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Don't tell MSU fans that, they prefer to not use facts when using their line of logic.
Sparty is finally beginning to believe ... and they are not happy:
"Just makes me kind of sad if not sick to see how well the wolvies do things that the Spartans absolutely look terrible at. They make just about every open jumper and are organized , spaced and smooth doing so. State makes jumpers by devine intervention only. They have two guards that can break ankles with a cross over move or stop and start on a dime.. State has no guards that can do anywhere anything remotely resembling that. They get a skrawny canadian "non athlete" that is shooting nearly 60% from the three.. We get studs that look good bare chested on posters but can't hit the broad side of a barn if they cleared out the entire floor and just let them shot standing there. They have a freshman center that makes anything in close. We have a 4th year senior that STILL has zero skill around the basket. As a team they have components that fit, run smoothly, score effortlessly. We have a bunch of perpetually coming off injury square pegs in round holes that far too often put on worse clunky offensive displays than the football offense this year....and because of when I went to State and absolutely despise all things Wolverines... all this absolutely kills me; to see the team Beeliner has developed as constrasted to the dysfunctional offensive units Izzo, Stephens and before Montgomery, developed. I have even hate to say this.. but its as plain as day."
This post was edited by MrWoodson 15 months ago
Michigan opened conference play with a fantastic performance.
- As a whole, Michigan shot 59.6% (34-57) from the field, 59.1% (13-22) from the arc, and 68.4% (13-19) from the FT line. That's incredible offensive showing against a team that was rated 89th in the nation by Ken Pom in adjusted defensive efficiency.
- Trey Burke was his usual stud self. 23 points (on 9-16) shooting, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and just 2 turnovers in 33 minutes.
- It was nice to see Tim Hardaway Jr. come back and have a strong showing. He was the other Michigan player to finish with 20+ points. He picked his spots and made his shots. 6-8 from the field and 4-5 from the the 3 point line. Also had 4 assits.
- Good to see Jordan Morgan get touches and finish with a double-double. 12 points and 13 rebounds.
- Also liked that Mitch McGary got 8 rebounds in 20 minutes and that Levert had 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in just 15 minutes of play.
- Great offensive balance. 5 players in double digits and 3 other players had at least 4 points.
- Very good showing on defense.
I hope to see a similar performance against Iowa and against Nebraska at home.
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It's funny the part about Stauskas "non athlete" "shooting 60% from three." Do you think MSU under Izzo would ever recruit a player like Stauskas? I don't think they would, jmo.
Stauskus is certainly no Derrick Nix when it comes to being athletic.
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This post was edited by Frank C 15 months ago
Not sure if Illinois is this good or if OSU is this bad. Either way we better sweep OSU this year. They suck.
They're down 25 now, enjoying this.
It's going to be a dogfight in the B1G this year.
Conference is extremely talented and road games in hostile environments for college kids are always tough.
It's amazing the effect that a crowd can have on a college basketball game.
This post was edited by vcmarsh1 15 months ago
Michigan now was the #1 adjusted offensive efficiency in Ken Pom's rankings. Our PPP (points per possession) is the best in the nation if I'm not mistaken.
However, Michigan's adjusted defensive efficiency has fallen significantly from #20 to #39. However, this number is a bit misleading for Michigan because our players tend to build such large leads that they eventually ease up on defense.
After Nebraska, the schedule is going to be tough the rest of the way! No more easy wins, and I believe Michigan can handle themselves and play hard like they have! Just beat OSU and MSU!
Starting to get excited about this basketball team. We seem to be able to score at will.
I am really excited about this basketball team. Wow, what a start to the conference season.
This team is looking unreal right now. Very excited for the rest of the season and hope we can keep the momentum rolling.
Get the latest NCAA college basketball bracketology breakdown from ESPN's Joe Lunardi
If that was our bracket, we would make the final four easy. Cuse would be the only tough game. I'm not worried about a rematch with NCState and I think Cuse will beat Florida.
Gotta get through the Big Ten season and all that first, but I would love that bracket.
It is way early but that works for me. Besides, I pay a lot to see Butler take down Ohio State and then Duke.
Starting to? Where you been bro? Just kidding! Enjoy the ride
For anyone who wants to widen their smile about this year's squad, UM vs MSU from last year is currently on BTN. Talent this year vs. last is night and day, with that said we were able to compete with and defeat top-10 teams. I am so glad Smotrycz transferred.
I was pissed at first when he left...but surprisingly it has seemed to be an addition by subtraction situation.
At this point, he'd do nothing beyond stealing minutes from Stauskas.
Not new thread worthy, so I'll drop it here for the other hoops fans. I watched some of the OSU-Purdue game last night and here are my thoughts on some key things for our game Sunday:
- How long will Trey Burke sit on the bench during the game? Aaron Craft is an extremely good defender and going from Burke -> Albrecht is going to make it look like things are going in slow motion for him. Spike has been better than I anticipated this season, but I think he'd get abused being defended by Craft, especially if they put a press on and he has to bring the ball up under pressure.
- Who is going to guard Deshaun Thomas? Seems like GRIII would be the likely candidate, but would Mitch be able to harass him a bit more because of his length and energy?
- How will Michigan handle a physical team? OSU looked to play defense like we haven't seen much this season, bumping, reaching, pushing, etc. How will our shooters and ball handlers react?
- Will Morgan/McGary be a focal point of the offense? Amir Williams looked soft to me, so if the shooters are struggling to find room with the defense, will they run some set plays inside to try to force doubles?
I think Burke will play a lot. I think that we're using Albrecht just to get him more minutes - we haven't really seen how they'll handle an elite PG like Craft or even Appling. I think we could be playing Burke some more and that we will when the time comes.
I'd imagine GRIII will be guarding Thomas - and if it does it will tell us a lot about GRIII and Beilien's coaching. GRIII certainly has the body to be a great defender, but he needs to put in the work. If he can effectively guard Thomas, that will be huge for the team and also huge for his draft stock.
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