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It'll def be a good measuring stick to see where we are at when we go to Columbus most likely 16-0. I'd prob be more comfortable with the 2-3 then the 1-3-1 with them because Craft is food enough to attack it and good athletic sound teams tend to be able to beat it better. As a change of pace it's not so bad to use. I want G Rob and Levert to become lockdown defenders who provide some offense. We get that then we are golden. G Robs goal in this game should be to share Thomas' jersey with him. If Levert could stay with Craft I'd love to see his length on him. We are much better this year with rebounding so I'd expect us to hold our own against them. That outlet McGary had last game to Hardaway was sweet and something I'd like to see much more of ala Kevin Love at UCLA. I'm looking forward to this game for sure.
I just got home from work and I was literally going to say the same exact thing. Our defense is not at all bad. I'm not really sure what to say about the stats .. but my eyes dont deceive me. With the exception of a few possessions here and there (after we've had the games in hand) in which we got a bit complacent and lazy, our defense has been as good as I've seen in a very very long time. Our rotations are there, we box out, our rebounders either hit the outlets in a hurry and start the break, or just take off with it once they get the rebound themselves.
Pittsburgh, Kansas State, and NC State are all ranked.
Stealing Sparty's recruits and owning them on the field since 1898
Gooood....gooooood! (Emperor Palpatine voice)
This post was edited by Jordan11 16 months ago
Our 2013 recruiting class is set:
- PG Derrick Walton (from Michigan)
- SF Zak Irvin (from Indiana)
- SF Austin Hatch (from Indiana) - He will come in with the 2014 class. Has extenuating circumstances.
- C Mark Donnal (from Ohio)
Clearly, the Midwestern states are represented and these players will be expected to maintain Michigan's rise to national prominence.
Our 2014 class is a work in progress. Two targets (Keita Bates-Diop from Illinois and Jae'Sean Tate from Ohio) have both committed to Ohio. The former was a surprise for Michigan fans while the latter was not.
Still, Michigan can pull in a top-15 class in 2014 if Coach Beilein and his staff snags some combination of the following recruits:
- SG Devin Booker (from Mississippi)
- SF Trevon Bluiett (from Indiana)
- SF Vince Edwards (from Ohio)
- PF Ricky Doyle
Other less heralded players include SF AJ Turner (from Michigan) who has recently been coming on strong and Kameron Chatman (from Oregon).
* * * N E O . R E T R O * * *
We are in on Kevin Looney too, aren't we?
Kevon Looney does not have much interest in us.
Things I'm looking forward to watching as we go on as far as recruiting are as follows: Can we sustain recruiting success? Obviously we've had a few back to back good classes. Does it stay the same, get better or do we drop off. No reason to think the latter so I either think we maintain or go above. Bigs---how we develop and utilize our bigs as when they start making the pros will be when we routinely will be able to land dominant big men. Not saying ours aren't good or that we don't have successful ones for our system, just saying the higher echelon bigs. McGary is a good start, now do we continue success recruiting bigs and more athletic bigs as well? Beilein is an ever changing coach and he adapts so I'd figure these would change but these are what I'm paying attention to at this point. I'm happy right now with everything with this program, I just want to watch this years recruiting and 2015 and see if or what changes there are.
I think going to a final four would help open up guys who we haven't recruited that much before.
AJ Turner or SF Vince Edwards will commit soon both are visting jan 6. turner will be a big sg
This post was edited by hg1 16 months ago
I bet they don't.
we will see.
Four-star Jalen Coleman is expected to make an unofficial visit this weekend.
What happened to the 3 recruits committing a couple of weekends ago? How about that 6'10" kid that was supposed to commit. Done deal, right? What about Green? How is Bower doing? Hytchye? A 2nd QB commit...
Don't look now but we could be #1 going into tonight!
Not looking very good now... But this will probably get us some more #1 votes!
Yea i changed it so they would come back
Michigan played a (very) good but not great game against Central Michigan.
- Trey Burke is likely the best PG in the nation. He had 22 points (on 9-12 shooting), 11 assists, 2 rebounds, and only 1 turnover. He has clearly improved from last year and I hope he continues to get better. He's on pace to be a first team All-American and is currently a candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year and National Player of the Year.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a game for the first time in his Michigan career. That ends his streak of 81 consecutive starts. Today had to be a foreign experience for Hardaway Jr. who was wearing a boot because of an ankle injury. I hope he has a full and quick recovery because we will need him in conference play.
- In Hardaway's absence, Caris Levert stepped up. He really showed me something in this game. I can see why the coaches decided to burn his redshirt and let him play as a true freshman. Even though he shot 4-11 from the field (1-4 from the arc), he showed a really good mid-range game. But what was most impressive was his passing ability. He created for teammates and finished with 5 assists.
- Stauskas was his usual self. He hit 5 of 8 shots from beyond the arc. He leads the nation in 3 point shooting at 56.5%. (Jordan Hulls of Indiana is second in the nation at shooting 54.5% from 3).
- Glen Robinson played really well. He scored 20 points (9-13 from the field and 1-3 from 3), grabbed 3 rebounds, and had 2 assists. He did a really nice job cutting to the basket and finishing in the post. He had 4 dunks including a thunderous one at the end (on a dime from Burke) that brought a lot of people to their feet. He's quietly shooting well over 50% on the season.
- According to the boxscore, McGary played only 15 minutes and grabbed only 4 rebounds. That surprised me because it seemed like he played around 25 minutes and grabbed closer to 10 rebounds. But that sort of speaks to his hustle. Missed a dunk when it was rejected by the rim. Doh! I'm sure the guys will laugh about that one.
- Jordan Morgan was an afterthought on offense which annoyed me a bit because he established good position on the post and showed some really nice moves when he got touches. He even called for the ball but was ignored at times. He deserves better. He should be given more opportunities to go iso in the post especially when he's matched up against a smaller defender. But we did score points in the paint through Robinson so that was nice.
- Our defense wasn't as impressive as I hoped it would be in the 2nd half. After Michigan built up a 20+ point lead, our guys sort of played matador defense for long stretches. We could've won this game by 30+ with a bit more effort but I'm not complaining.
+1 Great recap.
OP updated for conference play.
Minnesota looks goooood.
Go Iowa! #parity
I disagree with one thing. Why is @IU a surefire loss? I know it is one of the harder places in the country to win, but Indiana has looked more like a top-10 team than a top-3 this year. There are no surefire losses on this schedule, we can beat any team on any court.
Agree. We have a lot of hard games but no game that is impossible to win.
Meh, I probably did exaggerate calling it a surefire loss. I guess what I meant to say is that it is the game I feel the least confident about. I'll feel more confident about it depending on how we do @OSU.
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