Finally a running floater comes up short.
So it's good we weathered the 20% shooting 3 night from Stauskas.
Finally a running floater comes up short.
Wow Michigan got away with that last defensive possession!
Even Morgan's winner had a friendly bounce to it (although he did put a sweet spin on it).
Them rims are sure looking friendly this year (@Nebraska, Purdue, and today).
Welcome to march ladies and gents.
WIN THE GAME!!!!!
Excellent strategy, Mr. McGary.
We are moving on, thankfully.
Florida and Missou tied at the half. To echo the OP, holy shit!
That was possibly the strangest game I've seen in a while.
Big Ten tournament is strange, period. I don't think it has ever really worked. The good teams don't really see the point in playing, the bubble teams trying harder but suck, so it is a combination of good teams that don't really care and bad teams that try hard but are still bad. The venues are shiny but sterile. It all adds up to just bad basketball. I want to care about it as a fan but it is really hard to watch at times.
Yes, this is a perfect description of the tournament. The top teams hate it, but the BIG loves it for the close games and the $$$.
all I wanted for Michigan was to get out of the first round to avoid an emabarring loss. The rest is gravy, but kinda meh gravy. Like out of a box gravy.
Although we survived with an embarrassing win.
Wow. That's a damn good shot to get.
Too bad for him we've got the 2014 force field goin' for us.
this year, really thought it had gotten away from us. J Mo finally made one at the buzzer good for him and mabye people can get off him for Indiana
I wanted my three-peat.
Michigan wins blowup stuff on the internet
For about the past 10 minutes. Glad to read that we found a way to win. Reverse of the Evan Turner game?
Even if it doesn't refresh, you know we won so your heart won't be in your throat for the next 2:06.
So I was watching it online and the feed was at the lowest level (terrible/grainy) for the last few minutes until the last possesion...that was crystal clear. Whew!!!
I +1 for you cause it was freaking me out having someone post directly after me with the same point total...and well Posbang!
We did it. Win and move on. Not dropping our first game keeps us pretty securely at a 2 seed at worst.
Win two more - very possible 1 seed.
There is something mildly cathartic about denying Groce a trip to the tourney.
than I do. Whew!
a little brother???? Looks just like him!! Can he shoot like him??? Where has he been hiding!!!
...as I did after the UConn football game. Relieved to get the win but deeply concerned about what that win exposed.
the same thing that losing to Wisconsin in the BTT exposed last year - that the Big Ten tournament is really of absolutely no consequence. Winning is not really good. Losing is not all that bad. It is the bizarro-NCAA tournament.
I was referring less to the consequence of the outcome and more to the state of our interior defense.
knew that was bad. We are not all of the sudden going to be good at defense because it tourney time. We just missed shots. When we make shots, we are very good. When we don't make shots, we are not very good. We weren't very good today.
Which is... what? That the next team might play a zone defense and give us a ton of open jumpers? We missed an uncharacteristic amount of open shots that, normally go down. There wasn't really anything "exposed" today.
Unfortunately, it is characteristic for us to have a game like this at least once every six games. And we don't have the D to overcome it. It's going to be hard for this team to win 6 in a row against real competition.
I agree with you, but that's something we already knew. My point is that this game doesn't equal impending doom like the UConn football game did, as the poster I responded to suggested.
Someone please make a gif of sad Illini fan in Orange Krush t-shirt, stat!
or a double?
One for each chin.
and I can fully attest that the Illini fanbase is chock full of fratdude meatheads. They are a terrible fan base.
and advance. That's all you got to do.
Unlucky you mean? Unlucky the player of the year, and driver of the offense, shot 25% worse than his season average from 3?
That was tough! Hopefully that is the wake up this team needed! Go Blue!!
4-17 from three in the second half. Woof.
Big-men foul trouble and that 2-3 zone made the game much harder than expected. Here's to hoping tomorrow's game is a tad easier.
Alrighty then... If this is any taste of the tournament next week, I'm not sure I can handle it.
Is ruining the game...if they got half those calls right Michigan wins this going away. Instead we had no rim protection because Morgan and Horford weren't allowed to play defense.
unless the offense player uses a flagrant elbow it will not be called. They might as well just make it a block or non foul call. I really dont see how it is the defenders fault that they are standing still and get plowed into. What are they supposed to do?
I was just discussing this with a colleague the other day. Two years ago they would call a charge so long as you were straight up, last year there appeared to be almost more charges than blocking fouls called (see Cuse game), and this year the charge is just gone (see Payne in the OSU game / 75% of Spike blocking fouls). I would actually be okay with the non-call scenario. That would keep defenders from constantly doing dangerour things to draw charges (12-13 season), but would also not completely penalize the defense for playing, well, defense.
wouldnt be March without my heart beating way too fast.
Grind out win but they made the plays to get it done.
Yep. I had forgotten that feeling of having the air sucked out of your lungs, and all I'm doing is sitting on a couch.
So was it me, or did Illinois in the second half go to that pseudo 2-3 zone where they roll up a wing and extend the zone up court? More of a 3-2ish zone? I believe that's the exact thing Syracuse did as an adjustment against UM las year and it really stymied Beilein then as we'll. He needs to do some film eval and figure out how to attack it, otherwise everyone is gonna prep for UM with that.
Regardless, no matter the D I don't think we'll see a 20% 3 shooting game from Stauskas again.
Is the corner three. There were numerous occasions were Stauskas would be open in the corner when the wing came up to trap the ball. However, it's a split second pass that needs to be there. Michigan was either late or simply did not make that pass and we were unable to exploit that hole.
I think Beilein will drill them on that. I think that partially contributed to some forced shots from Stauskas, as he was probably frustrated about not getting the ball when he was open.
on one possession I noticed; Stauskas was wide open.
Spike, despite a couple timely threes, had a rough game. A couple bad turnovers and he overdribbled against the zone.
I think it's pretty straightforward - have to drive the gaps near the elbow (and score or kick), or have someone do work catching the ball at the elbow and distributing.
We didn't have a very good plan or have anyone take charge of attacking the zone. Although they played their zone really really well.
So one still a one seed maybe?
If UM wins the tourney, yes. No one will care about this game after a few wins. Close wins mean nothing. Neither do close losses at this point.
So does that mean we are a #2 even if we lose tomorrow?
We didn't win any style points. But no matter what, beating Wisco en route to B1G championship should do the trick, barring crazy stuff.
Syracuse could win ACC and put themselves in the discussion I suppose and Kansas could win Big 12, but a regular season and tournament sweep of the toughest conference with two wins over Wisconsin would probably do the trick
Best case scenario in my mind is we win the big ten tournament and get dissed such that it places massive chip on our team's shoulder in a way that drives them to a national championship win (which is so much fun for all of our nba players they stay and everyone gets free subs). Too much to ask?
pissed off people in Indy right now. They showed the crowd earlier and ohio fans and MSU fans cheering with the Illini fans. That must really suck for all of them.
Fuck all of them
I'm sure we'll return the favor.
Win and move on. Nik will not shoot that poorly again I'd think. Foul trouble killed the big guys gotta stay outta that. Win is a win though way to get it done!!
Thank goodness. My heart was in my mouth when that ball left Jordan's hands (onions!) and then I was certain they were going to get a layup to beat us.
I have mixed feelings about the BTT, but man, I wanted to keep on playing.
A lot of lessons to learn from today (although the defense, I'm afraid is what we know it is) - better to learn in a win than a painful loss.
Ton of credit to Illinois' zone - yeah, we missed shots, but their zone was phenomenal. Very extended and active.
Better to learn these things about the team now than later... We struggled with the 2-3 but is fixable, and we know now that our bigs cannot get into deep foul trouble. These things are definitely fixable and I'm just glad we will have the opportunity to fix them come tourney time with at least another B1G tourney game and a half week of practice.
Survive and advance...Go Blue!!!
Michigan eFG% - 55.32% / Illinois eFG% - 50.00%
Michigan OREB% - 20.69% / Illinois OREB% - 28.57%
Michigan FTR - 31.91% / Illinois FTR - 22.64%
Michigan TOV% - 12.99% / Illinois TOV% - 13.38%
We were 21-47, including 10-30 from three-point range. A/T ratio for this game was 1.375 and our PPP was 1.16.
Illinois was 24-53, including 5-17 from beyond the arc. They had an A/T ratio of 1.11 and a PPP of 1.07.
We sucked on O, but Illinois out-sucked us more.
and thank god Illinois helped us down the stretch going to man and missing the last shot. Wake up call!
He really came through.
And the Illini got caught watching the paint dry.
Jesus, Digger. Nice to say Minny is taking over and leave us off the list of people at the top of the conference that should be "on notice." Here's a clue, you old bastard. The team that won the conference by three whole games? Yeah, we're here and we're not going away. We on, and fuck you, you Domer dick.
calmer about being dominant--as with MSU fans--we can just start ignorning the petty stuff. He's sorry, anyway. They just roll him out of some bar come spring out of pity.
He totally trolls us. He's so transparent about it. I wish they would roll him back into the ditch.
He can kiss my ass.
Or did someone say "no you weren't" (or something to that effect) in the background when Beilein was being interviewed and he said "we got a couple of open shots..."? I swear I heard that but it's not like they keep the video of that part up on the internet.