2019-20 Season

Subscriber Ask Me Anything: March 2020

Every month, we host an ‘ask me anything’ discussion on our message board for our members. This month’s edition was supposed to be a preview of the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament, instead we are left without basketball to watch or debate. We’ll still open things up for any questions about Michigan basketball, this website, Juwan Howard, future rosters, recruiting or more.

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  1. haniffe4

    We were playing the “what if” game about Michigan basketball in a thread last week (What if Caris stayed healthy?” etc). What are some of your most interesting ones? What about for Big Ten basketball?

  2. bobohle

    Is the April signing period still on?

  3. umhoops

    Caris staying healthy is the obvious one for me because of how much his injuries impacted those seasons, but also because of how good he looked for spurts when he was healthy (and the fact that he’s turned into the best pro).

    Another what if: Derrick Walton makes that shot against Oregon. That team was playing so well and was so in the moment that I think they could have made the Final Four.

  4. umhoops

    Yeah, I wonder about Mitch too but that team came together so well without him that it falls lower on my list. I’d say a bigger what if for Mitch is if he doesn’t fail the test and somehow ends up coming back in 2014-15 with a healthy Caris.

  5. umhoops

    Would have loved to see him coach in the NCAA Tournament, but I think he exceeded most expectations that I had as far as on-court coaching product.

    Offensively, he was fantastic. I thought he showed great adaptability to lean into a lot of the things that Zavier did well, but he also drew up a lot of great actions, ATOs, etc. Michigan’s offense was a mix of NBA-style sets from Howard’s past and ball screen stuff that we saw a lot of recently. It consistently created open looks. Good stuff all around.

    Defensively I would say more of a mixed bag. I think Michigan’s defense was capable of playing great but there were games where it couldn’t find the right gameplan or kind of let the game get away.

    Biggest nitpicks would be his rotation – playing two bigs at times, hard two-foul autobench, Nunez getting minutes – and I think he’ll adjust to that over the course of settling into college hoops.

    Mostly just fascinated to see what Juwan Howard’s system looks like with more of his players and how he builds the offense and defense. I don’t think it is safe to assume that things stay the same.

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