4-4, 4 minutes in.
License to kill gophers ...
Let's Go Blue!
Horford fouling...what's new.
There are times when I question how our big men are coached. That last foul by Horford was one of those times.
Horford fouls at an insane rate.
You beat me! jerk.
Using ur elbow to get around a defender Is a foul that is never called. The Minnesota big man just had a perfect example of what the foul is and it didn't get called. Shocker.
I've never heard this... I always thought chicken wing describes your form when you shoot
That whole mini-sequence our guys were slow to the ball and giving up the OReb was a part of that (also a good bounce).
That Stauskas to GRIII oop was dirty
Stop turning the ball over!
Nice block by Little Big Dog!
I posted this in the other open thread..
Richard Pitino looks like a typical rich guy villain in a movie.
Caris is getting beat at both ends of the court right now, missed an easy layup, gets a layup blocked, then beaten on a back door.
Is playing like shit. Is that 4 turnovers already for him?
Jtr has a long way to go if he wants to continue the streak of NBA point guards
Spike > WJr
Levert needs to get off the court. Now.
Kind of looks like we're getting stuffed at the hoop a lot.
When we play minnesota the game always seems to go a million miles an hour. I love watching these two teams play each other. Of course it was more fun last year when we were good.
He is a liability on both ends right now.
Levert needs to sit
How the fuck was Jordan Morgan a viable starter for almost 3 years?
To start Gavin Groningen and Leland Anderson. Perspective, brother, is a wonderful thing!
Nothing coming easy on the offensive end of the court right now, gonna have to clamp down and D and try to run.
GRIII is finally looking like a Lottery pick to me.
There's some B-list actor that looks exactly like Richard Pitino and I can't put a name on it
From the Big Bang Theory, I've been thinking the same thing every time they show him.
GRIII, hope he can take command of the team/game.
Making some poor decisions with the ball early on. Clean it up offensively and play with some direction and we'll be OK.
1/5 and 4 turnovers. Why is he not on the bench. When he is off he is way off.
All things considered, not the worst start ever. For the first B10 game, on the road, I'm content being down 4 at the 12 minute mark.
GR3 getting vocal is a nice sign - dude likes him some basketball at the Barn.
Why does my btn2go keep muting when it comes back from commercial?
Seeing Eliason having success only because he has a massive body is pissing me off way more than it should be.
Yet it doesn't seem to do much for Bielfeldt...
That was a beautiful 2-3 offensive possession. JB, people, JB.
Apparently the B1G refs are not going to call any sort of hand checking. Also, Levert looks like he has no idea what he's doing.
It really needs to be in the freaking site header during basketball season: there is no such thing as a B1G basketball official. Unlike football, conferences do not employ their own officiating crews for basketball.
Okay, so, then ... the refs officiating Big Ten games aren't going to call hand checking apparently.
I think their pressure really put him on tilt. He plays kind of frantic to beign with and it seems like the pressure forced him out of control.
This game started very much like a Tommy Amaker game. Turnovers and not being able to set shots, so they shoot up miracles.
But the last few minutes looks better. Hopefully they keep it up.
Nice run to get back in it, right up until that phantom foul.
Is it bad that I feel no emotion toward this game? This football season has sucked the life out of me as a Michigan fan.
Nice pass from Stauskas
I didn't realize that Nate Silver was coaching the Minnesota basketball team.
Win the internet. I was trying to thinking a way to....oh never mind
Or if Nate Silver and Nick Cage had a baby. THe upper half of his face looks like Nick Cage.
Tries to back up moose. Bounces off. Lol.
You mean, that moose from Frostbite Falls, MN?
I know Robinson wasn't able to finish that fast break drive, but it was good to see him attack like that. More often than not, good things will come of it.
Not a good shot Max.
Looked like we got mauled there, no foul call.
Someone needs to tell Bielfeldt that just because he's capable of hitting the odd three doesn't mean it's a good shot early in the possession.
I'm really annoyed by these officials now. These new rules suck. If this turns Into the NBA were every little contact is a foul then this will ruin college basketball.
We're getting smashed every time we drive, and not getting rewarded.
Feels kinda like when Darius Morris was here. Not really good but not bad just average. I see us making the tourney but doubt we get past the sweet 16
This team has way more talent.
That they have more talent but they play like that old team did
We were playing better as a team before the holidays.
So nice to not see Mbakwe down there
way too eratic, hope he settles down soon
These calls are getting annoying
I just want to see a consistently called game. Feel like two very different standards for contact for each team.
Something we're just going to have to accept: We don't have a B10-starting calibre ball handler. It's going to make life much more difficult than it should be all year, but as long as we don't force dumb TOs, it is a weakness we can play through.
Horford looking really good tonight.
Pretty move by Horford
Horford quietly having a nice game
Wish we could get an over the back call
Yes he was patient, but Nik was wide open forever and Walton nearly didn't see it. Maybe next time he'll look for it faster.
The play worked perfectly. The d collapsed with the time he took seemed pretty smart to me. Not sure how you can say he almost missed it.
All's well that ends well, but Nik was open in the corner almost as Walton crossed midcourt. I'm pretty sure someone missed an assignment on D and it was only a matter of seconds before Nik would've been noticed.
This Elliason guy is starting to annoy me.
Like what Walton did there. He pushed it up the floor in case something opened up. When it didn't, he held it up just long enough for Stauskas to come open. Hope to see more of that!
next possession he forces a stupid shot among too many trees. obvious kick out play there.
Can't keep anyone from penetrating tonight. Very disappointing.
I thought Richard Pitino was a dentist.
Solid half. We had a bunch of rim-outs and some bad TOs. Fix those and I like our shot at a W here.
he rides the dribbler constantly while bumping into him.
Because we are playing well in our first big ten road game? Ok then.
I'm going with you're wrong.
Their playing very well and Minnesota is a good team
cause it doesn't make sense as a response to me
No, looks like a mobile app troll. You're in the clear :D
Why is everyone so down on this team?? We had worse teams that made the tournament in a tougher big ten
halfway through the first conference game and you've relegated the team to the NIT.
I think pro wrastlin is on TNT. Maybe that will please you more.
I want what you are smoking
when it's in the gray area, i wish they would just have a no call, instead of forcing a foul on someone. i think the game would be better for it. for example, if the guy is set but the shooter hasn't left his feet yet (but going up), no call. keep playing.
Here are some select halftime numbers:
|Off. Reb. %||31.25%||50.00%|
|Def. Reb. %||50.00%||68.75%|
Well, I like the "half-time adjustment" matchup here between Pitino and Beilein.
I'm sure we'll have some counters if they brign that press or the 2-3 again. Just gotta get rebounds and protect the ball.
i would also like more minutes for irvin. a lineup of levert, stauskus, irvin, grIII and morgan/horford for 8-10 min per game, depending on the opponents back court. best scoring and rebounding combo, imo.
It's great to see Irvin hit a few 3's in rhythm. Looking like he's getting more and more relaxed on the floor.
If Levert gets focused this half we're going to win .
Please tell me how Walton JR has earned a staring spot on this team ?
Uh oh, GR3 limping.
is really pathetic tonite. and the TOs are mounting.
Geez, so much for that "protecting the ball" thing. Two bad TOs already.
That was not a foul! Jeebus!
On us? Yeah... I think it was.. Though if the ball doesn't lie...
Yikes Caris, with Robinson now out there really isn't a sub for him.
Overwhelmed all game.....
Ball don't lie!
This game is HUGE for our tournament prospects. A win here and we'd likely be 10-4 after Sunday (Northwestern at home) and some momentum. A loss and we're 8-5 and in need of a big time road win against one of the elite of the conference.
Horford's ball screen defense is terrible.
is horrible and slow up top and on the block. that's how he usually picks up his fouls.
They aren't scoring on ball screens. Our perimeter defenders are getting beat without a ball screen and Horford has to leave his man to help. Then there's no rotation.
Not Horford's fault.
I hate 2014
walton and spike have provided nothing tonite. levert not much better. minny is schooling our backcourt.
These calls are just a joke
One of the worst calls I have ever seen right there.
Kind of surpised we aren't down by double digits.
This is not looking good. Open shots need to be made for this team, especially without Morgan and especialyl with GRIII not playing.
Defense isn't looking great either.
So this is what it's like to be a Georgia football fan.
Over the back?
How was that not over the back?
Are you fucking kidding me? Hold onto the ball!
why can Minnesota jump ALL OVER our players and not get called for shit?
How was that not over the back???
Blatant over the back not called.
Might need to go with 2 bigs, just getting killed on the boards.
Make up call on Eliason
Nice, drawing the charge.
Let's get a bucket here.
paging nik for an open 3...
Our momentum. Refs.
Eliason is a turdboss.
Woo refs! Two foul calls and FTs. Good possession.
Great call on the baseline play.
that was actually a clean block on walton...with a shoulder.
Zak Irvin with a HUGE shot!
T him up!!!!
We're in pretty good position even without Robinson.
irvin has been shooting lights out.
Is our just a shooter
I just feel like if we coculd put five solid minutes together we'll pull ahead enough to squeak by with a win.
Wow, Morgan scored on that hook!
The best shot I've ever seen Morgan make
First hook shot I've ever seen Morgan make
And then he gets his third foul. /smh
have been on Morgan. At all. If anything the Minn player grabbed him in the junk.
They look like some sort of women's blouse. wtf Adidas
Ugh... Morgan has to be smarter. That extra shuffle with the knee just wasn't needed.
Nice response, though. Hopefully GR3 can get back b/c we sorely need him on the boards.
dumb/slow footwork up top by our C.
What happened to GRIII?
Pulled up lame. Been out for last 5 min
or ankle i'm guessing.
Do refs scout games too? Because that foul on Morgan seemed like a special category reserved just for him. At least in this game.
He does get an extraordinarily large number of those
What do cows have to do with minny golden gophers?
is the #1 turkey producing state...
W/O LeVert were up 10 right now
Without Walton being a good option, that's what we're stuck with.
just trying to find a PG that can play tonite.
Caris has been terrible today
I hope Levert makes me eat my words but he's been awful all game.
Not a fan of the pitinos. Maybe if Beilein acted a fool on the sideline he'd get more camera time.
always gets hosed by the refs?
With all the offensive fouls on Minnesota, I bet their fans are saying the same thing.
Caris is just a walking turnover tonight
Am I the only surprised by the tameness of the Minnesota crowd tonight?
I know it's still break and all, but this is a big game and it's been such a quiet crowd.
Why don't our big men take it hard to the hoop?
Horford baffles me
Such an obvious make up call on Nik
Of all the offensive fouls this half, that one was the one I most think they got right.
Was definitely not set..
And he refuses to dunk the ball.
Refs sure love their whistles tonight
With Walton being a Freshman we really need the other guys to step up and take care of the ball.
Irvin for three again!!!
Irvin coming up huge. Hopefully his break out game
Irvin en fuego!!!
Well, Irvin is on fucking fire.
Irvin is on fire!
he's gonna have to stay hot for us to have a chance
It's tied up. We have a chance.
Irvin is on fiya
where is your left hand on that bunny!!!!
Welcome to the big ten Irvin.
I hope I am wrong, but this team just seems too young and careless to do much in the B1G this year.
this is a road game against a middle of the pack BIG team. a win here would be huge. and playing w/o mcgary and GRIII. a win would be even more amazing.
I hope you're wrong, too!
I remember thinking the same thing last year. Beilein teams age well over the season. We'll be fine (depending on injuries of course).
Looks like an extra from American Psycho
Irvin had Stauskas wide open. Needed to make the quick extra pass there.
Any word on Robinson? Missed some of the 2nd half so I haven't been updated
Team hanging in there. Time to finish strong.
but he will never get the Not Just A Shooter label
running better with spike and walton together---and oddly defense as well
walton again burned up top. shit.
is awful--and no learning curve
was 100% on walton
yes he was beat, but Horford just leaves his man and steps in the middle--leaving his man wide open. At least the 6th time! He has to hedge--or try for the charge or block. He does none of them on any drive by their guards. Morgan has a feel for it--Horford not. Watch the replay.
Walton getting beat on the perimeter is getting very, very old.
Ya he's not even making them take a wider angle to the hoop, he's just straight up getting beat.
"NONONONO Yes okay!"
horford is a decent shooter.
That he's better from 10 feet than at the rim
Horford is not Wes Unseld or Mitch McGary
Oh Horford. No need for that pass.
Dammit, got a steal and turned it over.
Wow. How is that not a freakin blocking foul on that Horford basket??
But our inside D is more porous than our offensive line!
Going to need a gif of him just flopping on the ground there
Overall the refs haven't been that bad, but they are definitely allowing Minnesota to get away with more contact.
We're very much in this...in fact, we're winning.
We all know pessimism is the only way around here
How does Horford miss that layup?
Is up and down player on every possession
out please. he got beat down the court again. then had to foul.
Horford switching between good and bad possessions.
Horford can hit the 10 footer. It's the layup he can't it.
bad call again, refs, SMH
Horford can hit short jumpers all night, but if he has to lay it in over a guy 10" shorter than he is, that's a problem.
Is exactly why I'm glad we don't have a mascot.
Guy has bad Sparty haircut. Perfect.
Horford HAS to finish that...No excuse.
This is going to be a battle for a victory, whoever gets it.
...is where our heartbreaking losses have to come into play and we have to grow up, learn and finish.
We've been prepared for this finish, time go execute.
when was his last jump shot?
i will take a dunk
GREAT backdoor cut out of the timeout!
That's not a dig to anyone on the team. I just remember the NCAA tournament run....and I miss him
Is it just me or is Walton a pretty good rebounder for a little guy?
Yes. Climbs the ladder.
I don't know if he's "good" but that's a start.
Could be. But maybe our taller guys aren't as good rebounders as they could be.
This and better defender than given credit for which is why u play him over spike at the point late in games.
why so deep?
use a timout. your team is winded. nik couldn't even get down court there.
He listened. Now tell him to have someone hot a 3.
Nik has to hit that wide open look
Gone in. We deserved thar
Good timeout. Important possession here. A bucket changes everything.
This game has the feel of every one of our losses this year (besides duke)
Looks like Howard from the Big Bang theory lol
If he were a used car salesman
What a pass from Stauskas. And nice to see Horford finish like that.
Looked like it could've been called on that dunk too
Great play by Nik
lol... Horford misses the layup over a guard, then dunks on THREE freaking people at the same time
Let's get a stop and a score!
JB always has great plays out of timeouts. It's awesome.
Stop here would just be super awesome.
Love it! Now finish strong and gut out the W
Strong to the rim. Need more of that
on who is the best passer--has the best vision on this team?
Nik, Nik -- with some apologies to Spike
There's our stop! Let's score!!
Team defense collapsing on the drive and forcing the TO
Great activity defensively there. Great rotations and help to force a TO.
walton. hit these.
Heh, nice, Walton.
Good job baiting the foul but would have loved to use some more clock.
Has anyone ever seen Beilein finish his bottle of water?
I wonder if that is coached, Trey DESTROYED MSU with that stop dribble.
That move by Walton drawing the foul was vintage trey Burke
Ran :25 off the clock and forced the throwaway - 59-54 with 1:18 remaining. Both teams in bonus
Walton Jr. Hung up defender on pick. Well coached smart play.
Two made FTs!!
free throws baby!!!
And get home.
Guys hit free throws and I'll be super happy.
Great defense the last few possessions! Love it.
2014, I like you
GREAT finish defensively! So proud of this team and this coaching staff.
Close it out at the line and we've got a whole new outlook on the season.
3 consecutive stops with a ton of time off. :36.1 remaining, 59-54 Michigan with possession. Stauskas at the line
The D has really picked it up these last couple minutes
He either reminds of Macaulay Culkin or a rich spoiled kind. I cannot figure out why for either
Given his father's career arc, he probably was a spoiled rich kid.
Don't shoot, make them foul!
I said 5 minutes ago, this is where that we show that we've learned from the close losses. We've executed beautifully down the stretch, now time to finish!
BTN2GO feed cut off at 4:00 to go...damnit
is it wrong that I'm loving how much I'm hating pitino the younger (Little Dick, perhaps)?
To have opposing coaches who are easy to hate.
Stauskas misses a FT and then completely falls asleep.
Son of a bitch it's never easy at the end
Come on free throws
Make free throws, and don't give up 3's and we've got ourselves an impressive road win without 2 of our best players.
Streams are dying one by one..
If Beilein pulls out another set play for a lay-up here with Minny pressing, then just wow. Otherwise, I'll gladly take some FTs please.