Michigan Kicks off the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament with Wofford. The game is on CBS.
Let's Go Blue!
This has to be better than my last 3 hours
The Ohio loss has me nervous...much like a football Gameday!
Herrrre we go
Is that the same guy who did the epic Gangnam Style dance a year ago?
Come on now boys! Let's see some fire in those eyes!
Some really bad defense to start. Let's hope they can fix that soon.
C'mon Nik, pass to a wide open Morgan for a dunk there.
If that's a charge then that should be good for our defense. No way that's a charge in any game this season.
Agreed. Since when is it ever called a charge unless you hit the defender square
That was called a block last year when charges were still a thing. They really don't know when to call charges anymore.
charge/block generator is in full force
Um a 3?
Wasn't that an obvious 3?
Shouldn't it be 9-4? Walton's shot was a 3, right?
they're definitely going to review that 3 pointer at the TV timeout, riiight?
GRIII needs to learn how to use the glass properly on his straight on drives.
Needs another year. He's not a complete player.
Horford wtf lol.
Is Horford serious right now?
I think the last time we played well was Illinois in the regular season.
Brilliant use of sarcasm.
That WAS the last time we played well.
Have you been watching the games the past month? We may have won, but we weren't playing well at all.
No sarcasm needed, it's a very accurate statement. Just hopefully we snap out of it like we did last year (where we struggled down the stretch until the UF game).
It's not volleyball. He did redeem himself with a good defensive play though.
They better review that Walton shot.
Been a few games in a row now where the offense isn't exactly firing on all cylinders. Hope they can snap out of it by Saturday.
Not sure what happened to the zen master.
I know. Morford was rolling and now I cringe when Morgan is NOT in.
Because of the cement in his shoes
At least we're playing defense.
horford is so used to the back tap..he forgot how to rebound on offense
Start it up...
Horford is always out of sync on defense. His help seems to screw everyone else up.
EDIT: Now he makes a great help play. Go Horford!
Irvin looking good. He has a nice future.
Shitty fucking start all around
We're up 20-8.
But, but...we missed two easy layups...should be 24.
lol wtf was that call
I love when refs feel like they have to keep the underdog in the game with made up calls.
Is it me or are the color of our jerseys not as bright as last years...
No one for Wofford can guard these guys on the dribble. Keep attacking them.
He picks up so many cheap/phantom fouls. It is comical at this point.
Almost a michigan jersey
Looks better bald
We'll run em' out the gym
Caris' strides are humongous. I can't believe how quick he got from the 3-pt line to the bucket
that turnover was a foul
Even though he missed that lay up he is magic in the open court
Such weak calls...
How about calling a foul a foul.
Refs trying to keep them in the game.
Quick chime in. Three things have been done by Jordan Morgan that have rarely been done.
A dribble drive dunk, a blocked shot, and a jump shot from 15/16 feet.
It's about time for the senior. Now or never, am I right?
Well, Yea. I mean, I don't mean to rip on the guy by the above. He is who he is. He's limited in athletic abilites compared to many other bigs, yet he's very much succeeded in that role even under those limitations. That says something about the guy. He isn't a great player, no one will argue that, but he plays hard and plays a very fundamental game down low and that makes up for his lack of overall talent.
We all wish he could be a more dominant or even more typical Big Man but we've had to settle for who he is. That said, we've won quite a few games with him playing that role; that's also hard to argue against.
Stauskas is ON.
That sequence blew
"Hang on sloopy..."
on my local TV station (South Bend) for a test alert of the Emergency Broadcast System.
..." REPEATING, THERE IS NO ACTUAL TORNADO....THIS IS ONLY A TEST"
nice that I missed about 2 minutes of the game.
And run our sets because we're going to get a pick and roll to the basket wide-open every time.
Our passing game is a little off so far. We're doing a pretty decent job defensively, though.
In spite of our lead, our defense looks a bit sub-par...Wofford has had a number of open shots that they've missed. Hopefully we're just shaking off some...uh, rust?
I'm happy with the lead, just a bit surprised at how many shooters we've left open
That's our defense...
Man, I've watched (almost) every game of ours this year (had to work twice!), but I feel like we don't usually leave THAT many shooters wide open. It's starting to stress me out, but survive and advance, I suppose.
Could also just be trying to do too much/jitters, I guess.
This team is bad defensively, that isn't going to drastically change at this point in the season.
I would rather they give up some jumpers than allow the easy drives that have happened frequently this year.
Fair enough, I'm just flusterated.
and expect to win the next game that is for sure.
We're lucky that we're playing Wofford today. Our guys need to calm down and just play.
Amen to that
7th turnover already? Sloppy. We're letting these guys hang around. Need to put the foot in the gas and give them no hope so I can have a relaxed 2nd half.
Not in any kind of danger of losing this game, but this offense has sure been meh. There's no one remotely worrisome as a defender on the other side of the ball. We're missing layups and throwing away some easy passes, getting stripped in the back court... just blah.
Again, not the biggest issue tonight, but this isn't going to get it done beyond this game.
Stauskas has been lights out, but the rest of the guys seem a little rushed.
Levert sees a bunch of small dudes and wants to take it to them. Need to settle down and run our offense
No flow so far . We just have superior athletes. Very sloppy.
This is fucking ugly and we're still up by 11. I hope whatever cobwebs they have in the system are cleared up after this game. This shit will not fly against Texas/Ariz. State.
That's what we really need him to do. (Be inside more)
That's exactly what we need
Keep stroking it
Walton having a real tough time running around with Cochran.
How so? He's been able to contest most of his shots despite having to work around a million screens.
He has been trying to run around and through a million screens. Just noticed he was more than a step behind on a bunch of them. Maybe I only saw the bad ones.
Glenn is feeling it!
Keep doing this for 5.5 more games please
GRIII feeling it.
to build a 15+ lead at half.
This game has been nice an relaxing. Which is nice
Wofford is Cochran or bust
Damn it, Horford.
turnovers are frustrating
That was a bad pass
Seriously, where has Hoford's head been the last 3 weeks???
Apparently very focused on the teachings of Lao Tzu.
Drives me crazy!
Very sloppy for us
What is up with Horford lately. Just some headscratching decisions and plays lately.
Things could be very bleak at the 5 spot next year if McGary doesn't come back. Horford has been abysmal for nearly a month.
And he's not coming back, so.....
Source? Won't believe it until it actually happens.
Totally agree. I hope Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal are pleasant surprises.
...about 6 too many for my tastes
We couldn't be any less careful with our passes than we have been tonight.
Horford - please don't telegraph your passes. K, thanks.
with the turnovers? Horford botches an easy pas to give them 2.
Come on, guys! Bring some energy to this thing!
Exactly what we needed...
Hopefully we have an "Al-like" tourney run
8 turnovers, now. Our intensity isn't the best so far but if we can step it up we should roll in the second half.
Two of the turnovers are offensive fouls, but still.
M is playing quite subpar with all these turnovers and is still up 11. They are playing pretty good defense, though.
He's not on the court, hasn't been for quite some time now with 2 fouls.
Piss poor half thus far. D+
If not for Staukas and Robinson it would be an F-.
Wow, with a C, we might be up 30!
Exactly. You grade on what you see- mistakes, execution etc. you don't grade based on margin. We could likely win by 30 with a C game
That is unusual for us
I am seeing zero effort out there. Stop going thru the motions and put this damn team away already! They do not belong out there on the court with you!
We're on pace to win 68-40........
Not sure what game you're watching. They played pretty nice defense and there haven't been that many possessions. Can't ask for a whole lot more.
Edit: Except for the TO's obviously. Some were ridic, like Nik's charge and Cochran should have had a 3rd foul when he bumped Walton off the ball.
That's way too harsh. They might be a bit sloppy, but that can happen when you're playing such an underdog.
Well that was nice of him to foul so obviously.
Boring, up by double digits. Exactly what you want in a 2-15 game when you're the 2-seed
Great half just too many TO
Holy shit I see a much different game that some of you, apparently. I've not comment if all you see are turnovers and missed shots and a theoretical lack of effort.
I understand there are fouls to give. What I don't understand:
If you're Spike there, sell out for the steal. Try to strip that ball away. Worst thing that happens is you get a foul call, which....
I don't think you ever tell a guy as foul prone as Horford to give one away. Anybody else out there, fine, whatever. Horford can't afford to give away freebies since that's more or less his standard defensive play anyway.
They need to step up the intensity, on D specially. If they weren't shooting 64% this would be a much closer game.
Look, no one should be panicking. That doesn't mean it's a dick move to point out we've been sloppy with the ball this half. The D has been fine for the most part. Missed jumpers happen - if I have any complaint there it's maybe that we could stand to penetrate more. But the poor passing? Not much excuse for that, particularly when that's normally an area of strength for this team.
We're up by 25 no problem if you halve those turnover numbers. Again, it's not like we're going to lose regardless. But we've got to clean it up.
Michigan eFG% - 70.45%
Michigan OREB% - 25.00%
Michigan FTR - 18.18%
Michigan TOV% - 25.19%
Michigan PPP - 1.15
Wofford eFG% - 32.14%
Wofford OREB% - 21.05%
Wofford FTR - 7.14%
Wofford TOV% - 14.76%
Wofford PPP - 0.67
He might touch it, but I don't know if he'll catch it.
of games so far, but I'll take a halftime 14-point lead any day when we're only a 14-point favorite.
Yeah, more than just a little sloppy in the first half. Gives the coaches something to harp on . I think we'll see some things cleaned up in half #2.
We'll come out crisper in the 2nd half. Unlike our hockey team, we respond in basketball.
I'd like to see us put up a 2nd half like Wisconsin did earlier today. It's clear that Wofford is laughingly overmatched. Just put them out of their misery and rest the starters for the last 7-10 minutes of the half. A 14 point cushion is way too close for a team like Wofford that has nothing to lose.
I'll say this. I'm glad to get the sloppy game out of the way when we can dominate despite it.
We were only up 4 at halftime vs South Dakota State last year. I think that team ended up doing ok
Ok just open up with a little run and dont give em any hope of a 2nd half comeback
Sigh. Missed layups.
Put it off the glass.
that was real lazy. He's had 3-4 TO by himself
A turnover and a missed layup. Nice start. Still sloppy. Yet Wofford is seemingly too terrible to take advantage.
Good Lord guys. Concentrate a little bit.
I feel more confident in Aaron Craft's ability to shoot 3's than Wofford's
Really? At least Wofford hits the rim.
Its a good stink though
That was nasty from the corner
I think that's good...but it's also increasing our TO rate. Overall good
Thank God that Wofford is terrible at shooting. And this literally has nothing to do with our defense. At least 75% of their shots have been wide open looks. I guess.....stay the course?
Let's get this over with.
Are really annoying
I was really surprised that 3 didn't go in
Alright, I've seen enough of LeVert tonight. He's making terrible decisions tonight. I'd rather see Irvin out there.
Pass up an open GR3 oop for a Nik 3? C'mon now.
Lever looks bad tonight
Dont let em back in it
We are playing like absolute dog shit right now.
Yeah, Caris is really off tonight.
Thank god Wofford sucks or we would be down
We've scored 4 points in 7 minutes of game action.
And now Wofford is clawing their way back into it gaining confidence with every Michigan turnover and missed shot. This is what happens when you let weak opponents stick around.
Dropped from 64% shooting to 54% already. Not a good trend.
but his game seems out of synch as of late.
I rewound and checked it out. The guy on the block held the ball after dribbling for 8 seconds with no call.
I wondered where the 5 second call was.
but when he was just standing there for forever, I thought 'Isn't there some rule about not being able to do that?'
They are damned lucky they are playing Wofford and not a real team.
This is what Michigan does -- squanders a comfortable lead and makes it tight down the stretch.
So six and a half minutes into the second half we have four points. I think it's OK to admit they're playing like crap now. Stauskas is the only one that doesn't look disinterested offensively. Everyone else is throwing it away or dribbling it off their own feet or missing layups or airballing forced shots.
Really trying not to be negative but we're starting to get to the point where if they ever hit a couple of threes this is a game that is headed into the final minutes still competitive. That's a scary thought.
Wofford can not shoot. We're lucky tonight that's who we're playing.
Such weak hands tonight, not grabbing the ball with a purpose.
There's been at least a ball or two and definitely several rebounds that we just let bounce off our hands
This has been a comfortable sloppy game
of crappy basketball.
GRIII shoots 3, bricks it, rebounds own shot.
Horford isn't really coming back next year is he? Please tell me that was a bad joke.
Would you prefer Bielfeldt by himself down there? Donnal honestly is probably more of a stretch four. It's bleak at the 5 position until if and when we finally land a recruit.
Hopefully he comes back to complete his degree and plays a valuable role in backing up McGary.
Also, stop being an ass.
We can't shoot. We can't rebound. Thank God Wofford is absolute garbage.
Wow. Playing like crap this half.
Who's on the floor?
Wow...if just a couple of those drop, this is a different game.
Very good looks.
Yes, we are VERY lucky right now.
If we don't tighten our stuff up
Is it too late to revise my bracket?
This game reminds me of how the team used to play in the tourney under Frieder back in the 80's.
need to get back to running the offense instead of standing around for 20 seconds and jacking a 3.
That's been all of March
The first half today
CW during Michigan game wearing a maize jersey?
for a crisp statement game to start the tournament. Out hustled and the team looks disinterested.
McGary will start there.
Don't really know how you miss that layup. C'mon now guys.
We are 2 for 600 from the floor in the 2nd half.
Do we really only have 40?
This half has been u-g-l-y. It's a good thing Wofford can barely catch iron
Down to 49% shooting. -15% this half.
This is the opposite of good
They are shooting 50% from 2... If they were shooting even 33% from 3 they'd be winning...
it is starting to get interesting.....
I take it this is the "bad" portion of the game.
Wofford isn't doing anything special
Msu beat us down. Dammit. Were playing soft again.
I actually had us beating Duke lol
Horrid, just horrid. Can't make a layup, giving up easy close in shots......against a shit team
This sucks. I do not feel comfortable right now. We should be up by at least 20. And whoever compared Wofford to South Dakota State circa 2013 is stupid. SDSU had a legitimate NBA talent on their roster. Wofford does not.
We can't score on a team that has no good defenders and no one over 6'7". Any legit title contender should be eating this team alive in the paint.
Every good team Wofford has played this year has blown them out.
I am actually glad we are not a #1 seed
Caris and Zak are 2-9. Ouch.
Michigan really hasn't played well outside of the first run of the Ohio St game.
They are overplaying the passing lanes bad
This is pathetic.
I moved to Spartanburg,SC, home of Wofford. Coincidence? I don't think so...
Oh yeah, I forgot, this game sux. 10 - 2 run by the little guys? Beilein should have our guys doing pushups during the time outs.
I just moved to florence :/
Hmm.. I was wondering where Wofford was.
Seriously? Pass to a wide fucking open Morgan underneath the basket instead of throwing up a brick.
Cochran heating up
Wow is that 2 baskets in 11 mins or something?
Are we going to lose? It feels like it.
No offensive rebounds. WTF
Hit. A. Shot.
Only up 7 and they are 1 for 15 from three...
Does this team do anything easily?
I'm gonna go crawl in a hole now.
We look like we will still win. Should. But this has not been fun
Looked like a charge...thank you.
I'll take it.
If Irvin doesn't follow another one of his bricks , I would bench him immediately .
Any other game Morgan would have been called for a charge.
Wow, why can no one hit a shot
Perhaps try something within 20 feet.....
Is that in the offense? One pass then long 2 pointer?
Horrid shot selection this half. What the heck.
But even up close, they've been bricks
They have no one over 6'7" and the game plan is... Long 2s and 3s?
Whoever it was who said "the basketball team isn't like hockey, these guys will focus after halftime" - I think you jinxed us.
holy shit take Robinson out of the game!
Survive and advance, right? That's not supposed to apply to games against Wofford.
They need to stop settling for jumpers! They aren't going in! Take advantage of your size and take it to them down low! AAAAGGHHHHHH!!!!!!
I hate when we get this way. We look real passive and let the other team attack us. Reminds me of Michigan Hockey. We all just stand around hoping something good happens
Make an f'ing shot, damn it
I'm not sure I can watch this tournament with you guys. Michigan is a team of streaks and has been all season. They were up 7 and people were about to commit suicide.
Need to work it inside. Our bigs are 5/6 from the paint. Use our size advantage, damn it! We don't get that much!
I hope Nik and GRIII are re-thinking this whole NBA thing.
10 minutes? Awful and bringing an upset into the equation.
Bailing them out. Not even making Wofford defend us.
We are on pace for what? 12 points this half?
E for effort.
was a terrible angle. It's very different shooting a 17footer head on and from a 45 degree angle to the basket. He needs to go to the fucking basket.
MSU scored in the 90's today lol
Bunch of ppl who never post losing their shit over having "only" a 7 point lead
You are not smart
I wish I could say I'm surprised.
That ball likes it up there
That should be a 4 pointer.
Can't GRIII reach that
What a slap fight.
should jump up and get that...
Please keep the lead double digits
They don't have an extra ball? Good stuff right here
at the franks or the beans?
That will be on "One Shining Moment".
Where's Izzo when you need him?
Is Nik's mom wearing an MGoShirt?
We're 3/15 this half
Really bad call there, just undercut Nik right as he jumped.
All season for that call. Both today
It would be nice if Nik's folks brought along his girlfriend.
Nik's mom asap
Fuck it all! no wonder Stauskas has disappearred. He can't do anything without getting whistled!
Does Walton know how to shoot?
Seems like he always passes up the shot
I'm beginning to think the Big 10 is garbage.