|02/07/2019 - 3:06pm||? He's only been out since…||
? He's only been out since November 12th.
|02/07/2019 - 3:05pm||Every single ESPN article I…||
Every single ESPN article I've read has said subtalar, quoted by the team doctor. Never saw the word talocrural once.
|02/07/2019 - 1:47pm||I'd add that Simpson is…||
I'd add that Simpson is faster/more explosive, a better passer and has better handles. Maybe my memory of Craft is fading but I don't think he could get to the hoop or run pick and rolls like Simpson now can.
|02/05/2019 - 11:44am||None really. At least no…||
None really. At least no deficiencies that other teams don't have including Michigan. They have a similar team profile to Michigan - dominant defense, precise methodical offense with ultra turnover % - except they are actually great at 3pt shooting (#1 in ACC and #13 nationally). When they make their average amount of 3's they don't lose. In their lone loss (at Duke 72-70) they went 3-17 from three.
You could argue they don't have a dominant post presence, but they play modern Beilein-style outside-in offensive basketball and aren't overly reliant on the three - they are middle of that pack in terms of 3pt attempts. Their top two bigs are Teske-like great screen setters that are solid at finishing pick and roll looks when the guards don't drive or pull up. Coming off the bench they have a 7 ft stretch five (Jay Huff) who's basically sophomore Moe Wagoner at this point. He been developing rapidly and should be fully weaponized by tourney time.
Past tourney luck notwithstanding, they are legit. There about as good - statisically and record wise - as Michigan would be if Simpson and Matthews could both shoot 40%+ from three on relatively high usage.
|01/31/2019 - 11:02am||Good thing for us that two…||
Good thing for us that two of our three defensive erasers match up with Winston and Ward pretty well. Z has already proven he can eat Winston's lunch and the Tesken can slow Wards beastball post up game down enouh. Mathews likely would've been glued to Langford, but now I'm guessing he'll be free to lock down the more limited Goins, Henry or Ahrens (or maybe McQuaid if Poole is sitting). He'll be able to cheat off those three to help frustrate Ward in the paint if necessary. I don't see how the loss of Langford helps them...at least against Michigan.
|01/31/2019 - 10:42am||Bad take after bad take. …||
Bad take after bad take. Losing one of the their best players somehow makes them better and Miles Bridges - who was considered a top 5 pick following his sophomore year based on his athleticism and size alone - returning to school, having a middling year on a disapointing MSU squad, and going outside the top 10 is considered not hurting his draft stock. Okey dokey.
|01/29/2019 - 2:55pm||I don't really understand…||
I don't really understand that. "Unwatchable" is such an extreme term when their offense isn't very different in structure or philosophy from Michigan's or Wisconsin's. It's predicated on finding the best open shot each time down the floor. It's a motion offense not dissimilar to Wisconsin's. Lots of cutting and off-ball screening, re-screening and a ton of Beilein-like reads within a flowing open scheme.
They have savvy upperclass guards that probe, score in the mid range or at the rim and come off off-ball screens to hit from deep just like Purdue does. Their best next-level player Deandre Hunter is basically Charles Mathews but with a silky smooth stroke (hitting 42/57 vs 32/38 on same usage), better FT% (79 vs 61) and less turnovers (9% vs 15%). Plus guards all 5 positions.
If you meant they walk it up the floor (instead of pushing) after taking possession, sure they tend to do that more often than most because they don't have rim runners like Mathews or Wilkins, and prefer the efficiency of their half-court game. If you've watched them after they've built up a 20+ point lead in the first half then sure maybe they've slowed it down. I'm biased but "unwatchable" is a bridge too far. You can say the same things about Michigan, because their using similar formulas.
For reference the adjusted tempos of Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin are rankings wise- 316, 353 and 332 - about a 1-2 possession difference.
|01/29/2019 - 2:22pm||If he hit, at minimum, our…||
If he hit, at minimum, our season average from three we, as usual, will win comfortably.
|01/23/2019 - 2:48pm||What are you expecting? …||
What are you expecting? Brooks isn't a star, but he's not meant to be. He's a back up pg that plays 15 mpg to spell the starter. When he's on the floor he's the 5th option.
You're concerned about his 3.3 points per game? That's not a useful metric. His usage is 14% which is lower than Austin Davis. In the last 6 games of conference play he took a total of 2,3,1,2, 0 and 4 shots - averaging 3.2 attempts per game for the season. 3.3 ppg on 3.2 apg is fine.
He is shooting 30% from three - not great but that's on a low volume - and his assist rate is 18% which is second on the team behind Simpson. Pretty sure Beilein knows what he wants from his pg's and would play DDJ more if he could be better than Brooks.
|01/17/2019 - 1:56pm||I read that as he is a…||
I read that as he is a better person than Mattison.
I too am still in shock that he would pull such a Benedict Arnold move...and for what?
|01/10/2019 - 5:01pm||I don't see a lot of…||
I don't see a lot of downside to this move. Can it really be much worse? The upside for Michigan is a more modern Moorehead and Bama style infusion of offensive principles into a scheme with a returning spread-QB starter with a good arm, elite WR's and a much improved o-line.
The reason he would come to Michigan instead of Maryland seems obvious. At Maryland he'd have a guy named Piggy or a scarecrow at QB throwing to 5'8 jitterbug receivers and less o-line talent with a ceiling of 6-7 wins max. Michigan has clearly signaled it's desire to modernize the offense and he would be a primary contributor to that, and potentially be in the driver's seat as playcaller.
Plus coaching under Harbaugh is still a prestigious gig, despite what media types would currently have you believe.
|12/11/2018 - 5:56pm||Ban this guy||
Ban this guy
|12/10/2018 - 5:36pm||Generally agree. Matthews…||
Generally agree. Matthews has improved his 3pt shot enough it appears fine for him to take open, in rhythm, step-in 3's. His patented fade-away jumper is fine as a 3 or 4th option as the clock is getting low, but overall I think he should be used more like GRIII was. If the matchup is right then sure they can isolate him on the wing or block and let him attack the basket, but it would be good to see him kick the ball out to shooters more often once he's drawn a help defender. He can sometimes get himself in trouble in the lane as he tries to muscle or slide through a crowd. That would be more palatable of course if he shot a respectable FT %.
His ability to time up rebounds for put-back dunks is pretty special...another reason to let others shoot and let him hunt down the misses.
|11/30/2018 - 10:36am||They will get the ball to…||
They will get the ball to Mathews (or maybe up high to Teske) in the middle of said zone, and place Iggy, Livers and Poole/Brooks on the perimeter, who are shooting 39%, 57% and 40% from long range. Or use Iggy in the middle similar to McGary against Syracuse and let him go to work or kickout. I have a feeling this team will carve up a zone.
|11/29/2018 - 10:43am||Obviously it was to prevent…||
Obviously it was to prevent fast break opportunities given our bad FT shooting. The defense has an inherent rebounding positional advantage during FT's and UNC is an excellent rebounding team. Smart strategy. And it clearly worked.
|11/29/2018 - 10:39am||Seriously, what is a "system…||
Seriously, what is a "system guy"? What coach doesn't subscribe to some sort of system in coaching and running his program? It's a dumb, meaningless term used by uninformed people for hot takes.
|11/27/2018 - 11:11pm||Watch true freshman Shae at…||
Watch true freshman Shae at Ol Miss (albeit against not great teams), and then imagine that offense style with DPJ, Collins, Martin, Perry, Gentry, Evans and Eubanks. Oh and Black.
|11/20/2018 - 3:25pm||It's a lie because, per the…||
It's a lie because, per the definition of lie, it's not true. Post evidence that that ref is a Michigan resident and "avid" Michigan fan, or shut the f up.
|11/20/2018 - 3:20pm||It sounds made up because it…||
It sounds made up because it most definitely is. This is a fake new troll. Ignore it.
|11/19/2018 - 11:36pm||Wouldn’t whatever advantage…||
Wouldn’t whatever advantage gained be offset by the OSU staff also knowing Warinners tendencies, techniques, playcalling, etc. ?
|11/15/2018 - 12:41am||I love it as well. I'm…||
I love it as well. I'm curious though, what makes him hateable? He's isn't a punk, hasn't made any dirty plays and doesn't really hamm it up to the crowd or talk shit like Mo or Stauskas did. He's just good. That's it. Why isn't Simpson or Matthews hateable compared to him?
|11/13/2018 - 11:40pm||Cool sentiment. But no one…||
Cool sentiment. But no one on here is playing or has any influence on the outcome. There is no need for fans to stay focused. If there were, then this blog shouldn't even exist as it's a massive distraction.
|11/06/2018 - 5:20pm||Nunez is 220? That's just…||
Nunez is 220? That's just 5lbs below Johns (who's 2 inches taller) and 15 lbs heavier than Mathews who's the same height but 3 years older. Thiccer than I expected for a 3 star sg/wing.
|11/02/2018 - 3:33pm||It's just there is a lot on…||
It's just there is a lot on the line given the 7-1 record and ranking. Anxiety is created when you think ahead on how painful it would be to lose a game we need to win and thereby lose the happiness you anticipate you'd feel after winning.
|10/31/2018 - 2:07pm||Or maybe you're just wrong…||
Or maybe you're just wrong and suffering from confirmation bias. Check the stats. UMFootball tweeted it out as well. How else would Patterson be #2 in conference QB rating?
|10/31/2018 - 2:02pm||Please explain your…||
Please explain your understanding of UVA's offensive philosophy. It seems be based on uninformed national media hot takes. On a per possession basis they were #30 offense nationally. Their low points per game is obviously a result of pace, because the efficiency is high. What else could it be? They regularly force opponents deep into their shot clock, then run the floor only selectively, and in the half court they run a patient motion offense that works to get the ideal shot. That plus playing elite defense is a horrid brand of basketball? okay.
|10/31/2018 - 1:39pm||New GIF idea: Harbaugh, as…||
New GIF idea: Harbaugh, as the Night King, throwing the ice spear and killing Viserion the dragon and looking on as he goes down in flames. Superimpose a Brutus buckeye head/Urban Meyer face/Nitty Lion/James Franklin face over the dragon's head. Don Brown can be the lieutenant white walker who hands the Night King the ice spear.
Someone with the skills make this happen please!
|10/30/2018 - 2:05pm||This is ridiculously…||
This is ridiculously uninformed. Virginia led the ACC in 3pt shooting % last year at 38.3%. (#36 nationally). Their overall offensive efficiency per Kenpom was #30 (#6 in ACC). They had 4 guys who shot 38% or better on high volume. Nationally, Michigan was #35 in offensive efficiency and #156 in 3pt%.
|10/27/2018 - 12:25pm||Your handle should be…||
Your handle should be BadTake McWrongington.
|10/23/2018 - 10:36am||He publicly lied about…||
He publicly lied about covering for a serial abuser. No network is going to touch him with a ten foot pole. Maybe Art Briles is available though.
|10/21/2018 - 10:26pm||If you're saying Harbaugh…||
If you're saying Harbaugh hasn't yet won a NC like Saban or Meyer, then I can't disagree with that. If you're saying that Harbaugh's success to date is merely a product of his assistants' talents (and Saban's and Meyer's is less so) then I invite you to look at each of their coaching trees:
Saban: Dantonio, Muschamp, Jimbo Fischer, Kirby Smart, Jeremy Pruitt, Derek Dooley, McElwain, Lane Kiffin, Jason Garrett, Dan Enos.
Meyer: Tom Herman, Dan Mullen, Charlie Strong, DJ Durkin, Steve Addazio, Kyle Whittingham, Doc Holliday, Gary Anderson (and Warinner).
Yeah, I'm sure none of these guys had anything to do with Saban and Meyer's success over the years.
|10/20/2018 - 9:16pm||Passing down's should be…||
Passing down's should be Uche, Gary, Dwumfour, Winovitch with Gary shifting inside.
|10/20/2018 - 9:01pm||I agree he missed some…||
I agree he missed some opportunities today but let's remember that Shae Patterson leads the conference in plays of 25 or more yds. He's #1 in that stat.
|10/17/2018 - 10:27am||Dantini and his gottdang…||
Dantini and his gottdang weather machine.
|10/13/2018 - 1:09pm||"Paul Cryst poops at party's…||
"Paul Cryst poops at party's" would not be thought of by a 12 year old.
|10/08/2018 - 9:46pm||Even if true, they can win…||
Even if true, they can win out the rest of their schedule with Wimbush.
|09/18/2018 - 6:07pm||Stacking the box…||
Stacking the box neccessarily means man coverage on the outside.
|09/18/2018 - 6:02pm||I agree. He's a natural…||
I agree. He's a natural athlete and can throw accurately on the run. Strong arm and he plays with an awareness that there won't always (or even often) be a clean pocket so he's quite good at escaping, buying time and making good decisions on the run. 6-5 statues are going the way of the fullback. Mayfield going first overall is pretty telling.
|09/18/2018 - 2:12pm||It's not for theatrics. It…||
It's not for theatrics. It's so the coach's intention is unambiguous to all in the stadium and is visually documented. The coaches don't have to yell or wave if a ref isn't in earshot or looking, and it's clear he requested a challenge if the refs don't see him and let the next play go. By your logic the refs don't need yellow flags either, they can just point and say that's a foul we're gonna look at ajudicate after the play! Everybody knows what foul they talking about anyway right?
|09/18/2018 - 2:05pm||This is correct. Just watch…||
This is correct. Just watch him. He affects every play usually by occupying two blockers. His deployment is more strategic. The opposing offense has to call plays differently because of him. And in the rare snaps he is singled up (and isn't being blatantly held) on a pass play he is at the QB resulting in a pressure or a sack. He did miss a sure sack not wrapping up against SMU one time. There is no way he isn't a top 10 pick even if he gets no sacks for the rest of the year.
|09/15/2018 - 11:28pm||You can also think of it as…||
You can also think of it as they are run blitzing because that's the only way they can stop the runs up the middle that both sides know are coming. We're doing it no matter what and they have to spend extra defenders to stop it. I feel like Evans missed a few open cuts today and maybe Tru as well.
|09/11/2018 - 10:41pm||Yep, it's a valid analogy. …||
Yep, it's a valid analogy. It makes more sense if you think of communist revolutionaries and Marxist rebels of the past century. The Viet Cong, Zapatistas, FARC, Sandinistas, Che Guevara's Cuban revolutionaries and hundreds more all over the world.
They typically fought guerrilla warfare against stronger conventional government armies by spreading out across jungles, urban centers and other difficult terrain, negating the advantage of heavier, armored and air power based modern militaries. Never fighting out in the open and using unconventional tactics, along with surprise and deception is how they evened the playing field. And it worked a lot.
Think Vietnam: US Marines, supported by massive airpower and armored ground forces vs the Viet Cong blending in with civilians, fighting in jungles and popping out of a vast supply supply network of tunnels. The Marines didn't know how to defeat them even with dropping more bombs than in WWII.
Like a running QB/spread option system that's cheatin!
|09/07/2018 - 11:06am||Shouldn't the hot read be a…||
Shouldn't the hot read be a jumpball to Gentry or Collins? Either way I'd like to see some some bombs to DPJ, Collins and Eubanks and some screens, options, misdirection and wheel routes to Evans. The latter especially needs wayyyy more touches.
|09/02/2018 - 2:33pm||I don't it's that misleading…||
I don't it's that misleading. Michigan played about as bad a game as they could have on the road, caught no breaks on 50/50 situations, and got no relief from the refs and still just lost by a touchdown. Meanwhile ND played great, looked like a top 10 team and their QB question marks looked answered...and the game was still decided by just a touchdown, with Michigan having a chance to tie. Play that game 10 more times and Michigan wins at least 5 of them.
|09/02/2018 - 10:36am||I dont think he is dealing…||
I dont think he is dealing well with not having instant success and not being viewed as a coaching savant anymore. He's on tilt a little bit trying to figure it out.
|08/31/2018 - 10:18am||Thanks, really good…||
Thanks, really good enlightening comment. What you just read was a transcript of a presser. i.e. live speech. It's spelled "kinda" because that's what was enunciated. That's what most people say. not "kind of". Furthermore, "kind of" isn't an expression used in formal written communication.
|08/21/2018 - 10:49am||Wut. He plays QB. He mildly…||
Wut. He plays QB. He mildly athletic for QB but by no means a running QB. He's not athletic enough to play any other position.
|08/21/2018 - 10:30am||The numbers are posted right…||
The numbers are posted right below the photos. It's not meant to be scientific. Of course the guys are gonna flex in the after picture. No is trying to fool anyone.
|08/19/2018 - 4:44pm||Yeah. umm.. good stuff. …||
Yeah. umm.. good stuff. [slowly backs away]
|08/12/2018 - 2:34am||Yep. He should be effective…||
Yep. He should be effective with the spacing that the offense can create.