Notebook: One-on-one offense, redshirts

Andrew Kahn

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  • ChathaM

    I hope we never have to rely on a Kardashian in the post. Nice low centre of gravity, but that’d be about it.

    • I would say there’s plenty of drama/Kardashian in Wagner’s game.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Intrigued to what Davis will bring to an already deep frontcourt, I expect Wilson/Wagner to get the bulk of minutes, and then Teske/Davis battling for minutes….Matthews was a high prospect out of high school…probably ranked in top 30…maybe highest rank recruit since Mitch McGary out of high school…I would be shocked to see MO Bamba sign with Michigan now…Wagner/Wilson have improve so much and you would think Teske/Davis would have advantage knowing Beilein offense…especially for a guy wanting to go 1 and done

    • Fab 5 Legends

      Rahkman, X, Matthews, Robinson, Wilson, Wagner, Teske/ know Beilein doesn’t play more than a 7 rotation…not sure where that leaves freshemen and Ibi Watson…

      • I wonder if we’ll see a slightly deeper rotation to fill some gaps — maybe the freshmen play more distinguished roles off the bench. Tough to say right now.

        • Fab 5 Legends

          True, still a long way to go before the new season…these freshmen will have to impress, considering Beilein tight leash…X has had couple games that looked good but he’s literally on to give Walton a breather.

          Do you think we still have a chance to MO Bamba? I just don’t see him coming now – he has potential and everyone moving a spot would sound good but don’t see him getting as many minutes with how our frontcourt will look next year…kudos to Beilein finding another gem! Wagner! /Walton/Wilson will be the key to our NCAA tourny…I don’t want to be carried away but I can see a sweet sixteen appearance depending on where we land

        • Champswest

          Good chance for a deeper rotation. Every time some fan or commenter claims to know all about Beilein, he changes or adapts. 1-3-1 zone, stretch forward, 7 man rotation, hiring an assistant that specializes in defense, doesn’t use the center in his offense so no decent center would want to play here, etc.
          I think JB will evaluate his team next year and do whatever he feels will give him the best chance to win.

          • Coltrane

            This is so true. The Beilein critics always seem to act as if he has been a coach that pounds round pegs into square holes when it’s so obviously not true.

        • rlcBlue

          I could definitely imagine that – for instance it’s doubtful that Davis will be able to defend a stretch 4, or that Livers will be able to defend a traditional 4, so neither of them will be able to be an all-purpose backup; each, though, could be useful against the appropriate type of opponent. So it would make sense to prepare each of them for that role in their freshman year, while of course laying the foundation for a larger role in the future.

          Likewise, I can certainly imagine Poole playing the same role that Irvin did as a freshman: come off the bench, find an open spot, catch and shoot. That could be a useful 10 minutes per game.

  • Champswest

    Not sure how serious JB is about regretting the red shirt for Davis, unless he thinks Austin would be the #2 center on this year’s team. The number three guy was only going to get limited minutes this year, so I don’t know that it matters that much (unless he thinks Teske would have benefited more from a redshirt).

    • Coltrane

      I think he is serious. He has wanted to get Teske minutes, likely just to have him ready for match-ups like last weekend. It may be turning out that Davis is progressing more quickly and it wasn’t the coin toss with Teske Beilein thought when the season began.

  • Chris De Sana

    Preaching to the choir, desperately in need of players that can both take their man off the dribble and defend it. So far we see hints that X has that ability and we are all helpful in regards to Mathews. I personally think Poole has the offense to do it but lacking on defense.