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05/27/2018 - 9:42am Harden's an overrated...

Whiny little bitch. He pushes off on almost every play and it's rarely called, travels on every other play and then the defender is called for a foul if he's within 3 miles of Harden.

And if it doesn't go this way, he cries like a little bitch.

05/23/2018 - 12:16pm This...

is an absolutely horrible post.  Absolutely horrible.  The plaintiff may have a legitimate case and has a right to a fair hearing.  And this has nothing to do with Michigan sports.

05/14/2018 - 12:32pm Iggy...

Will be a beast. Can't wait to see him in a Michigan uniform.

05/11/2018 - 12:45am Innocent...

until proven guilty.  Why is this basic concept so hard for many people to understand?  The case didn't even go to trial!  It's sickening to think this is even brought up so many years later.  The accuser remains anonymous while the accused gets dragged through the mud.  In the name of justice and decency, everybody should respect his innocence under the law and let him live his life. 

04/19/2018 - 2:25pm I would bet all of these players will prove to be underrated..

Iggy is probably a top 25 or better player, Castleston and Johns top 50, DeJulius top 100 and Nunez top 150 or better.  And I wouldn't be surprised if 2-3 of these players end up in the NBA so I'm probably still not putting them high enough.

04/11/2018 - 2:04am I agree with you, Ace...

I've been predicting JP would be a star since he committed and I watched him in a high school all star game.

03/25/2018 - 10:44am Quick words of advice....

Learn how to read. And grow up. Don't tell others what to do.

03/25/2018 - 10:34am I'm sorry but you're wrong...

There are merits to your argument. But you fail to see its flaws and the merits of an opposing argument. Zero shots from arguably your best shooter when the team is having an epically bad 3 point shooting night and can't hit a free throw to close out a win is questionable, to put it very mildly. Fortunately, it didn't end differently. And thankfully, we gave the ball to our best shooter at the end of the game in the second round. Hopefully, our shooting woes don't cost us in the Final Four. As for "letting it die," I don't see the point of this board if it's unacceptable to raise relevant questions and debate them.

By the way, I absolutely love Duncan but Poole is just as good a pure shooter and much better at creating his shot.

While I'm puzzled by the above scenario, I'm even more puzzled by the open hostility to intelligent debate on this board.

03/25/2018 - 9:30am A very good point..

I don't claim to be dispassionate though, lol.

03/25/2018 - 9:26am I shouldn't have sounded so negative..

in my original post.  That wasn't my intent.  I did have a few beers in me and did greatly enjoy the victory.  I stand by my original thoughts but should have credited our incredible defense - that probably made FSU look bad.  And I should have mentioned that I am one of coach Beilein's biggest fans and supporters.   He has done an amazing job this year and did an amazing job yesterday as well.  Just because I question some decisions doesn't change that.

I love this team and our coaches, win or lose.

Go Blue!

I wish others here would be more polite.  That's all.

03/25/2018 - 9:19am I appreciate your civil reply..

The lack of civility here is a constant theme.  But I disagree with you. It's perfectly normal and appropriate to ask questions and express opinions about coaching decisions on a sports blog.  It's not appropriate to call somebody names or downvote them for doing so.  It's childish.  And treating a fellow Michigan fan that way is reprehensible.  I'm one of Beilein's biggest fans, always have been, always supported him, unlike others here.  But even the best coaches make questionable decisions.  Zero shots for probably your best shooter when the team is having a historically bad night shooting 3 pointers is questionable.  Zero.  And then there's the free throw problem.  Maybe it was best to keep our best defenders in the game and not try to get Poole a chance to shoot a 3 or even a free throw.  But I have my doubts.  And that doesn't mean I think I can outcoach Beilein, lol.

Once again, I'm disappointed by the jerks on this blog.  But I think most Michigan fans are better than that.  You seem to be one of them.  

Go Blue!

03/25/2018 - 8:56am So I guess you and the rest of the downvoters would...

have been thrilled with losing a game because we made less than 20% of our 3 pointers and missed most of our free throws at the end of the game?

I guess I should have given more credit to our incredible defense.  That certainly may have been the reason FSU looked so bad.  If we lost though, I think most people here would have posed the same questions I did.  Zero shots for probably our best shooter while we are shooting 4-22 from the 3?  And leaving our two worst free throw shooters on the floor when you know they will intentionally foul?  That seems strange, doesn't it?  Why is it unacceptable to ask these questions?  Unlike others here, I have always supported coach Beilein - and the players.  He's a Hall of Fame coach.  Questioning certain decisions doesn't change that.

I am disheartened by the general lack of civility on this board.  I did enjoy the victory - I guess you missed the first sentence saying "I'm thrilled we won,' lol.  Try to enjoy the win yourself and be more polite to fellow posters.

03/25/2018 - 8:42am I greatly appreciate your...

intelligent and polite reply.  It stands out from the others here, lol.  You make some great points.  I thought we were getting great open looks from the 3 and missing them, looks that I don't see Poole missing.  I understand why Poole wouldn't play a ton of minutes given his flaws on defense compared to those ahead of him.  He's not all bad on that end though and has shown an ability to make key steals. But zero shots in the game for probably our best shooter?  When we have our worst shooting night in recent memory?  That's very strange.   Why not a couple plays to get him some looks?  And then there's the free throw issue.  Anyway, I didn't mean to sound negative, just trying to stir up some intelligent debate.  I appreciate the incredible defense and maybe that's a good enough reason to keep Poole on the bench.  And usually other players step up and hit shots.  They just weren't doing that much yesterday.  Beilein has done an amazing job this year and is probably the best coach in the country.   I am one of the few here who has literally always supported him.  My questioning of certain decisions doesn't change that.

Go Blue!  

03/25/2018 - 8:23am Thanks...

for taking the opportunity to act like a complete asshole and huge crap on a fellow Michigan fan.  You must be proud of yourself.  And you have the gall to call me "a miserable fuck?"  Unbelievable.

I guess you missed the first fucking sentence saying "I was thrilled that we won."

Hope you have a good day, enjoy the win and treat people better.

 

03/25/2018 - 2:00am I'm thrilled that we won but...

that was some godawful ugly basketball.  Shooting 4-22 on 3 pointers while probably our best 3 point shooter (Poole) plays only 2 minutes and doesn't attempt a 3?  That's ridiculous. I know he isn't great on defense but we need Poole's offense in a game like this.  And sitting him in the last couple minutes while playing two horrible FT shooters?  That;s also ridiculous. These decisions almost cost us this game.  We should have won by 20-25.  We were very lucky that FSU is simply not a good basketball team.

03/23/2018 - 1:49pm There's just not enough

There's just not enough interconference play to determine that one conference is that much weaker or stronger than another.  And what interconference play exists is mainly at the beginning of the year, usually not too relevant to March.  Seriously, do you really think that Michigan at the beginning of the year is the same as Michigan at the end of the year?

Bottom line, it is ridiculous to leave out a Nebraska with a 13-5 B1G record and give the B1G only 4 bids while giving an average of TWICE that number to other major conferences.  Oklahoma is just one example of an undeserving team from one of these other conferences.

Perhaps MSU as the regular season B1G champ did deserve a higher seed.  I don't think so due to the lopsided B1G schedule but it seems that it was more deserving than the ACC regular season and tourney champ, Virginia.

03/23/2018 - 12:09pm Giving only 4 invitations..

to B1G teams was seriously unjust.  Nebraska clearly deserved a spot in the tourney with a 13-5 conference record.  The ACC, while good, does not deserve 9 teams in the tourney.  That's ridiculous.  And 8 teams for the SEC was beyond ridiculous.  To have an average of 8 teams from the SEC, ACC and Big 12 while the B1G has only half that number is a travesty.

The selection committee is biased or grossly incompetent.

03/17/2018 - 4:31pm A solid addition to the class

It sounds like he has all the intangibles with smarts, just what this team needs at the QB position.  And I see the competition for starter heating up in the next couple years.  This should help whoever earns the starting nod.

03/17/2018 - 1:57pm Yes, he saved our butts in the first round...

He can be so frustrating with all his turnovers and free throw shooting but he adds a lot to the team overall with his effort, defense, rebounding and athleticism on offense.  If he improves the flaws in his game, he can play at the next level.

03/08/2018 - 6:04am Recruiting is a liability...

for Beilein but that's the price for running a clean program.  Recent revelations (and more to come) have shown just how dirty college basketball recruiting is at the top.  With perhaps the exception of Duke, I think it's fairly certain that the programs at the top of the recruiting ranks are all very dirty with players simply being bought.  There's absolutely no way Calipari is running a clean program with the way he is pulling in the very best players year after year. I was initially disappointed in our failure to reap any recruiting rewards from the national championship game run but not after it became obvious why.

Beilein is one of the best coaches in the game.  He has been able to keep this program in the top 25 or better basically year in and year out despite a huge recruiting disadvantage.  He's done it with a combination of superior coaching and superior scouting of talent.  He has had to scour everywhere for hiddent talent - transfers from top programs and lower Division 3 and even overseas.  What he's done is simply amazing.

The success of recruits he's lost out on is a testimony to his superior talent evaluation.

 

 

 

03/05/2018 - 2:27pm I recall....

being excited about Zavier when I saw his highlights after he committed.  He's ultraquick and an elite ballhandler and passer.  So it was immediately apparent why he was Mr. Basketball in Ohio and a Beilein recruit.  And he had scored 52 in a game so I knew he could score extremely well.  But I didn't realize he had such a bad shooting technique/form.  I guess Beilein saw the positives and a highly competitive spirit - the dog in Zavier.  So he knew he might be able to work on the negatives and get a fantastic player.  I've been frustrated by all the negativity on Zavier earlier by posters here and happy Zavier has proven them wrong.

As for Poole, I'm still a huge believer.  He is in a funk but even the best go through similar spells.  And he's still learning.  It's good to see him still positive and cheering on his teammates instead of sulking due to fewer minutes.

02/28/2018 - 8:34pm You may have a point but...

Poole is 6'5" and the NBA player he has been most compared to, Steph Curry, is 6'3" and prior NBA MVP.   So  I would disagree on his potential.  

02/28/2018 - 12:07am Great summary...

The NCAA acted inappropriately in each case:

1. The punishment for the Ed Martin scandal was extraordinarily excessive, especially when you consider that there was no evidence that Fisher or UofM knew of the payments to players. In fact, there is one documented instance where Fisher stopped Martin from paying for something minor for a player.

2. The NCAA totally screwed over Jamal Crawford.  This case shows how totally unjust the current system really is and why the virtual monopoly power of the NCAA should be illegal under antitrust law.  Just think about this case and the other cases mentioned  The NCAA is punishing underprivileged youth for receiving assistance even BEFORE they reach college.  That's so f'ing insane and wrong that it boggles the mind.  It violates their basic rights and basic decency.

3.  The McGary punishment is wrong on mulitple levels.  It penalizes a player for the equivalent of having a beer.

With that history, I also wish the NCAA would come down hard on other programs.  The violations at Louisville and North Carolina were far worse than at Michigan and were done with the complicity and knowledge of the universities.  Yet they have been punished far less so far.  But ultimately, I want the evil NCAA monopoly demolished and college athletes to have their basic economic freedoms restored.  Webber, Crawford and the rest shouldn't be coerced into giving up their economic rights to pursue a career in basketball.  Professional sports leagues also shouldn't be allowed to collude and prevent young athletes from pursuing at pro career.

 

 

 

 

02/27/2018 - 10:19pm Nope...

he has the whole offensive package.  Go back and watch some his drives to the basket.  And he's an above average passer.  He has a shoot first mentality as he should with his skillset but he has had some amazing passes despite his minimal opportunity on the floor.  And defensively, he has shown quick hands on some steals.

He's a future NBA player - a lottery pick or a steal with a lower pick.  He may be the best Michigan player since Webber.

 

 

02/27/2018 - 9:52pm Great work, Ace...

I've also been really high on Poole since I saw him in a high school all star game.  Believe it or not, I predicted he would be a future lottery pick at that time.  I had the same feeling about Stauskas when I first saw him in high school.  I've been impatient with Beilein bringing him along slowly.  I thought he should be getting more minutes.  Over on UMHoops, the main criticism seems to be a lack of consistency.  But I pointed out early in the season, this only comes with more minutes.  The silver lining is that he likely will play two years in colllege rather than one - although he's more talented than most of the one and dones - unless he has a major breakout in the NCAA tourney.  I honestly think he may be a better prospect than Trae Young.  He's more athletic, has similar ball skills and similar range on his threes.  If you doubt this, he showed that range in high school.  He was nicknamed "Baby Steph" for a reason.  I'm hoping to see him play starter's minutes and light it up next year.  

02/26/2018 - 10:49pm The person I was referring to is not...

a friend but a prominent expert with a PhD in sexual neuroscience. She has more credibility than anybody here or even the Economist (mentioned above). I won't name her because people like to shoot the messenger. Of course, that's what happened to Damore. I have a background in neuroscience research as well but not as specific as hers. One can quibble about specifics but that misses the point. Damore's memo suggested ways to recruit more women, not less. It didn't "suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to work" as the Google CEO stated. That's either a lie or ignorance. Then, he goes on about how people should feel free to express opinions or dissent at Google after firing somebody for doing so! And Damore didn't even dissent. His memo argued in favor of gender diversity! The CEO should have been fired, not Damore.

I appreciate your civil reply. We can agree to disagree if I still haven't changed your mind.

02/26/2018 - 10:22pm Brilliant...

And witty reply, lol. You are losing the right to due process, the presumption of innocence, equal protection under the law, freedom of speech, etc. Some of these are not unique to men but it is now widely considered acceptable to deprive men of these rights. Personally, I believe everybody's rights should be respected. Does that make me an idiot, lol? If so, I am in great company.

I'm not sure why I replied since you didn't deserve a reply.

02/26/2018 - 6:36pm You are completely ...

Wrong about the memo and why he was fired.

02/26/2018 - 6:34pm You are completely wrong...

About the memo and why he got fired. I read the entire memo. A female expert with a PhD in the field read it and agreed with the facts he presented. Goole’s CEO even misstated the contents of the memo when he fired him. I don’t think anything would change your mind except perhaps personal experience like the Google engineer. Let’s leave it at that. This is a sports blog.

02/26/2018 - 5:58pm While I share your concern...

I would hesitate to find gender differences in school or later life to be a problem in themselves.  There are natural differences between the genders and that's fine.  We should celebrate the achievements of young women while making sure that everybody has the opportunities to succeed and find fulfillment in life whatever path they choose.  If their future plans are undermined by underachievement, then we should be concerned.  But some people, maybe more likely males, are late bloomers.  Or they may prefer a career that requires less academic rigor.  At the same time, we need to make sure that these scholarly women have the opportunity to pursue their occupational desires after school.  But as I pointed out above, it's also perfectly fine if they freely choose to be less ambitious in their careers. 

02/26/2018 - 5:43pm Thanks...

For the interesting post. Yes, it is a concern, especially in a time when men's rights are under assault. Unfortunately, the popular pc narrative doesn't accept these uncomfortable facts. Thus, you get downvotes. I, for one, wish for everybody to have opportunity, fulfillment and success in life, no matter their gender. And of course, I will get downvotes since men are evil and don't deserve any rights, lol.

02/26/2018 - 5:30pm Are you saying men and women are...

different? You're on dangerous ground these days. You best not apply to Google, lol.

02/25/2018 - 3:38pm That is just a ridiculous schedule...

with only 1 game each against 5 of the better Big Ten teams this year, 4 of those at home.  Just ridiculous.  We would probably be champs with that schedule.

02/22/2018 - 1:56pm I predicted great things for Poole...

Ever since I saw him play in a high school all star game. Whether you call it swag or something else, he has a confidence and edge to his game along with elite all around offensive skills. Burke and Stauskas had it too. As for his mistakes, give him a break for pete's sake. He makes fewer mistakes than several of his teammates with much more experience. I think they are more obvious since we have started expecting magic every time he's around the ball. Wagner, for instance, had a very good game but had a few very ugly shots at the rim swatted away. Then there's Matthews who's a turnover machine and Simpson who's a nightmare from 3 or the free throw line and even had a late almost costly turnover. Even Robinson had a fugly air ball from 3 while having an epic game otherwise.

02/21/2018 - 9:03pm Now we have to...

Sit Simpson snd Matthews.

02/21/2018 - 8:33pm Finally..

Mo realizes it's better to take the open 3 than drive on the entire Penn State defense.

02/17/2018 - 9:16am It's extremely unfortunate...

that ESPN and mgoblog posters here have dragged his name through the mud even though he hasn't even been charged, let alone convicted.  Both the lack of empathy and disregard for the rights of the accused here are disturbing.   

02/17/2018 - 9:06am Maybe...

you need to go back and read the article.  There is no evidence provided that MSU is hiding something or violating regulations.  The police department is another matter.  And it's not clear what they are mandated to do based on the article.  It's all a bunch of innuendo at least partly based on MSU not immediately providing a report to the article's author, a report they may or may not have.  MSU may be guilty of acting inappropriately but the article fails to make this point.

And you're wrong.  Both the ALLEGED crime AND MSU's handling of the matter are important issues.

 

02/17/2018 - 8:58am Haha...

You didn't even read my original post did you?  What an imbecile.  As for the article, it throws out a lot of crap insinuating that MSU might be hiding something or violating regulations without actually providing any evidence to back it up.  Yes, reading comprehension is an essential skill.

02/16/2018 - 4:11am If you are a...

lawyer, I am appalled by your nonsensical reply.... in every conceivable way. It’s probably best for me to leave it at that.

02/16/2018 - 3:45am So..,.

You don’t believe in due process and innocent until proven guilty? I am appalled.. That’s “offensive, dark and stupid” and obliterates all common decency.

02/16/2018 - 3:44am You’re bringing up...

A separate point entirely. And I don’t think the article makes this point clear anyway. The incident was investigated by police and not covered up.

I think you missed the point of my post.... entirely.

02/16/2018 - 1:18am I'm just as appalled..

by the Nassar case as anyone else.  And I'm concerned that other cases weren't handled appropriately.  But I'm not a fan of widespread media publicity and hysterics over every sexual assualt allegation, especially in the current environment.  The player may very well be completely innocent.  And even if he is, he may get screwed over by a lack of due process prevalent in college tribunals.  He was accused of  "forcibly groping" somebody, a lower level 4th degree assault.  That has to be very hard to prove (usually impossible) beyond a reasonable doubt unless there was video or there were several very credible witnesses.  I know it's not popular here but maybe a little skepticism and consideration for the accused is in order.  His name is now smeared, innocent or not, while his accuser remains anonymous. 

02/14/2018 - 12:33pm Yeah...

the ball should be mostly in Rahk's hands late in the game.  Good from the FT line, can get to the rim or hit the open man or an open jumper.  He's not perfect but he can create and gives us the best chance late in the game.  I still can't believe he was so low rated as a recruit.

02/14/2018 - 12:18pm I'm always puzzled why some players..

are so horrible from the FT line.  When I shot free throws (admittedly not in a packed arena and not after banging against huge dudes), I had a routine that I would follow every single time to create consistency - a spin of the ball and three bounces of the ball.  If you do the exact same thing every single time, it becomes automatic and takes the mental part mostly out of it.  Doing that and shooting a ton of free throws in practice, maybe with somebody trying to distract you, should get you to at least 60-70%, usually a lot better.

02/14/2018 - 12:11pm I've been really high on Poole...

since I saw him in a high school all star game and then watched his high school tape.  His nickname was "Baby Steph" for a reason.  His 3 point rage is exceptional and he can create off the dribble and get to the rim.  He's still learning shot selection and needs some seasoning.  And he just doesn't usually get the minutes yet to find his rhythm and be a big contributor.  I like him in the backcourt late in a game with Rahk since he's not a liability at the FT line.  I'd like him to get a few more minutes this year but I see next year as being his breakout year if he's the starting SG with Rahk graduating.  He may have the highest ceiling on the team.

I also love Livers.  He's going to be big time as well.

I love Z's ballhandling, passing and D.  If he can get to 60-70% from the FT line and more reliably hit an open jumper, he can make a leap.  I'm hopeful another year will see some progress.

 

02/07/2018 - 5:28pm You didn't watch the same game I did...

beyond the obscenely bad Burke block call, the officiating was a travesty heavily tilted towards Louisville all game.  They missed a goaltending OFF the backboard.  They called a phantom foul on Burke on a 3 point shot. They called a foul on the WRONG player.  They let Louisville get away with murder defensively.  That was not a basketball game but a mugging aided by the refs.

02/07/2018 - 5:17pm Louisville clean? Better?

You didn't watch the same game I did.  The officiating was a travesty.  It was literally the worst I've ever seen in a college basketball game and tilted heavily towards Louisville. The Burke block call was just the tip of the iceberg.  Michigan was the better team that night.  The fact that Louisville wasn't even eligible to play due to extremely egregious rules violations is icing on the cake.

So.. on and off the court... Michigan was the real national champion that year.

 

02/05/2018 - 12:57pm Agreed...

But don't get too critical of their free throw shooting or you'll get negbombed, lol

02/05/2018 - 10:49am So...

you think 12-28 from the free throw line is better than I described?  I would bet Beilein used similar or harsher words.  These players are adults not little children.  They can handle this type of criticism.  If they can't, they need to grow up.  If I were in their shoes, I would describe my performance using the same words.  And yes, for this type of problem, I would bet that they need to put more work or discipline into it.  That's not a personal attack.  Sometimes, the people on this board are....  beyond pathetic, more pathetic than 12-28 from the free throw line. The players are lucky they have coaches that don't baby them.

 

And it's perfectly ok to be critical of a player's performance on a sports blog.  That's why were here... to state opinions.