Who is Derrick Walton Jr.?

Who is Derrick Walton Jr.?

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on November 26th, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Maybe I shouldn't ask this coming off a loss, but I just love this kid's game, and I have to ask: Who is Derrick Walton Jr.? Have we ever had a point guard or a player like this?

He'll miss a shot or make a turnover, but he never seems to make a mistake. I feel supremely confident with the ball in his hands in transition, and I don't think I've ever felt this confident in a player before. He's unflappable. So my question is: Who is he? Have we had this player before?

I'm older than all of you put together, so my frame of reference goes all the way back to Henry Wilmore, whom I saw play as a kid (he was my dad's all-time favorite player). But I'm thinking back to Rickey Green, Eric Turner, Gary Grant, Rumeal Robinson ... we've had great ones, but I don't know that we've had this player before.

So, who is Derrick Walton Jr.?

Pep Band at Barclays?

Pep Band at Barclays?

Submitted by blueinbelfast on November 26th, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Was at the game last night.  Tough loss, but a good showing against a good team, and a lot of reason to feel good about improvement over the course of the year.

Does anyone know if that was our pep band there?  They looked super young (of course, that could be because I keep getting older).  They also helped with a t-shirt  promo that Barclay's ran during the game.  And maybe it was just my ears, but their Victors did not sound like it was played by a band who has played it 25,000 times.

CBB All-Time Teams Match Up (Minus Trey?!)

CBB All-Time Teams Match Up (Minus Trey?!)

Submitted by michmaiku on November 26th, 2014 at 2:41 PM

EDIT: idiot first-time topic poster forgot link:



Michigan starting five of: Rice, Tomjanovich, Webber, Rose and ... Crawford (!?).

Question 1: would you put Trey in for Crawford and move Jalen to shooting guard?

Question 2: Should Cazzie Russell displace either Trey or Jalen?

Question 3: which all-time team match-up (U-M or no U-M) would you relish most?

Also, '89 Michigan took out two of the Illinois starting five (Anderson and Gill).  Sometimes forget how loaded that Illini team was.


Beilein rants about ESPN start time

Beilein rants about ESPN start time

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on November 26th, 2014 at 1:06 AM

I love this guy. We all do. Who doesn't? How can you not?


John Beilein just ranted about ESPN airing the game even later than 10 p.m. Spike Albrecht has a nine a.m. class tomorrow.

— Daniel Feldman (@danfeldman31) November 26, 2014

@BFQuinn: Beilein blasting ESPN for tonight's tip time being moved 10 minutes.” Haha Classic Beilein. Gotta love him!!

— Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) November 26, 2014

Beilein's remarks on ESPN delayed start time weren't a response to a question; he just went freestyle.

— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) November 26, 2014

MBB vs. Oregon Full Game

MBB vs. Oregon Full Game

Submitted by goblue16 on November 26th, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Great game by our Wolverines the team could have lost by 20 but they regrouped and played down to the wire. Tough loss and BS no call on Irvin. Freshman will learn from their mistakes. Lose early win late. For those who missed the Oregon game enjoy and no matter what GO BLUE!!!!


BB: Quick Look at Nova

BB: Quick Look at Nova

Submitted by alum96 on November 25th, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I am sure Ace will have something more comprehensive later today but a quick fly by of tonght's basketball opponent.

First 4 games:

  • W v Lehigh 77-66
  • W v Maryland Eastern Shore 81-44
  • W v Bucknell (YTB) 72-65
  • W v VCU 77-53

Obviously transitive property is not to be trusted but the Bucknell game was 65-65 with 2 minutes to go so that box score is probably the best to show how they will play a close game.  They gave up 32 to Chris Hass.

Nova (not Gary) has a 3 guard lineup which is a positive for a team like Michigan which is suffering some growing pains up front and has continued its issues of defensive rebounding from parts of 2013.   Oregon is not very tall but as Brian noted they have a lot of "springy" 6'6 types who crashed the boards and overwhelmed UM.  Which is what UK did last spring, except with 6'10 guys.  I expect defensive rebounding to be an issue all year and cause many hairs to be pulled out of head.

Nova has a 9 man rotation but even against VCU players 8 and 9 were relatively limited so we'll focus on the top 7.  That is 4 guards and 3 forwards/centers.  Nova is very well balanced with any of 6 guys averaging between 8.5 and 12.5 pts per game, so on any given night any can go off for 15+.  We have a "Big 3" - they have a "Medium 6".  They jack up tons of 3 pointers from the guards/wings, along with 1 of their forwards (22 a game from those 5 players alone).   They also have excellent steal data.

Big men:

Relative to UM this is an experienced group of big men.  But at this point anyone who can roll out more than 2 freshman is an experienced group of big men vs UM.  

  • Jenkins is currently the 3rd leading scorer at 10.5 ppg but rebounds poorly for his size (1.3 rpg)  For a human tree trunk he takes a lot of 3s, 5 per game.  46% shooter, 33% behind the arc.   Reminds me of a poor man's version of that bulky PF from TN last year that GR3 was tasked to stop.  Will be interesting to see who Beilein asks to defend this type of player.  Maybe Irvin will be forced to do it.
  • Pinkston averages 10.3 ppg with all of it inside the arc, a traditional power forward type. 45% shooter and average 6 rebounds per game (2nd on team) so most likely will have 10ish tonight.  Should be the type to get  lot of second chance points.  Not sure how Chatman will deal with a guy of this size and heft.
  • Ochefu averages 8.5 ppg on 68% shooting and is a guy you dread facing this year.  Not a super scorer but finding anyone on our roster to match up with him is a chore.  Maybe in February/March this is a guy Doyle has success checking but right now Donnal does not seem to be one with the physicality to deal with him so Max's (short) bulk and Doyle's bulk probably are the best options.  He rebounds 9.3 per game so yeah... not going to get a lot of rebounds when he is in the game.  It would behoove Caris Walton and Irvin to drive the lane and try to get him early fouls.



Lots of balance here and a good amount of experience- should be a very good test for our guards/wings.  I want to emphasize again the steal numbers - for comparison Caris steals the ball 1.5x a game.

  • Ennis is the leading scorer at 12.5 ppg but again any one of these guys can go off on a specific night.  Ennis is a 46% shooter and 40% behind the arc - very nice numbers for a guard.  Takes 5 treys a night, and rebounds 5 per game - an excellent board figure for a guard, especially a 6'2 one.
  • Hilliard is struggling with his shot in 2014 at only 34%.  He takes 5 threes a night just like Ennis but only is making 20%.  Don't be fooled though - last year he was a 49% shooter from the field and 41% behind the arc - elite numbers for a guard.  Hopefully he stays in a slump for 1 more game.  Creates 3 assists a game and looks like a defensive presence with 3 steals a game(!!).
  • Arcidiacono is averaging 9.8 as the third starting guard.  He also is in a slump shooting 28% (!) from the field and only 23% behind the arc - but that doesn't stop any of these guys as he also averages 5 three point attempts a game.  He was not a great shooter last year either - his game seems to be assists (5 a game) and defense (2 steals a game)
  • Hart averages 7.0 ppg and "only" takes 2 threes a game.  Still that is 17 three point attempts a night combined from their 4 guard/wings.  Efficient shooter at 58% from the field but only 25% behind the arc.  An excellent rebounder at 4.5 per game in just over 20 minutes a night and yet another guy who steals often at 2.5(!) per game.


Should be a fun an interesting game because we have yet to play a team with multiple real big men.  Will give us some insight on how we will have to battle the Wisconsin's and Illinois types. 

They also jack up a ton of 3 pointers (20+ a game) but thus far this year Hilliard and Arcidiacono have been mostly missing them.  Let's hope that continues.  They have 3 guards who are very defensively disruptive so ball handling will be important - Spike probably plays a ton to offset their ability to steal the ball. 

On paper they look pretty darn good but again - they were tied with Bucknell late so on any given night anything can happen.