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|3 weeks 3 days ago||What a great loss!||
I was at the game. It was a thrill ride and a half. I have felt pretty lousy about certain wins in the past, but this is one of the few times I feel genuinely great about a loss.
Before the game, I watched VCU, which got pummelled by Nova last night, do some pummeling of their own against an Oregon team we squeaked by. I was expecting a brutal learning experience.
What we got instead was a game in November(!) where our incredibly young team learned that they could hang with one of the best, most experienced teams in the country.
In fact, they were a ludicrous block away from beating that team!
But teams learn more from losses, and losses keep 'em hungry. We have so much to grow from, and so much already there. This team needs some of Stauskas' swag in their step. They've earned it. I would have loved a win, but man, what a great loss.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||If anything, I feel like||
If anything, I feel like McGary's situation should be proof to everyone that they should get out when the gettin's good. Even though it sucks for UM bball. McGary's back injury would be a lot less devastating if he were on the books for a cool million.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget Horford!||
5th year senior. Great blocking ability. Leader on the court. Next year will be Horford's team. And Beilein will likely try running his two bigs lineup.
I would be shocked if Chatman redshirted. Though the 2/3 is going to be crowded and no one's gonna be a good fit for the 4.
|1 year 5 days ago||What is this logic? When he||
What is this logic? When he wins, it's thanks to his players, but when he loses, it's because he choked?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Has anyone given serous||
Has anyone given serous consideration to the idea that GRIII might play his way out of the draft, while Nick plays himself into it?
ESPN's mock draft not long ago had Stauskas in the first round. But if GRIII doesn't show up, we could see this lineup next year:
Walton - so
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Mr. Yost, I'm not sure that||
Mr. Yost, I'm not sure that was an insult.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Oh no!||
When did Borges start calling offense for our basketball team?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||59 - 6 Blue||
59 - 6 Blue
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Florida||
|1 year 37 weeks ago||67-64 Blue||
|1 year 38 weeks ago||68 - 65 Blue||
68 - 65 Blue
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Michigan 79, Purdue||
Michigan 79, Purdue 75
Michigan 72, Indiana 70
|1 year 43 weeks ago||82-76 Blue. I'm probably not||
82-76 Blue. I'm probably not going to enjoy watching this one.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||78-72 blue||
|1 year 47 weeks ago||76 - 59 Blue||
76 - 59 Blue
|1 year 48 weeks ago||84-75 Blue||
|1 year 50 weeks ago||80 - 69 Michigan||
80 - 69 Michigan
|2 years 1 day ago||82 - 48 Blue||
82 - 48 Blue
|2 years 1 week ago||78-68 Blue||
|2 years 1 week ago||I hate when people I detest||
I hate when people I detest say something I agree with. What am I supposed to do with that?
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Michigan 77-68||
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Michigan 69-62||
Final 5 minutes of victory cigar squad yields some last minute points for Bradley making the score look deceptively close.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Where is the hope?||
10 years ago, we hoped for better players, since it didn't seem like Carr was being outschemed, just outmatched, by better players at USC, Texas, or OSU. 7 years ago, we hoped Carr would soon retire, and with that retirement would see the end of DeBordian incompetence and risk-aversion induced face-palming. Under Rodriguez we hoped he'd find a sentient defensive coordinator capable of fielding even a mediocre devense. We hoped that the FreePress jihad would die out and that recruiting would pick up as a result.
Now, as you've mentioned in writing and in your podcasts, we're coached by bafflingly stubborn dinosaurs who insist on drinking from a lake long after it's dried up simply because that's the lake they've always drunk from. With the state of college football changing all around them, where is the hope for the future? That they suddenly adapt? In what world does Urban Meyer not out-scheme them year in and year out? Even if our recruiting stays steadily awesome, we're still just keeping pace with OSU. So talent being equal, do we just have to wait for Mattison to produce insanely elite defenses? Should we give up on the hope that our offense will ever be remotely threatening? Should we expect that our ceiling is 11-2 from now until the end of the Borges era?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Living in the Shadows||
I'm a little curious why an outstanding player would want to wear a number already dedicated to a previous legend. For instance, Ace, you wondered at the end of your article how Denard would feel about wearing 27, but by keeping the 16, who knows? Maybe his number might one day be honored as a "Michigan Football Legend" and wouldn't that be preferable?
Don't players want to make their own mark on the program, rather than exist in the shadow of their predecessors?
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Novak||
The idea isn't to reward good high school players who choose to go to Michigan. It's to award players for what they meant to the program while they were here.
Furthermore, the suggestion that Novak would be out of place on this or any list of Michigan greats is absurd. In collegiate athletics, talent alone doesn't define greatness. More often than not, such accolades are bestowed by the students and the fans and the teammates who rallied around and for that player, and followed that player to places beyond their own expectations.
Greatness in college sports has to do with leadership and the ability to mold a program in one's own image. Not only is Novak the paragon of such criteria, none other than Cazzie Russel said he'd want Novak by his side in a foxhole.
When was the last time a single player has meant as much to his program as Novak has meant to the MBB team these past four years?
I'd string that ZERO up next to Russell's in the rafters in a heartbeat if I could.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Years at Michigan||
I feel like the years a player spends in a Michigan uniform needs to be taken into consideration. I loved Morris last year, but he had a lousy to average Freshman season followed by a transcendent Sophomore season before bailing for the NBA.
Is one great season in a basketball uniform worthy of the HoF? Similarly, if McGary averages 20 and 10 next season and helps us get to the Final Four, but leaves right away to the draft, should he get honors?
Players like that are great for the program, but ultimately flashes in the pan and don't carry with them the same history and legacy that a Novak, Molk, Martin, or Hunwick do.
I think there ought to be a minimum years in uniform threshold to be considered for the HoF. 3 years seems good.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Quintuple!||
Welcome Chris Fox! Go Blue! What a day!
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Even love. Just ask Robert||
Even love. Just ask Robert Palmer. Dude knows.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||umhoops|
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Thoughts||
Examining free throws made and missed as a quotient of a player's contribution seems like it would be useful. Driving to the lane and getting fouled is great, but if you can't make a free throw, it's tantamount to a turnover. And this team is obviously going to have trouble making free throws.
Also, it would be good to account for "hustle plays" like diving for loose balls, tipping out rebounds, taking charges, and general harassment, especially on the defensive end. Someone needs to keep track of all the charges Novak takes.
I feel like the most useful thing you can work on is devising a concise and vivid way to account for individual defensive contribution beyond blocks and steals. I know Stu is our best defender, in part because he's tasked with defending the opposing team's best player every night, but I don't really know why he's so good, what makes him good. If you can somehow put numbers on that, I would really appreciate it.
Ideas for UFR Titles:
Basketball 20/20 (as in "hindsight is ____")
Notes From The Block
The Intangibles Inquiry
The Back Screen
The Backdoor Cut
The Posterization of Zack Novak
Distributing the Rock