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04/01/2018 - 3:30pm the 1981 IU team also blasted through the tournament

with no wins by less than 13 points. They had two wins, including the Elite 8 game, with 30+ point victories. It's not that rare for the NCAA champs to go through the bracket like Sherman through Georgia - UNC was the 12th to win all tournament games by double digits, but the majority of NCAA champions have average margin of victories in the double digits. Only about a quarter of champs don't. Here's an article about it:

http://collegehoopedia.com/blog/victory-map-more-40-ncaa-champions-posted-higher-win-margins-kentucky-12

However, many of those double-digit margin average teams did feature a game closer that finished within 2 possessions, so there's something to the OP. Interestingly, the 1963 Loyola Chicago team had the second highest margin of victory (at least as of 2012, when that article was published).

03/17/2018 - 1:34pm 'bad loss'

I imagine a loss like that hurts UVAs tourney chances....

02/21/2018 - 4:56pm That's not all they'd like

And it's not close to the top of their want list.

01/31/2018 - 7:30pm I'm an MSU professor

Email ballots went out to all faculty this afternoon. Votes will be tallied this weekend.

12/15/2017 - 2:02pm "Arghhh! My pinkie!"

The nation should be grateful not to have lots of 'in the moment' shots of me, for that matter....

10/01/2017 - 1:18pm FYI, Indiana is picking up a third OOC game

IU's bye was to be October 7, but they have scheduled Charleston Southern.

04/29/2017 - 6:21pm Evidently the Lions know

not to pick your Butt when you're on camera.

01/31/2017 - 1:25pm Seems to be running a bit too upright

though I'm not a RB coach. Any expert opinions?

12/04/2016 - 6:32pm This wasn't your point, but

a NYD bowl in Marquette would be awesome.

12/04/2016 - 6:29pm If an SEC team (LSU, say)

that lost two out of its last three games and finished third in its division made the playoffs, it would be an outrage.

The Orange Bowl is fine. Good chance to play a big name team and hopefully end the season on an up note.

12/01/2016 - 3:14pm Are you saying...

we had subs, it was crazy?

11/10/2016 - 12:51pm If he's healthy, Spike could make a run for

B1G sixth man of the year - he'd be the second Michigan transfer to achieve that... in a row.

11/09/2016 - 8:54am Verdell Jones

As an IU fan, I watched (sometimes through my fingers) during the first couple of Crean years, when Verdell was IU's primary point guard and scoring threat. He was... an ok B1G player, and a nice (and starting) piece as a senior on IU's 2011 Sweet 16 team. But the dude wasn't cut out to be the go-to scorer and ballhandler, which was the situation his first couple of years. Lots of turnovers and many questionable decisions led to significant inefficiency.

Frankly, that seems to be where OSU was mired last season - a young team with some talent but little identity or experience playing together, with an underclassman guard trying to do it all. That almost never works out. So, Lyle may end up, like Jones did, as a critical cog on a team with multiple offensive threats - a guy who, when he didn't have to be the everything guy, could be quite solid, though not all-B1G level.

But that'll depend on Matta's ability to actually build a team. The massive roster churn OSU has been experiencing may make that difficult to accomplish. IU has had a pretty quiet year-plus now on that front, much to my relief. Can Matta bloom again, late in his career? Or are his best years behind him? I'm hoping for the latter.

10/18/2016 - 1:25pm One suggestion: how about App Programming?

MIT has a pretty slick programming environment to get non-programmers doing creative things with their Android smartphones. It interfaces with the phone's various sensors, and is pretty cool. You don't actually have to write code, and the videos and examples are pretty straightforward. I used this to get my then 7th grade daughter interested:

http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/front.html

10/17/2016 - 7:55pm Warren Central was phenomenal that year

I was a HS senior that year, and my school had the misfortune of hosting Warren Central for our homecoming. They were a lot more than Jeff George. Big line, great RB, good, tall receivers, and an outstanding defense. #1 nationally all season long.

10/17/2016 - 2:04pm Here's why the line increased

Michigan was expected to be an improved team this year. Ohio State was ending nearly an entire class to the NFL. Consequently, the national betting scene was more uncertain about Ohio State's prospects in the summer than about Michigan's.

Evidently OSU reloaded just fine. Hence the line sliding down, even with Michigan having a good season. Other than the magnitude of the beatdowns, the Wolverines were expected to be undefeated at this point.

10/11/2016 - 8:06pm Good grief, it's not Mordor

It's a Michigan town full of Michiganders. There will be thousands of M fans there. Many families will have fans of both programs in attendance.The tailgating scene is a lot of fun. You probably don't want to sit too close to the student section. That would go for any B1G venue, though.

10/09/2016 - 3:51pm Maybe I spoke too soon

Lions recover the funble in Eagles territory. Over 2 to play, down 2.

10/09/2016 - 3:49pm It's what they do best

Same ol' Lions.

10/09/2016 - 3:23pm It's never good

when the cannon goes off prematurely.

10/05/2016 - 4:30pm Indiana under Bill Mallory

beat Earl Bruce twice. One of those was the origin of Bruce's "Darkest day in Ohio State football history" quote. That's the last time the Hoosiers have won against the Buckeyes.

10/02/2016 - 11:46am A water tower in Ypsi

in case you really weren't sure. It's right on Washtenaw Ave by EMU's campus. And yes, it's the world's most phallic erection.

09/15/2016 - 5:02pm Well, you have to pick your battles

And you have to know when to stop digging!

09/15/2016 - 4:49pm You can pick your threads

and you can pick your nose,

but can you pick your thread's nose? Wait. Let me try that again.

08/28/2016 - 11:24am Well, the poster a ways up

did say Rudock came out today. This board need to work on phrasing!

08/11/2016 - 6:10pm In-state U of M is on par with

really good private schools. Michigan was the most expensive option of my daughter's 4 choices by a substantial margin: Stanford, Carleton, and MSU were all thousands of dollars less per year. 

08/11/2016 - 6:03pm I'll chip in on elite private schools bit

My daughter will be a freshman this fall. She got into Michigan (in-state), but despite being awesome, received basically no support. Cost of attendance would be about 27K. Again, that's in-state.

She was also accepted to Stanford. Cost of attendance there would have been 19K. Stanford and most other top private schools carve deep discounts. I make just over 6 figures and don't consider myself low-income at all, but by the standards of Stanford and the Ivies I guess I am.

That said, my kid did exceptionally well in HS, and I was very fortunate financially as a result. With two more coming along, though, we may have to move to plan B or C.

08/10/2016 - 4:38pm Plenty of people in the South make cider and graff

I assume using bottom-shelf apple juice from the grocery, so it's still drinkable! And you'll have a really interesting wort to include - the graff recipe seems pretty basic on this. Your strategy of concentrating your runnings down seems like an excellent idea..

08/10/2016 - 1:58pm Probably a graff would be most welcome on this thread

I've never brewed a beer (I've helped others from time to time); however, I'm in my third year of cidermaking. One of my recipes is for a malted cider commonly called graff. The foundational recipe and megathread at HomebrewTalk has plenty of info if you are interested in trying this once cider season really gets going in a few months.

Some modest suggestions from my personal experience, if you are interested in trying this out:

1. If you can, use good, late season unfiltered cider from an orchard. Most grocery store apple juice comes from China and won't add anything interesting. Here in Michigan, October and November juice makes better cider than September juice. More sugar, and more complex flavor. I've used cider yeast and S-04 yeast, and have been happy with both.

2. Cider making is a lot like winemaking, I gather. Throw yeast in a carboy with juice and wait a couple of months before bottling or kegging - there's no boil. Once I sanitize, brew day lasts about 5 minutes for straight cider - the basics are much simpler than beer. Someone getting into this from beer will really have no problem - sanitation, fermentation, and bottling methods are all about the same.

3. Graff is a bit trickier than straight hard cider only because you will boil a gallon of wort (I do 3-gallon batches, so my personal recipe is about 2.5 gallons of juice and a bit over half a gallon of wort. Handling that on the stovetop is pretty straightforward). But it takes time for this stuff to condition nicely. Give it at least two months in the carboy. You won't be sorry.

4. So what is the result like? My favorite graff (I've made 5 separate batches now) is amber and clear with a modest head. Dry (it will ferment dry, down close to 1), but with a thicker mouthfeel than straight cider due to the malt, and tart/acidic cidery flavor - if you've had craft dry cider, like that! The finish is a bit herbal/hoppy, and I imagine would depend a lot on the choice of hops. Personally, I think it's easy to over-hop cider - just a quarter-ounce of Tettnang in a 3 gallon batch is enough, IMO. If aged less than two months it will be a little rougher to drink, but mine gets very smooth by 3 months - I have a batch on tap that I started back in November, and it is tremendous. Graff seems more like a beery cider than a cidery beer, if that makes any sense. Alcohol content will be around 6-8%, so I don't exactly drain multiple pints of it at a sitting.

 

 

08/08/2016 - 4:22pm Far more than the Browns

 

Check this link out (aplogies for bleacher report, but I found this one pretty informative). The bigger question is, how  devenfise backfield get pragnent?

 

08/05/2016 - 9:15pm Washing down a sandwich

with a rhubarb cider I put together last summer. Dry, fizzy, solid rhubarb finish on top of a good apple base. Mmm.

08/03/2016 - 2:22pm My limited experience

suggests that we have tremendous flexibility in integrating beer concepts with cider. There's a whole gradient of possibilities.I'm excited to experiment some more this fall.

08/03/2016 - 2:16pm So you're saying

that Jacksonville is your sleeper pick? 

08/03/2016 - 1:59pm Something I know about!

I did 24 gallons of cider this year. Living in Michigan I find myself surrounded by great apples and sweet cider, and figured I'd try it out.

Of course this means I don't need to boil, though there is a nice malted, lightly hopped cider called graff. I made 9 gallons of the stuff this year. Beer people seem to prefer it over my straight cider, and I like it just fine. That requires under a gallon of wort for a three gallon batch. It is pretty straightforward to make using the usual pots and pans.

All this means I don't have really cool equipment, since basically I need to ferment and let the stuff sit around for months before kegging/bottling. Since I haul carboys from the basement to the kitchen and back, I only brew in 3-gallon batches. I have one 5-gallon glass carboy for primary and three three-gallon glass carboys. Unlike most beer brewing, I have to condition cider for months. That means filling those 3-gallon carboys nearly to the brim to avoid oxygen issues.

I brew straight-up dry cider, I also do add-ins (cranberry, rhubarb) to dry cider. I have a semi-dry that I serve from kegs (the ladies love that stuff), and I also make graff.

I do have a chest freezer in the basement with three three-gallon corny kegs, but I also bottle. So I have the usual autosiphons, funnels, and tubes.

Anyone in the Ann Arbor area (or elsewhere, since they have a significant online presence) should check out Adventures in Homebrewing in Dexter.

08/01/2016 - 3:30pm Good call

Michigan was 14th in the 2006 preseason AP poll; by week 3 they were in the top 6, where they stayed until the year-end poll. Friday before the 2006 OSU game marked the high water mark for Michigan football in the aughts - and through today.

07/29/2016 - 12:46pm Well shoot, I was looking forward to

the lowdown on Kansas. Will they get a B12 win this season?

07/12/2016 - 4:23pm That may well be true

Certainly last year's draft was more balanced, and I can't really name too many guys across the B1G who haven't been drafted. I guess I was hoping to learn more about those guys I can't name, and it ain't happening!

07/12/2016 - 1:37pm Pretty homerific

Evidently Michigan will go undefeated, since the talent gap is so yawningly enormous. The bottom ten schools have combined for 10 picks, while Michigan has 11? the backups in Ann Arbor are that much better than the starters in Lincoln, Madison, Columbus, and East Lansing?

A suggestion for next year: hold a separate draft forMichigan guys. It's just too difficult to take this seriously as an unbiased look across the conference.

03/02/2016 - 2:48pm Losing LeVert and Albrecht obviously hurt

on both ends of the floor. Michigan also decided to show Max Bielfeldt the door. I have to believe that negatively impacted interior defense and rebounding: Max has been a crucial asset for Indiana this season, with the best steal rate (!) on the Hoosiers and one of their best shot blockers. He is an excellent offensive rebounder: Michigan shoots very well but basically never gets a rebound on that end; that's surely partly scheme but also reflects a loss of scoring opportunities.

02/29/2016 - 1:11pm IU alum and fan here

Going into that game I was cautiously optimistic about Indiana's chances. That optimism eroded away over the first 10 minutes, but then the doors came off. There seemed to be a couple of factors:

1. Jimmys and Joes: IU had better players across the board. There wasn't one matchup in which I didn't prefer the Hoosier.

2. Coaching: Beilein let IU's run go from "concerning" to "galaxy-obliterating" without appearing to do anything to staunch the bleeding. Crean did some nice things. I'm saying that grudgingly, not being a TC fanboy.

3. Mentality: After some Indiana defensive adjustments (and IU is not a great defensive team) Michigan found itself playing hero ball and forcing 12 foot contested jumpers. (Again, where was the time out?) The team was unable to get back in transition time after time, or to pick up on IU's scoring threats. Mental toughness is one of those qualitative, BS-laden terms, but wow, there was a huge lack in that game at least.

At the end I wasn't sure how much of the win was due to Indiana's outstanding play (and some of it was outstanding), and how much to the top-to-bottom collapse of Michigan's game (because that was a comprehensive failure to execute). But Beilein certainly needs to take a hard look at the program this offseason.

 

02/14/2016 - 7:18pm There are two formulas - being serious now.

The first, as linked above by Football Heaven, describes the mans by which he develops the ratings themselves. That link is a bit cagey about details of course.

Once you have the ratings, some variant of the log5 approach can be used to estimate win probabilities for any matchup, and this is what Pomeroy uses, as he explains in that link. In fact, you can use log5 with any ratings system. The results of course are only as good as the rating system, but it is not hard to implement in basic form. It gets a little more complex once you try to factor home court/field advantage in, but you can do it in a spreadsheet or with a little coding in some other system.

02/02/2016 - 5:03pm Besides being a decent high school hoops player,

OG was the dude who blinded Polyphemus.

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01/19/2016 - 7:34pm I'm a bit late getting back here

Your take is certainly right. I certainly didn't mean to imply that the movement wanted this outcome... nor do I think any reasonable person could have guessed that the backlash would result in the virtual abandonment of Detroit most spectacularly, but significant pockets of nearly every other American city as well. And indeed, many aspects of the Dream passages are reality today, at least for many people, and that's something we can be proud of. 

01/18/2016 - 4:28pm Really enjoyed this post

I was born in southeast Michigan just a week after MLK was assasinated, so I'm half a generation younger than you. Still, my early 70's memories of Detroit were vibrant and colorful ones: as a kid perhaps I didn't appreciate the white flight, the economic disinvestment, the crime, and the complex cultural and racial issues that were splintering the city - and, to a lesser extent, the country. I struggle sometimes with the civil rights movement's unintended legacy: that this country is if anything more divided geographically and economically along old racial lines, even if those lines are more blurry than ever before.

12/06/2015 - 10:49pm Really interesting idea

I watched a lot of IU football this fall, and Redding in terms of style doesn't seem that similar of a RB to Smith. Smith is bigger, slower, and moves the pile better, while Redding is quicker, especially to the edge. He's got some shifty to him, but he also usually goes down on contact. Neither is particularly good or bad at spotting the hole. They are serviceable B1G running backs, not all-conference types. It could be, stats-wise, that they get things done at an equivalent level, and perhaps that's basically what you're trying to do here.

12/03/2015 - 10:07pm Vincent Smith doesn't remember it

I try not to remember it.

11/12/2015 - 7:46pm IU fan here. The Hoosier's defense is certainly bad

However, I will also say that Iowa's offensive line was hands-down the best I've seen all year in the conference. They suppressed IU in ways that MSU's and OSU's OL simply could not. Even in spite of that, Iowa suffered multiple negative plays in the running game. Indiana was often incapable of stopping the third and longs that they faced due to those negative plays, but getting the Hawkeyes behind the chains was a huge factor. Frankly, if Ferentz had not turned a gimpy Beathard loose in the second half (he passed a lot), Indiana might have taken that game.

Unless the Hoosiers have packed it in this year (certainly a possibility, as they are winless in conference play), I expect that Michigan will be punting on Saturday. There will be some big, busted plays - it's the IU defense after all - but there will be more effective run defense than what Ace saw in the Iowa game. Frankly, if the IU offense shows up and Rudock is not effective downfield, I think Indiana has a real chance.

10/19/2015 - 3:13pm Yankees jersey,

That completes the trifecta.

10/19/2015 - 10:37am It was a Lion King joke

Lots of that floating around the site since Harbaugh's reference to it in the press conference.

10/18/2015 - 3:42pm Actually IU was up 25 points

late in the 3d quarter. Rutgers missed a two point conversion and an extra point during the comeback, so they actually scored 4 TDs and a FG as time expired to get the win.

As an IU alum, this was a brutal loss, but not that unusual - the Hoosiers choked away a 25 point lead against Northwestern 4 or 5 years ago.