"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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.