Have at it kids. Going for the outright championship tonight versus an improving and defensive minded Illinois squad. Hopefully our traditional -10 to -19 first half deficit issue is abolished.
MBB v Illinois Open Thread
GO BLUE! I want my children to witness something I have not seen since, I was younger than they are now.
immediately reminded me of the Bob Dylan song, "My Back Pages".
For I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now...
Enough reminiscing about music, though, as I know you're actually referring to an unshared Big Ten Basketball Championship. You're probably too young to know that song anyway unless you're a Dylan fan.
...Caris LeVert to show up big time and show the IL coaches what they missed (as though they don't already know).
For the love of god! Stuck in class!!
which is free on college networks, so if you're in class you should be fine.
espn3 doesnt work in the virgin islands apparently.
DO IT BABY!!! I was 9 the last time it happened, and do not remember it.
Cherish the cabin!
Finish strong boys... March means that there's no room to take any game for granted. Must come out with a sense of urgency each and every game. Other than that, GO BLUE and WIN THE GAME
36 feels old now
It's been a long time. Without revealing too much, my elder cousin was on he squad the last time we won an outright title. Let's get it done tonight! Go Blue!
First let’s win this game and get the Big Ten Title outright. After that though is it bad that I don’t really care about the Big Ten Tournament. Best case is we win the Tournament and get a two seed. Worst case we lose early and get a three. I just don’t think there is a relevant difference between a 2 or a 3. With that being the case the Big Ten Tournament really just comes down to not getting hurt.
The Tournament does matter for teams on the bubble. For us however it really does not matter.
Checking in from Ulsan, South Korea at 9am Wed morning. Dog on lap, coffee in hand, work email minimized on my home computer.
Share the best streams if you got 'em.
Let's do this.
Mike Tirico. Let's win with AA resident on hand!
Dakich just talked more about UM's injuries than Beilein did all year.... Take notes Tommy Tantrum.
Best stream I've seen so far:
This one isn't working for me.
Playing good defenses doesn't scare me. I learned that during the NCAA Tournament last year. Sometimes a crazy good offense and out-offense us, but a good defense can't really stop us.
Love the duct tape speach from BA
Lol student section stretching.
Assertive GR3 is here. Good sign.
It looks like the Illinois blue-hairs also have trouble making it on time for a 7:00 tip off. At least they have a time zone excuse.
Did they get new lights in Champaign? their gym looks unusually bright
In big games, all I can think is "Is it over yet?"
continues to impress
Starting aggressive on both sides.
Defensive rebounding is going to be key.
like the strong start for a change!
an aggressive GR3
Great vision Walton
more into the game. Good to see.
Hand up when you close out nik! My HS coach would have had an Izzo style meltdown if we did that.
come on man
Nice start but Morgan HAS to dunk that shit!
Offense looking good besides that Morgan miss
I'm unsure of this "jump out to a quick lead" look we have today. Kind-of looks like a B1G Champ.
Wonderful. TV Teddy in the house
I love the start. J-mo has got to make the gimmes. Defense is creating points
Morgan would be dominant if he just had some better hops.
strong J Mo
Lol I love Morgan but sometimes you just have to shake your head at how passively he attacks the hoop.
Sick drive by Caris
Looks good early
Stauskas feelin' it early
Niks feeling it
Nik on fire!
Walton and 1.
Love that possession by d walt
I love playing in front of silence on the road. A beautiful sound
Good shit Walton
The team looks good tonight
Might have scored 200 against Minn. if they would have started like this and drove the ball.
Love the way they are playing.
The Team, The Team, The Team
Anyone else experiencing technical difficulties watching this game?
The color commentator
Blocking the transmissions across the border. Might as well live in the Ukraine.
Illinois has been playing good defense during their win streak, but not so much here so far. They don't have the firepower to keep up if we're going to get easy opportunities like this.
you are allowed to start the game well?
THIS IS UNPOSSIBLE
Hopefully this doesnt predict an equally bizarro ending.
Dakich is on a roll. If we win the conference outright tonight I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the sound of his voice.
No, wait. I'll still want to rip my ears off at the sound of his voice.
Walton was not moving and the guy hit stick'd him
I like the refs letting them play.
not a fan of charges, just play D don't foul if he makes it he makes it
Looked like it to me
Must be the drunk that designed Assembly Hall did this arena as well.
Valentine with a good call!!
We just got bailed out there
When did that happen? /s
Has some tall long guys down there. We'll see how this rebounding battle goes.
If Illinois can't play great D against us, I have to say this should go well. Illinois' M.O. is playing stingy D and we're scoring better than we have in the last few 1st halves
I know Illinois basketball hasnt lived up to standards lately, but when did Assembly Hall become a funeral home? So quiet....
a loud Assembly Hall likely means Illinois is in the game. Library on Assembly Hall, library on
Come out of the TV time out with a run, please
UM on pace for 80 against a team which has held last 3 under 50.
have we worn blue on the road for every game so far?
Don't we always? Then maize and white alternate at home? Maybe I'm wrong.
Plenty of good seats still available.
That was a very strange steal...
LOL that was a hilarious "steal" by Nik.
Tried to explain the Bacari-ness of everything to a friend from a different state.... He thought I was crazy but that shit works!!!!
I love that we are three deep off the bench and not only am I comfortable watching but the guys on the court still have the ability to do exciting things.
Not sure why Irvin pulls up and shoots every time he gets the ball. It's fun when it goes in I guess.
Wow, it's raining from 3
Irvin shooting mids and driving? What??
Hopefully he turns into Stauskas 2.0 next season.
Nik is scalding hot
It's raining 3s.
There's a .gif in here somewhere...
He's got big balls, he's got big balls, he's got big balls...
If Caris Levert wasnt made of clay (I call him gumby) he would have broken his ankle there
Talking heads are calling our shots now.
And as I type this, we unleash even more hell. I cackle.
This is fun to watch!
Sweet merciful crap, are these threes real? It's like NBA Jam on Sega
Holy shit it's quiet in there!
Umm yeah about that mental letdown due to winning the conf championship...
Let's just go ahead and shoot 70% from 3 from now on. I like it.
We play like this offensively we beat anyone in the country
We'd beat the fricken Pacers shooting like this
Holy hell. It's Pac man jonesin threes
Rabble, rabble, rabble?
I smell selfish championship non-sharing!
Is rather quiet. Beautiful!
Spike, Zak, Nik, Derrick.... Should we call him Karis now?
Kicking ass and taking names with the 3 ball tonight!
the goat I sacrificed last night could have given us any better fortune so far. Guess I need to do some goat shopping...
Wooo. Morgan with the glass
Morgan just went all old school. And OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH GR3
We have reached complete facial status.
They're just destroying them right now.
Saw it on the scroll must be true.
This is better than sex!
Timeout #2 lol
Off the glass??? Fucking beautiful!
Hahaha I'm so happy I didn't become an Illinois Fan.
I thought he would lay it up, honestly.
Volume level in Assembly Hall drops from 3 dB to 2 dB
I like this team
This is the best offensive performance since Florida or minny (at the barn) last year.
Like I said earlier -
Ain't no defense in the FUCKING COUNTRY that scares me! Announcers talking about the great Illini defense? Come on. THIS IS MICHIGAN BASKETBALL. You can only hope out score us - and good luck on that.
I think it's the matchup. They've been extending pressure, which gave d10 a little trouble, but also left wide open shots.
It's so pleasant to not be down double digits in the first half right now.
back to back timeouts that fast
This game is so fun to watch right now!
10 more pts to match MSU's entire game output... lolz
And that was at the Breslin Center ... Hmm.
Lucky for us that pass was shit
3 To (1 TV) in the span of 1 min.
No mercy. Run it up Cobra Kai style. Can't let them back in the game
A 19 point lead in the first half seems familiar. But this one doesn't feel the same. Hmmm
Sad that I'm on my commute home missing this
I'm hoping that you are on a train or something.
We are going to outscore Sparty's entire game output against these guys (46) - in the first half!
I am fapping harder to this game thus far than Dan Dakich does to his Aaron Craft glamour shot calendar.
Man, I'm watching this game with the same feeling as the Florida game last year in the tourney (yes, great great feeling)
offenses down. We're getting wide open looks and making them pay.
it's time to cry.
Also I was 1 year old last time we won outright so, that would be good.
The real Big O.
But seriously, how did GRIII dunk that fast break?
We're on pace for 111 points.
When this offense fires on all cylinders, it is a beautiful thing to watch. I'm not sure what all the hype for this Illinois defense was about. Guys are getting great looks and plenty of them.
They are protecting the rim. I feel like they should be protecting the 3pt line.
On- freaking- conscious!
So yeah ...we're shooting 70%.
Let's score 100 points
Did anyone watch #BTNLive before the game? I saw them rank Wisconsin ahead of us in the conference power rankings... Which was, odd, to say the least.
How on earth does Wisconsin get a 2 seed? They'll waste any seed they get anyway.
When Jordan Morgan is hitting jumpers it's time for subs!!
With our shooters? I'll take it
Nik's gf is gonna get some tonight...
That shot looked like the Groundhog on Feb 2nd.
Illinois on a 2-0 run.
Wow. Matched by Nic
Morgan out? Anyone see what happened?
Pretty lay-in by GR III
Do we rest j mo and give Max minutes?
The one downside is our defense but we're destroying them so who cares.
Assembly Hall hits 5 dB.
they HATE us at Illinois!
Remember, we're playing a team that has held its last four opponents under 50 for the entire game.
Exactly. We going to beat that in the first half.
UM vs. Illinois
Now thats a assume whooping
Huge lead early, now the rest of the game I will clench my butt every time Illinois gets within 15 just praying we don't blow it
I had that same paranoia last year, when they got back to around 12 in the second half I found myself more nervous than when we were down 8 in the last few minutes against Kansas.
Gimme some mo
Make it rain
Zak "Vinnie Johnson" Irvin
I missed TV Ted
This is so great. Why can't they do this more often?
Doing this is hard
Mighty Wings look gross
Wow what a shooting day!
2 more points until we match MSU's game output.
Even they know.
Beautiful start. We could best any team in the country playing like this.
to beatdown thread
Nice to have a comfortable lead in the first half. Hope to see more of this in the next 10 games or so.
We have almost as many points now as msu scored the whole game against them
I don't know about you guys but this game feels like it may be over already. That's a true testament to how well focused thes team has been going into this. Go blue, baby.
***jinx danger jinx danger***
To be fair, they have also held us below 50 points so far as well. They still have a chance***
so is this awkward? It's gotta be the first time Dakich and Valentine are on the same court since then and surely TV Teddy has heard about it. Maybe it'll keep him in check?
Not just a shooter
Congrats boys - you just tied the NBA team in EL output in an entire game
Nnanna Nnanna Egwu stick your head in doo-doo. Just felt right.
lol we just matched MSU's total points
Torico. Always have - he doesn't want to talk over the action. Does well in all sports
I love that we are playing so well in this particular game. It shows:
- great focus
- desire for so much more
- great confidence
- great team/coach unity
This makes me feel pretty confident going forward.
And we've matched MSU's offensive output in their game agains Illinois.
Thought we were going to see gifable jam.
is 86% right now. Just insane.
half on the road than sparty did at home all game against the Illini.
It's under 20. PANIC
Illinois making a little run here.
Assembly Hall getting pumped up like they've got it to 5 and not 18
Dont let up
Crowd's going CRAZ-ZAY!!!
Cutting that lead from 20 to 18 points. It's kind of cute.
So I turn on this game, after hearing about how Illinois hasn't allowed over 50 points in forever, and......I be like DAMN!!
We've already, in less than a half , scored more points on the road @ Illinois than what Staee scored against the Illini in their comfy Breslin home!
Welcome to the three party GRob
Should not slow pace down like this. He's making it a game
No he's not.
Actually Caris wasn't redshirted last year
At first, that was the plan. He didn't play in the first several games.
That three was as much of a dagger as you can deliver up 16. Crushing
Maybe Walton should attack the IM basketball star guarding him off the dribble?
That was BEAUTIFUL!
Do you shoot at the buzzer or just hold it?
Shoot show no mercy!
That would be hilarious if UM just held the ball to run out the clock to end the half.
I'm going to try random name combos.
Even the fat muppet is warming up....
Groce throwing up the handgina.
Lol, deep Stauskas 3 at the buzzer.
Hahahahahaha all those fouls for NOTHING.
OMFG NIK. All 5 Illinois students who showed up for the game shut up
That was cold blooded, right after the USA chant
What a shot
I'm confused, why the hell was Illinois fouling?
14, I would guess.
How'd that work out?
Edit: and I'd love to see the white board the defense was drawn up on. I wouldn't be overly surprised if the entire thing was just the phrase "don't leave stauskas open" circled and all in caps.
It's a 20 point game. Just take your besting and go to the locker room
They had fouls to give, so they tried to run down the clock doing that. But they left us four seconds, and that was too many!
Don't think I've ever seen that at the end of a 1st half... but I guess I never saw a team shoot 70% for an entire half either
Cold as Canadian ICE.
These need to be called intentional fouls. And Stauskas with a dagger.
by multiple Wolverines. But Nik in the last .01? That dagger was for those U of I fans doing that U-S-A chant!
U.S. ahhhhhhh fuck
I bet Seth Greenberg wants to take his sweet 16 prediction back.
He routinely picked against us all last year and ate crow
this is hilarious
For your halftime entertainment.
WHAT A HALF!
Dont do it like that to em'. They dont know no better.
So umm... I think we're a little too hot tonight not to win this title outright.
Do we score 100?
Doubtful, we'll unload the bench (assuming the Illini don't damage the lead too significantly). Our 3 point shooting will probably cool off too. I would assume somehere in the 80s maybe.
Oh Stauskas that was cold!
USA! USA! USA! USOhhhh Canada!
With the same focus in the second half to completely crush their spirits
Takin' Care of Business.
We should start doing a "song of the game" that describes how it goes. Hmm. Maybe could be a diary? Probably way too short. Hmm.
Does Illinois even have a board and if they do can somebody post the schadenfreude.
is Illinois shot 54% for the half and is down 22.
Illinois shot 54%?
Unacceptable!!!!! Bench the starting 5 to teach a lesson, OK, Coach Beilein??!
USA USA USA
Illinois trying to play defense
Michigan playing offense
I'm pretty disappointed in the defense so far. UM needs to get it together in the second half.
Suck it orange crush they shouting USA Stauskas just shut them up CANADA!!
That was epic. What a dagger.
They suck. lol
WTF they just said "without Mitch McGary" on the halftime show?!?!
Jay called Beilein "National Coach of the Year."
Not bad for a Dukie.
I was just a few minutes behind on the DVR. And I didn't want to comment in the thread before I'd caught up.
I only have one comment.
Heh. Same with me. Wow!
Best half of the season!
They look like surgeons out there tonight.