Michigan 80, Michigan State 75
NIK STAUSKAS THA GAWD
I apologize in advance for my inability to form complete thoughts. That game was excruciating right up until the point when it was glorious, which was... the very end, basically.
After quickly losing an early eight-point lead, Michigan fell behind Michigan State by as much as eight points at the 13:29 mark of the second half, mostly due to the heroics of Gary Harris. While hounding Nik Stauskas on the one end, Harris was unstoppable on the other, pouring in a game-high 27 points while adding five rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
The Wolverines clawed back thanks to some remarkable guard play of their own. Nik Stauskas hit five of his six three-point attempts, scored 19 points, dished out four assists, and capped off the effort by trolling the Izzone. His triple with 3:12 remaining gave Michigan a three-point lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Michigan didn't lose that lead in large part due to Derrick Walton, whose 19 points matched Stauskas for the team lead. Ten of those came in the final 2:29, beginning with a fast-break and-one layup after Caris LeVert threaded a perfect outlet pass that hit Walton in stride. Walton also knocked down both of his three-point attempts, 2/4 of two-pointers, and 9/10 from the stripe—8/9 in the game's waning moments. On defense, he helped limit Keith Appling to ten points on 3/11 shooting. If the freshman point guard was nervous, it didn't show.
LeVert scored 17 of his own and pulled down eight rebounds. There was bad with the good—Harris often had his way with LeVert offensively, though that's not a huge knock, and LeVert's three assists were canceled out by three turnovers—but his ability to snake into the lane proved critical, as did his free-throw shooting down the stretch.
Jon Horford also stepped up big, connecting on all three of his field goals and contributing three boards and three blocks. Jordan Morgan rebounded well—four of his five came on offense—but was limited severely by foul trouble. Glenn Robinson III scored nine but struggled with his shot. Mitch McGary, meanwhile, provided valuable coaching advice in the late stages:
WIN THE GAME (via)
In the end, Michigan's total team effort overcame a remarkable performance from Harris and a shorthanded Michigan State squad (I'm required to mention this by law). It also finished off a three-game gauntlet that the Wolverines improbably got through unscathed:
KenPom gave Michigan only a 3.89% chance to beat all of Wisconsin, Iowa & MSU during this stretch. U-M's one win away.
— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) January 25, 2014
Like, really improbably.
— Zack Novak (@novak3159) January 26, 2014
The end result: Michigan is alone in first place in the Big Ten, the last undefeated squad standing, and the schedule eases up significantly during the next three games—Purdue, at Indiana, and Nebraska. Despite breaking in a freshman point guard, dealing with the loss of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and losing Mitch McGary before conference play began, Michigan is in the driver's seat on the road to the conference title.
Michigan State's seniors will finish with a losing record overall against Michigan. They're currently 2-5.
— Bry Mac (@Bry_Mac) January 26, 2014
Just read that we outrebounded MSU tonight 34-30. Thank you Brendan Dawson for having issues.
Issues like banging your hand on a table like an idiot.
Are we sure it was a table?
thank you, table, for your structural integrity.
Saw the score when we were down 6 with 13 to go.
I'm in a mild state of shock at the moment.
Basketball ain't the only thing our main man Stauskas is succeeding at...
...now we understand how he's caught on fire...
Next to his parents.
They showed her in the stands a few times with his parents. Dude's got taste.
Not just a shooter. Also a playa extraordinaire.
A country of beauty!
More than just a shooter...
Better at life than Skip Bayless
the other side. Every time I looked toward the Michigan bench my eyes were drawn to her.
That, is one fine looking woman. Well done Nik.
that hoverhand though.. it is excruciating.
So that's who he was blowing kisses to...
When's the last time a B1G team won at the Kohl Center and Breslin in the same season?
The Greg Oden OSU team might have done it. It's definitely a rare feat.
Even more amazing is that both UW and MSU were ranked #3 in the country when we beat them. Last Saturday's game was our highest-ranked road victory in program history . . . and then we just equalled it tonight.
(Funny that we now talk about the upcoming trip to IU as a break in the schedule. Weird year.)
I love it.
McGary clearly has a future in coaching. Sound strategist there
continues to improve. And, as one of the five or six youngest teams in the NCAA, that is a damn good thing. If LeVert and Walton continue to progress, this is gonna be a very tough team to beat in March
Wonder how mcdowell liked the game? LOL. At this pt im so happy we won, it wouldnt faze me at all if he goes there
My daughter was born the night of with Wisconsin game. I am starting to suspect that maybe she is good luck.
could you have triplets next fall please? we'll buy the diapers.
Mitch McGary might have the shortest learning curve of any assistant coach in the history of the sport. While not eligible he has thrown his hat in the ring for assistant coach of the year. Since he has taken over the role, UM has done things not done since 1987.
what made Beilein finally flip? I was surprised to see it, and about 10 different calls caused me to blow a gasket. But on this one he kept pointing towards his nose. Anyone?
I think when he first started getting close to the ref, the ref got so close that he bumped his nose and that's when Beilein really lose it. I had to watch it a couple of times.
I was away from my tv for a minute and missed what got Coach all fired up at the officials, guessing a missed call???
ESPN agrees: no asterisk necessary.
Also, on a side note, there is no way in hell that I believe anyone breaks their hand slamming it on a table. He was either punching things in anger (similar idea to slamming your hand on a table, but more mentally unhinged), or he was doing something MSU would prefer to disguise.
If Dawson was mad BEFORE the game, maybe we made him break his other hand.
Dantonio was at the game too. Hey Dantonio get used to the losing atmosphere in Lansing so you will be ready in October!!!
Looking at the pregame write up again on umhoops, and before this game, MSU was giving up .91 ppp against B1G teams and their game with the highest opponent ppp was UNC with 1.07ppp. Michigan put up 1.28 ppp completely crushing that stat.
My comment on the game: the damn final one minute of the game took at least 20 minutes in real time. It was excruciating. But other than that, Yippppeeeeee!
Do we know why Beilein lost his temper? It was right after a completely legitmate Goaltending call. What was the time on the clock when that happened? I feel like Michigan made its run right after that outburst.
Great job getting the victory at the Bestwin* Center!
* (If we can call Wisconsin's home court Trohl Arena--and the name undoubtedly fits--it's just as fair to acknowledge what it means to Michigan to win at Staee)
Let's be honest Sparty, Michigan was the team with the most adjustments to make and you had home court.
Payne for McGary- even
Dawson for Burke/Hardaway- ??? Seriously!!!!!
I loved watching the Izzone last night. Just makes Stauskas even better. Should be an interesting matchup back in AA.
Anyone catch where the Izzone had to chant to get the rest of the crowd into it? But we just kept hanging around and hitting daggers. Awesome resilience last night.
While it is stupid for MSU folks to complain about injuries when McGary was out for M. It is also stupid to equate count guys who left the team for the NBA in the equation. Burke and Hardaway were never going to at in that game and bringing them up to refute MSU years makes my head explode. It's not like nobody ever left MSU for the NBA.
I know other years there is a group that sits towards the top so wondering if Stauskus was blowing kisses toward them.
Yes the Maize Rage was there. We were so high up though and the kisses probably weren't towards us.
Overall, how was the Michigan representation?
I mean it was at Breslin and Sparty expected to win so it was pretty sparse throughout the stadium. The majority were either the parents section or in the rows over by us, but there was not a lot of Maize in that stadium (didn't matter since we sent Sparty home feeling pretty blue).
Great win, Walton was clutch.