The Layoff..Pros & Cons

Submitted by Maize4Life on March 6th, 2018 at 5:09 PM

The Layoff..Ive been thinking about this ALOT...Your thoughts? Right now I think its a PRO...We just played 4 games in 4 days..Im sure were tired. We have some nicks and bruises that could use some healing..We will be well rested..well oiled and ready to WIN!! 

What say you?


M and M Boys

March 7th, 2018 at 5:44 AM ^

Score was 75-45....Zack Novak blew my 11 year old daughter a kiss during a timeout—he was Legendary around the house until Harry Styles took over.....
BEFORE the game we sat next to UT suits huddled in soul food restaurant that were heard to be discussing when to fire Bruce Pearl.....


March 6th, 2018 at 8:23 PM ^

Weights? Really? That has to be a team inside-joke.

I also like the extra time for JB to look at film of us so he can add the right wrinkles  and plan the plausible adjustments for how we're playing on any given day. 


1. More time is a positive, unless you don't use it well. But,
2. I trust JB to use it well. So,
3. I think that more time is a positive for us.

Indy Pete - Go Blue

March 6th, 2018 at 5:15 PM ^


-Livers' ankle

-seeding benefits (compared to the lazy last-second approach last year - 7 seed after dominating the B1G elite)

-more time to address weaknesses

-more time for refocus and refreshment before a (hopefully) long run


-cannot immediately capitlize on very current hot streak

-it is a new experience that could affect how we start out the tournament (may be mitigated by playing a 14 seed instead of a 12 if the committee was lazy like last year at the last second)

-fans will complain about it


March 6th, 2018 at 6:43 PM ^

I'd just worry about the first game - coming out flat against a bad time, ala Iowa.

Pretty confident that this swarming defense can break down just about anyone, and if our first round opponent is a little larger/slower, I think any rust will be worn off quickly and we'll be back in the groove for the round of 32 and beyond.


March 6th, 2018 at 5:48 PM ^

Although, I will is raining outside right now and I am tempted to blame Delany for that as well. If our tournament run is tragically short, I will also blame Delany at least in part, I will admit. I blame the man for a lot of things honestly, including the odd sunspot. 


March 6th, 2018 at 5:20 PM ^

Since we won the whole thing, our seed should be high enough to get a draw against a team that’s finishing their tournament today or tomorrow, or has already finished. In other words, we’ll have an opponent with a comparable layoff, so any rust should be equivalent. And if any layoff effects carry over into the second game, that’s on the coaches and players. I tend to doubt that this team will have such a problem.


March 6th, 2018 at 5:21 PM ^

of a layoff. We get to play our first game against a 13 or 14 seed.

It seems to me that it's better to have the single bye vs. the double bye in the B10 tourney. You get the first game jitters and unfamiliarity with a new building out of the way against an easier opponent before facing the tougher teams.

I think you saw that in all double bye game ones, especially OSU. We're in good enough shape, especially with a 9 man rotation, that the extra game doesn't seem to affect us.


March 6th, 2018 at 7:37 PM ^

it's a pro. Beilein seems able to prepare and turn most anything into some form of advantage. Hell last year they skidded to a crashing hault on a runway, and won the B1G tournament with greater bond and resolve. They just crushed the last of all 13 teams in the B1G at this year's tourney, they have a few things to work and focus on, and continue to improve. If they go into the dance with the can't lose attitude, all the rest they can muster over the next week will pay dividends.

I used to coach high school athletics. One year one of my studs went on a family trip the week before state finals competition. Natural instinct I begged and pleaded was an immovable situation. Kid came back tanned and rested, relaxed...and broke the state record. Learned not to conform to convention and take advantage of every scenario.


March 6th, 2018 at 5:38 PM ^

Con: we might be rusty

Pro: we should be rested


That we will be prepared isn't really a pro, because Beilein would have us ready regardless of prep time.

Mr Miggle

March 6th, 2018 at 5:45 PM ^

with other teams. He knows how to use the extra time to prepare and keep his players sharp.

Pro: School is on break this week. It's nice that the players get a little time off.

Con: Going through the compressed schedule that led to the extra time off.

Billy Ray Valentine

March 6th, 2018 at 6:21 PM ^



March 6th, 2018 at 5:54 PM ^

Is that the committee can take into account our BIG tournament games when determining our seed. If the tournament ran up to selection Sunday the committee would have already decided, regardless of the outcome.


March 6th, 2018 at 5:56 PM ^

I don't see the downside to the rest at all.  From reading Stu Douglass's article, Coach B seems like an animal in the film room and preparing the team.  I trust him to make sure everyone stays mentally locked in.


March 6th, 2018 at 6:25 PM ^

It also depends on who we play and the match ups. However, I'll be shocked if we come out on fire in the first round. I think it will take the team a half to adjust to the long layoff. Obviously its the tourney and anything can happen, but if we win the first game, I think we advance to the Sweet 16. I am more worried about the first game than the potential second opponent.

Perkis-Size Me

March 6th, 2018 at 6:52 PM ^

Can be a pro or a con. Just depends on how the team responds to having this time off. It can be exactly what they need, or it could be what ends them.

What does Beilein do to keep them motivated? What does he do to keep the momentum going? That’s the difference between a potential deep run into March and a first round exit.