final tuneup before the mega matchup this weekend.
# 1 Michigan vs. Northwestern mens basketball open thread
A little perspective on how awesome this team has been this season. In the long and storied history of Michigan basketball 19-1 is the best start is school history. Here's to making it the second best start in school history.
Why arent there any free live streams? Doesnt anyone want to stream #1? THIS NEVER WOULDVE HAPPENED UNDER RICH ROD
Is there a stream? I can't find one on FirstRow
Well Wilbon said Michigan will lose this game because Northwestern beat Illinois and played Indiana close at Home - probably should just write this one off now . . .
You know he's a Northwestern alum, right? I don't think he was being 100% serious...
All this time I thought your username was ThadMattasGoblin, as in his personal goblin. Your way makes more sense.
Why the fuck do some NW alums pretend to care about NW sports?
The greater Chicago area is in an uproar with everyone trying to beat the traffic and make it home for the 5:30 tip
Wilbon made himself look stupid if he really said that because we're at home.
How many announcer "sayings" can you come up with before game time?
"Stauskas is more than a shooter"
"Robinson has an NBA body"
"Beilein and the 1-3-1"
"Mcgary is an energy guy"
At this point these four I just expect to hear every game. Are there others?
Do you think they will let us know if Coach has ever been an assistant along the way? We never hear about that.
don't forget "just like daddy" for Hardaway
lol ya good one that is said a lot too.
Does anyone else think btn2go is crap?
Ya it isn't great but probably better than nothing if ya can't get to a TV.
VIP isn't showing it.
and the inevitable Burke and Sullinger played at the same high school thing
Horford gets the nod. Good call.
Do you have the link you posted during the exhibition games.
I have that one from the Northen Michigan game, but its not working anymore
EDIT: I actually got btn2go to work on Chrome. I guess something is wrong with my firefox right now.
Don't freak out about the walking boot on Morgan; pretty standard for sprained ankles in athletes.
anyone have a live feed online that works? Thanks
#1 here we go!!
I have to say that it feels good to see and hear "#1 Michigan" in the telecast.
If anyone is interested, the closing line was Michigan by 19.5, with an O/U on 130 (or 128) on most sites.
I hear AJ Turner, 2014 G from Warren De La Salle, is at the game.
firstrow isnt working. Anyone got another link?
finding streams has suddenly become really annoying the past two weeks.
no BTN in AZ
And BTN2Go won't even let you buy it if you have Comcast.
Nothing is working for me...wtf? Usually firstrowsports is money
I just wanna see us grab the ball.
Well there goes the shut out
Wow, awesome extra passing.
ending with the Stauskas three needs to be gif'd.
Absolutely flawless passing.
Well said by the announcer, that's the difference between a good team and a great team!
I guess my btn stream is a bit behind. That was some great ball movement.
NW didn't get the scouting report on Stauskas...
Man he can shoot, I wonder if he can do anything else though...
Did Stauskas just say "I'm back"???
My man Nik.
Dumb sorority chicks in the first row of the Maize Rage behind the M bench not wearing maize.
The trials and tribulations of having bandwagon fans...
Those are actually team managers, so those seats are reserved for them
We are good at basketball.
This is going well.
Hell yeah that's how number 1 rolls!!!!
Michigan is showing why they are #1.
is so fun to watch. I cannot comprehend these things that are happening.
Anyone else catch Stauskas's "I'm baaack" after hitting that second 3? Awesome.
I saw it too. Love the confidence!
I hope Ace gets a gif of that.
Damn. That play makes me smile.
I can sum up the season thus far with "Basketball Porn."
Officially my favorite team ever. Wow I am going to enjoy every sec of this season.
lol students got him to rush that shot.
I love the gasp when Burke pulls that back
If you have VLC 2.0.5 there's a great quality stream. Copy the following link, paste it into VLC and press play.
This works perfectly for me!
Can I ask how you found that? for future reference.
Found it before the Illinois game over at Wiziwig:
These links have been there for a while but the Illinois game is the first time it worked for me.
Downloaded the new VLC player on my desktop but can't get the link to function.
I'm on a desktop too. I just pressed ctrl+v and clicked play and it worked.
Seriously, thank you for this. At first I was pissed that this didn't work, but then I chilled out and realized I had to paste it in the stream section, under network.
Thanks I really appreciate this.
Dude freaking awesome! It works great for me!
Except, it keeps freezing every 5 seconds for some reason...any idea how to make this stop?
There are some settings adjustments here:
1st, Open VLC 2.0.5. Go to Tools > Preferences
Select the radio button "Show Settings" - All (near the bottom)
Scroll down to advanced, and change the value for Network Caching to 5000 (ms).
This helps to prevent dropped frames and provides a more stable stream.
Also you probably need a pretty fast internet connection.
Ahhhh...I was looking for that. Thanks! That def helps!
This is amazing!
Kill them before they knew what hit em.
Poorly timed business trips making miss my first game of season! Sad Panda is sad. Keep the score updates!
Northwestern not much.
21-11 good guys t.o. on the floor 11:38 left in the first half. Oh and you're missing some damn good basketball-for the home team of course.
how dialed in we are right now.
Reason No. 33 I love this team, Every now and then they do something that forces me to let out an evil laugh, Dr. Evil style
YES! Another Bacari speech.
Yep Stauskas mouthed I'm Baaack...and proceeded to get burnt on a back-door cut. This is a ridic start though. They're taking No. 1 srsly.
OH EM GEE a Bacari pre-game speech is coming up I CANNOT WAIT
/ NOT s
/seriously, I'm serious
WHOOO LETS GO! WE ON!
Declaw the Cats. Priceless.
Holy pants Bacari is wearing something awesome.
I love Bacari..I have some tools here to de-claw a Cat!!!
Burke is en fuego right now!!!!
DAMN YOU FIRSTROW Vipbox is also a no-go for me
I've never gotten a stream to work with a BTN game...
I guess he is just a three point shooter...
Anyone know of a stream that's working for people outside the USA? Thanks!
I'm not sure if it is a feasible option for you, but someone above posted a link for VLC players.
AFAIK, VLC are free to download.
I am having trouble finding a good stream, both Firstrow and VIP do not have the game up yet.
I gave up and went with the radio from mgoblue.com
My VLC stream stops and buffers for a split-second every 5-6 seconds. Is this normal?
HAHAHA nail clippers for the Wildcats! Classic!
Knock on Wood....but our OEff (KenPom) is going to skyrocket up to 130 ppp if they keep this up!
Also: SRSLY. Whoever has a crush on me and has been negging all of my posts the past two days (and decided to go back to the past weeks worth of my posts and neg them as well)....Go get a fuggin' life.
I thought his name was Marco Tulio.
Our bench is getting better...Bielfeldt getting some time, and Horford looking like a major contributor off the bench...His offensive game seems like it is the best of all our posts (outside of robinson)
I cringe everytime I see that Morgan turned ankle. I did that so many times in sports I can feel the pain just watching it.
Michigan up 24-16 with 9:20 left in the first for anyone who needs it
Good looking offense there...
1-3-1 has seemed to make an appearance
Allstate Value Plan = "our most affordable plan". In other words this accident is not covered.
But with the money you saved you can learn the piano! Chords!
What's really annoying is that I was able to get a firstrow feed for the Notre Dame game. Talk about adding insult to injury
That guy played at Louisville and is in grad school? There are people who graduated from a Rick Patino coached program? Also I'm on the radio but it appears that THJ just stepped inside the arc to take a long two.
Pass fake against the 1-3-1 and then took a decently long two around the guy that jumped
Ya, but not in the typical fashion. I didn't have an issue with that shot.
Stauskas actually passed up a 3 he should have taken. Ain't going to meet Bacari's 7 three challenge doing that.
I love this team
This team can really blow it open quick.
McGary just makes shit happen!
Big Puppy hustle
That is a cool Canadian flag.
They've got to keep McGary in when he isn't in foul trouble. They always seem to go on runs when he comes in.
Is it me... or are they daring us to shoot?
canadian baconing it tonight!
so are the rest of the guys for that matter
bacon AND shakin'.
Can someone please post a pic of the maize and blue Canadian flag? Thanks
Can this game go on forever? Please?
...to chucking up as many 3s as possible, even though they aren't hitting any of them. Strategery.
Anyone have a live shot of Wilbon's face right now?
I want a pair of those flashing blue glasses.
Great D by Stauskas
When did NW get this bad at offense?
Nice D Nik!!!!
It's hard to commit a foul when the other team just passes around the perimeter for 35 seconds...
Tommy Amaker agrees :(
Boo Northwestern and their 35 second possessions. How are we going to get to triple digits when we only have 50 possessions :(
Assume the position. Now.
F U BIG TEN REFS!!!!
EDIT: Normally I wouldn't comment on MGoPoints, but whomever marked this as trolling: Lighten up, Francis. It was the first foul we committed the entire game. Grab a sense of humor.
getting better at finishing.
36-21 Michigan at the half
What a great half of basketball.
This is the opposite of the Nebraska game. They try to reduce the number of possessions but we end up on the high side of the variance of PPP.
Is that the Big Ten feed, Comcast or my TV?
What a dumb shot by Northwestern. Almost made them pay.
Good freaking half.
No weak links. Wow.
I love M's defense. Impenetrable.
EMU isn't impressed.
True, EMU's opponent only scored 4 points in the half. But we're still pretty darn good.
Obviously we would (and have) wreck EMU. Though I wasn't super impressed with our defense. It was very good and we forced some TOs, however you have to remember that NW was willingly wearing down the shot clock in an attempt to limit possessions.
EDIT: And now that they are picking up the pace they are starting to get open looks. There's a little work to be done on the defensive end still.
Quite possibly the best half of basketball I've ever seen
36-21 at the half.
FG% - 60.9% (14-23)
3PT% - 62.5% (5-8)
FT% - 75.0% (3-4)
FG% - 40.9% (9-22)
3PT% - 27.3% (3-11)
FT% - 0% (they had no opportunity)
Stat of the game perhaps - zero turnovers for Michigan and one foul. Oddly enough, Northwestern has the edge on rebounds. That's about it though.
That is simply beautiful.
Maybe Beilein will go get a hot dog at half time. Not a lot of half time adjustments needed this game. "Hey, guys. Just repeat."
This team looks so dangerous right now. I hope they play like this forever. Yes I said forever.
Now that we've made it to the half with one foul, I want to see us try to force a faster tempo in the second. Pressure hard, force turnovers, get out in transition. Gonna have to practice imposing our will at some point.
Unless NU really wants to play HORSE like they've shown. We win HORSE every time.
Anyone going to watch The Americans tonight? It's getting pretty glowing reviews. Don't miss out if you feel bitter about being out of the loop on Homeland.
come out in 2nd half, show more dominance and just basically overall solid BBall and get ready for Saturday night.
ya would be nice to be able to rest Burke a lot of this next half.
Yep. I'd like to see them really crank up the defensive pressure and prevent some of those open 3s. I don't think we need to help on the post as much as we have.
EDIT: Weird, it seems I can't reply to the post I'm trying to reply to. Re: the post on The Americans
Oooh, thanks for the reminder. I set the DVR yesterday but I probably would have forgotten about it until tomorrow otherwise.
Definitely looks good.
It's probably because I'm so clearly a troll...
Re: The Americans...Toat's McGoats. Been looking forward to checking that out. I'm not sold I'm going to love it but I have a good feeling it'll be well done. (Eminence Front - The Who, is the perfect song for those previews; sets the tone for the era perfectly.)
A Time critic said after getting through the third episode he was convinced it was a must watch show. I'm really looking forward to it.
Another reply to the Americans post that was put in the wrong place.
Have we broke the Matrix?
IS MORPHEUS LOOKING FOR US?!?!
Is back to shooting > 50% from 3 for the season!
And the announcers, writers and opposing coaches notice it and comment on it. Beilein has done a remarkable job. How can he not be COY.
So what's up with the blue shades tonight?
Interesting comment regarding TV timeouts by Zack Novak.
Someone asked him what he thought about them.
he responded with "As a player, needed the tv timeout. As a fan, hate the TV timeout.
Damn they got lucky there.
Slick move by Horford.
Woo Horford post-up points!
Horford can be that missing post weapon....if he is..watch out
His brother is now his dad.
He probably picked a good game to go cold, though.
Still waiting on that team that was there in the first half....
Game casting tonight. How is THJ body language? Good, bad or is he just off tonight?
BTN, Keep polishing the turd that is Northwestern basketball
Is GR3 just RG3 trying to test out his skills at b-ball?
Northwestern is back in this game...
NW is picking up the pace and getting open looks.
Yeah in the first half we forced some TOs and SCVs, but remember NW was willingly wearing down the clock to limit possessions. I thought we played good, not great defense. Gambled a few times, helped a couple times when I thought we could have stuck to shooters better.
This will be a good challenge to turn it up after NW responded out of halftime.
We played pretty darn good D in the first half. Second half is just that NW is putting the ball in the basket and we're not. I expect things to change back to how they normally are soon.
Agreed. I just wouldn't say it was "great" because we did give up a few wide open 3s. Plus, the SCVs were a combination of good D and NW's fear of running with us.
Welp time to Illinois them. Let them feel like they're in it and keep kicking them down.
Relax, the winner is pre-determined
Nice camera angle jackass
Wow. Free throws.
Obligatory "I could hit at least one free throw" post
For not practicing your FTs.
Watching the VLC stream?
If so, could you help? I've used it before, but today I keep getting a msg that the link doesn't work. I heard others have the same problem. If it is working for you, could you explain exactly your process?
We are cold as cold can be.
What an ugly pass
The play by play man may be awful but I think Shon Morris is a pretty good analyst.
I give the BTN props for tyring to create suspense when the doomed Northwestern team creates a mini run.
My thoughts exactly. He's trying his best to make it seem they have a chance.
Well considering we've been giving Northwestern chance after chance to get back into the game, its not totally unjustified for saying they have a "chance." We're just lucky that Northwestern is not that good a team.
This announcer is really really really snnoying
Watching the VLC stream?
If so, could you help? I've used it before, but today I keep getting a msg that the link doesn't work. I heard others have the same problem. If it is working for you, could you explain exactly your process?
Copy the link listed above. Open VLC media player and select media at the top left.
Scroll down and click on stream.
In the middle select the network tab, and insert the link there.
Click stream. It will save the link. Click stream again.
It will take you back to the main VLC page, all you did was save the link.
Now click Play in the lower left, then select the network tab, your link will be there and you should be able to select play in the lower right...it will load and work.
Let me know ifyou still have problems.
It's not working - I get the same message that it doesn't recognize the link.
This is the stream I'm using (the ipad option):
Please help this AA homeboy living in Korea...
that is the link I used, try that
Thanks so much for your help. I had just tried that as well - didn't work either. Same error.
I used VLC to watch the ILL game. Confused.
Got my links from wizwig.
Are you trying to view it with an Ipad, or a PC/Laptop? What version VLC do you have?
I'm using this link to view it on my laptop, it currently works fine but im in the states.
EDIT" What exactly does the error say?
I was using the individual game link lower on the BTN page, not the 24/7 link. I just tried the 24/7 link and it is working on VLC... the game is over of course. I'll try this next time. Next game thread, you might see me crying on these boards again looking for help. If so, please be as kind as you were today.
You, sir, and a true Michigan Man.
Thanks, Go Blue!
No problem, glad you could get it working hopefully for next time. I hate missing games lol.
Nice ball fake to draw the foul. He needs to do that more often when he drives.
There's the Burke/Sullinger comment...
Wow we're so lucky this game isn't closer right now
Or NW is so lucky we aren't up 30. To ways to look at it.
It's so interesting that this year, in this situation, I still have zero doubt we'll win. Such an odd sensation.
Where is the team that we saw in the first half? This is ugly.
This is exactly how the Fab Five used to play. Especially their freshman year. They would absolutely dominate and then give up the lead. I think it is more about youth than anything.
Why does the announcer think that only NW missing opportunities? He's making it seem like NW should be winning if not for some cosmic force that's making them mess up. Oh, and Hardaway is so frisking streaky.
These guys are playing with no energy. Even (especially?) McGary.
Maybe too much energy. If McGary didn't try to do too much and dribble up court we'd have 1 less turnover.
I Disagree. He had a couple rebounds he usually gets and he didn't take the ball strong to the rim on either of his past two attempts. Dribbling the ball up the court doesn't take more energy than giving it up and running to the basket.
My point is, it is dumb to say players aren't playing with enough energy. Criticizing energy and effort when it is not blatantly obvious that a player is playing with no respect for himself, his teammates, and the game should probably be avoided.
I disagree with this too. The energy level of a team waxes and wanes throughout games. You don't always have your best focus or intensity. It's not the same as saying a player doesn't care about his team. I don't think such an evaluation is "dumb".
I love it when both teams go ice cold!
Burkes fired up. Here we go fellas!!!!
Stauskas....he can do more than shoot the three...
Please tell me they said he wasn't just a shooter
he's not just a three point shooter...
What is that call?!
Wait for it, wait for it...
LOL Big Tehhhhnnnnn refs.
There it was..sorta. "He is more than just a one dimensional three point shooter"
Love the Stauskas dunk but he HAS to get back on D.
Finish your drink.
Is there a stream? Cannot find it on firstrow
Do not think so many have asked and none have been posted. BTN seems to really lock down that aspect.
Wait, I thought Stauskas was just a shooter.
Hey, did you know that Trey Burke is right-handed, but he can go left?
Is he drunk/high?
Tom Hamilton must be on the Northwestern payroll with the way he's stumping for the Wildcats being able to win this game. Seriously, this game was there for the taking for Northwestern!?!
You a comedian, Tom Hamilton. You a comedian.
But they were within 9 points early in the second half! It was right there! They were going to win, but then they just had a missed opportunity (and then 15 more min against UM)
Horford is a great FT shooter! Tonight.
has yet to translate it to the court.
Abrahamson looks like he's 13.
Stauskas's D has improved tremendously
Remember who he's guarding...
Wait, I have no effing clue who he's guarding. Some future accountant I'm sure.
They're calling those missed layups without recognizing that the defenders did a good job altering the shots.
No good job on UM; this whole game is one big missed opportunity by NW.
Yeah I think Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller will probably finish a few more of these than NW.
Well did you expect to beat Indiana by 20?
I think that was my point.
Still doesn't change that having bodies under the basket to alter shots means the opposing team won't make as many as if there were no hands in his face. IU will put back more, but D can still curb that a bit.
That tip was the chance. NW would have been in it for sure with that one...
Game... blouses? Game. Blouses.
It came out of nowhere and now I'm seeing it everywhere.
Do you read any of Brian's posts on the main page????
I read them all and I did not get the referenece either.
How about not being too cool for school and just telling us?
"Game blouses" kinda almost rhymes with "Game Stauskas"
kind of a reach IMHO, but that's Brian.
It's more of the way he's dunked and release his dunk/come to the ground, earlier in the year (a few weeks back versus any of the past couple games). Stauskas' release of the rim a few times was reminscent of how Prince lowered himself in the immortal-like manner...two hands, to one hand, to no hands! The rhyming thing? Eh, a bit of a stretch.
Charlie Murphy True Hollywood Stories (from Chappelle's Show)
Chapelle Show reference. Google it, funny stuff.
really dissapointed there is not a free live stream going...But watching the gamecast is equally as entertaining.
FT shooting could be a major problem for us in close games.. We really only have one very good FT shooter (Stauskas).
Eh, Burke and Hardaway are fine.
Remember, we've got a small sample size as far as FTA goes. I'm not worried.
What about: Burke .775, THjr .736, GRIII .700?
Not gunna lie, I didn't look up percentages before that post; I would have thought they would be lower.. Classic focusing on the negative over the positive I suppose. Glad to be wrong.
Burke is a pretty solid FT shooter, his percentage is nearly that of Stauskas iirc.
What's weird...I know Nik has this very good percentage from the line but I swear to gawd he misses one every trip to the line I see (which is about all of them). I see Trey usually making both (sometimes he'll miss one).
I know there's 5 minutes left, but I really like the D tonight.
Is it just me or is this BTN analyst actually pretty good?
Hamilton has been brutal but I think Shon Morris does a nice job.
Not the play by play guy, the other one.
Shon Morris is decent. Tom Hamilton is not.
I find the analysis much easier to listen to when the team I root for is number 1 in the nation and dominating...that may just be me though
and so much fun to watch.
and I love this team, that is all
tune up for Sat. night. This is a very talented, unselfish team.
Hope we get to see some bench in these final minutes.
Over/Under 1:09 left for when we see obligatory Eso or Blake 3-pt attempt.
Damn, 13 seconds off.
tried to no look it.
Derrick Walton makes that pass in his sleep. We're gonna be scary good again next year.
Did he just say first Michigan has to get by this one...with a minute left and a 22 point lead?
If they get some of those tips it could happen. The door is open I hear...
Caris has a weird stroke at the free throw line.
Fans: "Beat the Hoosiers"
PBP Dude: "Fans chanting 'We want the Hoosiers'"
Hmmm... It appears someone doesn't like me. I'm sorry.
Here's Stu Douglass being "more than just a shooter"TM
"Beat the Hoosiers!"
Second-string defense immediately gives up a brutally easy layup and then McLimans nearly airballs a three-pointer.
Best record in Michigan basketball history! This team is special. Go Blue.
Big game Saturday night.