Hoops Preview 2017-18: Bigs

Hoops Preview 2017-18: Bigs

Submitted by Alex Cook on November 16th, 2017 at 2:50 PM

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Photos/graphic: Marc-Grégor Campredon

Previously: Point Guards, Wings, Big Ten (Part 1, Part 2)

While the college basketball season is underway in earnest for some programs – Duke and Michigan State have already met up for a #1 vs. #2 matchup – Michigan is easing into its schedule before its trip to Maui next week. We’ll get the previews done before then. Maybe. Probably. We’ll see.

Anyways, the Wolverines will be playing their third game tonight against Southern Miss. Michigan’s 2-0, but the first two wins over North Florida and Central Michigan were not encouraging, as each team had a narrow lead with about 12 minutes left in the game before Michigan pulled away down the stretch. Those games were similar in other areas as well: UNF and CMU each ran effective zone defenses, they combined for 19 made threes on 49% shooting from deep, and Michigan forced plenty of turnovers. The 20-point margin in the win over North Florida (a team that had lost in East Lansing the night before) was comfortable; the 7-point margin in the win over Central was not.

Former Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler has had a rough go of things as the head coach in Hattiesburg, as Southern Miss has won single-digit games and lost 20 or more in the three seasons he’s been in charge – and those three teams finished outside the Top 300 nationally according to Kenpom. It’s unlikely that they’ll mount an upset bid, so we’ll (hopefully) be in self-scouting mode as we watch the game.

Since BTN is only streaming it online (and at a cost), I’m guessing there won’t be very many viewers. If you’re interested:

WHAT: Michigan vs. Southern Miss
WHERE: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
WHEN: Thursday, 7:00 pm EST
TV: BTN Plus ($, online stream only)

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There are quality big men throughout the Big Ten: Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ is an All-American candidate, Michigan State’s extremely deep in the frontcourt, Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch and Penn State’s Mike Watkins are excellent rim protectors, Northwestern’s Dererk Pardon is legit, Iowa has promising young centers… you get the point. Fortunately, Michigan’s set at the position and may have the best big man of the bunch.

Had Moritz Wagner followed DJ Wilson into the NBA, the center spot may have been a huge weakness, but he stayed in Ann Arbor – so Jon Teske and Austin Davis will have a chance to grow as backups. Wagner burst onto the scene a year ago and still seems to have untapped potential; Michigan’s ceiling could hinge on whether he takes another leap this season.

[Hit THE JUMP for individual player previews.]

Hoops Preview 2017-18: Wings

Hoops Preview 2017-18: Wings

Submitted by Ace on November 10th, 2017 at 9:57 AM


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Previously: Point Guards

The second part of the three-part position previews comes one day before Michigan opens the season, which means I'm way behind. While the season preview will continue into next week, I should probably post the first game info, right?

Oh, dammit, they scheduled it while the football game is almost certainly going to be in the fourth quarter, and you'll have to pay for a stream if you're not there.

WHAT: Michigan vs. North Florida
WHERE: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
WHEN: Saturday, 7:30 pm EST
TV: BTN Plus ($, online stream only)

Uh, don't expect an instant recap, but I'll get some notes posted on this game once I get a chance to actually watch it.

Anyway, the wings. Michigan loses two starters, DJ Wilson and Zak Irvin. Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews, a similarly sized player with a similarly broad set of skills, is the clear replacement for Irvin. As for Wilson, well, can we interest you in some three-point shooting? Ask about the rest later.

[Hit THE JUMP for individual player previews.]

Big Ten Basketball Storylines to Watch, Part 2

Big Ten Basketball Storylines to Watch, Part 2

Submitted by Alex Cook on November 9th, 2017 at 4:18 PM

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Marc-Grégor Campredon

ICYMI, Part 1 (MSU, MINN, NW, PUR, IND, ILL, OSU)

College basketball is almost here, so I’ll be taking a look around the Big Ten to size up Michigan’s competition.

Wisconsin and Michigan: reload or rebuild?

Kenpom’s preseason projections have the two teams at right about the same spot (#31 for Wisconsin, #32 for Michigan), and the similarities between the two programs are rather striking. In the last installment, I wrote this:

Last season, three Big Ten teams made it to the Sweet 16. Those three were the only teams in the Big Ten ranked in the Top 25 in Kenpom’s or Sagarin’s final rankings –  and the three finished in the Top 25 in both. They were Purdue (the Big Ten regular season champs by two games), Michigan (the four wins in four days Big Ten Tournament champs), and Wisconsin (who knocked off the NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed). For what was somewhat of a down year in the conference, a trio of teams coalesced into a top tier by the end of the season.

Purdue retains almost their entire core (with one notable exception) from last season, while Michigan and Wisconsin do not.

The similarities between the two programs are striking. Nobody else in the Big Ten lost more from their senior class than Wisconsin: Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig were three-year starters who were rotation pieces as part of two Final Four squads – adding in Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter, the Badgers had four starters in their final year of eligibility last season. Together, they played over half of Wisconsin’s minutes. Michigan only lost two seniors, but Derrick Walton – who blossomed into a star late in his career – and Zak Irvin were cornerstones of the program; they led Michigan in minutes, points, assists, and shot attempts. DJ Wilson wasn’t a senior, but his absence will be acutely felt as well: two-way big men with an NBA frame and NBA skill-set are rare commodities in college hoops.

Wisconsin and Michigan also have the same prospective strength entering this season –their centers. Ethan Happ has been a fixture in the Badger lineup for two years, and he should be one of the best players in the country. His statistical profile is a marvel, as he scores and rebounds like a traditional big man (he doesn’t shoot from further than ten feet away from the hoop, gets fouled a lot and bricks a lot of free throws, and was in the top ten of both offensive and defensive rebounding rate in Big Ten play last season), but he’s a rare defensive talent (he’s a great shot-blocker and led the Big Ten in steal rate at 6’10) and led Wisconsin in assist rate by distributing from the post.

Michigan’s Moritz Wagner is also intriguing, as he burst onto the scene a year ago as a sophomore, flirted with an early entry into the NBA Draft, and returns as a popular preseason First-Team All-Big Ten selection. Wagner is less proven than Happ (and his defense is far worse), but his offensive versatility is quite impressive. Moe shot 66% from inside the arc, 40% from outside, and 73% from the free throw line; he’s a nearly unguardable weapon in Michigan’s ball-screen offense; he can beat smaller or comparably-sized defenders off the dribble with an arsenal of moves. Wagner’s presence unlocks plenty of five-out lineups for the Wolverines because of his shooting ability as well.

The Big Ten is stacked at the five this season, with Happ, Wagner, Michigan State’s Nick Ward, Purdue’s Isaac Haas, and solid starters at Minnesota, Northwestern, and Penn State. Happ and Wagner are probably the best of the bunch, and they’ll be integral in Wisconsin and Michigan’s efforts to maintain their success from last season.

[More on Wisconsin, Michigan, and the rest of the league after the JUMP]

Hoops Preview 2017-18: Point Guards

Hoops Preview 2017-18: Point Guards

Submitted by Ace on November 8th, 2017 at 4:05 PM


[Photos/graphic: Marc-Gregor Campredon]

The team preview posts begin with Michigan's biggest hole to fill. Derrick Walton was nothing short of spectacular in his final season running the point for John Beilein.

Ever since Michigan picked up Ohio grad transfer Jaaron Simmons this spring, the expectation has been that he'd step into the starting spot. At least for the moment, however, this is an open competition with sophomore Zavier Simpson and freshman Eli Brooks. John Beilein at last week's media day:

“It’s all three. We have a scrimmage coming up Sunday. I have no idea who I’m gonna start, it could be any one of those three. That is the honest truth. I would expect that to be revolving a little bit and hopefully somebody wins it down the line. We might have a quarterback controversy.”

So far Beilein has gone with experience within his system; Simpson started last week's exhibition. While it looks like a two-man race between him and Simmons, expect to see all three point guards on the floor as Beilein does his usual early-season tinkering with lineup combinations.

"None of those guards came in and said ‘okay, I’m the guy.’ Maybe it’s because they’re playing so hard against each other, really. There is a war going on out there every day and it’s really good."

Beilein is certainly hoping someone steps to the forefront. As Michigan fans well know, his best teams in Ann Arbor have all featured excellent point guard play.

[Hit THE JUMP for individual player previews.]

This Week's Obsession: Hoopsters Of Intrigue

This Week's Obsession: Hoopsters Of Intrigue

Submitted by Ace on October 25th, 2017 at 11:57 AM

THIS ARTICLE HAS A SPONSOR: If you haven’t yet talked to Nick Hopwood, our MGoFinancial Planner from Peak Wealth Management, hopefully his appearance on last week's live podcast convinced you that he's the right guy to help you plan your financial future. As we learned last week, he saw well before many that Joe Paterno had become a useless figurehead; that same perceptiveness can be utilized to bolster your bank account.

Our deal is Nick is the guy I go to for financial strategies, and he gets to ask us Michigan questions on your behalf. Anytime it’s a Nick question, we’ll let you know. Anytime you’ve got a financial question, let Nick know.

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Jaaron Simmons is expected to take over Derrick Walton's role. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Nick's Question: Basketball media day is today, which gives us an excuse to talk about something besides football. Let's do that.

Which Basketball Player Are You Most Interested To See As The Season Starts?

Ace: You might expect me to say Charles Matthews, and the Kentucky transfer’s development since his freshman year is certainly of paramount importance to the success of this team. That said, I’m going with Ohio grad transfer Jaaron Simmons, who’ll be tasked with replacing the majority of Derrick Walton’s possessions as the team’s lead guard.

The key to last year’s offense was the high screen tandem of Walton and Moe Wagner, who found a way to beat opponents no matter how they tried to defend it. According to Synergy, Walton graded out in the 86th percentile as a pick-and-roll ball handler in 149 possessions; the only returning Wolverine to use 50 such possessions last season was Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who graded out in the 31st percentile. Zavier Simpson showed good passing ability on limited possessions but his lack of an outside shooting threat is going to seriously limit him — opponents are going to sag off and dare him to shoot until he proves he can make them pay.

Given an enormous workload on a team with limited talent, Simmons played with surprising efficiency last year, reaching the 65th percentile as a P&R ball handler in 228 possessions, the 18th-most in the country. (Others in the top 25: Jawun Evans, Melo Trimble, Tai Webster, Bryan McIntosh, Corey Webster, Nate Mason.) He ranked in the 70th percentile in offense derived from pick-and-roll situations even though he played with substandard (47th percentile) roll men; Wagner graded out in the 90th percentile.

Simmons is very capable as both a scorer and passer, and Michigan’s surrounding talent should allow him to play with greater efficiency than he did as a heavy-usage player on a mid-major squad. (Ohio’s #2 option last year was MSU castoff Kenny Kaminski.) While Matthews is the key to Michigan’s defensive success, Simmons is the newcomer who’s best equipped to keep Beilein’s offense scoring up to its lofty standard.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the roundtable.]

MGoPodcast 9.5: Mentholated Kids These Days

MGoPodcast 9.5: Mentholated Kids These Days

Submitted by Seth on October 2nd, 2017 at 7:09 PM

Our annual bye week hoops & hockey preview episode!

1 hours, 52 minutes

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[Marc-Gregor Campredon]

We recorded this podcast once again at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown. Please don't actually count the conference rooms because they probably only have six: one for each member of the Big Ten East.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: Peak Wealth Management, Homesure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,, Human Element, DEO Bookkeeping, and Lantana Hummus

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1. Hoops Preview: The Team

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Unfair comparisons for Moe Wagner—this year they’ve got the guys to feature Moe’s stretch game. They might’ve picked the wrong backup center to rip the redshirt off: Teske should be a ready rim protector, Austin Davis (PN: “Ol’ Pterodactyl Hands”) should be unevidentially good. PF is Duncan Robinson’s limitations vs. Duncan Robinson’s lethality, plus Livers’ upside. Charles Matthews has five-star defensive athleticism but can Beilein teach him to shoot? SG: MAAR=RAHK=what he is. Ibi can jump, Poole is a shooter. PG: Goodbye impact rebounding. Simmons is the man to run the pick and roll, certainly knows how to create his own shot since he was most of Ohio’s offense. Zavier ain’t a bad defender, has to fix that shot this year. Eli Brooks was a Nova battle after an extremely productive HS career; could make things interesting.

2. Hoops Preview: The Big Ten, and Feelingsball

starts at 36:09

Michigan State somehow got Bridges to stick around not getting paid to play basketball when going to the NBA he would be getting paid to play basketball, which he’s not getting paid to play basketball at Michigan State. No clear #2 in the league: Purdue lost Swanigan, Maryland lost Trimble is gone but Justin Jackson is back and Melo might have held them back. Wisconsin lost everybody. Northwestern is getting hype because they bring back their core. Will Ohio State be worse than Rutgers?

Feelingsball: Michigan is gonna shruggie , hopefully a good enough defensive team to be a 5-8 seed. Don’t put baby Wagner in the corner. Can Charles Matthews shoot?

C-ya Pitino!

3. Ace’s Hockey Podcast

starts at 49:33

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[JD Scott]

Special guest/friend of the blog Anthony Ciatti sits in to preview Mel’s first year, which we think will be like a Mason at MSU year plus a good powerplay. By lines:

  • Forwards:  Slaker-Norris-Lockwood: Lucky to have Slaker to pair with the talent. Dancs-Marody-Calderone: Caldy can snipe. Warren-Winborg-Rabbe: Warren has to drive it, Winborg has puck skills but not skating, Rabbe is the reverse. Sanchez-Becker-Roos, and Porikos-Nick Pastujov: Disappointing the Pastujovs aren’t higher. Mel’s gonna let the bottom nine shake out into something.
  • Blueline: Luke Martin-Hughes: That’s what a 5’9” NHL defenseman looks like. Luke’s a steady defensive blueliner and that’s what you want paired with Hughes. Roos-Cecconi: May see Piazza displace Roos. Cutler Martin-Boka: A really good third pairing. Strength of the team is they can go six deep with D.
  • Goalie: Lafontaine and Lavigne: Both good, Lafontaine has good mobility. Lavigne is steady.

One game vs a fuggy bad team takes: more structured, deliberate, not trying to do as many long passes. A year behind Wisconsin, in a much tougher conference than Wisconsin had.

4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

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Illinois once again has young players and an atrocious team. Not much to say about Nebraska for beating them, or Ohio State for beating up on Rutgers. IU dug itself a 28-0 hole to Penn State, treaded water the rest of the game. Wisconsin has unlimited linebackers. Maryland making it work with Bortenschlager (I’m not spell-checking that), PJ Fleck doesn’t have great QBs either. Whoever’s checking Felton Davis this week probably should do a better job than Ojemudia’s little brother (or Brady Quinn’s heroic attempts to pronounce Ojemudia). Penn State’s defense worries us.

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MUSIC:

  • “The W.A.N.D.”—The Flaming Lips
  • “Loran’s Dance”—Idris Muhammad
  • “Good to Be Back Home”—Charles Bradley
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Basketbullets: 2017-18 Schedule Unveiled

Basketbullets: 2017-18 Schedule Unveiled

Submitted by Ace on August 18th, 2017 at 12:04 PM


We'll see this matchup once in the regular season. Thanks, Delany. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

The Big Ten finalized its basketball schedule on Monday, so we now know Michigan's entire hoops slate for the 2017-18 season. The most notable changes from previous years stem from Jim Delany's brilliant decision to host the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden one week earlier than usual, condensing the Big Ten schedule and leaving an awkward off-week before the NCAA Tournament as a result. Here's the full schedule with true home games in bold:

DAY DATE OPPONENT LOCATION
Friday Nov. 3 Grand Valley St. (Exh.) Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Saturday Nov. 11 North Florida Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Monday Nov. 13 Central Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Thursday Nov. 16 Southern Miss Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Monday Nov. 20 vs. LSU Lahaina, Hawai'i (Lahaina Civic Center)
Tuesday Nov. 21 vs. Notre Dame or Chaminade Lahaina, Hawai'i (Lahaina Civic Center)
Wednesday Nov. 22 vs. TBD Lahaina, Hawai'i (Lahaina Civic Center)
Sunday Nov. 26 UC Riverside Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Wednesday Nov. 29 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. (Dean Smith Center)
Saturday Dec. 2 vs. Indiana Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Monday Dec. 4 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio
Saturday Dec. 9 UCLA Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Tuesday Dec. 12 at Texas Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Saturday Dec. 16 vs. University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Mich. (Little Caesars Arena)
Thursday Dec. 21 Alabama A&M Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Saturday Dec. 30 Jacksonville Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Tuesday Jan. 2 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Saturday Jan. 6 Illinois Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Tuesday Jan. 9 Purdue Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Saturday Jan. 13 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Monday Jan. 15 Maryland Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Thursday Jan. 18 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Sunday Jan. 21 Rutgers Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Thursday Jan. 25 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Monday Jan. 29 Northwestern Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Saturday Feb. 3 Minnesota Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Tuesday Feb. 6 at Northwestern Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Sunday Feb. 11 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Wednesday Feb. 14 Iowa Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Sunday Feb. 18 Ohio State Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Wednesday Feb. 21 at Penn State State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Saturday Feb. 24 at Maryland College Park, Md. (Xfinity Arena)

You'll note another scheduling tic because of the condensed schedule: Michigan plays Indiana and Ohio State in early December before finishing out their nonconference slate, then resumes conference play after the new year. Some more thoughts on the schedule after the jump.

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Hoops Mailbag: Next Year

Hoops Mailbag: Next Year

Submitted by Ace on March 28th, 2017 at 9:59 AM


It's their team now. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

I'm not ready yet. A memorable season and the collegiate careers of Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin are over; the postmortem will come when I've had a little more time to collect my scattered thoughts. In the interim, a six-part mailbag question about next season has sat in my mailbox for the last few weeks, and while I'm not quite prepared to look back, I'm ready to look ahead.

I'll get this caveat out of the way now: Moe Wagner and DJ Wilson haven't made decisions about their potential NBA futures. This post makes the not-entirely-safe assumption both will be back. DraftExpress' latest 2017 mock doesn't feature either player; in fact, only Wilson makes their 2018 projection. In Chad Ford's latest update, Wagner is a "stock down" after Oregon while Wilson held steady as a late first/early second projection who "most [scouts] think needs another year of school." There's a decent chance both stay. If not, there will be plenty in this space on the ramifications for 2017-18.

Now that we've addressed the elephant, here are one reader's most pressing questions heading into next season and my attempts to answer them.


Can X make the leap? [Bryan Fuller]

Will we have the necessary performance from a Lead Guard to succeed?
We can gush all we want about the big guys and the allure of Charles Mathews, but Michigan's offense has only reached its potential when there was a lead guard at the controls -- Burke, Stauskas, Morris (to a lesser extent), and the 2017 version of Walton.  Can Michigan reach that potential with Simpson/MAAR having the ball in their hands most of the time?

Xavier Simpson came along at the perfect time. He got a year to learn from Derrick Walton, get his feet wet, and process the intricacies of John Beilein's offense. As a drive-first, shoot-second player, he'll step into the ideal lineup to fit his skill set. Simpson's iffy outside shot would normally put a ceiling on the offense; the Darius Morris squads topped out at 38th in offensive efficiency on KenPom. Those teams couldn't play five-out, however. With Wagner and Wilson, this team can and will.

That should leave ample room for Simpson to operate off the dribble. While we only saw flashes of his scoring ability as a freshman, it's worth remembering he was capable of scoring 65 points in a high school playoff game. As he got more comfortable within Beilein's offense, he began to display his playmaking ability, especially off the high screen. He showed no fear of the nation's leading shot-blocker in the BTT semifinal:

In the conference title game, he displayed a Morris-like ability to both see and make a pass from a difficult angle:

Simpson isn't going to be a dead-eye shooter like Walton; hopefully he can use the leadup to next season to refine his outside shot enough where he's at least not treated like Tum Tum Nairn. Regardless, I expect he'll be a relatively efficient offensive player because of his quickness, court vision, and the surrounding talent; he won't need to be the number one or possibly even nos. 2-4 scoring option. As long as he keeps his fouling under control he should be an upgrade over Walton as an on-ball defender.

I'm not entirely sold on Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman as a primary ballhander; he still seems to decide before he drives whether he's going to shoot or pass. He'll take on more late-clock possessions because of his ability to create decent looks for himself outside of the offense. Unless he has a major breakthrough as a pick-and-roll ballhandler, which isn't entirely out of the question, he'll still be better-suited as an off-guard. As I'll discuss later in this mailbag, however, I believe Eli Brooks is going to have a role on this team.

[Hit THE JUMP for Ultimate X Factor and much more.]

MGoPodcast 8.20: Self Efficacy

MGoPodcast 8.20: Self Efficacy

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[Bryan Fuller]

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

This podcast is presented by the Bo Store, UGP & Moe's. Rishi and Ryan have been here since the beginning—shopping with them supports us and supports good dudes.

It was recorded at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, and while waiting for his segment @ACiatti was super-pleased about the free fast internet connection.

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1. Post Mortem, Tourney Thoughts

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Jack Stack broke Ace’s will to be wakeful. Oregon’s plan was to leave Michigan’s shooters so wide open from three we’d get confused and miss: congratulations you found our weakness. Also turnovers went the other way from normal, and we vastly underestimated Jordan Bell. Are we happy or sad about Oregon depantsing Kansas?

2. Basketball Beyond

starts at 20:02

A run through the roster for 2017-’18 by position, and we do it from 1 to 5 even though it makes way more sense for next year’s team to reverse that. X as Darius Morris, Brooks comes Nova-approved, RAHK all night long, Mathews is a wild card, Robinson is what he is, Ibi is probably another year away, DJ has a DJ-like understudy coming in, and if Moe is Louisville Moe all year he’ll drive us back to the 16. Also: theories on bigs development, and developments in the B1G.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: The Best Player in the NFL (That you can draft out of Michigan next month?)

starts at 53:00

Michigan’s entire starting defense isn’t eligible for the NFL Draft because McCray is still around. But that still leaves plenty of players to choose from, plus Jake Butt, in deciding who will be the best five pros out of—deep breath here—Glasgow, Godin, Wormley, Taco, Gedeon, D.Hill, D.Thomas, Peppers, Stribling, Jourdan, Kalis, Braden, Mags, Butt, Darboh, Chesson, and Deveon Smith. Did I forget anyone?

4. Ace’s Aceless Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:08:10

We welcome special guests Anthony Ciatti (@Ciatti) and our hockey beatwriter/otherjobdoer David Nasternak (@NastyIsland) to discuss how this was, by Corsi, the worst Michigan hockey team ever and ungh it was so unbelievably bad yuck blech argh. Oh right and options to replace Red, which don’t include any Red Wings but do include the two best hockey coaches in the country, AND Mel.

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MUSIC:

  • “Koroleva Ne Pomerla”—The Ukrainians
    (cover of “The Queen is Dead” by The Smiths)
  • “Oxford Comma”—Vampire Weekend
  • “Forever for Her is Over for Me”—White Stripes
  • “Across 110th Street”

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