The Moving Screen: Two big wins, one big episode

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.

Michigan and Michigan State are the only undefeated teams left in the Big Ten after four games. We recap their top 25 victories over the weekend.

Listen to “Ep 9: Two big wins, one big episode” on Spreaker.

(1:00) Michigan remains undefeated after wins over Penn State and Indiana. We dive into the home win over Indiana, Brandon Johns Jr.’s breakout performance, Charles Matthews vs. Romeo Langford and more.

(21:00) Michigan State picked up arguably the most impressive win of the conference season at Ohio State on Saturday. The Spartans are the best offensive team in the Big Ten by a wide margin despite playing without Joshua Langford for the last two games. Is Cassius Winston reaching a new level?


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  1. bounce

    Old episode?

  2. Champions

    Brendan saved the podcast right at the end when he cautioned that it is only January 6 and nobody could foresee Michigan as a title contender at this point last year. UM and MSU are clearly the class of the league and have the early jump, but there are too many quality teams to count everyone else out of the race. Teams do get better and there is still a long ways to go.

  3. umhoops

    Didn’t know we needing saving! :rofl:

    There’s some truth to the Michigan argument but I think we probably overrate how much of a conference sample size we need to get a good sense of the league. 4 games probably isn’t enough … but the efficiency margin stats didn’t change that much from 4 to 18 games last year.

  4. umhoops

    How are you defining fascination? Beilein plays the only backup guard he really has for 40% of minutes across two positions, doesn’t seem like a hitched cart.

  5. steve

    I don’t understand this post. Brooks is the only experienced backup guard on the roster presently and I don’t think he’s done anything wrong in the time that he’s getting. Next season Michigan will have Zavier, Eli, and DDJ as guards who can bring up the ball, then Zeb Jackson for 2020 to go along with Eli and DDJ.

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