Michigan is That Hot, Hot, Hot !!!
Michigan 95, Iowa 67
For the first 13 minutes against Iowa, Michigan looked as disjointed and inconsistent on both ends of the floor as they had all season. The Hawkeyes, coming off a four-point loss to Indiana, looked poised to give another top-flight team a serious test, holding a 21-17 edge with seven minutes left in the first half.
Over the course of the next 27 minutes, the Wolverines scored 78 points.
The onslaught actually began on defense, when Mitch McGary electrified the Crisler crowd with a volleyball spike of a block against Iowa's Aaron White—a display of sheer athletic superiority. From that point, Michigan finished the first half on a 27-14 tear featuring three thunderous dunks—one each by Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, and Tim Hardaway Jr., whose one-handed throwdown will assuredly crack the Sportscenter top ten.
In the waning seconds of the half, the Wolverines somehow moved the ball coast-to-coast in under four seconds, capped by a Robinson layup that sent the team running into the tunnel with an 11-point lead.
Iowa had made their upset bid. There would be no upset.
The acrobatics continued in the second half as the Wolverines pulled away; in all, Michigan totaled 11 dunks by five different players. They also connected on 10-of-22 three-pointers. Of their 36 field goals, 24 were assisted. They committed six turnovers.
Robinson, perhaps more representative than any other Wolverine of the new breed, led the charge with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and ten rebounds. After the game, he revealed one of his nicknames, "Light Rob," for his ability to register so-called quiet points within the framework of the offense. His points weren't so quiet today—five dunks tend to make some noise—but he once again displayed a knack for showing up in the right spot, rarely needing to do so much as dribble to put the ball in the hoop.
Trey Burke did what Trey Burke does: 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 12 assists, a steal, and a lone turnover. Michigan's other star, Hardaway, also managed 19 points, hitting 3-of-5 threes and stuffing the stat sheet with five rebounds and five assists. Nik Stauskas, working around the margins, scored 13 and threw down a slam of his own, using his lethal three-point shot to set up the drive.
Then there was McGary, doing the grunt work in his best game as a Wolverine. He finished with five points, hitting his only two field goals of the day; more importantly, he hit the glass, bringing in 11 rebounds in just 20 minutes and keying the fast break with quick outlet passes. Continuing to show more explosiveness after starting the year rusty, McGary tallied three blocks and, yes, dunked.
Despite a margin that hung in the neighborhood of 30 points for much of the second half, Crisler didn't begin to empty until the last couple minutes, after the starters had all been (mercifully) pulled. This was a show, the divine intersection of athleticism and skill, and woe be upon the fan who didn't savor every second.
Asked to compare this team to the others he's coached, John Beilein said, "we run a little faster and jump a little higher." In a grand concession given his previous, tongue-in-cheek dodging of such questions, Beilein even went so far as to say "a few" of his past players may even admit this Michigan outfit is superior to his past squads.
Indeed, Coach. Indeed.
Wow, this team is impressive. With all due respect, I don't think Zack and Stu would start for this team
I don't think anyone from the past 5 seasons would start other than maybe Deshawn or Manny
Lol, there's no way either Deshawn Sims or Manny Harris would start for this team.
Both DeShawn and Manny would start for this team. I love this team and they are great, but are you nuts?
I don't think he's as nuts as you think. Manny put up points and got boards but he was very inconsistent and inefficient. You might be able to make a case for starting him over Hardaway, especially last year's version, but I don't think I would given his improved shooting. Plus, if you start him for Stauskas you lose that deadly outside threat. I think he would come off the bench.
As for Sims, you might be able to make a case for starting him at the 5, but that's quite a logjam and its not his natural spot. Or, you start him over GR3, which might not be a bad move, but I don't think it's necessarily that cut and dry.
It would be real nice, though, to have any of the above options.
if we would think different of Manny and Deshawn if they had Trey Burke dealing to them. I think each of them had Darius for one year(?) and before that it was kind of mess. I bet we would think a lot more highly of them if they were on this years team because Trey would make them both look amazing
1. Robinson is a man child, complete beast
2. I almost spit my coffee out when I heard "Get Up to Get Down" at the end of this clip...pure awesomeness.
They have the potential to be the best Michigan team of my lifetime, even though they may not have the accolades to prove it at the end.
I think they may be ultimately be one of the best Michigan teams ever, if not the best, no matter what happens in March. The luckiest or hottest team, not the best, usually wins March Madness.
I agree that getting hot in March often determines it, but c'mon now. Theres no way I'm putting any non-NC team above the 1989 team. I get what you're saying about the luck involved in March but in the end I just feel like results matter.
Case in point:
What Kentucky fans would put last year's team below their John Wall team? Not many. But the John Wall team was MUCH better and MUCH more talented, just didn't get it done in March (lost to WVU in the elite 8 I believe).
For reference, the John Wall Team had FIVE first round draft picks that year, including their 6th man BACKUP center. That's just ridiculous.
That's actually not a great example. Last year's Kentucky team tied the record for most wins by a college basketball team and had the #1 and #2 overall picks in the draft. It also ranked higher (1st vs 3rd) on KenPom than the John Wall unit.
To your larger point, if this team goes sometihng like 14-4 or 15-3 and wins the Big Ten, then it's the best Michigan team since at least the Fab Five. Heck I could argue it's better than that those squads if it accomplishes that. Results do matter and you are judged by what you do in March, but a 30 game regular season is a better gauge of a team's talent level than a t one and done ourney in a semi filled pro arena.
Definitely appreciate that you disagreed and backed it up with facts. I respect that. The one thing I would like to counter with is that last year was an extremely weak year for college basketball. Kentucky was the only great team in the entire country, every game they played they were huge favorites.
Granted this next statement is just opinion but I think 3-4 teams from the John Wall year would've been favored to beat 2011-2012 Kentucky on a Neutral floor, including that Kentucky team. KenPom can only really be used to measure within 1 year, not comparing year to year, so 1 vs 3 is sort've irrelevent if you are comparing different years.
The Stauskas dunk.
that had the announcers seemingly out of their seats?
my appreciation and regard for this team keeps rising. I can't wait for the next game so that I can be impressed even more.
Is it next Sunday yet? Time for Trey to remind tsio that they passed on him.
Watching Trey I would almost draw the Allen Iverson comparison, he just moves so much faster than everyone else. Bouncing around the floor until a crease opens isn't supposed to work, a regular player can't do that.
I think that is the best comparison for him. Size, speed, ability to score are all pretty similar.
I see more of a Chris Paul resemblance, just because of his vision and abilty to get others involved.
Definitely Chris Paul, for those reasons you've stated and that Allen Iverson is a athletic freak of nature. While Trey is fast, I dont think anybody has speed and hops on Iverson in his prime.
Can't really believe I'm saying this.... He reminds me of a more physically mature, less selfish Iverson. Holy crap
So basically he's Allen Iverson without being Allen Iverson
I don't know about that, Iverson had a better crossover, and when iverson took it to the hole he wouldn't throw a high looping bank shot in, he'd dunk over the opposing center. Iverson was an athletic freak. Burke's a better shooter though, and probably a better passer, definately better at tallying assists.
Some may be too young to remember, but I think he reminds me more of Isiah Thomas. But when Iverson, CP3, and Zeke are the three guys in the conversation, you really can't lose.
We will never lose again, ever
I think we were scoring close to 8 points per minute.
I suspect some other teams are in for a rude awakening re: where they stand in the B1G. I suspect that the first delusional fan base will see the light on Thursday.
They're dangerous in Carver-Hawkeye. On the road, I think not so much.
but its the depth outside of those guys that make this team so dangerous. Hardaway can shoot the 3 and go inside, Stauskus shoots the 3 and has used that to set up a move off the dribble, McGary can penetrate, Morgan is a strong force underneath - which by the way, seems to be so much better at it this year than he was last year, not because he's a year older necessarily, but because he's got guys inside and outside taking pressure off him. Defenses can't account for 5 solid players all the time like Michigan can field. Its so much fun to watch.
Great game and great write-up. I wasn't able to watch this game, and I sure wish I had, but it sure is nice to see a summary and highlights that help capture the excitement.
Btw you can find almost every game on youtube within a few days posted by mgovideo or mgodisney. i also found one once posted by presserbot that was posted sooner than the others I think.
10 minutes into this game I thought we were back to grind it out Big Ten basketball. Then someone fliped a switch and we score 41 points in 11 minutes.
We should get one more game like this which will equal our best start ever, then a true challenge to beat it.
That switch has a name and it's Mitch McGary. Mitch 'The Switch' McGary?
I love this tidbit: in Beilein's first five seasons here, we scored 80 or more points a total of 18 times (out of 168 games). This year, we're averaging 82 points per game.
It's also important to remember that in 108 games that means the conference was 2/216 in terms of opportunities for a team to score 94 points (less than 1%). Michigan is 2/2 so far this year.
Mitch will be straight up scary by the end of the year. He's improving every game and his hands and agility are insane. This team is special. I don't think Columbus is ready for next Sunday.
I ain't seen so many dunks since Webber and the boys drew East Tennessee State in the second round of the tourney back in '91 at the Omni in Atlanta
Edit: make that '92. Memory fading
The biggest thing that makes this team so great is that our best player is also our PG. in my opinion, PG is by far the most important position on the floor and we just happen to have the best player in the nation running the show for us.
Ellerbe. For the rest if us it's just what Michigan basketball is supposed to be. (OK, maybe a little better)
any way to get a good GIF of McGary's block? That looked wicked.
The talent level this year is mind boggling. I keep reminding myself that three of these kids are freshman....you can see the team starting to gel game by game.
I suspect they will have a few games along the way when they are off and will lose, but on a good night, with their 3-point shooting, I think they can play with anyone in the country. We will know more in a couple of weeks.
As I said yesterday, I've drunk the koolaid. Short of injury, I don't think anything can or will stop Michigan. I agree with those who see McGary continuing to improve. LeVert continues to get better. Stauskas will get better. Burke, Hardaway, and Robinson are already performing at an extremely high level. It is just sick to have four guys who can easily score 20 any night. With that kind of performance, no one has to take the weight of the team on their shoulders. Morgan occasionally will get a double - double, but once McGary is running on all cylinders, who is going to stop us? More than that, I still have very high hopes for Horford.
I'm now at the point where I can't see more than 2 or 3 losses all season long.
About my only regret is that I could easily see 3 guys go to the NBA after the season is done. But if that's the price to pay for success, it's a price worth paying.
I really don't think GRIII leaves. I would like to think that his dad is either smart enough, or has smart enough friends, to tell the kid he doesn't need to go because the education is more important.
I can even see Hardaway staying another year if he is rated at the bottom of the first round. At that stage, staying for the degree and another run with a super-talented team should only increase his draft spot.
he is very ready, and besides he may have a lot credits already and he can always come back to finish some time later. Juwan Howard was able to finish with his class despite leaving after three years.
GRIII is not ready yet, still boyish, will celebrate his 19th birthday tomorrow, and I am sure that he is not in a rush either. His father stayed for three years in Purdue and Tre should get time to enjoy college as well. He could be a much more dominate players in two years.
Big Dog's college career was a different era in two ways. 1. It was far more common for star players to stay 3 years (and I think in MJ's era, players could only come out after 3 years in college, but I may be wrong). He was drafted one year before Garnett came out as a high schooler and NBA teams began to change the way they drafted. 2. That was also an era when rookies could get huge contracts (relative to the rest of the NBA). Now with the rookie wage scale which limits initial contracts, the new emphasis is on getting to a second, potentially max deal, contract, and also setting up the potential for a third contract.*
In other words, if you come out @ 20, there's a much greater chance of getting a large contract at 25 and a second large contract @ 30 vs. coming out at 22 and getting the second contract at 27, there's less of a chance that teams will make the same investment in a 32 year old player.
All this, of course, requires being drafted in the first round and being a developed enough to begin contributing in major ways during the second year so teams begin planning to invest long-term. He might come back next year to develop as a primary scorer/ to show what he can do on a team where he's not the 3rd/4th scoring option (though there's a risk there, too). I'm also not sure what kind of relationship GRIII has with his dad, and how much the financial security his dad was able to achieve might allow GRIII to stay longer in college if he so wanted. I'd be very surprised, given the economics of the NBA, if he stays more than 2 years.
*As a comparison, GRII signed a 10 year/$68 million contract in 1994. This year, Anthony Davis signed a 3 year contract for $15 million guaranteed with a team option on the 4th year.