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|1 year 14 weeks ago||Player Comparison||
MAAR's highlight tape reminds me of D.J. Newbill on Penn State (based on my memory of playing PSU and a quick look at a highlight tape for both players).
Newbill doesn't seem to have elite athleticism or quickness, but is very good at getting into the paint or getting just enough space to get his shot off. At 17ppg he's a good Big Ten player. He's more a volume scorer than shooter - his attempts are high and percentage a bit low - but he and Frasier don't have a lot of help on that front.
MAAR looks similar. In his tapes he finds ways to score despite not elevating very high or appearing to blow by people. His crossover is good and he seems to shake a lot of people with it. He also seems to use his body well to get the space he needs. He's not a great shooter but seems to be adept at scoring around the rim. If he can improve his shot he could be dangerous.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Missed 3s||
So KY has already missed as many 3s as they did the entire game against M. Where were those bricklayers when we needed them?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||weight and height||
All he needs is a bit more weight...
And a few more inches on the hair to get to full Kid 'n' Play. I want it to be announced "6'9 - 7'3 with the afro...DJ Wilson"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||agree||
I've had the same thought. I think our overall resumes are similar enough that it would be really hard for them to ignore that we won the toughest (or second toughest) conference by 3 games and did it playing the tougher conference line-up than WI. I would think in a close call they would defer to both who won the conference and who has been better down the stretch both of which favor Michigan.
I also wonder how they ignore the part where we lost our pre-season All-American during the stretch where we were worse than WI. If they are willing to penalize teams like KU that are going into the tournament potentially weaker than they appeared during the season you would think they would look at teams that had early injury issues and put them behind them positively.
Let's just win the tournament and find out! If Mbeats WI in the final I find it even more unlikely they'd ignore that we won 2/3 from them and won both championships. That to me would be a crazy slap in the face.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Where's my J Lehman Pic?||
I'm pretty sure J Lehman designed those unis, because, obviously.
The fact that he was an announcer for B10 Network was icing on the cake.
Amurica - F*** Yeah!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Mundy||
You should probably include Ryan Mundy even though he finished at WVU since he graduated with a UM degree.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Thanks. I suspected that||
Thanks. I suspected that might be the case. It seems guys either know how to secure the ball (Hart) or don't (Hopkins) with I'm sure some that do eventually figure it out through technique changes, strength improvement, etc.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Fumbling Backs||
Can you run the same numbers to compare how those same true freshman do later in their careers. I'm curious if there is no correlation at all to experience or if it's possible that true freshman that play do so partially because they already have the ability to take care of the football that perhaps other players only acquire later on.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Horcrux||
Touchdown Jesus is a horcrux confirmed
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I did too, at first||
I love Smith's film. He simply dominates. I hear it's against poor competition, but he does everything I'd expect him to do against that level of competition. The competition may be bad but in some of those he takes pretty significant hits and keeps churning out tough yards. It's not like he had gigantic holes to run through and simply ran past everyone (actually that's what I thought when I watched Ty Issac's video - he never gets touched at the LOS and has massive holes to run through so I found it hard to judge his ability other than speed). A solid hit from poor competition is still a solid hit, and he deals with those without any problem. I think speed if too often overrated (see guys like Terrell Davis, Emmitt Smith, M. Clarett, and Mike Hart none of whom were particulary fast). Speed can make an amazing back elite, but it can't find a hole or get that 2 extra yards after contact. I think Smith has great potential. I may be wrong as I'm no expert but I think he's an absolute steal.
My first take on Green from his Junior video was Kevin Grady 2.0. I remember seeing Grady's video and being worried that he didn't have much vision or ability to make people miss. He trucked people and ran through contact fine but I worried that wouldn't translate to college (and unfortunately I was correct as oppossed to other guys I've been dead wrong about). That was my first assessment of Green too. Then I saw his senior video and my mind has changed. He finds every hole, break tackles and seems to have good if not great speed. It's a highlight reel so I take it with a grain of salt, but compared to his junior highlights he just looks amazing.
I'm really excited as I think we have 2 backs with really great potential - hopefully 1 or both are as good as they look to my untrained eye. Both seem dedicated to competing and if they push each other to be better it's all the better.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Close||
According to this officiating site it's similar to an out-of-bounds call. It doesn't matter if the defender's tip is what the real cause of it going into the back court. Once Stauskas touched it in the front court which he appears to do then it's him "causing" the ball backcourt. And therefore Michigan cannot touch it again before a Purdue player. It was very close as the ball was pretty much at/near the line but hard to say the official was wrong
|2 years 33 weeks ago||23%||
600K raise is 23% assuming my quick math was correct. I agree that a 23% isn't insignificant. I'd leave my current company for a 23% raise even though I'm relatively happy here. I'm surprised people are acting like it's chump change or something.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Bielfeldt||
I thought Bielfeldt looked pretty good in limited minutes. He's a solid defender and rebounder and may be as good or better than McLimans especially if we need D and rebounding over offense.
Having depth and options is phenomenal. I think what Coach B. has done with no depth over the last few years is a testament to how good a coach he is. Same coaching with talent and depth could be scary for other teams out there.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Way too early||
Way to early to worry about that. There is a good chance, but on the positive side he may not have quite the money incentive that other players would have considering Big Dog (hopefully) still has $$ from his NBA days. Let's enjoy his growth and worry about that in April after win with the championship :)
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Good Points||
But I'd counter with the fact that Michigan shot an unusually high % from the field - 60% overall and 62% from 3. That's unlikely to stay that high especially on back-to-back nights. I also thought IUPUI shot a high percentage in part due to poor defensive rotation on Michigan's part that got ironed out a bit as the game went on. Considering the youth on the team it's entirely possible they will have defensive issues. I think talent etc. take over and they win handily, but a 40 point blowout may not be in the cards.
Then again if Clev. St. doesn't have good depth they may get run out of the gym. Having a deep bench for once will allow M to keep guys fresh which should allow them to score in transition and hit their 3's more consistently in the second halves of games.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Sam Gordon||
My sources say it's Sam Gordon. I hear she will be an early enroll as well. Too bad that won't happen for another 7 years as we could use a speed back that can go all Road Runner with ESSSS EEEEE SEEEE speed.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Happy||
I'm just happy to see that Michigan Fandom stays with us when we become Zombies. I can live (or die) with that.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Reasons for optimism||
I think there are a few reasons for optimism regarding this team being ranked about right (as far as often wildly inaccurate pre-season polls can be anyway).
1. Burke - he's very talented and should be better. He wore down last year which led to the dropoff. He was still very green and made a lot of Freshman mistakes. It's possible he regresses but I'm doubting it.
2. Hardaway - he just wasn't right most of last year. I think he's more likely to have a year at least as good as his Fresh. year than he is to have a year like last year. I think with more talent around him he'll relax a bit and play better
3. Rebounding - we may actually be able to get a few this year.
4. Less one dimensional with more depth. What Beilein did with that group was amazing. We were small, couldn't rebound and had to play everyone far too many minutes. Unless all the incoming Frosh are poor we should have more depth, more lineup possibilities to match up to the competition. That puts less pressure on guys like Burke and Hardaway which should make them better.
Of course anything can happen. Most didn't see M missing the tournament when Manny was returning, but we lost good role players and lacked chemistry. So far reports are good regarding that, and if a single player is off we have a lot more options with this group. I'm pretty excited to see this group and I think they have a really good shot at winning the Big 10.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Yes - so confusing||
Because you read the headline and thought it was something else...?
I mean really when the Title is clear does having an OT: before it really add anything?
pet peeve. end rant.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Pee Wee||
On the fantastic clock management play is that coach allowed to be all the way out in the middle of the field escorting his players off the field?
I've never seen that outside Pee Wee ball maybe. I've seen coaches a few steps in and the refs sort of ignoring it, but never all the way in the middle of the field.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||First Choice?||
Interesting. Agree that I really don't care. I'm not sure I buy that MSU was "really his first choice the whole time" thing. Since a preferred walk-on pays their own way and doesn't count against anything wouldn't Dantonio have taken him in a heartbeat as a walk-on?
|2 years 41 weeks ago||All the guards||
Wow - Kentuky says All Your Top 5 Guards Are Belong to Us.
3 guards all in the top 5. Not sure how many slots they have but they are in on #1 Parker (if they take him from Sparty too that'd be ok) and other top 10 guys as well. Crazy.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Maybe||
If they give up 7.4 yards per play in every game like they did here then his call was correct by .4yards of expected field position. Scary thought, but maybe he figured they'd have a better chance of holding 2 plays under 8 yards than 3 under 15.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Agree||
He needs to cut it up and get 2 or sometimes a Sam will appear and he'd get more
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Never get that||
Didn't matter but looked like Denard was in. When his elbow hit shadow of the ball is ever the line and you can see from other shadows that they are direct overhead to slightly behind
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Leadership||
I've got to believe the players love playing for Borges. I think one of the things the best leaders do is acknowledge their own mistakes and try to improve them. It's simply leadership by example. It also shows them that he has enough confidence in his own ability that he can air his mistakes for them to see. Leaders that act like they are infallible are a huge turn-off. When Borges is able to do that it has to mean more to the players when he shows them their mistakes.
I think that's one area guys like Charlie Weis fail. They are so strongly entrenched in their "superiority" (either out of arrogance or masking insecurities) that they can't admit mistakes or look internally at how they might improve. This in-turn alienates players and you end up with talented players that don't truly give 100%
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Chemistry||
If he was a Chemistry teacher I would have seen through this ruse...but since it's math maybe it's legit
|2 years 43 weeks ago||ND||
I don't think ND is that hot chick you can't have any more.
She's more like that chick that you had that was very hot, but then became that crazy chick that still thought she was amazing but really just drove you batshit crazy. But at the same time you kept her around because of the crazy good times you'd have every so often and you still got some street cred from you buddies cause she was still pretty hot.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||the League||
<blockquote>Caveat: against a team more likely to screw with your linebackers in a play action game this may go more poorly. ND quickly committed to the run in this game. Teams that can throw a bit are going to make it harder on these guys.</blockquote>
Looks like we picked the right year to be in the League of Extordinarily Sucky QBs
aw - blockquote fail. need tool bar for types like me to quote
|2 years 44 weeks ago||EDBS||
Not a fan, but it absolutely kills EDSBS. I hadn't realized it was SB Nation but it had a unique layout that just said EDSBS. Maybe it's just me, but it just "looked like EDSBS". Now it looks generic.