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05/30/2018 - 11:56am Yes, forgot about that Hoke win

at home against the Spartans.

05/30/2018 - 11:55am We beat Purdue at home in the mid 90's

without scoring a TD on an awful Saturday for football or anything else. The score was 5-0 or 5-3, but Michigan won with a field goal and safety. IOf course, the Snowbowl game was won without a Michigan TD against Ohio State.

 

05/21/2018 - 11:40am The problem with so much success

is continuing to match and then exceed it from year to year. Consistency, as we all well know,  is the hallmark of a champion and the bottom line expectation at Michigan. And this program is clearly highly successful and dynamic because of its record of achievement during the past four years. Winning another Big Ten title certifies the continued strength of this great program.

But precisely because of that, no one connected with it is going to describe the outcome yesterday as a satisfactory end to their season or the careers of some of the great women who played such a big part in that overall success.

I have no doubt this team will only improve. I mean this team isn't that far away from competing again for another WS berth going forward, especially with such a highly touted class coming in. Some of the best teams in the country, at Oregon and Florida, are a tick better than Michigan now because they have better ptiching depth and better lineups.

There has been a significant run-scoring and power drop-off in this team over the past four years that cannot be ignored. Meghan Baubien is a tremendous talent and perhaps the nation's best freshman pitcher. Hutch has already reloaded and this team will be back.

What is terrific about women's sofftball now is the level of coverage it now receives and the opportunity to see all the teams play that you could only read about before. Watching them play, you can guage for yourself where Michigan stands by comparison. And Michigan, in my opinion, is clearly a top 20 team with the opportunity to build on that through growth, experience and confidence. Consider that ND has never even made it to the Super Regionals before, and we are disappointed that Michigan doesn't get there every year.

The program has lifted expectations for its performance and success perhaps beyond what it could reasonably shoulder and achieve this year. But the good thing is, it gets to build on that going forward, even as it loses such vital senior contributors. That is the way of the sports world and competition. But I have a brighter outlook for next year based on this year's effort.

05/21/2018 - 10:56am Sorry, but I couldn't watch this team until

their closing games of the season. So, I was anxious to see the regular season version of this team, not the one that I witnessed playing OSU, MSU and ND at the end of the year.

Not saying I expected a championship team.

I know something about this game having umpired it since 1995 starting in Ann Arbor and having worked games that Hutch has coached with players whom she recruited and are among the best in Michigan history, including Jenny Ritter. So, don't lecture me on expectations or performance observations.

This was a transitional season. I mean anytime Michigan can't beat MSU and OSU in any game or tournament, I'm not happy with the outcome. And I would hope that would be the reaction of any Michigan fan regardless of the sport and the success of our team and coach, whom in this case I have grand respect as one of the all-time greats. You obviously can't win them all. And losing yesterday was what it was, disappointing. That aptly sums up the outcome without casting aspersion on the team in a highly critical way.

 

05/20/2018 - 2:30pm They basically lost to their primary three rivals

in their final home game, in the conference playoff  and the NCAA regional. Sorry, that bespeaks a team not ready for prime time, regardless of their seasonal performance. They got run-ruled by OSU, then beat up by two competitive but hardly great teams in MSU and Notre Dame, winning only an elimination game against UIC.

ND isn't going anywhere. They'll be crushed by Kentucky today or tomorrow. Very disappointing end to the season.

05/20/2018 - 2:22pm I'm sorry, but that

foot out of the box call was not that clear based on the ESPN camera angle. Not saying the foot wasn't out. It just didn't appear to be so based on what they showed. The batter's foot must be completely out under high school rules to be ruled illegal contact, whether fair or foul.

Apparently under NCAA rules, any part of the foot outside the box in which a batter makes contact with the ball is a dead ball out call is the way the broadcast explained the rule. That would mean even if your shoe is straddling the stripe of the box, you are considered out, which doesn't make sense to me as a violation, because batters regularly wind up doing that while swinging at outside pitches.

I know an umpire who once made this call in a baseball playoff game at the high school level in Michigan and took away a home run that would have won the game for the offending team. However, in that scenario, the batter's foot was deemed completely out when contact was made.

This call just bothers me, because this is a huge one under the circumstances in which a technical violation should be waived. Just didn't like the call in the situation, not that impacted Michigan's ability to tie the game in its final at-bat.

05/07/2018 - 11:53am Just like anything else, officiating is what you make of it and

what your goals are. I still umpire fast pitch softball and love it. But every game you officiate, I don't care what level, offers the challenge of making the right call in a contest with an emotional interest of somebody directly or indirectly involved, either as a player, coach or spectator, friend or family.

Once you understand your role, learn how to officiate and that your real job is game management (whatever that requires), and not performing for anyone including yourself, then you can handle any assignment no matter the challenge.

I started out in Ann Arbor, and the city's rec department had some great people who helped guide me in basketball and umpiring both softball and baseball when I started in the 90's. Having the university there, enriches offciating opportunities, because basketball can be a year-round work experience with offseason high school and college camps, rec games and AAU ball.

Find good mentors, good partners and assignors to work with regularly whom you can depend on, treat assignments professionally, learn from the good and bad experiences you will assuredly encounter, and you will thrive and enjoy the opportunity. There are many great professionals in the officiating game, and Michigan is great hotbed for basketball. It's not for everyone. And your experience will become like anything else whatever you make it and have the makeup to tolerate and appreciate. Remember, you are only as good as the confidence you demonstrate on the court, and the only person you can depend game in game out, is your partner.

04/20/2018 - 10:42am Doesn't seem long or drawn out in their

most recent filing. Just that, we have nothing to add to make our case look any more believeable than what we already tried to bullshit our way through. At least, that is my specially interpreted between the lines analysis.

04/20/2018 - 10:37am What jeopardy? They've got the ex-gov holding the

board accountable and making survivors financial offers they can't deny in public or otherwise. It's all good. Just keep downplaying the problem, pretend it doesn't exist along with the people behind the curtain. It's all good, we got the NCAA on our side. Maybe someday they'll get around to looking into things. By then, the clock will have run out. So, now you know the strategy, study something to death until the clock expires.

That's what happened at UNC. That is what is happening at Ole Miss. And you can see the writing on the wall in East Lansing. When you're boxed in, play four corners defense.

04/20/2018 - 10:29am What's amazing about the highlight film

besides the artsy-fartsy FX is that the kid never misses. Incredible percentage. Catch and shoot cold-blooded, Nunez from anywhere is good, apparently all the time, at least according to the video tape.

04/14/2018 - 10:33pm Engler is no pawn. He sees himself

as defending MSU's honor and seeking to limit the damage financially that it faces going forward.

Attempting to silence a survivor at a public meeting is just a death knell for this administration. And the only reason this doesn't generate national headlines is because of our idiot president hogging media attention.

I mean internalizing all this negativity at the expense of those victimized does nothing to salve any wounds or change perception. How can Engler be viewed as anything other than what he is, a partisan with an agenda?

The idea that a tuition and state tax increase ought to pay for the massive legal debt that the university now faces from the flood of filed civil action against it is yet another example of passing the blame and punishing the public without acknowledging school financial culpability.

Why doesn't Engler promote a billion dollar donor campaign urging MSU alums to reach deep to pay for the legal damages? Because he knows no alum  wants to be connected supporting the financial fallout from incompetent leadership and knowing conspiracy that augmented the Nasser scandal and enabled other Title iX violations now coming to light.

 

 

04/14/2018 - 9:37pm I expect DeJulius to

have the greater impact but Bradzekis to flash the kind of upside that Beilein teaching growth and development spurs in his pupils.

Shooting is important. But defense trumps great offense. Hopefully, by tourney time, the youngsters are making an important contribution to this team.

04/14/2018 - 9:28pm Clemson played its spring game today

in front of 55,000 in Death Valley, showcasing the No. 1 qb recruit in the country. I guess there's a bit of optimism there. Duke, meantime, played its spring game before a nearly empty stadium in Durham. Just the difference between two ACC schools with night and day programs in football and basketball.

04/14/2018 - 9:23pm Is this is a rhetorical question?

Everyone is optimistic before the season starts because you have no idea what might happen, and I guess because in this case, we've won or should have won almost every game that Harbaugh has coached. And even in the games that got out of hand, that happened only in the second half of those contests, specifically against  Ohio State Harbaugh's first season and Penn State last year. We haven't won the way we want, but to claim some severe disappointment about the progress of this program seems rather myopic at this point.

04/14/2018 - 5:53pm I think we were all blessed that

Moe came to Michigan and stayed long enough to make his mark and show what a group of determined kids can do when they get great preparation for their lives and it translates on the basketball court. Does anyone have any doubts about Moe's future and those of his departing teammates, MAAR and Duncan and Simmons. Not me. Thanks for the memories Moe, a Wolverine for life. Go Blue. You made us proud, now go do it for yourself.

04/12/2018 - 8:30pm Why do I think this is bigger news than

the spring game being cancellled. I guess because we are all so enamored with the basketball program right now and its immediate future based on its national impact, that football practice rather than a scrimmage on Saturday night takes second stage.

04/12/2018 - 11:01am Seems like

everyone involved is blaming somebody else.  Purdue is being blamed because the health center was allegedly treating Haas who claims the center's treatment cleared him of any problem  and wrongdoing before the transmittal cases were discovered.

No doubt, however, he remains a big man on campus and now in civil court as well.

04/12/2018 - 10:46am Just wondering if

Moe gave any indication what his plan is going forward during the banquet. I'm sure his teammates are just as curious as the rest of us.

04/12/2018 - 10:39am That would be like

totally disrespecting the game and players who participate. Fastpitch softball is a highly skilled game. It takes years to master every element of the game. And I fell in love of the women's game in Ann Arbor, and enjoy watching and officiating it at all age levels. Fastpitch when played well, as is the case year in and year out at Michigan, is totally enjoyable.

04/12/2018 - 10:21am Well, the offense

changes considerably without Moe in the program. Because it means that at the five spot, Teske either becomes a more diversive shooting threat or he becomes more of a traditional post that operated within the Beilein scheme like Morgan did, perhaps with greater scoring influence. But that was based on having more shooting options on the on the perimeter, which depends next year on the growth of all the remaining and likely starters from Poole, Matthews, Simpson and Livers.

At first glance, that starting lineup sets up more as a defensive-minded unit than a potentially high-scoring offensive one, which lives to score off transition and second chance opportunties because of Teske's presence around the basket instead of Wagner.

I have no doubt that Michigan's offense will grow into whatever Beilein designs with his available personnel and that Poole and teammates will find their own levels as their collective game evolves.

It would be really special, though, if Moe would come back for one more year, though I think to a certain extent this does alter the development of the rest of the roster, and assures that Casselton redshirts, even if that's already projected regardless of what Moe shortly decides.

04/10/2018 - 3:41pm The NCAA works

on behalf of its membership, not on behalf of student-athletes whose interests are only relevant as their behavior, needs and rights relate directly to the member program whose missionary requirements are the primary function of the organization. That is why the organizatioin conducts investigations, but it takes no enforcement action not thoroughly vetted and signed off on by peer members. It acts and responds in the same way Congress does. It makes a big show without producing a significant amount of institutional change.

 

04/10/2018 - 11:01am MSU's ultimate

protection is already in place. I would say this goes nowhere like all the others.

04/10/2018 - 10:51am Well, I stopped

wondering a long time ago what side the NCAA stands on when it comes to the right of student ahletes in relation to their member institutions whose interests they guard because the schools pay the way for everyone.

The NCAA always sides on the right of those who pay the bill. This has historically been the case and no choice, school suspension or student-athlete right has stood any test to longstanding commitment to any internal ruling or challenge that doesn't benefit the membership longterm, because the NCAA doesn't exist otherwise. 

It only polices institutional members because they won't and can't do it themselves. It only protects the interests of student-athletes because they are part of the mission of the membership, not because of any greater oversight authority. View the NCAA role on that level, and you never misunderstand what it does or how it proceeds and then changes when the political winds die down.

04/04/2018 - 1:20pm Yeah, would have liked to have seen

that theory played out. But what became obvious is that Brunson is not the head of that snake and their band of snipers.

What surprised me though was their poor effort at game's end with our pressure. I mean if Michigan had sped up the game with that fullcourt pressure, putting in the youngsters to keep the energy high...oh never mind.

04/04/2018 - 1:16pm Apparently in all Dwayne Johnson action movies

every beast has wings. Now, if we'd had The Rock on our side Monday night, who knows maybe would have withstood the Nova Rampage. (See what I did there, gratuitously naming the stupid movie he's in that was hyped beypnd Capitol One three stooges ads duriing the tournament).

04/03/2018 - 7:26pm Michigan was out of rhythm

and it was the result of Nova and its defense and Michigan being out of sorts. But part of it too, was the officiating, which was so nebbish. I mean the calls that sidelined Robinson were not even real contact fouls, nor even from the standpoint of advantage-disadvantage. Robinson was merely trying to establish position and was in front of the guy he got called for his second foul. Those nebbish calls, in part, put the team out of rhythm because they were so out of context with the way the game was being called the rest of the way and the kind of contact that was permitted when Michigan guys drove to the basket and were bumped or held.

I mean it is so ridiculous to see a guy go hard to the basket like Matthews does and get bumped as he's making his shot attempt and get no call, and then see Robinson get called for position-establishing contact where the opponent falls on his own.

The fact is that in most games of the tournament, you have three whistles and rarely, if ever, are they calling the same thing. I mean Weimer was all over anything that resembled a moving pick or offensive foul last night. But they gave Brunson license to kill in the first half last night before he was finally put in his place based on the contact he initiated.

04/03/2018 - 12:18pm Yeah, if those guys are on the team,

then the outlook is brighter right of way. You have a situation that you would have had this year at the beginning if DJ Wilson had played. This year's team would have been awesome in an even more enhanced defensive way given Wilson's length and ability.

You put together this year's squad with Wilson in the front court and then DiVencenzo is guarded by DJ, and he can't deal with his size and length, and his shot gets blocked at the cup.

What a difference one guy makes sometimes. But that's been Beilein's history at Michigan, developing guys for quicker growth than anyone anticipated and watching them leave for their pro future one to two steps ahead of their classmates. It's not about our amusement or entertainment, though, it's about getting ahead in life, establishing your place in the world and making it. Can't ever lose sight of that.

But you wonder what if.....in one more shining moment of opportunity things might be different.

04/03/2018 - 12:04pm Yes, great defense

masked a lot of issues with scoring efficiency, a typical Beilein-team staple. We had only three scorers last night along with Poole's and Teske's minimal contributions.

If Michigan is to grow as a team, Teske is going to have to play a bigger role. He has has to become more than a defensive rim protector. That status will change or not depending on what Moe decides.

But Teske showed great growth. At times, he was  a highly dependable offensive player when called upon offering a glimpse of his future with very positive contributions in keeping possessions alive with his passing, putbacks and rebounds. He needs to become a scoring threat down low because I don't see him as a roaming seven-foot jump shooter behind the arc.

If he can become an effective pick and pop, and pick-and-roll post, like Morgan became, highly efficient around the basket, then you can almost afford to have him in the game at the same time as Simpson.

 

04/03/2018 - 11:18am Unless you are a first round pick, the

money isn't the same. I mean you go to college to get ready for your professional future. So, if he's advised to go, he should leave. But if he needs an advisor to tell him, then the decision isn't certain. The only reason to stay is because you want to experience more winning. Until last night, Moe hadn't reached the pinnacle contest of the college game. Now he has. So, having achieved that, what's more important, doing it again or getting ready to make the leap as a pro?

Either is a risky option, only because its safer to stay and return to what you know in your current environment and what to expect in the process, while moving forward opens  new doors and leading questions to ponder about your ability to succeed at the next level.

I don't think getting paid is the real motivation unless that is what you feel is most important. I think it's about whether you want to take the next step now or later. And I think he'll go because he wants to see what's ahead and begin experiencing it.

04/03/2018 - 12:09am We played on the final night of the basketball season.

Only two teams make it that far every season. We were one of them. Think of winning 14 straight games and 33 while losing 8 and not experiencing a loss for two months through two tournaments with one and done consequence. That is amazing. And we weren't even ranked coming into the season. And going forward, this team and program will only get better because most of us were thinking ahead, not in the present tense.

What a season. What a run. What a team. Wow, it's great to be a fan of this program. Thanks for making the winter fly by.

04/03/2018 - 12:01am I agree. This was special. More so

because it was so unexpected.  As far as I am concerned, getting there is such an incredible achievement. But winning that last game puts you in a different dimension. Disappointing only from the possibility of greater achievement, not from the work effort, which was magnificent. So proud of this program and team.

04/02/2018 - 11:53pm Nope. He's done.

What a great kid. And what a Michigan Man. I wish him all the best as a pro.

04/02/2018 - 11:36pm Fantastic season.

Guys played great. Just not our night. The officiating sucked but it's imoact was only negligible from a rhythm standpoint, which in a closer contest, might matter. So, one guys scores scores 31 and it erases an almost irrelevant night by MAAR whose 23 seem invisible because nobody else besides Moe could make a shot.

 

04/02/2018 - 11:36pm Fantastic season.

Guys played great. Just not our night. The officiating sucked but it's imoact was only negligible from a rhythm standpoint, which in a closer contest, might matter. So, one guys scores scores 31 and it erases an almost irrelevant night by MAAR whose 23 seem invisible because nobody else besides Moe could make a shot.

 

04/02/2018 - 8:40pm Besides the Duncan 6 and the

Wagner first triple, just expect Michigan playing lights out 90 percent contested defense as a more definitive omen for success. Just Win The Game. 

 

 

04/02/2018 - 8:34pm If Charles Barkley who played a stretch 4 most

of his career for the 76'ers and Suns can become an all-star and HOF player, you've got to wonder what it takes to play forward in the NBA and succeed. But then again Charles was special. The Hornets got two Big Ten all-star centers and MVPs, Zeller and Kaminsky on their team, and neither is much of a difference maker, which just means the NBA and college basketball are comletely different games.

04/02/2018 - 8:14am Michigan has contested on average

in each of its last two games, 90 percent of the shots attempted against it. Think of that. Ninety percent. And in so doing, their actions have spoken louder than any words about it.

Consider that Villanova hit 14 three point shots against Kansas, Michigan has only allowed 14 three-point baskets throughout the tournament against five teams. That is doing more and saying less in anyone's book. Regardless of what happens, this won't be Kansas, the Wildcats face. Go Blue!

04/01/2018 - 7:49pm It depends on how you measure a player's legacy as both

a player and teammate in championship achievement. It's like saying now that Tom Brady was a great Michigan player but he never achieved what Brian Griese earned or what Moe now has the opportunity to achieve.

The team that Beilein took to the 2013 NCAA championship game, probably had greater talent as part of its component parts.

Moe, at times, this season has looked pro-ready. Other nights not so much. When he is on, he is really something. Other times he can seem ordinary.  Cazzie and Rice were fabulously talented basketball players and great scorers who earned their college superstardom.  I don't think Moe does anything that makes him standout above those legends from Michigan's past.

But he is the man on this team that makes it special and coordinates so well with its diverse pieces and play as a team leader.

In the end, winning manifests legacy in a way losing only shadows and dares question such declaration. But then, this is a team game. And Michigan has increasingly achieved more as a basketball team while Moe has been key part of it. That is his lasting legacy, a great Michigan Man who who helped his team win at a level no one ever expected.

03/31/2018 - 9:44am Wouldn't necessarily agree

that Rob Gray wasn't  the straw that stirred Houston's drink and nearly pulled off the upset because it took a Michigan village to guard him even though Zavier discovered his chewing gum flavor early and often and did the best job on him. It was Dentyne, by the way.

03/31/2018 - 9:38am OK, so Moe learned English

by watching  such archetypal American movies as Goodfellas, My Cousin Vinny and Home Alone, by inculcating such scintillating Pesci lines as, "Do I amuse you? "Youts" and "We're gonna get you."  Who knew? It's a small world after all. And today Moe is large and in charge. Tongue out and laughing all the way to Monday night.

 

 

03/30/2018 - 7:41pm Wow, how exciting.

Have a great time and Go Blue! Make us proud.

03/30/2018 - 7:35pm This is such a good point.

He's experienced a lot of success and been responsible for making a lot of it happen in combination with Derrick Walton and Zak and company. I remember the last time Michigan went to the Final Four, Walton and Zak were incoming players on hand for it in Atlanta.

As far as I am concerned, he is the MVP of the team. Others might point to Moe, and Moe is the man, but MAAR is the catalyst who makes this team hum.

03/30/2018 - 4:33pm The teams that have guarded Michigan well

and beat them, actually won those games by running Michigan off the three point line on bad shooting nights for the team. And they also did a great job of limiting any second chance points with strong defensive rebounding.

I mean we're only talking a couple of games where this happened after this team began its surge and figured out how good it could be just by playing stubborn team defense.

Montana and Houston both sought to do what Nebraska and Northwestern did to Michigan. There is no real template for beating the Wolverines unless you keep them from making threes because they play such good defense, don't allow transition baskets and for the most part, don't foul al lot, depending on the refereeing in a given game. This means they usually get a lot more possessions than their opponents because while offensive rebounding isn't their game, they do such a great job of grabbing defensive caroms. So, they can afford not to always shoot a great percentage from behind the arc and still win, because they can get to the basket with their matchups.

The thing is, Michigan can play other teams at their pace and still succeed because their game revolves around their defense, and the offense is so diverse, that it makes even teams that switch all the ball screens tentative at times. I mean in order to run Michigan out of its game, you really have to have an instinctive defensive posture and come determined to closeout with authority as they move the ball around the arc and then look to pick and pop, or pick and roll.

 

03/29/2018 - 7:45pm So Michigan, so Mgoblog personality,

so anally circuituous, so entertaining with all the right details.

03/29/2018 - 5:34pm Well, if you want to hear it this very minute,

tune into WTKA.com's podcast tab, and you'll be blessed with your desire. It will likely appear on this blog tomorrow morning, as has been the usual schedule for the replay of Thursday's Michigan Insider segment.

03/28/2018 - 7:13pm Loyola is a great story.

Saturday, The end. Not being malicious, just objective.

03/28/2018 - 6:53pm I concur. I mean if they want to make this

more like the NBA, and play a best-of-three series for the championship between the top two teams, just to claim that the Villanova's of the world were not worthy champions when they beat Georgetown, or that Webber's timeout without any left, deprived Michigan of valid shot to beat UNC, or that Indiana State might have shocked the Magic-led Spartans with two more chances, or that NC State's victory over Houston  was a fluke, then I guess they have a point.

For me, one loss and your done, is the essence of one shining moment and survive and advance. In no other college sport other than baseball, is your postseason extended if you lose a playoff matchup. That goes for Olympic sports and football.

Not that the system is being challenged but it is what it is. And what it is has been and continues to be is pretty damn entertaining without changing the world order of things when miracles happen and there is no recourse to erase them. Life is short. The tournament satisfies the opportunity for risky business. And we accept that challenge every year.

03/27/2018 - 9:35pm It's so ridiculous that the NFL, sued for years

on the issue of concussion, has taken so long to outlaw hits that lead to them. I guess I am wondering why headhunting, given the shortness of careers in which headhunting is a key factor, allow it to make a difference in how we perceive the game.

I mean everything about pro football is different than when it started. And everything about the game is more lethal and dangerous. It's like weaponry. More sophisticated, problematic and dangerous. And yet the answer is always about public relations not safety, as if safety gets in the way of a better show. Intimidation is usually the end game of illegal hits not misaligned contact.

03/27/2018 - 8:22pm I loved Brian's reference to this team

yesterday in his Bricklayers post, as these guys being Misfit Toys. And I am especially partial to the gif posted from the film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid> 

The "Who are these guys?"  reference says it all, because that is what personifies the magic that we have witnessed this season, a team that has transformed before our eyes, persistent pursuers on defense, not letting up.

At the beginning we weren't sure what this team was capable of, what it wanted to be, or how it would get there. And then slowly the light came on, and now it's a beacon flooding the end of the tunnel,  guiding us with a veneer of unmistakable confidence in what they are and how they can do it, no matter what outsiders say or think. They are prepared to  take on the college basketball world and beat it. That is the Beilein way.

03/27/2018 - 3:55pm FSU came out in the second half

Sarturday and tried three immediate post-up attempts before abandoning the inside game based on 1 for 3 scoring.  They then settled for drives and mid-range jumpers and scored fewer points than they managed in the first half. And with two minutes left they trailed by 10, cutting the margin to four by game's end with their survival on the line.

The point is, Michigan was never challenged on the interior even with supposed susceptible interior defenders such as Duncan Robinson and Isaiah Livers.

The author of the scouting report on Michigan is clearly not a Big Ten coach because he would have known in advance how Michigan plays defensively and that it's "handsy." Not sure what the point of that comment was, whether is was meant to suggest Michigan gets away with lot of uncalled fouls or whether it leads to a lot of transition opportunities off deflections.

If mirroring of Michigan by Loyola with its style and pieces is their advantage, how come it didn't work when other teams tried that and commitment to fulltime ball-screen switching against other opponents including Purdue and MSU. All teams have done that against Michigan.

This coach has viewed Michigan through the prism of his own experience and games in this tournament, whoever it is. I just think Michigan has five-out shooters who can do what other teams can't offensively, wihich is read and react off the defense and play a stubborn defense that leads to more scoring opportunities especially with the TO rates of Loyola's starting five, something this coach didn't even consider.