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A weekly college basketball podcast by Brendan Quinn of The Athletic and Dylan Burkhardt of We discuss Michigan, Michigan State, the Big Ten and the game at-large.

A weekly college basketball podcast by Brendan Quinn of The Athletic and Dylan Burkhardt of We discuss Michigan, Michigan State, the Big Ten and the game at-large.


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A weekly college basketball podcast by Brendan Quinn of The Athletic and Dylan Burkhardt of We discuss Michigan, Michigan State, the Big Ten and the game at-large.




Midseason report on Michigan, Michigan State, and a fresh Big Ten power ranking

Brendan and Dylan discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020-21 season, Michigan State's current situation and what could happen over the next few weeks. Then they dive into Michigan's first loss and bounce-back win against Maryland before an updated Big Ten Power Ranking draft. Timestamps (00:55) COVID, Michigan State and the Big Ten (17:56) Midseason report on Michigan (47:32) Big Ten Power RAnkings


How Michigan destroyed Wisconsin

Michigan ran Wisconsin out of the Crisler Center for its third straight blowout win against a top-25 team. The Wolverines are playing their best basketball of the season and look every bit like a national contender. Timestamps (1:00) How Michigan destroyed Wisconsin (41:39) Previewing Michigan State at Iowa


A meltdown at Michigan State and a big Michigan-Wisconsin preview

Brendan and Dylan make sense of Michigan State's meltdown against Purdue and discuss some of the problems facing this MSU roster. Then they hop over to Michigan to discuss U-M's win over Minnesota and look ahead to Tuesday's big game against Wisconsin. Timestamps: (2:39) A meltdown at Michigan State (35:13) A big Michigan-Wisconsin preview


Michigan looks very real. Michigan State looks ... confounding.

Michigan remained perfect with its best performance of the season in a blowout win over Northwestern on Sunday. Michigan State picked up a needed win at Nebraska and introduced AJ Hoggard into the starting lineup. Brendan and Dylan recap the week that was for both teams and look ahead to a couple of big matchups this week. (4:25): Michigan looks very real (43:09): Michigan State looks ... confusing


Figuring out the mess that is Michigan State. Also, is Michigan good?

Things have gone from bad to worse in East Lansing after a dismal road effort at Minnesota. Dylan and Brendan discuss Michigan State's three-game losing streak and whether the Spartans can play their way back from their poor start. Then the conversation shifts to Michigan which remains undefeated after a win at Nebraska but will start to see the level of competition increase rapidly over the next few weeks. Timestamps: (4:00): Figuring out the mess that is Michigan State (40:45): Is...


Dissecting MSU’s debacle in Evanston, plus the first Big Ten power ranking of the year

Brendan and Dylan break down what happened to Michigan State in Evanston. They debate what the level of concern should be regarding the Spartans this year and try to sort through some of the issues including defense and perimeter playmaking. Then they dive into the Big Ten with a power ranking draft to sort through the early returns this season. Timestamps: (1:30) What happened in Evanston? (29:13) Big Ten Power Rankings


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. Timestamps: (4:39) Michigan (55:55) Michigan...


ACC-Big Ten Challenge Preview

Michigan's game against NC State on Wednesday night has been postponed. Brendan and Dylan break down the news and what options Michigan has to make up the game or schedule something else. Then they preview each ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup and make a pick against the KenPom spread.


A Michigan State-Duke autopsy, plus early season numbers from Michigan

Brendan and Dylan break down Michigan State's big win at Duke and hit on some key takeaways including Aaron Henry's growth as a playmaker, a potentially elite defense and how the center rotation could shake out after Julius Marble's big night. Then they dive into Michigan's 3-0 start and try to figure out what to make of things as they stand now. The conversation hits on the starting center spot, lineup combinations, Franz Wagner's slow start and what to watch for in a tough(er) test against...


Previewing Michigan State-Duke and figuring out what to make of Michigan

Michigan State cruised past Notre Dame and heads to Durham to face Duke in the Champions Classic tonight. Brendan and Dylan dive into that matchup and what to expect in one of the highest-profile games of the 2020-21 season thus far. Then they dive into Michigan's overtime win against Oakland -- what went wrong and what is cause for concern. Timestamps: (04:26) Michigan State-Duke Preview (38:08) What happened in Michigan-Oakland?


2020-21 is underway and we’ve got takes

The season opener is in the books. Brendan and Dylan discuss Michigan's newcomers, what went well against Bowling Green and where U-M still needs to improve. Then they dive into Michigan State's win over Eastern Michigan and what to expect when Michigan State and Notre Dame face off on Saturday. Timestamps: (5:01): Michigan (32:36): Michigan State


The season is here

The season is finally here. Michigan will tip against Bowling Green and Michigan State will face Eastern Michigan on Wednesday. Brendan and Dylan discuss where things stand for each program and what they will be watching for on Wednesday. Timestamps: (11:37) Michigan (37:34) Michigan State


Debating the official unofficial Big Ten media poll

College basketball is eight days away and Brendan Quinn and Adam Jardy dropped the official unofficial Big Ten media poll on Tuesday morning. Brendan and Dylan debate the picks and discuss what this season might look like despite the fact that we still don't have a league schedule.


Big happenings at Michigan

Brendan and Dylan react to the big news in Ann Arbor over the last week. Chaundee Brown is eligible to play in 2020-21, where will he fit and what does he do to this team's ceiling? Caleb Houstan committed to U-M on Friday and is the highest-ranked recruit of the Juwan Howard era. Timestamps: (3:42): Chaundee Brown is eligible (25:50): Caleb Houstan commits to Michigan


Debating the Big Ten’s top 25 players and other preseason takes

With the season less than a month away, Brendan and Dylan take a preseason look at the Big Ten. The conversation starts with a breakdown of the UM Hoops/Inside the Hall Top 25 Players list and then wraps up with a recap of preseason predictions and who might over or underachieve.


Catching up with Michigan and Michigan State as the season hits the horizon

The first college basketball practices of 2020-21 are only a week away and we haven't recorded a podcast for almost two months. After a long offseason break, Brendan and Dylan are back to talk college hoops. Today's discussion hits on: - Scheduling in the pandemic era - Will Michigan or Michigan State host their own MTEs? - The latest on Chaundee Brown's waiver - Brendan's recent conversation with Tom Izzo - What will determine Michigan State's ceiling? - Joshua Langford's health -...


Breaking down Michigan and Michigan State's point guards of the future

Michigan and Michigan State both landed their point guards of the future this month when Frankie Collins picked Michigan and Jaden Akins picked Michigan State. Brendan and Dylan discuss both commitments and the overall future of the point guard position at both schools. Timestamps: (3:42): Frankie Collins & Michigan Point Guards (27:44): Jaden Akins & Michigan State Point Guards


Xavier Tillman is gone, Aaron Henry is back, and the Big Ten is all kinds of interesting

Brendan and Dylan break down the NBA Draft news across the Big Ten. Illinois and Iowa are the big winners of the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline while Xavier Tillman is heading to the NBA and Aaron Henry is returning to Michigan State. Timestamps: (3:28): Michigan State Draft Decisions (34:22): Big Ten Thoughts


Enoch Boakye just made Michigan State recruiting that much more interesting

Michigan State landed another five-star recruit with Enoch Boakye's commitment on Tuesday. Brendan and Dylan discuss Boakye's game, his path to Michigan State and what impact he'll have on MSU's future rosters. To wrap things up, they dive into looming NBA Draft decisions from Xavier Tillman, Aaron Henry, Luka Garza, Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu. Timestamps: (1:36): Enoch Boakye commits to MSU (30:06): Looming NBA Draft Decisions


What Isaiah Livers’ return means to Michigan

Brendan and Dylan react to the news that Isaiah Livers is coming back to Michigan. They discuss what's next in his development, what his return means for U-M's other players (Brandon Johns at center!) and how Chaundee Brown would fit into the equation if he's granted an eligibility waiver.