OK, we're almost an hour away from the biggest game in John Beilein's Michigan career, which makes it just about the biggest in recent Michigan Basketball history. For some of you, you might not have been alive long enough to remember anything bigger. If we lose, we can probably pinpoint bigger games, but if we win, and can follow it up with a Tourney appearance (showing going isn't just a fluke), turning a corner (if not actually catching up) against MSU, which can only help on the recruiting trail, and to basically not have all the positive momentum derail, there's no way to overstate how big that would be. Which makes this afternoon BIG. If ever we needed basketball to GO BLUE, it's today. Let's do it.
MBB vs. MSU Game Open Thread
Go Blue!!! There's something good in the air, wafting around.
I almost feel like I have a game today. I'm sitting here in bed trying to time my shower correctly so I can just leave to watch the game right after.
I'm not as nervous as before one of my hockey games, but this compares mentally to a cross country meet or a tennis match, I think.
agreed. i literally couldn't sleep last night. i don't even get like that for football games, but for some reason this game seems to be personal.
I've got this game, and then my other school plays right after in another really high-stakes game. I'm going to be a wreck until about 7:00PM here in central time.
We need this today, and then we need it on October 15. I'm sick of all the MSU fans/students thinking irrationally.
Methinks it feels like football, the week off, the late-autumn-feeling air. Ahh, yes. This is athletics at its finest.
And, of course, GO BLUE!
I think we're mudders.
It feels just like a 3:30 kickoff during football season. Particularly watching the games that are on before ours and seem like they will never end.
This is the biggest game at Crisler Arena that I can remember. A must-win game for both teams.
(And if someone really needs a fix, you might be able to fast forward through this...looks like the whole game...)
To paraphrase Charlie Sheen, we are bi-winning. We win there, we win here.
They can't beat us because we have tiger blood and Adonis DNA!
Tim Hardaway's on a drug. It's called Timmy Hardaway. It's not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.
best post in a while!!!!!
lets fuckin do this shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not even sure those were bigger games.
This is an opportunity to beat our biggest basketball rival, to send them to the NIT, to secure our spot in the tourner, to stamp the Tim Hardaway Jr. Era. Personally, I think this is a lot bigger than the tournament games.
If we had nothing to lose, and it was only about them losing. Taking glory in beating your rival yourself and causing them suffering isn't little brother-ish. You're over-extending the term.
I disagree. This is a chance for us to turn recruiting in the state in our favor. This would be a statement win. This is a chance to sweep a rival and perennial power and secure a spot in the tournament. Once we were in the tournament in 09, everything else was gravy.
There was nothing to lose. House money. No one would complain losing to either. This can be a step up OR a set-back.
Tourney games will be bigger when we actually have a chance to win something in it.
early 2nd half. Good news thus far.
VT has completely imploded since the Duke win. They may be playing themselves out of a tourney spot now.
They do this every year.
Memphis should continue to fall out of brackets as others update. A Clemson win and a Michigan win should move Michigan to 5th to last in. That, I think, would pretty much seal a spot for us.
Clemson is fucking this up.
And VaTech returns the favor. I'm comfortable with this game now.
Even with spring break, I hope the Maize Rage is in full force:
Let's Go Blue!!
But town was a graveyard last night.
Anyone know a link where this game will be streamed?
A Justin.TV link is streaming CBS. Hopefully it is streaming the Michigan game that follows the KU game.
Game is also available off CBS' website.
Thanks...I got on CBS's website and they have the preview up. It looks like CBS has embraced "The Butterfly" nickname for Morris as well. Bummer.
What's everyone watching until gametime? I don't know if I can handle waiting 30 minutes. I'm already geeked up, and most of the other games don't look that exciting.
Blues Brothers is on VH1, however.
In a bad movie on UHD.
I mean guys this team has seen a lot and you all know how close our losses against the big guys have gone. We all know that this team will be very great in a couple years- but I'm not really sure- even if we are in the tournament- that we can really make it far.
Of course, the same was probably said about the Fab Five.
Just getting in would be big. And telling recruits they can regularly play in the Tournament (2 of 3 years, favored to go next year) if they come here would be bigger.
And the radio broadcast begins. Hyped? Damn, I can't sit still.
David Merrit says the pressure is all on State, pre-season Number 2 fighting for their life.
So, the question, to drink or not to drink?
Also, Go Blue!
I'd have to go with no drinking, just because regardless of the outcome, I think we'll be drinking afterwards. Gotta pace yourself.
This game is taking forever. I'm worried it's gonna carry over into the Michigan game.
I just broke out the MGoBlue radio feed. Fuck you CBS.
Yeah there's no way Kansas-Mizzou will be over until at least ten after.
Hoping for a big game from Hardaway, Beat State!
This is torture...STOP FOULING!!!!!!!
I'm not exaggerating much in saying that there has been a foul on every single trip down the court.
Hoping against hope CBS sees the light and changes their coverage split
Will CBS switch back and forth if Kansas-Mizzou goes long?
I know they're trying to squeeze in 4 games today, but a televised college basketball game is going to take more than 2 hours.
What happens if the kansas game doesnt finish on time?!
Seriously, I was looking forward to watching the pregame hype videos
These refs are single-handedly attempting to make basketball into a non-contact sport
It's a 13 point game..... I wish they could cut away.
It seems like every week the Big Ten game gets shafted by these other games running over....
Kansas: Stop fouling.
Mizzou: Stop fouling
Refs: Stop calling fouls
This game is a blowout. CBS should just switch games already.
First time I've ever wanted Gus Johnson to get off my TV!
The CBS stream is not working. Anyone got an alternate stream?
Let's go. Switch the game already.
FUCK YOU CBS! GAH!!!
please god let this be a mistake
Where you at?
i got it online
No mistake. You can watch on cbssports.com as soon as they switch over from KS-MO, though.
You and most of the country are equally pissed, to be sure.
No fucking way mizzou comes back.
I hate everyone.
God damnit CBS!
Is the feed working for you? All I see is a picture of a college basketball game. Is that just because the game hasn't started yet?
Game hasn't started yet has it?
In ann arbor you can listen on AM 1050. If that doesnt work, try 760 if your willing to listen to MSU announcers.
Hey CBS...put the game on
going on right now, we aren't missing anything yet!
Haven't had any coffee yet so I'm still on strafe. I've been drinking the margaritas of Aztec royalty, the type that invite for vengeance and not for cowardice. We don't need to burn the boats because frankly I've got yachts that drive.
As if I needed yet another reason to hate Kansas and Missouri. And what's with that Missour-ruh shit? There's a fucking I at the end of it for Pete's sake.
I doubt the game starts until ten after. Even then, they'll delay tip off as long as they can if this game isn't over (which it won't be).
Non-stop commercials on MGoBlue radio feed. Now we're going courtside and they're talking about Charlie fucking Sheen. Jebus.
Is this Kansas-Mizzou game nationally televised? I don't think they can cut to a regional game over a national game. But of course, I know really nothing about the millions made in NCAA broadcasting.
In the words of the immortal Charlie Sheen... WINNER! Defeat is not an option!
Looks like CBS is switching. Here we go
About time dammit.
Thank you CBS for doing the right thing!!!
Dear God, let it be so
LETS GO BLUE!
CRAP! Ted Valentine is officiating.
is now online
(if you're not getting the game now, it's starting).
Winning time. We've got Wolverine Blood, twice as effective as Tiger Blood.
your killing me smalls
Maize Rage looks like they're in full force today.
Happy Senior Day!
We win, it's over?
The home GOLD?!?! WTF CBS we are not ND.
No three point shots Darrius! Go inside. That's better.
I love the real-time thought process.
MSU throwing up bricks so far
Your shoes sparkle in the moonlight, fancy dancers.
Did he bring cookies?
Morgan needs to dunk that
I Love Zach Novak!
needs to play tougher today, or should i say even more tough.
Kansas up only 5, hope they don't switch back.
rabble rabble rabble
what a pussy
Nice start guys, lets keep it rolling. GO BLUE!
One of the funniest things about this game is noticing all the yellow shirt students in the crowd, and then out of nowhere a guy wearing a blue Cookie Monster head.
at this rate, he's looking at a 20-20 day
Radio just said Horford wasn't available today. What''s up with that?
Gary Moeller is keeping a close eye on Tom Izzo.
There's a word for that
He travelled before he charged. Ozzie crying doesn't change that.
keep those calls on state coming. get them in foul trouble and force their bench to try to win.
Tom Izzo's smile was so ... sarcastic.
Gary Moeller sighting!!!!
Sparty just doesn't look ready for this
lol cbs giving us State's bucket
Michigan State's first basket comes over 6 minutes into the half.
Smotrycz! Nice job
haha. they marked state's points up for michigan.
Great move by Smotrycz
just choked so hard
the CBS? Was he on the google, or the internets?
pretty funny - don't often see that
get the airball chant going!
I just got here. But great student turnout for being spring break.
Airball. Do not stop chanting that.
Dude is burgundy.
All season that we get a double digit lead, and y'know, keep it?
Michigan getting some calls I like it!
We're drawing fouls inside - very good sign
Mehh, rim not kind to our 3s...
I'm glad MSU just missed that layup so hard.
Damn, this is gonna be 40 minutes of that last 2 minute feeling.
would love to see us knock down a couple 3s. get some confidence from beyond the arc
Hardaway just needs to hit one and he'll be off
great game so far hoping we destroy them. I work in a department full of state fans, I need to stick it to them on monday
Ever notice that every MSU player is "shocked" when called for a foul...
I think we were bailed out a bit there... I'll take it though.
Keep up the good free throw shooting. Apparently tripping over your own feet is a foul now.
Summers with the 3 for MSU. *Le sigh*
Why is Morris in love with that jump shot right now?
Morgan probably won't get back in this half. Not good.
Love Jordan Morgan, but he's gotta get smarter when it comes to fouls. He can't pick up his second there.
Wow, Douglass was definitely set... definitely should've been a charge. Though, I missed the replay, so I could be wrong...
Not a charge. Douglass wasn't set and was blocking the MSU ballhandler out of bounds. I generally hate refs, but that was a good call.
His left foot was not set and he wasn't straight up in the air.
Keep chucking those bricks, Summers.
what are you doing!!!
We need to take smarter shots
Come on Stu...
Definitely need to take smarter shots, for sure!
Is Hardaway supposed to just be standing motionless in the corner on offense or are we not executing?
That was a CHARGEEEEEE
Wow, that was a ... really bad pass ...
Not liking the look of the offense w/o Morgan down low....
Novak's pretty fired up already. Prepare yourselves for a gritty pep talk (scream).
If were up at half without morgan, and thj doing anything, I'll be fin fine with that
Great start, gotta get back in the rhythm and slow the game down
i live in michigan and i have to watch the zona oregon game. wtf
I don't think we can really afford to keep Morris off the court for very long, and SOMEONE needs to knock down an outside jump shot for us.
Why no CIL for a game this big?
Also, can we get Blake McLimans OUT OF THERE?
Is there anyone left to run it?
Wow Jim, love the call of throwin Morgan back in there...gotta gamble, play smart boys
Posting at 14-19. I was loving the game until 2 minutes ago. Not so much now.
What the hell is this knee/hip foul the ref keeps calling us on?
believe appling left him open. what an idiot.
THERE WE GO!!!
There we go! Finally got the outside shot. Awesome offensive rebound. SOLID.
3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's get some more of those!!!
Wow, vogrich. Wow.
Disagree teamort, let him play smart and get no fouls...we need him on the offensive side
Not a smart shot...
Errm... Not sure about Douglass shooting 3's from beyond even NBA-distance.
Another terrible foul.
Gotta stop these bad fouls guys....
Bigs need to keep their feet set!!! Come on big guys...play with your heads!
call it dammit!
So, I don't think that just because we make one 3 we should start shooting them every possession, we've been doing well inside...
Good answer by Novak
be any more stupid?
First, he talks about how Michigan's defense switches between 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone.
Then he compliments Draymond Green for reading a double and make a pass -- when there was no double.
He's a tard
I thought we ran a 3-3-5...
There we go Novak keep it up son
We need to stop taking terrible 3s...... Wait for a good shot..
When has Stu ever made one of those super long threes?
2 years ago. but that's about it.
Why rush down and throw up a sloppy 3? Why?
zach. get set first.
Ohhhh shit....be alright Timmy be alright....good defense son
Toss Lucas. Elbow to the face
This trying to be a three hero, even when the lane is open, is stupid.
What the fuck Lucas! dirty player
That looked vicious. I once saw Manny Harris get thrown out of a game for less.
When you really need him?
kick him out
5 min misconduct
Too bad it ain't hockey or he would haha
Jay would say that's fair game for ejection!
Evan's grin after that breakaway... priceless.
THJ should be fine in a couple minutes if its just an elbow to the face. He's a tough guy, but I hope he's alright
Seriously throw him out. Manny got thrown out for less than that.
in one of these big games.
Get him out of there. What a little bitch. Just because you only have 2 points doesn't mean you should start throwing 'bows.
F#cking bush league
I am curious to see the replay of the elbow....I remember manny getting ejected last year for an accident...
The anouncers were outraged they didn't call Hardaway for.... something.
Let's see if they have the balls to toss Lucas because he deserves it
Harris was kicked out for that!
Oh man, Dirty!
Are those nicotine patches on Draymond Green's shoulder?
post up that SOB and embarrass him on O - or a least get some more fouls on him. he can't defend any of our guards down low.
I like that he keeps calling Hardaway Rice, but come on man.
to see Timmay looking aight after that elbow from Mr. Dirty
They must have used up an entire CD of Jock Jamz in that break alone.
"Thiiiis is hooooowww we doooo i-iit"!!!!!!
Dear God, YMCA needs to be banned from sports arenas
do they keep calling JR "Rice"? Morons.
Glen Rice is gonna give us a huge advantage. I've put a phone call into Tim Brando to put in Cazzie, Phil Hubbard (pre-knee injury), Roy Tarpley, Rickey Green, and Webber, Howard, and Rose. Maybe Mike McGee if they want a gunner.
Great work Darius...take it to the rack son
Wanted the "and 1".
there is no way either sparty can defend darius down low. keep going there.
who is rice? announcer keeps saying rice instead of tim hardaway jr?
A sophomore now at Georgia Tech.
One point of optimism: neither of our two best players are playing well in the 1st half and we are up by 10...hopefully we get this thing fully rolling in the 2nd half
So far pretty good FT shooting
GREAT defense guys
What great D!!!!
mike valenti is planning what to do with his monday since he's not going to work.
Where is this game from Evan coming from?!?!
them m*therf*ckers out of the gym boyz!!!!
Michigan's D is intense this game...
THERE WE GO!!!!!
Let's put them away now
Fast break wizard!
"...did the 'Smot' thing!"
...did the SMOT thing?
"Smotrycz does the 'smot' thing"
Smaht Smotrycz is now a meme.
Good to see #13 finally finishing a little bit
Very impressed with the defensive intensity. TH Jr needs to get involved a little more in the second half.
Completely unnecessary 3 right there...
Please kill me.
Don't leave him open.
Do not leave Appling that open!
Yet another 3 from beyond NBA range... WTF?
14 point Michigan lead cut down to 8...
Come on boys take the big lead in to the half
WHAT IS THAT FROM DARIUS?!
Come on boys take the big lead in to the half
Terrible shot. And now MSU hits two threes in a row.
Figrues that Summers would start hitting his shots........
At least half time keeps him from getting hot....i hope
A half away from the tournament....
considering morgan played about 5 min and hardaway hasn't done anything. i like our chances.
That was a terrible way to close the half. I'm about done with the 3 point offense.
Because our offense has something to do with State hitting two threes to close the half.
It does a bit. If Morris doesn't jack that shitty three from six feet behind the line it could definitely have changed the flow a bit.
Could Tim Brando be worse at his job?
If we get Morgan/THJ going early this game should be ours
Up 8 at the half with no points from THJ and limited minutes from Jordan Morgan. I don't think we could ask for much better.
THJ needs to step it up and Morgan needs to stay in the game in the second half though.
While still being up 8.
Word to the wise, from the dumb. Avoid Qdoba before a big game. At very least, say no to the habanero salsa.
that's why you situate your big screen within view of the john. one of my best ideas ever.