WTKA Roundtable 4/26/2018: Beilein Mows His Own Lawn, Harbaugh Mows Yours, and Hutch Just Keeps it in the Infield

WTKA Roundtable 4/26/2018: Beilein Mows His Own Lawn, Harbaugh Mows Yours, and Hutch Just Keeps it in the Infield

Submitted by Seth on April 26th, 2018 at 4:29 PM

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Last one of the year. Ira’s here for Sam.

Things discussed:

  • Is Shea Patterson eligible to be eligible yet?
  • Big Ten Basketball: bounce-back? Depends on who comes back. “If Fernando gets good advice he’ll be advised ‘you will not develop any more at Maryland.’”
  • Jaren Jackson translates into Kwame Brown? Dad said go back to school to get more mature.
  • Craig watched Iggy Brazdeikis film from two years ago. Comps: Scottie Pippen, Jalen Rose, James Harden, but less athletic, still really athletic. Those guys are A+ he’s an A. Right-handed but shoots left. Not a great off-the-dribble shooter but will knock it down on catch and shoot.
  • Nunez: Tim Hardaway-level perfect shot.
  • Johns: Should be the new Duncan Robinson.
  • DeJulius: Derrick Walton with his shot already developed, especially in his off-the-dribble stuff. Love to have a late shot great idea again, and a free thrower. PG is hardest job to do well in Beilein’s system, but shooting makes him useful before he gets there.
  • Austin Davis can be Jordan Morgan plus a couple inches. Never give up on a big until they’re a junior and can’t play any defense at all.
  • Spring things: Missed having a spring game to sanity-check the spring football bits. We believe in Dwumfour, but the JBB hype says the freshmen can’t pass protect yet; worry if he’s still starting in fall.
  • Patterson scout: Tate Foricer’s problem wasn’t football. Lost faith in Peters? Irrelevant; what’s important is Patterson seems to be a better quarterback right now.
  • End of season takedump: softball and baseball y’all! Natalya Rodriguez has such feet—got charged with an error that’s a hit with anyone else on the field. Baseball started 4-11 and now on a 20-game win streak! Damn the Big Ten: why can’t you have the softball/baseball schedules opposite during conference season so there’s a game every weekend.

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I bet you Ira that Jon Reschke’s sixth or seventh year of eligibility is ruled on before they get to Shea.

WTKA Roundtable 4/19/2018: The One Without Craig

WTKA Roundtable 4/19/2018: The One Without Craig

Submitted by Seth on April 20th, 2018 at 7:18 AM

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Things discussed:

  • Liverpool vs Man U: Meh. It’s a friendly in a World Cup year so they won’t have their best players and won’t care.
  • Shea’s eligibility: Usually the NCAA doesn’t get discovery from a court case but they have it now. If everything goes according to plan it’s Sam’s strong gut feeling that Patterson is a one and done.
  • Sam’s mea culpa: Joe Milton is definitely in the conversation for QB1 in 2019.
  • Football 2018 schedule might be toughest in the country: Crossovers are Wisconsin plus Northwestern and Nebraska on the road.
  • Big Ten West preview: Purdue breakout but Wisconsin still wins the West. Problem with Badgers is Hornibrook throws well into tight windows, will have a pile of All-American linebackers like always.
  • Big Ten East preview: McSorley is a luck guy too because he wins a lot of 50/50 throws but he’s also straight up good—how much does losing Joe Moorhead hurt? MSU: Inviting Reschke back after dude dropped an N-bomb because when you’re already the most despicable athletic department in the country what’s one more locker room distraction? LJ Scott stayed (?!?!?) because he fumbled a lot, but Madre London grad transferred. Maryland: Offense was Texas-beating good until they were playing 5’6” guys and The Bortenschlager.
  • Sam’s mea culpa on Castleton after THIS.
  • Next year C rotation is 60% Teske, 25% Davis, 15% Castleton.
  • X or Z? His dad calls him X. He’s your starter but don’t want him to get 35 minutes a game.
  • Moe a mid-2nd rounder right now. Long term stretch bench guy.

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    The one time I want to talk about soccer and you’re peeing in my Cheerios.

    WTKA Roundtable 4/12/2018: You Can’t Squeeze a Baby Like You Squeeze a Football

    WTKA Roundtable 4/12/2018: You Can’t Squeeze a Baby Like You Squeeze a Football

    Submitted by Seth on April 13th, 2018 at 7:53 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • The Amazon Special: Craig Ross is a star, Pep Hamilton is photogenic, Jim is pretty chill, Don Brown is our dude.
    • Best part of it is Chase Winovich: “You gonna protect your quarterback? Help me out bro run or pass? Why didn’t you block me?!?” Rashan’s mom: “Now go get some quarterback ass!”
    • Ed’s favorite part is Harbaugh using changing the baby as a metaphor for not fumbling and the entire team is like “What is he talking about?” except Karan Higdon like “Yup, yup, yup, with the toys on the floor…”
    • Hockey: Bad news is they were heavily reliant on their first line and that line all graduates/left early. Good news is they get Lockwood back, get one and maybe two Hughes brothers. People think Jack will stick it out with the NTDP but chance to play with your brother…
    • Hoops outlook: Expecting Moe to go the NBA but it’s not as sure as it was before. Next year they can be a really good defensive team with Teske at the 5 but that makes you wonder where the shooting comes from other than Poole.
    • The croots: Iggy is a shooter. Defense? Um. Passing? Not really. Buckets. Takes the Poole role. DeJulius the backup PG at least by end of last year, but only because Z is going to improve. Our slack chat is filled with drool over Castleton but might not get to use that until he’s had a thousand more trips through the buffet line.

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    I put the baby down gently, he doesn’t have brain damage. I didn’t throw him.

    WTKA Roundtable 4/5/2018: We Don’t Do Cups, Coach

    WTKA Roundtable 4/5/2018: We Don’t Do Cups, Coach

    Submitted by Seth on April 5th, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • They ran into a buzzsaw. DiVincenzo reminds us of Clay Thompson.
    • It should have been a game but wasn’t a game because Michigan couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn. Someone on that team was going to erupt—someone on ours had to.
    • They needed a 40% shooting game to win this, 30% to be in this. That’s not too much to ask for—make their season average and that’s another 12 points.
    • The defense was fine—they made Villanova shoot hard shots for all of their points; Nova just happened to make their shots.
    • Will you see another Glen Rice? He was ahead of his time—the three was considered unmanly and stupid.
    • Could you tell me in November that this hockey team could have been a two seed?
    • ND has just one even strength goal against Michigan in four games.
    • Quinn Hughes is blowing up into a Hobey-level guy, his brother might accelerate and play a year at Michigan before being the top overall pick in the draft.
    • Mel calling out Brian for calling out Mel’s penalty kill.
    • Notre Dame is a very disciplined team but nobody in this Frozen Four is good enough that hockey plinko isn’t in effect.
    • Michigan dominated Ohio State in both recent matchups except in puck luck.
    • How college hockey recruiting has changed: Snake oil was a real thing in college hockey for a long time. Coaches learned to steal each others’ guys but Mel’s not going to put up with gentleman’s agreements, living with the reality of the Canadian juniors. Have to be aggressive down the road because half your class will drift off to OHL/QMHL/JJJoJoCHL/NHL.

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    And anybody who’s seen one hockey game in their entire life—except for one Michigan player apparently—knows that of all the sports the one that most demands the cup is hockey. Can you imagine what went through Mel’s mind when he heard this? Like he’s walking into a new program like ‘alright we’re going to really improve here, what is the current state of our roster?’

    WTKA Roundtable 3/29/2018: Return of the Mid-Range Assassins

    WTKA Roundtable 3/29/2018: Return of the Mid-Range Assassins

    Submitted by Seth on March 30th, 2018 at 6:05 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Sam is on a plane to San Antonio and Ed is not here so we’ve got Ira, Brian, and Craig today.
    • People should be nicer to Craig on our message boards.
    • Texas A&M: Show me two guys on the floor who can’t shoot and I’ll show you a Beilein win. Their zone didn’t matter because Michigan was hitting their shots, even if they weren’t as good of looks.
    • Nobody practices midrange twos anymore—back when Craig was playing routinely day everyone liked that shot—Moses was 80% from that spot.
    • Will see Michigan State play some 2-3 next year we bet. JJJ is 80% to come back via people in Lansing.
    • In the past when Michigan didn’t shoot well they just lost—being able to win these types of games is. Mindblowing stat: Michigan is 7-3 this year shooting under 1 PPP when historically they were 12-84.
    • Impressive that FSU didn’t get any transition points until that missed goaltend/awful call on Moe.
    • The story of Yacklich: guy wanted to stay a high school teacher!
    • Only elite defending PG you can put with Z in Michigan’s history with Z is Gary Grant. Yacklich has some weirdly defensive guys for Michigan: Z, Matthews.
    • The recruitment of Z and Winston: Z’s dad got frustrated with being State’s 2nd fiddle.
    • Leonard Hamilton and that relaxing 10 seconds. Two or three open looks all game! Their 7’4 guy only played 7 minutes?
    • Those coaches comments were pretty salty.
    • Loyola-Chicago: MVC Purdue. No rise-up shooters so their threes have to be assisted, but they can get efficient midrange shots to go regularly. Been winning games close. Will stretch Michigan’s defense.
    • If they get to the championship: Villanova terrifies us. Brunson postups might be Zavier Simpson kryptonite. Like a super Michigan. Much rather play Kansas: more of a Purdue with a true 7 footer who gets in foul trouble.
    • Frozen Four: Mel playing with house money. Very due for one of these Ohio State games when Michigan’s been winning 5-on-5 by a big margin. Hockey is plinko is the crux of the argument against this tournament format—Michigan got some luck against BU.
    • When Quinn Hughes is off the ice you’re asking when does Quinn Hughes go back on the ice? Nice that they’re no longer on top of basketball.

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

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    Ben Carter’s gone so Jackson should have a chance to get starter’s minutes now.

    WTKA Roundtable 3/22/2018: He Chose the Weird Guys

    WTKA Roundtable 3/22/2018: He Chose the Weird Guys

    Submitted by Seth on March 22nd, 2018 at 12:43 PM

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    Things discussed:

    • Michigan did not play well and won.
    • What’s with the shooting? Was it the layoff? It did seem to just be one of those things: good looks. MAAR is 1/12 in the NCAA tournament, was an assassin in the B1G one.
    • No other Beilein team wins that Houston game. Defense!
    • Texas A&M: Matchup of contrasting styles. Another team with a four that doesn’t shoot.
    • No Michigan isn’t going two bigs—they want to force A&M to take a big off the court to defend five out.
    • Main takeaway for A&M-UNC: basketball is weird. Tar Heels got in a hole because of thruck, Craig: A&M was a physically superior team, UNC did the same to us.
    • A&M’s best offense is to throw it into the post and try to bully Duncan Robinson, get some bad whistles called on Moe Wagner.
    • Beilein does have a plan for zones even if Michigan tends to stare at them blankly. You can dribble into a zone if you’ve got a guy with quickness—you don’t have to just shoot over it (Tom!).
    • From the A&M side: a very talented team that’s been not healthy. Our take: they’re still without their Marquette transfer point guard and didn’t exactly roar into the tournament.
    • Tom Izzo is always a victim; Michigan State lost that game because of their coach.
    • Craig thinks Michigan will lose to A&M, and if they don’t they’ll lose to Florida State or Gonzaga because those teams are really good.
    • Final Four now? Brian: Nova, Duke, Michigan, Kentucky. Ed: Same except Gonzaga. Craig: Duke, Purdue, FSU, Loyola-Chicago.
    • No idea why a lottery pick would ever go to Michigan State: Izzo is going to play a walk-on for 25 minutes and you for 15 minutes so people will think he’s a genius.

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    Kentucky is coached in an Izzo-like fashion, so I’ll take Loyola.

    WTKA Roundtable 3/15/2018: Basketball Christmas

    WTKA Roundtable 3/15/2018: Basketball Christmas

    Submitted by Seth on March 15th, 2018 at 11:19 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Michigan ends up seeded below MSU but with a more favorable draw.
    • Last Michigan team that faced UNC was a very different team than a hypothetical rematch in the Sweet 16.
    • Montana preview: The best 14 seed sure, but shut down their point guard and you’re in business.
    • Don’t look past Houston, though. Ed’s numbers favor Houston and people are emailing. They can catch fire from three—Michigan’s ability to run them off the line makes us a bad matchup for them.
    • Houston’s path to an upset is defense and getting hot from three. But they’re a small team so Michigan should be able to beat them in the paint.
    • Virginia: how much does losing the 6th man of the year affect them?
    • Callers: Angry Steve. Angry Phil.
    • In-Studio: Angry Craig.
    • Auburn is playing like there’s no tomorrow, because there’s no tomorrow.
    • Don’t like playing against zones because Michigan just stares at them before they figure out how to shoot, and we don’t have a lot of rise-up shooters on this team.
    • Around the brackets: How does Zona start two 7-footers and not be close to a top 50 defense? 1 seed Xavier is not favored vs 4 seed Gonzaga—do we believe it? Sam like Zona.
    • First round games: Butler is the easy pick. Would you ever take a 10% sixteen seed?
    • Who’s the last Teske that Michigan’s had? Craig starts to talk about the worst officiating call in the history of the Big Ten.
    • When will teams start playing Z dishonestly? If they haven’t already there’s a there there.
    • Final Fours: Brian: UNC-Duke, Craig: Cincy-Xavier-Purdue-Duke, Ed: Nova-Cincy

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    That’s where I put my Komodo dragon when I fly United.

    WTKA Roundtable 3/8/2018: It Wasn’t a Switch

    WTKA Roundtable 3/8/2018: It Wasn’t a Switch

    Submitted by Seth on March 9th, 2018 at 6:46 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Hit some threes with some weird guys. Michigan’s matchups vs MSU are all too good. Can’t cover up Winston’s defensive deficiencies the way Michigan spaces you.
    • Michigan’s coaching is so good
    • Won Nebraska with defense; didn’t like that we kept going at Roby and he was awesome. Wagner’s best game other than 27 points at Breslin?
    • Michigan starts the 2nd half vs Purdue with a 10-2 run after missing great shots in the first half. Purdue was one step behind Beilein all night. Painter is a great coach too.
    • Bridges turns into a jump shooter because Yaklich put Z on him. It’s not a switch! He wasn’t able to stick in the post despite MSU trying to run their offense through him.
    • State came into the game trying to punk Michigan, turned out they were the softer team.
    • What do we not want to face: zone teams. Good zone attack plan but not enough rise up shooters. Every time they face it they need time to adjust. Good draws: West Virginia (see: the VCU game in 2013), Virginia, teams that have a traditional post. Bad draws: Duke, UNC, Nova. Don’t want a Michigan-ish team.
    • There’s no favorite in this tournament. If Virginia didn’t have a history of flaming out at least.
    • Yaklich effect: 43rd percentile in P&R defense to 92nd!!
    • Craig: Zavier Simpson, best defensive point guard at Michigan since Alfred Ethelwulfsson, maybe the best ever.
    • Free throwin’: Z is up to 60% since his new routine, Matthews 65% in his last 30.
    • Can we play in Detroit? It’s possible.

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    They’ve got a permanent chip on their shoulder and its name is Zavier Simpson

    WTKA Roundtable 3/1/2018: Pushing Back

    WTKA Roundtable 3/1/2018: Pushing Back

    Submitted by Seth on March 2nd, 2018 at 6:05 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Dropping the hammer on Maryland. This team can stay in games thanks to defense, offense still feels like it can go on and off.
    • How better on defense? 1) Z is a much better on-ball defender than Walton ever was. 2) Yaklich is moneyballing, forcing defenses into lower efficiency shots: funnel to the posts, prevent threes and transition. Cut out most of the hard hedging to make it more effective. Ability to switch to versions of 2-3 zones when a matchup gets exploited.
    • Michigan’s entered the Big Ten season with good defensive rebounding before but it’s never stayed this good.
    • Iowa: They don’t play defense. Brian hates it when Michigan plays vs a zone. Garza is not a terrible offensive team but they do turn the ball over a lot. Make your threes, make your free throws (ED: prescient, guys)
    • Things for Matthews to work on over the offseason: driving to shoot, and hands.
    • If M gets to MSU Sam likes the matchup: Cassius Winston is at the perfect place but Michigan was able to take Jaren Jackson out of the lane—would MSU play JJJ at the five again? Get JJJ in some foul trouble (maybe in the NCAAs, the Big Ten isn’t going to call him).
    • Hockey tournament: The Midwest regional is in Philly. In the Allentown Arena. Geez, NCAA. At least the Big Ten figured it out. Michigan probably in the tournament despite missing Will Lockwood. Michigan’s penalty kill gives up shots from right inside the blue line and that’s not a shot you want to give up. Great year for a house money year. Quinn Hughes is a pirate. Win one they’re in; win two and they might get a better seed.

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    south dakota and philly, woohoo

    WTKA Roundtable 2/22/2018: Duncan Robinson is Thanked at the Beginning

    WTKA Roundtable 2/22/2018: Duncan Robinson is Thanked at the Beginning

    Submitted by Seth on February 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Fun shark facts.
    • Duncan Robinson: Not just a shot-blocker. Penn State was committed to posting up for some reason. Beilein’s zone adjustments were interesting. Putting Z on Carr also brilliant.
    • Charles Matthews is broken.
    • Craig Ross gives Jordan Poole pro tips on looking into the camera.
    • Maryland and Mediocre Mark: Tossup game. Defense travels. Penn State unlikely to beat Nebraska with Roby playing as he is without Watkins.
    • Bracketology: Michigan has a quadrant problem, e.g. PSU was 76th (despite being a Kenpom Top 25 team) and had to be a 75th to be a Q1 road win, so last night’s win doesn’t count.
    • Ed’s hockey podcast: Beat Arizona State and they’re a lock for the tournament despite a team that wasn’t supposed to be there.  Once there? No dominant team this year.
    • Why so bad on special teams? Assume Mel came in and focused on his 5 on 5 system but that’s speculation.

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    Their blood is fused with urea which is interesting so if you want to eat it you have to do some stuff to it.