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Michigan vs. Syracuse NCAA Tournament Game 5 Open Thread
I say our 2-3 offense is pretty good. Go Blue!
The evils of caffeine pills.
Yes! Why not us? I like that. It feels like a good time weekend for advancing to a championship game. #WeOn
Let's get this. And let it be said through the ages, "So began the golden age of the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES!!"
Not even nervous for this game. Most likely because I didn't expect to come this far. My mindset was Sweet Sixteen at the minimum and anything more is amazing.
2011 Frozen Four I was so nervous I felt like throwing up before the game. Especially the title game. Due to the success of the hockey program, I expected the national title.
Regardless of what happens in ATL, this season has been a dream. Only the third team in program history to win at least 30 games. Amazing.
Dude -- I'm in the same boat. This is all icing on the cake (disclaimer: I will be having a meltdown when the game tips off).
I'm so proud to be a Michigan Wolverine. Go Blue!!
P.S. Rumor has it a Liveblog is being worked on.
I agree. I'll be watching with much more ease than most Michigan games. Just enjoying the ride.
Yeah, last Saturday I was hoping for one last run to keep the game respectable and still thought we would have had a nice season. This is just more delicious, sugary icing on the cake.
Syracuse is undefeated this year because they play a 2-3 zone. Oh wait, no they're not.
Go Blue spank that booty.
5-0 Blitzkrieg > 2-3 zone.
Liveblog going up in a moment.
Let's do this!
Flys on my dick lets get em blue!
Hardaway is due! Go blue baby!
He's finally getting that game tape watching thing out of the way?
Mitch Minotaur time!
Yeah.. Fuck the free world!
WSU can beat Louisville and break our MGoPreview jinx. I don't know why Brian did that. Coulda waited...
I hate to say I fear the Shockers more than Louisville. Beat Cuse first of course.
To beat Kansas State and Kansas, then lose to Wichita State.
But to beat all three.....
No matter what happens tonight, this season was a success.
But hell, we're already here. And who knows when we'll be here again. Let's win this damn thing.
Okay jake Taylor
GO BLUE LETS END THIS
I am so amped up for this. And a little drunk. But amped up.
Yes, its minor, but I hoping its not camo.
maize on maize?
Thjr gives us 17
Trey gives us 16
Nik gives us 11
Mitch gives us 12
Gr3 gives us 9
6-8 points come from the bench
as much as I would like to see Michigan vs Louisville I am thinking we need this broken leg thing to end
Turn my headphones up!
Bill Frieder making a rare appearance in the arena tonight. Hope he's got that towel draped over his shoulder.
Just wanted to get a comment in before I go live blogging.
I really like our chances, if we hit our shots it just might be an ass whoopin'
I worked on three pointer celebrations with my daughters this afternoon. Two out of three are ready.
I'm terrible at posting pictures.
but since they appear to be 3-10, I'm going to moderate this is as "A Bit Too Creepy"
21 months, 4 and 6, so yeah, a little creepy, but hey, it's the internet. Plus he followed it by saying my kids are cool, so it's all good.
Is someone's daughter too.
But then, so are the kids mom.
I've got my lucky long sleeve Michigan shirt on, haven't washed it since SDSU.
Go Blue. We aren't ready to say goodbye Trey.
San Diego State in 2011?
I didn't realize "dick around with the ball 25 feet from the hoop" was the proper play to run with 20 seconds left when you're down by 4.
way to end the game guys
Wichita State got what they deserved the way they played those last 10 minutes. They played right into Louisville's hands after they went up by 11.
Man. Wichita State succumbed to the pressure.
No sense of urgency whatsoever, either after Louisville buckets, or in the last minute of the game. Both of them turned out to be fatal.
Maize vs Orange.
Right now go blue!
I am beyond pumped up for this.
what a awful way to end this basketball game plus Louisville goaltending not called
I want those glasses.
This song sucks.
Hmmm I was just going to comment on how awesome and dramatic it was.
Tennis was annoying.
Good lord what was that unadulterated crap? How old am I? Heh? Who's there! Is that you john Wayne? Or is this me?
A fucking muse concert? Fucking CBS, I hate you. Also, Fuck Syracuse
Who gives a rats ass!
Fight Manny already.
just walked though the mancave wearing a Brent Petway jersey and said "it's about to get funky up in heah".
Hell yes, Go Blue.
Wow! This is terrible. Give me Beyonce over these U2 meets Radiohead wannabes.
I've muted the TV until tipoff.
Ugh Floyd Mayweather....
Where is Matlock?
Outkast doing players ball would have worked.
Some Matt Shepard highlights in the promo.
I'm all for another Florida game.
the close game for the night is out of the way, and i'm sick of hearing about this 2-3 zone.
time to kill it!
Let's Go Blue! Crush the Orange!
Lets Go Blue!
One two, you know what to do.
What does it even mean that Burke is the best player, but Carter- Williams is the best talent?
For that incoherent ramble
This has been a long week.
Stauskas is draining three's behind the announcers...
We hit 3's we win going away. That simple.
Let do it!
Just checked my heart rate on my iPhone. 43 bpm. Will be going up soon.
dude. 43bpm? Thats impressive.
Hey more commericals, awesome!
Does anyone know what kind of defense Syracuse runs?
WE ON BABY! GO BLUE!
I like our chances.
Michigan has more fans I think, is louder for Michigan players.
"This is Michigan."
Is this the 25th or 26th commerical break, I lost count...
I love this team
At least they got the REcall
McGary 2 blocks already...
MCGARY IS AN ANIMAL
it doesn't seem like they're running a play
I like this McGarrity guy.
well apparently if you take 3 steps after the foul and then make the basket it counts
hard foul after the whistle blows? What's to lose.
As the went to timeout Beilein was telling Stauskas he has to take that shot.
This zone sucks....
I think the zone is going to allow us a lot of put backs. Just got to make them when we get them.
so we throw it back out and find ourselves back where we started from.
this zone really seems more like a 2 2 1 than anything.
They're playing awfully high up. Would also like to see Nik in the corner.
not to mention where he's at right now isn't effective.
Not a fan
need to pick and roll like normal.
that a boy Mich
poor help defense there
Trey too amped.
But we're out-hustling them but if we can play good D against their bad O and get some easy baskets, we can do this.
So when three guys land on McGary, that's clean right?
We have to make shots.
You don't say?
Yeah that's what I said buddy.
Michigan has definitely came out cold
Fair is pretty good.
Not looking good....don't have any answers for this zone if they arent hitting shots.
Well if we keep shooting like this, good night.
This is rough so far...
Maybe call a foul on anypone hanging on Mcgary.
great job by the bench
game? Surely coach can do better than using paddles to make the guys shoot higher angle shots...
Need the bench!
Good move by Beilein to shore up the D.
We can't work for 30 seconds to try to get a helf of a look on O and then let them breeze right to the basket on D.
After 8 steps was for Syracuse?
"It's all about the subs"
- my friend
Win on so many levels.
It was crazy!
nice basket by horford.
4 bench points.
We're getting good shots. We've missed a number of wide open 3's. Those are gonna start to fall and Fair is going to start to miss.
the shots are there if they can just put them in
We need to relax and have some fun. Too tight right now.
and play solid "D"; we'll get higher percentage shots breaking then setting up to tackle that defense.
^^^This. If we win, ti's going to be on D.
This needs to open up a bit more. I'm already crazy sick and miserable...adding nervous on top of it is not helping
I hate these guys in Orange. Fandom makes me wish for awful things. Lets beat this 2-3 zone by scoring in transition!
Lavert drains another one!
McGary reminded me of Webber running the floor right there.
Lol, yeah I saw a little something familiar as well!
I'm super stoked on LaVert the next couple years
Mitch leading the break!
Ill take that
DO NOT need to him to get frustrated
I'll gladly take 12 assists tonight. Facilitate first!
LeVert - who looked so nervous in every other tournament game - has come to play tonight!
developing quite like this! Nice for him to show up, we need him!
Proper spelling. Nice to see
Is trying way too hard to impress the scouts. Just play the game, youngblood!
I am feeling tense as hell. Likely will not go away for another 90 minutes
I feel ya...I keep telling my wife to talk to her mom on the phone in the other room. I need cheering or heckling, not this
Me too; the high stakes make it both more fun and way more stress-inducing at the same time
but is there a live radio stream available with Matt Shepherd?
Well whatever it takes to win I guess
Huge game on a Saturday night and this thread is kinda slow (relatively speaking). So the Liveblog must be a zoo.
Good. The server won't crash.
Is it the zone, you think, or the pressure? are other simply stepping up more?
McGary has already out played Zeller.
on the defensive end. He needs to stay patient on the offensive end and facilitate for now. His shots and points will come. We are going to need crisp passing to beat the zone.
Uh, he's serious about sticking around and not turning pro, right?
Good to see Morgan back for a bit
Who was that sitting behind him? Higher angle please.
Annnnddd Morgan can't put it down or hit free throws.
Most eligible bacholor!
how about that bench
So much for my forecast of 6-8 bench points tonight. Glad to be so wrong so early. Lets go guys
Making a run with Trey on the bench. That's how you get to the Natty.
Natty? No. NC game. We ain't MSU.
holy crap, someone getting laid tonight
Syracuse - you've just been SPIKED!
he needs to catch and shoot. By the time you bring it down and go back up, the D is there.
Loving the production from the bench
Subs are taking over.
Coming together and putting points on the board with the Wooden Award winner on the bench? Weird, but I'll take points however they come.
It's not 3 but a new fab 5 set of freshmen!
WOW THIS BEnch of ours (chill out, Joe) is busting some serious butt! If they were Alicia Keyes, they'd be on girls on fire!
Of course they're not girls...
as weird as this sounds if the bench keep scoring like this I'm okay with the starters not in
Everywhere. Still crazy how young we are.
I almost feel like they could put GR3 underneath and throw an alli-oop every time.
I thought that too! Show them a different look at least
Lol, Trisch playing a little angry! He doesn't look like a guy who smiles to easy...
Morgan is afraid to shoot.
Innocent every time they get called. Every time.
petal down, keep the accelorator going!
So you're some kind of flower child?
That's right, this is no time for dancing daisies!
spike that is all
Okay do we have to worry about Spike going pro?
Spike just shot that from just outside Nashville.
The shot clock expired before it came down
For a big guy to biff free throws.
With how poor Syracuse offense is they had better hope Michigan doesn't get too much further ahead.
this game, for our defense to shut them down so we can fast break.
this game, for our defense to shut them down so we can fast break.
Let em hang, Spike!
14 bench pts?
these boys jumping all over the place of simple head fakes. Lol. ..
The zone is tough to get easy shots against and we are definitly challenged by it, but we are not turning it over.
if Michigan's starters can catch on fire, this could get dirty
3 out of the first 4 four minute segments.
Was just going to type that.
Mich has eyes in the back of his head
hurt 'em, Mitch...
Don't leave him open.
is going through the damn roof!
McGary is like "give me that, NOW"
are you taking notes?
as good as we are doing. I really feel we need the transition points.
All night. We will have that shot
"They got a chance to top Marquette's score for the whole game in the first half"
I like it!
wow. knocked that down from 100ft away.
HOLY DEEP THREE
Ha Ha HAHAHAHA!!!
with shooters like Michigan.
Well this is awkward
Lmao. Getting layed with a big shooter
I laughed out loud.
I'll play a game of HORSE with Syracuse all night long.
That shot took some serious time off the clock!
WOW! Burke, shut them down. Nice
Just please get a good shot at the end of the half, boys.
Shut up Nantz.
That's a pretty solid start, just calm and we on
Edit: and having re-read this I have decided I need to stop posting and just drink/watch...Fuck Syracuse, Go Blue.
Very nice. Lots of kids contributing.
"And Syracuse goes into the locker room with their largest halftime deficit...of the season"
Way to go, Michigan!!
GO BLUE! FUCK THE 2-3 ZONE!!!
gotta keep playing hard
Looking good so far. Hope Stauskas can hit a few shots in the 2nd half. GO BLUE!
Well, poor shot to end it. But, we have to love the way our offense adjusted to the zone. McGary being a 6'10 PG helps a ton. 20 minutes from the championship game!!!!
The patience of Michigan is killing Syracuse. They are used to teams trying to force the offense which creates turnovers. All Michigan has to do in the second half is keep doing what they are. Take their time and get a good shot.
It also limits Syracuse's possesions. They need a lot just to score in the 50's with their O.
and not swinging the ball around the perimeter; I thought Mitch played fantastic when the ball was thrown to him while he's at the top of the painted area.
And concerned how they're going to score enough points in the second half.
I hope Syracuse is feeling sick to their stomachs, down in the dumps, and wondering "wha-happened?" Offensively they can't match us; hopefully they begin to make mistakes. More mistakes, that is; they were beginning to show some chinks late in the half.
DO NOT let up!
You should start a thread.
Need to keep cleaning up on the glass!!
Who else wants to sign up for the Beilein half court clinic?
"Indiana had small guards, this is completely different". --while UM had Burke and Spike in the game
So far, so good.
And a shout out to our fans at the game. They sound great.
Double on this, great job Blue
Concur. Awesome how many fans are in ATL!
Go clock go!
Good to see the team has settled into a nice groove. They're being patient, eating up some clock and still getting points. Has to be throwing Syracuse into a funk.
Spike fucking Albrecht.
20 minutes away from playing for it all.
...so you can see "The McGary / Robinson Effect" in offensive rebounding:
|FG%||3FG%||FT%||Eff. FG%||Off. Reb. %|
Mitch McGary and THJ have four assists each and the awesome stat of the half - 16 of those 36 points are off the bench. Great all around effort here!
Mitch and RG3 continuing to own the glass like they have in the first half is key.
He may be the beneficiary of stellar passing, but the kid just does not miss down low. Elite finisher
someone unexpected has stepped up. Today so far it's been Spike and Caris making some big plays for us. If we can get those guys on track Syracuse will cave and begin to cry.
Yeah I'm going to go ahead and put about $800 zillion dollars on Mayweather over that dude
Maybe cuse can get some M game film in the locker room at half?
Play Defense. Rebound.
Cuse is gonna get uncomfortable of they have to extend the zone or come out of it. We burn clock and score a few buckets and we play Monday.
LET EM HANG! GO BLUE!
Need to give credit to our efforts on D.
It's clear that we will not be completely shut down by the zone. This puts a lot of pressure on their O, which they are not used to dealing with.
Gotta keep it going. Syracuse is going to come out with some adjustments.
They aren't going to abandon the 2-3, it's all they do. It's what they count on; if the 2-3 fails, Syracuse fails, they aren't going to out offense us all of the sudden.
If we can keep up this defense in the second half, we win. Go Blue!!
Why do I do this to myself?
It's fandom. I just accept it and understand others have the disease. I'm still just as nervous as when the ball tipped
I'm calming down a lot. The team is playing more and more like the team we've all been hoping to see all year. Now I'll get antsy during the 2nd half guaranteed. But these guys are playing so well right now. Optimism fellas!!!!
pacing the living room. Family in bed, so I have to shout quietly.
Kenny with the burn!
Beautiful basketball being played. We look fantastic, and that's with Trey and Nik being stone cold. Let's keep our composure and stay patient offensively, and we should be playing on Monday.
Who's this we you're speaking of? Do you play for them? You probably don't even go to Michigan.
Eat it Doug!
Gottlieb is dying inside being forced to talk positively about Michigan.
Did Charles go to the dentist?
Obvs, but keep playing D and hitting 3's and we got this.
lol all of the talking heads are in a daze due to the vaunted zone failing.
It's failed 25% (30-9) of the year for Syracuse. I was thinking the same thing, why is this shocking?
Gottlieb: No plan b, boohoo my peepee