The Moving Screen: Previewing Michigan/Villanova

I’m teaming up with The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn for a weekly podcast throughout the 2018-19 season. We’ll be tackling Michigan, Michigan State and Big Ten basketball at large with a combination of rational analysis and hot takes.

In this episode we discuss Michigan’s offensive struggles and what to expect in a rematch against Villanova (2:00), Michigan State’s loss to Kansas and Tom Izzo’s comments on officiating (27:14) and finally wrap up with some thoughts on the Big Ten and the upcoming Gavitt Games (45:12).

Listen to “Ep 2: Previewing Michigan/Villanova & thoughts on week 1” on Spreaker.


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  1. romeowolv

    Great stuff. Keep it coming

  2. eric_shap

    Just re-watched the national title game again… don’t suggest doing so. I thought in the second half, Villanova proved they were the better team, but the first was a different story, in my opinion. Michigan got a ton of good, open looks but missed them. We also gave up far too many second chance opportunities. I thought the refs were poor in the first half, though. Called it ticky-tack one way but not the other. Brunson and Divincezo were really good at the “Melo Trimble” – throwing their head or body back to get calls. Duncan’s two fouls in the first half really hampered the team. Livers did nothing in that game. Refs also missed a clear goaltend on an X layup that would have made it a 4 pt game with under a minute left going into the half. Nova ended up scoring twice and it was a totally different game going into the second half. Divincezo really was amazing though and carried them especially through the first half, when I thought Michigan was the better squad.

  3. bluejayway

    Your first sentence cracked me up. (And thank you for saving me from doing so.) I remember watching the game live and leaving it with the thought that U-M ultimately lost to a better team, but your points are all well made.

  4. eric_shap

    Anyone have any thoughts on Nova opening at -7 tomrw, with the O/U set at 139? I am leaning 'Nova -7. Michigan is obviously struggling on offense and has not played well the last 3-4 seasons during early road tests.

  5. buckets12

    I’m going Under 139

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