2020-21 Season

Podcast: More questions than answers as Big Ten play begins

Michigan won its Big Ten opener over Penn State but Brendan and Dylan still aren’t sure what to make of this U-M team. They debate how good Hunter Dickinson can be and how all of Michigan’s pieces fit together. Michigan State’s premiere game against Virginia was canceled but the Spartans knocked off Oakland in a high-scoring affair. The Michigan State conversation focuses on MSU’s depth, interior options and what to look for in Big Ten play.

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  1. Sgold23

    Loving the pod!

  2. EOG24

    I understand that they need to spend the time off working with Johns at the 5, because until Davis comes back there are no other options. But man, it seems time to give up hope that he’s going to ever actually be good. When Davis gets back, he gets the back up minutes at the 5 and Williams can get the back up minutes at the 4.

  3. umhoops

    Getting Davis back at some point will be great for depth in a sense, but he really doesn’t bring anything to the equation that’s different than what Dickinson brings.

    • If your ball screen defense isn’t working with Dickinson, Davis won’t help.
    • If you can’t clean up the defensive glass, Davis won’t help.
    • If the other team is going small, Davis won’t help.

    You need a small option. If it isn’t Johns, it has to be Terrance I suppose.

  4. EOG24

    Its important to get Davis back because he’s a better player than Johns. I’m sure having a small ball 5 is beneficial, but like you I want the best players to play. Davis is a poor-man’s Dickinson which makes him much more effective than Johns.

    But yes, I agree about Williams. High energy + defense + opportunity to develop is better than what Johns is giving us.

  5. quickdarshan

    The offense runs better with Davis (mostly because he sets better picks and knows where to go) but the defense is better with Johns.

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