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  1. DeAngeloVickers

    what insight did you get?

  2. wolverheel

    There seems to be a pretty high level of confidence in Livers’ ability to be a great defender at the 3 next season if that’s how the lineup shakes out. My completely subjective eye test has me cautious of this.

    I was wondering if there are any stats at your disposal from this past season that could give an indication of what we should expect. I don’t know if he played enough possessions there for it to exist or be relevant, but one of those “selected lineup splits” charts (or whatever way you think best measures individual defense) would be interesting.

  3. umhoops

    Some parts of running an offense and defense are fairly standard so there will be some general continuity because college basketball isn’t that complicated and I don’t expect Howard to do anything particularly revolutionary. But overall, I’m not sure continuity is the word I’d use.

    Some things will be similar because there will be ball screens and Michigan’s offense last year featured ball screens, for example. But I would expect everything to be simplified offensively with more of a pro-style system which to me means: getting into immediate actions more quickly (Beilein’s sets had a lot of dummy motion) and simplified language.

    Defensively is where I think Howard will focus a lot because that is where he’s most comfortable and has the most experience. Obviously there are scheme differences in the NBA due to rule differences but this is the side of the ball where I wouldn’t be surprised to see some creativity.

  4. umhoops

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  5. umhoops

    We started the podcast as an extra really. I think it has been helpful for engagement and connecting in a different way but not at the expense of anything else. I can’t really think of anything that we stopped doing at the site because of the podcast. It definitely takes some work, especially just the time commitment to figure out how and when to do it during the season, but it is fun and I love talking hoops with Brendan.

    We definitely want to keep growing the podcast though, so spread the word. :slight_smile:

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