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09/30/2018 - 1:50am On one hand I hear you, that…

On one hand I hear you, that offensive holding call alone . . . On the other hand if Don Brown's trail technique ever meets an official that understands defensive holding we might tally 1000 penalty yards in a single game.

01/25/2018 - 11:50pm hey get your facts out of his narrative

We come together on mgoblog for three things: ufr, victory muppets and most importantly blaming the officials for any losses.

01/12/2017 - 12:38pm Hoiberg recruiting

Monte Morris and georges niang aside hoiberg relied on transfers and jc. Also never saw the level of success in the ncaa tournament that beilein has, and has the same great offense bad defense mo. The hire would be very problematic and expensive all in the hope that it might get us to where we are now.

02/01/2016 - 7:11pm addiction

I'm addicted to recruitahol.


09/24/2015 - 1:17pm what about Maggie

Voiced by James earl Jones sticking an axe into groundskeeper Willie's back, "this is indeed a disturbing universe"

09/17/2015 - 3:06pm Is it a subtle jab at Harbaugh's and Mattison's comments?

Take the school out of the abbreviation to emphasize the players status as hired guns who would never be allowed at the university if it were not for their football abilities.

04/23/2015 - 4:48pm I'd go with the innovative teacher

Bill Walsh type who doesn't have to be an jerk just for the sake of being a jerk.  Plays within the rules but outside the status quo to give his team in the best chance to win.  It is not just about how much he knows, but also about how much he is able to get his team to understand and execute.

03/31/2015 - 11:14pm calipari must be the greatest coach ever

To have this great a season with so few good players.

03/31/2015 - 4:45pm you're right

you probably are wrong

03/06/2015 - 5:12pm No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around

the gorillas simply freeze to death.

02/12/2015 - 3:28pm I've come around to this line of thinking

As long as the student athlete gets 4 (I wish it would be 5) years worth of free education, I don't think a coach should be forced to keep him on the team if the coach has decided the athlete isn't good enough to compete at that level.  It's the Les Miles scholarship pull and boot from campus the day before classes begin that really upsets me.

02/10/2015 - 10:12am the comments on this thread are fascinating

130 replies to say that nobody cares about the subject of the thread.  188 on a thread about a t-shirt he wore.  150 on a thread just asking if anybody knows anything new about him.

01/29/2015 - 9:52pm lane kiffen did this against colorado

Back-up qb and punter with the same number and ran a fake punt.

01/29/2015 - 12:01pm I disagree

JH for example would have played hard no matter where he went to school because full speed is the only speed he knows.

01/21/2015 - 10:30am all that proves is that nfl officials

Are terrible at determining if a football is within specifications when they simply handle the ball.  The only sensible solution to this is to take this out of the control of the teams (and team personnel) and put the footballs under league control at all times when not in play.  The patriots coaching staff has proven again they will break any rule for an advantage no matter how small the advantage gained.

01/14/2015 - 11:48pm Baylor would like a word with you

regarding which one loss Big XII team should have been selected for the playoff.  The idea that the playoff settles things on the field would ring very hollow if you were to take TCU over Baylor. 

01/13/2015 - 1:03am yeah

but could you go for 246?

12/08/2014 - 12:05am your link was paywalled

just curious which pro handicappers and statisticians agreed that ohio state should be out.

Football outsiders has them at #2 in the f/+ rankings.

Sagarin has them #4 in his predictor rankings.

ESPN football power index has them at #3.

All those by the way seem to agree that Florida State shouldn't be in




















Ole Miss




From those sources it looks like the statisticians would rank them Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Ole Miss.

11/14/2014 - 5:59pm some places pay lip service to the idea

But FSU football really does have the entire community behind them.

10/30/2014 - 11:49am spread to run

Everyone knows manball is the only way to run the football.  

10/23/2014 - 12:02am no love for

Self esteem?

10/04/2014 - 1:55pm That's a bold strategy Cotton

Let's see if it pays off for them.

09/22/2014 - 12:29pm stephen a smith and skip bayless

Think that might be the nicest thing ever written about them on the internet.

04/10/2014 - 6:40pm replacements

I didn't think of Asif Mandvi, but that would be a strong choice.  I like the idea of Al Madrigal having his own show, you would get a couple of years out of him mocking the two parties pandering to the Hispanic vote (actually that could be a never ending supply).  Larry Wilmore and Wyatt Cenac could do well hosting their own shows.  The lazy choice would be John Hodgman just stepping in and doing a similar 1% angle.  They have lots of great choices and if Colbert is just going to do the same monologue 3 guest routine that Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon are already doing then he can enjoy his enormous checks without me watching that show.

04/07/2014 - 3:36pm I think a lot of this board

Is missing the beauty of the dribble drive offense and the way it opens up the offensive glass.  When it's running well, the weave up top with the handoffs waits to get a matchup that they can exploit, forcing help defense that leaves Kentucky's bigs un-boxedout (probably not a word) as they crash the offensive glass.  You can see Calipari have trouble getting his players to run this set, but when they do it's nearly unstopable.

03/28/2014 - 2:25pm Looking at Sullinger vs McGary

It's hard to say what McGary could do next season to improve his draft stock.  Even if McGary had the kind of season Sullinger had as a Freshman and Sophomore, McGary would still have the same back injury risk hanging over his head that lead Sullinger to be a late first round pick.

In B1G play McGary is 19% usg 109 ORTG and 92.1 DRTG

Sullinger had two years of 26.6% usg 118.3 ORTG and 89.5 DRTG.

In other words this might be as high as McGary's draft stock will be from this point forward.  Coming back could be another huge risk for him and I'd hate to watch him make the same mistake twice.  Well it'd be great to watch him in the maize and blue, but part of me would feel terrible for my enjoyment coming at the expense of his future.

03/17/2014 - 10:31pm Thanks

I was bringin up a team that was more comprable to Michigan than most of those included above.  Michigan is 104 in defense, much closer to a 1 seed Texas that was 80th in defense than a 7th seeded DePaul that was 142nd.

03/17/2014 - 9:56pm 2003 Texas made the final four

1st in offense and 80th in defense.


03/16/2014 - 2:01pm No

A burden would be being bad at basketball.  Witchita State is very good at basketball and may well lose before the season is done, but it won't be because they won games played earlier in the season.

03/14/2014 - 11:05pm How would you possibly know what it feels like to knock OSU out?

This should be a cakewalk for UM, the perfect complement to our terrible defense is an incompetent offense.  As long as Wisconsin doesn't make the final there isn't a real test out there for this team.

03/12/2014 - 10:55am Are you kidding me that post is off the charts

03/11/2014 - 5:33pm a few things to consider

It's insurance against a carrer ending injury - not a fall in draft stock.

It costs real money (20-30 thousand per year) at a time when the athlete has no income to cover such a cost.

Taken these two together Mitch McGary could have taken one of those polices out prior to this past season and he would have recieved nothing, even though he missed a year due to injury and has seen his draft stock slide.

This is for the program offered by the NCAA.  The details for such policies vary. 

A third thing to consider is to look at who the NBA drafts. 

2013 3 of the top 15 were in college for more than 2 years, 5 were freshmen and 6 were sophomores.

2012 3 of the top 15 were in college for more than 2 years, 6 were freshmen and 6 were sophomores.

2011 5 of the top 15 were in college for more than 2 years, 4 were freshmen and 3 were sophomores.

2010 6 of the top 15 were in college for more than 2 years, 4 were freshmen and 5 were sophomores.

You have to be wary of giving NBA scouts too much film to pick you apart.  This was his first season of not just a shooter, give them another year and they may see something they don't like.

03/06/2014 - 12:40pm I think GRIII would be wise to go pro now

His draft rating is based largely on his potential, if he stays in college too long the questions about why he can't sustain a high level of play are going to overshaddow that potential.

Just happy that nobody is looking in Derrick Walton's direction.  He is gonna run wild in the B1G next season.

03/05/2014 - 12:58pm In B1G play only

More than 25 minutes per game and a usage of approxiamately 20% or higher

team player ort usg min/gm
IA Aaron White 125.5 19.8 31.2
WIS Frank Kaminsky 125.3 24.7 25.6
MICH Nik Stauskas 122.2 22.8 36.1
WIS Sam Dekker 119.8 21.9 31.2
IN Yogi Ferrell 116.4 26.9 36.1
IA Roy Devyn Marble 116.0 28.1 32.9
MIN Andre Hollins 114.4 23.4 31.1
MSU Gary Harris 113.6 28.0 34.9
OSU LaQuinton Ross 113.5 28.5 29.9
MICH Caris LeVert 113.1 21.5 35.5

Kaminsky has been a more effecient scorer than Stauskas and with a higher usage.  Ferrell, Marble, Harris and Ross have usages that are so much higher than Stauskas's usage that they should probably be put in a different table. (don't compare ortg accross usages, see the first note here)

Ferrell, Marble, Stauskas or Kaminsky would all be deserving of the award, though Stauskas's platform is essentially best offensive player on the best team.

As for coach of the year I have no idea how they pick those, but if you can go undefeated and win a national title in your second year with a football program and not win your conferences coach of the year award then it is probably not the sort of thing a reasonable person should spend much time trying to figure out.  I'd vote Bo Ryan because he seems to be the only coach in the conference that has figured out that you should try to limit your opponents 3pt attempts.

  def 2pt% 3pt% 3pa/fga efg% ftm/fga tov% drb%
Ohio State 0.99 0.49 0.30 0.32 0.48 0.23 0.19 0.70
Nebraska 1.01 0.47 0.33 0.38 0.48 0.28 0.16 0.74
Illinois 1.05 0.48 0.35 0.36 0.50 0.27 0.17 0.70
Michigan State 1.03 0.44 0.36 0.38 0.48 0.32 0.16 0.74
Indiana 1.04 0.50 0.31 0.35 0.49 0.25 0.16 0.72
Northwestern 1.05 0.46 0.32 0.32 0.47 0.25 0.14 0.69
Wisconsin 1.06 0.46 0.35 0.25 0.48 0.19 0.13 0.70
Iowa 1.06 0.50 0.34 0.36 0.50 0.28 0.16 0.72
Michigan 1.07 0.52 0.31 0.34 0.50 0.21 0.14 0.70
Purdue 1.09 0.50 0.33 0.37 0.50 0.30 0.13 0.73
Penn State 1.10 0.44 0.36 0.37 0.48 0.39 0.15 0.68
Minnesota 1.11 0.47 0.37 0.35 0.50 0.31 0.14 0.68


03/05/2014 - 12:37pm It's points created per 100 possessions used

effective field goal percentage, free throw rate, offensive rebounding, assists and turnovers are all taken into account.

02/24/2014 - 2:41pm I don't think Cuse is a lock for a 1 seed.

But Arizona, WSU and Florida look very strong.  Somebody out of Duke/Syracuse/Virginia is going to come out of the ACC looking very good.  The Big East is going to have Creighton/Villanova.  Kansas from the BigXII.  I don't think I can see Michigan getting past all but 3 of those teams with the time left in the season to get a one seed.  Wisconsin's overall profile is probably better than Michigan's at this point as well (wins over Florida, STL and @virginia probably make up for not winning the conference).

02/24/2014 - 10:38am If you restrict your sample

to B1G games, 25 min/game and greater then 20% usage then you get these top 10 offensive ratings:

team player ort usg
WIS Frank Kaminsky 130.8 24.2
MICH Nik Stauskas 125.0 23.4
IN Yogi Ferrell 117.1 27.9
WIS Sam Dekker 116.6 22.8
IA Mike Gesell 114.7 20.4
MIN Andre Hollins 113.8 24.1
OSU LaQuinton Ross 113.6 28.0
IA Roy Devyn Marble 113.3 29.1
MSU Gary Harris 112.7 28.1
MICH Caris LeVert 112.6 23.0

This should probably be two seperate tables with Yogi, Ross, Marble and Harris as the high usage guys and Kaminsky, Stauskas, Dekker, Gesell, Hollins and LaVert as the less than high usage guys.  Right now, if you are looking at high usage guys, it's Yogi Ferrell.  If you are looking for most efficient, it's Kaminsky.

02/17/2014 - 3:25pm Corporations are people too

So says Mitt Romney and the Supreme Court.

02/11/2014 - 3:57pm All glory to the Hypnotoad.

take your blame elsewhere.

02/05/2014 - 2:36am I wouldn't worry too much about Ohio State

Wisconsin and Iowa just had bad shooting nights.

Iowa was 3/20 from 3 point range.

Wisconsin was 3/17 from 3 point range.

This isn't Ohio State turning a corner, it's everybody focused too much on wins and losses more than quality of play.

01/27/2014 - 1:04am better off ted

True, but you still get two good seasons out of it.

01/27/2014 - 1:03am serenity

If you check out firefly, make sure to watch serenity also, it really explains a lot.

01/21/2014 - 1:24pm I like this little world you've created

From now on everything I don't agree with has been done by members of rival orginizations.  Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

01/14/2014 - 2:11pm Fickell has been co-dc

at OSU since 2005 (except 2011).

01/14/2014 - 1:59pm Whithers wasn't fired by OSU

Might be the reason for no ceremony.  He took the JMU head coaching position.

01/14/2014 - 1:51pm I've seen worse

on Michigan.  During games.

01/13/2014 - 3:52pm It was tough for them to meet in the ALCS before 1994

what with playing in the same division and there being no wild card.

01/03/2014 - 2:54pm Letting the team that was fouled inbound the basketball

instead of shoot free throws has been tried.  It was worse.  Coaches, players and fans all hated it and the rule went away before even making it a full season.  The team that is leading was constantly being fouled while trying inbound the basketball (which isn't always easy).  So the choice for the team with the lead was keep trying to inbound the ball over and over again until you commit a turnover, or shoot your free throws.

The larger problem is that any game that is played with an official clock determining the conclusion of the game (with the exception of hockey) suffers from these types of problems when the clock winds down to the end of the game (or up in soccer, because almost everything about soccer is stupid.  At this point they have seen hockey and how much better that version of the offsides rule works.  Tthey have seen clocks that stop for stoppages in play and countdown allowing everybody to know how much time is left in the game.  They just willing choose to do things poorly).  Moving basketball and football to possession based game lengths would put an end to this type of crap and make basketball look more like basketball at the end of games.  Mercy rules could also be put in place to prevent injuries to players when the outcome of the game has already been decided.  Though even if you moved basketball to the possession based game length, you would still need the OP's rule so that when the offense needed three points, they could still have the opportunity to get three points.


01/02/2014 - 10:30pm You, Strawberry. Hit a homerun.

Brilliant strategy sir.

12/22/2013 - 11:17am 31 points in the second half

14 of those 31 points came in the final 50 seconds of the game.