Have they updated us on Morgan's status?
Michigan mens basketball vs. Illinois open thread
Per the tweet above it sounds like he could come back if needed, but hopefully they'll just rest him
I'm lovin the energy they got going on in the first half. Usually slow out of the blocks in the first 20 min...I'm encouraged for the second half.
Hey, anyone heard anything about this Green kid out of Virginia? What's his deal?
Also like the Horford start.
thj with tha finger roll!
That is because we don't foul that much. These announcers need to read Mgoblog's writeups.
Weak call on Horford
So-so on those two fouls.
...is playing his best B1G game.
I'm late to the party, didn't get to watch the first half. Did I miss anything important besides Morgans ankle?
Score looks great, time to pull away quickly to start the second half.
The officials want to play too.
Foul feat? How many if those have we had this year? 0 I think. Don't worry.
I think that was a terrible call... hands all straight up in the air... Did I miss the foul?
The guy had him beat on the pivot and then Horford slid and bumped him with the body. I thought it was an ok call. It's going both ways.
Stauskas is so versatile. Elite shooter, really good athlete and has an underrated ability to get to the rack. What a great find by Beilein
Which is why it bothers me so much that he struggles so much on defense...he's got the athleticism to be an average defender.
Where the hell was the foul?
Jesus... 1 against all 5 of us and Illinois got that rebound.
4 guys under the basket and not one got the rebound *smh*
Is that really a foul? What did Horford do wrong there? It looked like he was straight up and down.
Can we get a rebound, please?
If that Richardson shot had gone in I would've been done for the night.
I don't know if it's the overexcited announcers or the ridiculous crowd noise, but why do I feel like I'm watching the last two minutes of the title game?
It's way annoying.
Trey...stop the fucking iso
Christ, quit it with the fouls!
I love having a big guy with hands like McGary!
Here come the refs!
Has Illinois had a possession without drawing a foul from us?
They are calling everything this half, geesh.
But none on Morgan. Huh? Oops, sorry.
fouls, fouls, and more fouls.
Embarrassing. Our free throw shooting is just embarrassing.
ummmm. What just happened.
That was ugly...
Momentum is going bye-bye. Just great.
And be so bad at free throws?
ask wilt chamberlain (if he were alive) and shaq oneil.
And it's still disgraceful when you have all that time to practice them as a pro. It's practice and mental.
Come on Max. Shut them up.
Good strategy. Foul him every time he touches the ball.
Hack - a - Max
Ladies and gentlemen I give you the ESPM "worst of the worst" for next Friday.
Nice stroke on that one.
Haters can suck it!
And now he crushes two. Free throws are weird.
in the game and stick it to groce
Stauskas coming up HUGE
...is doing their best to give us this game. We need to accept their offer. (Thanks Nik)
I love me that Canadian!
Refs definitely don't want Michigan to have a double digit lead.
Seriously. Virtually every Illinois possession this half has had a foul called.
Our big men need to stop fouling!
I hate the big guys picking up stupid fouls 25 feet away from the basket. They do it all the time.
The refs felt they did not get nearly enough air time in the first half.
Canadian breathing room.
Does anyone else love hot sauce on popcorn? I'm munchin' away right now.
I do Louisiana only on popcorn
YES! Frank's. Sometimes Sriracha.
that's my fav!!
Yes! I was introduced to this by some Mexican friends of mine and ermahgerd is it delicious! I use some Mexican brand whose name I forget...
or they found their whistles at halftime
This is why consistency in officiating is so important. The first half they were letting the guys play, and now everything is a foul.
We can't keep hedging so far on the ball screens, the refs are calling it every time down the floor now.
Maybe it's just me, but sometimes basketball frustrates the hell out of me cause I can never get a consistent read on what's a foul unless its super obvious.
It's almost as bad as hockey as to where there are make up calls everywhere after a while.
Stauskas turned to say some things to the student section for 2.0ish seconds after the three. That's an eternity. He's gonna get burned getting back on D eventually.
Yeah I noticed that too. His guy did too because he was rushing to get back. Keep it short and sweet.
Stop me if you've heard this one before....
Underdog team doesnt get the benefit of "home cooking' in first half. Coach complains about lack of free throws even though his team is jacking up nothing but threes after 5 seconds are gone in shot clock.
2nd half team gets benefit of every single 50-50 call as the B1G "even things up" a bit.....
Why does Illinois so vehemently think that Michigan is its rival? Lotta hate going on in that arena
Annoys the hell out of me.
The "sharting center"?
...make you truly appreciate Jordan Morgan.
He's sort of the stablizer down low. He'd grab these rebs we can't seem to grab, he'd catch these passes we're fumbling.
He's not going to shine, but that's not what we need. We need him to do exactly what he does. Hopefully Horford can be that force for us.
i would like to see a two-on-two pick and roll game with burke and stauskus. stauskus sets pick and rolls to the 3.
Bielfeldt with some strong work!
TOUGH!!!!! Love it!!!
great job filling in
We get a 50/50 ball! Fuck yes Max! That's what we need!
I'm guessing the crowd isn't laughing quite as hard at Max anymore!
Illinois is on the verge of being run out of their own building.
but coming out of the commercial break, the PBP guy saying "Michigan up by 8".
Now that's some defense!!!!!
TOs by the illini. the game is slipping away...
Out to 13. Looking better. Finally playing with some energy and will.
fun sequence there to up the lead
Finally! It took awhile, but we're finally hustling, getting the loose balls, we're doing the little things.
Not over, but if we're doing this, we're fine.
why would burke shoot that from the parking lot? it worked out for us though, so whatever
He's done that a couple times this games, made one (that I recall). Not sure why he feels the need.
I feel like the past few games Burke has been forcing things a lot.
It seems like I have an obsessed poster downvoting all of my posts now. I have a good suspicion of who it is.
I hate those people, it's annoying for everyone else in the thread as well.
I was thinking it was you. The criminal always returns to the scene of the crime.
Drawing the foul...love it. Leave him in Coach, leave him in!
Burke's decision making confuses me at times
Finally drawing an over the back there. Good work
If all the freshmen plus THJ come back next year
While we're at it, why not Burke as well?
Hope he goes along with lewan though
Not even being to the Sweet 16 since 1994 is kinda sad.
Guess BTN didn't get the memo. I thought the 1993 Final Four never happened.
Jesus Christ. Can we inbound the ball without a turnover please?
Why do we struggle so much with inbounding the ball. It's getting silly at this point.
Double dribble? NO BIG DEAL
...pass the ball. Don't shoot unless it's a put back.
With that call on GRIII, the refs have lost my respect.
Stauskas is playing his best B1G game.
Game's personal for Max. Doesn't the Bielfeldt family have some sort of building at U of I named after them?
But he's playing tough. Love it.
Unreal pass Nik!
Holy shit, they're going to double bonus with 10 minutes left at this rate.
So many fouls.
This inability to rebound the damn ball is very frustrating.
with 10:00 at this pace
We're now playing the refs too...
Just when we were pulling away 3 bad calls in a row (one no call).
Not a real clean game but I like the effort...
It isn't going to be super clean on the road, especially in conference.
Also, we're not always going to shoot the lights out.
But you CAN control the effort and that's why I was so frustrated in the first half...it wasn't there. Now we're fighting and it's been better if you ask me.
Also, it's hard to be clean when there are two different standards for what a foul is depending on the half.
...but is there a meaning behind the lettering on the warm-ups the guys on the bench are wearing? "WE ON" stands for what?
It's a sparkplug type metaphor. In order for the team to be on, each individual player needs to be on.
Everybody on one accord and playing as a team. The shirts are super expensive though. I bought 3 for $90...
Where'd you get one?
I've been wondering about those for awhile, I appreciate the explanations!
Just so everyone knows, we're up thirteen in Champaign.
These refs are keeping it manageable. A lesser team would be seeing their lead disappear.
I'm pretty sure that was Stu Douglass sitting closest to the camera in that speech Bacari is giving with the hammer. Anyone else thin that?
But someone already said it's from last year.
When regular season basketball games are causing 503 timeouts on the site.
Can we get some of these calls?
He's not doing anything offensively or defensively...
McGary has the stoniest on stone hands sometimes
huge shot tim
Hardaway is playing a lot less selfish this year.
Stop crying and hit the floor for that loose ball! That was yours!
THE HAT makes an appearance. Les Miles' hat has nothing on THSr's hat.
Rebound the fucking ball. This is ridiculous.
Get some damn rebounds holy crap
Take the annoying crowd out of it, please.
What the fuck is this shit
You realize NIU scored only 4 in the first half yesterday. Against Eastern.
I was being sarcastic.
Also, just because they only scored 4 points doesn't mean it was a sloppy game. Just means they suck.
Sloppy is in reference to these turnovers, loose balls, poor passes, fumbles, etc.
Now we have to inbound the ball.
We look lazy/sloppy. It's bad.
Did anyone else see Burke get bullrushed on the in bounds there?
Loss of Morgan seems to be having an effect on the defensive glass, too many extra possessions.
Because he doesn't want to get chewed out.
Got to make better decisions down the stretch...
Anyone else hold their breath every time we pass the ball now? We let the crowd get back into it. Damn it.
Awesome defense trey!!!!
WOO! Burke steals and dunks!
Burke. Thank you.
He's played his worst game of the year...it's time for him to wake up and play his game for the next 8 minutes. (Right on time with the steal and the dunk).
That's a good way to respond, I think.
Great D by Burke!
Burke juked the other guy so hard he got a steal. Awesome!
Though every play from one seems to be give the ball to Burke and get the hell out of the way. Whatever works.
Sometimes, Trey reminds me of Chauncey Billups. Always calling for a clearout at the top of the key, and taking a stepout J.
Trey doing his best Craft impression. Love it!
Worst comment ever.
This is lame... could be worse with espn "experimental" camera views
Never thought I'd WANT a Valentine crew.
Ya that was a foul on McGary. The air from his hand wave touched the Illinios player. Clearly has to be called.
The replay underneath showed it was a pretty obvious foul. McGary got him with the body on the shoulder and sent him flying to the floor.
Where can I get a 'we on' Shirt???
I think they used to sell them on footlocker.com
Wow. Illinois fouls?
IMO that was a makeup call for us by the refs, I'll take it the way they've railed us so far this half.
i think biefeildt had a solid game let's hope he doesnt transfer.
Where did that come from?
That WAS a foul.
I was wrong. Still ef em
Give Illinois crowd credit. This is the most involved crowd I've seen that's team has been down ten almost the entire game.
For sure. They make it seem like Illinois is only down by 2.
Illinois mad and shocked a foul was called on THEM
Because Richardson was out of control, it's a foul...
And there's the makeup call.
But we'd be pissed if they called it on us.
Hopefully the ankle heals up quickly for Morgan, but I'm glad we have some depth at the position these days!
That ankle turn looked awful on tv.
And there it is.
He has a week to rest. Need him @ IU Saturday though
it wants back it's robot dance kid
Sick pass underneath to Robinson
This style D gives everyone fits!
Reverse reverse. Yeah Little Dog.
Is some 1-3-1 out there at times?
It's 1-3-1 with Burke on the "bottom" of the zone.
after some crisp passes!
...until they make shots.
It slows the game down.
GRIII is special. And I like this Horford fella.
Man, Horford needs to be careful. Hate seeing him go to the floor with his injury history.
Yeah, he shouldn't let guys foul him.
Ya good call. Every time someone is fouled they go to the floor.
Horford was in the air, the other guy caught him up high and had momentum going from right to left (as you look from behind the basket), so Horford went down.
Great pass THJ
I really think missing Morgan is messing with our spacing...our guys aren't coming offf screens as clear as they usually do from Jordan's screens..the defense looks great tonight though!!!
Zone defense is confusing them a bit, good call.
Hack a Horford/Bielfeldt. Sounds like a good strategy.
More 1-3-1 please!!!!!!
Boy, it's nice to have Horford healthy and a different option.
Damn what a great pass.
I see ya Horford!
And now it's time to end this...
That's what i'm talking about....WOO
Smart, well coached basketball players. Ours.
Executing OFFENSE. This is what we need Trey doing...not dribble, dribble, dribble, shoot.
Horford looking great. Aahhh depth. What a wonderful thing
and Horford finishes!
It's nice to have length on that 1-3-1 zone!
Great move Horford!! he's getting more comfortable with that move to the basket off the pass
I'm impressed with Horford around the rim.
Nice play right now. Like the switch to the zone (as long as they don't get hot from 3). And finally finishing at the basket.
good aggressiveness at the rim. but i cringe every time he leaves his feet, hoping he doesn't break.
is a legit 10 men deep squad
Hello #1, baby!
Nice passing going on now!! Beautiful. With this 16 point lead, soon Illinois will hit a 3 and the crowd will go crazy like they're down by 1.
Nothing wrong with that, our crowd should do that too.
Great minutes by Horford and Bielfeldt. Love building up frontcourt depth.
WE HAZ BIGZ!!!!
They make it look so easy sometime.
Say what you will since Morgan has been out but these big guys are all pretty athletic and they move well.
Seems like they have made an effort to get the ball inside more today.
They literally can't shoot right now.
I don't think Illinois has scored since the 1-3-1 have they?
It's also slowed the game down.
That pass by Trey was nasty!!!
That might have been the dagger.
An inbounds pass!
We on shirts are all about?
They usually wear them when they have on the Maize Jerseys. My guess is its a play of words and means Neon. Just a guess
It stands for 'When Everyone Operates In-Sync.'
Damn, we are playing like a real #1.
dagger by burke. Absolutely beautiful
Now we're clicking. Horford and Stauskas are the MVPs of this game. Just based off their consistent play.
How many second chances has Illinois got? A stupid amount, it feels like.
True, but when you miss 19 threes, you're bound to get a few offensive rebounds.
Great passing today.
whole offense is jacking threes.
Now the Illini can't hit any 3's.
They're also getting desperate, but yeah, regression to the mean again?
I said the other day we had to learn to put teams away. Man was I wrong we already knew and I was the uneducated one.
None of our jerseys have torn. Therefore, from this one game's worth of data can I extrapolate that Adidas is the best uniform/apparel company of all time?
Well based on this board, then yes! Science!
Where do I get a 'We On' warmup?
Theyre $28 a piece...
If you can wait until the end of the season, they will drop to $14.
Is it new to mden?
They used to sell them at footlocker.com. Not sure if they still have them in stock.
Real Good TIme
Anyone else see Horford get knocked to the ground and get no call? I did.
How nice is it to have quality back ups?
We're going to beat 90% of our schedule.
Indiana, MSU, Ohio and MAYBE Minnesota are the only teams that will require us to do more.
I'm not saying we just have to show up. But we're so talented. If we just hustle, rebound, get loose balls, etc. We're going to win a lot more than we'll lose.
Wheat grass for our neighbors. And Musch Musch. SPORT!
...wheat grass for everyone besides Ohio.
And everyone from Lansing.
Sad when you're clinging to the delusion that Kansas will be number one. Real sad.
So Groce can beat Michigan if his team shoots out of this world. Otherwise, he loses to them.
This team is special. They put it all in the line and hustle. I'm impressed with how hungry they remain. These are HUGE road wins.
Wow, those people cleared out quickly!
I got one.
Me gusta mucho.
It appears half the crowd have gone toward the exits....
Isn't that out of bounds if it hits the top of the backboard? Again, Illinois grabs an offensive rebound 1 of them and 4 of us...
5 guys under the hoop to one Illini and they get the rebound. Not the first time I've seen that happen tonight.
Didn't that ball hit the top of the backboard?
Great game coming off the bench. good for him. Best game he's had as a wolverine for sure.
Wasn't that last shot off the top of the back board?
This Burke dribble, dribble, dribble, ISO isn't working. Whatever happened to that high screen and roll we used so much last year?
Time to take out the starters.
I think he played his best game yet tonight.
This is definitely the year to win a NC.
What a monster
TIMMMMY so good.