Lets hope we come out of the gate like we did against them last time we played. Hopefully the team we saw last week is here to stay for the rest of the season.
Michigan/Iowa B-Ball Open Thread
Two hours until game time. This is a hell of a build up time for an Iowa matchup.
Here's hoping Lickliter bombs all their threes!
It's a 9 pm tip, not a 7 pm. My bad. Still won't be back for it though.
I was surprised when I checked last night too. An 8PM game in Iowa, will make for a late night for the boys. Hopefully it will be a nice, relaxing, victorious flight home.
As long as they didn't get stuck with the major league plane.
awesome excellent insight
my DVR set to tape the game again... lets see if it works 2 games in a row... i'll be tracking the score on my phone while i watch the canadian hockey game...
is cruising against an overwhelmed Norway team. Watch Michigan
yes my dvr as well.
To the game now. Corner seats but only about 15 up.
If you see me, yellow "HAIL" shirt with a very red face, too many pre game IPA's you have to slam your drink at home.
Here's to gritty-grit-gritness and slugging one out on the road in Iowa Shitty.
One of the surest signs that there is a God who wants us to be happy. Hangovers are the surest sign that there is a devil who wants us to be miserable.
I bought this belgian specialty from the Anker brewery since 13oo's for x-mas decor and am killing it in honor of simms's trey and the team effort tonight. This ale is well worth even a seemingly lofty asking price. Damn, how come the belgians don't dominate in all things and yet commonly fail to qualify for the world cup. They rule in brewing. From the cork to the cage to the label to looking at the product in a glass...wow. It has a bit of the winter ale sweetness I usually don't like but this it a cut above and worth it on a special occasion, like beating Iowa on the road. HEll yaeh.
This one on television? BTN?
yes on btn or cbssports radio
Screw the first half taking place at the same time as LOST... ugh. Hate picking up at a game halftime but looks like I'll have too.
nah, broke and in college. Just not a luxury I can afford. I would just watch LOST online tomorrow, but with it being the last season and all, I just can't wait that long.
so desperate for Lost, a program that will be on abc.com in 24 hours. Michigan basketball won't be on abc.com in 24 hours now will it
yes just like a good mgoblog member. you chose lost over michigan basketball. wise choice
Anyone have a stream?
that's what I say when I look in the pot
just left a stream in the toilet
I don't know why I keep coming back to watch this team, but I suppose it comes down to the fact that I just don't get too excited about winter sports other than Michigan and Dayton basketball
You keep coming back because at the end of the day it's still Michigan, and if you're like me you don't know how not to.
Jen, I just don't know how to quit you.
talk about herpes
It is because you are a true blooded fan. Through and through. Win or lose, it doesn't matter. The team, for better or worse, has a hold on your heart, your psyche. It doesn't let go in the bad times, it grips tighter. And because it grips tighter it hurts more, but when they turn it around, it will be that much better.
it's because you are a michigan fan
Well, the Big Ten TV Team wants Iowa to win. Bastards.
inglourious ones at that
Why does no one ever follow their shot, except Novak?
I'm under the impression Coach wants them to get back on defense. Pretty sure I heard that Sims is the only one who is told to crash the O-Rebounds.
That makes me feel a little better, because that is just fundamental. If they just weren't doing it, it would bug me, but if that's JB's plan, cool.
shoot in on his face or in his mouth
baby hooks have been falling for Sims all year. Couple close misses. Like going down low tho
tho instead of though. very nice
I hope we match their effort
or better it
Maybe Stu came to play today....
you said maybe stu came. ha ha
Team looks real good, maybe they can play like this the rest of the season or at least close to this.
or just lose and go home continuing our misery
just call Zack Gibson "the Big Sack?" What the heck is that? haha
I thought he said that, but figured he might mean Zack. like big Zack and Novak is little Zack.
Anyone else see those "Our Bichigan" t-shirts?
all the original plays on Michigan's name.
"Make Michigan" on the front and "Our Bichigan" on the back.
Also have seen an "Ann Arbor is a Whore" shirt.
All they need is a "Wal-Mart Wolverine" one to complete the cycle.
I know Iowa is really bad, but Lickliter should really have trouble looking his team in the face when he gives his munchkin son 7-10 minutes a game
Lickliter forced that turnover on Harris right? I watched that in slow-mo and it looked like it went off him. Looked like it should have been Michigan ball.
That being said, Michigan is not closing this half out well at all.
I've never understood the name-on-the-butt look that so many Nike schools' uniforms have.
S.O.B. seems my stream is dead!!!
Nice to see Gibson and Sims getting significant time on the floor together.
If only LLP would show up more than half a dozen games per year...
now would be a great time to run a few plays for sims
with his girlfriend Courtney Boylan. With her being a point guard and all, it might actually help him complete some passes. In all seriousness, though, he's not playing too poorly tonight. Making his shots, which is a nice change.
This strangely feels like games from the past where we play a great 15 minutes and a really shitty last 25.
Got to love when refs don't understand their own rules. It isn't when the foul is committed, it's when they blow their whistle, which was clearly after the half had ended.
that the first half just ended... can someone give me a summary? Lost is almost done. Switched over on commercials, saw us make some threes. Checked the box score, looked like LLP hit a few in a row. Collapse at the end of half like usual?
Basically as you say...LLP hit a few, they ended up tying us on a couple free throws after time expired. Don't really know how they caught up there, except that we missed a bunch in a row. Sims struggled...missed several at point blank. Still shooting 52% but it seems like it's worse because of the drought at the end of the half.
I'll take the tie into the half on the road. Hopefully we can play the second half a little stronger start to finish.
was a mirror image of this season, flashes of brilliance followed by jaw-dropping mistakes
need a better half out of sims
despite the mediocre W-L record this year, I'm going to miss this team after the season's over.
I've been watching this game and I still can't figure out how we're losing. We're shooting well, rebounding, not exactly turning the ball over too badly, such a weird game.
Iowa is shooting well, but we are playing sub-par D for sure.
They are holding the shit out of us.
We are not working on the defensive boards.
We keep missing 3 footers.
Everybody here is waiting in line for ice cream.
not to be an ass, but does anyone happen to have a working link?
This color guy is awesome...it was almost lyrical when he was talking about Twitter.
OMG, did Manny just get rejected by a 6'0'' unathletic white guy on a dunk?
I thought the other player to Manny's right fouled him, but what do I know?
Sims can't buy a call down low. Great block by gibson to force a shot clock violation
this is getting ridiculous..sims missing bunnies left and right
How much I hate the announcers on the Big Ten Network?
Between calling a foul a "kick ball" and referring to the mythical Centaur-like "Manny Sims," I'm beginning to think they might not know what they're talking about.
[/Old man rant]
They finally called one to send Sims to the line!
These refs are getting a bit ridiculous.
is pretty bad tonight
When did they remove "over-the-back" from the rule book?
this doesnt look good
No complaining about anything. It should have been clear this is a bad team. You have to do stuff thats really annyoing and bad in order to lose to NW tiwce and Indiana and now Iowa.
This team is bad, they will not look good. Frustration is nothing more than players that are just not that great at playing the sport of basketball.
is the biggest fucking idiot i have ever seen in my life... continuing to point in the wrong direction does not make up for your bad call
these refs are terrible. Nothing less to be expected from a hightower crew I guess. Hasn't affected much yet but still is frustrating
Exactly, They haven't been good, but it hasn't really affected the game too much IMO
why are we so bad at defending the pick n roll
I'm not giving up on them yet for this game, but the problem I have is that there isn't one player on the floor that I think feels comfortable with the ball in a tough/tense situation.
The officiating in the BigTen has been pretty bad all year. I really hope they send these guys to some classes, eye doctors or something. I just don't understand how a conference could have such bad refs throughout the entire conference.
So this is what it's like year three in JB's system?
The ability to make a 3-5 foot shot would have made this a 10 point UM lead.
I need to take it down a notch. Let's try this:
♪ ♫ Close shave America, close shave Barbasol! ♫ ♪
Well, Sims' struggles haven't been for a lack of shooting
The worst part about this is that I can't even get all that upset about it because it means nothing (other than the obvious pride factor). The only way to the NCAA is to win the BTT. If they win a few of these, they go to the NIT, if they don't, they go to the CBI. What difference does it make?
It still hurts to lose to a team that was previously 3-10 in the conference
It should, but it doesn't really. That's how god awful this year has been.
a moving pick... amazing
come on manny
Hightower blew that whistle before Sims even touched him.
not that time
god damn it
that Michigan once led by 10?
old fashioned three!
Johnny Orr...Steve Grote...Ricky Green...Phil Hubbard...Mike McGee...Steve Grote...Jumping Jo-ell Thompson...Butch Wade....Richard Rellford...Roy Tarpley (yes)...Gary Grant...etc...etc...etc...happy with what coach B is doing, but not sure it'll get us back to competing on a national level...
(note I didn't bring the fab 5 into it...but I miss them too...)
A little out of context here, but I don't really think Beilein will get us to national championship calibur. I don't think that's what he was hired for though. I see him as coaching for 7-9 years, making 5 or 6 NCAA tournaments, being a consistent factor and not a joke. Then you bring in someone who takes the next step.
And holy shit, they tied it up.
... because he's been money almost all season long, but if your power forward shoots 7-20, you're probably not going to win a whole lot
Maybe Sims checked this thread during that last 30 second timeout
its hard to imagine we're going to be better next year....
Who's ready for a dong punch?!
CMon Manny for three
HA! I knew being negative would work out for me once this year. Prepare for the worst, so when something good happens, it feels even better. Huzzah.
On the bright side, Iowa's cheerleaders look mighty fine tonight
sims! 3 ball
holy shit! what a clutch shot
the block at the other end to send it to OT.
It goes boom.
Hitting the "last" button on my remote brought me back to the Olympics. Johnny Weir is skating. Odd dude.
at least he skated well as an American
What the what...? o_O
Take that, Iowa!
and another big 3..this time Manny drilled one.
Classic Big 10 reffing...one controversial call goes against the home team and now every call will go against us in OT.
I do not understand Big Ten officiating. It's so confusing.
If you understood it, I would be worried about you
if (correct call)
We meet on Thursdays and often discuss how to force Jim Burr and Ed Hightower into "retirement"
glad they could help make fuller an allamerican tonight
would it kill us to man up this fuller guy? perhaps even double team the big fella?
Come on boys. Let's take over from here on out. Put it away!
get a stop
is straight killing us
French for "traveling"
"toe hop" but it still looked like he lifted it off the ground and should have been called a travel.
[EDIT] nevermind just say the replay n he did say "crow hop"... Jim Jackson is an idiot.
Call it both ways.
We finally get a call.
I wish Bobby Knight was announcing this game. At least that way, everyone would know the refs are calling all the tick tacks on us.
The brilliance of Coach Knight's commentary last week just makes it that much harder to listen to the hacks BTN has decided to employ. I won't pretend to know much about basketball, but I feel like tonight's color commentary made me dumber.
bye bye $50
Got to be careful with intentional jinxes. I already got in trouble for one.
i'm doing a gambling jinx. which i just fucked up. i'm done while UM wins.
thats $50 worth of beads
And I'm seeing all your pain in OT. The game in microcosm.
Yeah baby! Gotta make the free throws.
Make. The. Damn. Free. Throws.
They shoulda been more aggressive, but Peedy bails them out!
i will forgive you of everything
Im sorry, but im a bit old school and they have been putting a body on Sims the entire 2nd half. Is it too much to ask that if you're gonna foul Fuller could we at least make it more than a slap across the arms? I mean put a body into that guy geeze!
to see Cully Payne suck it up here at the end of regulation/OT. He has immediately become one of the more annoying B10 players for me, based largely on his name and those ridiculous shorts
Jackson is dumber as a color guy than he was as a player. You all have been listening to this for over 2 hours? I'm sorry...
He's opining on the need to score, foul, and make Michigan hit free throws like he just discovered a cure for cancer.
Garbage call there.
with the gritty nudge
Stupid play. You're up five, let him shoot it, and if not, make the foul at least affect his shot.
Come on Manny!
espn gamecast has sims 9/23. btn just showed he is shooting 6/8 (for 28 points). morons.
I saw that, too and immediately thought he's missed at leaast 8 shots (as many as they have him shooting). Must be his free throws (not sure, haven't seen the whole game)?
Free throws! Good defense here c'mon
Put a dress on him if you're going to call that last 3 point play.
For all the talk about tough big ten basketball, there sure are a lot of touch fouls. The ACC may call it too tight, but they call it the same every game.
Of the many things we're inexplicably worse at this year, the free throw shooting decline is most disheartening I think.
seal the deal LLP
surprised hightower didnt bail them out there
He would have.
2 pt win
bye bye $50
ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME
Took Michigan -4 and the over (120), FUCK that last 3 from Iowa.
i took them at 3.5 so yah.
So didn't you win the over (158)?
owes you 50 bucks. What an ass
After that 3, you deserve it. And if you get 50 of them, as good as cash. You can exchange them for...uhhhhh....nevermind.
Good rebound by LLP there....he made made some good little plays at the end here. Nice to finally win a close one.
Sims and Fuller were at the hoop, seven guys standing watching, LLP going all out scoops up the clinching rebound.
LLP played very good game tonight. Those free throws down the stretch sealed the deal.
Free throws and solid defense(ish) down the stretch. Hard fought win if not a lil ugly/frustrating
Well, that was weird. Go Blue.
That's... really, really well put.
We WIN!!!!!! Oh, wait, it was against Iowa in OT? Oh well... WE WINNNNN!
Select one. Not both.
and run. Quickly, before the refs call some more fouls.
Big comeback win boys! Showed some stones and tons of heart. Miles and Miles of Heart.
Miles and Miles of Hart*
Can't say it wasn't exciting for a 3 win vs a 5 win team.
Iowa beats the spread.
that three at the buzzer gonna be a bummer for the gamblers (that gambled on Michigan that is...)
and why wouldn't we?
is there a replay?
Drink a beer for the season sweep!
So Cully Payne just made some people cry, what with the line being at Michigan -4...
With all those close shots Sims had, he should have been close to 40 pts.
But *phew* and Hail to the Victors!
great idea in theory.... but then you hire people like jim jackson and tim doyle... i would rather listen to boom goes the dynamite
meanwhile, iowan bloggers blogging 'dong punch' right about now...
My dong canst take no more!
That game was not good for my sanity.
What the eff is this guy wearing who's about to skate on NBC? Strange world...
I flipped over and said "WTF...honey, you need to come see this". It's like if the Prince of Darkness was flaming gay. And not in a South Park way.
What a relief. I had to listen on cbssports.com which is always annoying, but happy to get the win. I have no illusions of a magical run, but it would be nice if we could finish with big ten record above .500
seems like too much to ask at this point. "Assume" wins over PSU and Minnesota at home and you have to win two out of three vs. Ill, @OSU, @MSU. It'd be nice, but I'd be shocked.
All they got to do is get hot at the right time. Outside of Purdue I don't feel there is any other team in the Big Ten that Michigan couldn't beat if they were playing well.
which ones would you take? Sims v. msu, manny's foul v. northwestern (we were up 1), and the late turnover v. bama. Win those 3 and we are probably on the bubble similar to last year. Fuck!!!! good win though. Go Blue!
That goes to show that this year isn't really all that different from last year. Last year those things all seemed to work out, this year they don't. Obviously we didn't see the improvement we were hoping for / assuming, but I don't think they're necessarily any worse than they were last year.
I like to equate '09 UM hoops to '06 Tigers baseball. Everything fell into place when it needed too. Then you have '10 UM hoops and '07 Tigers baseball. Theoretically better teams than the previous year that just didn't have things go their way.
I just got back from the game and I'll tell you two things...
1) They were pissed. I don't believe I have ever heard a crowd boo that bad. But, they got just as many calls as we did.
2) GO BLUE!!!
Iowa got bad calls?
I wish it didn't take extra steps to set my DVR (U-Verse) to record an extra 30 minutes. That 3-pointer to force OT was so exciting, but the realization that my recording ended in 3 minutes was so unexciting.
Pro Tip - Just schedule the DVR to record the program immediately following all live events, unless it conflicts with your scheduled recording of Golden Girls.
I have Tivo, (Old School, Loyalty) and anytime you schedule a recording of a live event it prompts you to select how much extra time.
Yeah, I should've known better - I do this sometimes (especially for football games... you'd think somebody would know how long those last, by now), but thought that I would catch up to Live and this wouldn't even be an issue.
Comcast has the same prompt for live events - that's one of the few things they have done better than U-Verse, really.
Go BLUE!!!! For realz...
and now watching the replay. I don't think people understand how much Sims does for this team offensively. In what I believe was only the final minute of regulation he has a put back and 1, another and 1 off penetration, and arguably the clutchest three of the year to tie the game. All in ONE minute.
Gonna miss him.
Did a big snowstorm hit Iowa, or have their fans just mailed it in for the season? The crowd yesterday was the smallest I've seen for a Big Ten game outside of State College.
this thread is gay
this thread is gay
Lickliter has to be the worst coach in the country. No foul on the last play of the game when you're up by 3? That's why your team is garbage.