Hoops Preview: Indiana

Hoops Preview: Indiana

Submitted by Ace on December 1st, 2017 at 2:00 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #44 Michigan (6-2) vs
#80 Indiana (4-3)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 12:30 pm ET, Saturday
LINE Michigan -8 (KenPom)
TV CBS
PBP: Carter Blackburn
Analyst: Bill Raftery

Right: TRADITION IS TRADITION [Bryan Fuller]

THE STAKES

You may have forgotten that Jim Delany, in his infinite wisdom, moved the Big Ten Tournament up a week so it could be played in New York City, the geographic center of the conference. This explains why Michigan is playing two conference games in early December, beginning with Saturday afternoon's tilt against Indiana.

Both teams are coming off losses to Carolina powers and could use a pick-me-up, especially one that counts towards the conference win tally.

THE LINEUP CARD

Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.

Pos. # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. %Min %Poss ORtg SIBMIHHAT
G 2 Josh Newkirk Sr. 6'1, 195 57 19 110 No
Good outside shooter, turnover issues.
G 1 Aljami Durham Fr. 6'4, 175 67 14 130 No
Low-usage spot-up shooter, promising defender.
G 4 Robert Johnson Sr. 6'3, 195 83 20 112 No
Athletic slasher and efficient catch-and-shoot player.
F 13 Juwan Morgan Jr. 6'7, 230 65 22 127 Yes
Excellent around hoop on both offense and defense.
C 20 De'ron Davis So. 6'10, 249 53 23 128 Very
Really tough to stop in post. Bad FT shooter and foul-prone defender.
G 11 Devonte Green So. 6'3, 186 60 22 92 No
Combo guard shooting well from outside, struggling with turnovers.
F 21 Freddie McSwain Sr. 6'6, 220 31 26 95 Very
Good post defender and shot-blocker, lacks offensive skill.
F 30 Collin Hartman Sr. 6'7, 220 8 18 187 Not At All
Sharpshooter just getting back from another knee injury.

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Unverified Voracity Is Getting The Harbaughs Back Together

Unverified Voracity Is Getting The Harbaughs Back Together

Submitted by Brian on June 22nd, 2017 at 12:22 PM

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Exit Jeff Meyer. Lavall Jordan's first act as Butler head coach was to snatch longtime Beilein assistant Jeff Meyer out from under Michigan's Walter White. The parting was amicable:

The list of guys Meyer recruited at Michigan is a long and impressive one; also he got bizarrely chewed out by Tom Crean that one time. He will be missed. Beilein's had a knack for finding new coaches of late, so the program probably won't take much of a hit. The most relevant bit of this for Michigan fans may be what it says about Jordan: being able to snag a high profile assistant from Michigan is impressive. If he can keep Butler at its current level, Michigan's post-Beilein coaching search may well be one phone call.

I haven't seen any names for Meyer's replacement yet, which is somewhat unusual. Saadi Washington was instantly a likely hire when Alexander and Jordan departed for head jobs elsewhere. There is someone available…

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[Bryan Fuller]

Before you spit roast my head, consider that this would get Jim Harbaugh behind Michigan's bench at basketball games? And it would be really funny? And Crean might do it to get his furious revenge on Indiana? Yes? Maybe? No. Fine.

NORM. Here's something barely related to sports but good enough for this here site: Norm MacDonald infuriating a collection of Iowa honchos 20 years ago.

University of Iowa Athletic Department officials were teed off enough about Norm Macdonald’s Sunday night comedy act that they yanked his golf invitation for Monday.

Several members of the audience left during Macdonald’s act, which contained references to sex acts, AIDS and homosexuality. The comic alluded to the stream of people leaving the auditorium, but continued his set. “What do you want to talk about? Losing your luggage at the airport?” he asked as people left.

U of I Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby said Macdonald’s act “would be considered to be in very bad taste in nearly every venue in America.” Athletic Department spokesman Rick Klatt said the U of I was assured during contract negotiations that Macdonald could meet guidelines. “We were very explicit about the details of the event, and about the type of people who would be there,” Klatt said.

Mike Bridenstine, Los Angeles-based comedian/writer who grew up in Muscatine and attended the show as a teen:

“The joke that got the biggest/worst reaction was about bestiality porn. Old people and little kids were filing out. My mom felt so uncomfortable that she walked into the lobby, but complained, ‘They piped the sound out there too.’

“I physically hurt from laughing."

I went to a Norm MacDonald show at about the same time—maybe a couple of years later—and the main thing I remember from it is somehow Norm arrived at a point where it made sense to say "this cake here is my girlfriend. I f---ed it last night." I did not realize it at the time but I now know the show would have been greatly improved if Kirk Ferentz was there, fuming.

Norm himself:

“I didn’t even know anything was wrong. And then the next day these guys ... from some radio station or something, like I was sleeping, and they start asking these questions, you know. I didn’t know what to do, so I just tried to be funny. They go ‘Do you think your act is obscene?’ So I said ‘No, I think what’s obscene is there’s like kids dying in Vietnam, you know?’

“He goes ‘There’s no war in Vietnam!’ He like got all mad at me.”

I like Norm.

Angelique on Speight. He's been working to stay in front of Peters:

After returning from Michigan’s trip to Rome, Speight continued to watch every play from the entire season.

“I watched a little bit before spring ball, as well, but I got back to America and immediately went and clicked on the film and started watching that and knocked it all out,” Speight said. “Watched every game twice. There were certain plays in a few games at the end of the year that I wish I could have changed, but that’s what you live and learn from and you get better.”

He's imbibed the tao of Harbaugh when it comes to his injury:

He won’t be specific about the injury but said the shoulder is “back to 100 percent.” He also won’t say if he had surgery and turns coy when the subject comes up.

“I can’t remember,” Speight said, smiling. “That was way back in January, February, December.”

You know that thing where you turn into your father as you age? Yeah, that.

Catching up with Vincent Smith. Dan Murphy profiles Michigan's toughest running back in recent memory:

Vincent Smith is building momentum. He takes two short strides, sinking his hips like a retracting pinball plunger, and then launches himself clear over an 8-foot swath of freshly tilled and seeded earth. Smith gathers the five-gallon bucket of winter rye seeds next to his landing spot and moves on to the next patch of dirt.

It's late October in Michigan, and Smith is doing what he can to prep his garden-in-progress for the cold months ahead. The vacant lot he is trying to repurpose sits two blocks from the infamous Flint River, which in recent years delivered lead-tainted waters to the citizens of one of the Rust Belt's most down-on-its-luck cities. The rest of the street is lined by houses that range from worn but loved to dilapidated. The house that once stood on Smith's lot caught fire, and the city ordered its demolition several years earlier. He and a band of helpers spent weeks picking pieces of the old house and other garbage out of the ground when they decided last year that it was a good candidate to be turned into a community garden.

DJ Wilson scouted. DX on Wilson:

It will be interesting to see how his frame develops as he matures, since he already possess the skill set of a stretch-4, but he needs to add toughness and competitiveness to not emerge as a one-dimensional player. With NBA teams continue to search for big men who can shoot, handle, pass and switch, Wilson is a strong first round pick candidate and should have plenty of chances to break into an NBA rotation. - Source:

That's why he's in the draft: he's perfect for the modern NBA, where centers are power forwards who are expected to switch onto point guards and shoot threes. There's a 0% chance someone doesn't take him in the first round, because if he continues developing he can be part of a devastating five-out offense. Also despite being 21 he's got the upside of a younger player. Beilein:

"He’s just on his way to being a really good player," Beilein said. "He can really shoot. Put it together with his defense … he’s 21 with a body of a 19-year-old. The best is yet to come for him. He’s a super kid on and off the court; very coachable.

"Whoever gets him is going to be very fortunate."

If we could stop with the "DJ got bad advice" thing that would be great. He supposedly has a promise from the Nets, even.

Nope. Texas OT Brandon Hodges is looking to grad transfer but if Barking Carnival is right about the reason for his departure this will be a non-starter for Michigan:

Hodges was projected to start at right tackle, but he was reportedly done in by grades. Eric Nahlin at Inside Texas alluded this news coming a couple of days ago.

Michigan's last best shot at a grad transfer was Sunny Odogwu.

Etc.: Former NFL RB Alfonso Smith is joining the program as a staffer. David Harris to the Patriots. Ann Arbor is expensive.

Hoops Preview: Indiana

Hoops Preview: Indiana

Submitted by Ace on January 26th, 2017 at 3:36 PM

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #43 Michigan (13-7, 3-4 B1G) vs
#30 Indiana (14-6, 4-3)
WHERE Crisler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN 9 pm ET, Thursday
LINE Michigan -1 (KenPom)
Michigan -4 (Vegas)
TV ESPN2
PBP: Rece Davis
Analyst: Jim Calhoun

Right: Obligatory. [Bryan Fuller/MGoBlog]

THE US

This week presents a huge opportunity for Michigan to get back on the right side of the bubble and improve their position for conference tournament seeding. Michigan is currently the second team out of the projected NCAA tournament field on the Bracket Matrix. Indiana and Michigan State (Sunday's opponent) are the two teams directly ahead of the Wolverines in the conference standings. Michigan needs a split, at the very least, if they don't want to put themselves in a very tight spot.

THE LINEUP CARD

Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.

Pos. # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. %Min %Poss ORtg SIBMIHHAT
G 2 Josh Newkirk Jr. 6'1, 195 62 19 102 No
Most PG-like player, but only has 1.6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
G 4 Robert Johnson Jr. 6'3, 195 65 22 120 Not At All
Sniper beyond the arc, solid finisher inside of it. 5th in B1G in eFG%.
G 1 James Blackmon Jr. 6'4, 200 71 24 126 Not At All
High-volume, high-efficiency scorer. Defense can be an issue.
F 15 Zach McRoberts So. 6'6, 200 26 7 133 Kinda
OG Anunoby's nearly invisible replacement. 6/17 FG in 211 minutes.
C 31 Thomas Bryant So. 6'10, 255 67 21 118 No
Excellent rebounder and post scorer, good shot-blocker, now hits occasional three.
C 20 De'Ron Davis Fr. 6'10, 240 32 25 119 Very
Solid backup C. 54% on FGs, effectively crashes offensive boards.
G 11 Devonte Green Fr. 6'3, 186 28 18 101 No
Efficient scorer (57/39/75 shooting splits) but very turnover-prone.
G 0 Curtis Jones Fr. 6'4, 175 31 19 112 No
Outside shooting threat, struggling to finish inside arc.
F 13 Juwan Morgan (inj.) So. 6'7, 230 47 16 136 Yes
Great rebounder and finisher this year. Status unclear due to ankle injury.

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