I have requested that we can have a live blog for the hoops game and the bowl game, but in the meantime, let's cheer for the lads here.
If mods are needed to get a live blog started, I can help do that.
I won't be getting on to mod until 9:30 at the earliest and if we're being honest, that'll probably turn into 9:50 or so.
Things I would like to see:
It'll be interesting to see (not this game) if Beilein goes more zone than the previous two seasons now that we are certainly going to be out-talented against 4ish B10 teams.
Holy Cross is interesting. They played North Carolina to single digits and were respectable against a solid Belmont team. But they've also lost two of their last three to a couple of pretty mediocre opponents. We should handle them fine at home, but can't play sloppy or lackadaisical and let them hang around.
Here's a working (for now) link before someone asks:
Just some thoughts related to MBB. With McGary out, what does that do for scholarships next year? Hatch medical redshirt? If they do then they are full and although a long shot, Dante Exum is looking at Michigan. Probably going pro, but if GRIII comes back (I know most feel his is gone, but it is a possibility) and McGary stays another year, Michigan is really attractive to a one and done PG.
But the only way this longshot happens is if Horford does not get a fifth. I am sure Beiliein felt McGary and GRIII were gone, so it will be an interesting situation.
Hopefully Irvin and Walton can continue to develop this year. Searching for a silver lining, I know.
There is no space for additional scholarships next year. In fact, we're over-booked by one.
There's no way GR3 is back. Okay, maybe a 1% chace. So, we're full if MM were to come back and Horford isn't given a firm handshake, which he won't be.
I agree that he's likely gone, but I think it's far more likely than 1% that she stays. Lots of variables at play. He hasn't had the season scouts expected (stock dropped), and his best buddy might be back another year. Combine that with the desire to have another run at a championship (assuming we don't this year) and a potential love of college life and I think it's more like 60-40 that he leaves. It's a long season though and plenty of time for things to play out.
On the other hand, I don't think MM is definitely coming back. It seems like an easy bet at this point but a 21 year old sophomore looking at playing without his best buddy might consider taking his rehab at the NBA level. I could see a late first round pick or early second used on a recovering MM. He'd be a higher ceiling higher floor than most picks.
Anybody else think it is interesting McGary was pretty mobile at the game tonight, He was tight trying to shoot ( in a suit), but back surgery gives me images of not moving for weeks. I really wonder what type of surgery it was. He may be back this year?
that is because he hasn't had the surgery yet. It is supposed to be next week if I am not mistaken?
That would sure make a lot of sense. I just assumed he would have had it already. Pretty dumb. Please ignore the post, I have already punished myself. ( watching the MSU Football game again)
Let's Go Blue!
I sure hope the b-ball team comes out with more energy than hockey.
What's with the long twos?
JMo with the nice charge draw.
D'oh! Missed dunk.
No rebounding. Ugh.
That second three by HC never goes up if Robinson isn't just sorta walking around after he missed the steal attempt.
There is a live blog on blyve right now, but it seems that it's suspended until either mods are selected or it's solely for the bowl game.
Nice passing sequence there! 3 for Levert
Chris Webber would've reverse jammed the shit out of that, Jordan!
If only JM had the athleticism of CWebb... well we wouldn't be worrying too much about McGary being out.
Very nice to see the outside shots falling early - and even nicer to see them after extra passes.
I like the good passing early on.
lol that pass was too good for Horford to finish properly
We're playing really well right now.
Pretty good minutes for Walton.
Stauskas is tough inside - great rebound and the nice drop-off pass to Horford.
Ugh... what a flop. Let them play.
Come on Spike! Not a good shot.
Horford missed a wide open Irvin for a three :(
I do like that it appears they're making a concerted effort to attack the basket so far, Stauksas especially. Good things happen when you attack.
I'm really glad that he worked hard in the off season to improve things besides his shooting.
The drive is going to be there for him in most cases because teams are guarding him so tight to shutdown his 3pt shots.
I like our offense. Defense needs to tighten up.
I swear that Holy Cross guy took 4 steps.
Michigan does not look the same in transition this year. Burke and THJ were great at pushing the ball up the court.
I wonder what the advanced stats say about playing Spike and Walton at the same time.
Robinson has turned it on recently.
I love aggressive GR3!
Johnny on the spot.
Good to see Morgan aggressive there. He has been so passive underneath since the Indiana game (or most of his career)
Irvin resembles Lavall Jordan - kind of weird.
Woo fast break dunk!
Holy Cross doesn't look like they're even interested in defending the paint. May as well keep driving.
Take by Caris and finished after the contact. I like how assertive he is this season
Nice play by LeVert. Stop settling for outside shots and drive to the basket.
generate points and outplay the HC point guard. No reason for him to lose that matchup.
Nice job by the Maize Rage there, or whoever's there seeing as it's break
First time I've ever seen that work.
We've pulled off the shot clock things multiple times now this season. Always nice to see, even though it shocks me every time it actually works. As a player, how do you let yourself get influenced by that when you know you're on the road?
Maybe I don't understand as I never played D1 basketball haha.