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No doubt they don't foul, but there's no point to play them main for 34+ minutes a game in a tourney setting because if one or two do go into foul trouble, there's little experience coming off the bench..
I guess to each his own, B___'s shown to do this all season long, while Izzo goes another direction and, if he can help it, won't play anyone more than 31-32 min a game
This post was edited by CaliSpartan0606 16 months ago
Finally, you prove you know college basketball.
laconophilia is everywhere...
If Morgan doesn't play significantly more minutes than he has recently, then I strongly disagree with Beilein's strategy. Having Morgan and McGary on the floor at the same time for stretches could give UM the advantage on the glass that would help combat any shooting struggles they might have.
You'll have to educate me; did Beilein play the two together much during the season? Do you find it likely that Morgan will see more time?
Withey is more of a defensive presence. He's not that good offensively. (Not bad offensively by any means, but not unstoppable)
Mitch has good post defense, he'll be able to hold his own IMO.
Actually, I disagree with you on this. If Mitch continues to develop, I think he'll be really good next year. Then you add in Morgan who will be a senior, combined with incoming freshman Mark Donnal who is decent with his back to the basket and I think we'll have some post game next year.
I know we played pathetic towards the end of the B1G slate, but we're playing much better than we were back then. The MSU game I'm not going to call a fluke, but you guys are not 23 points better than us. I attribute the OSU game to the freshman being rattled. That was their first big game on the road, and we still almost won that game.
It's debatable if they are better.
Or I could just be extremely biased towards the B1G
Seriously though, Kansas is probably the worst 1 seed besides Gonzaga (obviously).. They disappear on offense many times throughout the game, and they are not that good against teams with good guard play. See: Iowa St, Ok St, MSU. And Michigan has guards that blow those 3 teams out of the water.
I'm not optimistic Michigan pulls out the win Friday, but I'm not pessimistic either. It could really go either way. Depends on who shows up.
Morgan hasn't been the same since his injury. He's lost his confidence in fear that he'll re-injure himself IMO.
We haven't really used that combo much. GR3 is a good rebounder though, so we aren't necessarily hurting on the glass without Mcgary and Morgan on the floor together. I don't see it. Horford has been the one getting minutes when Mitch isn't on the floor.
Call me crazy, but I think this significantly hurts them next year if Burke and THJ go pro. Relying on a freshman to come in and replicate Burke is going to be a roller coaster. They would be much better off if Albrecht was more experienced and better able to share the PG duties next year.
Stauskas will have to improve his consistency, longevity, and ball handling as well (not just 3-dribble drives, I'm referring to press breaking and running the offense for short stretches).
Most importantly, IMO, either McGary needs to develop a 16-footer, or GRIII needs to vastly improve his reliability/consistency. I suspect that he struggles to create his own shot on a regular basis. Therefore, if I am correct, then he could greatly struggle without Burke/THJ.
All of these developments are definitely possible, but will be difficult. It will be a test for Beilein, IMO.
Of course, if THJ comes back, then all of these things become both easier and less vital.
How did GRIII rebound against IU and MSU? Honest question, b/c those teams have some similarities with KU that I think could affect GRIII on the glass.
Personally I think UK has been pretty overrated all year. That second half against UNC was impressive but that's also a really bad matchup for UNC. Their only reliable big man is a 6-7 power forward. Also, the Big 12 was downright awful this year. If McLemore doesn't wake up, they can struggle to score. And I don't see that happening with how he admitted to the lights being a little too bright and now he's about to go play in Cowboy Stadium.
But I will say you guys are being 100 times more reasonable about this then I thought. Good stuff guys.
That's a fair stance.
My main issue with many UM fans has been that they seemingly believe that McGary will be a beast against KU, without considering the vast difference in size from VCU/SDSU.
Got 5 rebs against IU both times, and 3 against MSU both times.
Eh, he's not a great rebounder, but he's not bad. Has incredible leaping ability which allows him to get many rebounds other players his size can't.
His best effort was 12 rebounds against Kansas St
Hey, 5 RB's from him helps. I still personally think that UM would benefit. If Morgan is really playing that poorly, then try it with McGary and Horford.
Ultimately, however, I think UM would need solid minutes from Morgan to win the title game, so they should try and fix him now.
This I definitely agree with. I like Horford's energy but I think Morgan and McGary are far superior inside defenders. Beilein recently was quoted saying as much, but I think Morgan's gotta have a good week of practice and come ready to play Friday. We might really need him if McGary hits foul trouble. At the same time, I could certainly see McGary's energy getting Withey in foul trouble.
Morgan has been bad lately. When it gets to the point where a layup is difficult for a player to make, then it's time to try someone else out for a while.
Hey, Goran Suton missed a layup that would have won a tournament game. 2 years later, I believe he was named the MVP of MSU's region. Psychological issues can be beaten, and I'd give Morgan a chance, were it me.
So we should just take your word for how old BCS is? Like you couldn't just lie?
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The depth is there but all teams tighten up their bench at the end of the season. As with all teams also, the deeper into the bench you go, the greater the drop in talent. I would add, that sitting on the bench right now for Michigan is 3 guys that played in key parts of the game last year instead of mop up duty, Vogrich, Morgan, and McLimans.
Comparison for teams tightening up benches at the end of the season.
Last 5 games for MSU, in each game they had 7 players getting 10 minutes or more.
Last 5 games for Michigan, 1 game with 5 players, 3 games with 6 players, and 1 game with 8 players getting 10 minutes or more.
Come on XX. The game with 8 you are referring to was Penn State
The game before that only 5 played 10min or more.
It seems against decent teams, B___ goes 6 deep. And that could hurt if UM ever gets into foul trouble
Hey, MSU only goes 7 deep with Costello being the 8th guy for 4-7min just to give Payne or Nix a breather. The Kearney transfer hurts in that regard
Drake Harris is visiting Michigan for their spring game. Probably because of the free tickets...
Doesn't matter. It's MSU or he's leaving the state, IMO.
We have no chance with this one.
Will bump when he leaves the state
Don't worry. I have plenty of pages bookmarked myself.
Just dropped by to say I'm still all in for the conference and am rooting for Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan Final 4.
It's time the B10 get respect the old fashion way -- winning.
So far B1G has dominated.. need to continue to win..
I am pulling following that also. It would be kickass to see.
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