Let's get this week started off right! Go Blue
Michigan vs Memphis Open Thread
(And glad I forgot my subject line, because I would have been close to a open thread duplicate, and the shaming "please delete")
Not a huge fan of those bright blue shoes. They might look better if they were more of a navy. I'm partial to the black kicks too.
ZACK NOVAK!!!! FOR THREE
those blue shoes look terrible - reminds me of a duke blue, definitely not our michigan navy. are the kicks something to do with the maui tournament? looks like the guys on the bench are wearing shirts in the same awful shade of blue.
It looks like shit with Tennessee' orange/white and Michigan's navy/maize uniforms!!! Must be a Maui thing, Michigan should never have left Nike.
Anyone have a link
Why not black or navy at least?
Pretty much mirrored my comment exactly. Now that I see the bench players warm-up jerseys, though, it appears to me as if the bright blue is just a Hawaii-flavored touch to the uni's. In that case, I'm all for it.
where is it showing online besides espn3.com?
where is it showing online besides espn3.com?
Let's go Maize and (royal) Blue!
I have ESPN3 but for whatever reason it's blacked out in my area...
Anyone have a stream? I'm trying to watch on espn3 but it hasn't been working on my computer (just keeps telling me I'm not logged into Comcast, which I am).
we have a barnburner
Boys are really moving out there today.
Why are we wearing royal blue shoes that don't match?
got them as well as matching shooting shirts
got them as well as matching shooting shirts
Nothing goes right when Akunne gets on the floor
How are there so many Memphis fans there? Did every player get to bring 30 guests?
There are so many Memphis fans that they had to move two of them into overflow seating behind the microphones.
Are beginning to grate.
A ton of fans there. No wonder we didn't send a lot with this tournament sandwiched between 2 huge football games.
Offense is night and day with or without him.
WWTFFW? (What Would The Fab Five Wear?)
And since they put the liveblog up, is MGoBlog going at a snail's pace for anyone else?
knocking down the three ball!
I don't think the time to get them pt is right after a big Memphis run.
I really hate the screens we're setting. The screeners are in terrible positions.
This is the first game I've gotten to watch this season, has been playing much? I guess I somewhat expected him to be in the rotation sooner... Any help would be appreciated.
He said he was having more trouble adjusting to the college game than he expected. Usual for a frosh, Burke is simply ahead of the curve.
Has impressed me very much so far this game... It's making me not miss Morris as much as I had anticipated
I saw him play. The reason we needed Morris so much is because he was the only person on our team with elite handles and could see the floor. Trey has both attributes and he can score better than Darius IMO
But i would much rather have him out there than Eso...
On one side of the bracket? If it's all "random"...come on...what way is that to set up a tournament?
in the game together this early along with Akunne. What is Coach thinking?
Looks like we're playing scared right now, time out should have come about 3 minutes ago.
The bench guys are getting a lot of minutes right now. Hope it gives us fresh legs in the 2nd half.
Vogrich with the great baseline drive, where did that come from?
Did they seriously just call a palming?
Why are there so many more Memphis fans in Maui than Michigan fans? Am I the only one who thinks it looks that way? Seems sort of inexplicable if true.
I wonder what the student's excuse will be for this one...
Too many of them care more about the pregame than the actual game. They're probably all out getting drunk at the Tiki Bar on the beach.
Also a high number of turnovers. Very uncharacteristic.
Waaaay to many turnovers
Is it just me or is ESPN3 not working?
Huh for some reason it was playing the game and then froze. But then never came back, even after several attempts of closing it and reopening.
Vogrich and Novak look like they're about to die out there. We need some oxygen to the bench.
Michigan must adjust. Michigan has no consistency in 5 guys on floor. Beilein is using more combinations than I've ever seen. Maybe the heat is the issue.
He tries hard but it seems to me that he just doesn't have the talent or skill to play defense on this level...
that he was ready to contribute. Don't see it now...but we got more games to come.
Memphis has one of the fastest teams in the country and isn't conducive of what he'll see consistently in the B1G
Let's finish out this half strong.
Are the only ones that should dribble against thi squad
playing very strong right now.
Loving this finish. Working hard and soft touches on our shots.
Perfect finish to the half!
to go Timmy!
no steals and no blocks. Hmmm..
Fight at halfcourt :(
This should be an interesting (/physical) second half.....
Seems to me Memphis started that skirmish. We were just trying to head to our locker room.
Looms like someone in Novak's face but he didn't retaliate.
i don't mind a little chippiness...
We certainly dominated the whiteness battle that half
Memphis must think theres some punk in Michigan...funny!
ESPN3's halftime just got more interesting...
Who is that?
more important didn't draw a foul closing out the half.
on the tv it looked as if the Memphis player got into it with Novak. Nevertheless, our boys need to point to the scoreboard and get into the lockerrooms at that point.
IMO, Beilein is outcoaching the Memphis coach now (can't remember his name). He's doing things to counter Memphis' athleticism and quickness. Go Blue!
to coach B right.
Is their coaches name Joel Osteen by chance? That's who he looks like to me :)
With Hardaway and Burke in the game, I think we might just flat out be better than them. And Beilein is kicking ass, as usual.
What's the point of a liveblog if comments are disabled?
Would like him to show up in the second half. Complete non-factor thus far.
Limited his PT. either way our chances of a win increase drmatically if we take care of the ball and take good shots against this team. We have to keep this a half court game
I go from slightly nervous to very confident if he gets 5+ rebounds in the second half, though.
That zone really messed up Memphis to end the half. Hopefully we have a counter adjustment to whatever adjustment they make to crack it.
about the fact that the pace is being played to Michigan favor. I'd look for Memphis to go all-out on defense the second-half. Sorta like Nolan Richard's heat...
kinda got in the Memphis kids face when Burke blocked the shot at the buzzer.
Im pretty sure he was yelling towards the Michigan fans that were right in front of him cheering after that block
help motivate UM in the 2nd half?
Double techs for Novak and Will Barton. Offsetting.
According to Rod Beard and UMHoops retweeted.
Seeing another replay of the skirmish, Novak was just sticking up for Smot. Word is that both Novak and Barton are getting T'd up.
Michigan probably can't keep on hitting at 60%, but as long as we cut down on turnovers we should be ok.
can't let a team start off with a big dunk
Would've like to have seen a replay on that blocking foul.
Is Josh Pastner
Doug Hutchison (aka Percy from Green Mile)
circa DC Cab era
LOL the announcers think the shoes are very stylish...Luckily they also said they are just made just for Maui....
Smot is playing real well with that added weight.
Refs gettin whistle happy on both sides. Probably to settle down the halftime stuff.
My gut is giving me good feelings about the final outcome of this game. Defense is playing well and we aren't settling for three pointers.
Burke is cold.
He's not a very strong driver, much more dangerous from out there
Michigan is playing much better team, passing ball. Memphis is too sloppy with all these hoopers playing for themselves only. Really like how Belein has shaped this team.
There goes the lead
Normally I'm fine with him taking 3's, but that last one was a little too far for my liking.
We should not take another shot with more than 10 ticks left on the shot clock for the rest of the game. Milk some clock and limit Memphis running the floor.
Unless its for wide open, silky smooth looks like that. Akunne sweetness.
I'd like to see more inside play!
ESO WITH THE TRIPLE!!!
All three posts about Akunne in all caps, seems like we weren't expecting I guess
a double digit lead, nice.
Is it just me or are those Memphis fans really obnoxious?
Jalen Rose told me so.
Don't look now, but it looks like Michigan can keep pulling away. If Muppets were warranted after the football team beat Illinois, we may have to consider using them here...
first time Michigan football and bball have been at such a high level since the 90s
To get a charge in this game?
The fact that this game is at a slow pace bodes well for us.
Great dish by Burke
I had the chance to watch Eso once when he was in high school (at Gabriel Richard HS). He was a superstar at that level, but he was more of a frontcourt player. In college he's had to learn to play on the perimeter and it's taken him a little while to get used to that, but he has some natural talent. He could be a decent role player.
*Memphis waddles into the paint* *Michigan called for a foul*
Fouls are the only thing keeping Memphis in it right now.
what a play right there by burke
no steals so far.
Sweet finish by Tim
Isn't that Black's 4th foul? If so, that's huge
Black and Barton have 4.
Novak, Smot and Morgan each have 3 fouls.
and finally a charge
Wish they would make up their minds what kind of game they're going to call.
Time to start winding the shot clock
Hardaway Jr. is having a monster game!
Burke is going to be an amazing player as he gets more experience.
This should be interesting going down the stretch!
Slow it down.
We're up 9. There's no reason not to be milking shot clock every trip.
Horrible time to start giving Memphis momentum. Getting sloppy with the ball.
took that to the hole.
Is the same as our NCAA Tournament bracket last spring. You have to wonder how these things work out like this.
huge shot right there
Where have they been the whole game?
You don't expect them to show up on time, do you?
Love the "Let's Go Blue!" chant
I hope that they aren't chanting about the God-awful shoes. BLUE!? This is Michigan. In case Dave Brandon and Adidas don't know anything about fashion here's some advice: Shoes come in three colors, brown, black and white.
Eh, don't really care about the shoes that much. Just don't make the jerseys like circus jerseys from football...
those shoes/ socks were dope. all over twitter--if mden stocked those they would sell out before tomorrow night's game.
I agree, those shoes are "dope" because they are making me have violent thoughts, just like dope does (not that I've ever tried dope).
I'd pressed Michigan coming out the second half,for a good portion of it infact...
Even more. Trey ate up the Memphis pressure. Have you been watching?????
But the press has started to play some havoc with the *flow* of the game. Yes its late into the game...but the press could have brough you this earlier...again that squad has TALENT.
Theres no denying that. Probably more than UM, but you can't press when your primary ball handler has elite handles and quickness. The press worked at the end when UM was putting the ball in the hands of the wron people. Im not sure if you noticed, but Memphis applied at least slight pressure all game, but it never phased Burke. Trust me, if Mem thought they could press with great success, they would have done it. Had they gone that route though they would have worn their players out for minimal results at best.
Turn the Darius Morris page. There's no way the butterfly could have handled this Memphis pressure better than Mr. Burke has today. I still love Darius but we are in good hands
If we can hang on and beat Memphis, we will have already exceeded my expectations for this torunament.
Solid effort over an elite Memphis team
Memphis is missing so many shots close to the rim.
71-56 under 2 min left
We're going to need everyone for the Blue Devils.
(Can't avoid those guys, can we? Good. Still pissed at Amaker for letting that series die).
What in God's green eath are those warm up jerseys supposed to look like? First we're force fed this crap "maize" that hurts my eyes, and next they give us a "blue" that is the same color as the catheter the hospital gave me a few weeks ago. Damn Adidas and Dave Brandon, we don't want this! This is just one step closer to losing "Michigan", we DON'T WANT a MASCOT!
We can't have turnovers this close to the finish.
71-59 Mich 1:09 left for those wondering
When the announcers say "Memphis was expected to advance" do they really mean "we expected Memphis to advance"? I think so.
Tack one onto the resume!!
Nice to get a top 10 win early. Let's get another one tomorrow (if we get Duke).
If Michigan plays this well next game, I expect another victory. Michigan 73, Memphis 61 FINAL
Great win! Keep it going!!!
Should help with the rpi rating going forward...GO BLUE!
Memphis didn't totally fold like the Vols did, but that reminded me a bit of the first round game last year.
That's the thing about this team. You can never count them out because of their style of play. You can say it about all sports really if things go right, but this team really shows how underdogs can win.
This gives me hope this team could avoid the let-down we saw from the '09-'10 team and actually live up to a high preseason ranking. Bring on the Dukies!
John Beilein has a fantastic record in the first round of tournaments. Whether it's a preseason classic, the BTT or NCAAs, the man never loses in round one.
I want the rematch with Duke, revenge from last year!!
Really sets them up well early in the year. Great win
also when will the media get off the 1-3-1 "system" talk, the idiot on ESPN is talking about how UM is such a hard team to prepare for because of their unique system, uh what game was he watching, UM was primarily playing man and a matchup zone, 1-3-1 was probably less than 20% of Memphis possessions.
20% would be pretty significant. That's what makes it so hard, actually - you'd be silly to "prepare" for it as if it's something we do all the time, because it's not. In the short time you have, you have to prepare for the defense we use the most. But nobody ever uses the 1-3-1, and we break it out as a surprise, so it's a terrific weapon to crush momentum.
and a unique and valuable weapon, but the way some people talk about it you would think UM was just a bunch of unathletic scrubs who can't win without their gimmick defense.
Michigan's new bulk helped out on the battle of the boards. 35-21 advantage for Michigan
One of the negatives on M last year that they didn't have a signature win? Beating # 8 Memphis should allow us to check that one off
We should all now become Memphis Tigers fans for the rest of the year. Should dominate Conference USA. Love to see one of Memphis' 3 or so losses be on a neutral court to Michigan.
These early wins are so important and we got a good one. Knock off Duke tomorrow and we've got a very good shot at taking the whole thing.
I am impressed with how well michigan (especially burke) was able to handle the defensive pressure of memphis. It is clear why burke got so much hype. Great win to open the season. Bring on duke!
The coach the coach the coach, This guy has his stamp all over this program . The discipline seems off the chart .It's just starting , we've got a few now, but the big time players are lining up for thier turn.Mcgary et al. will give this coach his due as among the very best around.
There must be a yearly or maybe only in special circumstances award named after Mr. Novak for what he has meant to leading this team, as a true student-athlete, from the depths of hell.
He almost seemed relaxed to the flow of not having to will the team to victory , he has passed his energies into the spirit of this team.
It no longer must be, now it ...is.
It is a real and legitimate player on the NCAA basketball stage.
Let's enjoy this season as I know Mr. novak will.
We have seen something special come to fruition.
We now go into a season knowing the team has really no reason not to succeed , it will play to it's limit whatever it may be ,and then become better .
Because that's how this coach operates.
I feel so lucky.
i love you
will be decided when Trey Burke drops in a layup at the buzzer to advance by one.