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06/01/2018 - 3:28pm Amen

Amen, brother. If your football team is getting blown up along the line of scrimmage on the interior 10-15 feet, either offensively or defensively, you are not going to win many games. In the 2020 season, if I am the Michigan QB and I have Rumler, Ruiz and Carpenter directly in front of me...my confidence level is pretty high.

06/01/2018 - 8:50am Rumler

Rumler was his primary recruiter...I am guessing with Michigan's blessing. Rumler now states that he is going after Keegan...again, I will assume with Michigan's blessing.

06/01/2018 - 8:30am And

And Skene would highly approve.

06/01/2018 - 8:14am As I

As I peruse the comments here I get the distinct feeling that Wilson's skill-set  is under-appreciated...or at least people are hesitant/unsure. If his clips were like that of Weems, one highlight dunk after another, folks would be all fired up. Here, dunking is wonderful but at the D1 level you had better be able to do more than dunk the basketball...because those opportunities are going to be very limited. 

Once again, Wilson's skill-set is very broad and he does many things that, IMO, declare that his basketball IQ is very high and/or he has been coached very well. I see it being noted that he can be interchanged from a 2 to a 4. I contend that he can also play the 1...and in fact this might be a position of particular strength for him because of his length. In his clips there are a number of times where he gets a steal or rebound and is leading the break with great vision and competence. He penetrates with dual purpose-to score and/or create opportunities for his teammates...and this is why Beilein is grinning from ear to ear about this kid...and why he is rated so highly. There are many physically talented players out there but there are a very limited number who bring such a full deck to the table. (I am surprised Jay Wright wasn't all over this kid-not enough of a sharp-shooter?) A player like Wilson allows a team to play in a myriad of ways because he can fill in so many different gaps/holes. 

05/30/2018 - 7:35pm Hmm...

Hmm...from what I see I would say that he has a very high basketball IQ. He sees the court extremely well-is an excellent passer. He's more of a scorer than a pure shooter and can already convert with contact. I love his effort...he doesn't take plays off.  He does a lot of things that players of his talent get lazy on and simply rely on their physical talent to succeed. A lot of fundamental soundness is already in place...Jalen is a great teammate.

05/30/2018 - 6:51pm This is

This is a terrific young player. What I really like about him is that, while he is very athletic, he plays under control and makes good decisions. I expect him to be a very solid college player-at the bare minimum.

05/10/2018 - 6:50am If

If you're going to play for Hutch you have to be a terrific athlete and one helluva a player...pretty much end of story. Hutch has a great eye for talent and pulls no punches in this regard. Watch the Michigan team go through warm-ups...the pure athleticism simply cannot be missed...on every single kid...pitchers included...no exceptions.

A few years ago, when I was assisting a young coach at a small college I was trying to get an outstanding player from a small school to come to us to get a couple years under her belt. She was a big Michigan fan and did everything she could to be offered by them...she is now playing for Ohio State :( ...I should give her a call and see what she has to say about that!!!

05/09/2018 - 4:07pm I'm very

I'm very curious what kind of strategies will be used on both sides of the ball with this rule change. How will the kicking team (attempt to) pin the opposition deep? It would seem as though the only option will be to try to have a low driving kick bounce at the 15-20. But with this the receiving team would have a good return opportunity if they can catch it in the air and immediately head up field. 

04/30/2018 - 7:16pm I like

I like this kid a lot...as well as the other o-line prospects that have verballed. They all play with great effort, tenacity and pad level...and have good, quick feet and balance. I've always liked Brown over Dobbs...hope they get Brown flipped...thought Michigan would get him from the get go. Dobbs would be fine too. There are a couple more excellent prospects out there that are interested...mutually. 

04/26/2018 - 9:16am IMO

IMO your assessment is very much on target. On the offensive side of the ball there were issues all over the place-not just QB. Higdon was clearly the #1 back but there were Isaac and Evans eating away his carries...fumbling, curling up in a ball at the sight of a LB and never seeing a block to be made. And why the hell was Crawford on the field-did he ever make a play...let the kids play if those with experience can't get the job done. And then of course the o-line...OMG!!! I love many things about Harbaugh as a college coach but on the field he is not doing his players and team right at this time-at least last year.  

It was a gutless, chicken shit coaching year. I am a Allen Iverson fan when it comes to practice: Screw practice, play the players who will make the plays in real time when the game is on the line-that's what coaches are for...to teach and figure out who the real players are. 

04/26/2018 - 6:47am RJ

RJ Barrett??? 

04/25/2018 - 9:07am Optomism

Optimism is a great thing...except when it isn't. All the "leaps" and freshmen playing to high expectations are not givens. I do expect Poole to be an outstanding offensive contributor and adequate on defense and I expect a lot of good play from most of the returnees and the incoming freshmen.

However, if y'all do not think PG is going to be a major issue for this team you are in very serious denial. Z sneaked up on people the second half of the season-until the NCAA tournament...and folks made a concerted effort to assess the tapes and figure out how to account for him on the offensive end of the court. Teams determined (correctly) that you pretty much do not need to guard him. Fortunately Michigan had the weapons to mitigate most of Z's significant offensive deficiencies. When the PG can't shoot the 3, can't shoot off the bounce, can't create for his teammates and can't make free throws...so why should a defense account for him??? Any arguements against that list of deficiencies falls in the delusional thinking category and anyone believing that the conference opponents have not taken serious note here are crazy. And here will be the crux of the success of Michigan's season...will Z suddenly develop proficiency in at least 2 of his 4 areas of deficiency??? Otherwise, will DeJulious be ready to take over the team by mid-season. Will Brooks be the one making the "leap" and providing the answer??? And here, can Poole be MAAR??? How will the coaching staff wade through all the conundrums presented with this matter-if Z cannot mitigate his weaknesses can the coaches successfully negotiate a move to a back-up role??? This is reality-the real world...and I guarentee you that, here, the coaches are coaching, assessing, discussing and planning for the possibilities.

The loss of Wagner will surely change this team significantly on both ends of the floor...that's not necessarily good or bad-it simply is what it is. I believe Teske and Davis in the post will be one of the team's pleasant surprises. I believe the in-coming freshmen will be as good or even better than advertised. But, once again, the "HOWEVER" with regard to the PG will IMO be the deal-maker/breaker. 

Each of us are informed by our personal knowledge and life experiences. Playing PG is the ultimate, consummate postion in all sports-bar none. I offer what I state for a reason...this is what I know. Regardless, it is nothing more and nothing less than MY OPINION...and at this time everything is speculation. If you are offended here that is your problem-not mine.

04/24/2018 - 1:41pm I agree with

I agree with "The Upshot". As it stands now a number of teams, including Michigan, could be anywhere from very good to pretty bad. Beilein and his staff had a breakout season last year-next year they will have to be even better to finish at or near the top. Lots of talent and potential...a huge challenge to put the pieces together.  I hope the coaching staff is excited for this challenge...can only imagine their current discussions...so many options.

04/21/2018 - 6:54am Soccer fans

Soccer fans should be exicted at the opportunity to see Liverpool vs Man U. The ten worst players for both Liverpool and Man U will be better than the ten best US players-ever. 

Davis might be the surprise/break-through player next year. 

04/19/2018 - 8:48am Post play

Post play is not going to be the issue, IMO, next year. Clearly the "three" is where the college game is at offensively and getting the best combination of players on the floor for major minutes will be the issue. My beef with Michigan's offense in this regard is how many times threes were/are put up with nobody in position for an OR. Here, Teske and Davis-and Castleton if he plays should be helping to alleviate this matter. 

The more I consider this team the more I believe the progression/adaptation of DeJulius to the college game is going to be a large determining factor as to whether or not this team approaches last year's. Lots of very good talent on this roster but with the personnel losses...a huge coaching challenge to fill the gaps and make them into a team.

04/19/2018 - 8:19am I would

I would upvote you but I don't have a vote :) OTOH, maybe they were not playing the right guy??? Sometimes loyalty and conventional wisdom are negatives.

04/19/2018 - 8:11am There are

There are intangibles to the game that are not/can not be measured....that are "off the charts". Here, MAAR was special. Poole is a wonderful player and teammate but very different from what I am talking about. MAAR was a grinder of sorts-with a calm and  indomitable spirit. In watching DeJulius, he could well possess this "we are not going down without a fight" trait. Livers might be/become that guy too. These are not the rah, rah guys...these are the guys that quietly demand that their team, collectively, gets/stays in the game mentally.

04/18/2018 - 2:57pm Optimism is mostly good

Optimism is mostly good....beats the hell out of pessimism. However, the cost of losing Robinson, Wagner and MAAR cannot be understated. What MAAR did for this team last year was off the charts...and there is nobody to replace him....make that NOBODY!!! 

Realistically, the 2018-19 team is going to encounter a painful learning curve...especially in league play. "Sophomore leaps" are not automatic givens. Lots of nice talent, HOWEVER. Fortunately, it appears as though the coaching staff is going to remain intact...but they are going to have their work cut out for them. I think they will make the big tournament...it is not a given.

04/17/2018 - 5:41pm Oh yes...

Oh yes...he was shown playing interior d-line too...and quite well. For a 6'5" 280 pound 16 year old kid he plays with very good pad level/leverage. DB may well be eye-balling this kid for his side of the ball too.

04/16/2018 - 9:24pm He may be

He may be a bit small physically but he's got a huge heart...surely is not afraid of taking on an RB with a head of steam-and quite successfully I might add. Bottom-line...the kid is a football player.

04/16/2018 - 9:18pm That is

That is for sure! Looks to have plenty of upside-but most importantly he has the  the will and commitment to play the game well. Looks like a 4**** to me...lots to like about him in the tape.

04/16/2018 - 9:10pm It's a good

It's a good year to load up on the o-line. It would also be very nice to get Dobbs or Brown...or both. 

Otherwise, I think this kid could be pretty good-I like his motor. I believe, from his tape, that he likes playing on the interior-on both sides of the ball...and I am guessing the Michigan coaching staff likes that too.

04/16/2018 - 7:41am Hear, hear

Hear, hear! One or both.  

04/14/2018 - 8:53am Hmm...

Hmm...I am curious why you think a Z/Teske P&R would draw any attention from any defense that would open up the shooters. This is going to be Michigan's achilles heel itf they insist upon making it a bread-and-butter part of the offense. 

04/14/2018 - 8:53am Hmm...

Hmm...I am curious why you think a Z/Teske P&R would draw any attention from any defense that would open up the shooters. This is going to be Michigan's achilles heel itf they insist upon making it a bread-and-butter part of the offense. 

04/13/2018 - 7:37am I agree.

I agree. Vocal leadership is WAY over-rated. I know this is a "hind-sight is 20-20" (though it was what I thought at the time :) ) thing but Peters should have been the starter from day one last year to let him get his feet under him by the time the meat of the schedule came around. I was disappointed with his play last year but there was so much questionable coaching-good grief! (Drevno, Harbaugh's LONG-TIME assistant, wasn't sent packing without significant reason(s).)

04/13/2018 - 7:24am In general

In general, I agree. From the outside one cannot tell exactly what the poor QB play entailed-my guess is that the coaches were asking these college kids to play like all-pros...and here is where the saying "Perfection is the enemy of good" comes into play. Neither the o-line nor the QBs could handle an all-or-nothing pass play. There have got to be more quick, check-down options for them to "bail" on. 

04/13/2018 - 7:06am The "off"

The "off" look, among other things, is why I  am predicting Brooks to exit. There are a number of times of celebration where he is in the background-almost disinterestd. 

I was hoping Watson would hang in there but with Poole and Livers and the incoming class this decision is undertstandable...no matter what the partisans think.

04/12/2018 - 7:59am There will be

There will be an open roster slot when Wagner goes pro and Brooks transfers out...that's why the S. Dakota grad transfer is a consideration here. 

04/04/2018 - 8:56pm MAAR to

MAAR to Wagner on the break against A&M...beautiful little behind the back for the jam!!! 

03/30/2018 - 8:02am Joe Johnson

Absolutely love how Simpson has progressed since the first of the year. Grant was terrific.

Joe Johnson was also a helluva defender at PG. I remember Wisconsin trying to go "big" on Michigan...it was hilarious...he dared them to put the ball on the floor-and it usually worked out very poorly for them when they tried to...Michigan beat them soundly. Loved watching those Johnny Orr teams...hmm, that was a few years ago :)

 

03/27/2018 - 9:34am You have

You have your points...but I will never defend outcries of strongly partisan fans who live vicariously through a bunch of kids they don't know. HOWEVER, basketball is the best sport to play...from an individual player perspective.

Having been on all sides of your officiating complaints I would suggest that the fans appreciate the enormity of the task. OTOH, personally, I don't think it is all that difficult-if you know the game. There are so many components-so many different angles and aspects to the game that require so much judgment. You do not have to agree with this but, in general, the best players on the floor do get the breaks-because they are the de facto definers of the boundaries within which a particular game is being played. Otherwise, officiating is a riot...you've got the best seat in the house. The best thing though is the running commentary of/with the coaches...well no, the best thing is the incredibly ignorant, outrageous comments from the stands...it's comedy central...beyond OMG sometimes!!!

03/26/2018 - 9:28pm Not good thinking.

Not good thinking. Michigan hired another successful WVU coach...that I thought similarly about. I'll not be using such criteria  in the future :)

03/25/2018 - 8:25am No, No, No

No, No, No!!! My wish is that somehow both Kansas and Duke lose :) I want the final to be Michigan vs Nova...would be the closest I could get to a win-win. I Iove how Jay Wright coaches his teams. Beating Nova would be a wonderful cherry to top this season...losing to Nova-no regrets for this fantastic run. 

03/25/2018 - 8:13am Yaklich

Yaklich :) 

03/17/2018 - 6:00pm Rumler

Rumler is going to be one helluva OG and Jones is an excellent prospect...that's one third of the class at this time. Lots more big-time prospects are seriously interested. Lots of oustanding RS kids  and Ruiz already on the roster. They need a coach...OH!!! They've got that too. Maybe the partisans should let these kids develop and play before getting all bent out of shape???

03/17/2018 - 9:42am Oh yes

Oh yes it was "that bad". Since we live only 35 miles from the arena I was pleased to take my hugely partisan 8 year old grandson to his first Michigan sporting event. While it was generally fun to be in attendence, both games were some of the worst basketball I have ever seen-in relative terms. It was just painful to watch. Yeah, the defense was good but the offensive response was ineptness of monumental proportions. Even when Michigan did see the wide open man they couldn't even make the simple pass. OMG, I'm just trying to erase all those pathetic images from my memory.

03/17/2018 - 9:26am Well

Well, the good news from his tape is that he was very successful while under significant duress. To complain about footwork and throwing motion when there is no semblence of a pocket seems silly to me. How about the fact that he is finding receivers and putting the ball on the money under these circumstances!!! The kid is quick AND fast enough-when he did run he was runining away from LBs like they were standing still.

He is a junior in high school...likely only 16 years old in the tape. I'll take him.

03/12/2018 - 4:16pm Well, at least

Well, at least you got the "Just win baby" right. The deal here is if you can't beat Montana and Houston/SDS then it's your own damn fault. Clearly Michigan is and deserves to be the highest seed at this site. They are still going to have to show up. Once you reach the Sweet 16 anyone can beat anyone else-plain and simple.

03/12/2018 - 3:57pm Yeah, we have

Yeah, I shut itdown after a few minutes...we have gotten used to seeing Michigan really bringing the defense. If Montana plays the top-of-the-key offensive weave like that against Michigan each rotation will be 5 feet further out and they will be hoping to make a 40 footer at the shot-clock buzzer. 

I and my little 8 year old grandson, a huge Michigan homer :) , will be at Intrust Thursday night...hope we are duly entertained.

03/11/2018 - 10:37pm 40 miles

40 miles from our house. Eight year old grandson, huge Michigan fan, and I will be there :)

03/06/2018 - 10:00am The hacka whack strategy

The hacka whack strategy, IMO, should be penalized more severly. Perhaps tie the penalty to the amount of a late game lead. Make all fouls in the last two minutes two shot fouls-for both teams. Allow two fouls by a team trailing by 5 points during this time and make all additional fouls get penalized with the 2 shots and possession. 

03/04/2018 - 8:37am That's both

That's both desperation and bad coaching-plain and simple. First, you're telling your team that you cannot compete with your opponent straight up...which is a huge WOW here. Secondly, no reasonable coach would believe that the other team will make less than 50% of their FTs...so you're still going to have to make offensive plays. And chances are good that your opponent is going to shoot at least 65-70% which means that your team is going to have to score at a better than 1.2 PPP to cut into their lead. Just plain bad on Izzo's part!

03/04/2018 - 8:24am OUCH

OUCH!!! Quite the ending zinger!!!

03/04/2018 - 8:21am Me too

Me too :) We were traveling and I have only seen very brief clips of the game but from what I have seen is that Simpson stepped up big-time and made the offensive plays that I have been complaing he was not making. A point guard has got to penetrate and either finish or get a teammate a good look and otherwise keep the opposing defense honest...he did this and more from what I have seen. He has a ways to go but it looks as though he is taking significant steps in the right direction. 

Additionally, the coaching staff deserves major credit here for forging this group into a formidable team. Basketball is a special game due to all the nuances that are constantly in play and here the value of teamwork cannot be overstated. (Those very gifted MSU players would do well to take notice.)

Even though I love this rosters depth, I thought facing that wonderfully, physically talented MSU squad for a 3rd game in three days would be too much for this team to overcome. Now it's 4 in 4 days...but these kids seem to have forgotten how to lose :)

03/02/2018 - 10:30pm Michigan won

Michigan won by 19 points...of course he made them.

03/02/2018 - 10:27pm I agree

I agree, whether you like it or not :) Tomorrow's game is pretty inconsequential to the rest of Michigan's play/season. Hopefully they play well and, yes, winning would be a nice bonus. But otherwise they simply get to play for the sheer joy of the game...and maybe this will carry them through.

03/02/2018 - 10:15pm Y'all

Y'all are just thin-skinned, mindless partisans who don't know a damn thing about the game. My statement/point had nothing to do with liking or disliking anyone. Michigan is going to be playing for the third consecutive day against a very talented team who just played poorly and won. Almost invariably in this scenario said team comes back and plays very well in their next game-it' just what happens-it's what Michigan just did. Michigan's advantage here is that they will get to play without any pressure. That's all.

03/02/2018 - 6:06pm I will

I will be shocked if they beat State...very pleased but very surprised. State has everything pointing in its favor tomorrow. I love Michigan's roster-lots of nice depth but three games in three days...just not enough left in the tank here. 

I do believe they have played themselves into at least a 6 seed-no matter what happens tomorrow. 

02/22/2018 - 4:14pm It's difficult

It's difficult to assess these monsters from their HS clips-even against good competition as they usually outweigh the guy across from them by at least 50 pounds. However, when you see this little guy in the camp clips against the top players in the country...you have to feel pretty good about what his potential is.