Zach Lowe on Trey Burke's redemption season

Zach Lowe on Trey Burke's redemption season

Submitted by jimmyshi03 on April 5th, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Zach Lowe's annual "Luke Walton All-Stars" column highlights role players thriving in unexpected ways. One of the starsof the column is Trey Burke.

"The results have been beyond anything any reasonable person could have dreamed. Burke in New York has the statistical profile of a star. He's shooting well from everywhere: 39 percent from deep, Nowitzkian levels from midrange on colossal volume, and even 73 percent at the rim -- once a no-fly zone for an undersized guy with average athleticism."

 

Also, if you're a Pistons fan, stay tuned for depressing news about why they let Spencer Dinwiddie go. 

Brunson turned into a Potato

Brunson turned into a Potato

Submitted by Rdog on April 4th, 2018 at 9:43 AM

Simpson again crushed a top point guard- this time the NPOY- Brunson.  Here was Brunson's stat line 

26 minutes,   4-13 shooting, 1-5 3PT, 2 AT, 2 TO,  9PTS, 80 ORTG

If DiVincenzo hadn't been on fire or if we would have had an answer for him the game would have been much more winnable.

 

Villanova
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
E. PaschallF 27 2-5 1-3 1-2 1 7 8 0 0 1 2 4 6
O. SpellmanF 29 3-8 0-2 2-2 4 7 11 0 0 0 1 3 8
M. BridgesG 36 7-12 3-7 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 2 19
J. BrunsonG 28 4-13 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 4 9
P. BoothG 23 1-4 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 2
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
D. Cosby-RoundtreeF 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. DelaneyF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. SamuelsF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. GillespieG 16 0-0 0-0 4-4 0 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 4
D. DiVincenzoG 37 10-15 5-7 6-10 3 2 5 3 0 2 4 1 31
TEAM   27-57 10-27 15-20 12 26 38 7 5 3 12 18 79
    47.4% 37.0% 75.0%                

 

Men's hoops finishes #2 in final coaches poll

Men's hoops finishes #2 in final coaches poll

Submitted by Real Tackles Wear 77 on April 3rd, 2018 at 4:12 PM

No, the national runner up does not automatically get the #2 spot in the poll each year, so it's great to see us finish the season ranked so high. Another indicator of the respect Beilein commands from his peers. I don't think the AP poll comes out after the season, so we will end up #7 on that. Both will significantly help us in the Director's Cup as it weights several revenue sports more heavily.

AFAIK, we have only been ranked #1 for one week in Beilein's tenure (in 12-13). Congrats to the maize and blue on a great season!

Also of note:

UVA #5, Loyola #7, Purdue #9, MSU #11, OSU #21

http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/basketball-men/polls/coaches-poll/…

Emphasis on defense = tired legs?

Emphasis on defense = tired legs?

Submitted by Lordfoul on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:07 PM

I am so very proud of this team, but watching our Wolverines struggle to hit open shots was frustrating.  I have been shocked at how much our shooting regressed during the tournament. The first weekend seemed like it could have been nerves, but after seeing how beat our guys looked at times it made me wonder if much of the poor shooting could have been due to dead legs.

Sanderson has been highly praised for the conditioning the team achieves - and it seems like the ability to outlast their foes has been an advantage for Michigan in recent years (case in point - back to back B10 tournament championships) - but during the last two games our guys looked exhausted by 10 minutes in after fast starts.  

My theory is that putting so much more effort into sufficating defense is wearing Michigan out and affecting the offense - shooting in particular.  If this is the case then I wonder if a deeper rotation with more limited minutes across the board might not be an effective counter.  I seem to remember Shaka Smart relying on heavy bench minutes to keep his Havoc defense fresh.

Anyways, I am proud of and amazed by this team and what it accomplished.  Beilein uber alles and Go Blue!

Postgame Presser Question regarding Wagner

Postgame Presser Question regarding Wagner

Submitted by blueinuk on April 3rd, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Just curious to see if anyone else watched the postgame presser?  Around the 6:00 mark, Wagner seems to say under his breath 'how dare he ask me that question.'  

 

I can't figure out if it was the question about change in gameplan, the technical foul or something else.  Thoughts?

 

Obviously it's never easy to be positive after a loss, but Wagner seemed quite bitter about something specific.  

 

 

Edit: Oh man, now you are testing my OP skills.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diPqyKWsyOE

Evaluating the streaks/superstitions for this year's BB team

Evaluating the streaks/superstitions for this year's BB team

Submitted by crg on April 3rd, 2018 at 7:18 AM
So... The game last night wasn't too fun to watch after the first few minutes and all we can do now is go into post-mortem mode until the frozen four starts. As such, I was curious how the various streaks/curses/superstitions have held up. For example: Mo's mom being present for wins was broken. Duncan's 6-point effect: still good. Charles Barkley's pick jinx was broken in our game against Loyola, but it failed this time too. The CJ Baird effect: still perfect. Are there any others that I am forgetting (or am simply unaware of their existence)?

Next year's team/lineup

Next year's team/lineup

Submitted by Matte Kudasai on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:35 AM

 

I hate to be critical of any kid after such a great year but it's obvious to me that after tonight that next year's lineup should be the following:

1 - DeJulius/Z

2- Poole/DeJulius

3 - Matthews/Iggy B

4 - Livers/Johns

5- Johns/Castleton

It may not look like this in Nov/Dec but by January it should.

As much as Z improved, he's limited.  He can't shoot from the perimeter and he can't shoot free throws.  His defense was great at times, but he also looked real bad against some elite athletes.  This offense is eons better with a true scorer at the 1.

Teske had a couple of good games for us this year, but again, he's limited.  His lack of athleticism is too much to overcome for what he offers.  He should never be more than a backup at Michigan.

Johns might not be a natural 5, but hopefully he can play both the 4&5 in Beilein's system.

While I think Mo is gone, I don't think it would be crazy for him to return.  He needs to be alot more consistent before he does anything productive in the NBA.  Of course if he's being told he's in the lottery that changes everything.

 

 

Who had fun?!?! POSBANG

Who had fun?!?! POSBANG

Submitted by StrictlyShorts on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:18 AM
This was an awesome run, by an awesome team. And the more they won the more fun that we had. I had an absolute blast taking my kids to my brothers house and watching the games while they ran free and jumped around with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind when Michigan made shots and runs and stops on defense. Not winning tonight sucks. But they were better.. however, the joy of the last 2 months of memories of my family embracing this team was unforgettable in the best way. Go blue

Scouting the opposing team's bench

Scouting the opposing team's bench

Submitted by bo_lives on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:08 AM

I'd like to talk a bit of strategy here. I know most of us are inclined to chalk up this loss to Villanova just being dominant, Michigan going cold from 3, etc. but I think there are a few lessons Beilein should build on from here.

I need to first apologize for my dad, who declared in a group text that this DiVincenzo guy was Luke Hancock 2.0... at a time when Michigan was still winning and DiVincenzo had just made his first 3 and had a total of 5 points. This was deja vu in the worst way possible: guy comes off the bench to light it up from 3 and Michigan has no answer. Meanwhile, we hold the Naismith winner to 9 points on 13 shot equivalents with 2 turnovers. What?

Did Michigan's defensive strategy simply not account for DiVincenzo's ability? I really hate the notion that sometimes players just get hot and there's nothing you can do. Clearly, there was something Michigan was doing defensively that was allowing DiVincenzo to get too many clean looks. Mathews was on him most of the game and did an abysmal job anticipating picks, Michigan tried to switch and DiVincenzo was able to either a) step back for a 3 if the switching defender played off, or b) drive to the hoop if the swiching defender played tight.

All in all, I think this actually was a very winnable game if Michigan had scouted DiVincenzo properly and primed Mathews to guard much tighter and evade the pick. Can't let this type of bullshit ever happen again, as it's now cost us 2 national championships in 5 years. Also would be nice if we could get one of these absurd 6th man performances in a national championship some day.