Moving Screen: A pod on the state of Michigan basketball

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.

After discussing the Spartans in-depth last week, we dive into the state of Michigan basketball this week. The discussion includes style of play, tempo, Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner and what works best around Zavier Simpson. We wrap up with our floor and ceiling projections for Michigan in 2019-20.
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Among the topics discussed:
(06:56) Style of play & tempo
(20:18) What are realistic expectations for Isaiah Livers?
(39:32) What does positionless mean to you?
(46:43) Ceiling & floor projections for Michigan in 2019-20


The podcast is available just about everywhere that you can listen to podcasts.

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  1. romeowolv

    great pod as always guys.

  2. umhoops

    Lol. He didn’t have his normal mic with him which made things worse. The iPhone mic drags against his shirt (sounds like a marker) and then he holds it out and makes his audio too high. Unfortunately I’m not a strong enough audio editor to fix any of it :cry:

    We are looking into some options to improve recording quality when we do in-person pods too for the upcoming season. Hopefully fewer sirens, etc.

  3. hack

    I’ll be honest fellas – it sounds great. But I could’ve used a little more siren.


  4. Jeffrey_E_Schiller

    I agree with this–having a senior, 2nd team All Big Ten PG and a quality senior center is something few teams have, and should (assuming no injuries) insulate this tam from the drop that some fear.

    I also think that the fact that Juwan has never been a head coach is, while certainly true, perhaps a bit overplayed, especially in the context of this team. Most first year head coaches don’t have a guy who was a HC for twenty-five years sitting in the next chair over–a guy who was hired expressly because the new guy recognized, and acknowledged, what he did not know. Most first year head coaches don’t have a holdover assistant from the previous staff who is intimately familiar with the team’s personnel. Most first year head coaches take over teams which have fired their previous head coach because of a lack of success, rather than inheriting a team which has won thirty or more games in each of the last two seasons. Whatever Juwan’s ultimate abilities as a head coach prove to be, he has a unique opportunity to ride along on the tails of those with successful experience this season while he learns the gig. In many ways, this year could be easier for him than the few which follow (when he’ll be breaking in a new PG, among other things), not harder.

  5. umhoops

    Especially because his name was Ron.

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