Michigan NCAA Tournament Game 1 (and evening games) Open Thread
It's different to be incredibly nervous before a tourney game.
I was thinking the same thing, it's a bitter/sweet feeling for sure.
This is the least nervous i've been for a game since January... let the beatdown commence
Go Blue! Beat ntSDSU.
I sure hope THJ and the rest of the team are taking their opponent "seriously"
Trey will put this team on his shoulders, as he has all year long, and lead them game by game. Here's to making it DEEP in the tourney. Go Blue!!!!!
Just got an alert that McGary will start
Damn. Thought Gonzaga was gonna make history
...was also having problems with the liveblog while traveling (and only mobile access).
I'm amazingly serene right now. No nerves. Just like Trey.
Lets. Go. Blue.
What a choke job by Davidson. Damn it. How does Marquette, the worst 3-pt. shooting team in the tourney, make 3 in a row with one minute left?
Go Blue! Fuck the late season struggles, lets' make a deep run boys!
Time to man up and make a run. I want or would like to see a strong start in every tourney game we play in. Build confidence in your shooters and play DEFENSE!
I want Burke to destroy Wallters. I would also like a double digit win with ease please and thank you. That is all.
hype by the network and media? Sounds they want Michigan to lose. Bastards.
Pre game advice for those who want it:
- Being down the first 10 min of the game is not DOOM
- We will not win easily
- We do not have a complete big man. Yes, we know Morgan goes up soft on the offense. We know McGary has stone hands. We know Horfors gets lost in D. Yelling for another big when one does one of these things will not solve all our problems.
I felt so smart for picking Davidson until the brain fart they experienced in the last couple minutes.
This is hopefully where running the gauntlet in the toughest conference in America pays off.
Take care of business tonight, boys. Go Blue.
Verne and Bill. Oh, no!
That is a white linup
I have what I can only describe as that "NCAA Hockey Tournament feeling of terror". Go blue. Years of my life depend on it
Why can't Mcgary ever hit a shot 2 feet from the basket.
EDIT: Nice dunk Mitch
Hell yeah Mitch!
that was pretty
Snatch. Yes, I'm like 12
Damn that was unlukcy
Mcgary looks ready to play tonight!
putting Stauskas on Walters. One of your worst D guys (typically) on their all star
Does anybody else's high def feed look like standard def?
Yes, it certainly doesn't look like HD at all.
And I am annoyed.
I feel like I'm watching online. It's about the same quality
We look fairly confident, fairly laid back. I think SDSU will keep it close before we pull away
My stomach is still turning over and over. I need a nice lead...
Plays around the boards with hustle for the entire tourney that will be a huge factor for how far our run goes.
My screen is blurry. The hell even happened to TBS? I didn't even know that was still a station. Didn't they play movies years ago?
Annnnnnnd we're losing. Wonderfuck.
Heyl ole man river zip it or I'll break your hip!
Close feed in the whole Tourney and they can't make it clear?
They started fast, but they seem to be slowing down.
Wow. JMo #3 off the bench.
Thats a two
For Trey. Lets throw THJ on him...
wow my stream died.
because that lead went away pretty quick
Wtf are we doing on offense right now?
Glad we came out inspired.
Down by three. 10-7 SDSU with 13 remaining.
looks more like 2nd half of the year michigan than 1st half....not good
On offense, are we allowed to move without the ball?
This looks just like last year so far. Don't like it.
And the offense turns into jacking up 3's. At least put Nik in there and not have Levert jacking them up.
Yeah! We still look like shit. Did Morgan get a DUI or something? What, why, beliened...
These dudes are shutting down Trey... Hate to say it. Step it up bro!
I've seen this before. The sad thing is I never know how it's going to end.
Whoever thought this would be a different team is a fool.
And the offense again begins to fail us
Lets get it going
Looks like SDSU's plan was to stop Burke and our only plan was to do Burke ISO's. Point SDSU
SDSU is putting everyone in the box on drives and will keep doing it until Michigan hits some 3's.
Throwing up a lot of bricks right now.
Attention Michigan: please stop playing down to your opponents. These cats are losers. You should be CRUSHING them. WAKE UP!
1/8th of the game without scoring against a crappy defense.
Jeez, we can't buy a basket.
Our offense seems Very disjointed
Can we get anyone to cut to the basket, enough garbage fadeaways.
Nice 11-0 run for SD St.
to say it but the offense moves better without Burke in there.
hopefully they get trey to realize he doesn't have to carry the team. Hardaway is taking some pretty bad shots.
Tell me again about how we are a dynamic offense because Beilein is an offensive guru
Two problems we've had down the stretch: one is we're just really really young. Second is that we've been just missing shots and free throws. There's not a whole lot Beilein can do I'd they just miss the open shots.
Burke started reading the newspaper Boit how good he was. We were a better team when he would hardly score.
Caris should have taken that shot
Coach B throwing this game?
Great street ball there. Maybe we should take the lead before trying some And-1 bullshit.
Damn, alley oop not working so far.
What happened to the offense down the stretch?
This lineup is a joke. What is Beilein doing?
Why the fuck did I put us in the elite 8?
Because you went into a coma 21 games into the season and woke up yesterday
Back in the damn game
Thy was the "cool down Hardaway jr" timeout just called there.
Bailed out by two Back foot 3's
and then Hardaway totally redeems himself.
Lets hope Tim keeps his touch going
and way to much dribbling...S.D.St is not a good def team...should be going inside-out but we rarely do
and SDSU is only up 3. I think we'll be ok....although I guess it wouldn't shock me if we played the whole game like this.
Thank you Timmy.
You can only get lucky with threes for so long. Jesus it's amazing how bad everyone but Burke is a driving to the hoop. Don't get me started on big men getting position because they can't do that either.
Please cheer or something. The SDSU fans are louder and there's only like 60 of us students here and we were put up in the upper level. We hardly have a home court advantage right now.
Understand why our offense is so bad. It is like a tommy a dribble till you have to chuck a 3 scheme
Thank you Tim! Now lets see some fire and destroy these clowns. They're not even in the same league!
We have been sleepwalking for 10 mins and are just down 3 - let's wake up and blow this open.
Coach B is really showing he can't adapt. Why mcgary not back in yet?
Maybe Beilein has seen him in practice and know he doesn't have the endurance? These are people, not robots.
When the game is out of control. Not when you are letting a team build confidence that they can beat you. Frustrating. Come on coach wake the fuck up!.
Named Mitch McGary. Find him and please put him back in the game...
Good lord man, it's 10 min into the damn game. And did you expect the youngest team in the tournament to suddenly age two years?
Is played out.
Agreed. Even if we are and our average age is 19.9, the median age of teams is probably 20.2 or something extremely close. BIG DEAL. No excuses, just win.
Hey we just had commercials. How about some more?!
Play some D on their 3s and run some decent sets.
Rachel Nichols? Yes, please?
FYI:Married to famous director Mike Nichols son and she is 39 and yes hot for a red head
And supposedly her younger brother went to UM. A friend of mine was his roommate. So she has the Michigan connection.
/Cool story, bro'd?
Appeared all season, they are doing a great job on the ball and w help. Of course we don't really do anything other run around and initiate offense 25 ft from the basket.
I do not understand putting Spike, Horford, and Levert on the floor at the same time. Especially when we're already struggling to score. I can't recall Levert making a shot this month.
He's 110% effort out there, so I doubt he can go 30 minutes just yet. But wow, what a difference he makes!
Away from losing all confidence in coach B
What would you suggest he do? Make more shots?
Im talking about this team constantly getting punched in the mouth first
And what do you suggest he do?
Was the aggressor 1st and then forced shots, dribbling w no movement showed up hence the deficit
And why are we getting punched in the mouth? Because maybe the team is messing up open ally-ops and Burke is shooting 0-6. What is Beilien supposed to do?
that our team was in no mans land for over a decade and now we're made the tournament 3 of 4 years and are kind of a top 10 team. Let's not Glen Mason our basketball team
Since mid-season, I feel like our mentality has been "Gee I hope we don't lose". Need more "GET THE F*CK OF MY COURT"
I've always felt that Beilein needs to chew some ass more than he does occasionally.
I think putting spike in was the right move at the time - we were not moving the ball at all. 2 of the last 3 possessions we have done much better.
Hopefully they go to commercial again soon. This game is just getting in the way.
There you go.
Go Blue! Puppy back
We may not win, but at least our guys know what temperature water boils at now.
Geez, the crowd is dead.
So is the team.
of watching Burke play 1 on 5.
So close for Burk. He will go off soon.
Sweet back to the commercials.
No transition opportunities. Sucks. We thrived in transition earlier in the year, but that part of our game has suffered. We should be able to run on these guys.
Fucking piss poor start. Except for McGary
Burke is hesitant and cold. He needs a momentum play to spark his shot.
I kinda feel like he is holding them back.
What the fuck? We need a video of boiling water to get pumped? Are you serious?
Burke's Worst 12 minutes of basketball this season!
Burke now shooting 5-20 in his NCAA Tournament career.
I'd like to see Stauskas attacking the rim a little bit just to mix things up since Burke can't get going
Come on Trey, we need ya to start making some shots.
there are so many of them
This is definitely a winnable game. Just settle down and hit some shots.
I fucking love commercials!
SDSU has not had any bench minutes - hopefully we can take advantage towards the end of the half.
That was the best colonoscopy commercial i've ever seen.
Not sure why Burke is going to hero-ball so soon...
Because no one moves on offense.
How the hell is the arena not sold out?
Come on guys we are too damn cold. Let's get heated up, let's get boiling.
Why is Mitch McGary the only person that EVER looks like he's going 100%?
It's so damn annoying.
31% and 2-7 from 3.....
THJ is on fire and hits 2 straight 3's. so we put Burke back in kill THJ's momentum by hogging the ball?
There you go. Make them pay for packing it in.
Opportunity to take the lead -> throw it out of bounds
What was Stauskas doing there? He just watched it sail out of bounds.
All we need to do is hit the shots we usually do and we'll win.
Now we get commercials while the game is happening!
Have we hit on any of the long passes?
Burke is almost single handedly keeping us down. It's mind bottling.
Big hoop for GRIII. He needed that.
Lets run some offense - the highlight plays will follow
When are we allowed to blame Beilein? This team hasn't clicked in over a month, and WE DO THE SAME EXACT THING EVERY GAME.
I truly don't understand how you can make the same mistakes over and over and over again without making some sort of a schematic change...
Chill. It's basketball. We're winning.
Please shut up!
Ridiculous...especially so early in a game. Calm down and have a drink.
Remember how we're even in the tourney? Remember that smoking crater Beilein pulled us out of? He's earned a lot of slack.
Burke is absolutely kiling this team right now.
Sometimes I feel like our 'system' is a hindrance of its own... I don't know.
Mitch streaking down the lane, and Burke tries to dippsy doodle!
Burke can't buy a bucket.
It is pretty clear at this point that SDSU has their entire defense based around Burke. Burke needs to forget scoring for a bit and get everyone else involved.
Knock on wood, I feel like they're playing better defense and rebounding, except for Nick.
THJ came to play! Now I hear the crowd!
he gets on track we blow them out
he is blazing hot
It feels like he always goes 0/6 or 5/6
THJ!! Lets get the crowd into it!
and GR3 need to keep shooting and take over all while MM kicking ass down low.
Heluva shot by Stauskas.
Not just a shooter alert!
Was that lucky or just amazing?
Fast-break hoop. Burke to McGary. That's what we need to do.
Wow, Stauskas made a tough shot.
Dunk you very much, Mitch!
He's from Canada!
Woot woot, freshman came to play tonight! Hopefully Burke continues to distribute the ball to the hot hands.
Pass the ball Trey.
Why not pass there?
Thank god for fucking McGary right now.
Any Given Sunday!
The freshman cam to play. Hopefully Trey gets his shot going.
This is more what I was expecting out of Michigan tonight. Get them on the run and finish them off!
Imagine what's going to happen when Burke makes his run to get his 18 point average...
Hope the FT line helps Burke get out his funk - it is ridiculous the shots that he has missed
CBS has? The other games look gorgeous but this one looks terrible unless it is a sideline shot. Anyone else experiencing this?
Yes, fucking awful!
Also some really annoying buzzing sound on multiple TVs. FfffffffU CBS
Maybe a few FTs will get him going. I think he understands that and thats why he didnt pass.
Tv commercials are shooting 100%
I am glad that they finally got back to what everyone cares about, the commercials. They went like three minutes there without a commercial, was ridiculous. How do they expect viewers to watch so much of the game?
Thank you Mitch. Finally a player with some heart.
played with McGarys energy and effort. Usually that shit is something a team feeds off of.
Win or lose tonight, LOVE McGary's intensity. He's earning his start tonight.
about to press record on dvr. can't take this. too many damn commercials.
McGary's last few weeks have been great...
He's showing flashes offensively, and he has not let up AT ALL on the boards..
I am so excited for this kid. He's got the attitude that I wish our entire team could adopt.
Missed 2 and 1 calls on Nik
I have never seen so many commercials in my life.
To force trey. Trust your game
Trey Burke is on the board. Time to dominate now
He doesn't have to, that's what is slowing them down. The others are playing well.
Carlson with 14 points? What the hell?
"He's a confident stroker"
They've been getting most of them but I'd like them all
D'oh! Ugly FT.
Second chance points, kill us.
Along with point blank , missed lay ups.
Along with refs giving the ball to the other team when it clearly went out of bounds on them.
Mitch has the best looking form for a 50% FT shooter.
If McGary could hit FTs at even like 65%, he would be my favorite player
Make the damn layup
Burke must have fucked the rims girlfriend cause he cant get shit to fall for him
Apparently it's not just Trey having trouble finishing at the hoop, gotta hit the bunnies.
The defense makes other teams look like offensive juggernauts! It gets so old watching everybody's have career games against them.
26 points in the half is hardly bad defense.
Lets take a lead into the break
Hardaway Jr pretending this is Ohio State!!
Thank God for Hardaway.
would increase if he thought about brunette girls.
Safe to say McGary and thjr kept us in this half
Hardaway is on fire from downtown.
He only shoots 0% or 75%
1 second on the shot clock.....you just KNEW they were going to score....its been happening all freaking year
Shouldn't have even happened
DAMMIT. Horrible call by ref leads to last-second shot.
Horrible defense, too.
Bad call on the out of bounds
Dumb fucking refs...
Burke didn't touch it.
Overall, that half was shitty basketball.
No, mostly shitty Alfonso Burke.
Also, we can guard the Carlson kid any time
What the fuck is wrong with our coaches coaching defensive strategy?
They don't have a defensive strategy. Mcgary roams around the outside of the 3 point line while 6'3 guys grab long rebounds.
Bad ref+bad D = 2 pts
We've had a lot of halfs end that way this year. Poor calls, followed by poor defense, is going to end poorly.
Brayden Carlson has 16 points, and Trey Burke has 2. Did not see that coming.
Was it just me or was that an extremely fast half?
Was completed before this game started
Worry not....Burke has had plenty of poor 1st halfs this year and has always rebounded in the 2nd half.....like every single time.
Just what we need, more heroball ...
1 second on the shot clock and you give up the points. Sigh.....
That was a good finish to the half given the terrible start
Oh quit it already.
1-3-1 or something to get SDSU out of their comfort zone.
4 point lead is nothing.
I actually thought switching who's guarding Wolters has been fairly effective. Most of SDSU's posessions are 'dribble around the perimeter till there's 5 seconds left on the shot clock'. Unfortunately, they just happen to be making a lot of those last second shots
We need to be better offensively. They are under 30.
I'll take the 4 point halftime lead. We didn't play all that well and our superstar player didn't hit a shot all half
Beilein's explanation at halftime is mind boggling. Im not sure what game he's coaching.
He's lost his mind. Show the team another video of boiling water at half time.
Please dont use your bench until we are up by 20!
Get a body on Brayden - heck get two.
Why does it matter? It's a stupid halftime interview, it's beyond irrelevant.
Burke has two points at the half and we're ahead. We're in good shape.
Can someone give me a summary of the first half?
Seems like more of the same...Burke struggling and forcing things, THJ not getting enough touches, McGary makes a great play one time then turns the ball over or misses 2 free throws the next.
You, sir, need nothing further explained to you.
Everyone is playing well on offense except Burke who has been awful and dragged the whole team down.
He has not. He has been just a bit off on his shots, but many of them have been good shots. Some of his turnovers arent his fault either.
Burke hasn't been forcing too much, he's just been missing. THJ has been lights out from 3 and McGary is basically 95% of the reason we're up 4 right now
Good first 4 min. SDSU goes on 11-0 run aided by some poor shot selection and two Burke turnovers. THJ got hot from 3 hitting 4 to keep us in the game and give lead. Some missed opportunities and a little lax on D but overall, looking decent
Wow. Refs screw up a call leads go two points. But their is no excuse for letting them get that shot. WAKE UP TREY.
You mean except for Trey's great D that lead to the ball that should have clearly been UMs?
I love Mitch McGary! (No homo)
Have proved to be a bit troublesome.
Better be a leader in the 2nd half.
Can Beliein just throw some chairs or something in the locker room? SOMETHING to get these guys excited, because they sure as hell don't play like they are.