By any chance does anybody know if we will have access to watching any of the games that are gonna be played this week? Whether tape delay or live?
I think the best you can hope for is some postgame highlights posted at mgoblue.com. The games on these foreign tours are rarely live-streamed. So far, they haven't even set up a special page on the website for the Italy tour like they did for the tour four years ago.
On Twitter, by the way, you can follow coverage of the trip through #ForzaBlu.
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the seating capacity at The Colliseum?
Not the Big House but it was the biggest back then.
Wasn't it also like Michigan Stadium in that the "field" is lower than the ground a bit? I thought it made it easier to construct and flood for their water shows.
The tallest people in that picture are coaches...
The people standing closest to the camera in that picture are coaches as well....
I was thinking it looked more like a soccer team than a basketball team.
I AM worried---if the basketball team members are really that short, then this means Jabrill is probably just 5'2" or so.
At least the taller ones look taller. Than the less tall ones. (Bacari's shot.)
EDIT: They look even taller with that MGoBlog response-post squeeze'm in effect.
Look at those calves on bielfeldt... they're basically all I can see in the picture
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the Colliseum also looks taller without the Michigan Coaches being in the picture...
Isn't Bacari pretty damn tall anyways? Most bball coaches used to be players...
Bacari is 6'6''.
Best bet for a stream of any sort would be to check the teams they're playings website.
Amazing to get a stream. I'll see what I can find out tomorrow, and do some research.
I miss MBB :(
What is MGoBlogHD?!?!?!
Did I miss something???
One thing - don't freak out if we play poorly in this tour. Before the 2010-11 season we went to Europe and looked awful. The level of competition is pretty stiff in these things and we're very early on in team chemistry building. That 2011 team ended up pretty good by the end of the season.
We reserve the right to always freak out. This is MGoBlog fergodsakes.
I think the level of competition varies quite a bit. I suspect the competition on this trip won't be as tough as some of the teams they faced in 2010. Some of these all-star teams that are thrown together for these foreign tours aren't that good. Last summer, the Vincenza All-Stars (one of the teams Michigan will play) lost to both Clemson and Rhode Island. The Clemson page linked says they won the first three games on their Italy tour.
In the end, winning the games is far from the most important part of these tours. The extra practices, the chance to play some live games, and the opportunity for team bonding are all more important than winning. And I'm sure Beilein will be experimenting with all sorts of lineups, and that will lead to some stretches where the team struggles.
They were pretty bad until the Aneurysm of Leadership, so it would be kind of a bad sign if they're just non-competitive.
OK, they've now made a liar out of me—here's the mgoblue.com page for the trip: Michigan Men's Basketball in Italy.
The Michigan Basketball facebook page has some new photos up. Last time they did this(Belgium trip), there was daily updates.
Then bring it home:
for WD---find me one of those 'M Colliseum' shirts!
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WD is like the MGoBlog mascot...he's adorable, lovably annoying, freaks a few people out for no real reason and always finds his way into every topic.
Dave Brandon should take notes. WD knows how to appeal to the masses.
at the half. Too early for National Championship talk?