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05/30/2018 - 12:12pm I wouldn't deify Matthews

Double posted so I'll expand:

Matthews ORTG was 105.5, lower than Robinson, Teske, MAAR, Z, Wagner, Livers, Watson, Poole, and Matthews. Obviously CM brings more to the game than his ORTG, but his DRTG was nothing special either.

Of course I want him to come back but if he doesn't I don't think it lowers expectations much. The team may take longer to gel without him, potentially leading to an early season loss or two, and having his leadership in the postseason would be lovely, but don't see the impact being much more than that.

05/30/2018 - 12:04pm I wouldn't deify Matthews

Obviously I think we all want him to come back, however, of all the players we've lost to the NBA in the Beilein Era, Matthews would probably sting the least. It's still gonna sting but not like Wagner, Stauskas, Burke, etc...

05/09/2018 - 5:06pm Not a poor example at all

Compare ticket prices from OSU/ND/MSU home games to PSU/UW/Nebraska... The big three are in a completely different tax bracket.

03/30/2018 - 11:03am it is objectively good for the big ten

The question is whether you care about what's good for the big ten...

Personally, I do, unless it's MSU or OSU (or in some cases some of the more easily hated teams from year to year, like Wisconsin w/ Darnold, Purdue w/ Kramer, etc...) who I will only root for if a win would directly benefit us (e.g. if one beating the others locks us in as out-right B1G champs).. 

When the Big Ten has a strong reputation, it makes it easier for us to get higher seeds, more bubble teams in the tourney, etc... (at least in theory).

Even Penn State winning the NIT impacts their KenPom/Torvik ratings, which (IIRC) impact the kenpom/torvik ratings for next year, and every little thing that the big ten can win OOC enhances quality of each conference game, win or loss.  This can lead to higher seeds, more quality wins/losses, etc...  Basically, if the B1G can get itself to the point of SEC football, where a 6-4 team can be ranked in the top 15, that benefits Michigan.

Just my take.  I know a lot of people disagree on the whole conference loyalty thing, I just don't really dislike most of the schools in the conference and have no need to root against them.

03/30/2018 - 10:49am that's a silly trope

PSU is #19 in KenPom & #18 on Torvik.  They are better than probably half the teams in the tournament (I'm looking at you, LIU-Brooklyn...)

03/27/2018 - 5:41pm The whole breakdown

The whole breakdown made me glad we have MGoBlog & UMHoops - both understand why advanced stats are preferred & how they work.  This breakdown could've been written by a high school kid.

03/27/2018 - 1:36pm why does everyone always forget about

Darius Morris - left after his sophomore year

03/27/2018 - 10:11am Very much so

Even his game reminds me of a poor man's AI.

03/27/2018 - 10:11am Very much so

Even his game reminds me of a poor man's AI.

03/26/2018 - 5:23pm Generational Bias, everyone!

Generational Bias, everyone!

03/26/2018 - 12:23pm it's not as impressive

Making the semis in basketball and hockey is not as impressive as it is for other sports, or say, women's basketball or football, for several reasons. 

First, it's pretty arbitrary to choose basketball and hockey - they don't have anything to do with the other.  You could probably say the same thing about Iowa and wrestling, but who really cares?  Michigan is tied for most frozen fours of anyone, so this statistic really shouldn't be surprising - much like if I told you Iowa had the most concurrent Wrestling + Basketball B1G Championships or Duke had the most Lacross + Basketball Champtionships in the same year, you wouldn't be surprised, you'd expect that to be true.

Second, 60 teams compete in D1 hockey, so almost 7% of teams make the final four, while in men's basketball just over 1% of teams make the final four.  Further, how many teams are even capable of pulling this off?  Of the sixty hockey teams that exist, most won't ever threaten to make the final four.  Denver, Alabama-Hunstville, and Colorado College.  That's who your competing with - a bunch of schools who don't play D-1 basketball, Wisconsin, Minnesota, MSU, and Notre Dame (plus a few others but basically that's it).

Users on this site apparently have easily wounded pride.  We've got two teams in their respective semifinals, let's enjoy that for what it is.  What additional joy is gained by arbitrary bragging?

03/23/2018 - 6:28am You're not wrong, Walter.

You're not wrong, Walter.

03/23/2018 - 6:28am You're not wrong, Walter.

You're not wrong, Walter.

03/23/2018 - 6:27am You're not wrong, Walter.

You're not wrong, Walter.

03/05/2018 - 5:23pm You really want to see

Virginia Tech or Trae Young in the 2nd round? I think there are less threatening teams we could draw.

03/05/2018 - 4:07pm Don't forget about


03/04/2018 - 2:43am Agreed

Can't help but think of what JB would've done with McQuaid

03/04/2018 - 2:43am Agreed

Can't help but think of what JB would've done with McQuaid

02/27/2018 - 10:10am My guess

Is that this DOES happen all the time, we just don't ever find out.

02/27/2018 - 10:04am Well in a perfect world...

...the NCAA doesn't exist and is replaced by better regulatory oversight - for example a league for CFB, a league for CBB, etc... The NCAA is almost as far gone as FIFA.

02/25/2018 - 11:12pm Double



02/25/2018 - 11:12pm Triple


02/25/2018 - 11:11pm Use some depth

We really need to make sure the key guys (MAAR, Wagner, Simpson, Matthews) have light minutes in the first game and, if possible, the second game as well. Nebraska has looked pretty good as of late so I don't know how likely that is, but if our key guys can stay rssted that would help quite a bit going into a potential MSU game.

02/25/2018 - 3:02am PG Potential

Really he could only play PG due to his size, and he'd really have to improve his handle significantly. He will probably have a successful career outside the NBA if he chooses to.

01/09/2018 - 1:16pm Holier than thou

This is moral high ground bullshit. Lewan & Gibbons, off the top of my head, made our program look bad. Our team just got in a yelling match a week ago over bowling.

Get off your high horse, it's not a good look.

01/05/2018 - 6:39pm I have to ask...

Why Drupal?

01/03/2018 - 10:12am Double post

Double post

01/03/2018 - 10:10am Sure

But as part of our current win streak we've beaten three major conference teams in a row, all away from home. Maybe UCLA was home I don't remember.

01/02/2018 - 11:44pm Surprised there isn't more optimism

We all know JB's teams need time to gel, and this team is coming together quite well. We're probably the third best team in the big ten and I'd not be surprised to see us in the sweet sixteen again.

I don't expect it, but this team has the potential to make it happen, and Belein is nothing if not a tournament coach.

11/06/2017 - 3:44pm Just IMO,

Brandon Minor should be in the conversation.

09/25/2017 - 4:07pm Too early man.

Purdue is the "best" team we've played and we beat their ass on the road? Florida would beat Purdue in west Lafayette, and Air Force would give them a good shot.

Purdue is overrrated because their opponents are overrated.

09/19/2017 - 2:28pm checked out their roster

they also have Armanti Edwards and Johnny Sears... 

I hate the Toronto Argonauts, apparently.

09/13/2017 - 7:12pm Fuckin' A, man.

I've worked for major corporations in IT - in Detroit, in North Carolina, in Minneapolis, and in Denver. In Detroit I was above average. In NC I was a fucking rockstar. In Minneapolis and Denver I was pretty average. Could just be the companies I've worked for, but in my experience people down there are just... not as well educated.

There you have it: Anecdotal evidence that the South is full of dolts. And that was NC, which, like Tennessee or Virginia, is usually categorized as sort of southern meets Appalachian, but not full blown South. I mean NC has some solid universities, so I didn't expect it to be so bad.

I can imagine it only gets worse the farther into the heart of the south you go.

08/03/2017 - 12:27pm "Fire Lloyd" T-Shirt

Bought one on my way back to the car after my dad and I attended the App State game and then for some reason also attended the Oregon game the following week. I don't regret it, although I am somewhat ashamed to this day.

It was the most empty I had ever felt as a Michigan fan, and a foreshadowing of what was to come.

05/21/2017 - 6:24am Matta

Just my opinion, but I don't think Matta has ever been that great of a coach. A good one, sure, and a great recruiter, but he always relied on talent over scheme. They've never had much of an identity as a program, but they went through some years where their recruits were really meeting/exceeding their expectations, so he'd end up with a team full of NBA talent. A ton of talent and decent coaching will take you far.

Lately, they've had more Kam Chatman scenarios - highly touted recruits and talented players who just aren't getting it done on the court. They'll be back soon enough, as some of their recruits start to find their way. Too soon, probably..

04/07/2017 - 1:05pm I wasn't gonna say...

we already have one of those.

01/27/2017 - 9:46am well their was the mass exodus

that kind of prevented RRod from adjusting  - Mallet, Manningham, Arrington, and Boren all probably would have stayed to play for Lloyd (maybe Mario leaves).

01/13/2017 - 2:02pm maybe so...

And I have mixed feelings on taking LTT back.  But he is going to end up somewhere - Wisconsin, Arkansas... somewhere.  If he's fit to play college ball next year, you could argue he's fit to play for Michigan.

I agree with most who say it's Harbaugh's call as he knows the kid and the circumstances better than any of us do.

01/13/2017 - 1:59pm downriver?

or down by the river?  Big difference.

01/13/2017 - 1:58pm Mr. "I-dont-want-attention"

Mr. "I-dont-want-attention" was committed to a school for years and... SURPRISE! he went there.

Any attention given to him was not his fault.  He never decommitted from Alabama.

01/09/2017 - 10:44am I've always assumed

Hart would take the job if/when Wheatley leaves.

01/06/2017 - 9:05am well

"is he really a guy who can lead a young team to BIG Ten title contention?"

Well, yes, because he did.

01/06/2017 - 8:52am John Navarre

statistically one of the best QBs in M football history!

01/06/2017 - 8:52am John Navarre

statistically one of the best QBs in M football history!

01/05/2017 - 8:49am I mentioned this above

but Deiter is not the best example to prove your point.  He went from catching 94 balls for Bowling Green to catching 15 for Bama.  He gets to play for a NC so good for him, but it hasn't exactly improved his NFL draft stock.

01/05/2017 - 8:44am Gehrig Dieter

Gehrig Dieter was a WR, not a TE, and he absolutely tore up MAC secondaries last year for Bowling Green.  He went from 94 catches in the MAC to having 15 this season for Bama.

I get what you're saying, but I don't think those are results that are going to start a trend - although to be fair he is probably going to win a National Championship.

01/04/2017 - 1:55pm His offer list

is okay in my opinion, but not great.  USC, Penn State, MSU, Georgia, Pittsburgh.  That is good, I'd have no complaints if we sign him, but to call him a top 200 recruit is disengenious, IMO.

12/21/2016 - 1:55pm Hill would

Hill would probably get the same treatment from the NFL as our last few fullbacks - some UFA workouts, maybe signed to a practice squad.  Not as a TE, hell no, but as a fullback.

If he comes back and maybe developes a reputation as a shorty yardage beast, I can see his odds improving in the NFL simply based on name recognition and such.  But I don't really watch NFL, so wtf do I know.

11/19/2016 - 10:10pm Speight was in full pads

Apparently the announcers saw him warming up at one point and he was favoring his shoulder. Harbaugh says he is more "hour-to-hour" than "day-to-day".

11/15/2016 - 3:01pm much like USC and UF

it will all fall down... eventually. But let's be real, for the past 15 years it has really sucked for our main rival to be OSU. I had high hopes that The Fall of the Vest would impact their program but nope.