This is a game we should win, especially being at home. I might sound dumb or whatever, but there is still a slim chance we make the big one. We will have to pull out some upsets down on the road, but I'm still optimistic.
Mini-Preview & Open Thread: Indiana
|WHAT||Michigan v. Indiana|
|WHERE||Ann Arbor, MI|
4:00 PM EST
February 12th, 2011
|THE LINE||Michigan -6.5|
If Michigan wants to make the tournament, this game is a must win. Hell, if they want to make the NIT, it's probably a must-win. Take care of business today, and you can worry about bigger goals later. Enough said.
With a few games under each team's belt, it's finally reasonable to look at the stats. If you need an explanation of the stats, check out Ken Pomeroy.
|Michigan v. Indiana: National Ranks|
|Category||Michigan Rank||Indiana Rank||Advantage|
|Mich eFG% v. IU Def eFG%||59||117||M|
|Mich Def eFG% v. IU eFG%||179||40||II|
|Mich TO% v. IU Def TO%||25||134||MM|
|Mich Def TO% v. IU TO%||236||178||I|
|Mich OReb% v. IU DReb%||308||118||II|
|Mich DReb% v. IU OReb%||42||135||M|
|Mich FTR v. IU Opp FTR||344||329||I|
|Mich Opp FTR v. IU FTR||61||199||MM|
|Mich AdjO v. IU AdjD||45||91||M|
|Mich AdjD v. IU AdjO||76||56||I|
The Wolverines are having a much better season than the Hoosiers, but the stats are nearly even. Part of that is a tougher schedule for the Wolverines. Though Michigan went down in Bloomington in embarrassing fashion, Indiana has yet to win a game on the road this season.
The Wolverines are playing some of their best ball of the season right now, whereas IU lost to Iowa last week... at home. Two of their most important contributors, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford, are injured and likely to miss today's game.
Pomeroy likes Michigan, 68-63, but I'm a little more optimistic, especially with IU's injury situation. I think Michigan comes away with a 65-53 victory in Crisler.
It's not dumb considering with a win today the conference record would be 6-7 which is similar to the Tourney team at this point. The team should have a decent shot if the record is 9-9 by the end of the season. With that record it would be nice to get a win or two in the BTT.
The 2009 team was exactly 16-10 and 6-7 in conference after 26 games.
That team also had wins against #4 UCLA and #4 Duke
But ucla at #4 is misleading. They were 4 when we beat them in nov but by this point in that season I don't think they were ranked at all and they were ultimately a solid if unspectacular six seed in the tourney. The duke win was the only really marquee win that season.
Our "signature" wins are 17-8 Clemson team, which is good, but a 14-10 MSU team
The team's confidence is high and Beilein should have us ready, the kids want revenge for their worst performance of the year...let's get this win and then we can truly begin the speculation for what it will take these last 5 conference games to get us in.
I'm probably more optimistic than most, but I think M has a good shot at the dance considering the remaining schedule and recent level of play. I believe that this team has a chance to have a bid all but locked before the B1G tourny.
IMO this is what needs to happen.
Win today v. IU
Win @ Iowa
Then win two of the final 3 against Wiscy, Minn, and MSU. I'm writing off the Ill game, just because that is such a tough place to play, but anything is possible.
I really think .500 in the B1G is an automatic ticket to the dance, and I'm already polishing my dancing shoes.
I'm a little more pessimistic.
I've seen this hype before, and this team has shown us that they can implode upon themselves and forget how to play basketball.
So, I'm not getting my dancing shoes out yet, but I've got that hankering for another dance.
In the meantime, I'll be screaming my head off in support of the team's efforts to get there!
Like the last ten minutes of the game? Just complete implosion. Luckily they held on.
Yeah, I was screaming my head off, but for the wrong reasons.
Unfortunately, the team did made my point.
But they won, and that's one more win closer!
also thank you badgers.
If Michigan makes either it will be a nice reward and good experience for these young players. Any word on todays game being sold out?
This team is as pleasant of a surprise as last year's was unpleasant.
No reason we cant get to the dance.....no reason at all!
does anyone know where this game can be watched live other then on tv?
you should be. 4 minutes left and they are up 62-55. ESPN. Great game - Wisky was down 15 at one point to the buckeyes.
EDIIT - WOOOOOOOO!!! buckeyes lose!!!!!!!!!
I'm glad that the Buckeyes finally lost but I'm more excited about the fact that Tim Doyle now has to shave that pubic hair off of his face.
Wisconsin pulls out the win, OSU had a complete meltdown after being up 15
Watford will be coming off the bench
No BTN :(
It is soooo much better than justin.tv or ustream or whatever else I've used.
thats why its my go to site..... u should always check the site even if the games are labeled differently .... sometimes it takes them a bit to change the name to the right game
This stream has been shut down to the public.
Anyone know of others?
I can't watch it on tv, so does anybody have a stream online I could watch it... help please?
I don't know if I'm watching the right team. All they're doing is trying to drive to the basket and run an offense inside the arc.
They're winning. I'll take it.
thats the second time oladipo has stolen the ball from Hardaway
The stream up at myp2pforum is working pretty well for those asking. Need to download stream torrent first and set your comp date for before dec31 2010.
On a separate note got to love the Carlton Brundige chant.
Was anyone else annoyed when the announcers said that the wolverine was the world's largest rodent? We're not the Michigan capybaras damn it.
I grew up in Milwaukee when the city was all into Tom Crean's Marquette. He was a hotl coach back then? Any thoughts on why -- as of yet -- he hasn't been able to turn that program around?
IU had a bunch of problems when Crean was hired. With that being said, I was a Marquette student during the DWade days, and I still think much of Crean's success was predicated on having a player like DWade. At this point, I'm not sure how good of a coach Crean really is.
Indiana needs to face the facts, they are no longer a powerhouse in the Big Ten and their superstar coach from a small school isn't working. They're are in the bottom of the B1G Ten and need to move on. Yes, they beat Illinois and others but com'on its Indiana Basketball.
Jeremiah Rivers getting all upset.
If we could make a free throw we would be killing these guys.
I mean Stu just airballed a free-throw.
Feels like a crappy first half, yet we have a 10 point lead
How does Morris get a techinical???
P.S. MAN, Jeremiah Rivers is one ugly dude.
Morris definitely said something.
He probably said man you are one ugly dude.
We stopped making free throws and couldn't pull away and now we can't make a basket. Starting to get a little nervous.
You could build a house with all the layups Michigan has missed thus far. A few of those and even half of the missed FTs and this is a 15 point ballgame.
I'm sure this will not be lost on JB at the half. Poor offensive rhythm for the last seven minutes and some awful FT shooting.
Stu, how can you airball a freebie?!
Who is Tim and why does his mustache look so absurd?
Also Michigan had "done a complete 180" from the time they lost but also "needs to start playing better basketball.
The award for overstating the case in both directions within one minute goes to the guy on the left.
Apparently Doyle said he would grow out his mustache until OSU lost.
So, looks like he'll shaving off that sad-as-hell caterpillar.
Now I have to like Wisconsin .
wtf Tim Doyle
Apparently Doyle is going to shave on-air? Or at the very least give the impression that he is, on with the Barbosal!
I love how Jim Jackson had to sit there, smile, and eat the shit sandwich while they talked about how WIsconsin beat Ohio State.
It might just be me, but Jim Jackson is IMO probably the best analyst they have on the BTN.