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Nov. 8th: Tom Izzo dicusses how Travis Trice's injuries slowed his progession.
Dec. 9th: Izzo laments how Appling, Payne, and Costello are out after game against UNC.
Dec. 14th: Izzo states that he cannot afford to go too hard at practice due to injuries.
Dec. 18th: Izzo states that the injuries are becoming frustrating for coaches, players, and fans.
Dec. 19th: Izzo discusses the effect of his teams injuries with Tim Brando.
Jan. 7th: Izzo praises Appling and Payne for their ability to fight through injuries.
Jan. 10th: Izzo discusses injuries with Adam Ruff of Spartan Radio.
Jan. 13th: Izzo says that his team is "beat up," with several players battling injuries.
Jan 16th: Izzo states that this has been his most trying season as a head coach due to injuries.
Jan 17th: Izzo claims that this has been his "hardest" year due to injuries.
Jan. 20th: Izzo states "I'm proud of what we've done but it's been taxing on everyone" due to injuries.
Jan 21st: Izzo remarks: "The problem when you have all these injuries, you start playing some guys to death."
Jan 21st: Izzo states: "I don't even ask about injuries anymore."
Jan 21st: Izzo, on playing 11 players: "It's a neccesity, especailly with foul trouble and injuries."
Meanwhile, we lose our 1st-team preseason All-American and have Stauskas beat up in the early going. Not one word from Beilein. Go Blue.
...for you boring sober people that actually want to discuss the game.
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.”