Michigan officially has a shot at Jeri Ryan tomorrow: 7 of 9.
MSU starting to look like they're clicking. Tomorrow should be fun
Clicking because they won two games in a row for the first time in a month and a half?
Don't be so sour, they looked great today dismantling a very good wisconsin team, and did what we couldn't do, close out the win.
I think the definition of "closing out a win" is ending up with more points next to your name than there are next to the other team's name.
Seriously? Closing out a win is when you go up by 15 points you never let the other team think they have a chance, wisconsin, a better team than osu never got closer than 6 in the second half while for the second game in a row michigan had to hang on and pray for a missed shot to finish the game. When looking at who is playing better it is clear that over the first two games it has been msu. It means jack shit for today but msu has played better than us so far this week, its ok to admit it.
Space sex is out of this world. Michigan will win tomorrow by 7.
This is a statement game. We need to forget about 6 of 8 and go get this one. Sparty will brag on this forever if they win. We have to match their hunger and prepare to fight them...literally.
Let's go boys
And I will just laugh off their bragging to the tournament with my one seed, big ten title, and beating them twice this season when it mattered most.
but we need to perform well in the tournament.
Quick start will be huge. Remind them that we've won the last three right from the start.
"Hang onto your butts."
You win the Internet tonight my friend.
As a fan, absolutely love watching rivalry games - Ohio and then State - could not have asked for a better fan watching setup this weekend.
Doug Gottlieb teed up Izzo's next excuse for him.
the only person more annoying than Izzo.
That aside, this game is one of the reasons I hate the BTT. Totally meaningless game that will now take on some apparent meaning and if we lose it will be the only thing that Sparty and the pundits talk about.
you sir, deserve all the points
It can't be about injureez this time...
the refs are going to play a HUGE role in tomorrow's game
A possible 3 win sweep? Yes please
Oh boy. It's one of the toughest things in college basketball to beat a team 3 times in one season. I sense another nail biter.
When Izzo walks out on court during game play and the refs do nothing about it as always, our guys better just run him over.
I wonder if they would have overplayed Payne again. He has been wearing out early in games. I would like to see the game officiated as this one was. Sparty thinks the foul differential proves biased officiating.
8-0 in the last games decided by 5 or less. We're 19-3 in the last 22 games. In our losses we got behind big and couldn't catch up. In a couple of the wins we were well behind and clawed back for a win. The blowing a big lead to make the game close thing is weird and unpleasant.
We'll have to shoot well from outside to win this one, that could be the equalizer given their advantage at rebounding and inside play. If we come out firing blanks I'll be distraught.
We're better than they are.
more than a 1 seed on the line now
0-3 is a lot worse than 2-1. The pressure is on them. However, they will be out for blood. This is a Final 4 type game for our guys. It will be a great game heading into the NCAA.
A win would be really, really sweet tomorrow and I'll cheer has hard as the next guy, but there will still be excuses for an MSU loss..."they haven't played together long enough" or some sort of BS. Seeing Sparty brag about the winning the BTT would only emphasize how far they've fallen and would make me laugh.
Beat state. AGAIN!
And again! We seem to own them right now. Take advantage!
OP, I saw you did this in the other thread, what is the reference??
I would also like to know the 7 out of 9 reference regarding Jeri Ryan.
It's a Star Trek reference I'm pretty sure based on the badge she's wearing.
You know you're getting old when the nerds aren't getting Abed reference. Her character was assimilated by the Borg then she was rescued and most of her cybernetics were removed. Her Borg name was 7 of 9.
ohhh...now I still don't get it.
Michigan has beaten MSU 6 of the last 8 times they've played, so if they win tomorrow, it will be 7 of 9.
She played a human that had been assimilated by the borg at a young age on star trek, her name was seven of nine (tertiary adjunct of unimatrix zero one). You may now commence beating me up and taking my lunch money...
It's her character's name.
We are 6 and 2 (6 of 8) against MSU since 2011. One more will make it 7 of 9.
What I don't/didn't get was the Star Trek stuff. I'm fully aware of the actual sports aspect!
The sandbagging is getting intense. We have just as much to lose, just as much to gain. The last victor gets the bragging rights; otherwise, you're just as pathetic as Ohio State bringing up football season to ease the pain.
Our statement of "the last victory gets bragging rights" is pretty stupid. If team a beat team b 4 out of the last 5 but team b wins game 6 it's not like all of a sudden team b is better.
I'm sure Spartan fans will try to use that "logic" if they win, but regardless of the outcome, we've won the season series, and we're the Big Ten champ.
It's nice that we get a chance to sweep our rivals, but let's be honest. It's hard to beat a team 3 times in a year. Little worried. ..
It's nice that we get a chance to sweep our rivals, but let's be honest. It's hard to beat a team 3 times in a year. Little worried. ..
Anyway, I don't buy that it's hard to beat a team any number of time in a row. It's a new game and the past is the past. However, I do believe Staee is playing better than they have in a while and are at full strength.
And meet them in the final four and beat them again!!! GO BLUE!!! Man I love this team! Talent, heart, class, no criminals. Outstanding.
People were worried about the first game at Breslin because it was their place. People were worried about the game in Ann Arbor because how were we going to stop Payne? I believe this team can do anything at this point and I think we will see a great performance tomorrow.
I will be honest - I was initially distracted by the part about having a shot with Jeri Ryan, then my wife walked in and I had to switch my thinking around a little bit.
Massey thinks this game would be almost an even money bet - 49% projected probability right now for Michigan (today's results probably aren't in the algorithm). I think we can do it though.
We are a two point dog on the line I saw.
Playing with house money tomorrow IMO. I think we are a 1 seed (based on Wisc loss) regardless. Only threat is if UVA beats Duke. (I like Duke in the game).
Although winning the BTT, locking up a 1 seed, and beating Sparty 3 times would be DELICIOUS.
Idk about that, I think if either duke or uva wins and michigan loses, we'd likely lose the 1 seed shot. The national media and experts LOVE duke so they'd get it. But, with all that, a michigan victory over those losers for the third time would be great as you said!
Definitely possible Duke/UVA winner overtakes us, but with the win over OSU I like our resume over either of those teams regardless of the ACC title game outcome. The B1G IMO is a much better conference from top-to-bottom than the ACC and we should be rewarded for that.
The earliest time that the BTT will end is 5:30. The selection show begins promptly at 6:00. If the game ends any closer to 6:00, how would the committee even have time to change anything before the deadline?
Yup, can't see the game playing a big factor in the final decision. If Lunardi is right and we're a 1 seed as of now, looks good to stay that way.
get the Midwest 2 seed than the East 1 seed
with a win tomorrow. Duke/VA winner will get it if we don't win.
I love it. Go Blue!
If we do win tmrw, I just hope that we don't face ok state as the 8/9 matchup and Louisville as the 4/5 matchup. Both of those teams would give us problems!
I would be absolutely shocked if Louisville ends up a 4/5 seed. Agreed on OK State though. Lunardi (disclaimer) has them facing Wichita in a perfect "let's see how good you really are" game
Yea good point on withita state! And I was thinkin the same on Louisville but "lundardo" has them as a 4 seed...idk what he's thinkin
Let's get it on!
Didn't see the game today - Keith appling back to being himself? Adrien Payne great again? Brandon Dawson not attacking furniture anymore?
So many storylines:)
In truth beating a team three times especially with how MSU is playing and Michigan has literally nothing to play for...seems like a set up for immense badness. Hope I'm wrong but I would be shocked if we win considering motivations and priorities.
Please take a moment to persuse the RCMB for some hilarity. For the third time this season, their fans are pulling the ole "I can't wait for our team to embarrass theirs."
No excuses this time, right MSU?
You got any excuses tonight, Roy?
Most of you are probably too young to have seen it, and Antonio Tarver may have looked like a milk dud, but that was one of the all-time great call outs.
It looks like staee played really hard today, plus we got about 3-4 hours more rest.
I was at the game. Their fans are insufferable. They fouled every other possesion but they boo every call.
So they're fans.
Well, here it is. The ultimate team for our Big Ten Champs to have a chip on their shoulders about. Our guys have had to hear all year about this team being better than them, that team being better than them. So Staee is supposed to demolish us now.
They're rolling, they're on cbs's teams to watch. The performance against Wisconsin was a little sobering, on the one hand, on the other hand, not only did Wisconsin lay a complete dud, but they seemed to have Staee really, really oddly poorly scouted. Make Appling shoot, even if he hits two jumpers. For the love of all that is good and holy, make Dawson shoot the damn ball. Find Denzel Valentine at the three point line in transition. It was odd to see a Bo Ryan team seemingly so unfamiliar with the personnel of the opposition.
I think and hope we will be better prepared.
So here it is. They've had a much easier path than us. They're going to come out full of bluster. Yet another blood feud matchup. It would be so choice to jam it down everyone's throat who has yakked about Staee Staee Staee all damn year. Our kids have shown so much poise all season. Hope they can bring it again.
Fuck Moo U!
Well god bless Michigan, we just got a bunch of wierdos who are finally healthy. I wouldn't have recruited our wierdos, my assistant coaches are responsible for our wierdos...just like I am responsible for that beet farmer head coach at Indiana. He was my assistant and boy oh boy we both love testing our boundaries and stomping on that court. If there isn't another coach that can disregard the coaching box better than us, then God Bless him.
Horford has to step it up big time tomorrow. But the way he's played the past few games makes me think he has got to be playing hurt.
I will say that we swept the regular season series and we won the title that matters. I mean that. I remember when Tractor's team won the tournament, I didn't feel like we were the champions. So that's just real.
But man, this would be the sweetest way to stick it to the Bullshit Power Index.
Everybody is talking about them. How soon they forget the Nebraska and Illinois games against this same starting 5. It will be especially sweet to pop their bubble again.
Maybe Izzo can loan us a ladder
Staee won't shoot 62% and 70% from three. I like our chances if we play our game and execute.- I wanted to see state in the finally. I think we're able to once again show why we dominated this conference.
Sparty wanted Michigan... they got Michigan. Careful what you wish for.
Really want this one. The national idiots are still talking about MSU making a run ahead of Michigan. The game will be close, but ideally Michigan will pummel State. Their fans will be unbearable if they win this one.
"If we play to the best of our ability, we’re the better team and we’ll win.” - Travis Trice
Didn't indiana (B1G champs) not even appear in the BTT final last year and they received a 1 seed?
This has me hoping that the lunardi-ism of us being a #1 no matter what is correct.
JB's in Izzo's head. I think this game has even more to do with Izzo's ego than usual. He knows what JB's teams have done to his the last few years, he knows this was to be his season with an experienced team led by two seniors and he knows he's lost his recruiting touch.
I am betting what JB sees as a great opportunity Izzo sees as a matter of near life and death. This kind of pressure should do wonders for his demeanor and threatening, in your face approach with his players.
I kind of want UM to win this badly.
I really feel UM needs to win this one mostly because I don't want MSU to be able to raise a banner. The more banners UM raises and the fewer MSU raises can only help with head to head recruiting (and bragging rights).
This is like a WWE grudge match with a title belt on the line and Izzo is like the dirty manager who will do anything to help his guy win. We might see Izzo help his team on the court. I just want to see Michigan win again to see if Izzo's head will explode, and also for the presser.
I'll call it now. If we win tomorrow, Tiny Tom has a Woody Hayes/Bob Knight moment and tries to kill a player
Is there a player in the B1G more overhyped than Dawson? MSU fans make him out to be a god. He's good at layups and rebounding lol
I have an appointment at 3 tomorrow and will miss the 1st. May be a good thing. Tomorrow may take a lot of alcohol
Remember Indiana was given a #1 seed and lost in the BTT semis last year
A win from MSU today will validate all of their excuses this season in their eyes. We're big ten champs but this game is the fuel MSU and their crappy fans need to start talking trash again... I would have rather played Wisconsin today... But if we do win it's the ultimate bliss! I hope we can play today at top speed, pedal to the metal, and not let up... Go Blue!!!