Big Ten Discussion


#1481

Tbh, I think these three games are fine. In-state rivalries is a pretty good exception to make so they don’t have to police the quality of rivalries one by one.


#1482

You mean we can’t have our one-way rivalry with Rutgers football extend to Rutgers basketball?


#1483

I like it. Especially with an unbalanced schedule anyway, I’ll take the excitement of playing MSU twice and ensuring they come to Crisler despite the minor hit we get to our conference championship probabilities playing MSU over potentially playing a potentially bottom tier team.


#1484

#1485

Interesting that the top and bottom halves of these ranking closely mirror the presumed top and bottom halves of pre-season rankings (categorically, not in order), minus MSU and Minny. With the better teams playing each other, and the worse teams playing each other, seems like there could be a bunch .500, +/- a game, teams.

MSU’s weak double play schedule isn’t too big of a deal, since they’re thought to be far and away the gold standard; but Minny could once again luck into a pretty record/RPI, even if they’re considered a top 4 team


#1486

@umhoops

Would you say Beilein coached offenses are similar to Underwood coached offenses? I get that they both use the two guard system but they are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of tempo.

Does Underwood use ball screens as much as our offense does?


#1487

Not sure where to place this comment. Just took a look at Cassius Winston video at Moneyball. Yikes. He does not appear to be in good shape at all. Still awesome handles and vision but he appears Overweight. Immobile. Slow. I really can’t envision him guarding anybody on our team.


#1488

Doesn’t look too bad here…


#1489

Thanks Weels. He does not look overweight in that picture at all. Maybe it was the fit of the moneyball uniform but if that is a recent picture then clearly I was wrong about him being overweight. I am still interested to see if he can defend this year…Because we all know he is quite a weapon offensively.

Also, In the moneyball clips, Ward looks significantly quicker and in better shape.


#1490

#1491

About time.


#1492

Does anyone know when kenpom usually releases the preseason rankings?


#1493

Last year’s was 10/24
https://kenpom.com/blog/preseason-ratings-now-with-transfers/


#1494

Michigan picked T-5 (along with Maryland) in preseason poll of beat writers.

https://theathletic.com/129148/2017/10/17/the-official-unofficial-big-ten-media-poll-is-back-and-michigan-state-is-on-top/?c=7&pc=umhoop&plan=nt


#1495

#1496

Shocked that Teddy put Michigan at #2 above Northwestern


#1497

I’m guessing that, being a Chicago guy, he sees Charles Matthews’ potential impact in a more optimistic light.


#1498

#1499

Very tough loss for Wisconsin there…


#1500

He’s basically Nik Stauskas. Would be one that Beilein would go after if he hadn’t committed to UW.