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02/22/2018 - 10:58pm I agree with you that they

I agree with you that they would've been in trouble if they lost tonight. Their RPI is now up to 39, so they're in good shape.

02/22/2018 - 9:25pm This win almost certainly

This win almost certainly clinches an NCAA bid for them. All the Big Ten tourney might change is their NCAA seed. They're probably looking at an 8 or 9 seed right now. 10 seed would actually be better because facing a 1 seed in the WBB tourney is pretty much a sure L.

02/11/2018 - 7:14pm Turnovers have been one of

Turnovers have been one of their biggest problems lately, and that's tied in with them not having a true point guard on the roster this season. Flaherty's been forced to play the point quite a bit, and that's just not her game. She had 9 TOs in today's game and 10 in another recent loss.

Hailey Brown went down late in today's game with a possible knee injury. If she's out for the next game(s), that could be a big loss.

Regarding their NCAA resume, their RPI is now down to 44, after the loss to MSU. They do have 2 top-50 wins (last year they had 0). Right now, they'd probably get a bid. But it's entirely possible they could lose their last two regular-season games (@ Minnesota, vs. Maryland), which would put them squarely on the bubble (and could also place them as low as an 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament).

09/29/2017 - 10:22pm Thanks

Obviously, I missed that.

09/28/2017 - 9:07pm Won't be the first tiime, but

Won't be the first tiime, but I literally have no clue what this means.

09/28/2017 - 4:54pm Colin Castleton

This tweet was quickly deleted after being posted. Might be a case of someone who knows something but accidentally posted the news too early.

09/15/2017 - 9:43pm I know that the Michigan

I know that the Michigan coaches go to the Area Code Games showcase in Southern California every year. That's one of the top showcases, if not the top one. It features players from around the country, but with Bakich and his staff recruiting California so hard (and successfully), it makes sense for them to go there. I'm sure they go to others, although I couldn't say which ones.

07/24/2017 - 10:21am One option would be to

One option would be to screenshot the page, crop the part you want, and save as an image to insert into your post.

07/06/2017 - 10:57am Not sure where you're

Not sure where you're looking, but ESPN has Hillmon listed as a post. There are several other WBB recruiting services out there, and they all list her as a post/center. (Maybe you're confused by the "P" on this page. That stands for "post," not "power forward." In WBB, centers are often referred to as posts.)

07/06/2017 - 10:50am If I had meant a ranking, I

If I had meant a ranking, I would've put "ranked #5" in the title, like I did with a previous commit ("ranked #12"). Sorry if I misled you and others. It wasn't intentional. I've altered the title.

07/05/2017 - 6:50pm Highlight reel

07/04/2017 - 3:05pm Commitment tweet
06/29/2017 - 11:15pm A bit more info

New article on Rauch says she committed immediately after an overnight visit to Ann Arbor.

Rauch said she made the decision about 30 minutes after leaving the Ann Arbor campus on Thursday. She called the Michigan coaches from her family's car on their drive back to Syracuse.

"It was super quick," said Rauch. "I did an overnight (visit) yesterday. I was there this morning. I got to hang out with the team and see everything and get a really a good grip about what Michigan is all about. I absolutely loved it. On the ride home, I looked at my dad and said I had a feeling in my stomach that it was the place I wanted to be. I went with it."

The article also indicates that Beilein's connection with her father "was clearly a part of Rauch's recruiting process."

06/29/2017 - 11:08pm I wouldn't say a bunch left,

I wouldn't say a bunch left, but the two most important ones were Boogie Brozoski and Kysre Gondrezick. Gondrezick's departure was discussed in this thread. From what I've heard the situation with Gondrezick led to Brozoski's transfer.

This has left the team without a true point guard for next season, so I agree with you that this messed the roster up. One would hope this was an isolated set of circumstances and not something that will happen again.

06/29/2017 - 8:20pm Yes, but she was eligible to

Yes, but she was eligible to play basketball at Michigan in both 2016-17 and 2017-18, and that's the way the program always talked about her.

06/29/2017 - 8:04pm Abby Cole note

Michigan posted its 2017-18 roster today, and Abby Cole is not listed. She suffered an injury last season and never ended up playing for the basketball team, and now it looks like she's moved on.

06/23/2017 - 10:53am It was discussed some in this

It was discussed some in this thread

Yes, she has talent, but at what cost to the team?

06/22/2017 - 7:36pm Exactly

Too bad she can't join the team this year.

06/22/2017 - 7:20pm Highlight video

06/14/2017 - 11:05pm There are separate news

There are separate news articles saying that three of first four drafted will sign and go pro: Bolton, Lugbauer, and Nutof. I haven't seen anything definitive on Jaskie yet, but I'd be surprised if he didn't sign.

Jackson Lamb has another year of eligibility. Wonder if he might return to Michigan. (He could always go the undrafted free agent route.)

EDIT: Michigan and Texas tied for most draft picks (11):

06/14/2017 - 8:14pm Is this proof enough for you?
06/14/2017 - 7:27pm Plus, he's from that area and

Plus, he's from that area and has been recruiting heavily (and successfully) in California, so it's a pretty big deal for him to turn Stanford down.

06/14/2017 - 7:11pm Tweets
06/14/2017 - 1:06pm A Twitter tidbit

Not entirely sure what this means for Bakich regarding South Carolina, but:

So does this mean he's not interviewing there at all? Or that the interview is coming up?

FWIW, Kendall Rogers has mentioned Bakich more than once in connection with the Stanford job.

EDIT: Later from Rogers:

06/14/2017 - 12:51pm spam account


06/13/2017 - 10:53pm I'm sure a raise has been

I'm sure a raise has been offered, but the question is how much. I may be reading too much into it, but that quote from Manuel makes it sound like Michigan's offer has been on the table for some time. Maybe the deal needs to be sweetened now that Bakich seems like a serious candidate for at least one other job.

06/13/2017 - 9:47pm Bakich was hired away from

Bakich was hired away from Maryland, where his base pay was only a little over $100K, so he got a substantial raise when he came to Ann Arbor. He's also getting about $90K in other compensation from Michigan, although that $272K total is significantly lower than what his predecessor (Rich Maloney) was making in total compensation ($349K).

06/09/2017 - 10:21pm If Kenny had stayed, would he

If Kenny had stayed, would he have been line for the Michigan job if/when Bakich leaves?

06/09/2017 - 10:17pm He's actually an Ohio State

He's actually an Ohio State grad, and I believe he was born in and/or grew up in Lansing or East Lansing.

06/09/2017 - 9:01pm OTOH

Big Ten baseball blogger Chris Webb says:

06/09/2017 - 8:55pm Also keep an eye on

Stanford, which is also looking for a new baseball coach, and Bakich has been rumored for that job as well.

Bakich has roots in Northern California (was born in San Jose and started his college career at San Jose CC), and he's been heavily recruiting California while at Michigan, landing a number of prospects from that state.

06/08/2017 - 11:43pm #Butler's Chris Holtmann in
05/20/2017 - 1:45pm WCBN

05/19/2017 - 7:09pm They didn't beat any of the

They didn't beat any of the "better teams" they faced during the regular season when Gondrezick was on the team. It's also a fact that the team played better during the WNIT after she left. Barring any injuries to key players, I'd be willing to bet that the team has a better year next season than 2016-17.

05/19/2017 - 6:33pm Not weird at all

Common denominator is Chester Nichols, former assistant coach at Michigan (under Barnes Arico), now on the staff at West Virginia. He recruited both Davenport and Gondrezick during his time at Michigan.

04/18/2017 - 9:11pm Wow
04/18/2017 - 8:26pm Baseball now up 8-4 in the 6th
04/14/2017 - 7:28pm On-hand was one of college baseball's "gurus"—
04/09/2017 - 4:27pm It's baseball—

You're not going to win every single game you're "supposed" to. They just won 9 straight; today's loss doesn't prove anything.

04/03/2017 - 2:32pm Nice call, Alton!
03/30/2017 - 7:15pm I apologize for the

I apologize for the vagueness, but I don't think it's appropriate to post the details. More than anything, I just wanted to inform people that she won't be back at Michigan. I have multiple sources on this, at least two of whom have connections to the team, so I'm confident they know what they're talking about.

03/30/2017 - 1:07pm They have Deja Church coming

They have Deja Church coming in as a freshman. She's fairly highly ranked although more of a combo guard. They could really use a pure point guard and are trying to add one late. The loss of Boogie Brozoski is really unfortunate; from what I've heard, she'd likely still be on the team if it weren't for Gondrezick's presence this season.

03/30/2017 - 11:01am She's transferring. From what

She's transferring. From what I've heard, it's for the best. Team chemistry is likely better now than it's been all season. Addition by subtraction.

03/29/2017 - 10:13pm I assume it's because of this

I assume it's because of this previously scheduled show.

03/29/2017 - 10:05pm A more cynical way of looking

A more cynical way of looking at this is that all this shows is a continuation of the regular season: the team consistently beating mediocre opponents (with the advantage of every game in the WNIT played at home).

Everyone loves to criticize selection committees, but they left Michigan out because the team didn't beat any of the better teams on their schedule (0 top-50 RPI wins) and because the Big Ten was so lousy this season. And the performance of the Big Ten in the NCAA tourney justifies this thinking. Not one conference team made it to the Elite 8, making the Big Ten the only Power 5 conference not to have any member get that far.

I've said this before, but this team had every opportunity to clinch a bid, and they failed.

03/18/2017 - 8:24pm Very fortunate to win

Wright State actually took the lead by one, 64-63, with about 5 minutes left and then scored just 2 points the rest of the way. Lackluster is definitely the word for Michigan's play, and they were very lucky to win.

To be honest, most of the teams in the WNIT simply aren't very good. So far, the Michigan women really haven't shown that they deserved an NCAA bid.

03/13/2017 - 8:35pm Michigan's top win was over

Michigan's top win was over #51 Indiana. Cal had three top-50 wins, over #9, #20, and #36. Cal also played in the top conference in RPI. The Big Ten ranked sixth.

03/13/2017 - 8:24pm It's hard to figure out, but

It's hard to figure out, but her teams seem to fall apart down the stretch almost every year. She's piled up a lot of wins in her five years, but how many have been big wins? Never winning a big game is how a team with 22 wins gets left out.

The Big Ten was also by far the worst of the Power 5 conferences in WBB this year. So it's hardly a shocker that only four teams got bids.

03/06/2017 - 3:25pm No offense, but RPI is close

No offense, but RPI is close to meaningless this early in the season.

Another poll, Collegiate Baseball, has Michigan #19, with no other Big Ten teams ranked.

03/06/2017 - 12:29pm Also, Collegiate Baseball has

Also, Collegiate Baseball has Michigan entering their poll at #19 this week, with no other Big Ten team ranked.