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06/25/2018 - 6:54pm It's funny to crack jokes,…

It's funny to crack jokes, since he came back to lose to M twice and get bounced in the second round of the tourney, but I do think he improved and will be a good pro.  He's crazy athletic and a good shooter.  At the least, he can be a 3 and D guy who have become so valuable in the NBA.  He doesn't seem like an alpha dog and even 2nd option on a great team, but he could be an excellent 3/4 option on a team.  

Also, he didn't drop in the draft relative to where he would have went last year.  He went around the same place.  I saw one mock from last year that had him at 12 and another at 21.  I saw another article that said between 8-14.  

06/15/2018 - 11:14pm Admittedly, I don't read…

Admittedly, I don't read many golf posts, but I always thought Speith's commentary was well-regarded.  I personally love hearing it after his shots.  He had what appeared to be a bad shot today out of the sand and immediately said "that was about the best I could have expected from that spot."  I was surprised, as I thought he would be frustrated with it.  Cool insight.  

 

05/24/2018 - 6:06pm Amen

I like about five people at Barstool (Big Cat, PFT, Chaps, Rone, and sometimes Caleb).  They also have an entertaining instagram account.  

A lot/most of their stuff isn't that funny.  Do some of their fans not embody the best of the internet? Yes.  Is that true for basically every internet community? Yes.  Barstool probably has a slightly worse ratio than most bc of their demographic (young males). 

Yes, Barstool objectifies women with their Smokeshows.  Yes, they occassionally will post/say something unsavory.  But spare me the moral outrage of shaming me for liking a few of their personalities.  I don't use them as a reliable source of news or a bastion of society.  They are purely entertainment.  If they don't entertain you, I totally get it.  But I don't get why people feel the need to rip on anybody who enjoys anything about Barstool.

Do you still use Facebook even though they've done way worse shit?  Do you still watch the NFL?  Hell, it's not like anybody here is going to bat for the morals of the NCAA. 

 

05/24/2018 - 1:34pm This is definitely true

When they first started it was this to the extreme.  I stopped listening for a while and now listen every now and then.  To Ace's credit, he's gotten a little better at this, but the general dynamic definitely still exists.  

05/23/2018 - 6:20pm Podcasts

Brian does seem a bit condescending/jerky on the podcasts.  When he goes on the WTKA roundtable, he's balanced out nicely with others, and they can call him out on his personality quirks.  It works well, and I think it's funny.

When he's with just Ace, they almost feed off each other in a bad way.  I enjoy those substantially less, until Seth comes on.  

05/17/2018 - 3:53pm Eh

It's fair enough as an unpopular opinion.

But for all we know, Michigan Mcaffrey or Peters (less likely since we've seen him) could be legit and lead us to 10+ wins.  

Passing on a talent like Shea would be silly for any program.  It'd be purely based on hubris.  

05/17/2018 - 3:19pm Obsessed

As MSU has enjoyed recent football success, particularly head to head, Michigan fans have become much more obsessed with MSU in the same way we used to (still do) make fun of them.  And in some cases its insufferable.  

I love Scott Bell on twitter, but man, sometimes I cringe.  He's an example, but I imagine it's what MSU fans were like once they first experienced some success against us.

05/16/2018 - 4:15pm Those two PSU plays

Are the same Jet Motion RPOs highlighted by the previous post before this.  They obviously didn't work as well against PSU.  It doesn't look like PSU's line was slanting.  

I don't really have much to add.  Just an obsevation.

05/16/2018 - 1:27pm I can't put all the blame on Speight in 2016

He made some critical mistakes, but realistically, it was a miracle he was even able to play in that game.  The only reason we even had a chance was him gutting it out.  He made several throws/decisions JOK could not have on the road against an elite defense.

05/11/2018 - 1:03pm I'm trying...

I'm trying VERY hard not to get excited about high level basketball recruits with Michigan interest, but you're making it VERY difficult.

05/09/2018 - 3:53pm I'm not convinced this is true

But it's not crazy.  They have stockpiled a ton of picks and kept on a HC that has one win in two years.  Eventually all that talent has to turn into something (See: Jags D).  They also traded for a pick and took on the Osweiler contract, which is something I can't ever remember in football but is common in basketball.

Obviously the sports are way different.  One pick can make all the difference for a basketball team when that's very rarely the case in football.  

04/30/2018 - 3:05pm Just read this

I know nobody here claims to be NFL experts, but it's funny how wrong the whole article turned out to be.  Hurst/Cole/McCray were all off in different ways.  

Interesting to hear your insight, but a full-on swing and miss.

 

04/18/2018 - 2:31pm Backup Center

I actually think we have a lot of bullets in the chamber between Davis/Castleton/Livers.  If we only need 10-15 minutes, there are a lot of worse situations.

Backup 2 is pretty wide open.  Could sell somebody on 15ish min. as a backup 2/3 and a chance to compete. 

04/18/2018 - 2:28pm To be clear

This isn't necessarily a knock on Teske as a player.  He's an great defender and a good (if slightly limited) offensive player - think senior-year JMO.  But it's more a product of the team that is around him.  Put Teske on that 2014 team, and he's the perfect 5.

Offense might not matter, though, when teams can't crack 50 against us.

04/18/2018 - 2:25pm Teske on Offense

I'm not nearly as optimistic as Brian/Ace about Teske on offense.  Teske would be an ideal Beilein 5 on an ideal Beilein team, but with X and Matthews, that means we're rolling out a lineup with three non-shooters.  The Top 100 numbers above have Michigan shooting 32% from three w/ Teske on the floor.  Smallish sample size, but that's w/ MAAR/Robinson on the roster (two 40ish% shooters).

Teske could be great as a roll guy/some pick and pop, but Matthews and X aren't elite pick and roll players.  Matthews struggled to hit the screener.  X showed flashes, but with Teske/X, the defense will just sag off and clog the lane.  

If Teske is going to play a prominant role without slogging down the offense, we need steps forward from Matthews/X/Teske in terms of 3 point shooting and running pick and roll.   

04/18/2018 - 1:00pm True

I would take a grad transfer, but we've seen how tough it is for first year players in Beilein's offense.  Although, PGs seem to struggle more.  
 

I do like the idea of having the scholarship open for a 2019 recruit, though.  We don't have any seniors on our roster next year and Matthews is the only person who is a realistic early-entry candidate.  

Transfers obviously happen, but it'd be nice to have at least one open scholarship. 

04/17/2018 - 1:08pm Illinois

Great class for Illinois considering their lack of success in recent years

04/16/2018 - 5:19pm His game

Kind of has some Blake Griffin to it:

- Bully-ball type getting to the basket

- Good but not great handle

- Dunks everything

- Can extend to the three point line (this is newer for Blake)

 

04/14/2018 - 10:49am Good for him!

Best of luck!  It was a joy watching him play - can't wait to follow him throughout his career.

04/13/2018 - 4:16pm Nunez

I'm curious why you think he would pair better with Poole than Matthews?  I would be inclined to think it'd be nice to have a better shooter for spacing next to Matthews, whereas Poole forces the defense to extend to the three point line.

04/10/2018 - 5:00pm Yeah

Strictly from a Michigan Benefit perspective, I agree, the redshirt is productive.  

04/10/2018 - 4:58pm Watson

He fits the profile of a Beilien transfer.  Been in the program a couple years and hasn't seen much playing time.  Has a younger player (Poole) who passed him on the depth chart.

BUT, he did play in 26 games last year including a couple minutes in games down the stretch.  Plus, he does have a path to playing time.  There's nobody to backup Poole on the roster right now.  I would think given his minutes this year, he would feel confident in holding off Nunez.  Could see up to 10-15 min/game depending on how frequently Poole ends up in Beilein's doghouse.

04/10/2018 - 4:20pm Agree and disagree

From Michigan's perspective, yes, you're right. Michigan hasn't had many fifth year contributors (Duncan who was a transfer and J-Mo are the only ones I can think of)

From the player's perspective, the fifth year can be great.  Look at Bieldfeld and Donnel.  Both were limited role players for us and each went on to play significant roles on great teams in the fifth year.  

I think I remember Beilein mentioning part of the redshirt decision process was up to the player, which would make sense.  Some players may want ot redshirt while others don't want to in case they eventually transfer.  For example, Ricky Doyle redshirted his freshman year and played his second, he would have had to sit out his transfer year and burn a year of eligibility.  Then, he would have sat out two of his first three years in college instead of one of his first three.

04/10/2018 - 3:02pm Try connecting via

mobile hotspot from your phone and then switching over once you're logged in

04/05/2018 - 5:22pm Are you talking about his IG story?

I'm not sure if that means he's visiting there.  He's been working out/chilling in LA basically since he left Michigan.  He could just be working out at the UCLA facilities.  

04/05/2018 - 1:44pm Could be

A Chris Wormley-type

04/05/2018 - 1:39pm Haam

Where does Haam come from?

04/04/2018 - 12:11pm Offense

If Wagner leaves and Matthews stays, I'm not sure where the offense comes from next year.  

Simpson, Poole, Matthews, Livers, and Teske is a poor shooting lineup that provides very limited spacing.  Poole and Livers would really be the only 3 pt shooting threats.  The team will have a really high floor because of how elite they will be defensively, but spacing is a huge concern.

I think Wagner is somehow underrated.  A lot of people talk about Teske coming in as an improved defender, which is true, but Wagner did so much for the team's spacing with having two poor shooters in Simpson/Matthews on the floor.  Allowed Simpson/MAAR/Matthews the ability to get to the rim.

 

03/30/2018 - 1:21pm As the non-wife of a Hokie, me too

VaTech is supposed to be one of the coolest football environments.  I was looking forward to making the trip. 

03/30/2018 - 1:19pm I would have said

the same thing last year about people thinking Bridges was going to come back, and he did.  Izzo somehow just gets players to stay.  I can't say it's delusion because of their track record of players coming back.

03/29/2018 - 5:46pm I was really looking forward to the trip to VaTech

It's supposed to be one of the best environments in college football

03/26/2018 - 5:50pm This might be a stupid question

But how do they coaches know who is looking good playing at what position?  

If they can't practice between the end of the season and the start of spring practice, is this all based on conditioning workouts?  Are non-conditioning coaches allowed to coach conditioning sessions?  Presumably not.  Can they do individual skill work?

03/22/2018 - 5:00pm How I know Ace didn't write this

Poole is not mentioned once by name

03/17/2018 - 11:44am Why does it matter?

Money is fungible.  At the end of the day, it's going to cost what's it's going to cost and that money comes from Total Money MSU Owns

03/17/2018 - 11:42am For Yesterday's Games

I am 100% positive that once you left the stadium, you could not reenter.  

If you left during Session 1, you could only come back with a seperate ticket for Session 2.  Each ticket got you in to the stadium exactly one time.  

I would be very surprised if this changed for the Sunday games.  If would call again and double check with somebody else.

03/10/2018 - 10:06am Path to Detroit

I don't think we have a path to Detroit.  I understand people talking about doing some minor shuffling to the benefit of more teams, but the numbers don't work.  

Four Locations on the East side of the country:

- Detroit

- Pittsburgh

- Nashville

- Charlotte

Teams ahead of Michigan on the east side of the country:

- Virginia

- Villanova

- Xavier

- Duke

- UNC

- Cincy

- Purdue

- MSU

If Michigan doesn't jump one of these teams, there is no way the committee will ship one of them west in order to convenience Michigan.  At that point, it's not splitting hairs by a few miles.  The list does not include Auburn or Tennesee who could factor in somehow.

02/28/2018 - 1:47pm Agree

I'm not sure where people get the idea this team isn't athletic.  Or at least the starting lineup.  Compared to the standard for high majors:

Matthews and Livers: Great athletes with great size

Z: Great athlete with below average size (makes up for it w/ wingspan a little)

MAAR: Good athlete with good size

Wagner: Slightly below average athlete with good size.  He moves well and has improved athleticism over the last couple years, but I'm not ready to say he's an above average athlete.

Off the bench, Robinson is below average, Poole is probably slightly above average, Simmons is above average.

Really the only thing holding this team back from being elite athletically is having a big time shot blocker (miss you, Mo Bamba).  

02/27/2018 - 1:46pm Poole on the All-Frosh team?

I love Poole as much as the next guy, but to say he'd be in over Davison is a stretch.  Probably Garza, too.  Davison just dropped 30 on MSU w/ a dislocated shoulder.  He has a much bigger role and has filled it decently well.  Poole's role for most of the big ten season has been limited.  He's only averaged 15 minutes/game. 

If Poole averaged 25 minutes/game and kept roughly the same efficiency, it's a no brainer, but it's hard to give somebody all-frosh while playing less than half of the available minutes.

02/26/2018 - 10:23am With the new stadium

Detroit would be a GREAT destination for the BTT.  Indy is far and away the best as it stands now, but Detroit would have a similar feel.

02/26/2018 - 10:21am In all seriousness

I'm against the move, but there are a couple pros:

- Play in MSG, which is cool

- Added exposure - we'll be the only major conference tournament going on this week.  Less competition with other conference tourneys.  Probably better ratings for most of the day/early evening games. 

- Personal game watching - I'll watch a decent amount of the BTT whether it's this week or next week.  Now, I'll end up watching (aka betting on) more of the other conference tourneys.

02/25/2018 - 10:53am Good Evaluation

I don't think he has much of a shot to be drafted because of his age and limited upside.  

I see his upside in the league as a 3 and D guy the NBA loves.  If he was 2-3 inches taller, he'd have a chance to be a second rounder. Ppl say "you are who you can defend" and as a slightly undersized 2, I can really only see him defending 2s.  I don't see him being able to consistently stay in front of 1s and he'll be giving up a few inches to 3s around the league.

Hopefully, he'll be able to hang around the G league and get a chance to show himself on a 2 way ocntract at some point.  Crazy we're even at the point where it's in the discussion for him.  

02/23/2018 - 3:01pm Horizon League Tourney

This year is March 2-6th.  The 6th is Tuesday of the week the BTT is traditionally held.  So, in theory the dates aren't the conflict there.  It would be tricky w/ forcing the Pistons/Wings to be on the road for 10 days, but Madison Square Garden is presumably doing it this year with BTT, Big East tourney, Knicks/Rangers.

02/21/2018 - 6:21pm Ohhh man

Michigan basketball picks up a Top 10 win over a rival.

Michigan hockey picks up a Top 10 win over a rival.

A football recruit with FOUR stars likes us.
 
 
I'm ready to say it....MICHIGAN IS BACK!
02/21/2018 - 4:56pm I remember Shep Garner

I can't believe he's still at PSU.  I remembering him being The Guy for PSU at one point.  I went to his sports reference page (https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/shep-garner-1.html) and back when he was a sophomore he used 24% of his teams possessions and took 6 2 FGs per game.  

This is the rarely-seen player who goes from More Than a Shooter to Just a Shooter.  I can't recall any other player with a similar career arc.  

02/21/2018 - 12:51pm Naw

The five turnovers weren't all a result of the gameplan.  Two fumbles in MSU territory recovered by them combined with them recovering their two fumbles?  Not part of the gameplan.

The gameplan definitely didn't help.  An above-average QB could have overcome it.

02/21/2018 - 12:26pm Can definitely criticize his offensive usage

But he was an All-American, first round pick on defense.  I can't rememeber any successful screens run against us in 2016.  Teams just stopped trying.

02/21/2018 - 10:58am Agreed

Ohio State had 17 points at the end of regulation.  7 were from a pick six and another 7 were from a 13 yard drive after a touchedown.  That counts as shutting down.  

Penn State in 2016.  

 

02/20/2018 - 10:46am I think

Has to be Perry, right?

02/14/2018 - 6:25pm Ehh

Closest sharks are at least 1,000 miles away, should be fine.

02/11/2018 - 9:53pm I'm pretty sure

umbig11 made reference to him potentially not being around next season in a post a while back.  It was somewhat cryptic.  Interesting. Hope it's not true.