N. Campus Tech

February 9th, 2016 at 5:59 PM ^

I don't think it's a coincedence that Robinson's shooting has dropped with Caris out of the line up. With Caris in the oppenent's top defender has to focus on Caris, leaving a shorter or less athletic player to cover Robinson. 

There will also be less pressure on Robinson to create his own shots and can focus on being "just a shooter."

HarbaughorBust

February 9th, 2016 at 8:00 PM ^

Caris dropped 29 against Xavier in arguably his best game of his career and we still got ran off the court.

Caris is a good player. He's by far our best. He's not the type of player that can put a bad surrounding cast on his back and beat a good team. He's proved that all year when he was healthy.

Uconn
Xavier
SMU

We didn't belong on the same court with these teams with Caris in the lineup. Caris's injury has been a nice built in excuse for the JB cult.

BigBlue02

February 10th, 2016 at 11:41 AM ^

This is the first year in forever that MSU didn't get their ass whipped in the non-con but we always give Izzo the benefit of the doubt that he is just tinkering and they'll be fine. One bad season where the two best players are injured and the fair weather fans come out of the fucking woodworks. How about we just see how the end of the season plays out before we say our best player, a first round draft pick, coming back to a team that has a better B10 record than MSU, won't make a difference

funkifyfl

February 9th, 2016 at 7:01 PM ^

Caris needs to play in order to boost his draft position. Others know better than I do, but I would guess at this moment, Caris is mid-late 1st rounder. At some points during his career, I thought he could be a late lottery pick in the mold of Tayshaun Prince. But, if he's going to get there, he needs to show more than just tantalizing promise.

funkywolve

February 9th, 2016 at 5:18 PM ^

if you're a mid major.

If you're in a P5 conference, you pretty much need to finish 500 or better in conference play and you're in the conversation.  If you have a solid non-conference resume and finsih 500 or better in conference play, you're probably going to make it.  If you have a good basketball program and are in a P5 conference you should be making the tourney are a fairly consistent basis.

Lucky Socks

February 9th, 2016 at 4:24 PM ^

But if you just read the headline it's easy to say Caris "isn't a team player" or whatever else people want to spew.  Him and Coach B are on the same page as far as expectations and recovery.  Caris will return when he's able, and I don't think it has anything relation to his desire to help this team win.  

ijohnb

February 10th, 2016 at 11:22 AM ^

but if he has already made up his mind and he is shutting it down to avoid re-injury due to pro prospects, he should really do it sooner rather than later.  I think he should see "how much he can do" for about another week, but after that if the answer is "not enough" he should just go the street clothes route and let it be.  His "may or may not return" is turning into something of a distraction and I think it is having an effect on the play of the team that is playing.

BornInAA

February 9th, 2016 at 4:53 PM ^

 

With his return we are looking at .500 at best so about 11 losses.

We will get in with 11 losses. There were at lot of 12 and 13 loss teams last year.

 

 

LS And Play

February 9th, 2016 at 5:13 PM ^

This. And let's say Caris is a really big boost and we finish something like 5-4 (10 losses regular season plus 1-1 in the BTT). Both Iowa and Michigan State were 7-seeds with 11 losses last year. I'll start panicking about the tournament if we gag one up at Minnesota tomorrow. 

LSAClassOf2000

February 9th, 2016 at 4:54 PM ^

"He just pushes himself a little more each day and now we're up to an hour," Beilein said.

The hope, I would think, is that he is able to add a bit more each day and go from there. I would be skeptical that he contirbutes much if at all at Minnesota but as we move down the final stretch here, it would be great to see him gradually get back into games. I would much rather Caris play as much as he believes he can safely play honestly, that seems more sensible to me than throwing him right back out there. 

jsquigg

February 9th, 2016 at 4:55 PM ^

A week too late?  Did I miss the NCAA tourney?  Honestly you basketball debbie downers are unbearable.  Caris is exactly the type of player who can keep the offense from going into slumps.  I'd love for the team to end the year with a run just so the Beilein haters would find something else to bitch about.