Michigan looking to start 11-0 and move into the top 2.
# 3 Michigan vs. West Virginia mens basketball open thread
Anyone have a link to an online stream?
Not a link but hit up firstrowsports.eu. You'll easily be able to navigate to a link.
I'm curious to see this WVU team. Are they really as bad as they're loss to Duquesne says they are? I think Michigan can handle them regardless, but how easily they handle them is up in the air. I'd like to see Horford's playing time continue (along with Levert's) and maybe even up the minutes; I've liked what I've seen of him thus far. Resorting back to last year, I'd like to see THJ GET TO THE BASKET. I think many of the shots he has taken were not bad shots the past few games but he has also, it seems, stopped the attacking of the hoop with the reckless abandon of a few weeks ago.
Ret's Go Brue.
I want to see McGary get more minutes. The offense seems to pick up steam the past few games when he's out there. Morgan and Horford on the floor at the same time seemed to compromise our offense last game.
Holy Cow !! Fire up Blue!!!
dang.. whats with all the scoring late in the potato bowl
Come on Utah State you couldn't just run the clock out!
Let's Go Blue!
That Jim Beilein knows what's up. But what about John?
I expect Burke to blow up tonight...Big stage being Sat night at Barclays, and I expect him to play like his draft stock is on the line.
Was Rafferty just having a seizure!?
It could be the lighting or my tv but do the uniforms not look highlighter?
I was just thinking the same thing. Hopefully it's an actual change in color and not the lighting.
Hardaway...way to start out strong
Like the way we are draining the 3 ball.
Canadian Bacon! We are rolling!!
game looks like a blow out already...shooters are on on the big stage!
We're shooting pretty well... hahaha
Great start boys
Hot start! Keep it up Blue!
Canadian Bacon! Ring it up!
I'm digging this whole draining 3's thing.
On pace to score 220 points!
Let's do this all the time
That's the kind of start I was lookin for. Go Blue!
I love it
so Raftery can say "Send it home big guy!"
edit: 2 seconds later Morgan dunks
ahhhhhhh great start!
what a start for the first 2 and half minutes!
He plays his best off the dribble
When's the last time Bob Huggins wore a suit
His court appearance in Cincy
Anyone notice the DB West Virginia fan in the front row? Keeps jumping up and screaming at the refs. Yellow shirt and a hat on.
Another turnover. This game could not have started much worse for West Virginia.
Damn we look impressive when we're clicking on all cylinders!
i know its early and they tend to let teams back in the game.. but "they came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass and it looks like they are all out of bubble gum"
I just don't see Tim having much success in the NBA if he can't get the dribbling under pressure squared away. He's got the drive thing going, but quick, good hands defenders will eat him up. One more year!
with all this traffic, we shoulda had a live chat
FUCK I wish that slam would have went down for Stauskas!
GRIII is having some trouble finishing dunks the last few games...2 hands my man
15 points every 4 minutes and some change? I think that's nice pace. We can work with that, or indeed, 19 points every 5 minutes. Both scenarios work and project well throughout the season.
Was that a rebound or steal for Burke??
See the good things that happen when you get rebounds?
come on...that wasn't a foul...
Refs letting a lot of the hand checking go
I mean, we look great, but we are not playing a tournament team tonight.
WVU is bad at basketball.
the more it's eveident he'll be a complete player. He D is solid, his handle is great, and we all know about his shooting.
If only Stauskas had finished that dunk!
Love the start tonight!
their D is really aggressive tonight... Best I have seen this year
...and I told you Burke would blow up tonight
Wow, I wasn't expecting the game to be like this early on. Michigan is dominating.
timmy playing lights out in the first half so far
If he always shot like this, this team would be almost impossible to beat. Too many shooters
LOL at having a banner for 8 sold out shows for Jay Z even if he has ownership in the team.
Agreed, and his owndership is less that 1% of the franchise. Genius by the Russian if you ask me. Great publicity.
Gotta tighten things back up a little bit. Getting sloppy and taking some iffy shots.
Wait til Burke gets back out there. It'll tighten up.
Love Horford's hustle on the boards. It's ok if he racks up a few fouls from being aggressive. Advantages of having good depth
Isn't Bob Huggins a sleazy coach? I recall him being considered John Calipari like when he was at Cincinnati.
I don't know the exact percentage, but I thought he had a close to 0% graduation rate going at Cincinnati over a few years. I'm probably wrong, but thats all I remember.
What I like seeing so far tonight is the rebounding. Hopefully we can keep this up.
Michigan is absolutely dominating the boards.
ice cold now
We need to stop just goingfor three pointers though. We're letting them back in the game.
I wish they would show more of the building, inside and out. It seems amazing.
Ugh Raftery... awful.
Drawing a lot of fouls & grabbing a lot of boards. This is something new. I like this.
Uh-oh, what happened there?
FUCK....a knee...come on, not him...he just got back from an injury
IMO, it's a toss-up as to who is the biggest surprise this season: Stauskas, an improved THJ, or Horford.
Dammit, he just went down. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUI
Left knee just gave out
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK FUCK FUCK
Not good!!!! I like Horford a lot and his defense!
I feel horrible for this kid...
That didn't look like ACL. Hopefully not bad
Inability to bear weight not a good sign. Especially in the setting of a healing MCL.
That does not look good
Fuck Fuck Fuck. I hope thats just a twisted knee and only a week or two recovery.
Not much contact...or did I see it wrong?
Scary non-contact injury. Hope it looks worse than it actually is
Feel bad for Horford. He must be made of glass or something.
don't be a dick
Feel bad for Horford. He must be made of glass or something.
Ahhhhhh nooooo. He was looking so good too. Damn I hope it's not serious. I feel bad for the guy. Damn that knee.
I really hope he is okay that kid has some awful luck
Seems like a good young man, hope he takes his education seriously.
Getting tired of the fast break 3 point attempts. Let's attack the basket more.
You got it, bro!
McGary slams it literally 5 seconds after I press save.
That didn't look good for Horford. Brutal.
and that was a BS call on Nik travelling
and nice play Trey to Mitch for the bucket and one
Your minutes just expanded. Take advantage!!!
He's a redshirt junior. ESPN had him listed as a senior, but eligibility wise he's a redshirt junior.
RS Jr. even though they listed him as a Senior.
Disgusting move by Stauskas with that behind the back dribble. Not a travel
He seemed to take a few extra steps but it was a sick move none the less.
Phantom travel aside, this kid is really showing he's much more than just an outside sharpshooter....that was some nasty handling
Canadian Bacon is serving fools!
this team is always so fun to watch and it's a big game and we're winning.. but damn. Horford came out looking strong and was giving us even more depth after going through the injury problems.. then this.
The commentator just said McGary has excellent body control...
I like Mitch's motor but body control is not excellent.
what a shame. horford plays with so much effort/heart, he deserves better than legs that keep betraying him.
Considering he literally grabbed his knee, that would be unlikely.
I feel so bad for Horford, you could tell that was a major injury. It's so hard to mentally come back from the same injury. God willing a speedy recovery...
stauskas is forcing things a bit.
Mitch just wasn't ready for it
If Mitch didnt have his head in the clouds he would have been ready for it...
What game are you watching?
forcing a drive or pass has nothing to do with shooting
geeze another game where we get a big lead and just shit it away...
game is starting to get alittle close
West Virginia shooting 63% from the field. Why is it a pattern for teams to have their best shooting performances against us?
cause we play soft D?
Because teams get amped up to play top teams and sometimes over perform. Our defense hasn't looked bad.
Pardon my oldness, but #3 is changing the direction of the ball when he dribbles. We used to call that a carry. Why isn't that a violation?
We are settling for a few too many jumpshots right now and look a little sloppy, need to get burke back with the ball and slow the game down a little bit.
worst part of horford is that as a kid who knows knee injuries, he sure looked like he knew it was bad. :(
We really need to re-focus. The D is beautiful tonight, but we seem to be forcing it on offense...too many unforced turnovers
Obligatory sloppy stretch. Every game we have one. :(
they're mocking WVU's fans cheer, lmao
Keep Burke shooting (with the priority being getting to the basket).
Nice move by the Little Big Dog.
GRIII is such an asset
what the hell whats that??
Can teams get any more lucky against us?
We need to tighten up our D..
This will change. WVU is a terrible shooting team, and they'll regress. Just happen to be hitting them right now.
WVU can't miss now and we've missed 8 straight 3's. This sucks.
Play some defense please! 64% shooting
They cant keep this up can they??
WVU is 12-18, lets hope this doesn't continue.
There's the Canadian Bacon when we need him.
It came with a side of hot dog.
Canadian Bacon for 3......and taunting....c'mon man.
Did Stauskas say something after the make?
thats what i'm talking about Nik
I didn't see any personal foul! WTF?
so what was that foul and why do these refs hate stauskas? Also officially worried about our defense, this is a bad offensive team and while they are hitting some tough shots they also have a lot of open looks.
and WTF are they calling after that shot? Thanks for explaining espn, not really explaining in other words
What did he get the tech for? Taunting?
He yelled "bitch" to their bench. Silly Nik.
Edit: I work in sports media and we get the live feed of the game. They showed it during the commerical break. He definitely turned and yelled what looked like "bitch" to someone on their bench. Not necessary.
Heaven forbid a college kid show some emotion while playing basketball. Let's all hope no one has fun or gets excited, guys. That just wouldn't do at all.
These refs are racist!
/s. just in case
You can take the kid out of Canada but can't take the Canada (gritty kill or be killed swagger) out of the kid.
burke is awesome to watch.
did huggins just shove a guy? lol
Couldn't tell tho
Yes, he did. Not sure it was malicious but he definitely pushed the sub into the game
Somebody get him a cold beverage
He's had some problems with cold beverages in the past.
Not sure why he's getting upset they called it now.
nice way to finish the half
Dang. Cannot wait to see Burke in the league next year.
why the hurry man? Can we just enjoy this, I don't want to think about him being gone, although he prolly will, dammit, he is so fun to watch
Haha, yeah, I guess I can wait, just loving enjoying him playing like a lottery pick right now. Unbelievable moves.
Um, I could wait.
Like 2 more years.
Burke, my goodness man.
Pretty sure I said something along the lines of Burke getting to the basket,,,,,,
fucking stud!!!! Trey is, and he was a 3 star coming out of HS? Really?
the occasional tech. Got some swag. All good teams do. Just don't do it when the game is on the line.
Consider it proved.....WOW!
Trey Burke is dirty.
you knew that was going in when he wanted to go one-on-one for the final shot...
I cannot believe how much better Burke has gotten from last year when he was already awesome. Look at his freshman to sophomore year to Hardaways. He's the man.
Yep, he's a stud. And every time an opponent goes on a run against us, Burke always gets us a much needed basket.
His game is really starting to look a lot like Derrick Roses. The penetration and body control while drawing contact is impressive.
he does have that wicked body changing direction ability that Rose displays
Being a Bulls fan and watching Derricks game grow and progress over the years it's very similar to watching Burkes game grow. Albeit Trey has a ways to go to be on Derricks level, the similarities are there.
Very true. The thing that impresses me most is his mid range ad outside jumper. He was so erratic last year and very consistent this year.
That's what makes Derrick so deadly, that little floater he does is unstoppable and he worked on his outside shot. Trey seems to be working on those same things with great success.
That #3 is prettaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay preeeeettttaaaaaaaayyy preeeeetttaaaaaaaaaaay pretty goodt
17, 6, 3stl. IN A HALF
Burke is awesome to watch.
Still, I'd love to see les sloppy play and not rely totally on him. Tim can get to the hoop when he wants.
Ps WV is shooting a really high percentage right now.
We've been very blessed with PGs the past two; even as both will have left early for the league - it shows the difference a stud PG can make for the entire team. Very happy to see it. Question is - who is next in line. And I don't mean Spike.
Answer: Derrick Walton
a strong second half... don't let them back in the game
Question for halftime: If we pull it out tonight and #5 Florida beats #8 Arizona, is there any chance they jump us?
I'd be a little surprised, but not shocked. That'd be a good win, and we haven't beaten any top 10 teams yet.
Haha touche. To be honest I really don't care. Just win your games.
They've played a tougher schedule.
burke = automatic
automatic when left open...I hope Walton can keep the line of elite PGs alive...
i think horford is sitting on the bench.. knee wrapped
Horford on the end of the bench, still cheering the team on. Love that kid. Total class.
Nik is a bad man!
He's Jesse Pinkman out there. BITCH!
Stauskas with the (very nearly almost) jam! Nice move, youngster!
What a drive!
SLOPPY DEFENSE.. hahah
Trey is so damn smooth.
I feel very fortunate to be able to watch Trey for another year. He's letting the game come to him more this year. Going at his pace, very smart, and very smooth. Extremely talented young man. Everyone should feel great about the future of this basketball program. Go Blue.
damn that would have been SWEET
Is it normal to rumble like a walrus when Burke hits shots like that?
No. Sea lion, maybe. Walrus, no. :)
Stupid Mgoblue.com radio is breaking up on me, and my TV is broken. Anyone got a score?
54-38. 15:52 to go.
Caris has more of a baby face than Kevin Durant did his freshman year
...is pretty entertaining.
someone slap that kid in the front row...
But I'm in the nose bleed seats
I'd honestly prefer Vogrich over Levert. I'm not sure what extra he gives.
The refs need to stay consistent. Either let them play or call the baby touches but dont mix it up
live is good when timmy's hitting from 3
mitch needs to work on free throws
Mitch needs to work on catching the ball...then make your move
Mitch McGary...Burkes personal water boy...love it
that was an amazing inbounds play
can we just put together a complete fucking game
We have 5 freshman logging major minutes. 2 starting. Take a breathe and enjoy the show..We are beating teams consistenly by more than 20 points. This is the best basketball I have ever seen at UM
its the 11th game of the year and we play 5 freshman calm down give it time.
If I were Beilein Big Mitch would spend a couple practices doing nothing but free throw practice. I'd sit him down first and explain why, explain it is not punishment but needs to be done.
Beautiful set up for the 3.
Where's that guy who was whining about the carry not being called earlier? Up yours.
throw it down BIG DAWG
I'm not a big follower of basketball. I really only watch us... Is the streakiness of our team normal? Is it because of the youth on the team? Or is it indicative of something else?
Honest question, not trying to criticize or anything.
pretty commonplace in basketball. Even though I will say some of the inconsistency is simply due to the younger guys making silly mistakes at times.
he definitely comes back next year and we may get three years out of him
GRIII is a really good rebounder, I think he stays 2 years, I don't think his family needs the money just yet
I don't see McGary leaving early at all. Needs a TON of work. He's a contributor, but his body control and hands need to be much better before he makes it in the NBA.
McGary is totally playing like a freshman. Oh, right
Me when Burke drives to the hoop:
(See up thread for background)
And we are pretty damn good, we will be a pretty tough team to beat, period!
burke barely touched the rim on his dunk... he learned from his T i guess.
mitch reminds me of jordan.. always gets called for tick tack fouls
I just walk in the door, turn on the game and see Trey hit one (with contact no less), and and fast break dunk, and the graphic of 25 pts on 12-15 shooting? Sheeeit....
Got to meet him and got a photo! He was rolling solo. Oh how the times have changed for him.
Also someone yelled, "Hey Braylon what's up with Brady not offering you're little bro!"
Surprisingly he laughed it off and was like "y'all some of those mbloggers aren't ya!"
Cool story bro
whoever yelled that is a dick...I am nominating Rager
Let em play
Which game are these refs watching?
These refs are starting tp piss me off.
Not to be stereotypical and blame the refs, but seriously these refs are calling completely non existent fouls on us
shit man, come on
some bullshit calls there... fu ref
Does anyone know offhand what Michigan's record is when both Hardaway and Burke score 20+?
terrible series by the refs to say the least.
but now the refs are starting to take sympathy on WVU.. brutal.
BALL DON'T LIE
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I did. Not see any contact whatsoever. The shove by the west Irving's player on the rebound however...
'Sheed is that you?
damn straight. BALL DON'T LIE... hahaha
So the WVU guy pushes off to get a rebound, runs Morgan over, and then Harwdaway gets called for a weak foul...What?
damn.. timmy and his dribbling is horrible
Did Tim not call a time out while crawling on the floor?
Tim Hardaway Jr. ball handling... and most frustrating of all, Jordan Morgan having the hands of an MSU Wide Receiver.
getting a bit out of hand.
This is like the fourth straight possession with a foul against us. All of them have been weak calls too!
Anyone else hear someone yell ball don't lie? Is Sheed at this game??
Ha, yeah I heard it too. Love it!
Just did a quick check...couldn't have been him. He's in Manhattan.
these officials? Do they feel sorry for WVU or something?
if Horford was severly injured, there's no way he would be on the bench cheering the guys on.
I would think he'd be getting treatment in the locker room, no?
Also, the damn refs are at it again, single handedly keeping WVU in the game, or somewhat in the game
No quick 3's please
J-Mo takes the charge. Can't not love it!
Fight broke out about 15 rows up behind Michigan bench!
A Michigan lady (who seemed older!) just got into a fight with a WVU fan!!!
Go old Ladies!
I'm sitting opposite the fight. It seemed like a big deal. Any more details from someone close?
They cleared like 20 seats! Unreal
are not known as the most civil fans to put it mildly. There has been some WVU fan in the front row acting like an idiot all night.
Had to win the tickets in some hillbilly pie eating contest.
60% from the Free Throw line? Yeesh. Atrocious.
EDIT: Down to 58.8%.
Shitting away another lead, this is frustrating.
And now we enter the sleepwalking portion of Michigan's games. Come on, fellas!
Sloppy as fuck.
I love stauskas but he is showing why freshman don't generally start or play in late games, has some mental lapses with the ball in his hands
Why was this negged? guy had 4 or 5 turnovers and got a technical for taunting the other teams bench. He is a great player, just had made some typical mistakes freshman make which is why you don't generally see freshman based teams win championships.
This should be a 25 point blow out.
Why can't this team put an opponent away late?
Ummm.... we're 10-0 with an average victory margin of 20+ points.
This game isn't over. Don't lose focus now.
woof....5 freshman...live and die with that
need to stay focused, too nonchalant by Nik
Wow. So sloppy. Pretty sick of the extended slumps the team is guaranteed to go through each game.
LIKE OMG WHERE'S THE 'T' FOR RIM HANGING!?!?!?!?
Three M players in the back court. Clear them out and go.
Blowout the team majority of the game... then go down to the wire. Can't complain about being undefeated... but better learn before B1G play. You WILL get burned.
Ugh why does this happen every game? They consistently have trouble putting away teams. If it continues to be a problem, it could cost them a couple games.