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WTKA Roundtable 2/6/2020: Snakebit Year

WTKA Roundtable 2/6/2020: Snakebit Year

February 6, 2020

MSU things discussed:

  • Dantonio's irregularities: it sounds like he lied in his deposition (which is why Mars is getting involved?)
  • Does NCAA actually care about the alleged violations?
  • Is it a better job than Cincy? Cincy you can take to ND soon. MSU the last two recruiting classes: not so hot and total garbage. No matter who takes that job it's three and out.
  • The board of trustees hires the football coach, not the AD. Let's get some Michigan fans together and elect a board that's going to hire Brian Ellerbe!
  • Dantonio got away with it because there's no more bootlicking media in the Big Ten than MSU and OSU.

Basketball things discussed:

  • Craig: Bilas was right, it wasn't a basketball game.
  • Franz needs to shoot his way out of his slump.
  • This year's cascade of bad luck is payback for the national championship run two years ago.
  • Craig: some of the officials that used to be good have been wretched. Example: Teske is about to have a layup and they call him for 3 seconds and yeah it's a good call. Late in the game same thing with Wesson and he's in the lane for 8 seconds, same ref Carstenson staring at it. Wesson finally gets the ball, up two, the guy makes a three.
  • The call on Simpson: a call we've never seen and will never see again. Brian: pile all the bad luck into this season.
  • On Johns: are people paying attention to him now?
  • Michigan needs an infusion of athleticism badly. Zeb, Christianson, come on down. Without Livers the limitations of this roster are very apparent.
  • MSU? Without Livers they don't really have the firepower to win this game.
  • Funny how both basketball and hockey are both snakebit fundamentally sound teams missing talent.
MGoPodcast 11.19: Do Gods Have Burners?

MGoPodcast 11.19: Do Gods Have Burners?

February 3, 2020

They're probably unlisted because of people like you.

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1. Rutgers at MSG

starts at 1:00

When they scheduled this game they couldn't guess Steve Pikiell would bring about the Rutgers renaissance. Michigan turned it over 16 times and gave up 36 offensive rebounds and won because finally someone didn't shoot 50% from three on them. They did it by being more Rutgers than any other previous Rutgers: putting up contested bad shots galore. The Johns game! Having a rim-runner who can hit free throws is important. He also nailed the shot after the long pass sequence.

2. Nebraska at Lincoln

starts at 26:52

Wagner was taller than everybody but their center, who's not good. Their backup center was hitting stupid jacks at 50% when he wasn't stepping out of bounds. Cam Mack also went 5/7 from beyond the arc in this game. But since they're Nebraska, they have no size, no defense, and no way to keep Michigan off the boards. Eli Brooks saves the offense! Frustrated by Teske's lack of aggression so they go with Johns post-ups. Bajema: we think they can get a redshirt if he doesn't play again, and documents an injury.

3. Hot Takes and Big Ten Melee

starts at 39:59

Michigan's won 10 in a row at MSG—should they play their home games there? Brian tells us which sports his kids will play. Brad Davison, the crewcut psycho, sits out against MSU and Wisconsin still beats them. UW is also without Kobe King the rest of the year. OSU is without DJ Carton. Illinois is going to win the league—they've played good teams and they've changed up how they play defense, and everyone else murdered each other. OSU preview: Wesson lost weight, lost some of his post presence, gained an incredible three. They shoot a lot—please don't be unlucky again.

4. Ace's Ohio State Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:06:46

They won on Friday and didn't move up in Pairwise because everyone else won and it was a home game. Saturday was a classic Michigan loss: won Corsi, gave up five odd-man rushes. Coward refereeing for giving their captain just 2 minutes for knocking out Lockwood. Michigan down a whole line for the 3rd period. Don't even attempt to pass on 2-on-1s.

MUSIC:
  • "New York"—Cat Power
  • "Inside Out"—Spoon
  • "God's Gonna Make You Laugh"—Ephemerals
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 1/30/2019: Some Predicate for Legitimacy

WTKA Roundtable 1/30/2019: Some Predicate for Legitimacy

January 31, 2020

Hoops Things discussed:

  • Shots and the not of the going in. Also free throws.
  • Juwan was noncommittal about the length of X's suspension.
  • Fan: "Why am I watching a MAC game?" nailed the sense of that game.
  • Believe whatever's going on with Wagner's shooting it'll get fixed.
  • Also have to believe opponents who shoot 29% hitting 54% of contested and super-long threes isn't sustainable.
  • Teske was playing a little passive—playing Davis seemed like a response to that.
  • Aggressive Johns >>>> Regular Johns but it was Nebraska.
  • Craig: Without X and Livers they can't win more than 2 more games
  • Is there a redshirt possibility left for Bajema?

Hockey Things discussed (18m):

  • Back from the (unlucky) dead!
  • Team plays sound. Beat ND and tied PSU on the road this week.
  • Johnny Beecher is huge and flies around the ice.
  • In a HUGE hole, have ten regular season games left and need to get lucky to have a shot at the tournament.
  • Cavalry coming: like a class with 5 five-stars in it.

Baseball things discussed (30m)

  • Pitching staff was gutted, pitching coach interviewed around MLB and stayed.
  • Velazquez and RJ Moten off the football squad: can they help soon?
  • Getting some guys coming off injuries to replace the seniors who blew up last year.
  • Smart how they exploited baserunning. Philosophy and speed is there.
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.4: Mascot Fight

The Michigan Hockeycast 2.4: Mascot Fight

January 30, 2020

They Penn Stated Penn State

wsg  Adam Schnepp

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1. GLI, ND, and PSU

starts at 0:50

We mixed up our lines a bit and brought back Adam to talk about everything that has happened since the GLI. That tournament ended like many games from the season's first half, but since then Michigan has swept Notre Dame on the road and nearly swept top-ten Penn State in Happy Hockey Valley. We go through what changed, what's going well, and what has to continue for Michigan to keep their second-half success going over the regular season's final ten games.

2. To OSU AND BEYOND?

starts at 27:46

After the break we preview Ohio State and discuss why it's the biggest series of the season. There's some talk about mascots and a tiny bit about mascot fights, though the bulk is just on traditional mascoting. We then take a look at the conference standings and Pairwise to come up with a picture of where Michigan might finish and what they need to do to have a reasonable shot at making the tournament.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Blades of Steel"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
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MGoPodcast 11.18: Broken J’s

MGoPodcast 11.18: Broken J’s

January 26, 2020

Enjoy Rutgers Basketball this year because they're having our season.

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1. Illinois and Bad Luck vs. Michigan

starts at 1:00

I'm not even mad, I'm impressed that they keep missing these threes. Michigan had just 2 turnovers, won the OREBs by five. Debate between the everything is explainable and some things are random people. Eli, Johns are like Mo's three: if the first goes down we have it tonight. Michigan during this skid has been the 350th team in college basketball at threes. X did not attempt one. Two-for-one possessions. Sick of getting just random off-the-dribble mastery by 25% shooters when our 40%ers can't hit a wide open catch and shoot three.

2. Penn State and Bad Luck vs. Michigan

starts at 23:32

Michigan was 2/20 on catch-and-shoot threes (the ones you want), in this game. Myles Dread is getting ice cream of the future, weird and-ones, Curtis Jones has the game of his college career, because life is crazy like that. Is there a guy on their roster with peg leg? That guy's going off.

3. Hot Takes and Wide View

starts at 36:44

Dave's ringtone is just a choking sound. Delete the three point line. How mad are we about this season? Not very: this was a fragile team that lost Iggy and Poole and its coach and therefore couldn't afford to lose Livers. Things that tie to coaching point up from preseason expectations. Recruiting better than best-case scenario. Bags? Christopher is a guy who has cachet that Isaiah Todd does not—Todd you're catching in the early part of his development while Christopher is a 5-star because he's an immediate dude in college. Also: Hunter Dickinson, who's Teske. Williams projects as a four-year guy whom the other schools are always like "When is this guy gonna leave?" after he gets a critical offensive rebound again. Enjoy Rutgers Basketball this year because they're having our season.

4. Ace's Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:12:06

Old Fashioned road three points: 6-0 win and then a penalty-crazy Saturday. Significantly outplayed Penn State in the first game, got that pugilistic second game. They don't have the shooting or luck so their low shooting % was killing them—it's like going against a better goalie than Strauss Mann every game. Get even luck and they're a top of the Big Ten team, and that's what happened against Penn State and Notre Dame. Tying goal by PSU was such bad luck. They're good in Corsi, not giving up bad goals, generating good looks, don't have dangerous scorers and that's a weakness. Too late probably for this year but trending up for when the cavalry arrives. US game: watching Thomas Bordeleaux, who's gonna be a creator, but isn't flashy.

MUSIC:
  • "I Miss You"—Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes
  • "The Big Three Killed My Baby"—The White Stripes
  • "There is a Valley"–Bill Fay
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 1/23/2019: Five for Twenty-Eight

WTKA Roundtable 1/23/2019: Five for Twenty-Eight

January 23, 2020

Things discussed:

  • Shots not falling, perimeter defense? Could Livers have saved this?
  • Michigan gets a lead and then five turnovers in the next 2 minutes
  • Sam: Maybe run the offense through Teske? Cutters?
  • PSU did a good job of funneling usage to X. Michigan has three guys who aren't a threat against good defenses, which is two too many.
  • Michigan's 25% from three in renewed conference play. He makes a few of them and has gravity.
  • Lost Poole, Iggy, and Jalen Wilson from the list of guys who should be on the wing on this team. Franz's issues are ???
  • Why not give Cole Bajema a few minutes?
  • The fact that X can't shoot is a problem, but he's not the team's problem.
  • Terrifying observation: The Big Ten might have addressed the home/road officiating—nice of that to happen after Michigan's played 67% of their games so far on the road, right?
  • Free throw whistle is now 69-11. Most is style of play: X doesn't force contact. Most of the guys are jump-shooters.

New assistants things discussed:

  • Fine with Jean-Mary, Brian has a problem with a one-year rental on Shoop.
  • Sam: Michigan prioritized Campanile instead of going for the Kentucky guy Brian wanted
The Ace Pod 2.0: Coldest Days

The Ace Pod 2.0: Coldest Days

January 20, 2020

This week’s podcast is, as always, brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship. Check out his shiny new site here.

Segment One: Iowa Thoughts

Yes, the officiating was one-sided even when accounting for playing style. There was still more to this loss, though, particularly outside shooting. While Luka Garza again had a big point total, he wasn’t unstoppable inside the arc, and a lot of this had to do with Juwan Howard being willing to send the occasional double-team. David DeJulius had an excellent game running the point while Zavier Simpson dealt with autobench.

Segment Two: Iowa Q&A

Topics include:

  • What’s to blame for the foul disparity: home cooking, style of play, or both?
  • What to do about the two-big lineups?
  • Who’s going to be the primary backup big going forward?
  • Is doubling the post here to stay?
  • How will this team look different in March?
  • Most villainous Wagner: Moe or Franz? 

Song: “Coldest Days” — The Rural Alberta Advantage

WTKA Roundtable 1/16/2019: That’s the Whole Problem

WTKA Roundtable 1/16/2019: That’s the Whole Problem

January 17, 2020

Things discussed:

  • Anthony Campanile takes a bail move—turned down two DC jobs and Harbaugh blocked the Giants from talking to him. Just weird.
  • John Beilein's jump to the NBA is the dumbest move of his career. Sam: yes, this is his retirement gig, thinks recruiting, offseasons off, and the fact that the FBI probe couldn't even get the coaches they got on tape removed all had something to do with it.
  • Letting centers get career highs: worked when Garza went off and his buddies got zilch, not so much on the road. Cockburn, Trevion Williams, Oturu are just that good? Cassius Winston was making bad shots. Juwan's analytics betraying him when these guys are feeling it.
  • Teske won with zero help last year against everyone but Garza in Iowa City. You HAVE to force the ball to less efficient guys to take advantage of their holes.
  • We gotta talk about playing Eli Brooks less.
  • We gotta talk about getting the lower bowl filled at Crisler
MGoPodcast 11.17: A Noble Creature

MGoPodcast 11.17: A Noble Creature

January 13, 2020

If you come back for your senior year you might get to see Nana again.

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be writing for The Athletic if we're lucky.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox and The Athletic

1. Hoops vs Minnesota

starts at 1:00

Michigan's worst defensive game in a very long time. Teske got run by Cockburn, Williams, Garza, and Oturu—just not Tillman. Marcus Carr is finishing through Teske's chest in this game. Why aren't they doubling? Especially in this game? Other things: Wagner finding a groove, still can't muscle guys. He's not a 4: guy Livers should have been guarding can muscle a freshman Wagner. Eli has to hit his open threes or they need to let DDJ start. Juwan's stubbornly sticking to his rotation despite ample evidence at this point that Nunez can't be out there.

2. Hot Takes and Purdue

starts at 27:02

Let C.J. cook! Trevion Williams puts up a career game, as one does. Teske made it difficult-ish on Williams, who had the game of his life. But if you're going to double off anyone it's the team with Aaron Wheeler and Nojel Eastern. Losing Haarms opens the door for Michigan to run their three-guard lineup, and Simpson goes 8/8 of two after that. Both teams were turning it over at first then it became a pretty good game. It looks like a Beilein team now.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Most Terrifying Things in the Big Ten This Year

starts at 45:34

Rutgers. Let the peacock fly! That joke this week man. I would like to see Michigan not give up career highs to every center they face. Is it fun or horrifying to cover a Big Ten this good? Ibi Watson is shooting 49% on threes.

4. Ace's Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:12:50

Sweep of Notre Dame that felt like all the rest of their games this year except the result. Straus Mann is a good goalie (ND has one too)! Big Ten has one team that's talented, Wisconsin, and they're terrible on defense. Recruiting is better than basketball.

MUSIC:
  • "Tired of Being Along"—Al Green
  • "Make a Change"—Durand Jones & The Indications
  • "War is Coming (If You Want It)"–Car Seat Headrest
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 1/9/2020: Everyone’s Secret Brother

WTKA Roundtable 1/9/2020: Everyone’s Secret Brother

January 10, 2020

Things discussed:

  • YES people I'm working on the book (this week in fact). Craig got a head start because he's been writing it as articles in HTTV for several years.
  • Josh Christopher: looks to pass, ability to get squared up. More impact as a one-and-done than Isaiah Todd. Intriguing to see him with Dickinson.
  • Terrance Williams: plays bigger than his size but has some skills away from the basket
  • First tournament in history with Rutgers and no UNC: none of the top-five picks are playing in the NCAAs this year!
  • Jae'Sean Tate would rub Icy Hot over his entire body. Nobody liked banging with that guy.
  • Need to learn some gamesmanship to prevent run-outs.
  • Anthony Campanile offered 7 figures—Schiano wants a huge assistant salary pool.
  • Purdue and beyond: Still a John Beilein team, still has a 6'6" guy playing wing, need to hit shots to win.