MBB: Tidbits! We have tidbits!

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on October 13th, 2017 at 12:36 PM

I don't want to take away clicks from UMHoops - please read the article for yourself - but here are some highlights:

*Coach Beilein is happy about the defense.

*Charles Matthews has been rebounding well.

*Coach Haynes is high on Jaaron Simmons (who is from Dayton, which means he is a good hearted person who can build a rudimentary airplane if needed).

You can access the full series of radio interviews that the UMHoops article is based on via the link.





October 13th, 2017 at 4:00 PM ^

I’d add “collective” to that list too.

I think many of us were never as down on basketball last year as others and just as many aren’t down on football this season.

Maybe we just need some reversible shirts that say “Fire Beilein” on one side and “Fire Harbaugh” on the other. Maybe a special tag too so we can always identify those people.

Mr. Yost

October 13th, 2017 at 4:50 PM ^

Thank you.

Count me OUT of that statement.

1. People were literally ready to FIRE Beilein last year and it wasn't just Maizen. I remember at least 3 threads on here questioning whether or not he should be coaching after the season. (I didn't start any of the threads, but hell I was fed up like many others - however I see a huge difference from that...to this)

2. Our football team was ASS before Harbaugh. We've had 1 all-time ELITE defense and another one (this year) that is closer to that elite defense than anything else we've seen in 20 years.

3. MSU was a HORRIBLE loss. Worst of his tenure and our inability to have a quality backup QB is infuriating. But it was ONE loss. Iowa last season is the only other one that compares.

4. Stop bitching about Harbaugh. Who else would you rather have? We have one of the 5 best coaches in the country with Don Brown on his staff. Saban, Meyer, Swinney, and Petersen aren't coming. So who is such an upgrade?

5. *MOST IMPORTANT* Why do we have to put football down to lift basketball up? I'm glad we have Beilein over anyone in the country. I'm equally happy to have Harbaugh.

Harbaugh and his staff have developed plenty of talent. They run a clean program. They've had just as much success as MBB has had under him (in the same period). If you want to compare...go look at year 3 under Beilein and compare that to Harbaugh.

But why is it one or the other? We've got BOTH! We should be happy about that. We've got 2 great coaches who've led their respective programs out of some dark times.

Should've locked the thread after the first response. It was spot on.

..and "oh" (in my Lalas voice)..."get off my lawn."


October 13th, 2017 at 1:00 PM ^

some of Charles Matthews Kentucky highlights.  Three things jump out at me.

1) God, I hate Kentucky basketball

2) He looks like a really impactful rebounder for a wing

3) He is the kind of explosive rim finisher that we have been sorely lacking since GR3


October 13th, 2017 at 1:10 PM ^

Too many unknowns.  If Wilson would have returned we would have been in the 10-15 range.  We are probably in the 20-25 range based primarily on Wagner's return.  We lost quite a bit of production from last year, but replace it with a good class, Matthews and Simmons.  MAAR is still probably kind of meh.  If he was going to really be an impact player it would have happened by now.  He will continue to be a quality starter. 

It depends on how these guys mesh.  It is the kind of team that could be ranked like 22nd and then vault up into the Top 10 after a big win if it looks like they gel.

Our floor is the NCAA tournament.  If Wagner becomes the type of player he can be, consistently, and Matthews and Simmons both work out well, our ceiling is a fringe BIG champ contender and a Sweet 16 seed. 

Perkis-Size Me

October 13th, 2017 at 1:14 PM ^

Doubt it. Lost quite a bit from last year's team. If Wilson or especially Walton had another year I'd say we could be flirting with a top-15 ranking. Walton played as well as any PG in the country down the stretch last year.

My guess is we could come in the 20-25 range, or if we're unreanked, we'll be just outside the top-25. 

Hugh Jass

October 13th, 2017 at 1:54 PM ^

a lot about basketball - love to watch it.  I feel the weekness will be inside defense.  If Wagner gets into foul trouble which he tends to do we have a void.  I trust in the program and how they develop players so I suspect that will be improved.  Guards and wings will be very solid and have depth - but inside defense...........