well that's just, like, your opinion, man
|16 weeks 5 days ago||You're quoting last year's report card||
Dylan hasn't done this year's yet. I don't think Irvin had his jumper blocked as often this year, but he does still use that low release...
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Rellford was a favorite of mine, too||
And standing next to Butch Wade would make almost any basketball player look skinny - the guy was built like a tank.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Insofar as I recall||
Tarpley was a project. I think he had a growth spurt late in high school and he was definitely a beanpole as a freshman (he, Wade, Rellford, and Henderson ate in the same cafeteria I did in the fall of '82; he looked like a coatrack next to his teammates). His rise was spectacular, as was his fall. Reminiscent of Icarus.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||"Inquired about"||
Is what the tweet says. I assumed that meant they talked to Sacred Heart's coach and/or AD. I could be wrong.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Um,||
Michigan already has a commit from a 4* point guard in 2017 - Jordan Poole.
[Edit - I see that Poole is described as an off guard, shooting guard, combo guard, and point guard, depending on which recruiting site you look at. Sounds like he's definitely not a pure point]
If M were to take Broome (and they haven't even contacted him yet, much less offered a scholarship), it would be to avoid having a sophomore PG backed up by a freshman PG. Without the invention of a time machine, taking a transfer is the only way to get an upperclass PG on the squad in 2017.
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||Your second post needs a different spin, Pauli||
This is an exclusive club.
|18 weeks 23 hours ago||Sparty has a top 20 defense? This is news to KenPom||
Their defensive efficiencies from 2014-2016: 28, 47, 51
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Jerrod Ward laughs at your disappointment...||
...and cracks three ribs.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Revisionist bullshit||
In 2013 Michigan was 18-1 and about to assume the #1 spot in the AP poll when Morgan, who had started every game of the season to that point, got injured at Illinois. McGary was so good replacing him that the team promptly lost 3 of its next 5 games. Morgan kept trying to come back too soon, and probably never healed completely until the offseason.
At the end of the season Morgan was chosen to the All B1G defensive team. Yeah, he was bad, alright.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Scholarships were offered to both||
Walton committed, suggesting that he wanted to play for Michigan more than Morris did. Keep this in mind when you get bored with people complaining about Cassius Winston being a Sparty.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Key difference: WHEN and AGAINST WHOM||
If his peripheral stats remained the same in B1G play, that indicates an in-year improvement, no?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Against?||
Surely you meant root for them - we want them to get the auto-bids from their respective conferences, because if they lose they might still get at-large bids.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Since the 2014 team almost made the Final Four||
Playing without McGary, it's certainly arguable that Mitch's injury may have cost the team a National Championship.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Technically, not acronyms||
The military seems to prefer abbreviations using the first syllable of each word. So my guess at your mess would be:
Adjutant Commander for Submarine Ordnance Computed in Hilbert Space.
Google says I'm wrong...
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Hmm, wikipedia disagrees slightly||
Speculating that lousy fighters are full tomato cans who leak red juice after being pounded for a few minutes. That would answer "But why a tomato can?"
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Canned vegetables||
Cans of corn (and cans of other vegetables) were stored on the top shelf in the dry goods store. When you wanted one, the clerk wouldn't bother to get a ladder; instead he would stand below the shelf, tip the can off the shelf with a broom handle, and catch it. So when an outfielder is standing still waiting for a fly ball to drop into his glove, it's a can of corn.
Tomato can is from boxing. People use empty tomato cans for target practice; hit the can one time and it falls over. A boxer who falls over after being hit once is a tomato can. The slang term for an unchallenging opponent then got extended into other sports.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I get all my fashion tips from MGoBlog||
Where I've learned that the new uniforms are always the worst ever.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Tough to make useful comparisons to 2014||
McGary played in all the non-conference losses (which also included the 7 point loss at #21 Iowa State and the 2 point neutral-court derp to #you'reshittingme Charlotte). The loss to Arizona was Mitch's final college game. So the team that blitzed the B1G wasn't quite the same one that dropped 4 non-conference games.
This year's team, of course, was missing Walton in the loss at SMU and missing LeVert in the loss at Purdue.
And of course the uniforms are different, but the worst-ever in both cases.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Hardaway, Burke (LeVert)||
All three star (or lower), ranked outside the consensus top 100 in their classes. Here's a site for historical research.
Of course "can do nothing" described none of them. Beilein always looks for some skills from his recruits - that's why the team never has any of the athletic projects who take three years to figure out which end of the ball to hold.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Stauskas from 3||
Year Total B1G Fr 80-182 44.0% 30-81 37.0% So 92-208 44.2% 42-94 44.7%
As a freshman he was shut out @OSU (team's first loss of the year), vs Illinois (a comfortable win), vs. MSU (tight win), and vs. Wisconsin in the BTT loss. Oh, and vs. VCU and Syracuse in NCAA tourney wins.
As a sophomore he was shut out @Duke (humiliating loss), @Indiana(first B1G loss), and vs. Wisconsin (dominating loss).
|38 weeks 1 hour ago||Trouble staying at home||
Doyle had a bad habit of leaving his man and attempting to block shots, which resulted in very easy offensive rebounds for the opposing center. This is not an uncommon problem for big kids making the transition from preps to college - it takes some time to really internalize how much bigger and springier the average D1 guard is compared to the guys whose careers ended in high school.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||It's more about movement and ball-handling||
The 3 and 4 spots in Beilein's offense are almost indistinguishable - they start out in the corners and on certain plays they move toward the middle, setting and/or receiving screens. The 3 man will start in the left corner and thus be moving towards his right; the 4 man will start in the right corner and thus be moving towards his left. So if Beilein has two wings, one left-handed and one right-handed, he'll play the righty at the 3 and the lefty at the 4 so that each one will be moving towards his dominant side when he moves towards the middle of the court.
The side effect, though, is that they're most likely to spot up for jumpers in the corners they started out in, and that right corner jumper just didn't fall for Chatman last year. Hopefully it will this year.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||He was 10/38 overall||
And he has non-zero percentages from other spots on the floor,
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Somewhere between six and eight||
5/7 = .714285...
Nobody calculates batting averages in their heads anymore, I guess.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Corperryale Punishment||
For leaving Manny off your list.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Explicating the inexplicable||
"This matchup choice confounded me, as John Beilein chose to put Robinson on Kaminsky when Nigel Hayes also took the floor for Wisconsin."
Three pointers. Kaminsky is now 25-61 from three, Hayes is holding steady at 0-0. If there's one thing your video makes clear, it's that defending the three point line is not Jordan Morgan's strength. In fact, he's a great matchup for Hayes, a shorter, weaker, less experienced post player. Unfortunately, GRIII can't stop Kaminsky in the post and there was no confusion in Wisconsin's hive mind about where the mismatch was.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Just imagine||
How much he would annoy you if he were a Wolverine and LeVert a Bucknut.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Husky and Starch?||
Animal and Mineral?
Mace and Bellow?
|2 years 25 weeks ago||As long as we're quibbling||
Chris Hunter played in 60 games for the Warriors
Courtney Sims played in 5 games for the Pacers, Suns, and Knicks
If Jamal Crawford's 17 games constitute a Michigan career, then Ekpe Udoh's two full seasons without any suspensions or indictments merit a jersey retirement.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Do you not have a hard disk?||
A thumb drive?
A fricking floppy disc?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||First they hired Tubby because he inherited a team from Pitino||
Then they hired Richard because he inherited a name from Pitino.
I guess next time they'll hire someone who contracted a sexually transmitted disease from Pitino.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||here you go||
64 32 16 8 UM 60 65 76 72 SU 66 68 65 54 UL 68 63 69 68 WSU 68 64 63 71
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Erm,||
"He has stayed off of the police blotter, and I don't remember him saying or doing anything stupid"
How many times have I told you not to rely on your memory? Ziegler was whistled for a DUI three days after we beat Pitt in the preseason NIT.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Good Timmy would be good||
There are several ways to attack the zone - Beilein knows many more than I do. One is to have McGary flash to the high post - he has all the skills you'd like for that role, i.e. he can make the jumper, drive to the hoop and finish, or pass to either a cutter or shooter. One drawback is that when he's out there, he's not in offensive rebounding position; another is that it puts a lot of decision-making pressure on a freshman.
Or, as you point out, you can have Hardaway flash and do the same things. Some drawbacks there are that you have moved one of your three point shooters into long-ish two point range, and that when Hardaway drives he is more likely to have his shot blocked (though Syracuse's bigs are perfectly capable of stuffing McGary, too). When McGary is out this is probably the best high post option, though, because Horford and Morgan don't pose enough of a threat out there to force the defense to react.
Burke penetrating, either with or without the ball screen, will be another way to attack, but I am wary of having him drive into the lane only to be surrounded by the zone. Will he be able to make an effective pass out of there? He certainly keeps his dribble alive better than anyone in the country, so I shouldn't underestimate him, but...
I'm curious about whether the pick and pop will be available. I noticed Burke using a screen from Robinson in the Florida game. I would think that having a three point shooter set a screen for Burke on the perimeter would result in one of the two being left wide open for the jumper.
Anyway, I think Timmy may have a big game - one thing about the zone is that you can change matchups just by moving the offensive player, so he won't have the other team's stopper in his face all game long.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Syracuse zone||
"Watching the IU-Cuse game I was struck by how the conventional wisdom about where you need to attack the 2-3—flashing to the free throw line—didn't seem to apply. Cody Zeller seems built to crush a 2-3 by getting the ball there and passing, shooting, or driving as the defense provides a wrong answer to the threat he provides no matter what they do."
Go back and watch the tapes of Louisville and Georgetown demolishing the zone by flashing Dieng and Porter, respectively, to the high post. I'm willing to entertain the possibility that Porter is a qualitatively better offensive player than Zeller, but Dieng? No way. I was certain that if IU's coach was smart enough and humble enough to learn from Pitino and JTIII, IU would have no problems. Then I remembered who IU's coach was, and a sliver of doubt crept in.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||If Texas Tech falls for that again||
They deserve it. They can't have already forgotten the Pat Knight years, can they?
Talk about schools with delusions of grandeur. If you have managed to be fired in spite of a national championship resumé, the 4th or 5th best program in Texas has a comfortable alternative to retirement for you. II I I i
I wonder if Tubby will schedule Larry Brown's SMU team in the non-conference schedule?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Also also||
The last line of defense when GRIII is being torched in the post is to have Hardaway defend the opposition 4 man - his technique is better, even though he's a stone lighter. When this happens, either Robinson has to defend a shooting guard (and his technique isn't much better on the perimeter than it is in the post), or he's subbed out for a perimeter defender - LeVert or Albrecht. LeVert's defense is better, but the experience difference between him and Spike really shows up on offense.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Who are these 7 footers?||
Their roster lists nobody taller than 6'10"
KenPom says their effective height is 29th in the country. Michigan is 138th. We probably won't see the Burkenspike combo for very long - that's one of the ways Crean lost the Sweet16 game.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||ༀ་མ་ཎི་པ་དྨེ་ཧཱུྃ།||
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Different Personnel||
For those who aren't down with Ypsi sports, EMU's head coach Rob Murphy was an assistant at Syracuse for 7 years; he has run the Syracuse 2-3 zone as Eastern's primary defense since he got the job there before the 2011-2012 season.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Will be a huge challenge,||
according to the talking heads, because Michigan hasn't faced a defense like this...
...since the EMU game in December.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Did they stock ladders in all the team colors?||
Or was it preordained from the moment they left the hardware store?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||No, not at all||
Beilein considers Boeheim a mentor; Boeheim's recommendation was essential in every D1 job Beilein got before Michigan.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I challenge you||
to preach a Sunday sermon on resurrection without thinking about Friday's game.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Looks like they have to choose one site or the other||
And since the undercard in Louisville's region is better, they had to put both games on CBS.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Get a grip, Carl||
There are more than 147 billions OF billions of combinations...
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Fisher's Story||
(From the video embedded in the article) was one of the first things that popped in to my head after the loss to Indiana in Crisler this year. I hope Trey's story parallels Rumeal's that far - and ONLY that far.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Big East first conference to claim a Final Four spot||
Louisville slimly favored to make it two...
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Lot of good it did us...||
|3 years 17 weeks ago||There are few births in the NCAA tournament||
Even in the women's tournament.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||The more relevant comparison||
Is Beilein pre-renovation vs. post-renovation. Everybody who paid attention to Tommy at Seton Hall knew he could recruit - with the renovation he might have been out-recruiting Izzo and Matta.
There was a very loud contingent who thought that Beilein could not recruit - that the kind of commits he got at Canisius and Richmond represented his ceiling and UM was going to be competing with Northwestern and Butler for Douglasses and Vogriches until the AD wised up and sent a shipping container full of money to Rick Pitino. Thanks to the facilities renovations, an excellent staff of assistants, and the program's success on the court, Beilein has silenced those fools for good. I hope.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||If you keep putting an apostrophe in Achilles||
I will go sulk in my tent.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||75-72||
Michigan 75-72 over Kansas
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Spelling advice||
Flies like a led zeppelin
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Actually, maybe no||
Context: Rice shot .569 in his college career. He shot .571 in his 13 NCAA games, with this breakdown:
In Kingdome 31-65 .477 Elsewhere 97-159 .610
Still a tiny sample, not controlled for strength of opponent, but...
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Are there good Buffalo Wild Wings commercials?||
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Have to attack the shot-blocker||
I agree. Hopefully Bacari or somebody can teach the wings and bigs the technique of going into his chest - but I think Burke is at too much of a size disadvantage to pull that off.
Yes to having the roll man attack if Withey sags back to defend the P&R - then it will all depend on execution. McGary thunders in, draws a foul from the backpedaling Withey and then finishes the and-one - advantage us. Johnson deflects the pass off Mitch's shins, who then commits a foul trying to get it back - advantage them.
But the staff will come up with some other, better wrinkles, I'm sure.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||What open man?||
Do you expect Withey's man (McGary? Morgan? Horford?) to start knocking down corner threes? The point is that KU doesn't need to help Withey keep Burke from scoring in the lane - the dude's the best shot-blocker in the country, he can do it all by himself.
Yes to running whenever possible - that's when the lane will be open. Defensive rebounding will be huge.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Florida and Florida Gulf Coast have played once||
Back in 2009: UF 94 - FGCU 60.
Florida Gulf Coast has revenge on its mind...
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Other side of the bracket for sure||
Syracuse is the #4 seed in the East, Indiana's region.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||We were underseeded||
Should have been a #3 IMHO. VCU was probably seeded accurately, maybe a line too high. The margin was a result of the meeting of the two styles of play. I knew the game wouldn't be close, though I didn't know which team would win; it all hinged on whether we could break the press or not. If we had turned the ball over 20+ times, we would have lost by double digits.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Disagree||
UNC wants to play an up-tempo game. We're kind of good at that. KU has the best shot blocker in the country and plays excellent half court defense. No thanks.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||How bad was the Round of 64 for the Big East?||
For the conference to get its Performance Above Seed Expectation back to 0, all three of the remaining teams must reach the Final Four.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||How about...||
Conference Teams W L PASE Mean Seed Big East 8 3 5 -5 5.5 Big Ten 7 6 1 0 4.71 Big 12 5 2 3 -2 6 MWC 5 2 3 -3.5 7.2 A 10 5 6 0 2.5 7.4 Pac-12 5 3 2 1 9.2 ACC 4 3 1 -1 5 SEC 3 2 1 1 8 WCC 2 2 1 0.5 6 MVC 2 2 0 1 8 Sun Belt 2 0 2 -0.5 13.5 C-USA 1 1 0 0 6 OVC 1 0 1 0 11 Patriot 1 0 1 0 11 MAC 1 0 1 0 12 Big Sky 1 0 1 0 13 WAC 1 0 1 0 13 Summit 1 0 1 0 13 Southern 1 0 1 0 14 Horizon 1 0 1 0 14 Ivy 1 1 0 1 14 Southland 1 0 1 0 14 Big West 1 0 1 0 15 A-Sun 1 1 0 1 15 America East 1 0 1 0 15 MAAC 1 0 1 0 15 MEAC 1 1 1 0.5 16 Big South 1 0 1 -0.5 16 NEC 1 0 1 -0.5 16 SWAC 1 0 1 0 16 Colonial 1 1 1 0.5 16
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Yeah, but Indiana didn't write ANY of the Federalist Papers||
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Getting out of the B1G helps them||
in a different way than it helps other B1G teams. If Matta thinks Craft & Scott can disrupt the opponent by themselves, he's more likely to play LaQ Ross, who is turning into a dangerous scorer but is even more D-challenged than Thomas. This is probably true of most of the teams in OSU's pod in Dayton. If they run in to Arizona next weekend, they'll probably need their superior defensive team again.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Amaker's the best recruiter in the Ivy League||
By far. It's nice to see his teams play disciplined, fundamentally sound basketball, something that was never said about his Michigan teams. I do suspect that they arrive on campus with a lot of those qualities - I wonder if his Harvard players improve more over the course of their careers than his Michigan kids did. That was the biggest knock on Tommy's Michigan tenure - Horton and Harris were great freshmen, but didn't appear that much better as seniors. Sims had so much potential that was just never fulfulled. Amaker's players seemed to plateau soon after reaching Ann Arbor.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Allons les carcajous!||
Samedi, mouton rôti.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||He's a big fan||
of Doug Gottlieb. Most others, not so much.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Count me in||
Fucking useless pseudo-scarves.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Many would drown||
If the Rays played in Tampa Bay. It's a body of water, you know, which separates St Pete from Tampa, the two largest cities in the Tampa Bay region.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||83-67||
Wolverines devour Jackrabbits
|3 years 19 weeks ago||You do realize||
Doyle's just a HS junior, right?
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Lucky Bucknuts||
First non-chalk result of the BTT gets them a quarterfinal matchup with the huskiest Husker.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||The Barclays Center is available||
for your poetry reading, Star Wars memorabilia convention, or encounter group. You pay them the money and they don't care how many people show up.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||You mean this one?||
Hmm - 9:00 is maize and blue, followed by black and gold, blue and orange, red and white, crimson and cream, maroon and gold, scarlet and grey...nope, can't imagine what that would signify at center court of the Big Ten Tournament.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Is that the Adidas Hypertrans-vestite uniform?||
Dave Brandon never should have approved that.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Also hate seeing sons of Michigan legends||
Playing in some other school's colors....
|3 years 19 weeks ago||OSU vs Washington||
Was also played at a neutral site. And UW isn't going to a tournament with a four letter abbreviation.
That said, the Bucknuts are playing very well; I wouldn't bet against them to win the BTT.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||He must have looked on the Internet|
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Running through the play||
Although I agree that GRIII didn't take a good angle to the basket (I get the impression he's more comfortable running the break on the right side of the court), what propelled him under the basket was pressure from Rapheal Davis's forearm applied to the small of his back. Not a foul when you're playing at home, apparently...
|3 years 20 weeks ago||According to Hammer & Rails||
Marcius was great against Wisconsin, while Hammons was as invisible as a 7-foot 280-lb human can be. They want Painter to start Marcius and bring Hammons off the bench in order to motivate the big guy. Probably doesn't change UM's approach at all.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Unmade boilers and hosed hoosiers||
Michigan over Purdue 68-61
Michigan over Indiana 80-78
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Nice graphs||
But your database has the 2012 Big Ten Tournament games marked as home games. I was wondering why your graph showed us with more than one home loss last year...