Friday, March 23, 2018

Michigan Friday: Remember The Time When We Got Excited About Spring Football Starting?

The Michigan Football Team starts Spring Practice today and most fans don't care.  Why?  Michigan is now a basketball school! ☺

Players on the Michgan bench react after Michigan forward
You know what happened last night, so I won't recap that awesome game for you, but I will just list the random thoughts going through my head during and after the game:
  • Hey Coach Kelvin Sampson, who is the better team now?
  • That is the Michigan Team I have been waiting to see since the Big 10 Championship
  • When Coach B's offense has great shooting, its a beautiful thing to watch
  • Michigan Basketball has been to the Elite 8, three times out of the last 6 years
  • Michigan vs. FSU on Saturday for Orange Bowl Revenge
  • I was so happy that CJ Baird former Michigan Manager got to score a 3 point basketball with less then a minute less in a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game.  He will never forget that moment, which was the perfect ending to the perfect game.
  • Michigan had two guys with over 20 points (MAAR and Wagner)and one with 18 (Matthews).  That is a great combination for a Michigan win.
  • Michigan had 21 assists
  • Michigan had 12 steals
  • Michigan assistant coach and defensive coordinator Luke Yaklich is the new Don Brown

What a win and love that this team got it's shooting back.  I hope they have it on Saturday night as well.
  • Michigan Football will be back today with its first Spring Practice.  Is this the year of Shea Patterson leading the offense?  Is the team stronger and faster with the new S&C guy?  Does anyone wonder why Florida's head coach Jim McElwain is at practice?  Has Ed Warinner made the offensive line better yet?  -- Lots of work to be done in the next couple of weeks.

  • Michigan also has its pro day today and the headliner has been cleared to play and hopefully a team will take Big Mo Hurst early in the first round.  

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Michigan Thursday: Game Day

Michigan Basketball Twitter
Michigan takes the floor tonight again at 7:37 EST against a Texas A&M team that got to #5 in the polls this season and just beat UNC on Sunday. 

Texas A&M did beat Penn State early in the year 98-87 and then hit some rough road when they lost 5 games in a row which included losses to ranked Kentucky and Tennessee teams.  They also had a late in the season 3 game losing streak, which included losses to Mizzu, Arkansas, and Mississippi State.

A&M beat UNC by going down low to Tyler Davis and Robert Williams and then mixing in the 3 ball.   Texas A&M also might have played the best game in the tournament so far.   Michigan hasn't played decent since the Big Ten tournament which seems like a month ago now. 

The low post will be a challenge for the Wolverines and getting rebounds.  Michigan will not win this game if they continue to give A&M second or third chance points.   Michigan didn't even try to get offensive rebounds against Houston.   Expect a ton of Teske and Wagner needs to stay out of foul trouble and stay on the floor. 

A&M does have a tendency to turn the ball over and plays very good defense.  Even though they shot well against UNC, that are not known as a deep shooting team and will probably score a ton of 2 point baskets with put backs.

The bottom line is, did Michigan get its shooting touch back?  They will not be able to play like they did last weekend and win this game. If Michigan can run their stuff and shoot the ball well, I like their chances against the A&M defense.   A&M can be a little hot and cold as a team and lets hope we get the colder version tonight.

 Michigan needs to get their flow back and lets hope Jordan Poole helped with that.

  • Sam Webb has a free article up on an interview with new WR coach Jim McEwain and his approach to making the young and talented Wolverine Wide Receivers better.   I'm still on the fence with this hire, but I have to admit he is over qualified for this role and its really good to have a full time coach working with this position.

  • Michigan's Pro Day is Friday and Big Mo has been cleared to participate.

  • Looks like Rashan Gary has changed his number to the legendary #98.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wolverine Wednesday: New Jordan's For The Public Coming in June

If you want to wear the shoes Jordan Poole was wearing in the biggest shot of the tournament so far.  You can still purchase the Michigan Jordan 32's from Nike.   They still have the Westbrook Why Not's still in stock as well.   Both shoes versions sold out quickly at the MDen put there are plenty available at Nike or Ebay. 

When the shoes are still available at Nike, that means they didn't have the impact Nike was hoping for both models of Michigan Jordan's.   So the Jordan Brand will release Michigan Jordan 12's in June.   The price will be $225 which is very expensive and I expect in limited availability. 

The picture below is probably not the version that will be released:

PSNY Air Jordan 12 Michigan

The team also has a PE (player edition) that is different from above. 

  • Speaking of the Sweet 16 Basketball team, the Wolverines made it to LA last night.   I'm sure they will get a good practice in today and then of course the game against Texas A&M on Thursday night.

  • Jimmy, Jim, and Pep the new Michigan Football offensive brain trust say they are going to run more RPO's next year.   I don't care if they run more wishbone as long as it gets more first downs and touchdowns.   Michigan was also going to run the west coast offense last year.  Not sure that ever happened. 

    • Spring Game is April 14th at 7:00.  Its free.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Michigan Tuesday: A Better Time

    Michigan gets to play on Thursday at the house that Kobe built in LA (Staples Center).   The tip off is a much better time for the Wolverines and its fans.  The tip is at 7:37 EST or 4:37 local time in LA.   I don't know if you can correlate the late start times for Michigan's poor shooting this past weekend, but I'm sure it didn't help. 

    Many Michigan fans were excited about Texas A&M beating UNC this past weekend as North Carolina beat the Wolverines handily earlier in the year at Chapel Hill.   I was thinking just the opposite.   Having Coach B game plan against a team he has already seen, I believe was an advantage for the Michigan.  The team is also completely different then it was prior to the Big 10 season and UNC is one of the worst 3 point defending teams in the nation.    I thought that was a better formula for a Wolverines win.   Now we get Texas A&M who maybe had one of the best games of the weekend as they blew out UNC on Sunday in Charlotte.

    Should be a great game and I hope Jordan Poole woke up the Wolverines shooting touch.

    • Speaking of Wolverines heading out West - Moe Ways will finish his career playing at CAL as a Golden Bear.  Good luck to a good guy! I hope he can find A WAY for football to pay for a Michigan under grad degree and a CAL masters degree.  As Fleetwood Mac always said," You can go your Moe Way, Go your Moe Ways"

    • The nation's #1 player Ohio's five-star defensive end Zach Harrison spent Saturday in Ann Arbor with Don Brown, Greg Mattison and new coach Al Washington.

    • Purdue's NC dreams took a pretty big hit, when Andre The Giant/Isaac Haas fractured his elbow in the first round.  Isaac wants to play and the NCAA has very clear rules on what type of brace you can and can't wear.   The Purdue engineering program is working on finding a solution before Friday's game against Texas Tech.   I would play the Big Man (as long as he can't hurt his elbow any worse) and just let him play defense and rebound if he can get both hands over his head.  On a side note, there was a great 30 for 30 on Sunday on what a great brother he is to his younger sister who suffers from devastating seizures. 

    • CT 2019 four-star safety Tyler Rudolph will take an official visit to Ann Arbor in June.

    On a side note, I do like the new rule on letting kids take official visits outside of the football season, sure they don't get to go to a game, but they can really focus on getting to know the coaches and seeing the important aspects of the University.   I always wondered how much time the coaches can spend with recruits during game day or before.