Unverified Voracity Tears Down Camp

Submitted by Brian on July 15th, 2014 at 2:06 PM

HEY. If you didn't already, read Seth's thing.

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Bryan Fuller

Just a shooter. Ex-just a shooter? Zak Irvin's trying to shake the reputation that he has a campsite outside the three point line he only leaves when he needs water:

Zak Irvin smirked at the old saying. He heard it before. So did Nik Stauskas, his predecessor on the wing in Michigan’s offense.

Just a shooter.

The title was stamped on Stauskas at this time last year. As a freshman in 2012-13, the 6-foot-6 guard attempted 58.3 percent of his field-goals from 3-point distance.

Now here’s Irvin. If Stauskas was just a shooter as a freshman, what does that make him? Also a 6-foot-6 guard, Irvin launched a freewheeling 74.5 percent of his shots from behind the arc as a freshman.

The thing is: Stauskas was way less of a shooter than Irvin was, to the point where UMHoops was pointing out that he was even more efficient than Trey Burke in pick and roll situations. Whenever anyone asked me who would step up as the alpha in Burke's absence I immediately said "Stauskas" in a tone of voice that was probably insulting to the person asking the question.

Just-a-shooter-related stats indicate that Irvin is starting well back from Stauskas was when it comes to initiating offense.

3PA/FGA 61% 74%
FTRate 29.2 10.7
Assist Rate 7.6 4.7
TO Rate 14.2 9.3

Also… I mean…

Irvin made a total of 11 2-point field goals in 18 Big Ten games as a freshman. His 21 free-throw attempts were three less than Mitch McGary, who played in only eight games. His 13 assists were only one more than McGary produced.

I am now sad about Mitch again, but that's pretty stark.

Michigan doesn't need Irvin to be Stauskas, what with Walton and LeVert still around. They would like him to be a third creator—hell, if Irvin gets to Stauskas's freshman shot generation numbers that would be terrific.

One thing we do know: even if Irvin does become Not Just A Shooter (drink), we will not hear that he is Not Just A Shooter (drink), because he's not a pale guy from Canada.

FINALLY. It is policy around here to ignore preseason watch lists for major awards because the last time I looked at one I was on there. But we will make a solitary exception for the one organization that seems to have watched Devin Funchess play last year:

On Tuesday, Funchess landed on the 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list, which goes annually to the most outstanding receiver in college football.

Praise Biletnikoff.

Yes, I know this is just because watch lists place anything vaguely hominid on their lists. I'm still taking it and running.

So there's this. They changed the trophy, likely because of intellectual property issues or something like that. Now it looks like this:


David Jones:

The one piece of the BCS worth keeping (the crystal football) is replaced by a wagon-wheel coffee table

…leg? I think he left out "leg." But yeah.

A major blow to SMU. Megarecruit Emmanuel Mudiay was set to make a visit to Crisler for his one and only year of college basketball; instead he's taking whatever money he can get this year:

"I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA," Mudiay said in a statement relayed by his brother, Stephane, to SI. "But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach [Larry] Brown and my family, we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities."

That's likely bunk, since Mudiay can just get cash on the side and the school he graduated from was co-founded by Deion Sanders and has had a number of graduate-types get shot down by the NCAA. Either way, that SMU game looks significantly less intimidating.

SMU's still going to be a challenge. They went 27-10 last year and lost to Minnesota in the NIT final; they lost only an inefficient third wheel and a low-usage OREB guy from last year's team.

That would be bizarre, but fun? Chatter about NCAA hockey expansion pops up only every once in a while these days, and when it does it's usually followed by an athletic director making grumbly noises about the general impossibility of such. So go ahead and guess which AD actually wants to make it happen. No, no, no, and no. Arizona State!

Count Arizona State Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson among the growing number of people who like to see the Sun Devil hockey team compete at the highest level.

"I personally would love to see hockey as a varsity sport at Arizona State," he said. "We have to make a commitment to figure that out."

Penn State's departure from the club hockey ranks apparently made ASU the big dog on the block, whereupon they turned in a 38-2 season, and ASU has a relatively small department for a school of its size and revenue level.

The obvious problem: there ain't nobody to play. The nearest NCAA hockey schools are in Colorado. I guess you could slide them into the NCHC. It would still be an expensive proposition. Unlikely unless ASU gets the kind of donation PSU got.

That'll fix it. Michigan proposes fireworks after the Penn State and… uh… Miami (Not That Miami) games. I don't care, really, but it's notable that a bunch of Penn State and Ohio State people on twitter are now seemingly offended on our behalf.

On the one hand, yeah. On the other hand, YOU'RE PENN STATE (rawwereraaarr rawwrr). YOU ARE THE CHINTZ MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.

But anyway this is where we are: opposing fan bases are getting irritated because we are not Michigan enough.

Etc.: Mark Donnal profiled. Summer league recap. Kam Chatman scouting. 20 reasons this World Cup was fine. My buddy Jerry on the 2014 World Cup and his USMNT origin story. All whites?



July 15th, 2014 at 8:38 PM ^

When something is so important that it leads to ignoring the horrific abuse of innocent children, then no matter what that something is, I'll go ahead and despise that something for the rest of my life and never understand how anyone could ever want that something to be important again.  

Don't know about  y'all but eff Penn State a thousand times more than eff Ohio.


July 15th, 2014 at 2:29 PM ^

I don't know if its his lack of concentration or being move to the slot or both that has brought on the tendencies to drop balls thrown to him. OR it could be defensive backs are distracting him.

Whatever reason, for him to be considered for any award he needs to be a more reliable ball catcher.

marco dane

July 15th, 2014 at 2:33 PM ^

One of my favorite Oakland Raider of all-times. Talkabout catching ANYTHING & EVERYTHING thrown to you...one of the TRULY greats to play wr.

Hope Devin has same kind of season. Somehow,I believe he will...


July 15th, 2014 at 3:06 PM ^

I think it's likley that the irritation on our behalf is nothing more than 1) the general snark predisposition of much of the young internet, coupled with 2) blogpeople who seem to be continuously on the prowl for things to be upset about.  The latter is fueled in part by the need to have something to say - anything, really, but something every day - to social media followers. 


July 15th, 2014 at 3:34 PM ^

I don't own any pets, but I did have numerous conversations the day after July 4th about how irritated people's pets get by fireworks. That's right, Dave Brandon hates dogs.


July 15th, 2014 at 4:11 PM ^

My dog had a hell of a time, we had to leave my nephew's 1st birthday party because she kept bolting indoors, shaking, and in general being a wreck.

In less anecdotal news, most pet shelters see a spike around the 4th, with about twice as many lost pets showing up than any other time of year. It's rough on them.

Back to anecdotes, my dog's name is Maize - Brandon hates Maize?!?!! #TheBrand


July 15th, 2014 at 5:09 PM ^

The fireworks alone don't really upset me, but it seems like every little (or not-so-little) step we take in the direction of WOW, it's a step away from what we have traditionally been about. 

It's like that analogy where you slowly boil a frog or something.

UM Indy

July 15th, 2014 at 7:04 PM ^

Created offense in high school. I realize this isn't high school, but I would be surprised if we don't see him dribble drive and get points/free throws this season.


July 15th, 2014 at 8:52 PM ^

I believe David Jones was referencing a scene in "When Harry Met Sally" when calling the new Championship trophy a wagon-wheel coffee table.

I got a link below to the scene but the idea of it is that your buddy  (Whoever made that Trophy) asks you (fans, media, etc) if you  like it and knowing that it is terrible but not wanting to hurt your buddy's feelings (who obviously thinks it's great) you say its good. But you know its a damn Wagon-Wheel Coffee Table! 


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July 15th, 2014 at 10:42 PM ^

I think the comment about staying at SMU and getting paid is petty...

as far as the scheduling goes I do wish we wouldn't play complete body bag games when you have the Titans, Chips, broncos,  etc. in the area...




July 15th, 2014 at 11:58 PM ^

I thought that was a petty comment as well. Not enough is known about Larry Brown and the current standing of SMU nor the integrity of the player involved to make such a comment.


July 16th, 2014 at 11:57 AM ^

I love that the first thing MLive did was talk to the people who live around the Big House....yes, thank you, we needed a LOCAL MAN segment.

Their response? BRING IT ON.