2021-22 Season

Podcast: What’s Michigan’s Path Forward? Execution vs. Results, Defense, Freshmen & More

Dylan and Eric dissect Michigan’s losses at UCF and Rutgers and what they mean for the Wolverines going forward. The conversation starts with a conversation about defense and flows into bigger picture thoughts on Caleb Houstan, Moussa Diabate and more.

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  1. bacon141

    You guys are doing a great job. Unlucky timing but I hope the podcast continues as I enjoy the deep dives into problems and solutions. You two being a little bit confused on some things makes me feel alot better because I’m sure the coaches are a bit flummoxed as well. Michigan is having a “whack a mole” season.

  2. adamsmit86

    Probably a good year for the Pin Down pod with so many issues to correct (and thus things to talk about) and a bad year for the Moving Screen with the fan enthusiasm down.

  3. DeAngeloVickers

    Half the moving screens audience is excited

  4. dirk

    This is maybe Pollyana-ish, but I think the Pin Down episode was a bit too negative. There are obvious reasons why.

    However, when I look at the team, I still see a fair amount of upside this season. This comes mostly from your segment on Diabate. It’s clear the coaching staff has settled on him playing major minutes. So far, we’ve seen almost all of the offensive downside of that decision. As you discuss, the defensive upside is so far unrealized. I don’t think it is hard to project that Diabate will get better at switches, walling up down low, rebounding – basically hitting singles instead of swinging for the fences. This is classic progression of a player getting more experience. Eventually, I would be surprised if Diabate fails to make an impact on the defensive end.

    Feel similarly re Caleb, although not as strongly. His shooting is really at the low end of any reasonable projection, but he is playing so many minutes and is so much less prepared physically that expected that his within-year growth is harder for me to project.

    Zooming out to a very high level, it’s really hard to think of an area where Mich has outperformed expectations (maybe Eli is regressing after he played as a creator for first handful of games) and while clearly overall expectations need to be reset, we just seem to be at a really low point right now. Of course, the looming Big season and especially next week mean we could get substantially better very quickly and not see a difference in the record, because right now, it’s late early in Ann Arbor.

  5. adamsmit86

    Yeah, but normally both teams are good so the whole moving screen audience is excited

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