deja Church, out of Southfield High A&T, one of the top in-state players in the 2017 class. Some recruiting services (not espn) have her in their top 100 (Blue Star has her at #70). She was originally committed to Minnesota but then switched to the Wolverines a couple of weeks ago; her reason for the switch is covered in this article. She's the second in-state player Kim Barnes Arico has landed, following Kysre Gondrezick.
One note on Hailey Brown: This isn't to take anything away from the importance of her signing with Michigan, but espn always assigns five stars to way too many WBB players. They have their top 52 players all as five stars. This is a running joke in WBB circles. In MBB, espn has just their top 25 as five stars. So in a reasonable ranking system, Hailey Brown would be a high four star.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Prep Baseball Report didn't||
Prep Baseball Report didn't have him that highly rated. He was their #48 player in the state of Ohio for the class of 2015, and he wasn't ranked at all in their overall, multistate rankings. I was always skeptical of him ever playing baseball at Michigan.
|33 weeks 7 hours ago||Another 2017 names Michigan||
Another 2017 names Michigan as one of his finalists:
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure if this has already||
Not sure if this has already been posted, but Justin Smith announced his final seven yesterday, including Michigan.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||It is old news, but the||
It is old news, but the program didn't make it official until today.
She was a very good basketball player in high school, but I'm a bit skeptical of this given her long absence from hoops. She does fill the need for a backup to Hallie Thome at center.
|35 weeks 19 hours ago||spam acct.|
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Hardly greater knowledge—I||
Hardly greater knowledge—I just happened to stumble across that tweet.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Eli Brooks was offered by||
Seems like Michigan has been moving more quickly in making offers since the new assistant coaches joined the staff.
EDIT: The article linked in the tweet says Brooks visited Michigan last month (Father's Day weekend).
|39 weeks 2 days ago||EDIT||
Also, word got out today that Michigan offered Brian Bowen last week:
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Another perfect game in title game||
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Adcock agrees to terms||
Adcock has reached a contract agreement with the Astros "for a little less than the amount slotted ($459,700) for pick 127."
Also, Evan Hill is on his way to Lakeland, "where he’ll report to the Tigers’ spring training facility to negotiate a contract, conduct a physical and throw a bullpen session before being assigned to a minor league affiliate in the organization."
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Wenson's comment after being drafted—||