the season has truly begun now
- Member for
- 3 years 25 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It is crazy the publicity||
It is crazy the publicity this is getting on ESPN right now too. I don't remember in any other year the "Fourth" being this strong. Of course this is Disney's marketing department hard at work, but very impressive.
Somewhere Dave Brandon is soaking this all in and taking notes.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Need an energy guy||
After watching the Indiana game and now this game, it is becoming clear what is currently holding back this years team. We simply don't have an energy guy that will rally the team when things are not going our way. When teams are able to take away what Michigan wants to do, we seem to shut down and play with less energy. This is seen in the 50-50 balls and getting destroyed on the boards.
In the past it has been:
2010 - 2011: Zach Novak
2011 - 2012: Zach Novak
2012 - 2013: Trey Burke / Mitch McGary
2013 - 2014: No one with McGary injured
Until McGary returns, we are missing a spark plug to rally and bring energy to the whole team. When things get tough, this team tends to get soft. I've been waiting for Michigan to make a run this whole game, but have come to realize that it was never going to happen as we are currently missing the type of player to jump start the rally and get the whole team energized.
On the snowflake side: Irvin is showing more and more of his overall game and I am really enjoying it. By the end of the year, he will be Not Just a Shooter.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||They did, but the 3s were not||
They did, but the 3s were not setup by good offense. They came off a stalled Indiana offensive possession with the shot clock under 5 seconds and Ferrell was forced to shot a contested 3 or else it would be a turnover. This is very good defense and exactly what you want the offense to do. It was just one of those days where anything he put up happened to go in.
The only other 3 from him I can remember (I'm sure there were others), was after an offensive rebound and the D was scrambling. That would happen against any type of D formation though.
As far as giving up offensive rebounds, that is the major knock of zone defenses. It is a scramble to find a man to box out.
I thought it was a panic move to go to the 1-3-1 just because Indiana was scoring. Michigan had very good defensive possessions in the man-to-man that didn't work out because sometimes that just the way the ball bounces. If someone did a UFR of the defensive possessions, I believe the man-to-man vs 1-3-1 would grade out much, much better.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that Morgan was a||
I agree that Morgan was a much better defensive match-up on Vonleh, but we were not able to generate anything on offense while Indiana wasn't really looking too much for Vonleh on the inside. Sometimes you just need to test it out for a couple possessions to get momentum back.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||He lit us up when he was||
He lit us up when he was forced to take a 3 with under 2 seconds left on the shot clock because that was their only offensive option without getting a shot clock violation. Maybe it was just my eyes, but I would be billing to bet the PPP of 1-3-1 vs Man-to-man was higher if you discount the forced 3s (which is good defense IMO) at the end of the shot clock.
The only turnover I can remember the 1-3-1 forcing was 1 shot clock violation. This also happened in man-to-man but it was harder to throw up a deperation 3 against the 1-3-1. But this opened up a lot of driving lanes and instead led to a lot more drives and fouls against Michigan. Just look at the number of fouls and FT attempts for Indiana in the first vs second half.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||I love Beilein, but this game||
I love Beilein, but this game is on him. He didn't make the right offensive adjustments and his defensive adjustments were wrong.
On offense, he should have noticed right away that Sheehey was guarding out 5 while Vonley was on Robinson. He should have put Horford in for Morgan (who did have a solid game minus the FTs), because Horford has a much better post game than Morgan. This would have caused either a switch of defensive philosophy by Crean or someone from the top helping out by scrapping down low. If he choose the later option, it would have opened up the 3 ball amd lanes to penetrate with ball movement.
Even without that, the offense started struggling with limited movement as Ferrell sticking on Stauskas. The answer for this is not more iso, which let the offense get very stagnant, but instead even more movement. Then set up the overplay with backdoor cuts to the basket.
Also I was unhappy with Beilein's defensive choose of going to the 1-3-1. Man-to-man was working great, Indiana had a lot of very crappy positions that Ferrell bailed them out on with 3s at the buzzer. Just because they were going in, doesn't mean it was a good offensive possession for Indiana. Instead, the 1-3-1 allowed Indiana to have better ball movement and be able to get into the paint, which they were not able to in man. The defensive was good this game until he changed it. A made shot =/= bad defense.
In the end though, it was just one game and Michigan will move on with hopefully lessons learned after a film session. The Big Ten title still goes through Crisler. Hopefully Robinson decides to wake-up.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||This is just one guys||
This is just one guys opinion, not an official poll/ranking.
"The CBSSports.com Top 25 (And One) college basketball rankings are produced by college basketball insider Gary Parrish. These rankings are updated daily throughout the season."
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Fox Sports 1||
If you have U-Verse, it is 1652
|45 weeks 5 days ago||29-13||
Never assume the XP will be made
|45 weeks 5 days ago||No wonder why Indiana and MSU||
No wonder why Indiana and MSU is a "protected rivarly", they both like to shoot themselves in the foot.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||You can legally chop block if||
You can legally chop block if the guy is not engage with anyone else. In that play the LB was already being blocked by the center, so it was the right call.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||U-C-F Knights! Down with the||
U-C-F Knights! Down with the SEC! They took the first drive right down the cock's throats for a 7-0 lead. Storm Johnson (transfer from Miami (YTM)) is the real deal at running back for them.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||"Play Like a Chicken||
"Play Like a Chicken Today"
Is the best sign. Classic.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I know most of you around||
I know most of you around here hate the NBA, but the first half has been quality basketball by both teams. This is going to be a great series. Go Heat!
|1 year 12 weeks ago||That was fast!||
That was fast!
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I have no clue what the||
I have no clue what the "violation" was and I am still trying to figure it out, but I do not believe it is as simple as this.
After the play, Gonzaga tried to make a subsitution afterwards, but the refs disallowed it because no time went off the clock as it was a dead ball violation. If it was as simple as the ball was inbounds to Stockton and he went out of bounds, at least .1 of a second should have been taken off the clock (he clearly had both feet inbounds when he caught the ball) and Gonzaga would have been able to substitute.
Does anyone know the exact ruling? I would love to know.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Holy Blizzard Soccer.||
If snow keeps on falling like this, it will be very interesting watching them play in 5+ inches of snow n the second half.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Don't forget about the Big||
Don't forget about the Big Strong Longsnapper!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||If you are still trying to||
If you are still trying to feel better, turn on ESPN. Virginia is up 64 - 53 on Duke with 2:48 left and Virginia ball.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Glad I can help out,||
ain't it delicious?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Crys'tal Pa'lache is only for||
Crys'tal Pa'lache is only for the classiest.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Pour yourself another glass....||
or two, or three. And if that doesn't work, what is wrong with a fourth or fifth?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||This had to be the first||
This had to be the first comment...
|1 year 26 weeks ago||BEAT PENN STATE!||
One game at a time boys.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||What a Block.||
Not even the Moon was safe against that.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||FYI, the Heat announcers just||
FYI, the Heat announcers just asked TH Sr. why he was missing the game. He responded that he is leaving at halftime to make sure he watches the game in entirely and be in the moment.
They then said that TH Jr was a Junior and what about next year? TH Sr. response was that "you can't teach height". TH Jr has the length to shoot over people that TH Sr. never had. TH Sr. "chest can barely fit in Miami", because he is that proud of his son. How he helps put his team in a position to win every game and hopefully lead a Final Four run. But afterwards, it is ultimately TH Jr's decision to make and TH Sr. supports his son either way. Unfortunately, overall, my impression of his comments was that TH Jr. is leaning more to heading to the draft next year than staying, but it is still very much undecided.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Random, but Tim Hardaway Sr.||
will not be at the game. Just saw him with the Heat telecast during the Miami game. I can't think of the last big game that TH Sr. wasn't watching him son play live.
Go Blue! Beat State!
|1 year 28 weeks ago||It is best for UM if OSU and||
It is best for UM if OSU and IU split their series and each pick up a loss. The best chance of that happening is for OSU and IU to both win at home. I highly doubt OSU can win at Assembly Hall.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||You do realize that 5th place||
You do realize that 5th place is only a single game behind 1st place? Right? And Michigan will play both current 1st place teams at least once at home before the end of the season?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I am going to say Yes,||
I am going to say Yes, but that is just because I don't think it can be any worse. B1G officiating does not mesh with Michigans current style.