Wednesday, October 31, 2007
1. Miami Heat
Last season: After their first round loss in the playoffs last year, it’s obvious that the Heat are getting older. Considering that early on in the season, Miami was 13-19, it’s amazing they finished 5th in the Eastern conference. Key injuries didn’t help Miami at all either. Shaquille O’Neal had to have knee surgery after only 5 games and then went on to miss the next three months. And I think everyone remembers Dwyane Wade’s dislocated shoulder. Even Pat Riley got in on the act, having knee and hip surgeries mid-season. Despite giving up more points than they scored, Miami managed to finish at 44-38. On explanation for this is that Miami went 18-6 in games decided by 5 points or less; some might see this as lucky, but you could also attribute it to experience and knowing how to pull out games. Surprisingly, despite having both Shaq and Wade, Miami’s offense was unimpressive. They shot well from the field, but they finished last in the league in free throw percentage (thanks mostly to Shaq, 42.2% and Antoine Walker, 43.8%). On top of that, Miami, even with Jason Kapono, didn’t shoot well from 3 point range, but they still shot an incredible amount of 3 pointers. Kapono made an amazing 51.4% of his 3 pointers, but at some point, he was offset by Walker (27.5%), Jason Williams (33.9%), and Gary Payton (26%). As a result, Miami shot 34.3% from 3 point range. Defensively, though, the Heat were much better, somewhat making up for their offensive woes.
This season: During the off-season, Miami lost Kapono, Eddie House, and James Posey, which all but decimated their outside shot. Without these three, the rest of the Heat only made 28.9% of their 3 pointers. The only guard the Heat picked up during the off-season, though, was Smush Parker, who isn’t particularly good at 3 pointers or defending. Luckily for Miami, they decided to pull a deal during the preseason and got rid of Antoine Walker, and picked up two players from Minnesota (Ricky Davis and Mark Blount). Walker was a liability last year, jacking up shots constantly and making less than 40% of them, and both his free throw and 3 point percentages were horrible (mentioned above). The biggest concern, of course, for the Heat this year is Wade’s healthy; he’s still out indefinitely after shoulder and knee surgeries, and who knows how many games Shaq will be able to play this season.
Prediction: If the Heat can stay healthy and a couple of players off the bench can help out, the Heat will finish 1st in the division and 4th in conference. Right now, with both Shaq and Wade, I just can’t pick against this team.
2. Orlando Magic
Last season: The Magic had an odd season last year; first they roared out to a 12-4 start, only to fall apart and eventually sink to 7 games under .500. At the end of the season, though, they managed to win six of the last seven games and secure the last playoff berth in the East. Part of the problem for the Magic was that certain players didn’t live up to their expectations. Jameer Nelson field goal percentage dropped by 50 points and his 3 point percentage fell by nearly 90 points. Darko Milicic (who I’m sure all Detroit fans remember) continued to play sluggishly and J.J. Redick missed the first part of the season with back problems. Redick’s injury was a blow to the Magic too, as they were in need of an outside shooter; the Magic didn’t have a dependable 3 point shooter last year, and as a result, didn’t take very many. The only player on the team with more than 3 attempts per game was Hedo Turkoglu. The biggest problem, though, for Orlando was turnovers. Howard was the worst offender here, averaging 3.9 turnovers per game; the Magic threw the ball down deep to Howard a lot and because of their lack of 3 point shooting, opponents were constantly double teaming him. Despite all these turnovers, Orlando still managed to finish fourth in the league in field goal percentage with 47.2%. But their free throws killed the Magic. Orlando only made 70.2% of its free throws, and Howard didn’t help them out, making less than 60% of his shots from the stripe. Defensively, the Magic were a lot better. Though they had a tendency to foul, they also gave up the third lowest field goal percentage, behind only Phoenix and San Antonio.
This season: Orlando’s biggest move this off-season might have been the one that didn’t work out, their attempt to obtain Florida coach Billy Donovan. Thankfully for Orlando, after Donovan backed out, they still managed to hire Stan Van Gundy, who was ousted from Miami by Pat Riley. Otherwise, Orlando had a decent off-season. For the most part, the Magic managed to shed some dead weight (Milicic and Travis Diener, who didn’t play because Orlando has too many guards) and picked up some valuable players. Picking up Rashard Lewis from the Sonics was probably their best move; Lewis is an outside shooter who can help draw double teams away from Howard and his 22.4 points per game will help Orlando’s offense. Unfortunately, Tony Battie will miss a substantial part of the season because of a torn rotator cuff.
Prediction: 2nd in the Southeast and 6th in the Eastern conference.
3. Washington Wizards
Last season: As usual, the Wizards were an amazing offensive team last year and abysmal on the defensive end. Washington gave up nearly 105 points per game and as a result went 41-41. While the Wizards might have the Big 3 of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and Caron Butler, none of those players are known for their defense, only their shooting. With all these shooters and no defensive specialist, Washington allowed opponents to shoot 37.7% from 3 point range (second worst in the league beating only Memphis) and 47.3% from the field (good enough for 27th in the league). Offensively, though, the Wizards dazzled. Both Arenas and Butler made the All-Star team and the team averaged 104.3 points per game (which was still slightly less than they gave up per game). The Wizards did excell in forcing turnovers and offensive rebounding. Unfortunately for Washington, though, they didn’t end the season well; Arenas suffered a knee injury and the team finished out the year 2-8 before being swept by Cleveland in the playoffs.
This season: Despite all of this team’s problems on defense, Washington did almost nothing during the off-season; the only player they signed, Oleksiy Pecherov, is just another player who likes to shoot. Otherwise, they simply resigned their free agents, which could be a problem for this team. Arenas is coming off of knee surgery and Jamison is now 31, so it’s hard to imagine that both those players can have outstanding years, although, it’s never good to count them out. If the Big 3 in Washington don’t perform up to expectations, this will be a long season for the Wizards.
Prediction: I just can’t count out Arenas, Butler, and Jamison, so I have the Wizards finishing 3rd in the Southeast and squeezing into the playoffs with the 8th seed.
4. Atlanta Hawks
Last season: The Hawks went only 30-52 last year, much as they usually do. At least last year they actually had an excuse though; all of Atlanta’s key players, except for Sheldon Williams, sat out at least 10 games. The injuries were the worst in the backcourt, specifically at point guard, where Tyroon Lue missed 26 games and Speedy Claxton suffered knee problems that kept him out of 40 games. Those weren’t the only injuries though; Joe Johnson missed the last 21 games with a calf strain, Marvin Williams missed 17, and Josh Childress missed 27 games with foot problems. Because of all of these injuries, Atlanta’s top players could only took the court together 7 times. Worst still is the fact that the Hawks are essentially in the middle of custody battle between their two ownership groups; currently they are trying to resolve whose team it really is. This makes it a lot harder for the Hawks to make moves, since both sides must agree. And the Hawks need help. Offensively, they were one of the worst teams in the league last year. The Hawks made only 32.9% of their 3 pointers, which was the worst in the league. Because Atlanta couldn’t shoot from the outside, it gave opponents the opportunity to double team Johnson and Josh Smith. On the defensive end, the Hawks were also plagued by the 3 pointer, giving up 37.6%. Really, the only thing that the Hawks excelled at on defense was blocks.
This season: The only moves Atlanta made this off-season were drafting Al Horford and Acie Law. Seriously. Amazingly, though, they managed to go 7-1 in the preseason, and now suddenly people are predicting great things for the Hawks. This team was lucky to win 30 games last year and all they’ve added this year are two rookies. They also have to find a steady point guard this year; Lue has suffered injuries the last two years that forced him to miss time, Claxton is getting older and coming off knee problems, and Law is only a rookie, so while he may start, he’s going to have some growing pains. On top of that, there’s still always the legal battle for ownership hanging over this team, considering that both sides must approve any deal. So even if the Hawks want help during the season, it’s going to be incredibly difficult for them to get a deal done.
Prediction: I just don’t see this team turning the corner yet, so I’ve got them 4th in the division.
5. Charlotte Bobcats
Last season: Despite going 33-59 last year, the Bobcats actually finished with the most wins by a 3rd year franchise in the last two decades. Like the Hawks, the Bobcats also suffered through several injuries to key players. Emeka Okafor missed 15 games with a calf strain, Brevin Knight sat out 37 games with abdominal injuries, and Sean May suffered knee problems which caused him to miss 44 games, and this after he missed 59 games as a rookie. But not everything can be blamed on the injuries; for some reason, the Bobcats decided to start Adam Morrison. While he managed to average 11.8 points, his shooting percentages were horrendous. Morrison shot 37.6% from the field and 33.7% from the 3 point line. Overall, offensively, this team was horrible. They finished 25th in the league in field goal percentage, making only 44.6% of their shots. Obviously, Morrison didn’t help bring that up, but then again, neither did Raymond Felton, who shot 38.4% from the field. And, for some reason, the two of them combined took about 25 shots each game. Defensively, the Bobcats were slightly better. While they allowed opponents to shoot 46.5% from the field and had trouble with fouls and rebounding, they did excel in forcing turnovers, though not quite as much as they did the year before.
This season: Not only are the Bobcats looking at a new coach (which can cause enough problems), but they’ve also lost on of their top players, Sean May, to knee surgery. However, the Bobcats also picked up Jason Richardson over the off-season from the Warriors. Richardson may not be an All-Star, but he can score, when he’s not injured; last season, Richardson only played 51 games because of knee issues. Unfortunately, the Bobcats also let Knight go, meaning they just gave up on a backup point guard who can get you over 6 assists a game. The biggest issue for the Bobcats, though, is going to be the frontcourt. Sure they have Okafor, Wallace, and Walter Herrmann (who’s only in his second year) but beyond that they only have Morrison (who was terrible last year), Othella Harrington (who is 33), and rookie Jared Dudley to backup their starters. Essentially, if this team suffers injuries, they will fall apart.
Prediction: 5th in the division.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
And then me being me, I thought of basketball. Michigan basketball to be more correct. Our basketball team is the fat confused cheerleader of our university’s athletic program. The basketball team in Ann Arbor has the disadvantage of existing at a football school. To overcome such adversity and remain in the spotlight, they would actually have to be successful. You know, kind of like they were with the Fab 5 in the 90s and Cazzie Russell and company in the 60s. But instead we’ve been on the outside looking in. No March Madness appearances in Tommy Amaker’s tenure, although the NIT championship in 2004 was then considered promising. And we haven’t won the Big 10 (officially) since 1986.
Our fat cheerleader had gone on a diet. They’ve shed the weight that was Tommy Amaker, but will that make them relevant again? Although I was not here when Tommy was hired, I hear that there were high expectations. And for what? In his four year coaching record at Seton Hall, the Pirates got to the big boy tournament once, reaching the Sweet 16. They exited the NIT in the first round the other three years. On a positive note, he did end up with a 108-84 record with the Wolverines, well above .500. Another thing he could do well was recruit. Courtney Sims was highly regarded coming out of high school in Boston. But, this brings me to one of his faults; he just couldn’t develop his players’ raw talent or size. Sims, for example, at 6-11 seemed unable to jump for rebounds ending the 2007 season with 6.2 rpg. Compare this to Chris Kaman in his junior season at CMU. At 7-0, he averaged 12.0 rpg, improving each year by about 4 from his freshman campaign. Courtney started at 4.7 rpg in 03-04 and improved his average by .5 each season. You could say it’s not fair to compare a MAC player to a Big 10 one, but Courtney is off in Europe somewhere and Kaman, horrible hair and all, is in the NBA. That’s all that matters. Surely Sims could have shown similar development as Kaman had Tommy made that a priority. Finally, according to someone close to former Wolverine Reed Baker: “With how much they practice, they should be able to dribble.”
John Beilein, our new weight-loss trainer attempting to make us less embarrassing, is trying to bring the success he had at West Virginia here to Michigan. In his 5 years in Morgantown, the Mountaineers went to the NCAA tournament twice and actually got to the Elite 8 in 2005. The next year the team went to the Sweet 16. Last year, exiled to the NIT, Beilein’s team won the thing. Take that Tommy. Supposedly, Amaker put too much stock in seniority, alienating some of the younger players. Beilein has stated that his team will be based on talent. That’s nice to hear. Who knows what will happen this season. Beilein’s system needs a couple years to take hold, so the results may not be much different from last year. The team has lost Kendric Price, Reed Baker, Phil Devries and recruit Alex Legion, but the team’s mentality should change for the better, making this coaching change worthwhile. Maybe, by the time I graduate, we’ll have a successful basketball team again. I just hope I’ll be able to spell the coach’s name by that point.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Ryan Mallet put together perhaps his best game of the season completing 11 of 20 passes for 233 yards. Most of that occurred in the first half as Mallet only threw the ball four times in the second half. Minnesota’s defense came in ranked dead last in the nation in pass defense and it showed on Saturday as Manningham was able to fly past his defender at will, catching five passes for a career high 162 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Arrington added four catches for 61 yards, all in the first half.
The Gopher defense actually outscored their offense as Dom Barber returned a Ryan Mallet fumble 46 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give Minnesota a 10-0 lead. That was really the only highlight defensively for the Gophers as that fumble recovery was the only turnover of the game.
This unit continues to improve for
WCBN Co-Players of the Game: Mario Manningham: 5 catches; 162 yards; TD and Brandon Minor: 21 carries; 157 yards; TD
- Brandon Minor: 21 carries; 157 yards; TD; 7.5 ypc
- Carlos Brown: 13 carries; 132 yards; 2 TD; 10.2 ypc
- Mario Manningham: 5 catches; 162 yards; TD
- David Cone: 1-1; 21 yards
- K.C. Lopata: 2 FG (42, 26)
- Shawn Crable: 7 tackles; 2 sacks; 2.5 TFL
- Lloyd Carr recorded his 80th Big 10 win in 101 conference games
- Mallet’s 48-yard completion to Manningham was his longest career pass
- Carlos Brown’s 85-yard run was
Michigan’s longest play from scrimmage this year and 7th longest in history Michigan
- Brandon Minor, Carlos Brown, Ryan Mallet, Mario Manningham, and K.C. Lopata all set career highs in yardage (or longest field goal)
- Terrance Taylor and Donovan Warren tied career highs with 7 tackles
- This was Manningham’s fourth straight 100-yard
is now 65-22-2 all time in battles for the Little Brown Jug. Michigan
- I wonder what they did when they tied for the Jug. Maybe they kept the Jug halfway between
Ann Arborand ? Minneapolis
Press Conference Tidbits:
- While Carr remained non-committal about the status of Mike Hart and Chad Henne for the Michigan State game, Jake Long seemed a bit more confident that they both would play, “I have no doubt in my mind that they’ll play.”
- The players had some fun joking about the clock that Michigan State has had counting down the time until Saturday’s kickoff ever since the beginning of camp in the summer. Here are some of the responses when asked about their thoughts on MSU’s countdown clock:
- Will Johnson: “Well, they can tell time I guess”
- Morgan Trent: “We know when the game is [without a countdown clock]”
- Jake Long: “At least they’ll be on time”
- Lloyd Carr: “When I first heard about that clock, I checked my watch to make sure that’s really when the game is”
- Game time and TV coverage has been announced for the rest of the season:
- No more Big 10 Network!!
- Michigan State: 3:30 ABC
- Wisconsin: 12:00 ESPN
- Ohio State: 12:00 ABC
Last season: With the trade for Kevin Garnett, everyone seems to be forgetting just how bad the Celtics were last year. The team won only 28 games and had the worst record in the Eastern conference last year.
This season: During the off-season, the Celtics definitely made the biggest move by acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Unfortunately they also gutted their team making those trades.
Prediction: 1st in the Atlantic, mostly because the
Last season: After winning only 33 games two years ago, the Raptors had a break out season, going 47-35 and winning the Atlantic division. The beginning of the season didn’t look so promising though. In the beginning, the Raptors tried to play an upbeat style like the Suns do, except, unlike the Suns, they couldn’t pull it off. Luckily for the Raptors, though, GM Bryan Colangelo and Coach Sam Mitchell realized that playing this style was a bad strategy and decided to slow down the tempo. On top of that, both T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon had their best season to date. What helped propel
This season: The Raptors picked up Jason Kapono, or if you prefer Vladimir Kaponovich, and Carlos Delfino this off-season, obviously in an attempt to help their outside shooting. Shooting isn’t really what the Raptors need to worry about though. Their concerns should be focused on their lack of size and the fact that last year they depended on a lot of players who had career years. The big question is whether these career years were a byproduct of Sam Mitchell’s scheme and good chemistry or were they just a fluke. Personally, I think that Ford and Chris Bosh can only get better and that Kapono will play as well as he did last year. If this team can score in the post at all instead of just depending on jumpers, they should be good.
Prediction: 2nd in the
Last season: The Nets, frankly, were a mediocre team last year, going 41-41. Yes, they made it to the playoffs and yes, they beat the Raptors in the first round, but overall this team was simply average. It was only with a late season run that the Nets managed to squeeze into the playoffs. Outside of a handful of players, the Nets bench was horrible (Jason Collins started 78games and only averaged 2.1 points per game, Antoine Wright stared 23 games despite averaging only 4.5 points and 2.8 rebounds, and Cliff Robinson, who is 40, played 50 games and only averaged 4.1 points per game). Thankfully, the Nets let Robinson go during the off-season. On the whole, the Nets were a mediocre team on offense; they were a great assisting team, though some of that might have been because so many players had trouble creating their own shots, and they were a bad at rebounding. Like the Raptors,
Prediction: 3rd in the Atlantic, but I have them out this year despite the fact that
Last season: As a Bulls fan, I must say I take a bit too much pleasure out of watching the Knicks fall apart, partially because they gave the Bulls some high picks in the draft the last couple years. Last year was just another crazy season in
This season: Right now, the biggest problem for the Knicks is trimming their roster down from 17 to 15 players. Overall, though, they did fairly well this off-season; obviously the most important acquistion is Zack Randolph. The Knicks definitely got the better end of this trade, getting rid of Steve Francis, who was then bought out by Portland, and getting Randolph, who averaged a double-double last year. Even with this trade, though, the team probably won’t be much better than they were last year. For one, Quentin Richardson is coming off of back surgery and Stephon Marbury is already 30. For another, it’s not really clear how Randolph and Curry are going to work together or in combination.
Prediction: Knicks finish 4th in the Atlantic division.
Last season: After 10 seasons,
This season: The Sixers didn’t do a lot over this off-season, but that wasn’t a bad thing, seeing as they’ll cut $29 million from the payroll next year. Their defensive rebounding should improve this season now that they’ve picked up Reggie Evans. The only problem with him is that he’s not really a scorer, so who knows how much he’ll start. While this team is incredibly athletic, it’s hard to see how’ll they score. Korver is still the only threat from outside, so that means opposing teams will double-team Iguodala, and some of the other shooters are not the best at creating their own shots. And Dalembert might be looking at some injury issues, after experiencing some foot problems while playing for
Prediction: 5th in the
Saturday, October 27, 2007
The big story for
Neither team has much to brag about when it comes to special teams.
Currently the line for this game is
Player of the game: Ryan Mallett 12-15 201 yards and 3 TDs.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So the NBA season is just around the corner and there are a few here at the station who, like me, can’t wait for this season to start. So, without any further ado, I present to you a preview of the season to come, division by division:
Well, since we’re quite close to
Last season: The Pistons went 53-29, winning both the division and the conference. They also finished with the only winning road record in the East. As they have in past,
This season: So while I can’t legitimately pick against the Pistons in the central, this team was more weaknesses then people really want to admit too. For one, the Pistons lead the league in technical fouls last year, and even if you take out Rasheed Wallace’s total, the Pistons would still finished third in the league. Rip
Prediction: 1st in the Central until they prove otherwise and, as such, 1st in the Eastern conference.
Last season: The Bulls has their best record since the
This season: Luckily, the Bulls are returning their entire young core instead of trading any of them Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett. This group has played together for three years now and they seem to have excellent chemistry. This team should be better than they were last year, what with the additions of Joakim Noah, JamesOn Curry, and Aaron Gray; if the Bulls can establish any kind of low post threat, they will be an extremely difficult team to beat.
Prediction: Until they can show that they can compete with the top tier teams in the league, I have the Bulls finishing 2nd in the Central and subsequently, because the Central is the best division in the East, 2nd in the conference.
Last season: Despite Cleveland’s record of 50-32, they were frankly lucky to make it as far as they did into the playoffs; the Bulls blew the last game of the season and handed the Cavs the 2nd seed in the East, and in the first series they came up against a battered Wizards team that could barely put up a fight. And despite the perception of Cleveland as an outstanding offensive team, the team was actually anything but; the Cavs were 21st in the league in field goal percentage, 18th in 3-point percentage, and 29th in free throw percentage (Lebron’s 69.8% in the last category didn’t help). Actually the one thing that
Prediction: 3rd in the division and 5th in the conference, despite the fact that they’ll probably have a better record than the winners of the other two divisions in the East.
Last season: Where to start with the Pacers? They went 35-47 last year, fired their coach, and all this after their season took a downturn with the 8 player trade with
This season: The Pacers at least attempted to fill the hole at shooting guard this summer, although all they managed to get was Travis Diener (who is a decent 3 point shooter, but is small and has little experience in the NBA, barely playing for the Magic) and Kareem Rush (who wasn’t in the league last year). Either way, though, they’re looking a tough year, what with a new coach, little depth at shooting guard, and a forward who has alienated two of the three coaches he’s played under (yep, that would be Dunleavy again).
Prediction: 4th in the division, simply because I have no faith in
Last season: Last year, for the sixth straight year, the Bucks lost at least 40 games. They went 28-54 last year, good enough to finish next to last in the Eastern conference with the league’s third worse record. Surprisingly, though, the Bucks actually began the season decently, going 16-17, until Michael Redd went down with knee injury. Then Charlie Villanueva suffered an elbow injury and only played 39 games. Several other members of the Bucks missed time as well, and by the end, the team seemed to be throwing in the towel, announcing that Andrew Bogut and Villanueva would sit out the last month of the season. Overall, however, the Bucks were good offensively (they had the 7th best field goal percentage in the league), but they had trouble getting to the line and relied too heavily on jumpers, even the big men. The reason the Bucks were so bad record-wise was their defense; they ranked 29th in the league in field goal percentage allowed. They also had problems blocking the ball and defensive rebounding. And all this after the Bucks got a playoff berth the year before.
This season: First off, it probably doesn’t help the Bucks that this is their third coach in 6 years. Also, aside from finally managing to get their hands on their draft pick (Yi Jianlian), the Bucks didn’t do anything substantial to their roster. But, they will be getting back Bobby Simmons who had off-season heel surgery last summer and Villanueva and Redd will be back and healthy this year. I, however, am not really to write off last season simply because the Bucks had some key injuries. Every team deals with injuries in this league and it isn’t an excuse for a bad performance; if you want to avoid this problem, get a deeper bench, don’t just base your team around 1-2 players who make or break your team.
Prediction: 5th in the division, although they could battle the Pacers down the stretch for this spot.
- Ohio State (8)
- LSU (3)
- Boston College (1)
- West Virginia
- Arizona State
- Virginia Tech
- South Florida
- South Carolina
Others Receiving Votes: Penn State, UConn, Boise State, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, BYU, Wisconsin, Purdue, Wake Forest, Air Force, Temple, North Dakota St.
Notes: There are two ties in this week's polls, with Virginia Tech and South Florida tied at 8 and South Carolina and Hawaii tied at 15. We had our first vote for a FCS Subdivision (D1-AA) team, with North Dakota State (7-0 overall, 2-0 against D1-A competition) receiving 1 vote.
Until next week, good night and Go Blue!!
Monday, October 22, 2007
The #25 Michigan Wolverines won their sixth straight game, defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 27-17 under the lights on Saturday night in
Chad Henne battled through an early shoulder injury and really showed his competitiveness in playing through the pain. After watching Ryan Mallet struggle through the third quarter, Henne could be seen arguing with the coaches on the sideline, trying to get back into the game. Henne passed John Navarre as
Juice Williams was held to just 70 yards passing and 17 yards rushing and backup Eddie McGee didn’t fair much better, throwing for just 46 yards. Rashard Mendenhall was limited to just 85 yards on 18 carries, making this the second straight week that he has failed to rush for 100 yards.
Brandent Englemon led the way defensively with 11 tackles. Chris Graham turned in his best game of the year, recording his first career sack, six tackles, and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Also in the career first category, freshman cornerback Donovan Warren intercepted his first pass late in the fourth quarter.
Kick off returns are another area where
On the bright side,
For the Illini, Jason Reda went 1 of 2, his miss being from 47-yards out. Reda had been perfect coming into the game at 9 of 9. As previously mentioned, Vontae Davis had the big return of the day to start the game for
Mario Manningham: 9 catches; 109 yards; 2 TD
Adrian Arrington: 3 catches; 58 yards; 1 TD; 1-1 passing; 11 yards; 1 TD
Zoltan Mesko: 4 punts; 44.0 avg; 67 yard long; 3 inside the 20, 2 inside the 5
K.C. Lopata: 2-2 Field Goals (25, 39 yards)
Brandent Englemon: 11 tackles
Chris Graham: 1 sack, 2.5 TFL, 6 tackles
Isiah (Juice) Williams: 8-14; 70 yards; 1 TD; 1 INT; 7 carries; 17 yards
Rashard Mendenhall: 18 carries; 85 yards
This was Lloyd Carr’s 100th Big 10 conference game, the win pushed his record up to 79-21
Carr has the third highest Big 10 conference winning percentage (.790), behind two other
Co-Player of the Game: Chad Henne: 18-26; 201 yards; 2 TD; 1 INT playing through injury
Carlos Brown: 25 carries; 113 yards filling in for Mike Hart
Press Conference Notes:
- Mike Hart will practice this week and it sounds like he should be able to play against
- It is unknown if Chad Henne will be able to practice today, or whether if he’ll be able to play against
- Expect to see Steve Schilling fill in at right guard in the event of another injury at that position
- Jeremy Ciulla could be back at right guard this week
- Alex Mitchell is still out, his return status for later in the year remains unknown
- Lloyd Carr likes to sing “Don’t Cry for me,
” to the players to keep them loose in practice. Unfortunately he declined to serenade us at the press conference. Argentina
Other College Football Notes:
- The MAC conference has two of the nations top five rushers
is now ranked 20th in the BCS Poll, 19th in the AP Poll, and 21st in the USA Today Poll Michigan
- Appalachian State lost their second game of the year this week, falling 38-35 to
WCBN NCAA Player of the Week: Matt Forte (Tulane): 38 carries, 342 yards, 9 YPC, 4 TD
Although you may not be able to tell from our blog, Michigan does compete in more than just football. Here's a shout out to the University of Michigan field hockey, who clinched the regular season Big Ten title with their 3-2 victory over Northwestern Sunday. Their season began on a low note, as they began 2-4, with all the losses coming against top 5 teams, including an overtime loss at #1 Maryland. Since then Michigan has reeled off 11 straight victories and has climber to #4 in the country. The team heads to California this weekend to finish out the regular season with matches against California and Stanford, before returning to the Midwest to compete in the Big Ten tournament in Columbus November 1-4.
Completely Unrelated Random Fact of the Week: Virginia Tech won the Under Armour College Bass National Championship. First, the Virginia Tech team only found out that college bass fishing existed six months ago. Second, college bass fishing exists, and it's sponsored by Under Armour. Really.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Carlos Brown had a great game, rushing for over 100 yards in his first career start. Mario Manningham also came up with some big catches and turned in his third consecutive 100-yard game. It was another crazy Saturday of college football that should have Michigan shooting up the poll.
We'll have another post further recapping the Michigan win after the press conference on Monday. Thank you to anyone who listened to us on our second WCBN road broadcast. Tune into wcbn.org or 88.3 FM in Ann Arbor to hear us break down the win on Extra Points. We'll also have a photo gallery on the way with pictures we took down on the sideline at the end of the game. Until then, goodnight and GO BLUE!