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07/17/2018 - 10:49am mgovideo posts full first…

mgovideo posts full first and second half videos of most of the games. Maybe even all of them.  I haven't looked closely.



07/12/2018 - 3:33pm You're so brave and…

You're so brave and principled.  Bon voyage. 

07/10/2018 - 2:05pm Pretty sure Don Brown and…

Pretty sure Don Brown and GMatt will mold this stud into a productive, even all conference end.  If he has the discipline to learn mogul skiing I think he can master DE technique under elite coaching, and combine his athleticism with football instincts developed over a 2 year incubation period.

07/04/2018 - 12:35pm I'm gonna BBQ leftover…

I'm gonna BBQ leftover hotdogs in the microwave tomorrow.

06/25/2018 - 9:35pm yeah, he'll do.  

yeah, he'll do.  

06/22/2018 - 10:25am Trenchant.  If he were…

Trenchant.  If he were likely to be a star 7-footer or even a surefire solid starter he'd be a top 10-15 pick.

06/22/2018 - 10:21am If?  They saw the same…

If?  They saw the same things we all did.  An ultra skilled, 7 footer with crafty offensive moves, great 3pt shooting, solid handle for a big, high bball IQ and a love for the game.  They saw him improve every year, pack on muscle, work hard on his deficiencies and play the game with an edge, high energy and an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.  They saw him being developed by an elite coach who taught him modern perimeter oriented basketball.

06/07/2018 - 10:09am I think with the revamped o…

I think with the revamped o-line, the scheme changes and overall reorientation of the offense from the offensive staff shakeup (Drevno, Frey leaving), the improved QB situation, the multitude of receiving options and some steady/playmaking backs, we into ND with a very unpredictable offense even if it hasn't gelled yet.  That gives us an advantage. 

06/06/2018 - 10:47pm Higdon, Evans and Samuels…

Higdon, Evans and Samuels will rush around 2000 yds this season.

05/31/2018 - 11:21am haha i know.  I was justing

haha i know.  I was justing joking.  We have an embarrassment of riches at corner at the moment. 

05/31/2018 - 10:23am We gotta get one more good

We gotta get one more good recruiting class out of Yaklich and a download of his defensive scheme after this year.  If we post another top 5 D, and have another good post season run...He Gone.. and would be well deserved. 

Either that or Beilein should encourage him to wait it out another 3-5 years and groom him until he retires (though I don't see Beilein operating that way).

05/30/2018 - 12:22am What’s David Long, chopped

What’s David Long, chopped liver?

05/18/2018 - 12:39am And the fact that Rudock

And the fact that Rudock ended up having one of the better statistical seasons in Michigan history is a minor miracle for which Harbaugh (along with Fisch) should get more credit.  He had Wilton Speight looking good enough at times that people thought he was a poor man's Roethlisberger. Last year should just be forgotten. But with legit talent at QB that actually has had time to learn the offense and even marginally improved line and WR play, we should expect a Rudock year to be the floor.  

05/14/2018 - 3:57pm Street bookies will be

Street bookies will be collecting live bets in the stands like a scorpion fight in Marrakesh.

05/08/2018 - 9:42pm Exactly. And I always assumed

Exactly. And I always assumed there was a scout team defense, just like there is a scout offense, which simulates what you’ll see for the upcoming game at least. Wouldn’t that be like the defense practicing against a scout team running a GA tech style offense most of the time?

05/07/2018 - 10:02pm I’m of a mind that he’s gonna

I’m of a mind that he’s gonna light it up this year. Year 1 of Harbaugh we got Jake Ruddock. We’d all take that year of stats and general level of competence at the QB position his year in a heartbeat. Year 4 of (extra motivated) Harbaugh, with better talent across the board and now a mobile 5 star QB instead of an Iowa cast off, will surpass that. [insert convince me I’m wrong meme]

05/07/2018 - 12:56am Not a bad point but JBB just

Not a bad point but JBB just looks slow out of his stance and has heavy feet when he needs to move laterally and mirror during pass pro. In run game he moves forward and targets well enough that his bulk strength is effective in the run game.

05/07/2018 - 12:47am His bona fides are

His bona fides are questionable. Looked like a genius at Bama with 5 stars in the three deep and Saban coaching defense. Colorado wasn’t great and neither was Florida.

05/06/2018 - 12:28am He needs a pull up jumper

He needs a pull up jumper

05/05/2018 - 8:58am If he can prove he’s a star

If he can prove he’s a star type player and have an elite second season (Caris, Nik, Trey, even GRIII), in college under Beilein, he can easily make himself a first rounder. That’s his best route. Show you’re a 3 and D stud. All he has to do is improve his shooting stroke from 3 and at the line. Maintain his current ability to drive and finish at the rim or with mid range turnarounds and his defense. Some high flying jams in transition etc., take Michigan to the tourney with an elite team. Profit.

04/23/2018 - 9:36pm I think it’s all just “inside

I think it’s all just “inside the sub” talk that coaches use, and that the players emulate, at least with respect to QBs. Inside the sub, I think it’s known through metrics and qualitative judgement and who’s “making plays”. I think the players know well before we do and to them the final choice isn’t a surprise.

04/20/2018 - 9:10am Brilliant math. That’s

Brilliant math. That’s totally how it works. But wait a sec, how did Beilein make it this year, when prior to this season he made 1 final four at Michigan in 10 years? Based on that average he wasn’t due to make another until 2027. Hmm?

04/19/2018 - 9:12pm I agree that the addition of

I agree that the addition of these players (even with losing Moe and MAAR) combined with Ibi Watson transferring (not to be mean) makes a very nice roster for the couple years. Please let’s get two more seasons from Poole!

The worst or least upside player seems to be Austin Davis and I think he will end up a better player than Donnal was. I think this sites projected ceiling of “Jordan Morgan but taller” sounds right but I also think he’ll have better offensive game and actually have a jump shot. Plus he’ll likely be a backup, not a “hard working, hustlin, scrappy, upperclassman big man” type. He’ll be backing up studs and playing valuable minutes. I think he’ll learn to emulate Teske’s productive big man play.

04/18/2018 - 2:53pm The post mentioned possession

The post mentioned possession generation, as well as re-screening following a slip, which is what you're talking about.

04/17/2018 - 2:23pm Iggy has more polished and

Iggy has more polished and advanced offensive moves at this point.  Hard to compare with DeJulieus since, you know, he's a PG, but relative to Johns he has handle, footwork and an array of moves from anywhere on the floor, plus he's a good set shooter.  He already has a beefy, college ready frame.

Johns is gonna be great too but his game right now, IMO, is more reliant on being bigger, stronger and leapy-er than everyone else, though he's very skilled.  If he went to MSU, you could see him becoming a limited Kenny Goins or Gavin Schilling style dunk machine.  Beilein will turn him into an NBA small forward or wing depending on his handle and shot development.  Future is bright.

04/14/2018 - 12:30pm My guess is Matthews comes

My guess is Matthews comes back seeing an opportunity to be a star next to Poole next season and play himself into a sure 1st round pick. Lotta offense to replace next year.

04/14/2018 - 12:19pm Legend. Will miss him.

Legend. Will miss him.

04/13/2018 - 11:41am Might it be somewhat a

Might it be somewhat a mitigating factor that corner is relatively simply is Brown's system? i.e. just lock your guy down in man, likely without help.   Obviously reps and conditioning are needed but Hill has already established himself as an elite press and man to man corner. Plug him back in and he can resume doing what he does best.   I wonder if knowing this contributes to his choosing rest over playing through pain in the Spring.

04/12/2018 - 10:12pm That doesn’t make any sense

That doesn’t make any sense though..why wouldn’t an elite back want to run in a Harbaugh run heavy offense? Either way, I think Samuels will be a star once it’s his time.

04/12/2018 - 10:03pm And you didn’t don’t even

And you didn’t don’t even mention the 4 NFL potential TE’s all coming into their own as RS Freshmen, sophomore and juniors. (Gentry, Mckeon, Eubanks, Wheatley jr). Plus two more studs on the way.

04/12/2018 - 8:55pm Yes two years of data makes

Yes two years of data makes it easier to determine if a player will make it or not. What did you base your magnificent amazing prediction on two years ago though?

04/12/2018 - 8:53pm What kind of loser makes this

What kind of loser makes this comment lol.

04/12/2018 - 8:52pm Where is this coming from?

Where is this coming from? What is it based on?

04/11/2018 - 10:23pm He has good form. JB will

He has good form. JB will teach him shot selection within the system and the system will get him optimal looks. I agree with you he is really good. If he were 6’9 or above he might not be a college player.

04/10/2018 - 10:22am You seem like a troll but

You seem like a troll but I'll bite.  Jordan Poole is every bit of 6'4 with long arms and a well distributed 190 (probably 200 next year).  His skill level (shooting, handle, passing/instincts/IQ) are superior to Matthews.  Matthews has 2 inches and some hops on him, that's about it.

04/07/2018 - 11:26pm Exactly. It’s not like they

Exactly. It’s not like they are acting out a script. It’s possible the presence of cameras affected their focus, but it didn’t alter their activities.

04/06/2018 - 3:39pm On the other hand, if the

On the other hand, if the roster is stacked and has great depth, as it looks like it might be, it may be hard to sell elite recruits on the immediate playing time they likely want....unless someone with NBA upside ends up leaving early (Poole, maybe Livers) and there are definitely minutes for an elite freshmen at that position.

Remember that even the Beilein lottery picks needed a year to learn the system and develop enough to have breakout seasons.

Begs the question how would someone like a Marvin Bagley or a Bates-Diop do as a freshmen in Beilein’s system? Could they play the Wagner 5-role right away? Or rather be a gigantic GRIII with more usage?

04/04/2018 - 5:03pm Not at all.  Watch it.  He

Not at all.  Watch it.  He dribbles righthand, dribbles behind his back, dribbles once more with his left hand, picks up his dribble, then takes two steps before laying it in. 

04/04/2018 - 9:05am This theory is based on

This theory is based on nothing. They weren’t a great shooting team to begin with. A couple exceptions here and there. They didn’t hit at the beginning of the game either.

04/01/2018 - 11:56pm Okay I guess I can get

Okay I guess I can get onboard with that. seems reasonable

03/29/2018 - 7:41pm I’m a UVA fan and I agree.

I’m a UVA fan and I agree. UVA ruined one of the best regular seasons in history by going 17-1 in the ACC including beating Duke at Cameron indoor, plus taking the ACC tourney (convincing wins over Louisville, Clemson and UNC) and locking in the top overall seed. They were dominant and Kenpom #1 and looked the part. Then they get shived by a 16-seed plucky group of Marylanders? Ugh. The UVA Horror II. If that happened to Xavier you can kinda believe it. But this made no sense. It was unstoppable CPU-controlled-opponent in techno bowl mode. Every shot went in, especially the 3’s Made no sense. UVA fans will have PTSD for decades. I don’t see how you can get the award after that. Almost cruel to give it to him. It just makes it worse. It

Anyway, unfortunately it invalidates what was a masterfully coached season. People should remember that he does what he does with mostly 3 star talent. Certainly less than Michigan’s. One good class in 8 years. Unearthed talents like Malcolm Brogdan , Mike Scott and Justin Anderson. Similar recruiting profile as Beilein’s in terms of underrated talent and developing it. He’s really good at developing off guards.

He’s need to pull off his version of a Beilein and come out with a top 10 offense to pair with he usual defense. He had that in the 2013/2014 Brogdan, Anderson squads that went S16/E8 and lost MSU and Syracuse in tragic fashion.

03/29/2018 - 1:53am No. Wagner was better last

No. Wagner was better last year with DJ. They were running 4-5 pick and rolls and splashing 3’s all over. Add Matthews and good Z to the mix, plus DJ’s positionless defense and blocking ability (more tools and foul depth for Yaklich) and his 3pt shooing. Plus senior MAAR. They would’ve exceeded the 2013 team. Would been epic. Less time for the first freshmen though

03/28/2018 - 4:45pm Z would make a solid slot

Z would make a solid slot corner no? Great feet and quickness. Knows how to stay on someone’s hip pocket. You know he’d be a tough and sound tackler as well

03/27/2018 - 2:03pm This year's class is

This year's class is phenomenal. Then maybe the one after next if we win it all this year.

03/27/2018 - 1:43pm It doesn't read as related if

It doesn't read as related if you have a shred of common sense and aren't deliberately obtuse.  Thomas is a 170 lb high potential CB and we're stacked at RB. You're being too charitable DMT.

03/25/2018 - 12:10am Yeah he’s really great in so

Yeah he’s really great in so many ways. Unflappable, fast, quick, strong for his size, great handle, moves, finishing ability at the rim, vision, pin point passing, elite lock down defending, rebounding for his position, quick hands/steals, leadership, swag. He’s gotten his team to the Final Four in his first year starting. Get that 3 pt set shot locked in and improve FT’s... wow.

03/24/2018 - 11:59pm Yep he’s been huge this

Yep he’s been huge this tournament. Wouldn’t be here without him.

03/22/2018 - 8:13am I heard that his favorite

I heard that his favorite writer is Swagatha Christie.

03/19/2018 - 12:14pm Gotta figure they will post

Gotta figure they will post up Wagner right off the bat and he will of course get his first foul within the first 3 defensive possessions. Teams are doing this as a strategy now. Sometimes I think Beilein should start Teske, then when he gets a foul bring in Wagner off the bench and run a set play to get him an easy early look from three. If he sinks it, you know he’s going for 20+ that game.

03/16/2018 - 11:07am Give credit to Montana.  They

Give credit to Montana.  They attempted to take Moe out of the game and were successful in doing so.  That opened up things for Mathews who took advantage of it. Their trapping and overplaying of screens mostly blew up our high post action that Wagoner thrives on and they couldnt find him inside, even when he was open on the slips and rolls, because the guards couldnt see him or find the passing angle due to heavy pressure.  Hope Beilein drills them on how to response to that stuff today. 

As Beilein himself said they threw a lot of different looks out at them, for which it's impossible to prepare.  Plus the lack of edge from not having played in a while.

This is the luxury that Virgina fans enjoy. A consistently elite defense means you can get back in any game, it's difficult to get blown out and you can weather cold shooting stretches.  Plus, when the offense clicks you're tough to beat. Pretty nice!