...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Illinois handled tsio quite easily. Who do you feel is the biggest challenge Michigan will face in the BIG this season? Most seem to think IU, but IMHO, the Illini or Minnesota may be the biggest roadblock.
Mod edit: Changed the title to make the contents more clear (the game thread is below). Also a friendly reminder that anything involving Big Ten teams or future opponents is not off topic. JGB.
ClearEyesFullHart, you do a much better job at this.
They are 11-3 on the year and 0-1 in the Big Ten.
vs Wichita State (13-1) on neutral court. 75-63
at Virginia Tech (9-4). 95-79
vs Indiana (13-1) 69-65
vs Iowa State (10-3) 80-71
vs N. Iowa (7-7) on neutral court. 80-73
Starting Five (based on Indiana game)
JR. G-F. Roy Devyn Marble. 15.6 ppg. 31.1 min/game (both team highs)
SO. F. Aaron White. 13.7 ppg. 6.4 rpg (team high)
FR. C. Adam Woodbury. 7-1. 235 lbs. 6.4 ppg. 5.4 rpg. .9 bpg.
FR. G. Anthony Clemmons. 4.3 ppg. 3.9 apg (team high)
FR. G. Mike Gesell. 9.6 ppg. 3.3 apg
Marble and Clemmons are both from Michigan.
Other Key Players
JR. F. Zach McCabe. 5.6 ppg. 4.0 rpg
JR. F. Melsahn Basabe. 6.6 pph. 4.1 rpg. His minutes have dwindled throughout the year.
They're not a good 3 point shooting team, shooting 31% on the year.
2nd in the conference in blocks, 3rd in rebounds.
They turn the ball over the 3rd most in the conference, 13.7 per game.
They're middle of the pack as far as FG%, 44%.
What I make out of all of this
They aren't the best shooters, but they get a lot of rebounds, and thus they're 4th in the BIG in scoring. They are a pretty young team, like us, but they don't take care of the ball as well as we do. The matchup to keep an eye on is Woodbury vs Morgan.
Prediction: Michigan 78 - Iowa 62
Rutgers is off to a big lead against Pitt at Rutgers up 14 at the half.
Relevent games today include:
Wake Forest @ (1) Duke (Noon, ESPNU)
Purdue @ (18) Michigan State (Noon, BTN)
(8) Ohio State @ (11) Illinois (2:15, BTN)
(23) NC State @ Boston College (4:00, ESPN2)
I remember a thread on here from October that Michigan could wear a 4th uniform for B1G play per Brent Yarnia. Being that Sunday is Michigan's first B1G home game, I assume if that is true it would be worn.
I was one of the many (thousands?) who donned some maize and blue and took over Northwestern's "Arena" last night, and it was the first time I've seen this team in person, and it's slow on the board, so here are my thoughts:
- We're really good at basketball. It seemed like we weren't even quite hitting on all cylinders, but even with a couple of misfires we put up 94 points.
- Trey Burke loves being faster than everyone. It's not every day you can beat a guy who is a foot taller than you for a layup.
- Timmy found his stroke. Ankle? What ankle? His bad decisions have been cut immensly. And even when he took a ball to the rim that didn't look like it was in the flow of the offense, he got to the line. He's matured a ton as a basketball player.
- Mitch still isn't at 100% (might be healthy, but isn't quite in top game shape?). But when he gets there, watch out.
- The refs were just bad - Morgan's tech seemed like BS, there were some touchy non-calls and calls... but again, we won by 28 so it's like, OK. (edited for early morning math error)
- We need to practice Alley-Oops more. I mean, layup oops? Really? /picking all of the nits
- All 5 starters were in double figures despite:
- Stauskas is obviously a TERRIBLE shooter in the B1G /statistic'd
- GR3 is going to be a matchup problem for a lot of 4s throughout B1G play.
Also, on the arena, etc:
- Wow, if you thought old Crisler was bad, head to Welsh-Ryan. It's like the inside of yost with a higher rake and fewer endzone seats
- They don't have many concession stands, and had no apparell store. They did bring in racks with T-shirts for sale though
- They did have vendors throughout the crowd selling stuff. I don't remember seeing that at many college games
- The scoreboard was like Yost's old one, an early 90's LED board that had about 10% of the lights burned out
- Pat Fitzgerald thanked everyone during a break with their bowl tropy. I didn't realize they won 10 games. Way to go Northwestern
- Also, Pat is totally a meathead linebacker
Anybody else make the trip? How maize was the crowd on TV?