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MBB vs. Tennessee/NCAA Tournament Day 2 Open Thread
Tim Hardaway Sr. rocking the Michigan gear. Go Blue!!!
NCAA Tourney All Access: Thursday
Let's go Oakland and GO BLUE BABY
The shock the world tour.
LETS GET IT GOING BOYSSSSSSS!!!!!
PREDICTION: HARDAWAY - 30 POINTS
LITTLE PAYBACK TO THE SEC AFTER THEY SLAUGHTERED OUR EMBATTLED COACH IN THE GATOR BOWL
oaklands coach looks like Hoke. just sayin...
Time to fuck shit up
I guess Tenn is in Orange.
Are we rocking the black shoes, black socks? Are we, are weeee????
Which is awesome
Anyone having problems with the NCAA.com video? I'm not getting the video, but game tracker is working.
Same thing here.
It just kicked in.
CBS stream isn't working for me. Commencing meltdown in the middle of the MLB.
Gotta get Morgan involved early downlow to set the tone
Come on Morgan. Have to finish that. Nice job by Novak on the other end.
Huge to get the charge though.
Novak with an early 3. That's good news
It seems like to me.
Morgan hitting the offensive boards early, I like to see that. I'd also like to see him finish off that dunk too.
NOOOOOOOOOOOVAK for 3
There is barely a soul behind the Tennessee bench in comparison to us.
when you say barely a soul behind there bench you are not lying, I think it's fair to say we out number them in fans easily. When someone scores you can tell it's so much louder for us when we score, props to all the UM fans who showed up.
Your my boy Novak, ur my boy!
btw, why do we not have a liveblog for this game, not important enough?
How's your hangover today?
Thanks for asking, its terrible. I didn't realize how bad I was because I had been drinking all day. I'm told I was gettin pretty wild on the dance floor with a girl who is similar in size, stature, and hair-style to Macy Gray. I stand by my behaviour.
Agree completely. HATE the reverse and other weird camera angles. Can't tell what's going on.
Harris has all of their points so far, right?
He has all 8. We need to slow him down.
Got our traveling call out of the way early. I like it.
Anybody planing on going to mden to get Hokes autograph?
Yeah, I'll be there. I need to meet Hoke so I can say I've met the last 3 Michigan coaches in person.
At least it wasnt Harris.
Why can't we make an inbounds pass?!?
It is pretty annoying though.
We need to wake up soon. Our energy is lacking. Tenn could go off today on emotion and we have to match their intensity.
Michigan inbounding reminds me of this.
Morgan's gotta go straight back up when he gets the O rebound. Don't have to pivot every time
Some big offensive rebounds by Morgan so far and a nice put back there
Nice cleanup by Morgan. Sloppy first couple of minutes - hopefully they can get it back together.
Morgan with 2 fouls already. Every freaking game...
Probably out for the rest of the half. Could be bad news.
Jordan Morgan needs to get smarter about first-half fouls.
Boo! Ticky tack bull crap. But we get the travel right after that but BOO REFS!
Double post change.
the boys loks shaky and nervous right now. We have to keep this close while we find our stride. Come on blue.
the boys look shaky and nervous right now. We have to keep this close while we find our stride. Come on blue. ---edited for incredibly poor spelling
Smot needs to go up with that right away, not sit there and pump fake four time.
These refs sure seem whistle-happy on one end.
Wow, these refs blow. no call on tennesse when they clobber smotryc, but morris can't stand his ground in the post? bs
Seriously, that was a horrible no call! How is that not a foul when a guy goes up for a layup and he gets bashed across the face?
Cannot believe the ticky-tack crap they're calling on us when they let Smotz get clubbed in the head minus a call. Asses.
Stop heisitating under the hoop!
Looks like a condemned man on the sideline.
For the NCAA tournament App
Morris is trying to do it all by himself. Not good.
yep shooting 3s and taking a shot almost every time down the floor - he is much better when he is distributing and taking the ball to the rim
C"mon Smot. Get tough. Quit looking afraid out there.
UM probably won't keep shooting under 35% for the game, but they need to keep it close.
They will if Morris keeps jacking up 3s.
We need to start getting some points in the paint so we can start breaking down this 2-3.
I'm trying to stream the game on the ncaa website, im getting the audio but I get the boss screen, where it just looks like an email, how do i get rid of that and actually see the game? Thanks
There should be a button in the top right corner that closes boss mode.
There should be a red return button.
There's a "Return" button
I recall early in the season seeing Smotrycz taking a foul while defending under the basket because he had his arms all leaned forward, and right afterward, Novak and Morris came over and were demonstrating to him that the arms go straight up. Man... his arms are stick straight out there now on defense.
Also... gotta make the hoop a little bigger!
Surviving the half without Morgan is going to be brutal. We need someone who can finish inside right now.
Why the hell is he shooting three pointer!!?
Oakland keeping within striking distance to UT so far.
We are rebounding well and playing pretty good defense. Morris ties it up
Holy bad camera angles, Batman!
Now keep it going! This is where we take over!
Ok, the camera angle over the basket is cool for a couple seconds... not two entire possessions.
Why is Michigan going away from their standard 1-3-1? This isn't the tme to go with a new, untested defensive scheme like man-to-man...
Yeah baby, gotta keep tennessee shooting mid to long range jumpers and we will be fine.
Thoughts so far:
Whistles are pretty one-sided. If you're going to call the little stuff, that's fine. Just call it on both sides. Consistency is all I ask for.
The young guys seem a little shell shocked. Passing up good shot opportunities, can't get the three's to fall, focusing on not being the one that "messes up" instead of being the one to step up and get it done.
Getting Morgan back in the second half will be huge.. if we can keep it a close game, and ideally go into the half with a win, Belein settles them down at the half, I like our chances a lot.
LET'S GO BLUE!
stop jacking that shit
Getting good looks and not hitting them, but still tied. Good sign for us, those good looks will start dropping eventually.
Getting good looks and not hitting them, but still tied. Good sign for us, those good looks will start dropping eventually.
SMOT STOP TAKING CONTESTED THREES WITH 30 SECONDS LEFT ON THE SHOT CLOCK
These good look 3's gotta drop!
Two on Hardaway now. We need to weather this half.
C'mon guys, don't settle for a shot.
Two fouls on THJr.
Also, Smot's conscience seems absent today...
Smot is getting some good looks from 3. I'd like to see him try to work it inside a little more first though. He had that nice drive.
We need to practice inbounding the ball. That's really sad
Next practice is all inbounds plays.
were gonna blow all our TO's running in bound plays..
these open looks will start to fall soon - we are getting good looks at the basket
you know better
Inbounding. And did Stu just almost put that up into their own basket?
Stu Douglass is awful. Pathetic
Shut up. Listen. There needs to be a moratorium on that shit, being down on our players and all that. When you're playing with house money that shit is uncalled for.
You're right. I do apologize for my comment. I understand that these are student athletes, and should not have to face criticism like professional athletes. It's just that he, along with the team, can be so frustrating sometimes and it gets the better of me. I am sorry
That clock can't tick fast enough right now
I hate Stu Douglass...and this team is too small. We are not playing well right now.
Unless you think he's slacking off or point shaving or something, why the fuck do you hate a kid out there working his ass off to win this game for all of us?
when this team is missing 3s. I swear they are the most frustrating team to watch. No back cuts, ball screens, pick and rolls.
fucking dj jazzy jeff out there
I will say this - the refs are giving Tobias Harris EVERYTHING. Tennessee is as athletic as advertised, but they don't need the help with some of these calls.
Also, McLimans like a man
with their athleticism.
How many fucking fouls are they going to fucking call! Fuck them
Attack the paint!
to get an inside presence going. They are pressuring, pressuring, pressuring. Get Morgan or Smotrcyz or WHOEVER under the friggin basket and have Morris deliver inside passes over, and over, and over.
Mcnasty is on the board now.
Tennessee is alerady shooting 1 and 1s
Wow, just wow. If this foul pace keep[s up we won't have anyone to play in the 2nd half.
CMON MAN! Ticky tack bs is one sided here..
The three is not falling. Try something else
I suggest "Gravy", because whatever he gives us is exactly that.
We can't make anything.
HIT THE DAMN THREES
these 3 point shots are a complete joke right now
We are broke from 3pt range right now, and we just keep heaving them up.
Oh my fucking lord. This team can't hit shit.
WTF are we doing?
What is this line up we have in right now
COME ON REFS
can we shoot inside the 3 pt line.
The 3s just aren't going in right now.
beilein has to suck it up or the game will be over at half... roll the dice and put morgan and hardaway back in.
It's a good sign that we're only down by 5. We could build a house with all of these bricks.
get the ball in the paint.
We foul a bunch because we can't stick with their athletes.
not sure if that was sarcasm. The fouls in their favor are lot less harsh than what is getting called in our favor. My observation.
We can't keep anybody in front of us on defense
can we get a fucking foul call???? feels like were playing OSU all over again with this bs ref job
When you go to the basket like Tennessee, you will get foul calls. When your offense swings the ball around the perimeter looking for a three, you don't get foul calls.
This is awful. Wow/
We are in some serious trouble, we can't stop fouling them and now 2 of our 3 best players are on the bench with fouls. They are calling some ticky tack stuff out there on us.
Foul disparity looks bad, but we aren't doing anything to help ourselves on the offensive end. Darius needs to penetrate and get to the rack or kick, haven't seen much of that this game
I can't even believe this. We're 1/10 from 3, and have 8 fouls to Tennesee's 3.
My only concern is that we'll limp into halftime down too much to come back. If it's a 5-6pt game or better at the half, I love our chances.
I'm streaming so the quality isn't great are we actually tripping Tennessee? I feel like I'm watching a hockey game or something
Doesn't matter if it's guarded or wide open. And Tennessee has a step on all our defenders and playing better defense. We need to step it up big time.
loooong media time out
We're just jacking the first 3 we see. Swing it around a bit, make them play D. That shot will always be there.
Enough with the "tripping" foul calls.....
Come on guys we need to start hitting some of these shots. I hate having to come from behind to win the game. It is much easier to do it at the beginning. LETS GO!
i dont have a problem shooting 3s if theyre wide open with the right guy. but christ the whole team is standing outside the 3 pt line and nobodys the for the rebs.
We haven't even given the refs a chance to call a foul on Tennessee. It's not the refs' faults that we're just shooting jumpers as soon as we get over half court.
But they made notable (called out by the commentators) no-calls on a hard foul and a soft desperation breakaway foul, while M can't even play defense.
We do need to stop going for bad jumpers extremely early, though.
It's amazing that we're within five even after 1 for 9 from three. I wish we could hit those today.
Why doesn't Tennessee just jump and fall onto the floor? Anytime one of their players falls it's a foul.
How about a moratorium on calling out college kids? Stu Douglass isn't playing well, but let's not start talking smack about him or anybody else on this team.
And the 3s will fall - every team goes through dry spots.
I don't see anyone breaking the 3pt line in penetration.
Lets get Morgan in there, i know he has two fouls but if we don't set up an inside game this is going to get away from us very quickly. We're 1/65 from three point land.
Novak, you're so gritty.
What the fuck are they doing, good Lord
Sweet Triple Post
almost as good as Vogrich....
Dude is money
So we can offensively rebound but not shoot at all? Is this like opposite day?
FINALLY. We hit a 3 pointer.
Finally we get a three ball to fall.
stop jacking 3's. combined 0-7
Thank you Vogrich
Yes Matt Vogrich!!
getting some good minutes from Vogrich
I apologize, no clue why that posted 3 times. My bad.
Get it going Vog. Hopefully that opens the 3 point skies.
i hope he steals all of douglass' minutes next year. hopefully one of the kids coming in can pick up the rest.
Did anyone else think to themselves last game when Morris hit a 3 "oh we are going to pay for this later."
There we go. Get it going boys!
Here come the obligatory ref complaints, when in fact the game is being called fairly well, and Michigan actually gets called because they are always a step behind due to lack of quicks and not from any ref malfunction.
So Smotz getting Roethlisbergered under the net is just because and doesn't deserve a call?
Some no calls have happened on both ends today. My point being that people on here always complain about the foul difference, and how it's usually in the other team's favor, and I argue lack of athleticism and style of play are usually the cause of this. Not to mention that today these refs are doing a good job, but people still complain about every call against M, but never question calls they get, which is hypocritical and annoying as fuck. And it happens every damn game, regardless of ref or outcome. I wish people would just watch, cheer for the team, and stop acting like the refs have it out for M, or they're all incompetent. I understand every fan base does this, but ours seems an especially whiny bunch.
It's possible to criticize the refs on both ends, as many people did below. There were several borderline calls, but they weren't at even periods. The first half of the first half was the "Tennessee can do no wrong" version of the refs. With about 8:00 minutes left, suddenly Tennessee couldn't get a call to save their life.
If Harris cools off UT is in trouble.
Seriously, how are we winning?
Would you prefer to hang out at the RCMB? No? Then buzz off.
Damn, you're one smug mafucka.
You sure are reading a lot into a three-sentence post. I must have touched a nerve or two in an already fragile MSU psyche. What I'm saying is, posting a holier-than-thou, near-condescending remark on a Michigan game open thread is obnoxious and totally unnecessary. Especially when said remark comes from a known MSU fan. It's going to get you called out. JMO.
Jesus, why are all our shots giving me heart attacks. Still, nice D...
If a few more of these shots fell, we'd be running away with the thing. I mean just killing them! Sooner or later, our shooting percentage goes up.
when you go to the basket good things happen. there was a posession there where they didnt dribble inside the 3 pt line.
vastly improved. Dude is good
Vogrich is taking over the game.
I love Vogrich.
Harris missed one!!
Damn, hey, Vogrich - not bad for a 13-year-old!
I keep thinking, holy crap, he looks like my friend's kid who's like waaaay fricking young. Then I realize, he's a freshman in college. Damn I'm old.
Wish we could've seen that one rattle in, but for their assy camera angles.
+1 for "assy." Truth.
MAKE THEM BEAT US FROM DEEP.
Love the offensive rebounds and Vogrich is tearing it up right now!!
this game is going to take on a whole different complexion.
For not playing to well this half Michigan is within 1.
Who died and made Vogrich a god out there?
Yay Vogrich. He used to scare me when he came in, but now I like to see him get time off the bench.
Here we go! Starting to heat up.
The 2nd coming of Zack Novak
I feel REEEEEEALLY good about a lead at this point
That is does not bode well for us this late in the first half. Need the rest to step up.
Guys, my shit-barometer is acting up....the winds of shit are changing direction.
yeahhhhh! now it's starting to click - great effort.
Smotrycz has all sorts of trycz to show to the vols.
I see what you did there.
stupid stupid foul, come on Smot.
A Pale brew with Hops!
Bad shot selection by Smot. Come on man.
we have to at least pass that around couple times to see if there are better options.
Vogrich against Tennessee
Anthony Wright against Oklahoma
Lets hope the outcome is a little different today.
almost as badly as it could have, and we're up by 2.
Foul trouble is a concern though.
Vogrich out of his mind right now
I don't mind most of Smot's misses today. He's forced a couple, but he's also missed a lot of open ones too. Keep shooting when you're open Smot
I can't imagine the game plan called for Smot and Morris to combine for eight 3-point attempts in the first half.
Come back, Morgan/THJr... come baaaaack...
VOGRICH....becoming a player for us, good to see
to get under control and stop taking threes early in the clock. Love our rebounding and defensive effort so far today.
And would the people who post shit about this team or players in every game thread kindly shut the fuck up. It is getting really old.
But this is way more than just pure grit right here.
How about "En Vogue"?
The Northwestern studen section chanting "Bieber" always cracks me up. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't like that, so I'll keep thinking.
Hurray, Skinny White Guys!!!
Novak with the layup! I love PGs attacking the paint.
Not a racist, but weird to see the whiteys playing like, well, they're not.
I do hope the team can stay away from foul trouble. The Volunteers got quite a few ticky-tack "tripping" fouls in the beginning, and those can catch up later on.
Vogrich has learned a lot of scrappiness from novak!
The outdated ugly as hell flat top? or the way the tenn players used to wear their headbands like yamacas(sp?).
It might just have been long enough that flot tops can come back again.
Thanks for the correct spelling, sorry if i offended anyone with my ignorance. Carry on. Love the first half outcome BTW. Morris' last bucket was very nice (borat voice).
WOAH WOAH WOAH. If I was black I would have that hair cut and would have rocked it from elementry school til the day i died.
its straight outa 1991. He looks like the Fresh Prince.
He looks like the younger craig ronbinson character from that movie. I hope it's a joke between him and someone else.
Nice job Smot!
If Smot was shooting the ball well today...
That could easily have been a foul. Russian roulette from the crew.
Yeah, it was definitely a blocking foul. Unimpressive job by the officials on both sides of the ball.
Yeah, I didn't actually agree with that call, but I ain't complaining.
3's have all been close, if they start to drop in the 2nd half, lookout
9 offensive rebounds has more than made up for Smot's horrible 3's - they've looked OK but damn, he's 1 for 7?
Making that one three was the worst thing for Smotrycz in this game. If he would have missed that one, he wouldn't think that it's ok for him to keep trying.
That would never be a foul in Big Ten play.
That was Tater who said the NIT would be better. He's a certified lunatic.
EDIT: This comment is in the entirely wrong place. I blame it on the alcohol and the March Madness.
GET THE FUCK OFF MY COURT HOPSON
Is that number three on the fresh prince?
Another charge! Beautiful
Lets keep this momentum going into the half, we have settled down nicely. Keep er goin boys!
Another charge that probably should have been blocking.
Another charge. Nice job boys, keep it up Novak.
Grit Novak takes on for the team.
PS. c'Mon Oakland! I picked that upset.
Hopson's got that kid and play haircut going on.
What ESPN forgets to mention in Michigan games, is the GRIT factor!
Halftime w/ a lead, without hardaway or morgan for the better part of the half....I'll take it
Morris! That's how you end the half
Amazing shot by Morris there!
Holy fuck that was amazing
MORRIS!!! What a lay-up.
Moar Darius plz.
Way to end the half, D-Mo.
I love Darius Morris!! Great way to end the half!!!!
Up 4 at the half and we played a large portion of the half without Morgan and Hardaway. Huge performances from Vogrich and Smotrycz to keep us in it.
Morris is absolutely unconscious. How the hell? My body has never, and will never move in any way resembling whatever the hell that was.
What a shot by Morris. Love it! Nice job boys keep it up after the half.
Wow, that's a shot to chew on over the break.
Halftime lead = happy day.
there by Morris. Hopefully he can play better in the second half. That Harris guy is killing us down low though, we need to find an answer for him.
I'm so confused.
Their best player dropped 20 in a half. Our best hasn't played in ten minutes. And we're up four. I'll take it.
I think that's a key point. Unless someone else steps up for them in the second half, or Hardaway chokes, we're in really good shape heading into the half. And Darius is having a great game himself: 6-6-4... is it too early to be talking triple-double?
Also, +6 on the boards. I we keep that up, I'll be pleasantly surprised!
Dear Darius Morris,
How the fuck did you make that go in?
Love, The Michigan Faithful
We are in the lead after horrible 3pt shooting, THJr with 2 pts and 10 fouls. If we get it together and Harris cools off a tad this could end nicely.
A Michigan buzzer-beater! Hooray!
Also, glad we're attacking now, AND got out of the half in such great shape. Having Morgan and Hardaway back and better-rested than anybody else on the court can only make the second half even more awesome.
Great accomplishment going into halftime with the lead. No Hardaway, no Morgan, and we still have the lead!?!?! Wow.
Did that interviewer just say thanks a lot jim after interviewing beilein?
so I fucking hope not.
She probably needs some camy cam juice to focus.
"Thanks a lot...." (to Beilein)
"....Jim" (cutting back to Nantz)