Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wolverine Wednesday: That's Better

When you only have 5 players on the floor, one elite player can win games around 4 good other players.   We have seen Melo and KD take their teams on a national championship ride as they were clearly the best players in the NCAA Tournament.  You could even use Glen Rice as a Michigan example of that same theory.

As of today, Michigan doesn't have an elite player on the floor.  Some have said, that could be Wagner when healthy, but that reveal is delayed until he heals.   Michigan this season will have to win like they did last night, play great defense, hit 3's, find Big Sleep down low, and play with energy at all times.   That last point about energy might be the most important.

Last night, Zavier found his assist and dribble drive games and finished with 17 points, Teske closed the game with 10 straight and finished with 17, and Livers was hitting 3's and even added some mid-range game that led the team with 22.   If those 3 play like that, Michigan will be competitive in most games.   Creighton and Michigan seem to have similar talent and Michigan ran away at the end for a 10 point win.  2nd half energy and effort was the difference and  it was great to see the new Michigan staff have that positive effect on the players.

  • Could be a strange basketball season as #1 UK went down to Evansville last night.

  • Coach Dantonio seems to be in a strange place as MSU's head coach.  He told the media that his QB Brian Lewerke didn't go into the concision protocol and MSU later had to say he was checked for a concussion.   I'm still concerned this an inquired wild animal that is playing dead and about to get up and fight. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Michigan Tuesday: Everyone Loves Chris

Jimmy during his Monday press conference gave us some information on suspended RB Chris Evans.  Chris met with U of M officials and will re-enroll for winter term and re-join the team at that time.  Hat tip to Chris for taking care of his business, taking his punishment, and doing the things he needed to do to be reinstated.  Michigan now has one hell of a backfield next season with Evans who will probably will play RB/Slot WR, HH, and Charbonnet.   We all thought that Chris would be a perfect fit for Speed in Space, now we will get a chance to see it.

Another player Jimmy spoke about was injured LB Josh Ross.  Josh is healthy and Michigan will play him in one more game to save his redshirt for this season, which will leave him with 2 more seasons.  NCAA does some dumb sh*t, but this is a good new rule.   Michigan's LB core should be pretty good next season as well.

  • Michigan Basketball should hear about 2 recruits very soon.  Nimari Burnett a 5 star guard will make his announcement this afternoon.  Michigan has recruited him hard but the insiders believe he will pick Texas Tech  (he did) over Michigan.  4 star 7 footer Hunter Dickinson seems to be down to Duke, FSU, and Michigan.  It seems Michigan has a good chance to land the talented center.   Hunter is expected to announce his decision in the next couple weeks. 

  • Michigan Basketball plays their second game of the season tonight as they take on a tough Creighton team.  The Wolverines have a tough schedule that includes the Bahamas tournament and trip to #5 Louisville.  Michigan is -4.5


Monday, November 11, 2019

Michigan Monday: Deep Thoughts

Yes, this is rivalry week and Michigan is coming off a bye week and MSU took a bad loses to Lovie Smith and Brandon Peters on Saturday.   Still I have some deep thoughts...…..

  • First off, rivalry pushed aside the loss of Cassius Winston's brother and now the news is breaking that former WR for MSU and the Detroit Lions Charles Rogers has passed away at 38 goes behind sports and my heart goes out to both families. 

  • LSU QB and former Buckeye Joe Burrow is having the season I had hoped for Shea Patterson.  That was a heck of a win by the Tigers on Saturday. 

  • Is Michigan going to go all season without playing at 3:30? Update: Michigan @ IU now at 3:30. 

  • I wonder which Bowl Michigan is going to play Florida in?  Please no

  • OSU has played an un-believable easy schedule, they have Rutgers this weekend.  Their hardest road game all year, has been what at Nebraska or Indiana?

  • Does Michigan have a Hyberbaric Chamber and is Franz Wagner hand in it for 20 hours a day?

  • I still don't know if Minnesota is good or that Big Ten teams just can't play on the road.   It looked like James Franklin made some coaching mistakes in that game.  Minnesota goes to Iowa this weekend and will host Wisconsin.  It will be interesting to see if Golden Gophers can get through those 2 games.   So the odds are that the Golden Gophers will make the Big Ten Championship game before Michigan.  Come on, man. 

  • The Chase Young situation is starting to look like a setup with the NCAA.  Funny how something that happened almost a year ago is now an issue.  There are reports now he might only miss 2 games (not against PSU and U of M) but Maryland and Rutgers.  This reminds me of the time Auburn suspended Cam Newton for just a Tuesday for possibly taking a couple hundred grand from a booster.

  • App. State beat South Carolina this week (who beat Georgia).  I just don't understand why AD's not follow my rules, #2 is never schedule App. State. 

  • Arkansas fired their head coach on Sunday after losing to Western Kentucky and being 2-8 this season.  Remember when our AD paid Arkansas millions of dollars to cancel the home and home series? Solid investment there Warde. 

  • MAC Action on Tuesday has been moved up a couple hours due to a possible winter storm. 

  • I don't know what happened on Saturday will motivate Sparty or crush them.  I think either is possible.  No matter what, MSU is dangerous as hell for the Wolverines on Saturday.  

Friday, November 8, 2019

Michigan Friday: Chase Young and Rumors on Evans

Best get to the breaking news first this morning.  OSU DE Chase Young maybe the best player in College Football has been suspended for the Maryland game for a potential NCAA violation.   Rumor mill is saying he took money from an agent or booster back in 2018.  If that did happen, he could be sitting the rest of the year and OSU's last 8 games could be in question.  On the other hand, don't be surprised if Chase is only suspended for the Maryland game where OSU is a 40 point favorite and back for PSU and Michigan games.

There was some twitter activity last night about Chris Evans and potentially coming back to Michigan.  Chris is currently not enrolled but might have the possibility of re-enrolling and joining the team in January.   Michigan has not given any official word on this and should only be considered a rumor at this point.

  • Josh Uche, Josh Metellus, and Ben Bredeson all have accepted invites to the Senior Bowl. 

  • Reports are that Deion is a candidate for FSU head coach.  Love Deion but this will not end well if it happens. 

  • 2020 Basketball recruiting 5 star guard Josh Christopher will officially visit A2 on 11/22.

Enjoy the bye weekend!