They look like surgeons out there tonight.
MBB v Illinois Open Thread
Frodo threw the one ring into the michigan locker room right now it would melt
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Walton has shown awesome progression this season. His play tonight is great sign for the Big Ten tourney.
The most impressive stat of the game so far: 3/3 on the free throws.
I'd rather go with 11-of-14 from 3 which means we're shooting a higher percent from 3 (79%) than we are from 2 (68%)
Helps to shoot 9/12 from three. Michigan is scary good when they're "on"... but when they aren't, they are VERY beatable.
1st weekend loss?
I think that half was a statement. Come out of the half and put together a run and this one is probably over. This was a good game to finally put it together in the first half. Just have to stay focused now. You would expect Illinois to make a run early in the second.
play our next 11 games in Champagne? Then get sprayed with it?
So guys, I'm gonna take the credit for this one. See, we're having our niece and nephew for a sleepover this weekend and I might not be able to watch the Indiana game. So, in order to let me see the team clinch an outright, MBB decided to win it tonight instead of Saturday.
How did StaEE only score 46 points against this team on their home court?
Wow, can we play like this forever?
Will we see Andrew Dakich raining 3's towards the end of the second half?
That is how you make a statement.
So, here we go....
Michigan eFG% - 87.50%
Michigan OREB% - 22.22%
Michigan free throw rate - 10.71%
Michigan turnover % - 9.28%
Michigan PPP - 1.72
Illinois eFG% - 58.33%
Illinois OREB% - 8.33%
Illinois free throw rate - 12.50%
Illinois turnover % - 16.49%
Illinois PPP - 1.10
1.72 PPP. Sweet mother of God.
Someone has us winning with 62 points.
Around the league: Florida up 2, Syracuse down 8, Creighton down 14, and ISU down 1. Give me that 2 seed!
Nik and Walton are playing great tonight. It's amazing to see how our guys know their roles, and play them very well. The coaching staff is doing a tremendous job developing these young men.
Not even a George Lopez commercial is going to ruin this game for me.
George Lopez must have sold his soul or have some crazy tape of somebody...I don't know one person who thinks he's funny
Game recap needs audio clip of the crowd groan at the end of half Stauskas shot
does anyone have our win chance as projected by kenpom?
Kenpom had us at -1 for this game. HAHAHAHAHA
This is one of the rare games where you're going to get a pro-Michigan commentating paring. Dakich for obvious reasons (it's not Aaron Craft or IU...so he loves Michigan next) and Turico's always been pro-Michigan.
If I was an Illinois fan it would almost be as annoying as the game, but I'm not...and I love it. Especially because we never get to be on the slurp side from the guys calling the game.
Dakich is equally annoying to all
I would love to mute his man crushes
Well, given what's happened so far, not even an announcing team composed of RCMB's finest could by anything but pro-M talking about the game.
Soooooo goooood! 2014 just keeps on giving!
Is it bad that I dipped out of my girlfriends sisters 21st bday dinner, to come home and watch the game? Whoops. Go Blue! One more half boys!
so says the RCMB
Pretty good stuff over there
"They.just scored more in a half at Illinois than MSU could score in a whole game at home."
This is the most positive open thread in the history of the blog.
Missed the first half driving home from work. Made it home for the second half! Go Blue!
You didn't miss anything.
u missed perhaps THE BEST HALF of basketball M has played all year long
If Illinois comes back, we'll have to ask you to get back in the car.
So I doubt this is available on BTN 2 go.
The guys was just standing there under the rim.
How was that a foul on LeVert? For standing there?
Why does it seem like the camera angle is from so far away?
Not just holding on.
0-1, let's win the first 12 minutes of the 2nd half.
He wasn't in position to do anything.
because that worked out great last time. Try slapping the floor too
GRIII still can't hit 3s it appears.
I guess someone on the team has to miss from 3
I would've went with Spike for LeVert over Irvin.
Keep slaying em
Wash up Nik. That was dirty.
Couple bad passes thrown out of bounds this game. I mean, I'm really nitpicking here but...
I love GR3, but seriously, not a 3 pt specialist.
We're getting ahead of ourselves and we're just turning it over now
Not a great second half so far and we have actually extended our lead. You stay cold, Illinois.
Horford is playing awful today (relatively speaking)
I have been rather impressed with Horford's defense today. Granted, he is the only guy on the floor right now who hasn't hit a three. He should get on that.
All the points
Stauskas is channeling his inner Lebron.
So far what's the score? 3-2?
I don't care what the announcers say rice is shooting them out of the game. well technically they were really never in the game.
a reason Levert isn't getting his normal minutes?
Fouls. He has 3 of them. I thought 2 were pretty cheap, personally.
Shooting 71% from three and 61% from two right now
They threw up a stat of our most 3's in one game this season (vs. Houston Baptist)...how many did we hit? I wanna say 12. I believe we're at 12 or 13 now.
12 of 17 right now
I thought the record was 14.
Illinois is awful on offense
Beilein can do it.
GUYS WE ARE ALMOST UP by 30 halfway through the 2nd half lollll
Eminem? Rly, Dakich?
Dakich singing Eminem LOL
But seriously, guys. How awesome is it to watch the other team get bad bounces and miss shots?
Illinois - 32 pts
Try that USA chant again
Is going to break his own record
This game has gotten to the point where the talking heads are SINGING OLD EMINEM. 'Nuff said.
They refuse to call a charge. It's like it simply does not exist.
Fine. Nik, keep shooting.
It in Spike
Playing like champs. Lets keep it Rollin through April fellas
Nik is this good at shooting a basketball.
My son has a rubiks cube tournament in Toledo Saturday. My son is around 10 sec now.
Going in, I thought this game would be more important to win to clinch the outright championship. Lose tonight and they might be tight vs the Hoosiers. Guess I needn't have worried
Illinois given the continuation.
"Big Ten world is surprised I haven't put Aaron Craft as Player of the Decade"
Probably just further proof he follows his own name on Twitter too much
haha dakich trolling everyone with the aaron craft line. love it.
I don't care that we're up over 20, that is NOT a continuation, fuckers.
How in the hell is that a basket? He got fouled above the free throw line.
Teddy. Good riddance.
Bad call. I'd care if we weren't up by twenty
How was that a blocking foul? He was planted there for seconds...
Gimme a break. Max was setup when that guy was out behind the 3
Didnt realize Max was loaded lol
We're just standing there and he's running into us and they're calling fouls.
Rice is just truck-sticking everyone in his way with the ball tucked, and it's impossible to defend with this officiating.
get back to running the offense
Not really playing good at all in this half. We've been lucky so far Illinois has been awful. They can't keep playing like this game is over, though.
I know I'm 5 minutes late, but Dakich singing Eminem? Dear lord...
Think they said his feet were in the halo. He was on his tiptoes, but close.
PASS THE BALL TO STAUSKAS!!! REVERSE THE BALL TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FLOOR!!!
Work on our interior offense guys.
Oh there you go TV Teddy. There you go
do I continually have to listen to announcers that are sad that Michigan is winning....
An extremely late call
Mad Max attack!
At second glance max was pushed
The new Eso. Nothing goes right when he's out there
The ball knows if you've had a bad possession....I'll just leave that right there.
And five seconds after Bielfeldt takes a guy down, the whistle blows.
And Dakich uses that line AT LEAST once a game
Wow. Illinois cannot commit a foul right now. Refs wanting to even it up
LeVert having a rough night. I feel bad for him coming in here and not playing great.
I guess he'll just have to console himself with a road victory and an outright big ten title.
It's good that Illinois hasn't heated up this half because our offense has stalled.
Syracuse is really falling apart down the stretch. I'd be very surprised if they land on the 1 line.
But we need to call timeout.
I had a feeling we'd cool down, but not this much.
Way to stop the bleeding Caris. Thank you
You go Levert
Stauskas taunting their student section. So amusing for us. So annoying for them
7 x 3
The may want to cover that Terrence n Phillips kid
Stauskas is yelling at the crowd after every shot.
I think he enjoyed that USA chant.
I love it when Caris takes that first step of a sprint and ducks his head to do it. I don't know why, but it always cracks me up.
He's got one hell of a long stride
Save some for Indiana.
SPIKE THE HUSTLE MONSTER!
Stauskas is insane tonight. Absolutely insane.
That was a really long stretch without a whistle.
I still don't take Stauskas out though. Fuck it. He missed one cause he didn't have his legs under him and the first one was just barely off.
We haven't even played well this half really and somehow extended the lead.
Caris consistently does this thing where I'm thinking "CarisCarisCaris stopdrivingthelanethere'slike5guysthere Carisstopitthatsnotgoingin .....oh it went in. nice"
Why does Illinois hate us?
I like how this team smells blood this year and goes for the jugular/win. They like to compete as much as any UM team I remember watching. I think Beilein has really built that mindset into the UM team and I expect it to continue.
Empty the bench at 4 mins.
...I wait 2-3 more minutes and then go LeVert for Stauskas and Irvin for GRIII.
Not looking ahead, but I am:
I think we'll eventually end up with a 2 seed.
Cuse and ISU both losing to unranked teams right now. If they lose, better chance for us to steal a 2-seed? Seems like a good thing
This team is really showing some growth at this point in the season. This type of performance is what Champions do. So impressed!
Illinois is like zero kelvin cold
No under 12 timeout!! SUCK IT ESPN AND TV ADVERTISERS
...we'll just have the under 8 at the next whistle.
The only one you can really miss is the under 4. Obviously you can go an entire half without a whistle, but you know what I mean.
Outright title is pretty much in the bag now.
If you jinx this...
If he jinxes away a 32 point lead in six minutes, I'll eat this computer.
DON'T JINX US!
You know you've made a lot of threes when you are drawing multiple fouls on deep jumpers
Nik is not making it rain.....it should be called Canadian Mist!
Like I said those guys were gassed. I was wondering if Beilein was just going to tell someone to foul so we could get the under 12. Now we still have the under 8 at the next whistle.
Dominate Illinois, Dominate Indiana, win Big Ten tourney, 1 seed?
3 point assassins tonight.
The record for made 3 pointers in a game for a Michigan player is 9 by Garde Thompson vs. Navy in 1987. Glenn Rice is number 2 with 8.
Serious question, if (big if I know) we win tonight, against Indiana, and the Big Ten tournament does that get us a 1 seed?
But we'd be a firm #2.
(I think Kansas and Syracuse...and maybe Duke would have to lose)
I honestly doubt it. Too much would have to go our way with other teams losing. Our ceiling is a 2.
but it's possible if all that happens and if Wichita loses in their tournament and a few others choke as well. Thats a lot of big if's
The maize 'M' on a red background looks so wrong
Roy Tarpley and Bill Frieder making an appearance!
I see a two seed coming our way...
They won't shoot this way consistently. No team will. We have to hope they come up with a few hot shooting games in the NCAA at the right time. 2 seed or 3, this team has it in them to make another run.
Derrick Walton has been a wizard from the line in conference play. He just never misses
Up 30 on a team giving up less than 50 their last 3 games
Both of them!
bust out the muppets now. We cant be stopped
Caris driving ability is just something to behold.
I don't think it's even that good. It's just so long and lanky and unorthodox that it works. And it works well.
James Harden and Manu have made careers out of it.
I don't think he's in control even half of the time he drives but he knows that he can gather himself and he's long enough to either get fouled or make a weird looking shot.
In the NBA someone is going to knock him too off balance and on his ass. Which is why he's going to need to stick around at least 1 more year.
Do you put Stauskas back in until the under 4 or do you call it quits?
It's the champship. This isn't little league. Kill 'em.
I don't take a breath until the under 4 media.
dont see why you'd bother, we're up 30. No need to get injuries and have to play "weird guys" down the road.
Am hoping we stay with it.
Was feeling a little uncertain about this game... we often seem to relax a bit against a supposedly lackluster opponent, especially after some big wins...
...and with being on the road pretty soon after playing Saturday night -- not surprised they were slowing down / tiring...
Keep the adrenaline going a *little* longer, guys! Finish it off. Right.
Going to the commercial break, that might be the sorriest impersonation I've ever seen of The Blues Brothers.
The fat muppet is singing.
Gotta love that B1G tournament bracket
Michigan by 2, Make that by 32!
It just looks so wild seeing Michigan as the 1-seed. Didn't think I'd ever see that day
We do it so well
I must say this is fun to watch
Dakich is an idiot
we're killing 'em.
Who thinks we hit 90?
I never say this before the buzzer, but it's posbang time.
This is over.
Wow - Illinois has been drowned in the sickness.
When beating an 18 and 19 win MAC and MAC level wins (and now Delaware) as "good" wins, your resume struggles. Team? Ohio State. Faking no too bright right now.
Yeah, I'm in the generally pro-Dakich crowd, but come on.
Ohio State f'n sucks.
But maybe Dakich is right. Maybe they should still be in the top 25. I mean, who cares about getting exposed as a fraud in the conference season or looking like hot garbage?
Seems like a lot.
10 boards for him.
"If Michigan had not scored in this half...they'd still be up by 6!"
QUOTE OF THE GAME!
"If Michigan had not scored in this half they would still be up by six"
Tirico: it's a sitcom. I swear, in two weeks I'll have so much more of my life back.
Just berating Dakich on live tv. Love the man.
I heard Morgan got injured? What happened? Is it serious?
No. Bruised tailbone at worst. And no need to play him, obviously.
Doesn't seem serious but don't be shocked if he sits vs. IU in a game that ultimately doesn't matter except for NCAA seeding.
LOL 4 minutes left and Tirico(?) says "If Michigan hadn't scored in the 2nd half, they'd still be up by 6."
Damn, I'm watching them shoot free throws, and it's like, nope, still down 30.
I think we could beat the Miami Heat tonight.
If Miohigan hadn't scored this half, they would still be up by 6
I'm going with...
100 days till the world cup? Awesome!
Pigs are flying.
With that second
Spike nearly doubled up on his turnovers in the Big Ten season in the past couple minutes.
WTF. This is like Mike Hart in the Cap One Bowl.
Well if broadcasting doesn't work out Dan, there is always HR
16 3s ties school record. Insane. Subs!
Bounce back Spike
Spike would like you to know what you can do with those 2 turnovers
I was a lieutenant aboard the USS Durham sailing in the South China Sea.I get to see us win it this time so proud of our boys GO BLUE!
How many freaking subs did this squad have pregame....??
Bench time. Someone start the posbang!
turnoveritis with a 30-footer!
I wonder if Andrew Dakich will start dancing in celebration in the court.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
I don't even know half of their names
Ugh. If we don't win by 30...
In case anyone new to the program wondering how far we've come since Amaker. Here's a good taste.
CLAP CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP
Spike turning around and having no chair. Call it "Spike Loses Musical Chairs.gif"
I WANT A POSBOOM
So that's one way to win the championship.
SOLE CHAMPIONS OF THE B1G!!!!!
Cool moment for the Dakitch family
OUTRIGHT IG TEN CHAMPIONS...........MUPPETS FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I realize that you can't say too much in a bright orange blazer and a 31 point loss. But still classy.
That's how you do it. Exclamation point!
I forgot what winning a big ten championship in one of the big two sports felt like. Congrats team!! Go blue!!
A full two years!!
That was a prison raping. Awesome seeing the walkons in there dribbling out the clock.
This game was pretty much porn except that I watched all of it all the way through.
They are shitting down their leg at the worst time of the season.