UM Hoops Podcast 1.3: ESPN’s Myron Medcalf and Stu Douglass


It took us a while to get going after the break, but Dave Merritt and I finally got in the studio to record a new podcast. We had a good time and got to talk Michigan’s loss to Ohio State on Sunday as well as look ahead to the Wolverines’ match-up with Minnesota at The Barn. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • We kick off by talking with national college basketball writer Myron Medcalf. Medcalf, who worked for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for four years prior to hooking up with ESPN in 2011, previews Michigan’s game against the Golden Gophers this Thursday.
  • Next, former Michigan captain Stu Douglass joins us all the way from Pamplona, Spain. Stu gives us some insight into what he’s seen from the Wolverines so far this season, including what he likes about Nik Stauskas, a fellow lang-range sharpshooter. We also chat about Stu’s experience in Spain and what it’s like playing pro ball. Unfortunately, Stu was cut off due to international calling trickery.
  • Dave and I finish things off by further discussing the Ohio State game as well as the progress of the freshmen. Dave sheds light on what he saw from Michigan’s offense against the Buckeyes and possible solutions to playing a defender as great as Aaron Craft.

The music comes from the legendary Pete Rock. In sequential order: Grown Man Sport, Life to Live and Watch Me, which is actually a 9th Wonder and Pete Rock collaboration.

You can listen using the embedded media player below, subscribe to the RSS feed, or download the MP3. You can also subscribe via iTunes.

  • Navray

    why not use skype?

    • Navray

      unless you did

  • DingoBlue

    Love the podcasts, please keep doing them. This and Behind The Numbers are extremely great pieces. I would hope we could get podcasts once every other week in Big Ten Play, now that the games matter more.

    Also, Wisconsin topped Indiana. That’s huge, no game should be taken lightly in this league, Exhibit A.

    • That’s the goal. Had some scheduling issues with guests, studio time, etc. over the holidays and such. Every other week or so should be the goal from here on out.

      • DingoBlue

        Good to hear. Obviously I won’t loudly complain if it’s otherwise, but that would be nice. Also, big thanks to Dave Merritt for helping with these too.

  • The iTunes pod isn’t updating. Not sure why but will try to investigate.

  • gpsimms

    on wisconsin! I kinda liked IU when they were terrible. Now, I’ve decided I officially hate Crean and all things IU.

    • DingoBlue

      This. However, I do it more because of Michigan trying to win the B1G. We’re in conference play now, it’s time to start rooting for the good guys each game. Wisconsin was scarily efficient though. I don’t know what happened in the gameplan between the first half and second half that made Zeller a non-entity (aside from rebounds) in the second half.

      • MGoTweeter

        i was only kind of half watching, but to me, it seemed like he did most his damage in the first half off of open floor type opportunities. Not necessarily just transition post ups, but also clear outs off of dribble weave type action. I am not sure there were many straight up post ups where he got the ball in the first half. The second half, I think Wisky just did a better job of packing it in, specifically leaving Ferrell open to shoot whenever he wanted. To me the real mystery with Indiana is why Jordan Hulls gets so many shots? Watford is basically their fifth option which is criminal with his ability to create mismatches.

    • Steve2081

      I’m with you. Crean makes my skin crawl.

    • MGoTweeter

      not even kenpom could have predicted that wisky win.

      I do feel a whole lot better about sunday’s loss now. There are just very few easy wins in the B1G this year. All it takes is being a little off your game and you are going to lose.

      • geoffclarke

        I was kind of skeptical the couple times that Beilein said 12-6 might win the league. I still am, but who knows. Of course Michigan only plays Minny and Wisc away at their places…if we can somehow win both of those, I feel pretty good about our chances.