go go go
That being said beilein should keep them in the gym right now to shoot 100 FTs each. 3-9 is unacceptable.
Who would've thunk Nebraska would go 11 for 11 at the charity stripe?
This team is finding ways to win and I absolutely love it. GRIII showing emotion all game looked like a beast. Walton with some clutch buckets...I'm happy.
I've had my frustrations with Walton, but without him we probably lose this one. He's coming along exactly as he needs to, straight down to the ice water in his veins.
That baseline drive into traffic for the finish and one was incredible.
And the Jordan Morgan bunny doesn't go for someone else.
Goodness gracious. I love 2014. I love Michigan.
I said when we lost tough games to ISU, Charlotte and Arizona that those would help us moving forward. This team had to learn how to close, if not, it would've killed them late in the year.
They had to feel heartbreak and realize that you have to take it to a level you never thought you had when the game is on the line.
They also had to define roles at the end of the game.
They've done all of these things.
I miss McGary like heck, but this is a sneaky dangerous team.
Agree to a certain extent. The team still can't hit free throws in the last 5 minutes, but they have a will, play together, and have a great leader in Coach B.
This team cannot hit free throws all game.
has not played better in the final minutes of games. they are still playing terrible D and missing ft's.
they are also not playing isu and arizona.
Than making FTs and losing?
They ARE playing better. Watch the fricking game and you'll see that.
It's about stops and key buckets.
If you miss a FT, then you likely have to get a stop. Who gives a shit if you miss, but get a stop and win?
If you miss a FT and they score, then the team didn't finish. You can blame the FT shooter and the defense.
FT shooting can absolutely come back to bite you in the butt...and you need to make shots, but more importantly, you need to win.
I don't care if we don't hit one shot down the stretch, if we're up 1...they better not score. If you do that, obviously you win.
DEFENSE is the most important part of the game down the stretch, even more so than free throws.
I know Uncle Drew and Bill Russell say the game is "always about getting buckets." And that's true, but in crunch time, you have to put the clamps on...otherwise it doesn't matter how many FTs you make.
is that the mere result of winning one close game vs. losing a different close game--when the two games are played against two different opponents--is not evidence that you played better in the winning game than the losing game.
if you play terribly against a bad team, you can still win. if you play terribly against a good team, you will lose.
you can't use the result of us winning against minny and nebraska to compare the execution down the stretch in the isu game and arizona game to the execution down the against minny and nebraska and say that it improved. the reality is that the execution was equally terrible. the difference is that we were playing worse teams, and we had luck on our side in the win.
so ultimately why am i saying this? because i don't think that you should use the fact that we won a close game against minny or nebraska as evidence that we could out-execute a good team like wisconsin, msu, or osu down in crunch-time. the evidence is that we are bad down the stretch, and will likely fail against a good team.
But watching the game, it felt like Michigan was actually giving a lot of effort on defense, while Nebraska was just hitting a lot of tough shots. I understand the "Big deal it was just Nebraska" crowd, but at the same time watching the game you had a feel for how badly Nebraska wanted this game, and it felt like on this night a Herculean effort was needed to come home with a win. It could have easily gone the other way.
I think a lot of people around here and elsewhere underestimate the teams Michigan is playing. Their first loss was 77-7 to the still undefeated and currently ninth ranked Iowa Cyclones. Second loss was to a currently 10-4 Charlotte team. Third loss was to number #10 Duke. The last loss was to #1 Arizona. When you factor in that every team wants to knock off Michigan like they are Omar from The Wire because they went to the NC last year, along with the extreme youth and unfortunate injuries on the team, 11-4 starts to look pretty damn impressive.
Iowa State: 14-0
Total: 52-7 (88.1%)
Also, obviously you meant 77-70 in the loss to Iowa State.
The force-field kept that point-blank tip shot from going in!
Much like Mr Novak. I hate losing more than i like winning.
Successfully avoided a loss. I am pleased.
A great "must win road game".
Thought they had the tip in. THEY DIDN'T THOUGH!!! GO BLUEEE
That game was way too frightening and stress inducing... o.O
I'll take it.
Any road win is a good win.
I came here to say this, and since I can't up-vote I can just say yes I agree. True words were said here.
Who would have thought 2014 would be so good to UofM and it's alums/fans? Hopefully this trend carries through the remaining season and continues with the other teams ! :)
This is going to be a posbang, isn't it?
The team is starting to figure it out....they will make the tourney
GR3 deserves apologies from most Michigan fans lately.
Thankfully that's balanced out by most Michigan fans deserving apologies (and xanax) for having to watch this man-to-man defense.
Why? This shows how "off" he was for most of the OOC season. Only recently did he start playing up to expectations.
"He's awful, doesn't have any skills, great athlete/rec league basketball player, derppppppppppppppppppp"
It got pretty stupid earlier this year. Way further than "geez guys, he's not playing up to expectations!"
Consult pretty much any basketball thread on this site in the first month of the year.
"he's awful" would have to be a troll, and I'd be shocked if more than one or two people ever said that here. It's certainly not "most Michigan fans" who owe him an apology.
You're overstating the nature of the criticisms. He wasn't playing like a star earlier in the season and that was the nature of the bulk of the commentary, which was factually accurate.
No, I'm really not. I'm tempted to go back and show you, but it's not worth the effort. There would be 20 post stretches of nothing but GR3 trashing.
there was a consistent group suggesting he had no heart and no ball skills--and that the idea he would be a 1st round draft pick crazy. I suspect those were many of the same people who said similar things about Timmy.
I am one of those who need to apologize. I did post I thought it was odd he was being told he was a first round pick. I don't think he's the second coming or anything but he is playing like he deserves the accolades that were heaped upon him.
And I really thought to myself while listening to the game, I should bring this up here. But I was beaten to the punch.
People were saying some pretty questionable things about Glenn back in late November/early December. The game and snowflake threads were full of vitrol toward him in games that Michigan lost and/or in which he didn't play well.
To be fair none were on the order of some of the criticisms leveled against Devin but they were still pretty bad in their own right.
on the GR III bandwagon when a number of fans jumped off.
Thanks, Dan Jakich.
Oooh...I must be in the front row.
coming up on the right side of close games is the hallmark of a winner. Kids are getting better, fast. And, tons of stuff to work on to improve. Got to do better guarding guys out at the perimeter. Hope that this is fixable with focus, and not just the fact that we have bad footspeed.
I LOVE 2014!!!!!!!!!!
Tight games are probably going to even out in the end. Any road win is a good win!!!
The title says snowflakes, but the feel of the thread is much more that of a posbang thread. So, WOOO! 2014! Glenn Robinson really showed a lot in this game! Wooo! So did Stauskas in almost a closer role like Trey Burke! Woo! Winning!
Did I miss something? Isn't Nebraska supposed to the worst basketball school in the Big Ten? I had to work all night so I didn't get to see it... are they actually good, or are we struggling?
Is by far the worst team. The 9-11 spots are some combination of Penn State Nebraska and Purdue, depending on who you ask. This was a good win, as Nebraska is tough to beat on their home court, sell out crowd, etc. Their coach is really building a solid program in Lincoln.
Agree Nebraska is in the 9-11 range, but they're probably going to land in the 9 spot. Petteway is good. We could get a bye to the big ten tourney, but my guess is we finish in the 5th spot again with MSU, OSU, Wisconsin, Iowa in front of us. Only other team that I think has a real shot of finishing in the top 5 is Illinois. Finishing 6th in the big Ten should guarantee a spot in the tourney. So our goal should be that or higher.
who would have thought michigan could win a basketball game that came down to a defensive possession!!
gotta say, GRIII was a complete player tonight. his defense is always spectacular but he scored in just about every way tonight including hitting shots all over the floor, a thunderous alley oop, and a dunk on the break off his own steal which covered for a stauskas turnover at the clock was getting low. stauskas looked great shooting and especially passing, jordan morgan was brilliant, lavert had a few signature circus layups, and walton showed some flashes. the crucial turnover when it was tied near the end was awful but he made up for it (sort of) by driving into contact and willing his way to a tough basket and a shot at the line, which of course he missed. given his phenomenal half court halftime buzzer beater, i can forgive the missed free throw.
i liked also that beilein was far less conservative than usual with his timeouts, calling several to prevent the game from getting out of hand, and always showing good adjustments on the return to play.
Can't remember the last time we won a close game after missing so many free throws.
Coach JB, I'd schedule an early morning free throw practice for Saturday! Almost cost is the game!!
Bill Walton taking shots at Michigan for some reason on ESPN. Because UCLA has won so many big games in the recent years. What a joke!