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06/18/2018 - 9:49am Since the USMNT didn't make…

Since the USMNT didn't make it, my rooting interest is for everyone to loose and every fanbase to have a terrible time.  Especially Mexico.  They're the Ohio State of the soccer world, in that their fan base is terrible and they are terrible and should cease to exist.  Can't believe they beat Germany.  

06/15/2018 - 1:11pm This is what the program has…

This is what the program has been missing.  Now UM can win a championship!

But seriously....meh, they're fine.  Look good.  Looked good without them too.

06/14/2018 - 4:00pm Ummm, I mean Brian is a huge…

Ummm, I mean Brian is a huge USMNT and soccer fan.  Every four years with the US in the World Cup MGoBlog turns to world cup content.  And promptly pisses of a handful of die hard soccer haterz.  But I personally love it.  

06/14/2018 - 2:43pm So, even though the US shat…

So, even though the US shat the bed for the World Cup this cycle, I'm really missing the every 4 years WC coverage that usually is in this blog.  Any chance you can dry your tears and give some coverage?  Or if the apathy is just too much, any chance for a post-WC US preview for the coming cycle after our nightmare is in the rear view and US Soccer tries not to utterly implode over the next few years?

06/13/2018 - 11:50am Old easily.  Finding the…

Old easily.  Finding the quickly looking at the message board was far easier in my phone with the old.  I need four clicks and  multiple pages to load to get to it on mobile now.  Plus I felt the old was much cleaner design.  I never understood why people complained about the old one.

05/31/2018 - 2:40pm Yes, that's the guy.  I

Yes, that's the guy.  I believe when the violations started getting reported, Godfrey basically parroted the Ole Miss coaching staff in some articles/interivews and 'reported' that the vioaltions and such didn't concern football and weren't a big deal and nothing would happen.  Basically didn't do any due diligence in his reporting.  Contributed to why guys like Patterson even went there in the first place because Ole Miss convinced a lot of people there were no real violations and it was all nothing.  Godfrey contributed to that.  Pretty sure Brian calls him out on that and Godfrey doesn't like to be reminded about it.

05/24/2018 - 2:16pm No crap we're not peaches. 

No crap we're not peaches.  We're human beings.  Not fruit.  Typical woman; doesn't even know the difference between a person and a fruit.

05/24/2018 - 2:08pm He partied too much.  I

He partied too much.  I remember reading an article that about when Messi started at Barca and the Barca higher ups were worried that Messi was hanging out with Ronaldinho too much.  They were afraid that Messi would follow Ronaldinho down the hole of not applying himself and achieving his full potential.

05/24/2018 - 2:02pm Wait, wait, think

Wait, wait, think it's bonkers that rich, famous man is doting on and banging two women at the same time?  Or that even said two women are aware of each other?  Or is the bonkers part just that such an arrangement is happening under one roof instead of two seperate ones?  Frankly, nothing about this seems very unusual to me, except the label 'marriage' he's applying to it.

05/02/2018 - 2:04pm I don't know, I can see how

I don't know, I can see how it may help.  I'm probably a small demographic here, but I have boy/girl twins, I am an Eagle Scout any my wife has her Gold Award, we both want our kids to do scouting, but in our discussions about scouting, it's pretty clear the infrastructue to offer greater experiences is, or at least was, much higher in the BSA.  My wife says she wishes she could have been in my troop.  We both had well run troops (mine was probably extrememly well run), but I had easier access to all the high adventure camps and jamborees that my wife just didn't.  I know Ventures in co-ed, but that's not until your older and getting in a troop and enviornment that fostors growth toward those high adventure experiences is important for retention and growth. 

And secondly, man, it makes it a hell of a lot easier on us parents to juggle one troop instead of two.  I know that's a bit selfish, but man, we already got a lot going on in life.  

My wife and I acknowledge there are definiate advantages, at least in our opinion, to single-gender spaces at times, so it would be a big change for a co-ed troop, but I can also see a lot of advantages.  In the end, how this turns out will probably have to do with how well individual troops are run.

04/12/2018 - 1:36pm I mean, thanks for the off

I mean, thanks for the off season content, but this offseason is going to be brutal.  I was really looking forward to reading all the world cup content we get once very 4 years, but instead it looks like content on the most boring, flopping-est league in the world, the NBA.  Ugh.

03/30/2018 - 10:30am This feels like typical

This feels like typical offseason stuff and trying to rationalize sub-par performance last year.  Maybe S&C had something to do with it.  But the defense was still dominate.  It was just poor QB play, uninspired offensive strategy/playcalling (until the OSU game), bad luck, and above all, poor OL play (and that's technique and learning how to pick up a damn stunt).  Last year didn't feel like they got overpowered.

03/28/2018 - 11:28am Kind of my thoughts exactly. 

Kind of my thoughts exactly.  He never seemed like a bad dude, but he is the embodiment of a recent Izzo team: athletic marvel that plays an old style of basketball and thinks toughness is yelling a lot and flexing after getting an open dunk.  Has no idea what true toughness is, as do none of Izzo's recent teams as far as I can remember.

03/27/2018 - 8:35am In the little bit I was able

In the little bit I was able to catch from his highlight packages in the tournement, seems like he got a lot/most of his baskets off pick-and roll.  Man, this team really does remind me of an older Jordan Morgan led Beilein team.  Great ball movement, passing, 4 out offense, non-athletic 5 that finishes at the rim assisted with a high clip.  They're really gonna have to work on that pick and roll D this week, as that seems like how the Jackson scores and he's gonna be like 50%ish of the minutes at the 5.

03/26/2018 - 10:46am Yeah, I forgot about that

Yeah, I forgot about that goaltend, and then I believe they turned that into a fast break and Wagner got called for a teerrrrible block that was pretty clearly a charge, they hit both free throws, and it was a 4 point swing.  UM had the chance to put the hammer down so many times in that game.  

Also, but FSU is a pretty bad three throw team and they hit 90% in that game.  Normalize UM's three shooting and FSU's FTs and UM wins by like 20.

03/26/2018 - 10:10am Yeah, I'm really interested

Yeah, I'm really interested to see how they do.  This year felt a little flukly, i.e won games, but not in great fasion, bouyed by 1) the B1G POY, who was legit really really good, and 2) the unbalanced schedules.  I think they played MSU, Purdue only once, lost to Penn State twice, split with UM, played Nebraska once at home.  What kind of recruiting classes are they bringing in?

03/26/2018 - 10:03am When Krutwig is on the bench,

When Krutwig is on the bench, what does the line-up look like?  Who is the replacement center?

03/26/2018 - 10:00am Didn't Beilein put in Livers

Didn't Beilein put in Livers at the 5 for a short period at some point this weekend?  I imagine that would be the move if needed.

03/26/2018 - 9:59am Wouldn't the best strategy be

Wouldn't the best strategy be not let Krutwig pass out of the post?  I've only watched a little bit of them, but they move the ball great and get a lot of good looks from 3 it seems.  I would just say 'screw it' and stick on the perimeter with your guys and let Krutwig drive the offense with post-up baskets.  Don't leave anyone open to pass to.

03/26/2018 - 9:50am Is it just me, or did FSU

Is it just me, or did FSU play an amazingly un-sound defensive game?  They may have disrupted the offense early, but it was pretty clear pretty quickly that their defensive game was to have all those ents go battle of Isengard at the hoop with weakside help.  UM, was 1) slow to notice/do anything about it, and 2) just missed those wiiiide open shots.  I remember one late block were Z had it swatted out of bounds late in the 1st half, there were literally 4 FSU players under the hoops with Wagner, Robinson, Matthews all at the 3 pt line without a defender within 20 ft.  And Z tried the lay-up.  I felt like I was taking crazy pills.  IF UM just hits 3 more 3pts which is still below their season ave, it's a 12 pt comfortable win that people prbobably call 'dominant'.

03/26/2018 - 9:25am Eye test confirms this. 

Eye test confirms this.  Didn't they win their first 3 tourney games on buzzer beaters in each game?  Then dropped the hammer on a short handed and already outmanned KSU team.  I hope that streak does not continue.  They gotta be due for a clunker/unlucky game soon, right?

03/26/2018 - 8:28am I can't get a real great read

I can't get a real great read on them.  They really do remind me of a Beilein team we've seen in the past.  Slow, shoot really well, don't foul, don't rebound great.  Their center, Krutwig is their highest usage guy (by a slim margin), and also their highest ORTG guy.  However, he absolutely does not shoot threes.  He shoots 60% on twos which is how I guess he makes up for it, but he does not seem like an superior athlete.  Appears nimble, but a below the rim player.  Almost like a less athletic Jorgan Morgan?  I don't know what to make of that. 

I kind of think just stick on perimeter players and don't give them open looks from 3; don't help off.  They get a lot of good shots getting the defense over-rotating and sagging off it looks like.  Try and make Krutwig beat you with twos.  Moe will have a great opportunity to have a big game offensively.  But if he's not bring it, put Teske is and see if Krutwig can still score down low against a 7'1" guy who it turns out is a pretty damn good post defender.

03/22/2018 - 10:28pm I dunno, did you see the 2nd

I dunno, did you see the 2nd half performance out of the D?  Fell apart.

03/22/2018 - 9:37pm Fine, I'll say it.  The

Fine, I'll say it.  The defense fucking fell apart in the second half.

03/21/2018 - 1:47pm You can't just as 3/5th of a

You can't just as 3/5th of a 5 out offense to not take 3s.  I mean, they shouldn't be the bulk of the offense, but man, they need to take 3s and need to make them.  I noticed against Houston that they were really sagging of Simpson.  He's a great driver to the basket and they dared to take 3s and he didn't punish them.  Having that help defender sag off Simpson really hurts the ability of other players to take it to the lane.  The fact that Matthews and Simpson can't hit 3s consistantly is really what limits this offense.

03/20/2018 - 2:02pm I mean Irvin was getting 15

I mean Irvin was getting 15 mintues a game with a team that had Stauskas, GRIII, Levert and Walton all getting starters minutes.  And had sophomore Albrecht getting 15 minutes per game.  That's like the same mintues Livers gets.  

What's the deal with dieing on the Watson hill here?  I don't think many here want Watson to leave; we'll all take raw athleticism and experience on the team.  But come one, he hasn't shown anything yet to suggest he's ready to break out into a siginicant role at all.  Just seems like the usual senarios where someone may want to find a pasture with a bigger role for them.  

03/20/2018 - 12:31pm Huh, why would you say

Huh, why would you say DeJulius has passed Brooks?  Both were prolific scorers at PG at smaller schools I thought.  Brooks had a legit Nova offer which is a good sign.  Simmons leaves so there is plenty of minutes at back up PG, plus there's mintues at the 2 for some scorers.  Belien has often pushed a PG to the two and run two PG line-ups.  I just don't think they have the personel to do it this year.

03/20/2018 - 12:27pm Need to absoutley keep

Need to absoutley keep Davis.  Because then in the 2019-2020 season you love Wagner and have Senior Teske (provided he stays, which I'm guessing he does), sophomore or RS frosh Castleton, and then a true freshman.  That is not enough depth at center to weather an injury and be OK.  Plus, bigs take time to develop.  But, heck if Mo comes back, maybe Davis decides he can get more PT somewhere else and wants to transfer.  

03/20/2018 - 12:24pm Maybe because of the similar

Maybe because of the similar hair to Poole they were trying to confuse the defense?

03/20/2018 - 12:23pm This isn't after a freshman

This isn't after a freshman season.  It's now been two years.  And it's not like there are some lights out shooters keeping him on the bench.  MAAR, Dawkins, LeVert, Albrecht, Chatman, Walton, Irvin...all managed a heck of a lot more contribution in their first two years.  Watson's contribution is more in line with Dakich his first two years.

03/20/2018 - 12:18pm I mean, Caris Levert played

I mean, Caris Levert played more and put up much better stats as a young freshman on a loaded team than Watson ever has.  Watson's minutes and stats look more like Bundridge's before he tranfered.  I mean, we've heard that Watson is crazy athletic, but what have you seen on the floor that makes you think he's anywhere close to being a major contributor?  There are still minutes to be had on this team.  It basically only has 3 rotational players for the 2 and 3, MAAR, Matthews, and Poole.  And they don't have a PG that can spot up shoot really well to take up some of those 2 minutes like Beilein has had with Burke, Albrecht and Walton.  There's room for Watson, but he hasn't sniffed meaningful playing time yet.  

I mean, I hope I'm wrong.  I prefer players to stay and develop, and there will be plenty of room for minutes next year, and freshman have their limitations.  But I'm just being realistic based on what we've actually seen with our own eyes.  They'll need some more 2-3 mintues for sure with Rahk leaving.  I personally was wondering if we'd see more minutes at the 2 go to Brooks or DeJulius if they can be good shooters.

03/20/2018 - 11:25am Definitely, but at least

Definitely, but at least Jordan Poole is there in the wings to step into that role.  Just hope he can step up his defensive game.

03/20/2018 - 11:23am I can imagine they are. 

I can imagine they are.  Didn't his mom say she wanted him to do two years in college though to make sure he was ready for the grind of an NBA season?  If I recall, he is young for his class.  Like he just turned 18 before the season started or something.  

I don't know, I just have a feeling he'll come back, because of course he would.  If he doesn't, I have to think it's because they've lost confidence in Izzo.

03/20/2018 - 11:17am I mean Rahk was terrible from

I mean Rahk was terrible from 3 early, but he shot 41% overall, playedin 29 games with 19 min ave as freshman which increased to 36 games at 29 min per game shotting almost 46% form the field and increasing to 36% from 3 as a sophomore.  And Duncan, for his limitations was an even better 3 shooter from the get go than he is now.  

Ibi Watson has not shown either of those yet.  And he's behind Poole with a highly rated class of scorers coming in.

03/20/2018 - 10:52am It's an incredibly stupid

It's an incredibly stupid phrase, but damn, it's a good marketing campaign.  Anything, no matter how stupid, that ingrains itself into popular culture is a success.  Even I have to admit, that while the phrase is stupid, the actual commercials are pretty funny.  Personally not going to buy their product, but I don't think I'm their intended target.

03/20/2018 - 10:49am Maybe I don't have a great

Maybe I don't have a great feel for his game, but I thing his problem is that he doesn't score enough at the basket.  He's a decent 3 pt shooter, and crazy athletic so can finish dunks with aplomb, and can finish when someone else sets him up, but he settles for a lot of pull up 2pt shots when he's on the ball.  In the NBA those aren't as bad as in college, but he doesn't use his athleticism to cut through the defense with the ball and create his own shot at the rim.  I kind of thought that's what he's missing.

03/20/2018 - 10:43am Attrition happens.  Someone

Attrition happens.  Someone mentioned this on a WTKA podcast and Webb seemed say something like 'it would work itself out'.  AKA there's probably a person or two looking for more playing time elsewhere.  Honestly, I'm looking at Ibi Watson.  He's gotten barely anytime and has been passed by freshman and a transfer.  I've got no inside info, but, come on, the writing is on the wall there.

03/20/2018 - 10:26am I think Mo leaves this year

I think Mo leaves this year no matter his draft grade.  What else does he have to prove or grow from another year in college?  His body isn't going to change that much.  I think if he doesn't make it with an NBA team right now, he's probably pretty comfortable playing in Europe.  I know the NBA is his dream and goal, and in Europe there's a greater comfort with kids who are good at sports getting their education soley in sports in pursuit of that career (i.e. play from a teenager in the employ of professional development academies).  I don't think the UM degree means quite as much to him as it may mean to others who grew up in the US.  

Also, I'm expecting Jaren Jackson to stay another year.  As others have pointed out, his family is loaded so compensation may not be the driving force it is for others.  Plus, Izzo has a great talent for under-developing 5 stars and convincing them they need another year to not develop some more.

03/19/2018 - 1:52pm Can they really guard the

Can they really guard the perimeter?  Like can they keep Simpson out of the pain like Roby can?  I only watched them against UNC, but they struck me more as the Mo Bamba type athletic bigs that can swat a lot of lay-ups that you don't think they can get.  Plus, if they're gaurding the perimeter, then they're not standing in the lane.  That's a win for UM.  Unless the other team can out athlete UM on a whole, I generally like UM's chances against two traditional post teams.  It's the main strength that Mo Wagner brings to this team.  Not to mention Livers is shooting 39% from three.  Why doesn't he get more looks?

03/19/2018 - 1:49pm Yeah the good thing is that

Yeah the good thing is that UM is actually a pretty good DREB team.  That should mitigate their OREB to a certain extent.  And if they committ guys to the offensive glass, it may open them up to transition points.  That 2014 team was also bad DREB team.  Really that 2014 team was kind of bad at everything except avoiding TOs and scoring a ton of points.  The biggest key this game will be MAKE YOUR DAMN SHOTS.  If they get back to BTT offense they can make a run to the final game of the year.

03/19/2018 - 12:08pm I don't think it was a great

I don't think it was a great match up for A&M.  UNC and A&M are very similar; they both don't shoot well and OREB a bunch.  They're game plans are similar.  It's only that UNC has a better offense and A&M has a better defense.  But there's a reason UNC was like top 5 going into the tournoment in KenPom and A&M were 30.  It's because UNC is much better.

What happened in this game is that 269th in the nation in 3PT% with 33% on the season went 42 % on 24 attemps while UNC (a better 3 pt team, but still not great), shot 19% on 31 attempts.  

I would much rather face a couple of tall posts that aren't mobile enough to cover a 5 out offense, than I would face UNC.  UM just has to hit it's damn open 3s.

03/19/2018 - 11:19am They kind of remind me of the

They kind of remind me of the Texas and Tennessee teams UM played in 2014.  Both those teams tended to have bad to just OK shooters, but were elite OREB teams.  I believe Brian called Texas a bunch of bricklayers that OREB really well.  A&M seems like that team as well, except not even as good OREB as those UT teams.  However, UM does not have a flamethrower of an offense as in 2014.  But it does have an elite defense this year.  Will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

03/19/2018 - 11:14am Yeah, probably.  If a 1-4

Yeah, probably.  If a 1-4 seed wins, people will probably forget in about three years.  But that UMBC win will live forever.  

And that UMBC win probably dragged that ave seed metric down a ton.  So it may 'feel' more choatic than it actually is.

03/19/2018 - 7:59am double


03/19/2018 - 7:57am Some analyst pointed out that

Some analyst pointed out that it's the lowest average seed since 2000; something like 5.31 ave seed to the sweet sixteen (also 5.31 in 2000).  Most chaotic was sometime late 80's or something and the most chalk=y was 2009 with ave seed somewhere in the 3's.  General ave seed in sweet sixteen is 4 something.

03/16/2018 - 3:08pm I think that's who SDSU was;

I think that's who SDSU was; they were a bad offense that just couldn't make shots all season until the end and then had a hot streak. 

03/16/2018 - 2:52pm I don't think you can expect

I don't think you can expect the same success with the half-court trap defense if other teams try it.  That's Montana's identity.  That's what they do.  If Houston tries it, it will be like Al Borges trying to run the spread.  That's not what they do and if they try to impliment that system of smartly trapping people, they'll likely fail at it as much as succedd unless they spend the whole off season working on it.

03/16/2018 - 1:32pm The parallels are uncanny. 

The parallels are uncanny.  UM won by 15 in an uninspiried game where Trey Burke stunk against a KenPom team in the 90's.  The next game was against the 18 ranked Kenpom team that everyone loved but was a bad match up against UM...

This year, UM wins by 14 against a Kenpom 70's team in an uninspired game then face the 18 ranked Kenpom team that everyone seems to love but is probably a bad match up against UM...

03/16/2018 - 12:16pm Exactly.  Regression to the

Exactly.  Regression to the mean favors UM here I think.  Plus generally weird/bad game all around from UM.  What's the chances UM wins the tip, has their best offensive player trip over his own feet unforced and turn the ball over thus losing the possesion arrow all in the first three seconds happen a second time?

03/16/2018 - 12:13pm I mean, he's real good.  And

I mean, he's real good.  And Houston is a real good team.  They can definitly beat UM.  But good god, that was an heroic individual effort that resulted in a 2 pt win against a team in the same range as Maryland.  When I look at things like this, I tend to think about sustainability and regression to the mean.  He's a 35% 3 shooter who went 4-6 in that game.  He took 25 shots and finished above his average in 2pt shooting.  Is that going to sustain?  Against Simpson and UM's defense?  It could, but probably not.  At the same time, I don't think their 43% 3pt shooter will go 0-5 either.  But UMs really good at running people off the line and he is totally Just A Shooter.