WTKA Roundtable 4/13/2017: Et Tu, BC?

WTKA Roundtable 4/13/2017: Et Tu, BC?

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[Bill Rapai]

Things discussed:

  • Berenson remembered. Wish time didn’t happen; now it’s time to appreciate all that Red gave us, including the best damn hockey ever, Old Yost, and all the Comries.
  • Options for next guy—it doesn’t seem like the replacement has been decided, and it seems it’s not Mel anymore. Was it until recently? Yeah? Why not Babcock? Some convincing reasons, including Zach Hyman.
  • Miles Bridges stays at State…um…okay…gotta stick around for that Izzo bump I guess. DJ and Moe probably want to go to the NBA Draft but if 24th overall is the ceiling they should probably return.
  • Euphemisms that don’t need explaining explained.
  • Spring Game: position battles we’re watching.
  • OL: Big Mike O gonna be good. If Ruiz isn’t pummeled by the starting DL, pencil him in as a 4-year starter.

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WTKA Roundtable: Used to Be Red

WTKA Roundtable: Used to Be Red

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[Robert Kalmbach photograph collection at the UM Bentley Library]

Things discussed:

  • How do you show Red the door when he built the door? A long discussion on what you do when he’s had one foot out for awhile and refuses to go.
  • IS Mel available? Under any circumstance? What is the circumstance? If this gets messy do we need Mel?
  • Craig offers his mediation services pro bono.
  • Nobody reads these bullets do they?
  • Wi not trei a holiday in Sweeden this yer?
  • See the loveli lakes
  • And the mani interesting furry animals
  • Including the majestic pterodactyl
  • and the pitching
  • and DPJ

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WTKA Roundtable: They Took and We Gave

WTKA Roundtable: They Took and We Gave

42 minutes

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NBA? Not open yet. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Sam is back.

Things discussed:

  • Tournament wrap: Wish we had another shot at Oregon.
  • What if Mo Bamba came? He won’t but assume he does. But he won’t. But if you want to be a stretch four in the NBA? Sam has a gut feeling about something here.
  • Dropping Donnal: Michigan is confident Austin Davis and Jon Teske would be ahead of him next year.
  • Moe and Wilson to the NBA? Probably not because of depth—discussion of other players (e.g. Swanigan) who might come back because of it.
  • What to expect from Xavier Simpson next year: Brian compares him to the last Michigan guard you might expect. Also Eli Brooks.
  • The Dienhart vapid #content generator has expanded to basketball. Here’s some takes on the Big Ten next year that take more into account than whether you can read names off a roster.

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WTKA Roundtable 3/23/2017: We’re Educated People

WTKA Roundtable 3/23/2017: We’re Educated People

44 minutes. Yes, a lot of it is dated now.

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[Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Still Ira in for Sam, who’s in a place with better meat right now.

Things discussed:

  • First weekend recap: Michigan beat Louisville two points at a time. Weekend vs. very tough teams showed what a Beilein offense can be when all five guys are firing.
  • Beilein now versus when he got here: totally different offense, totally different defense. Moe is the first 5 who can shoot that B’s had since Pittsnoggle and that one guy the year after Pittsnoggle.
  • The rest of the tourney: Big Ten has acquitted itself well, the refs not so much.
  • Nerd-out on the seeding: advocating better metrics but don’t make it all about advanced stats either. Right now they’re just using RPI, which is bad.
  • Oregon preview: Almost as up-tempo as Oklahoma State—don’t let them take a three! Vegas takes into account the loss of Boucher and the fact that Michigan is playing like a 2-seed.
  • Kansas in case: Bill Self-destruction in March is a thing, but Kansas has some ATHs. Ira makes a good argument that we’d rather face them than Purdue?
  • Rundown of the rest: Who do you like for the Final Four?
  • Spring Football! Brian points out which guys he wants to hear nice things about.

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WTKA Roundtable 3/16/2017: The Few, the Two, and a Strong Sense of Self

WTKA Roundtable 3/16/2017: The Few, the Two, and a Strong Sense of Self

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[Paul Sherman]

Ira is here for Sam, who’s in Indy for the open practice.

Things discussed:

  • The last gasp of the Red era: Michigan didn’t go to the Joe and win three straight but it would have been nice. What’s next?
  • Gaming RPI: The NCAA met with Sagarin and Pomeroy…and went back to their stupid metric that’s so predictable a hero at Minnesota got them a 5-seed and Illinois State got left out for 9-seed MSU.
  • Oklahoma State could be the VCU game of this tourney, except Cowboys can shoot. We like that there’s nobody to get Wagner in trouble.
  • Who’s got two guards and is No. 1 at forcing two-point jumpers?
  • The rest of our brackets. Brian likes UCLA because that game, Craig believes the Midwest is so soft Kentucky will jump brackets and beat all of us down, Gonzaga might get to walk to the Final Four, and hoo did Wisconsin end up in a rough bracket.
  • Match the champs to the roundtabler: Kentucky, UNC, Nova, Meeeshigan.

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WTKA Roundtable 3/9/2017: Working Class Heroes

WTKA Roundtable 3/9/2017: Working Class Heroes

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By giving you no time instead of it all. [Paul Sherman]

Things discussed:

  • Ed Feng has a book that’s guaranteed to win your bracket or no money back.
  • The plane crash, and Delaney unsurprisingly made the minimal accommodations.
  • College basketball players are not 3,000 year old druids like Craig Ross, which is the most open yet unremarked secret since Ed Martin’s connections with Michigan State.
  • Getting up at 4am, flying to the East Coast, then being dressed and on the floor by noon with a crazy airline story is actually very white collar. Posting someone up is very un-Beilein.
  • Walton vs. Mason: nobody has any idea.
  • Burning questions for 2017 football: Dwumfour, safeties, cornerbacks, of course offensive tackle.
  • Don Brown is a regular guy.
  • Kenpom as a tourney factor

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WTKA Roundtable 3/2/2017: The Scars of ’73

WTKA Roundtable 3/2/2017: The Scars of ’73

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It’s a long season [Joseph Dressler]

Bruce Madej and Ira Weintraub are on hand as Sam is out.

Things discussed:

  • Has any announcer ever had a worse half than Stephen Bardo?
  • End-of-game second-guessing.
  • Bruce weighs in on soccer, Happy Gilmore, musicals
  • Things happen—do they happen more often to Michigan?
  • Did Julia Louis-Dreyfus rushing the court?
  • Is Michigan still bubble-proof?
  • Two of the best bigs in the Big Ten this year are _____.
  • Next year: Alpha dog? X? What to do with the 13th spot

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WTKA Roundtable 2/23/2017: B or O

WTKA Roundtable 2/23/2017: B or O

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MAAR been at the lembas bread? [Patrick Barron]

Things discussed:

  • Rutgers is a bunch of Michael Currys. Wagner offense worked, Michigan took ton of open threes that missed. Free throw misses becoming a thing?
  • TV Teddy had a dream where Michigan’s bench was too demonstrative. Big Ten really has to address Valentine. His crew may be worse.
  • Don’t drift back onto the bubble.
  • Free DJ on the offensive glass?
  • Purdue matchups: Swanigan has no answer for “How is Michigan going to keep you from dominating this game?”
  • Sam’s segue to Ole Miss. They went too hard too fast: Tunsil, Treadwell, etc., to put them under the microscope—may not be any different than how the rest of the SEC operates (nv). Brian outs the story behind my Stormtrooper cover last year to demonstrate how on the ball Michigan’s compliance department is. NCAA has to make it not be worth it.
  • Best M hoops coach ever? Orr had fun/small teams. Frieder had a Romulus rule. Give Coach B that year with McGary or whatever and it’s a slam dunk.
  • Old Man Craig remembers the good old days/bad old days. Mo gets a historically bad whistle.

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WTKA Roundtable 2/17/2017: On Trolls and Trohls

WTKA Roundtable 2/17/2017: On Trolls and Trohls

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[Patrick Barron]

Let’s see what did we discuss: Well this hadn’t happened yet but…

It was discussed.

    Also:
  • What do you do with trolls? Ignore them, or make them the joke.
  • NCAA’s associated persons rule will lock IMG, other power school coaches out of college jobs. Legislating against capable people getting jobs because they may be good at those jobs is as petty as it is stupid.
  • Harbaugh vs The World: Harbaugh is winning—how can the NCAA block him from showing it to his players. The world that is.
  • Athletic departments and how they police themselves—Colorado example brought up because MSU is too near and too ugly for rivalry ha-ha’s.
  • Wisconsin—Liked the man-to-man-ups and the chance to get a marquee win with Koenig not around to shoot the Badgers out of a hole.
  • What gets Michigan into the dance? Is it 9-9? 10-8? Because Kenpom thinks we can go 10-8 now.

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WTKA Roundtable 2/9/2017: Beilein v Phil

WTKA Roundtable 2/9/2017: Beilein v Phil

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[Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Things discussed:

  • Women’s basketball: the best team Michigan’s ever had. Encourage everyone to get down there this year and see it (they’re 12-0 at home). Watch #1 Kysre Gondrezick their star PG, junkyard dog Jillian Dunston, and freshman center Hallie Thome (50 blocks this year!)
  • Men’s basketball: the best game Michigan’s ever had against Michigan State? MSU shot clock violations: Derrick Walton preventing them from getting it to their PG. Finally DW’s becoming the guy we though we recruited.
  • X-W Package!
  • Defensive rebounding is worse than normal this year. #FreeTeske
  • Everybody should name a good thing Brian said on the radio.

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