Including BTT last year. Yeah, that's owned.
the season has truly begun now
Including BTT last year. Yeah, that's owned.
If by owned, you mean he was held 3 points and 3 assists under his average in a game with poor shooting keeping the assists down and a slow down game keeping the possessions down, then ok. Craft can be a great defender and he can try to do too much. Burke got a great look on the in and out 3, and he had a breakaway blocked and he missed a couple of shots he usually makes that weren't defended by Craft. Overall they both had pretty mediocre games.
on. Fuck Ohio.
Wow. Please never own a gun.
but the Michigan fan in me says... fucking spot on. Honestly after what we've been through the past decade... ugh. Come February 5th every Michigan fan ought to be giving hell to anyone wearing red within 2 miles of Crisler
I'm inclined to tell myself to never stoop to their level, but this is a rivalry, so I'm in agreement. We are supposed to treat each other like shit. I went to the game today and got shit everywhere I went, as I expected. I hope anyone with the nerve to wear scarlet in our arena next month is given the exact same treatment.
I saw four things today.
1) a very young team playing their first true tough road test was clearly overwhelmed (not much a coach can do until you find out, well he found out)
2) I love Beilein, but he has some ownership on this too. That team was not prepared. He made some very good adjustments, but some of his defensive schemes were very questionable.
3) this has been going on all year, but Burke is consistently late rotating on his defensive assignments and it is hurting this team. Stauskas is not helping on D either, but it is not due to lack of effort he's still learning. The Burke thing really bugs me though because it is purely an effort thing.
4) the personality of this team seems to think their efficiency on offense will overcome every other team so they don't worry too much if they give up a score. In a game like this, you have to be pissed when you give up a layup or open jumper. I didn't see that today. I can't believe both LeVert and Hardway didn't even run down OSU after a turnover.
Pretty much every one on the team played poorly and we still almost won. Hopefully they all learn from this experience and play better at Minny.
My only complaint was that I thought JB should have replaced Stauskus with McGary for most of the 2nd half. Nick was out of control on offense and a liability on D.
If we use the game last January in Columbus as a random point of comparison, we should remember that we put together only a slightly worse statistical performance in that game (not just the score, but effective FG%, 3-point %, etc...) and lost the game by 13 instead of just 3 as we did today.
It isn't a whole lot to go on necessarily, but what it tells me is that, in that space of nearly a year, and despite appearances today, you still have a team that is ridiculously talented and considerably better in other areas (things like blocks, steals and rebounding are generally up, though perhaps not necessarily today). There is vast improvement overall, in other words.
The Big Ten schedule is going to be tough, and this is a ridiculously front-loaded conference, right down to having, if I recall, seven teams with 12 or more wins right now. Someone above me touched on it, but from here on out, they have five or six teams on the schedule with better defensive efficiency (one of them is Ohio State), so they'll definitely need to adjust their game - but watching the second half today, I don't have any doubt that they can do this and still do well in a tough conference schedule.
Did anyone else notice the announcers kept saying Michigan didn't have depth? We played 8 players (9 if you count Horford's 2 min) and they played 7 (8 if you count Laquinin ross' 3 min). so whats the big deal???
And do not understand it either. Feel like we have multi tool players and depth at most positions. Spike played great today. Would say his penetration and grit helped change the game around except I am not totally comfortable saying spike and penetration in such close proximity to eachother.
The Ohio trolls on the ESPN boards right now are so pathetic it's hilarious.
I blame myself. They've won every game I've seen. I was working today and missed it. QED.
And we didn't catch a single break from the officials, right?
That guy hooks with his elbow
The OSU fan base would sell the souls of their offspring to win championships. The Michigan fan base is a civilized society whereas south Ohio is the place where knuckledraggers and mouth breathers are bred.
If you look at the last 5 games football and basketball in either Columbus or Ann Arbor, all the home teams have won. It just so happens the last three have been played in Columbus. Michigan is now holding serve at home and coming very close in Columbus. This is new and refreshing as we have gotten beaten soundly in Columbus both football and basketball a number of times over the last ten years. Beilein is transforming a program and that takes time. He is bringing in big time talent and for the first time in many years we have the same kind of roster as Ohio.
Burke's three with 20 seconds left was halfway down, we were a fraction of an inch from pulling this out! But you have to like where this program is going! Incredible job by Beilein!
It was tough start. But I give alot credit to guys and coaches for the heart to have a chance under 20 seconds to steal a game on the road against a top 15 team. A lot teams down 20 early would have folded and got smoked on the road. This tells me that team has the heart and will to fight at any point just have to learn to finish on the road in hostile environments over time. This team will be ready to play thursday night at Barn for sure. Since it's the first loss of the year, I think I may quit the predictions thread day before every game unless people want me to still do the threads?
Minnesota is actually a more important game in the sense that if we win we get the tiebraker against them. If I had to choose between winning today and winning Thursday I would pick Thursday since I'd rather get that tiebreaker and have a better shot at a Big Ten championship. I do think this could be a very good learning experience for the team.
It inspired me to unfollow burgeoning wolverine star, so I think I'm better for that.
Terrible start to the game and hats off to OHIO for taking it to us. They earned the win and deserve the spoils. Michigan made me very proud today by fighting back and coming within an inch from winning the damn game. That tells me that this team is never out of a game. There are no moral victories...but this game was a really tough out for us. This is B1G ball where it is extremely hard to win on the road against the upper half of this conference. Michigan will be in similar position @Indiana....@ Msu......@Minny.....@wisky....@ Illinois. I'd they can win the majority of those road games and hold serve at home with maybe only one loss....your looking at at approximately a 13-4 B1G record and a no.1 seed.....probably a B!G title pending on the Indiana results. Let's not fret. We lost to a damn good team that simply plays great ball in their building. This was a lesson to the freshman. Upperclassmen struggled from the floor as did Robinson....Staukus was invincible. Mcgary is a bright spot and if Hoford can get back healthy it will make a huge impact. If we beat Minny on Wed....this loss will not hurt us badly and we will string the rest of the games until the IU showdown. go blue!
We blow them out when they visit A^2! We'll probably lose a few more games on the road. Stay tough at home!