Go Blue Baby!
How bout some love for Irvin!
Go Blue Baby!
How bout some love for Irvin!
Friday at home office day just got real good.
Great game - let's keep it going!!
to voice an opinion, so I'll gladly let it stand!
This team will never lose again.
they played a hell of a tough game today after a decent one yesterday. I won't fault them if they lose tomorrow or Sunday. But your point is dead on, play like this in the NCAA and they'll go to the end.
Want Minnesota to win today for two reasons:
1. I ALWAYS want State to lose and this would prolly seal their fate tourny-wise
2. I want another shot at Minni without the officials trying to influence the game to appease the home crowd.
Pretty sure State makes it with or without the W.
Also, I just like that matchup better for us.
Just because it would be soooooo good to have Michigan beat them under a bright spotlight.
If I agreed with your first point (i.e., if a loss here would keep Sparty out of the NCAA Tournament), I'd be on board with your logic. But I think the NCAA committee finds Izzo totes adorbs, and with their win over Penn State I think MSU is in regardless.
Idk if we get by MSU. Just reminds me of 3 years ago when the Elite Eight team was favored to win the BTT only to shit the bed against State due to tired legs in the last game.
This tournament setup doesn't favor jump shooting teams.
Then again who knows, this team has been all over the place this year. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if we win the whole thing this year.
Lets just hope Minny and MSU is a long grinding game that also goes into OT!
Even as I typed that, I was also thinking "be careful what you wish for". Agreed that MSU is not exactly an easy out for Michigan given team make-up. I do think we're clicking on all cylinders right now, though, and Sparty tears are really pretty tasty. So I'm sticking with my preference, all the while realizing that I may regret it.*
*Also realizing that my preferences really don't affect game outcomes ... .
But at 19-14 they are really going to have to think about it before giving them a slot. Not certain but cant remember too many at-large berths going to teams with 14 losses before.
But then again it IS Izzo so........
There were like 5 in 2011, IIRC, and none since. However, there just aren't the usual set of 20-12 / 21-11 type teams that could sneak in ahead of them this year. I expect multiple 14+ loss teams to get at-large bids this year; sadly, MSU will be one of them.
1 - they are ripe for the picking by a mediocre power-5 or good mid-major team. by anyone, really. they're not, you know, good.
2 - more importantly, if sparty doesn't make it, we're going to be subject to tom fucking izzo's face as a studio talking head. "hey, let's go back to the studio, where hall of fame coach tom izzo joins..." fuck that. i'm angry just thinking about it.
it's that they were in a fist fight, punching each other the entire way, and outlasted them. Street fight city. It was the best game they played all year because they had to stay focused on a top caliber opponent and did so and won.
And when this season ends, hopefully a long time from now, IMO the MVP is easy. Maverick Morgan. When that dude called the team "white collar" he definitely woke something up inside them. Say what you will but this has been a completely different team since then.
He called them out and they've responded. It's awesome.
He gets a NC ring. Mos def.
I say Bellein is first and Morgan comment second.
We beat Purdue by out-fighting them. I am stunned. We did not beat them just by outscoring them by hitting threes.
This is the kind of game we did not think a Beilein team could win since McGary played.
our primary and secondary weapons weren't working. We had to improvise and work hard to get the W and did so. This team is a FAR cry from the one that lost to OSU and Illinois. They have really come around to what we thought they should be and it is AWESOME!
Muppets in March!
Can't hold a candle to . . . Muppets in April!
Let's do it.
Wilson, current king of D.C.! Just a phenomenal game. We keep it rolling!!!
Wilson played the game Wagner played last time the two teams met. This may have been more impressive because he did it without Moe on the court most of the time. Irvin came up big but still scared me with flashes of hero-ball.
Also, Dakich was right about the O getting stagnent towards the end.
Big win gentlemen... keep up the great work (and get some rest).
Overcoming a 1 seed AND some shitty officiating....
Blue EARNED those Muppets!!!
Outside of a cold stretch of shooting in the 2nd half, he played an absolutely phenomenal game on both ends of the floor. He forced a bunch of turnovers on Purdue aside from all his blocked shots. I really hope Wagner can get untracked though. If we have both him and Wilson playing on all cylinders, who knows how far this team can go. Irvin is really starting to pull out of his slump too.
I read a couple of reports (one on MLive) that Moe hurt his back and had a pad wrapped on it, which was a big reason he wasn't in toward the end. No word on what, exactly, happened, nor his status for Saturday.
His parents are here visiting to see him play...
Somebody needs to thank them for coming and invite them please to come back in mid-April. :-)
his cruel fate.
Calling M lucky (looking past their most recent loss against NU) and saying that the plan crash wasn't a plane crash - media is being dramatic. I want State.
Yep. Michigan is up to #288 in KenPom's luck stat. Lucky as hell!
DJ DJ DJ DJ outscored Purdue by 12 from FT line...Won inspite of poor 3 point shooting 6-25 & unusually poor to/assist ratio for Walton,foul trouble for our bigs,stayed mentally tough throughout game,poor officiating.
Such a gritty, scuffling win. Shots weren't falling; bogus foul trouble and they get the win. Hells freaking yeah. Gritty muppets are deserved!
bring on sparty. or minnesota. doesn't matter who, they're our meat.
also - props to irvin. wasn't a great scorer today, but had a couple of key buckets and boards, plus he played all 45 minutes. that's a man's day.
I don't think we've seen anything this remarkable, in terms of the storylines (crash aside — the turnaround, the becoming something you aren't in such a 180-degree way, the grit and determination) since.....GASP....1989!
I know we've had better teams...and greater successes....but this story just sucks you in...and makes you so proud to be a Michigan Wolverine.
Whenever Muppets are posted, I listen all the way through, to both videos. I feel like it's just wrong of me if I don't. These Muppets are always earned - I feel like I need to pay due respect.
What about you all?
Me too. Both videos, end to end, in order.
Muppets is serious shit around here.
against a Purdue team that is talented, and put on a damn fine effort. This team is really hitting stride at the right time.
...that means Wagner should be fresh for tomorrow, right? Also, go Gophers!
Awwwww yisssssssssssssss. Muppets!!
Probably not a popular opinion, but, I'd rather lose tomorrow than lose on Sunday. I will take a tournament championship in a heartbeat, of course, but these guys need to rest up.
they have to be exhausted and the extra day of rest would be useful. But after today, I don't see who beats us. The big bodies Purdue had were incredible and we beat them. Does anyone else have bigs like that in the big ten?
A win tomorrow could get us off the NCAA 8/9 line. I want a win.
These guys can handle a plane crash, they can handle an extra basketball game.
Plus this team is on fire. The last thing they want is extended time off. They want to keep it rolling.
Crazy stat line for our victory. They shot better from two. They killed us in 3 pt %. They had triple the assists. More steals.Turnovers and fouls were both close (we usually are much better). But we had one more rebound and made 12 more FT's.
What an amazing game. Haven't felt that much tension for UM basketball in some time.
and wrap my head around that game. Purdue was fucking HUGE! Swanigan is a monster. Edwards is a monster. We out muscled a bigger and stronger team and beat them with grit and hustle. Damn I'm proud as hell of this team.