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

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

WTKA cover 2018-03-08

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.

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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

Comments

ijohnb

March 9th, 2018 at 9:34 AM ^

don't think I would describe Michigan State as "soft," they just look like a bunch of puzzle pieces that don't fit together.  Nothing "compliments" anything else, and consequently nothing comes easy.  It always looks like a grind.  They have way too much of some things but not enough of others. 

If they can figure out a way to make them fit in these two weeks they still could make a deep run, but it did not look particularly close last weekend.

Dennis

March 9th, 2018 at 10:16 AM ^

Why does WTKA split their podcasts into such small sections? I get it if they want to update as quickly as possible, but wouldn't it be easier to sandwich them all together at shows end? The flow is difficult to follow on the stations website for this reason.

Blue79

March 9th, 2018 at 4:48 PM ^

Steve Grote - he played inside the jock strap of other players and got them so pissed off they would foul in him frustration. And he just laughed at 'em