What an unbelievable game.
This is one that would've just gotten away from us in years past.
Freshman blue chip star Kysre Gondrezick had a 23 point game today, leading Michigan back from a 61-52 deficit in the final 10 minutes.
Kysre also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks.
Michigan went on a 20-9 rampage in the 4th quarter, and the game featured 3 lead changes in the final 30 or so seconds.
Iowa missed a shot at the buzzer and Michigan holds on for the WIN!!!!!
The Wolverines are now 19-5 and 8-2 in the B1G. We will most likely be ranked tomorrow for the first time since Coach KBA's first season.
This team is a blast to watch. Incredible poise. Gonna be even more fun to watch in years to come. Katelynn Flaherty had an off game (she's averaging 20.3 PPG) with 11, and we have players stepping up all around her to fill the void.
We'll head to Purdue on Wednesday night and then will return home a week from today to face Wisconsin.
This was a game I was weary about, because even though Iowa isn't ranked or having an Iowa-like season, it's still Iowa. And we got by them. Amazing job all-around.
I haven't seen MAAR's postgame comments mentioned directly in any of the bball posts or threads. If I missed a discussion on this, moms feel free to delete. It's rare to get brutally honest admissions like this from players, so I thought it was worth discussion.
“I could just see that Derrick wanted it a little more than the rest of us,” said Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who was second on the team with seven rebounds. “I think we all have to get that and want it just as much as he does.” When it’s suggested that it’s time to stop simply talking about that, Abdur-Rahkman said, “I think so too. It’s just frustrating when you go out there and let a game slip like that.”This space has talked about Michigan seemingly needing external motivation to play its best. Abdur-Rahkman was asked about that after the game.“I think we’re all nice kids and we need something, that extra push to set us off and have that extra motivation going into games. … That’s what we’ve been trying to work on, trying to get that motivation from something else other than bulletin board material. … Get that from our inner selves.”
I know there have been a number of threads about the state of the program and everything else, but I have to give it Derrick Walton. I can't remember the specific details of the play, but off a Michigan miss he dove head first for a loose ball, came up a bit short and got called for the foul. I wish I could see that every possession from our guys. Acknowledging his flaws as a player, he gives it everything he fucking has every time he steps out on that floor. He will be missed next year. Badly.
And, by the way, he outrebounded our two starting bigs + Donnal combined by something like 4-1. If for no other reason, this team is worth watching just see him battle and go up for boards and dive for loose balls for all 40 minutes.
posting this reminder early, off for a day of ice fishing before watching hoop at the B line bar
south of Howell, north of Pinckney.
let's get Coach Beilein into first :)