The Moving Screen: Reexamining Michigan and Michigan State and unveiling our bold predictions for the 2019 Big Ten season

The Moving Screen is a podcast collaboration with The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn. We’ll be tackling Michigan, Michigan State and Big Ten basketball at large with a blend of rational analysis and hot takes.

Big Ten basketball is around the corner. In today’s episode we recap Michigan and Michigan State’s performance in December, preview the upcoming week of action and share our bold predictions for the Big Ten season.

Listen to “Ep 8: Reexamining Michigan and Michigan State and unveiling our bold predictions for the 2019 Big Ten season” on Spreaker.

01:50: Michigan’s December Malaise
20:25: Michigan State goes 5-0 in December
36:13: How many wins are required to win the Big Ten?
45:09: Big Ten Bold Predictions


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  1. JJ3

    Great podcast.
    Agree M hasn’t peaked. I think it may take a couple losses for Coach Beilein to really get their full attention and get them back on the upswing.

  2. rlcBlue

    While it’s obviously true that Michigan hasn’t played as well in December as it did in the Villanova-Purdue stretch, I’m not sure what to make of it. Remember that virtually nothing Michigan did in its first two games (vs. Norfolk State and Holy Cross) suggested that the team would play so well in its next six. Was it because the team doesn’t play hard when the bright lights aren’t on, or is it that the coaching staff prefers to not tip its hand by showing off new wrinkles against inferior competition? I don’t know.

    I will say that, although I wish I could have seen Johns and DeJulius break out in the buy games, I’m very certain that they face tougher competition in practice than they would have against Western BingAirHamForce. They’ll prove they’re ready to play in the Big Ten (or not) by playing against actual Big Ten players - in practice.

    Other comments - the B1G race came down to the final weekend last year, but there was minimal drama. MSU had a one game lead over Purdue and OSU; the Bucknuts pulled out that 2OT Friday night win in Bloomington and the Boilermakers waxed Minnesota, but the Spartoons win in Madison sewed up the title.

    I agree with your reaction that Poole’s (and Iggy’s) ability to not be defensive liabilities will allow them to be stars; the team’s defense will create the opportunity for somebody to go get winning buckets every game, and those two are the bucket-getters.

  3. umhoops

    Thanks… Still getting comfortable w/ format, but I think we are getting there (hopefully). Glad you guys enjoy listening!

    As far as peaking, I could see that case made either way. Michigan was playing well enough to win the whole thing in November, whether they peak or not probably depends if they reach that level again.

  4. umhoops

    Good point… I remembered MSU raising a banner early, but forgot that they could have still shared.

  5. JJ3

    You’re partner seems to throw you a curveball to start every show, and seems to get a big kick out of it. That’s always enjoyable to hear. Brendan is not a scripted guy.

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