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07/09/2018 - 3:58pm I honestly can't tell. That…

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I honestly can't tell. That's at 400% zoom.

07/02/2018 - 12:08am Agreed.
Watched Evans in…

Agreed.

Watched Evans in person in high school in addition to breaking down his tape. I look at Gray as Evans-plus, and I really liked Evans out of high school.

06/25/2018 - 3:07pm Fixed. Thank you.

Fixed. Thank you.

06/08/2018 - 1:27pm I was surprised it needed…

I was surprised it needed creation.

05/30/2018 - 4:42pm Well.

Given he's on account 1.8, that choice of forum may not entirely be his.

05/30/2018 - 1:51pm I did research for Bacon's book.

I have news for you about the streak. (It's also in the book.)

05/30/2018 - 12:00pm Neg away.

This was my terrible idea. I'm working on some real content that, uh, I sure hope gets posted this evening.

05/30/2018 - 10:27am Brian!

Good to see you pop up, man.

05/29/2018 - 10:25pm I have a younger brother!

But yes, TWB was a blog I spun off from my college internship, and my current podcast co-host Alex Cook was eventually one of the site's contributors.

05/29/2018 - 10:22pm Yes.

Jeff Yuan's old blog.

05/26/2018 - 9:53am It's still ready to roll.

We're mostly waiting for everyone at the site to actually be around for the launch. (I was hoping to have the Wagner retrospective ready to go for it, for instance.) It's crunch time for HTTV, too. Soon.

(Edit: Haha, hi, Seth.)

05/21/2018 - 1:05pm My doctor and his team...

...did an evidently great job at prepping me for all this. One thing that really helped despite feeling very counterintuitive was to get up and move around. Walking, especially when I started doing some flights of stairs, really helped get everything moving. The gas pain was rough the first day back from the hospital.

05/21/2018 - 1:02pm Yup.

It was such a procedure. I left out some, uh, more flatulent details, and I knew to expect the shoulder pain.

05/21/2018 - 12:52pm My goodness, that's horrifying.

I hope you're in a much better place now.

When people ask why I flew down to Alabama for this when I live near Ann Arbor, it's because few things can go further in an experience like this than an unwavering trust in your surgeon, and he's performed hundreds of these operations on patients like me.

05/21/2018 - 8:08am Thanks again,

Seth.

05/03/2018 - 5:39pm So sorry to hear this, umbig11.

Hoping for quick and full recoveries for all.

05/01/2018 - 1:48pm Think most of y'all are overthinking the recruiting thing.

From what I can tell, there are way more recrutiing reporters covering prospects in the South, California, and Texas than anywhere else. That not only means more exposure for those prospects, it means more analysts lobbying for them when it's time to put together the rankings. I think if you caught Midwest recruiting analysts off the record they'd say this region is both undercovered and underrated, and those are related.

04/30/2018 - 2:21pm Yes.

That's the signal.

04/30/2018 - 2:20pm That was based

on a report from yesterday by 247's Bill Greene saying he could decide soon, but it wasn't based on info tied directly to this commit watch, FWIW. Can't really say more than that.

04/24/2018 - 1:31pm He was a senior. So, yes,

He was a senior. So, yes, he's gone (along with three other Purdue starters), but this post only covers early entries.

04/23/2018 - 12:26pm Can't totally speak for Brian.

But it's a pretty tight stylistic comparison, which I think is what he's going for.

04/20/2018 - 2:52pm Thank you.

That's pretty much what happened.

04/19/2018 - 2:20pm This isn't desperately shifting pieces, though.

This is finding the best fit for a player I've personally seen play both center-field free safey and line up man-to-man against Ambry Thomas and KJ Hamler in coverage. Kelly-Powell isn't some marginal player they're trying to use to patch up a spot. He's, in my opinion, a good young player they want to get on the field.

04/18/2018 - 1:14pm Two things.

1. Watch those Castleton highlights. Or maybe don't.

2. I've (finally) been getting around to tourney GIFs and Teske was an absolute monster on defense against Houston. This sequence may be my favorite of the year—he deters guys from shooting three times, and on the third his man travels.

There were multiple other instances where guys got to the paint and either really altered their shot or aborted the idea entirely because of Teske's interior presence. I think there's a good chance whatever dropoff occurs on offense is made up on defense when Teske is out there, which is remarkable to consider given this year's defense.

04/16/2018 - 11:29pm You're welcome.

Here's the ed note for those who missed it in the original thread:

Somehow this turned political and personal because of a couple posters who are now on notice and have fewer points than they did before. The OP wasn't the problem, and while the first response opened up the politics conversation, the worst part was the belittling, mischaracterizing response to those with opposing viewpoints. (Yes, especially you, Brutus.) I have less and less tolerance for that BS with each passing day and accounts are going to start disappearing if it doesn't stop. Don't confuse this board for Twitter.

04/15/2018 - 5:59pm God forbid

someone with a chronic illness take a break during the most busy season of the year. You don't know me or what I need.

Y'all liked the hoops content, right?

I'm honestly shocked the conversation took this turn, except internet comments.

Also, I'm gonna get paid for the podcast.

04/15/2018 - 1:46pm Well...

...work was a bit intense for the last, oh, couple months. Not a lot of free weekends.

04/14/2018 - 5:27pm Well, sure.

But Sam's is originally sourced and he actually double-checked to see who's still coming up after the spring game cancellation.

04/13/2018 - 4:40pm I like Nunez with both

but I think the idea here is Michigan may need to get as much shooting out of the 2 and 3 spots as they can, especially if Wagner goes pro. Poole in the pick-and-roll with Nunez spotting up could be an explosive combination (or Z/Teske running the P&R with Poole/Nunez really spreading the floor).

04/13/2018 - 3:27pm East Coast is his area.

He played a major role in landing Tarik Black. He's got a ton of connections there from recruiting that region for so long. There's almost always more than one coach working on a guy, too, especially a big-time prospect—Jay Harbaugh also recruited Black, for instance.

04/12/2018 - 3:09pm I may have pitched that second title

as a shirt idea.

04/09/2018 - 5:15pm Disagree.

Shooting 50% on midrange jumpers is great, period. There were only about 25 players in the country this year who hit that mark on any sort of volume. It's good to be able to hit bad shots—you're not going to generate great looks on 100% of your possessions.

04/09/2018 - 5:11pm I like Livers.

Quite a bit. Think he's being underestimated by a lot of people because he faded a bit down the stretch.

Jordan Poole is the best returning pro prospect on the team, and unless Charles Matthews develops his shot (not out of the question), I don't think it's particularly close. If we're going purely by upside, Poole can be a lead guard in the NBA; Matthews and Livers probably top out as NBA role players (which is still quite good!). Teske is an intriguing NBA prospect as well but he's limited by the direction the game is headed.

Poole is a guy who could be gone to the NBA next year if he plays to his potential.

04/09/2018 - 4:30pm (No subject)

04/05/2018 - 3:32pm apologies

for the Maizen.

won't happen again.

(if some comments above don't make sense, a banhammer wiped out several posts.)

04/01/2018 - 5:40pm tomorrow's essay spoilers,

tomorrow's essay spoilers, man

04/01/2018 - 5:32pm uh

asking a poll question is not the same as expressing an opinion, please don't put words in my mouth.

03/28/2018 - 4:33pm I agree

with all of this. If Wagner's shot is falling—and that's a big if of late—I don't think this one is very close, and I'm confident this is a game M can win without Wagner's shot falling.

03/27/2018 - 5:48pm Selection Bias.

From Synergy:

2012-13 team: 97th percentile on BLOBs, 65th on SLOBs, 95th after timeouts
2013-14 team: 100th percentile (#1 overall) on BLOBs, 91st on SLOBs, 98th after timeouts

Seriously, Beilein is good at this.

03/22/2018 - 11:54pm hey everyone

how's it going

03/22/2018 - 6:39pm Ask any former Beilein player.

The whole plane is made out of read-and-react, just within a system. There's almost no such thing as a set play. That's why I added the disclaimer to get out of a football mindset.

03/22/2018 - 5:35pm I think it's personnel.

They've tried some stuff with Matthews but frankly I'm not sure his hands are good enough that you want to try lobs to him very often. Meanwhile, the primary wings the last few years have mostly been Zak Irvin and Duncan Robinson — both were/are solid cutters who were/are utilized in that way, but you're not going to dial those plays up as often for them as you would for GRIII (or, hopefully, Matthews after an offseason with the JUGS machine). They're, rightfully, more focused on running plays that free up Robinson as a three-point shooter or running most of their offense through the Z/Wagner screen game and MAAR.

03/22/2018 - 5:31pm Beilein has also adapted.

I think his offense was even more complicated in previous stops, but as the game has changed and he's been able to attract talent that leaves early for the NBA, he's realized he doesn't necessarily have 2-3 years with everyone coming through the program for them to adjust. WVU wasn't a heavy pick-and-roll team. Darius Morris and Trey Burke ran a ton of it not just because they were good at it, but because making that play is simpler (and something they were more accustomed to) than executing Beilein's motion sets. That became the base of a lot of the offense and they could install more pieces as the season went along. Every year he's broken out plays or strategies in the tournament that I don't remember seeing at all during the season; sometimes (like with McGary vs. Cuse) it's the basis for the entire gameplan.

He's really good at this.

03/22/2018 - 5:25pm Yes.

There are times Beilein (and most any team, a lot of them quite often) will simply spread the court, not run any set plays, and let their lead guard pick apart the defense however he chooses—with Michigan, usually a high screen, which has evolved from normally being a pick-and-roll to normally being a pick-and-pop with Wagner at center.

Michigan has a different offense that they'll use against a zone because it requires an entirely different approach. (Think Mitch McGary passing out of the middle of the Syracuse 2-3 while surrounded by shooters and off-ball motion.) Some defensive approaches or matchups call for you to ditch the offense and freestyle a bit. That can look ugly or listless at times—it often comes off as "heroball"—but it doesn't necessarily make the wrong strategy, especially if you've got a guy like Nik Stauskas who's a threat as both an off-the-dribble marksman and finisher at the rim.

03/21/2018 - 8:31am My opinion?

The new Beilein tagline is perfect and fits with the header, plus Michigan is undefeated since it went up. I can promise we'll have you covered on Overdose of Swag-related material, too.

03/19/2018 - 11:43pm Indeed

They're not even making game replays available. I haven't even been able to rewatch most of last weekend's game because I forgot to DVR them and only caught the second half of the Houston replay on CBSSN.

03/16/2018 - 3:17pm Tourney gifs

are tough to do with any sort of speed, unfortunately. The NCAA is VERY active pulling video from the tournament in any form. I have to stay away from them until after M's tourney run is over, most likely. Don't want to risk our photo credential.

03/16/2018 - 3:03pm Honestly?

One-game anomaly. Michigan hasn't done that all year. Weird stuff happens sometimes.

03/16/2018 - 2:59pm One of M's worst turnover games of the year.

And they had two more turnovers than Montana while playing three different point guards against a defensive approach they haven't seen much this year. This team is still very good at turnover avoidance, especially when the offense isn't being forced to run through Matthews.

03/16/2018 - 2:55pm WHOOPS

fixed. thank you.