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One #1 seed down........one to go. As Butler proved yet again last night in a one game playoff ANYTHING can happen.
FWIW....I bet I know five ex-Michigan players who will be cheering extra hard for the team today. Go Karma!!!!!!
I'll guess Dan Pelekoudas, Colin Dill, Hayes Grooms, J.P. Oosterbaan, and Pete Vignier.
Thad Garner, Mike McGee, Paul Heuerman and the Bodnar twins.
and Mike Griffin. Beat Duke 113-108 in OT in Dec of the 89-90 season.
And while I don't remember him playing any games against Duke, how about Dave Baxter, who IMO bests GERG on the Michigan all-hair team.
Is that a VERY young Bill Frieder to Johnny Orr's right in the always fashionable power blue sport coat? I didn't recognize him without the towel.
why do I even need to speak when we have Bacari to do it for us?
Man, I love that guy.
I am so pumped for this game. Today we're going to beat Duke and let the world know that we are truly back.
I'm really excited about the game too -duh!- except that for the first time in a long time, I truly feel we have something, that the team is not only going in a very good direction, it's been in that direction for a couple months now. I see this as a coming out party possibility for us, a chance for the whole basketball world to jump on the bandwagon.
In the Big Ten Tournament, against OSU, I felt OSU took us out of our game, that we were holding on for dear life and it was going to take a minor miracle for us to beat them. We have a multifaceted team however, two of those facets being intelligence and moxie, and it seems by the game this team learns from it's experiences and improves. Duke will give us an OSU-ish kind of game, a talented team deserving of it's perch in the rankings and seeding, that enforces it's will on other teams. Hopefully we can muster our 'A' game and force them out of their comfort zone.
We got six guys -at least- that fit the system and can be productive in it as starters: Novak, Douglass, Morris, THJR, Smotrycz, and Morgan. Vogrich, McLimans, and Christian have also been productive and give us a deep team: The never nervous nine. Next year these guys are going to be awesome and give us yet another ride into the NCAA tournament, but are they worthy enough to do it this year?
Coming out party? Stay tuned, Go Blue!
One of the ridiculous commentaries that Charles Barkley made before the game is the level of youth and inexperience on the squad. He'll probably recite that again verbatim before today's game, but since the team had that Europe tour last summer, the bond that they created is like they have been playing for two seasons. There's trust, communication and the belief of each other's potential. The youth is great, but that experience gives them the belief that they can beat Duke. While others may be intimidated by Duke, this team has moved beyond that and l think that we should see this in that game.
After looking at Coach K's bio, I realized a VERY interesting fact.
Since the 1992 championship over the Fab 5, Duke has not been to back to back Final Fours, let alone back to back national championships.
Actually, since that game, Duke hasn't made it past the Sweet Sixteen the year after making it to Final Four. This includes a year when they returned Boozer (Maybe the best player to ever come out of Duke), Jayson Williams, and Mike Dunleavy from their 2001 National Championship.
This may not be the best empirical data, but combined with the win over Tennessee and the Butler victory last night, let's just say I have a very good feeling about today.
Duly noted on the Williams error, sorry for the mistake.
As for Boozer, I may have overstated his talent, but in my opinion, it is a toss-up between him, Brand, and Hill going by their success in the NBA.
(the Duke motorcyclist) changed his name to Jay, so as not to be confused with the bad Jayson Williams (the careless St. John's gun owner).
Duke is really 2 different teams in one, first they are a Nolan Smith based team where Smith and Singler dominate the ball and the offense is stagnant and predictable. Then there is the Kyrie Irving Duke, Irving will be the key today, if he returns to early season form we could really be in trouble. Irving gets into the lane, distributes the ball, and wrecks havoc when healthy. That said he looked shaky in the opening round, getting most of his stats once the game was well in hand.
I think if we can control Irving we have a much better chance moving forward to next weekend.
will be cautious to run everything through Irving...when a player hasn't played in approx. 4 months, they don't just come right back playing at their highest level. Plus, Duke has built a chemistry with Smith running the team. I think Coach K will not try to completely alter the team's identity, so I'd think Irving may be used sparingly again...
IMO, the rust, especially the flow with teammates, will be even more evident today than against the tomato can Hampton that Duke easily dispatched 87-45.
Like Denard Robinson, the best athlete in space can look ridiculously good. But against Top 25-calibre competition, that athlete will need to be playing in a team framework, because it's no longer as easy as "just go beat your guy". Factor that in when evaluating his performance against Hampton.
Unfortunately, Coach K is smart enough to know that. He might dip his toes in the water with Kyrie and continue on with him if it goes well, but I don't see Coach K putting a lot of his eggs in a basket that hasn't played a real opponent in four months.
+1 for mentioning Hayes Grooms. Hurley and Hill had a lot of fun this week mentioning their record against Duke. Let's hope Douglass and Novak (and the rest of the team for that matter0 can have some fun this coming week mentioning their record against Duke. go Blue.
113-108 OT in Dec of the 89-90 season.
Let's win this shit.
Wait - how did you create a thread? Isn't there a minimum number of points required to create new threads?
Anyways, good post. I am pumped as well!
I sure as heckfire can't start one.