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04/18/2018 - 7:32pm People still underestimate Beilein's adaptability

For the life of me I don't know why.

He will adapt the sets to the personnel he has. One thing that we saw in the non-conference was that Teske is a good passer - certainly better than Wagner. I would not be surprised to see Beilein add several wrinkles to the offense with Teske in the high post to take advantage of this skill.

The "Teske doesn't have Wagner's skill set - we're doomed!!!" narrative shows a lack of imagination that our coaching staff thankfully doesn't share.

04/04/2018 - 5:25pm The CCNY point shaving scandal was part of the cause

It wiped out the established college powers in the New York area. St Johns was the only New York team that stepped in to the void; meanwhile, out of area coaches like John Wooden and Dean Smith made hay in the city.

Connecticut under Jim Calhoun was the big power in the New York area, but Kevin Ollie seems to have killed that golden goose. Remains to be seen if Hurley (from Jersey City, remember) can bring it back.

04/04/2018 - 4:54pm "Ohio takes its Mr. Basketball award seriously"

Which is why they gave it to Zavier Simpson. DeJulius will get some game minutes, which will come as a relief to him; trying to score in practice against the best defensive PG in the B1G will be a rude transition from high school...

03/23/2018 - 3:48pm Beilein credited LaVall Jordan with teaching him about the P&R

It was (and unsurprizingly still is) a big part of the Butler offense

That, along with junking the 1-3-1, was one of the first examples at Michigan of Beilein showing the flexibility that his detractors claimed he didn't have.

03/09/2018 - 2:09pm Could add Milwaukee to your list

And it makes too much sense to implement.

When Philly's own Tony Carr was asked the obligatory "How does it feel to play in the center of the basketball universe?" on BTN, I really wanted him to reply "Did we play in the Spectrum? Damn, I thought we were still up in New York somewhere..."

11/15/2017 - 11:41am D. Robinson didn't throw the ball to them very often

Which is a good thing.

Their presence (along with a teammate named Peppers) was noted a few times in the game thread.

11/09/2017 - 4:55pm Would love to see Rutgers finish ahead of OSU and IU

Not likely, but this year is probably the best chance they'll ever have...

11/01/2017 - 9:22pm Here you go


05/18/2017 - 8:25pm Good luck

Veteran of 4 stones myself. As soon as I feel symptoms in the kidney (like a backache that won't respond to changing position, massaging the area, or anything else) I start drinking lots of homemade lemonade with aloe juice/gel. The aloe performs the same lubricating function as olive oil and tastes more innocuous. Unfortunately, the pain isn't always in the same place - during one attack I went to the ER thinking it was appendicitis because it felt like the pain was deep inside the abdomen; but that's where the front of the kidney is located.

When I feel the pain coming on, I make sure to get home so I can take oxycodone/hydrocodone to stop it. You want to manage the pain before it's too severe; if you wait too long you may have to go to the ER for big guns like dilaudid or morphine or fentanyl.

I've never had pain last for more than 18-24 hours - even so, withdrawal from the opioids is nasty. Once the stone passes from the kidney into the bladder, there are no more symptoms and I eventually just piss it out - except for the last one, which managed to grow in the bladder until it was too large to pass from the bladder into the urethra, requiring a litholapaxy (transpenile robotic stone crushing). Thankfully that included general anesthetic.

Hang in there.


04/10/2017 - 9:06pm One shot?

No, kids can do this every year that they have eligibility remaining. But yes, it should come as no surprise that Wagner and Wilson are going to take advantage of the rule.

03/31/2017 - 5:51pm Morris started most of his freshman year

He started the first 9 games of the season, came off the bench for the next 13, then started the final 10. Stu Douglass took Darius's spot in the starting lineup, then D-Mo took Laval Lucas-Perry's spot.

I look at things somewhat differently than you do. Beilein has signed 4 guys who were expected to be starting point guards: Morris, Burke, Walton, and Simpson. The only time they started as freshmen was when there wasn't a starting point guard ahead of them. The plan was that Burke would back up Morris for at least a year, Walton would back up Burke for at least a year, and Simpson would back up Walton for a year. Morris and Burke being good enough to leave for the NBA as sophomores wasn't anticipated.

It seems that Beilein has adjusted his strategy now. I believe Brooks and David DeJulius (**** entering in 2018) were both recruited as starting point guards, but DeJulius has less uncertainty because he's playing a higher level of competition in HS. Brooks could push ahead of DeJulius, or be the next Spike, or something else - we won't know for a while. What I am 99 and 44/100% certain of is that Xavier Simpson is going to be the starting point guard next year, because that's what he has been recruited and groomed for. 

People have doubts about Simpson because he didn't cut into Walton's playing time more, but there were plenty of decent point guards who were worse than Derrick Walton - Nate Mason and Melo Trimble are two who immediately come to mind.

03/27/2017 - 1:54pm Building confidence is big for Beilein

So he does make a lot of very kind statements about his players.

That said, Davis will be the widest body on the team next year, so there will surely be minutes available for him against certain teams. He'll have to prove he's ready for those minutes during practice and the non-conference schedule.

03/27/2017 - 1:47pm There was a handful of games

In which we really missed Kam Chatman. Irvin and Wilson ran out of gas in OT at Iowa, Irvin was too ill to play a full game at MSU, maybe one more fresh body could have stopped the collapse against Va Tech. If Ibi could have played 5 productive minutes, those losses might have been prevented. I have no doubt that Chatman could have done that much. And I still wonder if he'll make a jump like Wilson has. Oh well...

03/24/2017 - 5:09pm Boucher was Oregon's best player?

Then why was Brooks Pac-12 PotY? Why was Bell Pac-12 Defensive PotY? Why is Dorsey averaging 20 ppg in the tournament? Boucher is a good player, a significant loss, but he was nowhere near being their best player. 


EDIT: Chris beat me by 6 hours. Oh well...

03/22/2017 - 3:30pm For us land-lubbers

The plane was doing 175 mph down the runway, with the throttle pretty much wide open. The pilot pulled back on the yoke to make the plane jump into the air and realized within 5 seconds that something was very, very wrong. By the time he could cut the gas and hit the brakes, the plane had reached a max speed of 199 mph. That's when the skid/slide/crash through the fence/rip the landing gear off part of the trip began.


For you pilots and aeronautical engineers - in flight, one elevator full up and one full down would make the plane spin around the nose-tail axis, right? If it didn't just rip the tail right off?

03/22/2017 - 3:07pm Wilson played 22 minutes in the stomping at Crisler

Yet managed to control Bridges (who played 35 minutes). His hair has occult powers which possessed Irvin's body and kept moving it between Bridges and the basket.

03/17/2017 - 3:33pm What happened? Mind the gap

UM attempted 29 three pointers, OSU 16. Guess who won?

03/14/2017 - 10:19pm I thought Calhoun was awful

But I wasn't sure, because he was so amazingly inarticulate that I had to turn on the closed captioning. Turns out he was saying:

"Mmmunughummnmm Ray Allen mammunumum! Mgghhrmmunughummum Kemba Walker mmumuummmunummmummum. Mmmunummmunummunmummum."

03/12/2017 - 5:59pm Pep band played "Temptation" during the post-game interview

MOPpet Derrick Walton danced along. I guess everybody who was on that plane is now bonded together...

04/01/2016 - 2:27am You're quoting last year's report card

Dylan hasn't done this year's yet. I don't think Irvin had his jumper blocked as often this year, but he does still use that low release...

03/31/2016 - 3:35pm Rellford was a favorite of mine, too

And standing next to Butch Wade would make almost any basketball player look skinny - the guy was built like a tank.

03/31/2016 - 2:25pm Insofar as I recall

Tarpley was a project. I think he had a growth spurt late in high school and he was definitely a beanpole as a freshman (he, Wade, Rellford, and Henderson ate in the same cafeteria I did in the fall of '82; he looked like a coatrack next to his teammates). His rise was spectacular, as was his fall. Reminiscent of Icarus.

03/23/2016 - 5:08pm "Inquired about"

Is what the tweet says. I assumed that meant they talked to Sacred Heart's coach and/or AD. I could be wrong.

03/23/2016 - 4:47pm Um,

Michigan already has a commit from a 4* point guard in 2017 - Jordan Poole.

[Edit - I see that Poole is described as an off guard, shooting guard, combo guard, and point guard, depending on which recruiting site you look at. Sounds like he's definitely not a pure point]


If M were to take Broome (and they haven't even contacted him yet, much less offered a scholarship), it would be to avoid having a sophomore PG  backed up by a freshman PG. Without the invention of a time machine, taking a transfer is the only way to get an upperclass PG on the squad in 2017. 

03/22/2016 - 1:03pm Your second post needs a different spin, Pauli

This is an exclusive club.

03/22/2016 - 3:05am Sparty has a top 20 defense? This is news to KenPom

Their defensive efficiencies from 2014-2016: 28, 47, 51

03/20/2016 - 4:17am Jerrod Ward laughs at your disappointment...

...and cracks three ribs.

03/20/2016 - 12:07am Revisionist bullshit

In 2013 Michigan was 18-1 and about to assume the #1 spot in the AP poll when Morgan, who had started every game of the season to that point, got injured at Illinois. McGary was so good replacing him that the team promptly lost 3 of its next 5 games. Morgan kept trying to come back too soon, and probably never healed completely until the offseason.  

At the end of the season Morgan was chosen to the All B1G defensive team. Yeah, he was bad, alright.

03/17/2016 - 8:53pm Scholarships were offered to both

Walton committed, suggesting that he wanted to play for Michigan more than Morris did. Keep this in mind when you get bored with people complaining about Cassius Winston being a Sparty.

03/17/2016 - 8:11pm Key difference: WHEN and AGAINST WHOM

If his peripheral stats remained the same in B1G play, that indicates an in-year improvement, no?

03/03/2016 - 10:08pm Against?

Surely you meant root for them - we want them to get the auto-bids from their respective conferences, because if they lose they might still get at-large bids.

03/02/2016 - 4:38am Since the 2014 team almost made the Final Four

Playing without McGary, it's certainly arguable that Mitch's injury may have cost the team a National Championship.

02/24/2016 - 6:34pm Technically, not acronyms

The military seems to prefer abbreviations using the first syllable of each word. So my guess at your mess would be:

Adjutant Commander for Submarine Ordnance Computed in Hilbert Space.


Google says I'm wrong...

01/14/2016 - 11:15pm Hmm, wikipedia disagrees slightly

Speculating that lousy fighters are full tomato cans who leak red juice after being pounded for a few minutes. That would answer "But why a tomato can?"

01/14/2016 - 10:56pm Canned vegetables

Cans of corn (and cans of other vegetables) were stored on the top shelf in the dry goods store. When you wanted one, the clerk wouldn't bother to get a ladder; instead he would stand below the shelf, tip the can off the shelf with a broom handle, and catch it. So when an outfielder is standing still waiting for a fly ball to drop into his glove, it's a can of corn.


Tomato can is from boxing. People use empty tomato cans for target practice; hit the can one time and it falls over. A boxer who falls over after being hit once is a tomato can. The slang term for an unchallenging opponent then got extended into other sports.

01/14/2016 - 2:10pm I get all my fashion tips from MGoBlog

Where I've learned that the new uniforms are always the worst ever.

01/13/2016 - 5:10pm Tough to make useful comparisons to 2014

McGary played in all the non-conference losses (which also included the 7 point loss at #21 Iowa State and the 2 point neutral-court derp to #you'reshittingme Charlotte). The loss to Arizona was Mitch's final college game. So the team that blitzed the B1G wasn't quite the same one that dropped 4 non-conference games.

This year's team, of course, was missing Walton in the loss at SMU and missing LeVert in the loss at Purdue.

And of course the uniforms are different, but the worst-ever in both cases.

01/08/2016 - 2:33pm Hardaway, Burke (LeVert)

All three star (or lower), ranked outside the consensus top 100 in their classes. Here's a site for historical research. 

Of course "can do nothing" described none of them. Beilein always looks for some skills from his recruits - that's why the team never has any of the athletic projects who take three years to figure out which end of the ball to hold.

01/07/2016 - 2:13pm Stauskas from 3
Year     Total       B1G
Fr        80-182 44.0%     30-81 37.0%
So       92-208 44.2%     42-94 44.7%

As a freshman he was shut out @OSU (team's first loss of the year), vs Illinois (a comfortable win), vs. MSU (tight win), and vs. Wisconsin in the BTT loss. Oh, and vs. VCU and Syracuse in NCAA tourney wins.

As a sophomore he was shut out @Duke (humiliating loss), @Indiana(first B1G loss), and vs. Wisconsin (dominating loss).


11/04/2015 - 12:08am Trouble staying at home

Doyle had a bad habit of leaving his man and attempting to block shots, which resulted in very easy offensive rebounds for the opposing center. This is not an uncommon problem for big kids making the transition from preps to college - it takes some time to really internalize how much bigger and springier the average D1 guard is compared to the guys whose careers ended in high school.

10/29/2015 - 5:18pm It's more about movement and ball-handling

The 3 and 4 spots in Beilein's offense are almost indistinguishable - they start out in the corners and on certain plays they move toward the middle, setting and/or receiving screens. The 3 man will start in the left corner and thus be moving towards his right; the 4 man will start in the right corner and thus be moving towards his left. So if Beilein has two wings, one left-handed and one right-handed, he'll play the righty at the 3 and the lefty at the 4 so that each one will be moving towards his dominant side when he moves towards the middle of the court.

The side effect, though, is that  they're most likely to spot up for jumpers in the corners they started out in, and that right corner jumper just didn't fall for Chatman last year. Hopefully it will this year.

10/29/2015 - 4:45pm He was 10/38 overall

And he has non-zero percentages from other spots on the floor,

10/29/2015 - 3:10pm Somewhere between six and eight

Not inclusive.


5/7 = .714285...


Nobody calculates batting averages in their heads anymore, I guess.

03/02/2014 - 12:43am Corperryale Punishment

For leaving Manny off your list.

02/18/2014 - 5:34pm Explicating the inexplicable

"This matchup choice confounded me, as John Beilein chose to put Robinson on Kaminsky when Nigel Hayes also took the floor for Wisconsin."


Three pointers. Kaminsky is now 25-61 from three, Hayes is holding steady at 0-0. If there's one thing your video makes clear, it's that defending the three point line is not Jordan Morgan's strength. In fact, he's a great matchup for Hayes, a shorter, weaker, less experienced post player. Unfortunately, GRIII can't stop Kaminsky in the post and there was no confusion in Wisconsin's hive mind about where the mismatch was.

02/01/2014 - 4:29pm Just imagine

How much he would annoy you if he were a Wolverine and LeVert a Bucknut.

02/01/2014 - 4:21pm Husky and Starch?

Animal and Mineral?

Mace and Bellow?

01/28/2014 - 2:13am As long as we're quibbling

Chris Hunter played in 60 games for the Warriors

Courtney Sims played in 5 games for the Pacers, Suns, and Knicks

If Jamal Crawford's 17 games constitute a Michigan career, then Ekpe Udoh's two full seasons without any suspensions or indictments merit a jersey retirement.

04/04/2013 - 5:21pm Do you not have a hard disk?

A thumb drive?

A fricking floppy disc?

04/03/2013 - 4:43pm First they hired Tubby because he inherited a team from Pitino

Then they hired Richard because he inherited a name from Pitino.


I guess next time they'll hire someone who contracted a sexually transmitted disease from Pitino.