Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
2014! GO BLUE! We need muppets!
It's time for yet another matchup with a Top 10 opponent. Given the injuries to the frontcourt, Michigan State needs Gary Harris and Appling to put up dominating performances to win tonight. I hope Levert is put on Harris for most of the game. Similar to the Iowa game, stopping Michigan State's transition offense will be critical to winning tonight. I can't wait for this game. Predictions everyone?
Speculation time. I took a look at the AP polls this morning, and noticed how grossly underrated Michigan is at the current moment. I know that the polls do not reflect the Iowa win or the Minnesota win over Wisconsin, but still... Iowa, OSU, and Wisconsin are all ranked higher. Not to mention other 4 loss schools such as Kansas and Kentucky. I'm of the impression that the B1G is far and away the best basketball conference, so should that not be reflected in the rankings?
So where do we end up next week, win or lose?
Even with a loss, should we not rise in the rankings? Outside the B1G, UMass lost. We should also jump some of the 2-4 loss teams, even with 5 losses, right?
With a win, are we in the top 10? Beating 3-10-3 in a row? I don't think a 10+ spot jump should be considered unrealistic.
Submitted without commentary, Jalen Rose knocked UM for their treatment of former players:
“Every Michigan coach has left unceremoniously, even the greatest coach in the University of Michigan history, the only coach that’s taken the school to three Final Fours and well as won a national championship, Steve Fisher, and also the Fab Five – Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King – who played in two Final Fours and national championship games, two of the seven that the university has had since the 1900s,” Rose continued, his voice rising.
“So when you’re not able to have a family-type atmosphere where everybody feels welcome and feels like their contribution to the school is noted from a basketball and or football perspective, the relationships become fractured, and that’s something Michigan has to improve on. Michigan State, when you watch their games, it could be a guy that averaged two points, but the fans are going to celebrate him and treat him like he’s family. That’s why Michigan has lagged behind Michigan State in basketball, and frankly, right now, that’s why Michigan State has evened the playing field.”
The Freep is predicting a Michigan win over MSU tomorrow. Here are their picks, for those of you who won't give the Freep clicks:
- 65 - 60 Rexrode
- 65 - 63 Snyder
- 72 - 71 Seidel
- 64 - 68 The douche columnist who shall not be named. Ever the contrarian, he still has MSU winning.
According to a paywalled report over at MSU's 247 site, Tom Izzo has stated that Payne's chances to play tomorrow night are "slim to none."
Now as a cynical Michigan fan, I think this is part gamesmanship by Izzo and wouldn't be surprised to see Payne play tomorrow night. But if he doesn't play, with Dawson also out, MSU's frontcourt is reduced to:
-Freshman Kenny Kaminski (Not an inside threat, but great shooter at 55% from 3)
-Sophomore Matt Costello (Plays the most of the bunch remaining, biggest inside presence)
-Junior Alex Gauna
-Junior Russel Byrd (Listed as a guard but is 6-7, hasn't played a lot due to injury but he'll probably play a few minutes)
-Freshman Gavin Schilling
Combined those 5 average 14 pts/g, which doesn't come close the the combined average of 26.4 of Payne and Dawson, and also they don't touch their rebounding numbers either.
It goes without saying that if Payne doesn't play, the frontcourt matchup switches from advantage MSU to Michigan, and with Appling also a little banged up, Michigan really needs to go into Breslin and come out with a win if they want to win the B1G.