Only one game going on, and TNT says 7:15 tip off. Beat OHIO!! And Go Blue!!
Michigan vs. OHIO NCAA Tourney basketball Game Open Thread
This is what I get for not picking us to beat North Carolina.
Ouch, that hurts. But just think how happy Jerel Worthy must be...
EDIT: And ironically enough, Norfolk State is also the Spartans.
Home or Maize jerseys?
I wish we had a live blog for NCAA tourney games.
Just kidding, I have no such powers.
BEAT ALL THE OHIO'S!!!!!
I'm sick and would have had to be at work for an event if I wasn't. One of the first times I've been thankful to be so sick!
You're "sick", huh?
I wish I could include the quotes. This has been a rough 24 hours. Just finally held down some crackers. Things are looking up!
they might as well just escort sparty to new orleans right now
Beat OHIO (NTO)!!!!!!
....no matter which one it is.
Michigan by 4. Go Blue!!!!
Glad to see Pitbull has moved from Highway underpasses to actual bars now
Sparty (NTS) YES!
Pull away with 4-6 minutes to go to gain the lead for good. Ohio will compete for much of the game and keep me nervous for ALL OF IT! Go Blue.
watch Marquette MSU will have a hard time getting passed them
you're looking ahead a little bit far aren't you?
As the commercial says, "Here we go..."
Ohio first on the board
Bring the pain...
Damn it THJ
I thought Cooper was out of bounds when he launched that...
Atta boy Trey!
There we go THJ!! Attack the basket
Burn the boats baby
Timmy driving to the rim instead of taking long questionable 3's nice
But then he bricks the FT's
WOO! Points in the paint!
*I cackle with glee!*
Not a good foul by Morgan.
Are we getting TOURNAMENT HARDAWAY?
Cooper is good
is quite the player. He will be agonizing to watch the rest of the evening!
OHIO has some good ball movement and if they are going to keep making shots this will be a long game for us. As will it be if Hardaway isn't making shots and Morgan is giving dumb fouls.
wearing Maize and Blue?
Ohio is playing good defense.
like 34th in the country
Novak channeling his inner Morgan on that bunny
Layups! Make them!
Nice fake, Smotz!
Smooth move Smot
I would love to see THJ get involved early and often.
better than we are, that can be problematic...
Ohio on a 9-2 run....
Mistaken announcer is mistaken
Smotz has to jam that down his throat.
Why are we letting them get so many fucking baskets inside??? PLAY DEFENSE!
Ohio WILL win this game...
Keep attacking, keep drawing fouls. Get the Bobcats in foul trouble. Keep TOURNAMENT HARDAWAY involved. We got this.
I actually think Smotch is doing a good job they are just playing really well inside
Morgan can't sit too long. He's our inside anchor on defense.
about 300 teams employ worse defense.
Forgive me if I don't take your personal impressions over, you know, actual numbers and stuff.
Morgan back in
Ohio's playing over its head. They're not going to make circus shots all night.
This would be an awesome time for Stu to have a statement game.
We're playing well enough to win this game. We definitely need to tighten up defensively, but we're shooting decenty and getting good looks. I like starts like this.
Are we going to have to listen to "Bay Line" the whole game?
Announcer just mispronounced beilein...
And not for the first time
THJ still making bad shot selections
Now the announcer is putting extra emphasis on BEilein
Hardaway really wants to make three pointers
Anybody watch the special about Duke repeating? I thought the portion about Michigan was interesting. Bobby Knight really hated the fab 5.
Old news man....we already ridiculed that one to death when it first aired
Five fouls on Bobcats already.
Where did he shoot that from?
DJ Cooper is playing crazy right now
He'll cool off. I hope...
Pretty soon he won't even bother crossing halfcourt...
Jordan aMorgan being aggressive, making 2 free throws, Coper hits a three, we're down 18- 20, 9 min left
Cooper has a monter shot.
OHIO misses shots too, right?
Dang they are getting off balance shots to go in.
When OHIO stops shooting 70% we will pull away.
Jumping a lot on pump fakes. Luckily we're not fouling for the most part. Gotta stay put gentlemen.
So I wonder if people are rooting against a high seed, rooting against us, or there's a lot of Ohio fans who traveled
It's definitely the lower seed thing. Ohio doesn't travel well or even get good home crowds.
...but they sold the most tickets of anyone in Nashville...
Wow, Vogrich was set for way long enough. Turrible call.
How was that a Blocking violation?!
They need to cool off and we need to go on a 10-0 run or else this is gonna look like the mizzo game!!! Let's go boys
I feel strangely okay with the game at this point. Cooper has to regress to the mean, right?
Keep it up Lehigh. Beat the Dukies
And now you jinxed it. Notice how nobody else was mentioning anything?
Call the foul when Trey gets bumped and call the push off foul on their white guy, PLEASE
Michigan's doing fine. Ohio will miss eventually.
I cringe every time Timmy brings the ball up the floor
Calm down Timmy.
settle down godamnit
God we're playing sloppy. Back to back bad passes?
quit throwing the ball away and make lay ups
We're playing fast, impatient, and tight. Not good.
Come on guys. Stop thowing it away.
Stop resting guys
I meant rushing but the Jameson wanted me to spell resting lol
we just need to be in more control...
OHIO is starting to get cold. we MUST take the lead in the next few posessions
I hate to admit this, but I had no idea his name was Alfonso.
hardaway needs to slow ot down
Stop rushing and throwing the ball away. It's Ohio we are playing here. Not Kentucky. Let's jush smash these fools like we're supposed to. Also, defense would help. This is absurd.
where's our defense?
If shots like that are going to keep going in for them, we are boned. Gotta calm down.
Good time for a time out. Come on blue get it together.
the Bobcats aren't going to fear us at all. Right now they see we are ripe to be upset...
they prob never were going to fear us. not just a few predicted an upset remember.
Why are we making dumb mistakes? Everybody is joining in the party of stupidity
These turnovers are REALLY careless... need to calm down
We are in for one.
Helping. Play your game!
Seriously. This reminds me of Arkansas.
We're trying too hard to force the issue. Passes don't need to travel 100 mph.
Morgan must have hands the size of a 12 year old
Well there is still the hockey game, right? It's almost time to switch back and forth.
lucky there isn't a 4-pt line, they are getting arrogant with their shots...
This is no good
the wrong team here is feeling it
Oh, c'mon, no foul?
How the hell does Ohio have more fans than us?
I think it's got to be leftover fans cheering for an upset
Stupid stupid foul
We look awful.
And the foul was where?
Did Novak even touch him there?
Horrible foul by Novak.
Are you fucking kidding me?
We're getting butchered and that's a foul.
They've been whacking away in the paint w no call and we get that ticky tack foul.
Down by 10 ugh
Wow...Novak didn't even touch him!!! Hose job!!!!
Down by 10....we're playing horrible. Only scored once in the last 5 minutes...
worst half of the season
Did you not watch the first half vs OSU?
this is pathetic, is this the same team that won 24 games with our schedule?
When was the last time Michigan played an actual good game? I mean I guess if you count winning in Champaign good...but that team was a mess. The OSU game? They just look careless. Right now it looks like this game won't even be a close one. OHIO is having one of those magical games where they can't miss anything.
In the entire tourney are terrible. I think I need a lower definition tv
Wtf Hardaway? And we is Smotz and Vogrich in the lineup so much ?
Trey isn't even looking for Morgan on the pick and roll. Now Timmy is going to start jacking up shots. Not good.
where'd our defense go? this is brutal.
This team has looked dead for a while now. Minnesota, Ohio State, now here.
Picked the wrong time of the year to play awful basketball.
playing slow, no hustle and unforced turnovers. novak's play has just been awful the past several games on both ends of the court.
Might not be that hard of a decision between the basketball and hockey games tonight if we keep this garbage up.
Thank god we made it to the second round.
We've been having these slow starts alot lately. Hopefully we can make a little run before the half to give us some sembelance of momentum
and dang that's Clark Kellogg's son?? Sheeeeiiit, I'm getting nervous.
Our defense has been awful the past 4 or 5 games.
when we get bumped and hacked and call BS crap against us and we're playing STUPID
Weve been trying to force it the last few games. We just need to settle down, and hit some shots, and get out confidence back. Plenty of time. Don't panic yet boys.
Beilein has a nack for getting the players back on track after half time....hopefully they get their heads in the game before then...
Have faith. We will get this win.
This is frustrating to watch....I know we all think we should win but damn we just need to calm down run the offense and take care of the damn ball
Go to the 1-3-1 zone, gotta do something to make Ohio start thinking.
I mean this is just terrible.
To start the patented Michigan come back. My heart has had enough guys.
we can't make Sheeeeiiit. Oh finally a score by Trey! Hard to miss them dunks...
We're beating ourselves by forcing stuff and playing careless; that's been very uncharacteristic for us. Well, until the last few weeks
Seeing duke trailing to Lehigh makes me feel less sads but come on guys!!!!
Duke is winning now, we're down 10.
Hardaway is an absolutely horrible defender.
He would have to try to be horrible. He doesn't even show up.
man this is diappointing. I thought we were gonna come in, take smart looks on offense, stay in front on D, and show up the doubters. um, well, there's still time...?
Where did our freshman of the year go?
I guess the gameplan was to jack up as many 3's as possible?
The amount of suck from UM right now is astronomical.
How the hell was that a foul on Novak!!!! He got bowled over
11-0 run. WTF?
Ballgame (if we keep this garbage up in the second half)
I hate Ohio and OHIO.
This game is very obnoxious so far - but we are going to win.
there was a game to play today
I hate everything.
Got to narrow the gap before the half.
TIMMY SINKS THE THREE!!! It's not done yet
With a 3!!!!
come on let's get rolling
It makes me sad that I'm 5 inches taller than Trey, but I can't dunk.
I can't understand why the refs have swallowed the whistles on Ohio. They're playing the same way they were when they had 5 or 6 fouls in the first 10 minutes.
because its ohio vs michigan and we always get back calls again us vs. ANY ohio
Timmmmy!!!!!!!!!!!...now lets build on this come on guys you are better than this team....now play like it
This shouldn't be all that surprising. M's offense is really limited to two players. If one or both are off, they become just a bunch of slow white guys dribbling around the perimeter. Other teams are figuring that out
Anyone notice when Hardaway misses its usually do to the fact that he's slightly fading back with his shot and he's not going with a straight motion
And we're still down 8. Unbelievable.
A lot of guys on here seem to get down on us quick. Its the first half. Don't be so negative. If the team was that negative the game would be over! Go Blue! Hail! Beat Ohio!
our three point guys, things will change in a hurry...
We win, they lose. Have some arrogance
Nope, they're yellow. highlighter yellow.
Small run not doing anything for me yet. Let's maintain this and play like we are capable of doing. At least Hardaway is pumped now. And they finally missed an open shot.
Calm down, hang aroung til half. We can still win this.
Third times the charm Smot
finally smot contested a shot
man you are playing wayyyyyyy outta control
Burke had Douglass wide open
What has happened over the past 2-3 weeks. Seems like we have same issues.
Does Baltic push off every single time he has the ball?
Yea he does ! He's using his forearm
They sure let OHIO get away with a lot of swatting so far. Hockey time.
My God has Morgan been awful.
Morgan is so lost around the basket... Makes me sad.
i could hear the hack on morgan over the tv. no call.
Evidently Ohio can foul with impunity. I sure wish we'd try that.
Why is our end of half shot always give it to Burke and let him throw up garbage?
Every fucking game this happens and the only time he made it was at MSU when they were kicking our ass and it didn't mean shit
I think he's earned a little confidence; he took the shot. he missed. we move on
Nice run to end the half with some momentum. Also seeing Duke struggle makes me a little happy too.
it gives us something to build on.
I would like to think that we can come out with that sort of momentum in the 2nd half. The last 90 seconds looked hopeful.
We'd be down 4 after playing shit defense all half.
Come on, that's insulting. ...to eight year old girls.
he's been hacked 2 or 3 times with no call. at least he's hustling and playing tough. if the others do so, we will be ok.
No way Ohio can keep shooting 53%.
If the team had that attitude we wouldn't win very many games! Come on boys! Have some FAITH. Go Blue. Beat Ohio. HAIL!
Ohio coach mentions defending the 3-line. Kenpom showdown GO!
Some absolutely horseshit no-calls there at the end
Well they started showing themselves as the 4 seed at the end of the half. Hopefully that continues. This game overall has been kinda pathetic.
So their shooting is going to go cold. And we're a second half team, right? We're coming back, right? Yeah, that's the ticket!
Not the best first half, but we're a second half team. Gotta keep the ball in Timmy and Trey's hands. They're hitting shots and making plays for other players. No need to try to force it inside to Morgan who doesn't have the best hands. Defensively, Bobcats're just hitting shots. Not much you can do about it. Keep defending tough.
I mean when you force them to shoot way beyond the arc and they make those...there is not a damn thing you can do about it. I believe they will start missing shots and we will come thru becuase for the most part we are a second half team.
We got away from what we were doing best/what we were most effective at...that's when Ohio pulled away. I think Ohio is just shooting really well. I don't see them keeping it at that clip. I'm not saying we don't have to play better, but it's being overblown how bad we've been because we were down by a large margin (given the opponent). We got this.
at least we ended the half on a good note, hopefully we carry that to the second half and put this game away early......they cant keep shooting 52%....right?
Just poured a tall glass of Jameson.
For Reals. Michigan is fine. Ohio is playing well; nothing to do with Michigan playing "bad". Throw a few beers back at half-time and mellow out.
Zack needs to hit his occasional three. Same for Stu.
too bad they hardly shoot any anymore
Why shoot when you can dribble drive?
Novak has been ice cold lately.
Zack and Stu usually come up clutch. I wouldn't worry yet.
I hate to say it, but I knew it.
I knew we would struggle like this. If you keep Burke out of the lane, stop us from getting clean 3-point looks, you shut us down.
Ohio was supposed to be good at those things and right now they're proving it.
Beilein has a lot of work to do at halftime.
I kind of had the same feeling going into the B10 Tourney game against Minnesota. We haven't really been playing full games recently, so I did sort of expect this. That said, I expect us to make a run in the 2nd half.
In the second half, we will not turn it over as often and Ohio won't shoot as well from 3. We'll win.
I like this plan
It was 33-29 last year at half, then we broke the game wide open. The game isn't over
I would like to see him pump fake and kick the ball out, preferably to Zack.
Now I know why Lehigh is playing so well against the Blue Devils
We started playing well at the end of the first half. Hardaway is having a good game. Ohio can't keep up this shooting. And we took THEIR best shot and didn't play well and we're only down 6. So I'd say considering those factors we aren't in too bad of shape. Plenty of time baby. We will NOT lose to Ohio! Hail! HAIL!
The refereeing in this game has been wildly inconsistent.
Please, please stay positive. It does our team no good to start bitching now. Stay cool! It will turn around. Michigan rules!
They're not spending half-time reading the open thread.
At least, I hope not.
Maybe they should it might motivate them a little!
Oh hello bottle of rum...
Oh hello UM hockey game...
It's pretty much feast or famine when you've got a 7-man rotation and all seven guys are prone to extremely inconsistent play. Torturous when things aren't going well, but glorious when things come together. Seldom in between.
Not saying we're going to lose, just pointing out that Ohio's getting all the calls.
Turnovers we've had? Bombs they've made? No, the refs aren't the reason we're behind.
Ohio's biggest weaknesses are free throws and 3 point shots, and they're one shot away from being perfect in both against us. Figures.
where teams can rise above themselves and make the unlikely happen. Also, they play in the MAC, these are the guys who were hoping for offers from schools like ours. Hell hath no fury like the recruit scorned...
I think some people are overreacting. Ohio is running on pure adrenaline right now, no way they continue to nearly 60% from the field and 50% from 3.
Same could've been said about Norfolk St.
Exceptions, rules, etc.
and yes they can and probably will keep up the torrid shooting. Unless we do something to stop them. They aren't intimidated by us and they are more than happy to keep playing loose as long as they having success.
I agree that Ohio can't play much better and we can't play much worse, but that doesn't mean bupkis if there isn't some regression to the mean and that doesn't always manifest itself within the course of a game. C'mon guys, suck it up and play smart.
you give your opponent hope, that is like a constant dagger you need to contend with. Ohio has more than just hope, they feel they are 20 minutes away from being the next Norfolk State. We need to play our best half of ball if we are going to beat them, nothing else is going to do I am afraid.
they want it more. Heads are in the game.
I just think the guys are playing too fast.
That string of turnovers, and then at the end when Morgan had 1.8 on the clock and just flung it against the bottom of the rim.
Just settle down, and run the offense.
We have some experience in close games.
please show up? NOW!
Hardaway has done some nice things, and is shooting decently, but those turnovers man...
The dude is 4-9 from the field including 2-4 from 3. He is not the problem right now. Trey, Stu and Zack need to get their heads in the game.
Even hockey sucks right now. Soft goal and only BGs 2nd power play of the CCHA tournament. Here is to comebacks!
There are currently two users with a perfect bracket in the ESPN tournament challenge. One has OHIO and the other has Michigan.
If picked Norfolk state you are a lucky moron
and needs to turn in their bracket at the final moment, like this gal at work. She made a few 'risky' picks and that was one of them. I think about that and I can't help but laugh when I think about it...
Tim has shown up, but others need to as well.
If we're the only Big Ten team to lose.
part of the reason we're behind
There is no way they shoot 52 percent in the second half. We need Zack to play better. We are still in this!
I'm waiting for the the patented Coach B 1st round tourney magic to to kick in. Doesn't seem like we scouted them real well.
Starting to get texts from Ohio folks... That's not annoying
No kidding. Asshats.
I hope the Michigan fans in the building help pump up the team for the next half. Ohio's fans have been loud from the start. We have to temper their momentum.