Such a weird resume. Makes sense with how tough the Big Ten is, but man were they playing above their heads OOC.
Illinois stuns Indiana
That was an awesome last play!!! I loved seeing the Illinois bench and the crowd go CRAZY!
I'm not superstitious about the #1 position, I just think there are 5 teams capable of being the best team in the country on any given night. There just isn't a clear-cut dominating team this year. This is going to be one of the most exciting NCAA tournaments in a while and not just because Michigan has an incredibly realistic chance to cut down the nets (although it sure helps).
This makes it harder for me to decide if I hold my nose Sunday and root for OSU at home vs. Indiana
Tough call but I'm going to root for Ohio. I disllike IU just a little bit more and would love to see them get another loss and Shehee annoys me like no other player.
Huh, that's crazy talk!
They have to play each other twice, so it's best for them to split and each get a loss.
Just think of it as rooting for Indiana to lose. That is the best outcome to help Michigan win the Big Ten.
They have a worse conference record than IU, plus we have already split the series.
Wow. They play a game away from their home court and they lose. Shocking. The advantage they have on their home court is disgusting.
They've lost a game at home. They've actually lost one each (away, home, neutral). This week is a classic example why you never take anything for certain in college basketball.
That game changed quickly..I still can't believe the last inbounds play..layup!
I absolutely love half of the reactions in this thread. "I don't even wanna be #1 again! That's asking to be knocked off! How frustrating would that be?!"
If you were to tell any Michigan basketball fan at the beginning of last season that we would be having this conversation, they'd laugh at us. It's crazy to see how far they've come to toy around with the question: "We're #1 again, is that a good thing?"
The first was v. Arizona. (down by 8, 1 minute to go)
Beat Wisconsin! Bring on the Number 1 ranking. All other worries be damned!
On a side note, I just realized Wisconsin only has to play us and Indiana once each. What a joke.
Maybe so, but Wiscy having only one game with us means one less game we're forced to watch them in (in)action
The Big Ten is goddamn brutal this year.
But seriously, get your tickets to EL now. Prices are going to get astronomical in a hurry.
This helps us in the conference race. And technically, this was Indiana's easiest remaining road game. They have to go to OSU, to Minnesota, to MSU and to Crisler. Tom Creen is going to learn that not facing a ranked team on the road until the second week of February has it's drawbacks.
We take care of business at home and hopefully steal at least one road game against MSU or Wisconsin and we're in perfect position for the B1G title. But MSU needs to lose a game or two to give us some breathing room.
Bill Walton insists that Michigan isnt a top 5 team because we lack good big men. Mitch McGary, Jon Horford, and Jordan Morgan disagree.
Walton hates Michigan basketball as much as I hate Notre Dame football.
I know he despised the Fab Five but he seems to hate us as if they were still on the roster.
Bill Walton is a racist troll.
Bill Walton... Lol
thing during the game where one could text in who they thought the best sixth man in the country was. I vocalized "McGary" to no one in paricular since I was alone in my garage at the time. Didnt see if he was an option or not.
I feel that the college game is truly a guard's game. Especially in the tourney. The guards can do so much more to determine the pace of a game. Like push the tempo on the break. Slow down the other team by applying an annoying press. Distribute the ball and make his teammates better. Generate his own offense off of the dribble.
Don't get me wrong. Big men are important. They get rebounds and score in the paint. Some even lead their team in scoring. But they rarely decide the game like guards do.
If IU were down by 1 with 10 sec left, who gets the ball, Oladipo or Zeller?
Frank Caliendo hasn't done his spot on impersonation of him in awhile.
That clown has been a Michigan hater since the Fab 5. You kinda lose all credibility when you ignore a team's performance and base your "rankings" on your own bizarre evaluation of a team's bigs. I hate that fucking guy. If the networks wanted to really screw with Michigan fans, they could have Bill Walton & Dick Vitale call the Michigan v. MSU game with Ted Valentine and Ed Hightower.
Let's beat Wisconsin on Saturday and reclaim #1!!!
Do we really want to be #1 going into East Lansing. That ranking this year hasn't been a very good omen.
Are you suggesting we lose to Wisconsin?
Might as well get used to the pressure. Michigan will probably be no worse than a 2 seed come tourney time. They got to get used to people gunning for them!
Tonight is just further proof that the Big Ten tourney is going to be crazy. What a weekend that will be.
@ NW, @Minn and @UI looking much better now. Reminder of the fact that we have two exceptionally difficult games facing us.
I was watching and saw they were down 11 with just over 3 minutes left, thought it was over. Was wrong. What are we drinking?
And that game was beautiful. Especially since it was Zeller (a.k.a. White Jesus) that lost track of his man for the lay in.
And Oladipo who had the turnover in the last 10 seconds to give Illinois a chance to win. Couldn't have scripted a better ending.
Just shows that any team in the B1G can light it up any given night. What a comeback!
Hopefully we learn from some of these upsets at come out and play our best game!
Go check out @champaign_room on twitter. He's cracked; fallen madly in love with Tyler Griffey, as well as everyone else. Hilarious stuff.
So Indiana clearly is not the same team away from the friendly confines of Assembly Hall. I like our chances against them at home. We need to take it to these guys.
and neither are we, away from Crisler Center. Fact is, the home team has a huge advantage, especially with the refs.
Everyone's better at home, but we beat this same Illinois team by double digits in Champaign. We might struggle at elite team's venues, but if we play an average/below avergae Big Ten team, we (usually) destroy them regardless of venue.
Wow. How do you let Griffey break to the basket all alone like that? There wasn't a red jersey within six feet of him. Kind of reminds me of UTL when ND simply ignored Jeremy Gallon...
some of the most pathetic defense I've ever seen. The #1 team in the country lets a guy get a WIDE open lay up to win. oh well guess were #1 again if we win Saturday :)