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12/03/2018 - 1:35pm I will offer a bit of cold…

I will offer a bit of cold water; I think it is possible that we are a bit flattered by our resume so far. Purdue and Villanova both lost four of their top players from last season. They've also both struggled some this year, so those wins might not end up looking as good at the end of the season. UNC seems like a good win, but it was at home.

I am as pumped with how the team is playing as anyone, but we are still in small sample size territory at this point, and college hoops is unpredictable. I think we have a great shot to win the Big Ten, but that will not be an easy feat.


11/15/2018 - 9:49am The returning players from…

The returning players from last year combined for 31.6% from three last year (the team was 35.2%), so I think it is fair to assume that it will be a bit of a weakness. I don't think the current 22.6% rate is representative either, though, so I wouldn't say it "can't be fixed". Also consider that about half of the 3P shots by returning players were taken by freshman last year, which means that we should assume improvement is likely.

I'm hoping we can get up to around 33 or 34% as a team, which would be serviceable when paired with our defense and interior offense.

09/26/2018 - 10:28am Is this spate of transfers…

Is this spate of transfers an unintended consequence of the new rule about maintaining the ability to redshirt if playing in four or fewer games or was there another rule change allowing this? If it is the former, something tells me that rule is going to be removed or at least tweaked in the offseason. I hope they keep it mostly intact as it seems like a great way to get young guys experience while doing away with the "injury" redshirt shenanigans. 

08/24/2018 - 5:16pm I don't think that's…

I don't think that's accurate. For this year, we appear to have three quality outside receiver options (DPJ, Black, Collins) and some quality slot options (Perry, Martin, to a lesser degree Schoenle). For an offense that runs a lot of 12 or 21 personnel, that seems like sufficient depth. 

For next year, Perry is the only guy who would leave via graduation or draft, as the others are 2nd year players.

Not worried about WR unless we get 2-3 injuries, but what team wouldn't be in trouble with that?

07/16/2018 - 10:52am Fun topic to bloviate on, so…

Fun topic to bloviate on, so here is my take.

I think we just need to have more moms and dads who have played the game. This is related to the "lack of development" argument that comes up a lot, but I think it is important to start that development even earlier. Like learning a language, the younger you learn, the more natural it is.

When a parent has played the game, they are more likely to put a ball at their young child's feet, and better equipped to show them the intricacies of the game and foster skill building. Since parents are usually the volunteer coaches for our youngest players, having more of them with familiarity with the game will further help development. Parents are also the first line of scouting: if they know the game, they are better able to identify their child or their child's teammate as exceptionally talented, increasing the chance that those type of players filter into the higher level development stream.

07/16/2018 - 10:33am Soccer being low scoring may…

Soccer being low scoring may be something that a very casual fan finds frustrating, but why change a game so drastically for those people when for millions (billions?) of people already find it exciting. As a person comes to follow and understand the game better, they find all the other elements that are worth watching.

I will say that the predominance of ties in soccer, and the less than ideal method of resolving those ties, does present some downsides in a tournament format, but not enough so to upend things drastically.

07/10/2018 - 11:10pm My fav: "The doctor said I…

My fav: "The doctor said I wouldn't get so many nose bleeds if I just kept my finger out of there."

06/22/2018 - 2:10pm I don't usually troll, but…

I don't usually troll, but when I do...

I find your dedication to stanning for Cowherd amusing and bewildering. He makes his living in this arena of punditry and trash talking so I don't see why you feel the need to defend his honor so strongly. Probably best to sit this thread out.

04/18/2018 - 3:59pm I think folks are overstating

I think folks are overstating the effect that the change from Moe to Teske will have on offensive spacing. Beilein's offense is based on motion sets with the 5 in the high post plus lots of 1-5 or 2-5 ball screens. They aren't all of a sudden going to have Teske posting up in the low block. 

There will likely be less pick and pop and more pick and roll with Teske, but that would only effect how a defense defends ball screen action. It wouldn't allow a rim protector to sit in the paint and clog things up.

This isn't to say that there there will be no offensive downgrade (maybe someone with access to Synergy could provide comparitive stats on PnR/PnP action of Moe vs Teske to give us a flavor), just that the "spacing" commentary is a bit off.

04/11/2018 - 11:10pm I'm not citing this specific penalty as an example

I'm not citing this specific penalty as an example where the punishment doesn't fit the crime. It was a bit soft, but it was definitely towards the "clear goal scoring opportunity" side of the spectrum. Plenty more come from way less dangerous of positions.

04/11/2018 - 5:54pm The penalty kick is easily the worst rule in

The penalty kick is easily the worst rule in sports. It is nearly a guaranteed goal, awarded so frequently in cases that are no where near a guaranteed scoring opportunity, in a sport where goals are at a premium.

That said, loved this particular case. Hala Madrid!

04/04/2018 - 3:27pm I think your prediction that

I think your prediction that Simpson will not improve his 3P% significantly is likely to be accurate, and highlighting the FT% differential between Simpson and MAAR puts a jsutifiable hole in that line of thinking. However, we just finished as a Top 10 team in overall efficiency (Top 3 after Simpson took over?), so you cannot make a good case that Simpson's offensive shortcomings override his defensive contribution to the point where he can't be the starter.

Citing the poor offense during the tourney as further reason for benching him is also off base. He certainly contributes to it, but the team collectively shot poorly, and I would contend that that had little to do with any effects of a sagging defense. 

The portion of your argument that does have some merit to me is highlighting the need for shooters around him. With the presumed loss of Wagner, I think there could be an issue there but there are other work arounds besides benching an all-conference defender in favor of unproven options.


02/26/2018 - 2:51pm Neutral gym, yes, but we will

Neutral gym, yes, but we will have played the day before so they would still have the fresh legs advantage.

02/22/2018 - 10:12am Eh, I'm not sure you want

Eh, I'm not sure you want both Teske and Wagner in a 2-3 zone. That puts one of them on the perimeter which seems like a recipe for them to get blown by on a close out, breaking down the defense.

02/12/2018 - 2:38pm More Context

According to Torvik, Young is in the 54th percentile in terms of turnovers per 100 possesions, so he's pretty average when you factor in usage.

You're lazy, OP!


02/06/2018 - 1:10pm I can't claim any more

I can't claim any more authority than you in analyzing his form, but I was curious about your observation. I looked at a few clips of some prolific shooters (Kyle Korver, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen), and they all start their jump shots with the ball around the waist.

I think the key to their success, and what it looks like Nunez does pretty well too, is the quickness in their movements and the lift they generate. 

12/03/2017 - 10:14am funny how ubiquitous that dream theme is. That's

funny how ubiquitous that dream theme is. That's basically the nightmare that I have now and again.

11/30/2017 - 2:27pm If you are contesting my

If you are contesting my evaluation of Livers' defense, check the 5th clip from Five Key Plays  over at umhoops. At about 2:30 and 3:15 in that clip, Livers gets blown by by Luke Maye. 

11/29/2017 - 10:27pm Eh, Livers didn't make much of an impression for

Eh, Livers didn't make much of an impression for me. He was OK offensively, but I felt like he was exposed defensively. He is high effort, but seems a step slow at this point. The 4 could be a weak spot, at least until Livers settles in.

I was really impressed with Poole's defense. Got his hands on a few balls and made some nice rotations. He also did some nice things on the offensive end. I think he might have a Caris like Freshman season.

11/29/2017 - 3:51pm Some nice clips of Matthews

Some nice clips of Matthews game. I think he ends up having a monster year.

The combination of his speed and vision is stellar. I don't remember which Maui game it was, but on one play he drove hard from around the right elbow and because he was coming so fast, 1 or 2 off ball defenders had to quickly help but he still was able to smoothly drop a pass through a tight window to a cutting Robinson (I think) who finished at the hoop.


11/21/2017 - 12:59pm Hardy Agreement

Very well put by Seth. And it bums me out, because I'd like to be able to come here after a game and see insiteful comments about what went right or wrong. Instead it is thread after thread that devolves into the "UNACCEPTABLE" argument and counterarguments. Pretty much unreadable. 

11/18/2017 - 8:49pm not sure if serious...I'm thinking more of a

not sure if serious...

I'm thinking more of a play like the roll out where Gentry broke open deep. Peters was late with his throw, and taking that extra beat got him a good shot. that's not on the OL.

11/18/2017 - 6:18pm I guess it is just me, but some of the blame for

I guess it is just me, but some of the blame for Peters getting clobbered seems to be his own. He really holds onto the ball for a long time and his internal clock seems to react a bit slow in terms of getting the ball out on time.

11/08/2017 - 11:16am I don't think the vanilla

I don't think the vanilla passing offense can be attributed to holding back any of the playbook to preserve the element of surprise. I think it has more to do with some combination of preventing sacks to keep Peters healthy and limit mistakes (of Peters, WRs, OL) so that we can win games. 

I think the injury prevention is a reasonable goal, but I wonder whether the potential growth of our passing game is being limited by not pushing its bounderies, which could harm us against Wiscy and OSU. Tough to say that definitively though, when every game counts and you don't want to risk dropping one to Minnesota with a bunch of turnovers. 

10/29/2017 - 10:40am this may be wrong, but I believe it has something

this may be wrong, but I believe it has something to do with wearing an eligible number when playing as the sixth OL, which is often in an eligible position. That's why he switched back to 72 when he played in the actual line in mop up time.

09/29/2017 - 3:57pm Defense Tailored to Bush

Is Devin Bush to this year's defense the same as Jabrill Peppers to last year's defense? In other words, a guy that is a special talent that Don Brown identified as someone he wanted to build the defense around? 

Maybe more went into the decision to move to the 3-3-5, but I like the idea that DB is just an expert at leveraging the skills of the real difference makers available to him.

08/03/2017 - 4:04pm Let's look a little closer at

Let's look a little closer at your question about whether a 3-star with Faustin's offers is the best the coaches can do for that scholarship spot. I will use the assumption that they have decided they need to fill that spot, so banking is not an option. 

Faustin has a 0.8466 composite rating, putting him 78th for CBs, but since they are viewing him as a safety, that rating makes him the 69th safety. Of the 68 safeties ahead of him, only 24 remain uncommitted. Let's say that on their safety recruiting board, they don't have him at 69th in the nation, but half that so let's say 35th (maybe he is actually at 10th on their board, we don't know). There are only 8 uncommitted safety recruits ahead of that position. Maybe they have kicked the tires of those 8 uncommited prospects and they aren't interested. 

My point is, the answer to the question of whether this is the best player they can get might well be yes. Without knowing where a player is on their rankings board, and without the knowledge of interest level from all the players ahead of him on their board, you can't judge it. 

To me, what "trust the coaches" really means is that I believe they have done their due diligence on this tradeoff. It doesn't mean that we are blindly believing an assertion that, yes, this current 3-star is in fact the second coming of Woodson (they aren't making that assertion).

05/05/2016 - 6:35pm The

The Cooler

04/08/2016 - 12:41pm I'm guessing you're referring to Mazumder. I

I'm guessing you're referring to Mazumder. I actually found that to be a tough course.

02/08/2016 - 12:33pm I think we have found our new recruiting

I think we have found our new recruiting coordinator.

02/05/2016 - 1:28pm you're always sorry. you're always

you're always sorry. you're always grateful.

01/12/2016 - 12:22pm Good luck T-Rich

I will always remember him for cracking jokes when he, James Ross, and RJS were watching old video clips of their peewee games on some recruiting feature. Seemed like a funny guy.

01/12/2016 - 9:56am Well, apparently you can win a national

Well, apparently you can win a national championship by covering up sketchy QB and OL play with good coaching and a great defense, so this seems fair.

01/11/2016 - 9:40pm Eh, west coasters get a raw deal with weekday live

Eh, west coasters get a raw deal with weekday live sports but you get sunny weather all year, so I call it a push

01/11/2016 - 12:10pm Madridista here, so take that into account, but

Madridista here, so take that into account, but that is a pretty inaccurate reduction of Ronaldo. Sure, he is often petulant, but it as frequently internal criticism as external. You don't get to the level he has by always blaming others for failure. How could you improve?

01/11/2016 - 11:05am I think the importance with which it is viewed in

I think the importance with which it is viewed in the soccer circle and the way it is conducted (picking from a few finalists in a live ceremony) makes the heisman comparison the most apt.

12/03/2015 - 11:44pm big hold went uncalled on the final play, too, but

big hold went uncalled on the final play, too, but what's new

11/26/2015 - 7:54am While our bigs are not plus defenders, my biggest

While our bigs are not plus defenders, my biggest issue with the defense was all the open looks from three they gave up. This goes hand in hand with our struggles to contain dribble penetration, because the guards want to sag, and then they can't recover.

The offense had an off night, which happens, but we gotta shore up that perimeter D.

11/10/2015 - 3:41pm Grape-nuts

Definitely a big shout out to Grape-nuts, the king of cereals. For those of you without a mountain of chest hair, throw some raisins in there like I do. Gives it a little bit of sweetness and chewiness, which balances out the crunch.

Added bonus of Grape-nuts is they could keep you satiated until dinner, whereas all these sugar cereals can't even tide you over til lunch.

11/04/2015 - 12:26pm It's not hard to

It's not hard to decipher.

10/10/2015 - 6:55pm Example #129 of this coaching staffs competency:

Example #129 of this coaching staffs competency: AJ Williams is an asset on this offense. Who would have predicted that after his first 3 seasons. Good on him!

10/07/2015 - 12:41pm Don't the Seahawks have a bunch of OL who played

Don't the Seahawks have a bunch of OL who played other positions in college? Maybe that's a factor in their poor play, not some Gary Danielson-like spread prejudice. Just sayin.

06/19/2015 - 1:04pm Redshirt Seniors

One reason this is not a normal year for attrition is the high retention from Hoke's 2012 class, which by my quick check of the depth chart shows around 15 guys going into 2016 as redshirt seniors. If Harbaugh has a clear idea of players that will not be given a fifth year, than a large pool of open schollies will come from that group.

05/28/2015 - 11:16am Minnesota

I've come to sympathize with Ecker a bit, due to an incident in my youth. It involved illicit fireworks and dry North Carolina dune grass. In my panic to put out the fire, I almost yanked the too-short hose off the faucet without realizing it. I had this panic induced tunnel vision, and as I think back on that incident, I can see how Ecker might not have been (fully) aware of the pitch opportunity with the craziness around him.

05/04/2015 - 1:31pm Some would likely consider these guilty pleasures,

Some would likely consider these guilty pleasures, but I just think they are great pop songs:

Brittany Spears "Toxic"
Miley Cyrus "Party In The USA"

04/21/2015 - 8:28pm This dude has clearly been drinking too much of

This dude has clearly been drinking too much of that purple stuff.

04/17/2015 - 8:10pm mine was the 92 Tempo, which still looked like it

mine was the 92 Tempo, which still looked like it was an 80s model. I called here the Temptress, due to her seductive nature.

04/17/2015 - 12:42pm His hands are what I like most. Continuing the J

His hands are what I like most. Continuing the J Mo comparison, if Davis can be a version of Morgan with better hands, some post moves, and two extra inches, then he would be a real nice piece. Based on his highlights, I think that's a reasonable projection

04/15/2015 - 2:31pm Honeycup, specifically, would be my choice. That

Honeycup, specifically, would be my choice. That stuff turns a sandwich up to 11.

03/27/2015 - 12:16pm You buried the lead, bro

I love that K&P sketch. Funny stuff.