Michigan vs. #1 Arizona Wildcats
Kenpom predicts Michigan by 1
Maybe LSA can repost the comparison stats he had from the prediciton thread into here.
HQ stream is up and running...
EDIT: This one's a little better..
Who else wants to buy Cindy Crawford's skin treatment system?
Nuh-uh. I don't need moles sproutin' up all over my beautiful face. My face is my gravy train.
LOL glad I wasn't the only one watching that and waiting.
Let's Go Blue!
And BOX OUT!
You HOLD ONTO THE DAMN BALL ARGH!
+1 to the guy who brought donuts.
Jim Nantz. Dammit.
I do like Greg Anthony
It's a noon CBS game...he's been on this slot forever. What happened to Clark Kellogg though?
But this is just like any 9pm tip on ESPN. It's going to be Shulman and Dicky V.
Walton was the one handing them out. Beilein probably bought them
Hoping GRIII can assert himself effectively early.
Not just a shooter. Drink
(Hey, It's past noon.)
Do they have the worst HD? I looked like Nantz and Anthony were in front of a green screen with the floor in the background, but that wouldn't make sense.
No band and the announcers aren't actually there... This should be good
Have the Peppers chants started?
twitter feed says they were started a while ago
Lets go fellas....kick some arizona wildcat ass.
We can do this.
I really enjoyed his insight despite everyone calling him a homer in every open thread.
Lack of pep band is very noticeable.
Arizona is looking a little sluggish
Random thought, but this game "LOOKS" good.
I really like the announcer pumping up the crowd. I'll take that over the band any day in a basketball game. Neg away.
virtually ever---but you can get what you like at any low-class NBA game
I love that kid.
There's a ton of energy from everyone right now
I'm really not quite sure what our offense is right now.
we have them up top but i would like to see more from everyone considering we have 3-4 good shooters on the floor at all times. it's pretty easy to defend jump shooters when there aren't many screens. short of that, levert and walton need to drive more.
Rebounding doesn't look like a big issue yet, surprisingly.
There ya go!
Promising move by GR3 there
My plans to work through the game are turning out a lot less sucessful than I planned.
Love seeing that from GRIII
After a successful NBA career, McGary starts his own party and wins the 2028 presidential election.
Stauskas got smoked on that defensive series.
Also, nice to see someone on Arizona with boulders for hands, bobbling the rebound out of bounds. Good, we'll take that.
Yeah, that looked a little too easy.
More of the aggressive GR3 pleaae
I think that has to be our focus until we find an offensive identity.
And secretly, that's what we did last year and our offensive identity last year (and this year) should be transition. When we play tough defense, and suffocate the basketball, we're SO MUCH more effeicent on the other end that it's disturbing.
This team needs to be all about defense.
Stauskas has his hands full with Gordon. How he responds will have a lot of say in the results today. McGary is going to have trouble with fouls as well against such an athletic front line. Gotta find a way to get quality minutes there.
Defense has been mostly solid early. Gotta create good looks offensively though - not much of that so far.
Aggressive GRIII? Yes please.
They took band out to get more students in - I like it
I thought we were 7th youngest team last year
LaVert is solid. Much improved from last year.
Apparently we have a penchant for allowing people to come off the bench and drain 3s.
And first-year QB's having Heisman-like performances too!
Is Arizona's defense that good in preventing Michigan from taking it to the hoop, or is UM just out of sinc?
Nice take by Robinson to just get to the rack himself and draw the Goaltend
I like Little Big Dog taking it to the baket.
Spike Albrect, folk hero!
Horford and 1?!
Slaaaaaaaam dunk word up
After the dunk it seemed like Horford yelled at Arizona "LETS GO BITCH"
I like it, but the refs will not.
Slow down, Wolverines. Please.
No, speed is obviously working. Our strength is in transition.
Sometimes that works, but other times they are going so fast that they take wild shots.
Both teams are going to be exhausted -- these guys are ballin' hard.
Zona plays pretty damn good D
WOW they are letting them play...Holy SHIT..GRIII!
ok I see you, GRIII
you will need to jump against these guys in order to get a rebound.
Just stopped Arizona from getting 8 points on the inside, nice!
What a wild sequence there!
Tennis on hardwood
Hurricane Spike needs to make it rain
Fast pace game is def. our advantage
Score or no score...that has to be his attitude. He's too good not to.
Also, love seeing Beilein walk Irvin to the scorer's table...this atmosphere is a lot for a freshman, he has to come in and play within himself and not get caught up in the up and down nature of the game.
Nice catch about Beilein and Irvin. He's seemed thus far into his young career a player gets caught up in the collegiate atmosphere. Beilein has obviously learned this.
Spike for Heisman. Good things happen when he is running point.
Arizona doesn't even have to try for those rebounds. Luckily we're playing good D so far.
Mitch can't ge caught out there leaving Sypnewksi alone for that easy bucket
GR3 finding his cofidence. I like that!
GRIII came to play boys!
Albrecht is feeding the ball incredibly well - love this kid
...even if Walton has to see more time at the 2.
Come ON man...he is SUCH a chucker.
I thought you said chunker at first
Looked like coach was going right to Caris right after that miss
Nice pass from Spike to McGary.
Some nice finishes though, something we really needed to see!
Spike is the straw that stirs the drink.
Love the hustle on defense.
I wish spike was a little taller so he wasn't a defensive liability. He has serious passing skills
Oh hell ya -- Spike!
Spike's a beast.
I haven't watched a lot of games this year, but why is this Walton kid ahead of Spike?
Doesn't look like he should
That was a charge wtf
Seriously... It feels like they watched the Syracuse game last year in the tourney and decided that "stand in a place and get run into" should be penalized with free throws. >__<
Do yourself a favor and NEVER take basketball officiating seriously. The older I get and the more I watch, the more nauseating basketball officiating becomes.
garbage call. He didn't even have the ball and J-Mo was in position.
Team seems to run more smoothly offensively with Spike running the point.
Spike has twice the steak.
Hmmmm...I'm all for fair officiating and less home cookin but Morgan I think should have gotten the charge there..(replay to be sure)
Wow what a bullshit blocking call... How can you foul a guy when you're just standing there with your arms up? Is he supposed to run out of the way?
I just watched I back. Morgan was there.
Would be awesome if at some point someone made a Spike Albrecht highlight tape. He's made a lot of great plays in his short career.
They took the charge out of the game. We need to stop trying to draw them because they will all be blocks under the new rules.
Arizona was called for a charge in the first 2 minutes of the game. Charges are not dead.
Impressed with the energy we've played with defensively so far. Really limiting the easy baskets for a team that's used to getting whatever they want inside.
Albrecht makes this offense hum. Walton is the better defender, probably a better scorer outside of the games where Spike is really hot from the outside. But Albrecht is so crafty with his passes... gives his teammates a lot of easy looks.
Yeah, you'll never convince me that wasn't a charge.
That is one big kid...we're going to need all 3 post guys.
Spike and GR3 are playing great. If McGary does Mcgary things and Stauskas gets hot, we will be unstoppable today.
We're not going to be unstoppable unles '94 Jordan comes walking through the doors to meet 96' Jordan in a maize and blue uniform.
It's going to be a good game, but yes, if they play well...I like our chances.
How was that Arizona ball? Did we just chuck it out of bounds like that? I'd assume it was tipped?
He was trying to gather the ball and just lost it...happens all the time. But if he DID gather it, he may have dunked on someone. And it would've been BAD (for that person).
Crowd needs to get HYPE again
Wake up Nik!!
Yeah Nik needs to assert himself somehow. He sort of disappears against longer more athletic defenders. I'd love to see a set play for him out of this timeout.
to watch Rip/Reggie tape.
do to get pulled so quickly?
Should've actually been pulled quicker. He picked up an early foul and Beilein hesitated, but clearly thought about calling for Spike. Then he missed a floater. Then went under a screen and the kid hit a 3.
It was time to sit.
Spike should start every game, even if Walton plays more minutes.
Stauskas needs to foul there.
We need to rack up the fouls on them...takes the team pressure off and they can't defend as hard.
fouling is not an example of why the other team is good on d.
Please God let this be a coming-out party for GRIII
He slipped, I know, but it was because he was trying to recover from being so far out of position.
I'm fine with Spike playing mor minutes than Walton today.
big board glennnnnn
Arizona needs to change the brightness of names on their jerseys
over the back call on Arizona? Bestill my beating heart
Shoot it young fella.
Howcome it's always THAT basket where the net gets tangled?
Therreeee we go...
by horford there
HOrford gettin a lot of minutes...He's doing pretty well with them.
he's getting abused on the glass. one basket and one block doesn't make up for that.
Boom. Crowd's back.
Love that foul by Horford. No easy buckets.
Roof would've blown off if he had made that 2nd 3. Ah well, Stauskas is that last piece, he starts scoring and we're going to be in good shape.
i'd say stauskas is the first piece.
but in this game i guess you're right
If they had about 5 more rows. Noticeable loud on TV now but could be so much more.
The refs went from not calling anything down low to calling handchecks all around the three-point line.
When is the crowd going to get that JABRILL PEPPERS chant going?
Just excellent hustle
One thing that has always irked me is how there are always fans in our student section behind the opponent's bench. Can someone explain how this happens? Does the athletic department make those seats available to opposing teams? Why can't we have a pure student section?
It's a courtesy to give the opposing team seats behind their own bench. Happens everywhere.
Only McGary plays harder...
BIg Jon!! Way to hustle!!
Spike should start. just sayin'.
Spikes great with energy and all but Walton is the future. He needs to be ready for Big Ten play.
Why can't Spike be the future? He had 17 points in one half of national championship game. He plays well on the big stage, and spreads the ball around. He is outplaying Walton against the #1 team in the country, what more could you ask for?
We need the under 4 media TO.
We are making more mistake than zona but Zona is missing a lot of shots
took it to the next level. that's a huge point swing right thereeeeee
Getting sloppy now. Damn.
Spike hitting that woulda been nice but the previous two offensive possessions were junk. Caris and Spike getting careless. 8 pt lead down to 2 just like that.
Really wasted an opportunity to stretch to double digits with a couple really sloppy possessions there. Paying the price now.
Gonna take 40 minutes of hard, smart ball to win against a team like this.
We gambled not taking a TO in the past 3 possessions and they scored on 2 of them.
Waiting for a whistle and it never came...you have to attack when you're looking for a whistle. Make the refs call something.
Arizona is preeeeetty fucking good. We need a run to answer.
Too many turnovers
Horford is a bunny killer. Nice hustle to get his own rebound though.
This team is so versatile... Just need to cut back on mistakes now.
Arizona making a few pretty tough shots down the stretch here, gotta credit them for that. The only complaint (armchair coach) I really have is the turnovers, need to cut them down a bit.
glennnnnnn let's go
YES. AND 1.
Robinson is in this game for real -- great and-one there
God GRIII is sexy today....no homo
WAY TO ATTACK THE RIM GRIII!!!!
Huge. GR3 is having the game of his life.
GRIII asserting himself and taking it to the rim.
Could have used this GRIII earlier in the year but better late than never.
GRIII finally making a big game appearance
G is playing his best game as a Wolverine right when we need it. Silencing the haters!
I present GLENN ROBINSON THE THIRD!
This is the most aggressive i've seen GR3 on the offensive end. Just imagine what could happen if he's always on the attack
GRIII heard the chirping. That's for sure.
Where has this version of GRIII been?
Still, better late than never. Loving his aggressiveness in this game.
This is Robinson playing smarter, recognizing that he can beat a guy one on one in space. You don't have to do anything too fancy if the defense isn't rotating a second guy. Easy play for a guy with his physical ability, really.
More of that, please
So. GRIII CAN do that. He's not the quickest or strongest (though he's strong, of course) but he has the body and the skill to get to the hoop on his own. We haven't seen that but sporadically up until today. This game should help the confidence if that was an issue, on whether he's up to the task of attacking the hoop and his defender.
Who is this guy driving to the hoop and what did he do with GR3?
I am pleased so far with the teams performance.
Ebb and Flow of the game and Michigan playing solid.
We need to make this...get a stop and we need to score.
Arizona seems uncomfortable with a faster pace but very very comfortable half court.
getting the ball in places where he can do something with it...really nice. Too many TOs but I like the offense so much better today.
Way to box out there by Stauskas
it seems like levert gets lost a lot on switches
why do we suck so bad at free throws?
Probably this guy's fault.
He hasn't been shooting well from the line...we need 2 here and a stop!
Wooo more fouls for Zona! Hopefully their bigs have to sit in the 2nd half.
GR3, how I missed you!
Stop and a 3!
Thank GR3 now, thank me later.
Defense showing up, playing hard.
LET'S DO THIS.
Horford is playing really well today. Very surprising.
This might be the best defensive performance we've had in the past TWO years.
And last year we locked some teams up pretty damn good.
GR3 and DEATH TO BACKBOARDS almost
Because why not?
Wow, Little Big Dog made a heckuva shot!
GR III BABY!
Sheeeeeeiiiit ice in his veins!
Can't ask for a much better half than that, gotta cut down the turnovers, but overall impressive.
Keep it up, boys!! Looking good!
GR3 came to fire!
GR3 with his best Lebron impression to end the half
Would have been a perfect impression, only GRIII made the shot!
Well that was a double dribble by Robinson but a sweet 3...holy we're up on #1 by 9 at halftime!
I was surprised they didn't call the double
Up 9 at the half... nice.
If this is GR3's coming out party, and thisis how he and the team play the rest of the way, watch out B1G, this team will be nasty!
*tries not to get too excited*
best I've ever seen Horford play. I am sort of stunned.
These guys always play hard at Crisler.
Great game so far.
Whatever you did pregame, stick to your routine! He's playing out of his mind.
4 Blocks don't do justice to Horford so far, he's altered so many more shots on the inside.
Big Jon Horford has been amazing in this game so far. Altering so many shots down low.
...we're getting killed on the boards.
I wouldn't say we're getting killed. 19-17, them. We've got 5 ORebs ourselves to their 9, of which a couple came on the same possession on tips and put backs where they had the position already, if you know what I mean.
19-17? That's about as even as it gets without being...you know...even.
Wow.... first time all season Robinson is looking like an NBA player.
Really impressed with the energy and focus of this team today. Making Arizona work for almost every point, generally making good decisions offensively save one short stretch there, Robinson and Horford playing their best ball of the year. Albrecht very good when he's not dribbling into trouble, Stauskas has been making good decisions, not pressing for offense in a game where the opposing D is closing out really fast - would be easy to just start chucking it and he hasn't.
More of the same in the second half and we can win this one. That's an awfully athletic and skilled opponent we've got, but they're young like us and rallying late may prove challenging on the road. We've just got to play smart enough to keep them at arm's length as late into the game as possible.
Tired of people saying Walton is the future. Spike played great against L'vile and is outplaying Walton today against #1 team Arizona. Why can't Spike be the future?
Role but he's athletically limited. Walton has a much higher upside even if Spike is playing better right now.
But if he plays smart and savvy, hits wide open shots, doesn't turn the ball over, and plays good defense, why can't he be the guy when he is surrounded by 4 other great athletes? Isn't the PG's role to spread the ball to playmakers and not turn it over?
As Walton's. Spike has a lot of trouble against the quicker guards and, sure, he hits the open shots, but he doesn't have the ability to consistently create for himself. Spike is great but there's a reason why he doesn't play over Walton.
I mean, we need a rotation?
He can be anything he wants, but I trust the coach that has put two sophomore PGs into the NBA. If Spike shows the coaches he's better he will eventually be the future at PG.
better on the offensive end today than he has all season. I am not sure why Arizona isn't attacking him more on the defensive end but that's their problem.
Because he's too much of a defensive liability. He's the perfect off-the-bench point guard.
But is he more of a liability on defense than Walton? He turns it over every once in a while, but Walton seems a tad more sloppy on defense, hence why he got pulled after being out there for a 30 second stretch today to have a word with coach.
not a bad road loss at all.
This game we're playing reminds me so much of the ISU game, Zona just seems out of sorts likes we did and we're playing with the momentum and the crowd. I think we win like ISU did (and rush the floor) in a similar manner.
Wish we hadn't lost to Charlotte
Let's hope that Michigan's is that early in the season and is the only one.
I wouldn't mind a court storming today, you know, for the recruits.
There goes GRIII's junior year
I cannot argue with that.
Play us out "Hail to the Victors"
is what 7/7 from the field?
2-2 from 3 with 3 rebounds, 1 turnover 0 assists. No fouls, 16 pts.
Miss was a Free Throw!!!
with apologies to Mitch McGary and maybe Zak Irvin, GR3 has the highest ceiling on this team. The only person who can stop him in college basketball is himself.
Keep it up.
of the gymnist in the law library is sweet.
I cannot help myself.
What is this "gymnist" in the library you speak of?
GRIII looking to score, and not just jump shots. Thats always a good thing.
I'm getting ahead of myselves, but do we storm the court if we win? I mean, we did play in the national championship game... IDK. /priorities.
No. We should expect to win at home.
yes, recruits love it.
Yes!!! No doubt about it!
This sucks. Comcast service in Ann Arbor is dying.
Per my son at the game, Peppers is there. I'm sure plenty of recruits are there during their officials this weekend.
Sucks that it's cold and snowy, but it's not like if it was 38 and sunny that's nice. May as well be an experience that they remember.
A ton of guys are in this weekend.
I felt this was a turning point game for us when I looked at the schedule before we even played a game.
Playing at Duke in the 7th or 8th game of the year tells me nothing when your team is young and even your experienced guys are ALL filling in new roles. We could've lost that game by 25 and I wouldn't have felt anything different, we could've won and I wouldn't have felt anything different.
This month we have games every Saturday, so we're going to get a full week of practice to grow and find ourselves. This was the first week that would could sit back, look back and evaluate the first 9 games.
Now guys have roles, guys have experience, guys have a place on this team.
It's starting to show. The post players are going to be the post players in this offense, doesn't really matter. McGary is McGary and the other 2 are going to provide senior leadership and steadiness.
As for everyone else. Stauskas WAS playing like our #1, but he's not...he's a VERY good #2 guy. LeVert isn't a #2, he's a VERY good #3 option. Albrecht/Walton/Irvin are all very good #4 options.
That's not to say these guys won't lead the team (I actually think we'll set some kind of a record of number of different players who lead the team in scoring in one season).
However when you're talking options. GRIII has the skillset and the makeup to be the #1 option. He's now playing like it. Stauskas will have better games, LeVert probably will too. But we need him to b the #1 guy when we go INTO the game, if the game turns out different, so be it. But he was nowhere to be found until this game.
The guy that's sitting behind the announcers is the same guy as last year!!! Same shirt, new hat, and no girlfriend!!
5 blocks, that's good.
Horford with 4 blocks in 9 minutes? I be like, dang. He's really altering their shots.
I wonder if the defensive pressure is going to shift towards GRIII. I'd like to see Stauskas in some better shot opportunities. It seems like he's been well covered that whole half.
Everyone just runs out of McGary's way...
McGary throwing down with the right hand!
First tip was okay, but the 2nd was over the back...
We really have to look at going with Horford AND McGary.
Spike in for Walton please?
Levert looked silky smooth on that one!
looks like a young jcrawford out there. his moves are silky and his jay is pretty when it's on
Good D possession!! Mitch played that nicely the whole way through
That was ugly.
Walton you can't go under the screen!
Missed an easy basket, immediately gets crispified for three on the other end..
But Go Blue!!! Beat Arizona!!!
Gordon looks really out of it haha
but put the shot up!
Get a TO baby.
Well dammit all
Walton looks absolutely lost out there.
Time to ride the pine for a bit, kid.
Way too many turnovers right now. Zero defense too.
NOT GOOD GUYZZZ
Get a TO.
Uhh...Not a good start guys. They're going right at us.
Bad turnovers. Bad bad bad. Come on, guys.
Walton missed layup then gives up the three. Instead of being up 11, we were down 6 with a blink
That's quite a swing!
Spike needs to be on the floor
Seem to have lost our focus on offense a bit over halftime. Can't afford to let up.
I'm definitely pleased with how levert has progressed this year. But man that guy is good for atleast 3 stupid plays a game. That inbounds pass was really bad
PLAY HORFORD AND MCGARY!!!!
Hell, let LeVert play point.
They are KILLING us inside and Beilein won't adjust. PLAY TWO BIG MEN FOR ONCE!
Yikes. That's what turnovers will do to you.
Turnovers haven't stopped. But Arizona's crappy shooting has. I was afraid of this.