NC State is much closer than they should be.
MMB: Michigan (3) vs NC State (18) Open Thread
We should honestly be up by 14 at least.
Agree. But I'll take being up by 7 to the 16th ranked team at half
Akkunes reckless playing gave them a 6-0 run I believe
And they were when I tuned in with around 8 minutes to go in the half. From that point on, we pulled down exactly ONE rebound, did a fair amount of matador defense, and essentially seemed to decide not to apply the killer stroke.
A bit more intensity would put this one away.
Trey Burke has 8 assists. We're far better off with him getting the whole roster involved than relying on him making bailout shots a la last year. His scoring will be there when we need it, but right now we don't
He has 9.
What an awesome feeling it is to know that you have a good basketball team. I don't know if I could've ever said that in my 24 years of fandom (obviously was too young in the Fab 5 era). I'm literally giddy.
Enjoy this! I thought Michigan was entitled to good teams and talent but I learned otherwise.
It's fun watching this team play.
I grew up with the Fab Five as my intro M basketball and they were fun. The Dark Period between then and now was long and no fun but the wait seems to be worth it. Belein has got something special building here and it's fun to look forward to March again.
Instead of 59. I want him coaching Michigan basketball for 20 more years!
Call to MGoPhotoshoppers:
Nik Stauskas on Fire!! (He has lived his life on Fire after all)
I blame the 2 cheap fouls on vogrich...because when stauskas needed the breather belein sent in akunne, which led to the mini-run by nc state because he took 2 horrible shots.
Akunne came in for THJr, not Stauskas, I believe. It was the only time Timmy was on the bench the whole half. With LaVert redshirting, Hardaway is the only guy we don't have a good sub for.
I'd rather see Vogrich and Molson Ice on together instead of Akunne though.
You may be right. I would frankly rather see spike than akunne.
For real, Akunne needs to only see mop up minutes. He can't handle the ball, plays subpar D and takes horrible shots. My main point is.....
Halftime snowflake.... Are we the 3rd best team in the country?
we just need a more consistent D effort
This team could very well be the number 1 team in the country.
They do have a few weaknesses.
we will be once all of our young guys gain more experience - possibly mid-way through the Big Ten season. I think we are comfortably Top 10 already, but this team WILL GET BETTER.
It's not only the freshman that will get better. Al Horford will definitely improve as he's only played a few minutes of college ball. But possibly the biggest improvement will come from Burke who, until today's first half 9 assists, was not playing well - shooting poorly, taking bad shots, and not distributing the ball too well (for his ability). He will learn how to adjust to this team and will improve both assists and shooting.
Yeah, top 3 ... at least.
Need to take it to the rack in the second half and force them to give up easy baskets or get their bigs in foul trouble.
This. We can bang and have fouls to spare in the front court.
just about all the analysts, studio guys as well as play by play guys are very impressed by M....wait till we get even more cohesive
Stausk-Ice. Minions, you must all refer to him as such, or Ice for short, henceforth.
The kid goes ham. CANADIAN BACON.
Trey isn't even scoring and we are still looking amazing. This team is so sick!!!!
A top scorer doesn't get a point and still finds a way to contribute. Meanwhile, the rest of the Wolverines are lighting it up.
Burke's 9 assists tie his career high. The Michigan record is 14 (Gary Grant did it twice in 1987).
For some reason, that seems very low for a record. Crazy
I remember being so sad at the thought of losing Zack and Stu... what they contributed on and off the floor, and especially leadership role. But my god, has Beilein replaced them with legit talent. Guys with future NBA talent.
Not as bummed as originally thought I would be without those two. But I'll always appreciate what they helped build here.
Lets go Staus Baus!!!
I go back to the Ricky Green, C.J.Cupek, Hubbard, Johnny Rob, Wayman Britt, Steve Grote and I was spoiled for the most of 3 decades and then an SUV took a tumble and so did our beloved program.
Really nice to see this resurgence that seems like it will be a sustaining thing going forward.
I grew up with U-M being a perennial top ten team in both FB & BB, glad to be there again.
Said it earlier..... I love the Fab 5, was an awesome time to be a Michigan BB fan. But I think this team will work harder in the regular season, and might end up accomplishing more if we can get some of these guys to stay for two years or more.
GRIII is a beast on the boards
and THJ has been killing the midrange game
Leslie is a great player
to much dribble
did espn go dark for anyone?
need more communication in transition
Coming out of the half looking downright sluggish
We are getting straight up dominated down low on the blocks.
getting too many easy baskets, need to fix that
and Trey with a Trey
but Im not going to argue
That's a foul that GRIIi needs to contest it
Well timed three from Burke
NC State is insanely athletic. If they learn to play defense they are going to be really good this year
gotta make the free throws
FIRST CAREER DUNK