Yes indeed folks, Our longtime captain is making a return to the great state of MICHIGAN to watch our beloved Wolverines beat down lil brother. Maybe Novak being there can help MICH to once again win at the Breslin center?
I just wanted to take this opportunity on Senior night to thank the seniors for what they have done for Michigan Basketball. It wasn't always pretty, or flashy, but these young men gave their everything for 4 years to help restore Michigan Basketball to its once proud state. It's a shame that their last home game was a loss, but they should know they will ALWAYS be appreciated and loved by Michigan fans. They are true Michigan Men.
Now let's win this thing with house money.
Michigan is on the road again tonight at Purdue, tipping off at 7PM. Michigan is likely 4 regular season wins from a tournament birth, and 8 or 9 wins from the "Big Ten Champs" goal the wolverines have been breaking the huddle with this year.
This game could tell the tale of which goal is the more realistic one.
Vegas has the bad guys by five, Pomeroy likes the bad guys by 4, and I like the good guys by 7ish.
We probably dont need much of a preview. Its purdue. Robbie Hummel will be starting for the 8'th consecutive year. They're not going to turn the ball over, and dont be surprised if Stu has two fouls when he gets off the bus. Horford didn't travel, so yet again Morgan is going to have to do work.
Here is Dylan's preview
and Generic AP preview lives here
Eventually Evan and Tim are going to snap out of it...aren't they? Michigan has been winning at home despite failing to achieve "average" status from downtown. I say Michigan gets some of those to fall tonight, and goes to Columbus for THE SHOWDOWN. Book it.
I didn't want to jinx it till it was over, but Penn St. just beat Illinois, moving Michigan to the top of the B1G standings(at least until the other 2 loss teams play Saturday). Obviously Michigan's schedule was front-loaded with home games, but its still pretty cool, eh?
Well, Saturday at 2 Michigan takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the great land of Clinton(Bill that is).
Big Nasty's team comes fresh off their road blowout loss to KY http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/17/2032252/kentucky-vs-arkansas-9-pm-espn.html
a team with considerably more NBA talent than your Detroit Pistons.
Beilein may continue with the "3 players back" philosophy that yielded multiple rebounds to MSU, as Arkansas makes a living by pushing the ball up and down the court, trapping, and running motion. They call it "40 Minutes of Hell" harkening back to the '94 glory days http://bloghawgs.com/2012/01/09/remembering-hawg-ball-sec-storied-40-minutes-of-hell-edition/ First year coach Mike Anderson was the apple that fell directly beneath the Nolan Richardson tree. They're going to press. A lot.
6'3" Freshman SG BJ Young is your major scoring option out of the backcourt at 15pts/g. He is shooting .418 from downtown. He also excells at attacking the basket. Think Trey Burke only taller with more recruiting hype and considerably less heart. This is likely Stu's assignment.
6'1" Junior PG Julysses Nobles leads the Razorbacks in minutes played, assists, and consecutive consonants in his first name. Most of his scoring comes from outside. This is Trey's assignment.
Cautionary tale about checking your sources: Marshawn Powell is indeed out for the season. Thank you to those of you who knew this and did not point out that I ate a lot of paint chips as a kid. That is more than I deserve.
This actually leaves Jordan Morgan at a considerable advantage in the post. They've got a 6'8" freshman named Devonta Abron and a 6'8" senior named Michael Sanchez. Niether one has much of an offensive game. Abron is a pretty good rebounder.
6'2" Mardracus Ware wins the "Oh Lord please dont leave him open from downtown" award. He is shooting something like 51% for 3.
Regardless of outcome, this is going to be a great opportunity to learn to win on the road. With limited information, I'm going to compare Arkansas to the Clemson team Michigan beat in the tournament a few years ago. If Trey gets in foul trouble we're cooked.
ESPN has Novak as one of three guys as the picture for their MBB coverage.
I'm kinda missing the days when this was a normal occurance.
*Note - it's not of him being posterized :)
Doug has us out tho - LOSER!! /snark