Most Important Mid-season Improvement/Development?

Most Important Mid-season Improvement/Development?

Submitted by Space Coyote on March 10th, 2014 at 8:36 AM

The ways in which the Michigan basketball team developed over the course of the year are very impressive, and are obviously a huge reason that Michigan is currently in position to at worst get a three seed, likely get a two seed, and still has a puncher's chance at a one seed. Oh, and not to mention that Michigan won the B1G by three games.

My question, up for discussion, is which mid-season improvement/development was the most important, not just in terms of immediate results, but also heading into the tournaments?

I think the revitalization of Nik will be a big emphasis, but I'm going to go a bit different direction. While Michigan still struggles a bit on defense (the start of the Indiana game was nauseating), I think the improvement and development of the 1-3-1 zone has directly lead to 2-3 wins in the second half of B1G play. Early in the B1G, it seemed like every time they went zone it was free buckets for the other team. But MSU and Indiana I remember off hand really struggling against it and that allowing Michigan to get big stops at big times.

For a team that sometimes struggles to get stops, but doesn't necessarily need a ton of stops to be successful, I think the development of that different look and little extra thing for opposing teams to have to prepare for on short notice is a huge benefit going into the tournament, and I think may be the biggest and overlooked development this year.

So what say you guys? Nik's reemergence? Morgan's improved low-post play and patience when he gets the ball in his hands? GRIII turning the corner? The two-headed PG monster and their continued development?

3, 5, 7 vs 11, 8, 6

3, 5, 7 vs 11, 8, 6

Submitted by inthebluelot on November 10th, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Now that the honeymoon is over and the likeable and wildly successful debut of Hoke taking this proud program back to relevance in his first season is over, I have to wonder if the criteria by which Dave Brandon used to make a coaching change after just 3 seasons with RR will be modified. His rationale was that there was no improvement in the direction of the program from 3 wins to 5 and to 7. Brady Hoke, who took over with Rodriguez's senior class, certainly restored some pride amongst the fan base but with this season likely ending at 6-6 with the very real possibility of a losing record after the bowl game, depending on the opponent, one has to wonder if this program is indeed improving. Time will tell but by this point RR had sacrificed his defensive coordinator and was a lame duck entering game 10 of his third year. Will Hoke need to do the same to Borgess to save his own job or will DB wait another season before making a decision? The thousands of fans heading out of Michigan Stadium with 2 minutes to go on Saturday have certainly made their decision already.

Michigan Defense and Brian's earlier post...

Michigan Defense and Brian's earlier post...

Submitted by WestCBlue on December 29th, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Given this good arty on espn.com: 

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/42209/michigan-defenders-change-losing-legacy

Didn't Brian have a pre-season blog on how no team has ever improved more than 30 spots in total defense year over year?  I can't find that blog and given our amost 90 spot improvement, it's historic, isn't it?

I need the data to back me up...

U of M Football Team's GPA

U of M Football Team's GPA

Submitted by msoccer10 on July 16th, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Hey, something positive and new about the program!

per rivals
U-M has confirmed that last year's team grade-point average is the highest in the past 20 years. It's also one of the best ever by the men who pull on the winged helmets.

"I know that Rich's football team made really significant strides in their team GPA," noted U-M Athletic Director Bill Martin. "It either is, or is very close to, the highest GPA in the recorded history of the football team. I'm very proud of that."

I wonder what Rodriguez's critics who talk shit about him being a coach with low class who wants thugs on his team are going to say about this. The article states that the new staff are putting more emphasis on grades than the previous one.