Burke and THJ's good advice to current team

Burke and THJ's good advice to current team

Submitted by Miami Maize on March 31st, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Timely piece giving the current Knicks Burke and Hardaway's reflections on their Final 4 (confirming the block was CLEAN), as well as good advice for the team as they enter battle tonight.

https://nypost.com/2018/03/31/knicks-michigan-duo-cant-shake-their-ncaa…

What if our team staged Brian's Final 4 amateurism protest?

What if our team staged Brian's Final 4 amateurism protest?

Submitted by kevin holt on March 27th, 2018 at 3:42 PM

For those unfamiliar, Brian sometimes proposes an idea that the teams in the final four/championship should protest the NCAA (mainly amateurism) by delaying the start of the game and just waiting in the locker room, sending the message that the players are the show and that the money doesn't flow without them there. I agree with Brian that this would be incredibly effective. TBS would just air commercials, sure, but the message would get sent somehow.

What if it was our team? How insane would it be if the actually clean programs were the ones to make this statement? (Not throwing shade at Nova because I am mostly unaware of their reputation, but we know our own coach is Mr. Clean and I doubt Loyola has much of a bagman network.)

Wouldn't it be more effective that way? I really doubt the country would have any sympathy if two teams like Duke and Kentucky staged a protest, but what about us?

Important note: I'm not saying I want this. I would rather they didn't; it seems very nerve-wracking and stressful at a time where you want 100% focus. I also really doubt they'd do it for a lot of reasons, especially given that Beilein would probably not agree to it and I don't think the team would want to do it without their coach's consent/participation. It's interesting to think about, though, and it just hit me.

Also: I don't intend this to devolve into an argument about amateurism or various other MGoBoardian ways of missing the point of the hypothetical.

Michigan's Final Four Teamcast will be on TNT

Michigan's Final Four Teamcast will be on TNT

Submitted by twotrueblue on March 26th, 2018 at 7:17 AM

After hearing about Florida State's ridiculously good bench for two hours Saturday, we will be relieved to know that teamcasts will be offered for this Saturday's game. While the regular broadcast will be on TBS, Michigan's teamcast will be on TNT and Loyola's on TruTV. Announcers haven't been announced yet, but one would have to think that Chris Webber would be one of them.

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ncaa-tournament-tv-schedule-final-four-tip-times-tv-channel-info-announcers/

Michigan's Path to the Championship Game...

Michigan's Path to the Championship Game...

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on March 23rd, 2018 at 12:20 AM

Michigan has two 9 seeds and an 11 seed left to face in order to make it to the national championship game. 

With the way we are playing, I am not sure it matters who we play.  However, having improved odds by playing all the Cinderellas is certainly something we can appreciate as fans.

Who wants to face Michigan right now?  No sane coach or team would want a piece of this Michigan action right now.

Pick your poison.  This team always finds a way to win.  Today it was decimation mode, but it does not really matter.  Michigan basketball has risen to elite program status (3 elite 8s in 6 years).  However, the fun is just beginning...

Go blue!

2015 Final Four contrasting approaches

2015 Final Four contrasting approaches

Submitted by champswest on May 3rd, 2015 at 4:54 PM

There is more than one way to skin a cat or get to a Final Four. One way is to use the Duke/Kentucky/Kansas/UNC way of grabbing as many top 35 guys (or as in the case of Kentucky, top 25 guys) and then throw them out there for a year or two and try to out talent other teams and then move on to the next class of five stars as this year’s team heads to the NBA.  Or, you can use the MSU/Wisconsin/UCONN method of signing guys ranked in the 100-200 range (or as in the case of Wisconsin, 200+) and try to develop them over a 4-5 year period to become a well-oiled machine that can beat you with their system and efficiency. Of course, all coaches try to get as good of players as they can (you are trying, Wisconsin, right?), but somehow they seem hard to come by.

With that in mind, I looked at this past season’s final four teams (I threw in Michigan in case anyone was wondering how we compare).  I listed each team’s players in order of average minutes played per game, with the number of average minutes played appearing in the column representing the recruiting class that they were in.  I totaled the minutes by class for each team so that we could easily see how many minutes each team was getting from freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Because Kentucky went 10 deep, I included the top 10 players for each team. In the first column, I included each player’s 247 Sports Composite Ranking.

 

Duke

         

247 Sports

Fr.

Soph

Jr

Sr

RS Sr

Rank

Player

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

33

Cook

     

35.9

 

7

T. Jones

33.1

       

1

Okafor

30.7

       

13

Winslow

28.8

       

30

Jefferson

   

22.2

   

37

M. Jones

 

20.3

     

13

Saulaimon

   

19.3

   

26

Ojeleye

 

10.5

     

62

Plumlee

     

9.4

 

25

Allen

8.1

       

247

Total

100.7

30.8

41.5

45.3

0

             
 

Wisconsin

         

247 Sports

 

Fr.

Soph

Jr

Sr

RS Sr

Rank

Player

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

218

Kaminsky

     

32.6

 

145

Hayes

 

32.5

     

207

Gasser

     

 

32.1

12

Dekker

   

29.8

   

111

Koenig

 

27.6

     

201

Jackson

     

27.4

 

200

Dukan

     

 

16.6

239

Showalter

   

7.7

   

230

Brown

 

6.8

     

254

Dearring

 

2.8

     

1,817

Total

0

69.7

37.5

60

48.7

             
 

Kentucky

         

247 Sports

 

Fr.

Soph

Jr

Sr

RS Sr

Rank

Player

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

6

Arron Harrison

 

25.8

     

5

Andrew Harrison

 

25.4

     

43

Cauley-Stein

   

25.4

   

19

Ulis

22.9

       

10

Lyles

21.9

       

22

Booker

21.8

       

5

Towns

20.7

       

8

Polythress

   

20.3

   

10

Johnson

 

17.3

     

18

Lee

 

11.7

     

146

Total

87.3

80.2

45.7

0

0

             
 

Michigan State

       

247 Sports

 

Fr.

Soph

Jr

Sr

RS Sr

Rank

Player

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

105

Valentine

   

32.8

   

188

Trice

     

32.6

 

17

Dawson

     

29.8

 

290+

Forbes

   

27.1

 

 

92

Costello

   

20.1

   

104

Nairn

19.1

       

137

Schilling

 

17.4

     

149

Bess

11.4

       

219

Clark

11.1

       

290

Ellis

 

8.9

     

1,591

Total

41.6

26.3

80

62.4

0

             
 

Michigan

         

247 Sports

 

Fr.

Soph

Jr

Sr

RS Sr

Rank

Player

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

28

Irvin

 

36.1

     

215

LeVert

   

35.8

   

44

Walton

 

33.3

     

171

Albrecht

   

31.4

   

326

Dawkins

19.9

       

203

Doyle

18.7

       

385

Abdur-Rahkman

17.7

       

27

Chatman

15.3

       

253+

Bielfeldt

     

13.6

 

86

Donnal

 

11.3

     

1,738

Total

71.6

80.7

67.2

13.6

0

             
   

Fr.

Soph

Jr

Sr

RS Sr

   

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

247

Duke

100.7

30.8

41.5

45.3

0

1,817

Wisconsin

0

69.7

37.5

60

48.7

146

Kentucky

87.3

80.2

45.7

0

0

1,591

Michigan State

41.6

26.3

80

62.4

0

1,738

Michigan 

71.6

80.7

67.2

13.6

0

Duke got nearly 101 minutes from freshmen, Kentucky got over 87 and Wisconsin got zero.  On the other hand, Wisconsin Seniors contributed 109 minutes compared to Duke’s 45 and Kentucky’s zero.  If you compare the first and second year players against the upper classmen, Duke is 132/87, Kentucky is 168/46, Wisconsin is 70/146 and MSU is 68/142. 

If you compared Wisconsin’s player rankings against Kentucky and Duke, you might expect a 30-point Badger loss.  The fact that Wisconsin defeated the Wildcats and played the Blue Devils right down to the wire, speaks well for Bo Ryan’s system (and UCONN last year). On the other hand, Kentucky did go 38-1 and Duke won it all, both using more of the 5 star approach. For further contrast, note the total of each team’s player ranking. Kentucky’s total is only 146. MSU had 5 players with an individual ranking number higher than 146, Michigan had 6 and Wisconsin had 7.

Although these four coaches seem to be using different philosophies, they all have been successful.  MSU, Duke and Wisconsin have been in all of the last 16 tournaments, while Kentucky has been in 14.  Between them, they have 24 Elite Eight appearances, 17 Final Four appearances and 8 Championship Game appearances in those last 16 tournaments.

Vegas: Michigan Underdogs vs. Louisville

Vegas: Michigan Underdogs vs. Louisville

Submitted by Michiganguy19 on April 7th, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Looks like the line opened at Michigan +3.5 and has moved overnight to Michigan +4 (Moneyline is Michigan +155/+165 depending on the sites).

http://www.vegasinsider.com/college-basketball/odds/las-vegas/

Kenpom has Louisville, at a 5pt favorite. 

http://kenpom.com/team.php?team=Michigan

ESPN pickcenter has some data up as well... with Michigan an underdog according to several of their statistical models.

http://insider.espn.go.com/insider/pickcenter/index?sport=ncb

 

Michigan is 20-16-1 vs. the Spread this year... Michigan is 5-0 vs. the Spread so far in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Sample of Orange Flavored Schadenfreude

Sample of Orange Flavored Schadenfreude

Submitted by Captain on April 7th, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Syracuse's game thoughts:

Random:

How are they hitting shots from effing Georgia Tech's campus?

Welp time to start drinking.......more heavily

On Mitch McGary:

We're making McGary look like the POY and it’s killing us.

If McGary and Aaron Craft had a baby I would punch it right in the face

F*ck Mitch McGary, f*ck these announcers, f*ck the refs, f*ck the entire state of Michigan, f*ck every Georgetown fan celebrating this, f*ck both the old and new Big East, f*ck the refs once again.

In all honesty McGary is a helluva player.

Jordan Morgan broke someone's TV:

that triche charge made me throw my hat at tv and it cracked LCD.... cant even watch now...

srsly cuse baseball cap thrown hard enough will crack an LCD... i learned the hard way