My top 3 are:
1. Second win over MSU
2. Win over Illinois
3. Win at Wisconsin
I picked the second game vs MSU over the Illinois game because it gave the team the season sweep and it propelled us to the first place spot. The Illinois win was for obvious reasons and I picked the win at Wisconsin because it gave us the first major win of the season and should how good this team was.
Great season for the team. It was unbeleivable watching them play this year. If you would have told me on December 15th, that we would win the B1G 10 Championship by 3 games and go to the Elite Eight, I would not have beleived you.
Thank you guys for a wonderful season. Lots of great memories. It's a shame that we're not going farther, but all in all, it's hard to look at this season as anything less than a success.
Hoping we can get as many of our guys to return, that way we can have more great seasons to come.
That's all that needs to be said. Let's do this.
While we wait for our game to tip-off, I figured this would be something nice to fill the time.
WCJB TV20 in Florida could not show highlights of the Florida-Dayton game last night so they made their own highlights instead. Video below:
… and we didn’t just survive, we had the better season!!!
Now that they are out, let’s be honest with ourselves. MSU had a VERY talented team this year. Appling, Harris, Dawson, and Payne are all great players. Do they have flaws? Yes. But they were very good.
Yes, MSU did have injury problems this year. Lots of them. But so did we. Maybe not as many, but stuff happens, man. Injuries happen the same as players leaving early for the draft happens (Morris, Burke, Hardaway).
Instead of focusing on MSU’s misfortunes. Let’s look at what this says about our program. We just successfully took MSU’s best shot, and beat them. We won the regular season by 3 whole games. We beat them head to head 2 to 1. We made it just as far, if not further (#BeatKentucky), than them in the tournament. What a fantastic job by Beilein, the rest of the coaching staff, and of course all of the players to take this program where it is today. The tide in this rivalry has officially shifted. No longer are the days when we were terrified of playing at Breslin. No longer are the days where we hoped, PRAYED, for a season split in the series. No longer are the days when we watch Izzo lead his team deep in to March, while we either exited in the first round or didn’t make it at all. Those days are over.
Sparked by Stu’s three pointer on the right wing as the shot clock was winding down, sparked by Draymond missing a floater in the lane as time expired, sparked by Darius Morris shouting, “Get the F%$@ off my court”, sparked by Trey picking Appling’s pocket, and sparked by DEATH FROM ABOVE, a new era has begun.
Time to enjoy it.
EDIT: Mods feel free to delete and replace with a more generic one if you want.