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02/18/2019 - 9:07am A few weeks ago I was…

A few weeks ago I was looking at the schedule and thought that game looked like a potential road letdown performance.  Now I'm hoping the letdown already happened (PSU).

02/18/2019 - 8:26am Also: 7-footer Ben Cronin. …

Also: 7-footer Ben Cronin.  Unfortunately he had a hip injury (IIRC) and never got to play.  Who knows what kind of impact he could have had.

Beilein also signed a German prospect (Robin Benzing) in his second or third year who didn't qualify.

02/17/2019 - 8:19pm OK Sparty.  My heart bleeds…

OK Sparty.  My heart bleeds for you.

02/17/2019 - 8:05pm Sorry for the injury, Sparty.

I agree that it sucks for them.  But they shed no tears when we played them without McGary/LeVert/Walton/LeVert (again)/Albrecht over a 3-year stretch and I'm not going to be bawling for them now.  C'est la vie.  

02/17/2019 - 6:52pm Criticism of John Beilein at…

Criticism of John Beilein at that time was justified.  The results were not there.  The recruiting to get the results was not there.  The coaching was not there.

At the time of that trip to Breslin, Beilein had recently revamped his coaching staff (hiring LaVall Jordan and Bacari Alexander) and he'd signed a strong recruiting class featuring Trey Burke.  Darius Morris was coming into his own but Tim Hardaway Jr. was a struggling freshman.   The foundation was being laid down, but the wins hadn't come - yet.

02/17/2019 - 11:40am I forgot all about that…

I forgot all about that basketball situation (at Iowa) where Beilein benched Manny Harris for the overtime, which we then lost - putting our NCAA chances in jeopardy.  That was a bold move by Beilein, sitting his star player in crunch time, especially considering that Harris had been an Amaker recruit.  It must have been delicate in the locker room after that.  Fortunately, the team responded well and played its way into the tournament.

That whole season seemed to be played on a knife edge.  

02/17/2019 - 11:02am Why is that disgusting?

Why is that disgusting?

02/16/2019 - 10:13pm We kind of need them to win…

We kind of need them to win though.  Keep that loss in Quadrant 1.

02/16/2019 - 10:11pm I think he meant a…

I think he meant a basketball assistant (the one who got him the tickets).  Next game is in Minneapolis.

02/16/2019 - 7:26pm Cool that Simmons was there…

Cool that Simmons was there.  He obviously didn't get the playing time last year that he was expecting, but he must have had a positive experience anyway, to want to come back and see the program again.

02/16/2019 - 3:57pm Interesting that Simpson got…

Interesting that Simpson got the KenPom MVP - I was thinking it was going to be Matthews (his rating seems surprisingly low).  One stat that jumps out at me is Matthews' four offensive rebounds.  He did great work there.

Simpson quietly had a superb all-around game.  And he continued to hit his FTs!

02/16/2019 - 1:59pm Beilein.  E before I.

Beilein.  E before I.

02/13/2019 - 9:06pm He called for a "sub" to…

He called for a "sub" to enter the game and the official thought Beilein was calling him crazy.

02/13/2019 - 9:01pm I get that officials can be…

I get that officials can be influenced by 15,000 screaming fans into giving the home team the benefit of the doubt sometimes.  But how does it happen in a building that is overwhelmingly empty?  You could literally hear individual fans yelling things in the TV broadcast.  That's enough to generate homecourt advantage?

02/13/2019 - 8:56pm And Michigan did foul the…

And Michigan did foul the three point shooters.

Well, the officials thought so.  I didn't see Iggy make contact.

02/13/2019 - 11:22am Is that true?  Crazy if so.

Is that true?  Crazy if so.

02/13/2019 - 11:20am Officiating was just one…

Officiating was just one factor in a perfect storm that also included PSU playing inspired ball in general; defensive rebounding being poor in the first half; Simpson being uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball and unable to finish at the rim; and Poole being unable to hit anything from downtown.  

But it was definitely a factor.  The sequence at the end of the first half alone was huge.  PSU was up 11 when the officials missed the illegal screen.  PSU scored on the play, then the officials called two technicals on Beilein, giving them three points to start the second half.  How different is this game if we're down 11 to start the second half instead of 16 (and have our coach available)?   

02/11/2019 - 9:03pm Novak set the tone early -…

Novak set the tone early - four threes in the first 10 minutes.  The rest of the team then fed off his confidence.

02/11/2019 - 4:37pm While it wasn't exceptional…

While it wasn't exceptional defensively, the 2011-12 team did gut out a lot of low-scoring slugfests on its way to a share of the league title.

02/11/2019 - 1:49pm Well, being an analyst…

Well, being an analyst really isn't that distinguished of a position.  It's a step below being an official staff member.

02/11/2019 - 1:47pm Another Happ refereeing rant…

Another Happ refereeing rant: there was a play where he clearly hit Teske on the arm and a foul was called - but on his teammate nearby, who may not have even made contact.  It felt like an NBA "don't call it on the star" officiating move.

02/11/2019 - 12:10pm Beilein's teams almost…

Beilein's teams almost always rank near the bottom of the country in tempo.  Currently we are 309th.  It has a lot to do with the fact that we commit few turnovers and give up very few fastbreaks.  Teams that commit more turnovers will have more total possessions in a game than we do.

02/11/2019 - 12:04pm despite Beilein having never…

despite Beilein having never sent someone to the NBA (Pittsnogle and Gansey went undrafted and never played in the NBA to my knowledge).

Beilein did recruit/coach Joe Alexander, although he went pro the year after Beilein went to Michigan.

02/11/2019 - 6:49am The one that most amazes me…

The one that most amazes me is how Beilein landed Darius Morris out of Los Angeles, at a time when Michigan really had nothing going for it.  He signed in the fall of 2008 when our NCAA Tournament drought was now a full decade.  A huge, huge pickup.

02/09/2019 - 10:24am I could not believe how many…

I could not believe how many fans were cheering for OSU to beat Maryland this past season even though a Maryland loss would have guaranteed us a spot in the Big Ten title game.  Some people like to cut off their nose to spite their face.

02/08/2019 - 3:28pm Thinking about this, how did…

Thinking about this, how did Glen Rice not make the '88 team?

02/08/2019 - 12:16pm Well, we were the only one…

Well, we were the only one of the three to play both of the others and went 1-1.  We don't know how the race would have shaken out if OSU and Wisconsin had played.

02/08/2019 - 6:52am What I've heard was that…

What I've heard was that Henson outplayed Brady in fall camp in '99 (or at least some of the staff thought so) and that the platoon was actually a favor to Brady.   This was before Brady became the workout freak that he is now.  But when the games actually started it wasn't much of a contest.  

02/08/2019 - 6:48am He never won a conference…

He never won a conference title as a starter. 

He did, in 1998.  But I'm also not a huge fan of putting up statues in general.

02/07/2019 - 12:12pm Snow days happen in most of…

Snow days happen in most of the country.  In the South, where cities may not have much in the way of snow removal services, a light snowfall can mean no school.

02/07/2019 - 12:10pm The global climate has…

The global climate has changed; that's demonstrably true by a glance at the data.  You can debate the degree to which human behavior is responsible for this, and what the best way is to respond to it.  But it's unquestionably changed and all evidence points to the current trends continuing.

02/06/2019 - 9:20pm I think Underwood was…

I think Underwood was getting a third year regardless.  That's still basically the minimum tenure for coaches not involved in scandals off the court.

02/06/2019 - 7:41pm Adjusted for inflation, Orr…

Adjusted for inflation, Orr was making about $102,000 in today's money.  But yeah.

02/06/2019 - 3:54pm We can say that he never…

We can say that he never proved himself to be a turnaround guy - he never inherited a 15-win team and then took it to the heights.  I even suspect he wouldn't be that good at handling a young, struggling roster.

But he was incredibly good at taking talented teams and getting them to play together and reach their potential.  Eleven championships in 20 years is nuts.

02/06/2019 - 3:47pm You do?  He was traded for…

You do?  He was traded for Ben Wallace...

02/06/2019 - 3:42pm Eh, I'll put up with a…

Eh, I'll put up with a crappier timeslot.

02/06/2019 - 3:23pm Yeah, I didn't love those…

Yeah, I didn't love those shorts, but thought the jersey was solid.  Incidentally, you can't tell from the photo, but the "smear" actually is made up of little block M's.

02/06/2019 - 2:40pm They'd see the floor.  They…

They'd see the floor.  They were basically unstoppable one-on-one inside.  Kareem's range on his hook went out pretty far, too - he'd hit some from the foul line.  

Would they be the centerpieces of championship teams?  That's a tougher call.

02/06/2019 - 2:30pm Our low turnover rate may be…

Our low turnover rate may be the biggest thing I love about Beilein as a coach.  It's maddening to watch teams that regularly can't get off a shot because they're so sloppy.

02/06/2019 - 2:24pm Whether or not his FT touch,…

Whether or not his FT shooting is truly improved (I'm cautiously optimistic on that), his overall improvement as a player is remarkable.  He's unquestionably gotten much better as a passer (6.0 apg!) and finisher around the rim this season.  He's gone from basically a defensive specialist last year to a much more complete player.  The outside shot is the final piece in the puzzle.  

02/06/2019 - 2:20pm Weird Shaka Smart stat:…

Weird Shaka Smart stat: entering our game against VCU in 2013, he was 7-2 in the NCAA Tournament (and had also won a CBI title).  He seemed like an epic tournament coach in the making.  But from that game onward he's gone 0-5 in the tourney (including 0-2 at Texas).  Crazy change in trajectory.  

02/06/2019 - 1:42pm The game mentioned in the OP…

The game mentioned in the OP was on February 4, 2017 when we lost to OSU at Crisler, 70-66.  That was the game that sparked a bunch of "Fire Beilein!" threads on this board.

The one you're thinking of happened on December 4, 2017 when we blew the big lead in Columbus.

02/06/2019 - 1:38pm In fairness, I think the…

I think the fabric problem was only during one season (2012-13), but it was bad.  I remember Trey wearing #12 in the second half of one game.

02/06/2019 - 1:03pm Pretty sure we wore those…

Pretty sure we wore those shorts the entire season.

02/06/2019 - 1:01pm The word "WOLVERINES" just…

Seeing "WOLVERINES" just looks odd - we're so used to reading MICHIGAN on the front.

Otherwise it's a pretty sharp design IMO.

02/06/2019 - 12:53pm It's a fair point.  It…

It's a legitimate point.  It really doesn't make sense to ask us to rank the jerseys of the past 30 years and then leave out a lot of them.  Also, he chose probably the two most unpopular Adidas designs as the only representatives of that era.

02/06/2019 - 12:04pm Rutgers had a number of very…

Rutgers had a number of very nice possessions, with good ball movement to set up an easy look inside.  I thought they seemed pretty well-coached.  

02/06/2019 - 11:59am I don't know about that…

I don't know about that comparison.  As a sophomore, MAAR averaged 8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, shot 50.6% on twos, 36.5% on threes, and 70.4% on FTs.

Brooks is currently averaging 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, and is shooting 40.7% on twos, 28.6% on threes and 66.7% on FTs.   Yes, he plays about half the minutes that MAAR did, so his assist average is better per minute.  But he's shooting much worse. 

That's not to say that Brooks can't eventually improve to become a solid player though.

02/06/2019 - 11:45am I hate how basketball (and…

I hate how basketball (and football) uniforms are so cluttered with junk on the shoulders nowadays.  I miss when it was just the school name.  

02/06/2019 - 11:12am That's not a fair…

That's not a fair representation of the Adidas era.  We only wore the "bleed-out" uniforms (all maize) for a few games in 2013 and the tire-tread ones in one season.  They had some other uniforms that were solid.