I know we already had an "appreciation thread," but did we witness something this team sorely needed last night?
Is it POSSIBLE that we just witnessed something we saw Novack do to the middling Michigan basketball team back in 2011?
For reference: http://mgoblog.com/content/aneurysm-leadership
Because Michigan followed up a series of promising performances against elite teams with road duds against Indiana and Northwestern, beating Michigan State won't mean anything outside of the thing itself. Michigan's not likely to get even an NIT bid because of the win. Before my fiancée fell asleep for the second half she remarked that even though Michigan was in front "they make everything seem so hard," and they do.
Michigan is aimless. The announcers kept talking about Michigan taking a lot of time off the shot clock like that was a special strategy for this game when they're almost as slow (327th) as they are young (337th) and played at the exact same pace against South Carolina Upstate. When it's going well they're "deliberate," but to my eyes it's a team that doesn't really know what it's doing. They're forced to improvise when time gets low after chucking it around the perimeter for 20 seconds. It's almost exactly what Amaker teams did down to pulling the big out of the lane to provide a low-threat passing option as the ball cycles around the three point line.
I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share with those that haven't seen
Will it be Oregon State, BYU, Northwestern, or MSU?
I feel sorry for Roos - he's been pretty good if not his devastating All-Pro self from a few years back, and he's a free agent after this year - but happy that another Michigan alum will get his shot.
That is all