Despite the 75-62 loss to Wisconsin this afternoon, Michigan and Michigan State remain tied at 10-3 apiece atop of the Big Ten after Nebraska took down the No. 9 Spartans on the road 60-51.
good luck with that
Nebraska beat state.
Thank you sparty!!!
Hells to the yesssirrr!!! Let's make it a posbang... We need some happiness as fans today. Beat Staeee
Maybe the "Beat State" thread helped? Huge break for Michigan. Now win and take the title!
I can't wait til Sunday. Beat State.
Doesn't count because MSU didn't have Appling or Payne. They will never lose with those two.
Don't worry. The Dawson excuse is still available.
neither of us want the B1G title.
Well, we'll see who wants it less in a week. I think both teams will play well in Ann Arbor, but Michigan will rise to the occasion and win.
Hell yeah Nebraska!
As it's snowing in northwestern Virginia.
BTW, for those interested NBC Sports Network is showing the USA-Russia hockey game. 2nd period just started.
HUGE Break and takes the sting off a bit
Good to see but I'd like a little more breathing room. Team has got to step up if they want to win the Big 10 regular season title. It's a decent team, but they're just getting blown out by Iowa and Wisconsin, teams they beat before.
You can't win everygame and you can't play your best every game. It you can't handle not having breathing room don't watch. This is a race. THIS IS FUN.
if we play well and lose I can accept it. In our three losses we have played like crap and seem to be either playing complacent or getting worse the last couple weeks.
I would say races for titles are generally fun but it looks like we are trying to back in instead of winning the damn thing. Unfortunately, I have to believe given the way teams are playing right now that Iowa may be the favorite to win the conference.
Is turnovers. The defense is what it is, we are simply an average defensive team due to youth and lack of true rim protector (love what Horford and Morgan have given us, but we don't really have a Mutombo-esque shotblocker who can deter guards from finishing at the rim). Good offensive teams like Iowa and Wisconsin will put up points on us. Full stop.
What is unacceptable (and so uncharacteristic of this and other Beilein teams) is sloppiness. So many turnovers and quick shots yesterday, particularly in the first half. Stauskas and LeVert are good playmakers, but they are still 6'6" guys handling the ball quite a bit and sometimes this leads to turnovers. I think Walton needs to take charge and be the ballhandling safety blanket. If someone's in trouble, he's got to go to the ball and stabilize the situation. We also have to run mroe plays through him. After breaking out against O$U, I expected him to be more assertive against Wisconsin. Instead, he deferred to LeVert and Stauskas way too much.
Right now, this team looks like a four seed. Which is fine. If we can share the B1G Championship and return to the Sweet 16, it's more than safe to say that we will have sustained our momentum from last year and not taken a huge hit from the losses of Burke, THJ, and McGary. With the addition of recruits that are both uber-talented and very strong fits for Beilein's system as well as the (likely) return of McGary, incremental improvement from LeVert and a true escalation to star level for Walton, this team will be loaded AND experienced next year.
You don't go to (or support) Michigan to have fun, you go to win.
Unfunny/clever gifs gotta get a downvote.
We'd all like more breathing room, but if we look at the big picture, to be 10-3 right now is fantastic.
MSU's loss today was a game-changer. They really needed to be up a game in the standings by now. We now have only one more game against one of the top five teams in the conference (UM/MSU/Iowa/Wisc/Ohio) and it's at home, while MSU has three - two of them on the road. We now clearly have the easier remaining schedule of the two. If we win next Sunday, the outright title becomes a strong possibility, and even if we lose, a share is very much possible.
Yeah I said it in another thread. Nebraska needs to go at least 4-2 but if your team does that I think it definitely deserves a bid. I think .500 in conference and 18 total wins can get a team over the hump if the team is in one of the better conferences. Whether the Big Ten is the best when comparing top to bottom remains to be seen but it should be a top 3 conference.
Great win and thank you Nebraska for evening things up.
BTN, I salute you.
This week: Beat Ohio State (68-62); Beat Illinois (67-58)
Thing: This appeared on my television screen last night. On the Big Ten Network. For serious.
In case you can't read the top bar, it really does say "NCAA Tournament Resume." If the question is, “does a 15 or 16 win team with a single top-100 non-conference win and a 7-11 or 8-10 record in conference make the NCAA tournament?” the answer is “Trololololo.”
Still, the fact that the BTN can even run such a graphic shows how far Tim Miles has taken this team. And how much peyote is apparently available in BTN Headquarters.
Thing they are like: An NIT tournament team, which, hey, that’s not terrible if you’re Nebraska.
Haha why the peyote reference?
But I thought the previous thread was a jinx fersure!!!!11!
We got bailed out big time. Cheers to that.
Unbelievable that this stuff keeps on happening, to think that we are still one game away from taking the lead in the B1G again is crazy considering how this season has been.
a few weeks ago i had a sparty fan say we aren't that good given that we only beat NE by one point in their building. i said, look out. NE is better than you think, especially at home. and sparty ends up losing to them in their own house. hilarious.
Can I get that upvote back?
I neg'd you just to show I got the message.
State has looked just terrible for a while now.
I would really love to go take the game in person next Sunday, but the prices on the secondary market are so overpriced it's rediculous.
Have you tried the tertiary market?
market's prices are merely ridiculous. Thats not the same level as full-blown rediculous.
The texts I was receiving from my Sparty family members stopped rather quickly today!
The Big Ten Tourney is going to be fantastic.
So, it appears that each time we happen to lose in conference play, the Spartans will step up and lose a game just to get back at us. I will say that this strategy could very well favor us in the long term. The Big Ten Tournament, at this point, is going to be an interesting tournament, to say the least.
I hope he can recruit to the new facilities and the B1G can count on another good basketball team in the conference.
Hopefully we can win either the regular season or tournament big ten title. The regular season title means a lot more to me however and I believe that's th consensus.
I'd much rather win the regular season title.
I would slap anyone who preferred a tourney title, and I believe that's the consensus
that I care about. The B1G tournament is only good for bubble teams trying to boost their resume.
I will say this that a strong conference tourney run could help this team go up a seed line perhaps which is important. So don't hate on the conference tournaments.
on how to slow down Sparty's inside game. Not sure if we have the personnel to execute the Husker's plan, but at least food for thought. Here's hoping Coach B can ID a defensive strategy and get it in place in the next six days.
Any Michigan fan who posts on the game thread ripping the team and is happy till the next game thread. ENJOY THE RIDE!!!!!!
I still think we are going to lose 2 more times
Well I don't. So there.
The end of our schedule is immensely easier than State's. MSU still has Iowa, at OSU, at Purdue, Illinois and at UM.
Michigan has MSU, Minny, at Purdue, at Illinois, and Indiana.
A big eff you to the Spartans. Go Blue.