Go Blue! This is the biggest game since the Fisher era.
Beat the Hoosiers!
I thought it very strange during the broadcast when they showed the top three the last time M was #1 and it consisted of the same three teams with Kansas and Indiana switching spots.
when it was just a coincidence.
It's like rain on your wedding day.
...when all you need is a spoon.
only thinks you need 6.
mere coincidence, IMO. IU and KU are perennial contenders.
KU, yes. But prior to this year, Indiana had not been a top 5 team in a long time. Bob Knight's last several teams didn't do much, and neither did Mike Davis's (aside from one surprise Final Four run). And then came the Kelvin Sampson disaster.
IU fans would respond who's
Stupid candy cane pants.
Saturday is gonna be a real fun day of college basketball. Got to go steal one on the road.
All the pressure is on the Hoosiers to hold serve at home. Hoping we play loose and get after it. Cmon 9PM Saturday!! Anybody know who's calling the game?
Who would moderate this trolling? It's hilarious.
Wait for real?
It's Dickie V and Dan Shulman.. those two always call the Saturday night espn games that host gameday.
Gonna be a tough, tough game to win, but we're playing as good (or better) than anyone in the country.
Beat the Hoosiers + the Ref's.
Wow, Purdues fanbase really showed up tonight. They are fired the hell up.
Well they are rivals.
How much less could they care? Are we talking about a lot...or just a little? I'm curious.
*Yes, i know im being an MGoTool.
haha, point taken!
I'm pretty sure the Care Scale is like the Kelvin scale, so when your level of care reaches Absolute Zero Care, you can not, in actuality, care less.
Indiana fans care about football. They just root for ND instead of their own school.
So very true.
So you're saying that basketball is not their lowest priority. What do they care about less than basketball?
The Sagarin predictor would have us as a 2 point underdog in Indiana, but the Massey ratings predict a slightly better than 50% chance (by this, I mean 52%) win probability and a one point margin in Michigan's favor. When some of the best models out there disagree, it should be a very interesting game.
That being said, let's make it 21-1, folks.
...will make would make Novak swear like crazy in his European huddle.
What makes Novak so passionate about the Super Bowl?
I's just being a smart ass. Just a heads up though, the game is Saturday night, don't want you to miss it!
Yyyyyyeah Saturday night. C'mon man.
Well technically, it will be Sunday where Novak is watching the game in the Netherlands!
... I would be david molk ripping limbs pissed if I missed the game thinking it was cool and the gang for Sunday.
Cue the Bay City Rollers....
He just pulled a Gordon Gee
Go Blue! Beat IU!
These Wolverines CAN beat the Hoosiers on the road. What a huge win it would be, but what a gauntlet we have to go through over this next stretch of games.....
After Brian quoted Sherman from Northwestern's "Sippin' on Purple" earlier today, I was curious what they'd have to say after the game. And here it is:
Let's be real: Northwestern played alright there. If they didn't miss so many bunnies, they'd have lost this game like, by ten-ish. It's tough to argue with Michigan being the No. 1 team in the country when you see the way they played in the first half tonight. Northwestern hit a nice percentage of their shots, considering, and sort of got hands up on defense, and yet, bang. Everything fell for Michigan, and there weren't many open shots for Northwestern. If NU had played their best half of the year, they'd have been down five. Instead, they were down 15.
The praise from Northwestern was great, but well, its only Northwestern. Yes, the win over Northwestern was good, and Michigan was outstanding to begin the game. Nonetheless, I'm really looking forward to Indiana. This will be the biggest test so far. As Hoke and Mattison and many others have said, to be the best you have to beat the best. I'd really love to see Michigan take the Hoosiers down in Assembly Hall.
Off topic but I just saw Florida was beating South Carolina 71 to 26. That's pretty silly
Yes it is, but then, SEC basketball sucks.
anyone else thinking the Superbowl is a slight distraction for a coach with both bros law coaching ?
IU is looking very good against purdue as well.
JessusH, UF 75 SCar 34
Outside of Florida, there really isn't any legitimate team in the SEC this year. Ole Miss maybe. Usually you can count on Kentucky, but it seems like they're in a down year this year.
Ole Miss just lost to the worst UK team Cal has had since going there, and beat a horrible Auburn team by 2. They may be the only other SEC team in the tourney, but they are by no means a threat.
Frank Martin is an idiot for leaving KSU.
Ahh. I commend you matching my Kip fist pump!
We need to have a good showing on Saturday. We have a 4-game gauntlet/bloodbath on our hands coming up, and we need a lot of momentum going into those games. It's possible to win all of them, but if you made me guess, we'll drop one of them.
It's 3 on the road. If we go 2-2, that's a HUGE win and a big statement about our deserving this #1. 3-1 would be fantastic, and 4-0? Orgasmic. Literally.
Starting in 1970-71 and going through last season:
5 wins, 34 losses.
That's 10 different kinds of ugly right there.
All I see is 5 wins....(the rest must have gotten cut off!)
You can always count on Don to bring the pessimism. Sorry that the Bball team is off to its best start in school history. Hopefully they lose Saturday so you can say "told you so."
I don't see anywhere in Don's post about "wanting us to lose", or something like "We're gonna lose"...
You should probably look at his posting history. He's only happy when things are bad with UM athletics.
I challenge you to find one single comment or post of mine on MGoBlog that shows I'm happy when Michigan loses. Go ahead and take a look, jackass.
Fans like you think that somebody who predicts Michigan may lose a game, or that we won't go undefeated and win the national championship every year is the same as somebody who wants Michigan to lose, but that's your problem, not mine.
Yessss feel the hate flow through you.
What's our record there when we are ranked #1 (or highly) and indiana is ranked highly too? Because otherwise that stat lacks context to me and isn't really that useful.
Hi Phil from Saline/Dexter/Ann Arbor/Chelsea.
John Beilein has done a fantastic job of putting together a truly elite-level program. You won't find Phil saying that. Brady Hoke was the right choice to replace RR, and I believe that the best is yet to come under Hoke. You won't find Phil saying that.
I have never been this distracted this close to signing day. Can somebody put a "Don't Stop Believin" video in?
Scouting report: they appear to be good at basketball.
I am excited to see what the students at Assembly Hall come up with for the game. As much as I love the Maize Rage, the IU student section can really be something else sometimes, and you know they'll be rocking for this game.
One of my favorite memories from college was attending Toledo basketball games (I was there when Toledo basketball didn't suck). Savage Hall (now Arena) puts the students behind one of the nets, but RIGHT on the floor. I loved going to games in my cape, hanging out with the Blue Crew, and messing with the opposing players any chance we got. Had I had a chance to be involved with a more substantial fan base like IU's student section, I probably would've had an aneurysm.
Not only is our record at IU horrible, it has almost always been that whatever can go wrong, will do so in Assembly Hall. I just hope we play well.
I think we can pull it off. We got some swag going on. Go Blue!
I thought Horford was terrific last night, but given the calls we're likely to (not) get on the road, I think we'll really miss Morgan and the 5 more fouls he could soak up.
Can we at least make sure that TH Sr. is at the game? Jr. seems to play a lot better in front of his Dad.
Those special adidas jerseys for Saturday night look great. NBA Christmas Day style.
The big question for IU is whether Yogi Ferrell can keep Burke from totally breaking down IU's defense. Oladipo probably can, but he's far better off defending on the wing and shooting passing lanes. More importantly, if IU has to put Oladipo on Burke, they have to either put Ferrell on THJ, which is a huge size mismatch, or go zone, which they haven't played well and seems a particularly bad option against Michigan's shooters.
I think that dude who is #4 for them is gonna check Burke he's about as good as Craft is. I can't spell his name.
Oladipo. They can't do that, though, can they? Because then they have 6' Yogi Ferrell on THJ and he can just rise up. Similar issues with Hulls on Stauskas, but I'm worried about that matchup on the other end as well.
Michigan playing as good as at any time this year. Assembly Hall is going to be a tough environment - the crowd will be a factor, which really isn't the case for our home games.
It was dissapointing that the crowd last night wasn't tearing Crisler apart, especially with the start we had! But M fans (in general) just don't get as geeked as what the team will see on Saturday night.
assuming Morgan can't play is the foul situation with Horford/McGary, especially since we haven't had a 50/50 call go our way in Assembly in probably 30 years. Watching the IU/Purdue game, Zeller and Co. really attack the hoop with abandon and pick up fouls left and right. Morgan is more disclipined about defending without fouling than either of those two.
Was pleasantly surprised at Horford's comfort at finishing on the offensive end-- seems much more natural on offense than McGary's finishes.
But holy hell, McGary on the boards, I drink to that. Just wish he'd finish a little stronger so he's not getting blocked cleanly so often.
Really wish tip-off were earlier. I'll be rigor mortis tense all day. What a matchup.