FiveThirtyEight Article on 'small ball' Michigan Championship team shout out

FiveThirtyEight Article on 'small ball' Michigan Championship team shout out

Submitted by tsabesi on March 21st, 2016 at 4:43 PM

This FiveThirtyEight article compares the National Championship Game team from several years ago favorably to the Warriors and points to it as a emblmatic of a larger shift in the game of basketball.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-warriors-convinced-big-schools-…

Discuss.

Cassius Winston wins Michigan Mr. Basketball; Austin Davis second

Cassius Winston wins Michigan Mr. Basketball; Austin Davis second

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 21st, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Cassius Winston, the one-time Michigan recruit and current MSU pledge, took home the Michigan Mr. Basketball award today with 4,286 of the voting points. Austin Davis, the Michigan commit from Onsted, came in second with 2,829 point. Spenser Littleson, a Duquesne commit from Rochester Adams, came in third with 1,640 points. Corey Allen from the beautiful city of Ypsilanti came in third with 1,597 points, and Kamari Newman from East English Village came in fifth with 1,024 points. Allen will head to UD Mercy and Newman is heading to George Mason.

Seems like a bit of a down year for basketball talent in the state, although probably worth taking into consideration the fact that a lot of the best players these days are heading to out-of-state prep schools for their final year or two (Josh Jackson, Miles Bridges, Brian Bowen, etc).

OT: Historically lucky ACC 2nd-round seeding?

OT: Historically lucky ACC 2nd-round seeding?

Submitted by 1974 on March 20th, 2016 at 8:17 PM

I just noticed that the ACC has placed six teams in the Sweet Sixteen of this year's NCAA tourney. That's a remarkably high number and it prompted a look at the details, which I found very interesting.

*All six* teams faced the lowest possible seed in the second round:

Virginia (1) over Butler (9)
North Carolina (1) over Providence (9)
Miami (3) over Wichita State (11)
Duke (4) over Yale (12)
Notre Dame (6) over SFA (14)
Syracuse (10) over MTSU (15)
 
The first two aren't that remarkable, as there's not much difference between an 8 and a 9.
 
There are quite a few 6-11 and 5-12 upsets every year, so those aren't very odd, either, though Yale doesn't strike me as a typical "12."
 
Look at the last two, though. 14s rarely beat 3s, and 15s have beaten 2s fewer than ten times in history. (Thanks, Sparty.) Which conference benefitted in both cases? The ACC. (To the credit of Syracuse, they at least had to beat a higher-seeded team, #7 Dayton, to get to the second round.)
 
In other words, everything went the ACC's way in the first round. Also, I might have too much time on my hands.

NCAA Tournament - Evening Games Open Thread

NCAA Tournament - Evening Games Open Thread

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 20th, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Because thread creation is problematic right now, here's a new one because why not?

Anyway, in progress - 

Hawaii / Maryland - Hawaii is up 15-14 with 7:11 to go in the 1st half (TBS)

MTSU / Syracuse - Syracuse is up 50-41 with 11:03 to go in the 2nd half (TNT)

In a little bit - 

TruTV will have Texas A&M and Northern Iowa at approximately 8:02 PM EST

TNT will have Wisconsin  and Xavier at about 8:40 PM EST

TBS will have Oregon and St. Joseph's at about 9:40 PM EST

NCAA Tournament - Evening Games Open Thread

NCAA Tournament - Evening Games Open Thread

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 19th, 2016 at 8:48 PM

I thought I would create this - albeit a little late - to provide a place to talk about some of the games going on right now, swwing as I am one of the lucky few who seem to be able to create content at the moment. 

I've got Kansas-UConn up myself - Kevin Ollie would like to know what is going on, from the look of things. 

MBB Wish List for Next Year

MBB Wish List for Next Year

Submitted by AC1997 on March 19th, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Thought I would start a chain about what our wish list would be for the basketball team next year.  This year was a bigger roller coaster than I can remember for a long time.  I know everyone is concerned about recruiting and overall upside, but here is a start:

  • Wagner needs to put on 20 pounds of muscle and start to cut out some of those bonehead freshman mistakes that limited his minutes.  
  • Start to build the offense more around Rahk.  If anyone is going to play hero ball, it needs to be him, not Irvin.  I want Irvin to be the role player and spark he's best suited for, not the over-dribbling shot-chucker he is sometimes tempted to be.  
  • I'd like Xavier Simpson to come in right away and be good enough to deserve 20 minutes per game.  Walton can't play 36mpg next year and he needs to be able to play off the ball and return to that corner shooter role that he was so good at earlier in his career.  
  • I want to see the front-court start to sort itself out.  We will have a whopping SEVEN players that are exclusively front court players.  That's too many for a team that plays about 1.5 of them at any time.  Chances are that Teske and/or Davis will redshirt.  It is getting hard to justify two roster spots for PF like Wilson/Chatman that can't get off the bench.  I guess what I'm saying is that if any of these 7 players express an interest in transferring.....maybe you don't discourage them unless it is Wagner.
    • Then you figure out if Wilson or Chatman can improve enough to justify playing 10-15mpg against big teams.  
    • I think you also spend some time trying to figure out if Donnal/Wagner have any chance of playing the PF spot against big teams.  I doubt it, but worth considering.  
  • Robinson has a chance to be a real star if he broadens his game more.  He shot 45% despite slumping late in the year.  How does he generate more offense?  How do they get him open?  

Walton & Irvin are great role players, but not alpha dogs.  They hit their ceiling and actually regressed badly in the case of Irvin's shooting.  Someone needs to step up as the leader and personality of this team.  I see three candidates - Rahk, Robinson, or Wagner.  

Sports Illustrated ranks John Beilein 9th best offensive coach in NCAA

Sports Illustrated ranks John Beilein 9th best offensive coach in NCAA

Submitted by ST3 on March 18th, 2016 at 4:07 PM

http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2016/03/15/best-offense-coaches-mi…

Sports Illustrated has a story up at SI.com about NCAA coaches and which ones are best at building elite offenses. John Beilein is in 9th place overall and third in the Big 10 behind Matta and Crean. He didn't score well in recruiting instant impact players (no surprise) but he made up for that in player development.

SI’s study was limited to coaches who’ve spent at least the past four years in one of the nine biggest conferences (the ACC, American, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12 and SEC) or at one of the elite programs in the Missouri Valley or West Coast Conferences. It begins with data from 2006–07 and ends with the 2015–16 regular season, up until the beginning of conference tournaments. It focuses strictly on offense because it’s possible to analyze players on an individual level (not so with defense), and because great offense is critical in the NCAA tournament. Just one national champ in the past 10 years (UConn in 2014) has entered the dance ranked outside the top 20 in adjusted offensive efficiency.