Let's do this boys!
to play football, not to play trumpet
CBS Sports Intro showed Sparty twice, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville, Uconn, and Iowa state and not us. wth
Noticed that too. It's okay I don't mind not getting any love. Makes it that much better when we win tonight
Let's Go Blue!
Boom boom. Let's bruise the bruise brothers.
anyone else getting frozen out by ncaa.com?
I will say that I do enjoy that we get worked up for these games to a point where I am thinking about which duplicate thread to actually remove from existence. It's a small way in which we show just how engaged we are as a fanbase. Let's clear the path to the Elite Eight tonight, folks - Go Blue!
You hold the fate of the team in your mod hands today. Just saying MBB is 3-0 when I start a thread! :P
to Barkley analyze and speak. It makes me feel smart.
Anyone else thrilled its the early game so as to not chew nails for 3 more hrs?
I was stoked that we are the early game. I'm also a UVA fan so it's going to be quite a night.
Won't have to worry about who fans from the state of Kentucky want to win because it doesn't appear any of them bothered to show up for the early game
Caris is due - he has had a quiet 2 weeks.
You would really think that we were the 11 seed sometimes, listening to the coverage this week.
Wait we aren't?
Let's DO THIS.
Eff the Inside Dominance. Beat Their Asses.
He deserves it.
I hope Dakich is properly warmed up.
Time for the traditional 2-4 hrs of crippling fear and anxiety that comes with Michigan football, basketball, and hockey.
Of color is burning my retina. Maize is beautiful!
0-3 on receiving Raftery this tourney so far. Sigh.
Place is fucking empty!! What a joke!!!
That is exactly what we need tonight
Yea!! Good start
WOO! GRIII gets inside!
I like an aggressive GRIII
TN shots falling - DO NOT WANT!
Foul on Tennessee big man. Drink for joy!
Mitch is hyped
Get another and put him on the bench
keep foulin stokes, 1 more sir.
Is that one foul on each big man now?
Yep. And it looks like Glenn is waaaaaaay too quick for his big.
That man can't guard you
1 on each big man. keep it up.
One foul each on Tennessee's bigs already. Keep driving
What about the fucking elbows
Great job, J Mo!
No foul on the three?
I'm loving our inside D and work on the boards
Stauskas was taking that 3 no matter what. You could tell
Leads to Nik 3
Loving JMO's footwork on d
I think I heard Walton call glass..
Bad shot but you gotta get lucky sometimes
Awesome start! 11-2 run and a foul on each big man. Couldn't have asked for much more
Walton noooooo! Yeahhhh!
JMo is playing great defense. He has really stepped up his game in the tourney.
Good D and rebounding from GR3 in the early going. I like it
Pretty glad I'm not color blind though.
No jinx but we actually look okay at D and on the boards. Keep it up!!
GR3 can take this fool all night. Time to clear out for him.
Anyone else getting cock-blocked by ncaa.com?
They have hit shots that they are not going to hit all game. I like how we have played so far.
Ur, yeah, just like we drew it up.
Love the 1-3-1 out of the timeout. Gets em every time
Always on time
Too many turnovers so far
streaming for outside US anyone?
Dont start turning it over
That's two on Maymon!
YES another one! Sit him down
J Mo and one!
thats two fouls on the big lug.
And-1 and 2 fouls on Maymon. YYEEAAAHHHH!!
With all the attention on Nik he's going to be huge
Tenn hitting some 3s early - not their usual
Before this game they had attempted 52 in the tourney at a clip of 22%
play like a man dammit!
JMO is missed on the floor right now.
Look at the ball movement. They didn't take a wide open three.
Do these guys usually shoot this well?
Wow how was that not a foul on Horford? Sheesh
Horrible shooting team shooting the lights out against Michigan. I'm shocked.
Deny the ball. Simple solution
We're shooting 75% from 2 and 100% from 3 right now. Both are shooting well
Horford comes in and we play worse. No shock.
JMo gets a rest when Maymon comes out...I get it but he's playing so well
Tenn rackin up the fouls
Morgan put on his big boy pants this morning.
He's been great the last 10+ games. Going to miss him more than I ever would have expected
I think this is a good time to get Stokes in foul trouble.
driving to the hoop. their bigs can't resist fouling.
keep fouling. Your bench is so so deep, they can play in your stead
Tenn shooting 70% ...
Regular season it's okay, but in the "playoffs" you have to shorten it up a little.
Morgan and Stauskas were both playing extremely well. We should've stuck with them and built on the lead.
I understand rotation, but sometimes you just have to stick to what is working.
Also, as long as Stokes is on the floor, J-Mo should be on the floor. This is not the game for extended minutes from Horford. Just not thick and strong enough.
Someone tell him to kick it out every time unless he has an easy uncontested dunk.
Screens, rebounds, and stretch the floor and get the bigs out of the paint.
My least fav player. He really is only MAC level talent.
I don't think Tennessee is getting easy shots. They're just making everything.
Tennessee will probably cool off at some point. Michigan less likely to do so
This should not be a free time out. Sub a guy in!!
They can't shoot 70% all day
Going to the bench killed our momentum a bit. Bummer
playing horrible so far.
NBA style continuation foul there
We have to avoid getting frustrated
Wish he always played like that...but better now than never.
Ok, Tennessee's shooting is getting annoying now.
Also annoying that Tennessee is such a long word
couple of the turnovers have been not our fault. that said, hold onto the dayng bawl
That's a helluva shot
tonight. that is for sure.
It's like the ball was glue on his hands...it said we've passed twice, we WILL NOT pass again. LET IT RAIN!!!
He's a 70% 3-point shooter.
70.33...repeating of course
HORFORD WITH A BEASTLY REBOUND!?
We're doing better than I thought on the boards. Another Three!
I love that the cameras know to get shots of our bench
I think Tennessee is playing the best they can. We need to settle down a little and we will be fine.
It's not like we're playing bad. I think we're playing about as well as we could've hoped to this point as well.
We just have to adjust to their intensity, toughness and length.
I knew we were okay when Caris hit that 3 and the camera caught him talking some shit with "FUCK" in it. Finally someone other than J-Mo who isn't afraid. If he has that mindset. We're golden.
GR3 attacking as well.
Awful shot and awful bounce and they pick it off their feet.
Their 2 big guys have 4 combined, just some outlandish outside shooting for them (us too) :)
Gotta keep attacking their bigs. Go get 'em GR3
We have to kill all the gophers!
Tennessee shooting so far above their norm that it's got to come to earth. I can't wait to hear more sweet 'clangs' as their shots miss
They're supposed to make them.
Last few Vol shots have been pretty ugly - good to see them coming back down to Earth
Walton got a little too cute there. Not a bad idea though
He's got to keep the dribble alive ala Spike.
Weak call on LeVert. Don't understand why it's a foul when the offensive player creates the contact. Makes zero sense to me.
CBS ENZONE VIEW SUCKS
Someone Dan Dakich just creamed himself.
I guess they have and1 mixtape a in canada too
That was nuts from Nik. And I loved it
Walton is fearless from the FT line
Yay, made free throws!
Does that count as a board?
"You now what that is? That's just playin' ball. That's just a kid who loves to play ball. Who eat, sleeps and breathes ball. Just out in the backyard being creative and being around the game."
They're not supposed to shoot this well
but I'm not sure you can really execute a "dagger" in the first half unless said shot puts you up by 40
God that's not even fair
Hope that gets Nik going!
When Nik gets set in that corner, I swear he shoots like 75%+ from 3
"The Florida Spot"
Its the Stauskas Money Shot
Tennessee You've been Stauskassed
That was beautiful!
when will these basketball experts realize that 3 > 2. but keep picking against michigan.
Morgan is so, so smart.
Rollin, rollin, raw fucking hide!
Nik for 4 years would be Glen Rice...
It's been said a million times, but this team never has a problem making the extra pass. LeVert being unselfish and setting up a wide open look from the corner
He should have gotten on his knees to make it harder although he would still make it with that much time.
Walton and LeVert both...that was beautfiful. That was one of the best and smart plays I've seen this team make in quite some time. Sharing is caring.
We're playing VERY well right now. Just because this isn't @Illinois doesn't mean we're not playing to that level. Tennessee is a lot better than Illinois that night. We're playing EXTREMELY well right now. Just have to keep it up and we can't get lazy. THAT is what I haven't seen from this team...I haven't seen us be able to sustain this level for 35+ minutes.
All season it seemed we started slow and dig ourselves out of a hole. Quite the opposite in the tourney. I love the aggression.
Break this thing open!
...except let's not do the part where the opposing team makes a run in the middle of the 2nd half to get within 2-3 buckets
That's right guys. ITS RAINING
That boy silky smooth
Well done Caris.
Perfect move against Maymon. Big & slow plus foul trouble = easy lay-in
Let's see us go at Maymon.
Is a poor man's Caris LeVert.
He is so fucking out of control he gets calls just because his lanky ass hits something or someone whenever he tries to do something.
Is a poor man's Caris LeVert.
He is so fucking out of control he gets calls just because his lanky ass hits something or someone whenever he tries to do something.
We drive to the hoopin front of Nik AGAIN
We haz em
they are overplaying the 3, now we are killing them on the drives. love it.
Dammit we are a team that shoots well
LET IT RAINNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!
I tried to think of a snarky complaint, but was unable to do so.
kenpom can suck my balls
J Mo fastbreak dunk OMG!
Everybody join in
And gun??? All day Vols
and Tennessee will not be able to keep up
Running on these mofos
with their pregame picks.
Not so fast my friend
levert has made good drives only to be blocked by the rim
Big swing for UT to have LeVert drop it and they get the dunk. 4 pt swing
I think we mean business now. Not just tonight but for the tournament.
The roof was going to come off.
Should have seen this coming.
Little too sloppy
Is a gutter ball team. No offense. We should blow their doors off. Go Blue!
that would have been huge. dumb turnover there after a great steal.
Twice felt like we were about to blow it up and the LeVert miss plus the Nik drop cancelled that. Then again we're up by 10+ so I'm nitpicking here
I'm not really happy about giving up 34 points but we're up by 11 so I'm not complaining.
I'd love to see one more exclamation point going into the half. Keep the momentum going.
Still. Hold onto the damn ball. maybe should've used our timeout when Morgan was on the floor.
I'll absolutely take it.
Watching this team.
Need to be a little better on D. Other than that a damn good half thus far.
I'd almost automatically go with Spike in those situations. Also because he can hit the 3 better than Walton.
Walton is a better defender, but in that situation you're not banking on playing defense again.
Wow, two commercial breaks with 13 seconds of game time in between. AWESOME
nice celebration there, Mr. Dakich
We need to start taking advantage of our opportunities to run away here
We're going to completely blow this momentum if they score here.
Son of a BITCH. I knew we probably should've used that timeout when J-Mo hit the ground with the ball.
Only 4 seconds. But I agree with both your points. Sloppy last possession there.
nice celebration there, Mr. Dakich
thats like 6 or 7 TOs now. take care of the ball fellas.
I'm glad we got the under 4 timeout in before the half. Got to get those commercials in.
At least it means we were on the floor a while since their bench is meh.
A ton of careless turnovers are the only thing keeping this from being a 15-20 pt lead
at half time.
and this game is ours.
They haven't gotten too many points off turnovers and I'd say only 2-3 of them were on us.
Great half. D up on Richardson. Can't help but think that breakaway turnover could have been the dagger.
just hold them. how many timeouts do we have?
If we have fouls to give, we need to use one in the backcourt.
Even with the TO's Walton's been rock solid. Made a ton of great decisions
needed is something to stop the double pick roll to the basket.
Yost's point a minute teams. Great half with no foul troubles. We look so much more in shape too.
Well, Yost's teams could have used some improvement in their passing numbers
Definitely a lack of diversity on those teams
Win the game!
I want Louisville next!!
Spike with the sacrificial foul. Great half.
and that's about as a great a half as you could hope for. Still feels like they lead should've been 15+ though...
never hit. We were giving them some of them.
Too many turnovers though.
put up nearly 50 on that outstanding defense
2nd half: take better care of the ball, and they'll be eating our dust.
A couple plays from being a "perfect half"...but can't complain, just going to need to take it up one more notch in the 2nd half. STAY AGGRESSIVE!!
we will allow Tennessee to cut the lead to 6-7 pts and then open it up again to end up winning by about 15
Don't rely on another shooting half like that. Get the ball and cram it down their throats. Get them in early foul trouble.
Mitch had some good mobility during that celebration.
You're failing to realize that you're GOING to turn the ball over some vs. Tennessee. We had 2-3 really bad ones, but give them credit. They forced many of them too.
It's like playing VCU...you're going to turn the ball over some, but can you get enough easy layups or transition 3's to cancel it out?
Yeah, but many of the turnovers were unforced. Those are the ones to cutdown on.
We have what...6?
I said 2-3 were unforced. That's less than half. It just feels like a ton because we NEVER have unforced turnovers.
You're going to turn the ball over a little. The unforced ones by Walton are killers, but in the end, we still have to play defense and attack on offense. Get them in some early foul trouble.
Oh hai there Derrick Walton, game's leading rebounder
...as much as it is about staying aggressive and keeping this intensity.
Tennessee isn't going to continue to shoot this well, but WE likely aren't going to continue to shoot this well either.
So we need to make sure we box out, rebound and we don't fall in love with the jumpshot. We have to keep ATTACKING the basket.
THAT is what is going to win this game. Caris attacking off the dribble, Stauskas needs to do the same. GRIII has done a GREAT job being aggressive.
If we bank on just making shots...this is going to be a nail bitter. We've seen this team go cold for stretches, and that's not uncommon - but if we get layups and dumpoffs to J-Mo, this game is ours.
second half the game is about over. I hope we get back to that although the refs didn't seem to be calling a lot later in the half.
We're never going to isolate him on the block and tell him "go to work." That's just not us and not his game.
But if we drive and dump, if we take advantages of mismatches in the post and we keep them off balance. We can get them in foul trouble.
Also, Stokes played that entire first half...keep attacking him. If he plays 40 minutes, make him PLAY 40 minutes.
We're up enough that we can afford to go to Horford for a few possession, they can't afford to take their bigs off the floor anymore.
They're going to get all the rebounds with the other big kid coming back, we have to be ready to attack them and not settle for 3's because if we miss, we have to just get back because they're going to get the boards like Texas did in the 2nd half. Get them in some foul trouble and we greatly increase our chances on the boards.
Michigan eFG% - 75.00%
Michigan OREB% -30.00%
Michigan FTR - 23.08%
Michigan TOV% - 17.32%
Also, Michigan PPP - 1.43
Tennessee eFG% - 55.36%
Tennessee OREB% - 26.67%
Tennessee FTR - 17.86%
Tenessee TOV% - 11.70%
Also, Tennessee PPP - 1.13
on their bigs. They didn't even mention that.
No fouls on JMo! That means he can play D for real in the second half.
Tennesee is big, but they are slow. Orange traffic cones on D.
Stokes matches Morford as far as speed goes. But their other bi is SLOW and that's why he picked up two quickies. GRIII and Caris need to keep attacking that big and make him get in early foul trouble again. Don't let him warm up. UT is a much different team when both bigs are out there.
Caris and GRIII blew by their guys (multiple times) like I haven't seen them do in a long time
team aggressive when leading. Texas was an odd 2nd half, but tonight I expect them to keep pushing the whole 2nd half.
Tennessee is exactly like Texas.
A little bigger . . . but also a little slower.
When we start calling Crisler "The Clinic"?
— mgoblog (@mgoblog) March 29, 2014
Ha! I like it!
I was going to make a football/ACL joke but didn't want to jinx anything.
Michigan turnovers keeping them from a blowout right now.
Everybody is scoring for Michigan. Inside and out.
GR3 is more aggressive.
Caris is too quick (sometimes even for himself)
We should be up 20. For real.
They made some shots too...that is beyond unrealistic.
We played a near perfect half. We can't say that we should be up too much more than we are.
At some point we have to realize we're in the SWEET 16, it's a good team we're playing against.
Looks like we are really clicking tonight. Very efficient on offense, hope we stay the course.
Win by 22.
Drive, drive, drive...coach B is dialed in.
Sure hope Tennessee keeps switching their bigs on our wings. We're blowing right by them.
holy crap. they spent most of the half talking about louisville/kentucky. and they are pretty bad at it.
Barkley is just going to wait until 11:30 tonight before he picks the UL-KY winner.
Did he just pick both teams to win within 30 seconds? He's getting good at this pundit stuff
Fully expect CBS to cut away from game to watch Louisville and Kentucky get off busses and walk into locker room.
We may not get to see the second half of game.
This looks like a matchup between a 2 seed and an 11. Tennessee is not that good. They'd be down even more if we took care of the ball like we usually do.
"They're not going to grow during the half." Hilarious.
I love our baseline dunks.
is in danger of not getting a single one of their six teams into the Elite 8. ISU is their last hope and it doesn't look good (given the Niang injury is a serious asterik)
Kansas big guy and ISU's only qualtiy guy over 6'6"
not the best of luck
Michigan having Horford AND Morgan is pretty important
Phil Fulmer thinks we're the fourth best team in this game.
Love the 15 second introduction sandwiched between 10 minutes of commercials
THIS is what a decided schematic advantage looks like.
I want to beat these bastards by 20
We would be even better. No one would beat us. Unvelievable that if we play to capabilities I don't think anyone will regardless.
If MSU and Michigan win the next two games, there is going to be a ton of talk about a Michigan-MSU national championship.
half the state of Michigan will become permanently depressed as a direct result of that game. It would be one of the most gut-wrenching losses either university will ever have
No excuses. No damn injuries that will be used because Michigan hasn't used McGary all year. Just play ball.
Let's hope GR3 keeps it up!
Or is that Stevie Nicks?
Not the best opening minute
They're not going to back down. We have to take it UP a notch. Not just maintain.
Wasn't that a kick ball?
Just bounce right into there hands
Levert has found the turnover monster..
Oh, sweet, Nik!