Make it a sweep!
This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Good thing Michigan hasn't been injured like state this year. Hey, where's Mitch been lately?
And we're off!
Go Blue. And I hate afternoon weekend games. We always seem to lose them.
I don't like Sunday games for college basketball. Just doesn't seem right. And everybody get off my lawn.
we seem to have an especially hard time Sundays... what's the stat again for this year? 4/5 Sunday losses? whatever it is, not a good trend...
Payne misses his first 3, hopefully a sign of the game.
Overplaying everything. backdoor all day
If the prediction that this will be a close game is true, I think I need more alcohol.
horrible D there.
Can't leave a wide open lane to the basket when Payne has the ball, yeesh. Missed the and-1 though.
Love how the first thing Lundquist mentioned was MSU injuries this year. No mention that Michigan has been without McGary for a majority of the year though.
Wow. This is frantic. MSU up 5.
definitely focused on in practice. hopefully it will lead to open 3s.
Not too much you can complain about so far
God our defense is just bad. Caris was just playing lazy and gave no effort in fighting through a screen....Harris gets an easy bucket.
Defensive effort is lacking so far... Saw good flashes on the offensive end though... Shot selection has to improve
Izzo is simply the worst. Get off the court and calm down.
I know... It looked as if he was going to trip Stauskas at one point.
made GH look silly
If only Morgan could dunk like that under the basket
harris get owned
we are taking some awful shots
Deep 3 for MSU. And another. MSU lead to 9.
Hope I'm wrong. Go Blue!
seriously? can't have that lug go off.
Lol Denzel?! Good god he hasn't shot like this all year.
Just like Wisconsin. Digging ourselves a huge hole.
NO DEFENSE WHATSO EVER
Spellcheck is a beast
another garbage shot of theirs goes down.
Knockin down shots.
Costello makes my top 5 Hated BBall players this year.
win if we're not shooting 60% from 3.
We're not playing bad defense. MSU is just nailing everything.
Watch the MSU-Purdue game? HAVE to get a body on the shooters nd they are not doing that at all...
When your opponent is shooting 66.7% you're going to have a bad time, let's hope that cools off. I don't even think our defense has been particularly bad (save a Payne waltz to the basket), they have just nailed a few tough shots.
I like how every time we get fouled it's "small change." Haven't heard that yet on the other end.
When Raftery says "small change" he means: you idiot, don't foul there.
Also we haven't fouled off ball/on the perimeter yet, so he hasn't had a shot. Raftery is the best, don't rip him.
wisconsin...need to get a few defensive stops and get in transition
How can you not want to punch Dane Fife?
MSU is on fire
Can't take leVert hoisting up terrible shots
Stauskas needs to be more involved...not just in back cuts
Gr3 should just go home
The score might agree with you, but I disagree that this is the same garbage. Way more creative and energetic offensively and defensively. MSU is just making a lot of ridiculous shots.
I'm starting to understand why Michigan normally doesn't even try to defend outside shots. They just go in anyway.
Have to burn a timeout because we can't get the ball in bounds.
Amazing how much we struggle to get the ball inbounds.
Wait that wasn't a shooting foul on the Walton drive?
Sparty isn't gonna shoot at this clip all day
I wish Robinson could take Payne to the hoop and get him in foul trouble. That would be huge to have both Payne and Costello in foul trouble.
Ike that's going to happen.
Defense may not be bad but when they make 100 3 pointers last game you'd think we'd be ready for that.
We need him to deliver or else Horford needs the game of his life.
And we can't even in-bound the ball...off of a timeout. We better have a nice play for easy bucket here.
The slow start thing is bleh.
God damnit. Get the OREB and can't even get a bunny in.
How the fuck can they call a foul on Irvin for that
LeVert has been garbage today.
Non existent as usual
Levert being a waste again
You're useless and no one likes you.
screws it up on D again for the easy bucket. his typical pathetic first half blues.
is not playing well
D looks pathetic
Irvin was small change. Weak call.
practice defense rotations?
We better pull this together before the tournament...
Payne is gonna hurt us liek Kaminsky last week. Unfortunately I would be shocked if we win this.
This is fun. This fucking team can do nothing on offense anymore.
...and we know the story on defense.
Tournament time can't come soon enough where teams that don't know us inside and out we can maybe play better against.
Great offense. Stand around for 20 seconds
We need Payne to foul out. We are being dominated.
This offense is pathetic once again.
Does Belein even coach this team?
get off the damn court, sob.
just not playing smart at all. Why can't this team start well
MSU shooting 70% to our 30%.
Always a dick.
How isn't that a T?
We may not win another game. We haven't had a complete effort (at the start) for over a month now. Yay.
Most important time of the year AT HOME and Michigan is laying a big fat EGG..how dissapointing...gotta change things around and quick
Valentine is a turdboss.
Aggressive D and just watch GR3 and bunch stand in place
The season has been all down hill since that improbable 3 game stretch in January
you don't say.
They need to go zone... Getting killed off ball screens.
How was Valentine not T'd up?
Make up call.
I do not understand what the hell is going on with our offense. This is terrible.
We have an outstanding team. Staee has better players, the five-star thouroughbreds, particularly Payne and Harris. None of our guys are quite as good.
Another game with no defense and no one able to hit a shot. A lot of ugly shots and bad decisions leads to another huge halftime deficit. We are getting used to hearing announcers talking about how Michigan needs to wake up during the first half of games.
Somethings gotta work
two on the very injured appling. get out. it's amazaing he is playing today.
Just like last year. Big collapse in the second half of big ten play. We haven't played a good first half in how long? Nebraska?
Valentine is a bitch.
This team sucks. Coaches have made zero adjustments in the past 6 games
Every time I talk shit we make a run. I will continue to talk shit
I don't believe in jinxes or you. GTFO.
You suck as a fan. GTFO.
Do people realize anymore we lost our best player for the season?
Only MSU has injuries.
After Mitch went down I thought we might struggle to just make the tournament. Seems like the team is now trying to make it more difficult.
In case you didn't know about all the MSU injuries, there's huge graphic on the screen highlighting it for you.
Stand. Wait until five seconds left. Panic. Great offensive scheme yet again, coach.
Yeah; I wish we had Ellerbe back.
and their injury excuse meme
Coach hoke must have spoken to the guys before the game.
Nice to see GRIII make the effort for that rebound.
Let's GOO Spike and Caris!
HERE WE GO!
there's some D!
Crisler is going nuts. What a weak ass reach in call.
and he gets the call? bullshit.
Thats an awful call on Irvin
a game now. Started getting a few stops on D
How in the hell is that a foul... Valentine pushed off with the elbow!!!!!
FUCKING WEAK call there....Momentum killer (yes, I think it exists on some level even though your statistics can't measure it)
Now that's small change
If we score again here, the roof will blow off.
gotta keep the MO!
Our defense is 10x better with Stauskas on the bench. He just has no desire to play defense. This mini-run started when he went out of the game.
hasn't he missed more games than payne and dawson combined? i'm so tired of hearing all this one-sided BS injury stuff.
Yes, but I don't think it's gonna be talked about because we appear, to be better without him. (I don't think it's true but the record looks better)
Vern and Rafftery are a little ghey for each other, no?
GRIII with a clunker off the front of the rim. Ugh, misses both -- but MSU knocks it out of bounds so there's that.
Novak in the house
Right back in it
I agree with that foul on LeVert, but how was there no call on Walton's drive? It looked like he was bumped mid air.
MSU ends the run, boo.
Valentine with a wide open 3, nobody within 10' of him.
So frustrating sometimes
They're ridiculous from three.
usual no nothing game
I didn't even know GRIII was on the court!!
Irvin with a way off 3 attempt.
Back to bullshit offense
I feel like the crowd hurts more than it helps when they count down the shot clock.
horrible today. one of them has to play.
Looking forward to seeing GR3 leave
Would we even notice? While I'm not a fan of the phrasing, he's definitely a non-factor on our bball team it would appear.
Is our whole offense pick and roll now?
finish the half and stay in it
So many people ripping on GR3 and Levert in here it's nauseating.
Nik has now given up at least 4 threes with his poor defense. He gives as much (or more) than he gets. He's definitely NBA-ready with that mentality.
if there is one guy you sag off of, it's valentine. i will take my chances with him shooting. stauskus was providing help in the paint on that last one.
Is Robinson the worst jump shooter on the team? Besides the two bigs I mean. Honest question
that's about the only reason we are hanging in there.
If he doesn't start the game with a made shot, dunk, or layup he goes in the tank
Offense needs more ball movement and less pointless fucking dribbling. They're dribbling has no purpose most of the time. It should be used to take one somewhere and ours does it to eat clock.
Tired of playing the GRIII sweepstakes. Especially when it seems he has more mediocre or worse games than above average. He just seems so lifeless out there.
LOL Levert you suck
Needs to kick those back out to shooters!
Can our team contest a layup without fouling because it seems like MSU can every time
Levert, man. What the hell is this?
How was there no call on LeVert's drive.....
of his mind.
I like Levert driving but he needs to kick it back out in some instances. At least he got fouled on the miss here.
can't get anything to go around the rim. but where is GR3 on those to clean up? no where to be found.
Can someone who knows more about bball explain to me something...
Is LeVert doing his job? It seems like he is forcing shots and looks careless.
I'm sorry I don't know much about basketball either, and Levert is our leading scorer right now, but I agree. He's not finishing at the rim. I'm happy how close it is right now because our team has been playing hard in spurts only.
Lol, TERRIBLE blocking foul call.
Ed: Eh, on further review it does appear Spike was shuffling his feet around a bit, so not as terrible as I thought.
What are you talking about. Spike moved his right shoulder into the contact
See my edit. He was doing a happy dance into Payne.
Not a block
ED: Actually yes unfortunately
Probably a good call. Basically the same as last night that was bs for duke.
Once we knock some 3's down we'll be good
Right call. Spike got scared
Spike ducked under Harris who had already elevated, good call unfortunately.
MORE OF THAT ROBINSON
show some heart GR3
Maybe that'll get his blood pumping
Make fucking free throws!
rearing their ugly head again.
of GRIII there. Gotta finish the 3 pt play
WTF with our FT shooting???
It's literally the difference right now.
How good could be if he could make anything outside of 5 feet.
Oh yea, you can't rub in the and 1 and the miss....
whenever Levert touches the ball I get nervous...Then he hits some shots or turns it over...frustrating to watch
Can we contest them without fouling? Is it possible? MSU does it all the time.
swat that into the 5th row. weak ass play there.
where is the smack talk now?
Byrd is getting owned lol
Late whistle there. If only we could hit the FT too.
The nfl may like him, but he has been bad today. He's the one who did t call the T on Valentine
LeVert has been schooling Byrd and I greatly enjoy watching it.
The drive & dish will be there in the 2nd, I hope Levert is looking for it
On what earth is that a foul? Mother of god.
Can someone explain how that was a foul?
I'll take that trade off
I want a meme with Horford's reaction lol
There's something wrong with the refs when the team that fouls the least in the B1G has the other team in the double bonus
TAKE THAT ALL YOU PEOPLE BASHING LEVERT EARLIER
Levert is money again this week
is useless on D. and caris hits the big 3. great last 10 min of the half for caris. he needs some help though.
Levert sucks right guys?
always seems to start out slow then heats up.
He doesn't suck but he's inconsistent. If he was 100% set and uncontested on all of his shots like he was on that last 3, I'm sure he'd make them all.
Caris is the man!
LeVert has been getting better as the season has gone on.
Is bad because it is against the rules to stand vertically?
Well LeVert is definitely balling today. Good awareness by Stauskas because a lot of guys are thinking nothing at that point other than getting down the floor as fast as possible and launching their own shot.
we played a bad half...on all fronts and were only down 2 at the half with that momentum building last second three...feeling better
Just got home. Hey, based on what everyone's saying, this game isn't worth watching, right? I mean, Michigan must be down by at least 15, right?
at the half. I'll take that considering the abysmal start.
Caria started like garbage this game but is now on fire! Really keeping us in it!
I don't see how players don't kill for the chance to play for JB. He makes everyone he coaches better.
To be within 2. Hopefully better flow in 2nd half and Sparty cools from the perimeter.
"Baby Durant" is here
Need a big 2nd half! Play better defensively and we'll win.
Played much better that last 10 minutes. Staying aggressive started to pay off let's keep it going!
4-8 on free throws, that 50% needs to improve a lot, especially considering the game could be very close at the end.
We played pretty below average in the first and only down two. Not bad, but where could it be if we play to potential? Frustratingly inconsistent.
Yup, LeVert is the best player on this team. He plays at both ends, can get to the bucket, and shows up against every level of competition.
Yeah, for the most part, his "frustrating" plays occur when his teammates aren't working hard to get open and he has to force shots.
With the way Sparty was shooting, could be more.
It's a 2 point game but maaaaannnn, we play some frustrating basketball, hence the bitching in this thread, so in a way it's warranted. Glad to see GRIII got aggressive and took that honkey to the basket earlier. I know they're big down low but I'd like to see more aggression like that TO the basket instead of jacking up long shots (that fortunately are going in sometimes thus far).
You are not a good fan.
we've *got* to come out of the half *ROARING.* Did it before (osu), can do it again.
Michigan eFG% - 55.56%
Michigan OREB% - 17.65%
Michigan free throw rate - 29.63%
Michigan turnover % - 3.17%
Michigan State eFG% - 70.45%
Michigan State OREB% - 18.18%
Michigan State free throw rate - 31.82%
Michigan State turnover % - 19.31%
Great. Caris hit a big shot and now half of you think he's player of the year. This board sometimes...
Caris turned it up the past 10 minutes and is pretty much the reason we are only down 2 at half.
He can make some frustrating plays, I agree, but the shit he gets isn't warranted and it's showing I think.
You know; some of us come here to actually ROOT for our team instead of rip on them and constantly talk about how much they suck. Sounds like you need a new hobby.
are you here? Step one, find a hole, step two, put your head in it and talk into the ground. It'll make this a thread for people who actually want to root for michigan.
Yeah because the last 6-7 games didn't happen. Nik had a good stretch in January, now it's Caris' turn.
5/10, 14 points, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0 TO. And you're complaining about people who are excited about this. This board sometimes....
Entertaining game so far. Hope the 4-8 on the FT will improve in the 2nd half, considering this game is likely going to be close at the end (yes, preparing for a heart-attack inducing foul-game at the end).
biggest 2nd half of Beilein's tenure so far. A win could gives a ton of program momentum with a big ten championship.
You don't think the 2nd half of the national championship game was a bigger half?
biggest half of the year thus far. we need this for the program, which was his point; despite the exaggeration.
So does Syracuse. And Florida. And Indiana last year...and probably a bunch of other games.
It's a big game against a big rival, but let's not let hyperbole get us carried away too much
need him to step up in the 2H like he did in EL. he seems to be playing tentative out there. he and/or stauskus need to help caris out.
and grab some rebounds GR3!!!
wouldn't mind seeing him knock down a few 3s in the 2H either.
Irvin has been a liability this game, hopefully coach B calms him down so he can get back to sniping 3's that are actually open shots.
It's going to come down to free throws, free throws, and free throws. I'm having 2013 vs. IU flashbacks with GRIII missing all his free throws
Some of you folks on this board are really poor excuses for fans. Do you even LIKE Michigan Basketball; or are you so frusterated in your own life that you must point out how terrible other (far more succesful and athletic) people are? Honest question.
Root for the team. Be positive. Or maybe go outside and turn the TV off for a while.
Says the guy who has never picked up a basketball in his life. Go shovel snow
i would like to see us foul harder around the rim instead of the easy and 1s
They are slappin' floors so we score, obviously.
He hung on the rim!
Payne is a really good basketball player. Can't leave the lane open for him.
Ed: Well, if he doesn't hang on the rim. Heh, heh.
Is Morgan gonna let Payne drive right by him.
HAHA Payne is a dambass!
and GR3 with no help. GR3 should be in the middle of the paint there. why worry about costello 8 ft from the basket.
we score as per usual
i guess not. holy shit!
no call there buddy
How is that a blocking foul???
That was NOT and I repeat NOT a blocking foul.
Okay that was horseshit
Apparently you can't play defense? I mean, seriously? If the offensive player drives into your body it's not a foul. (Or it shouldn't be, in my opinion).
Blowing some chances here.
has fouled up at least 3 fast breaks. horrible pass. should have been a dunk.
weak effort on d
GR3 needs to recognize that he is not a 3-pt shooter.
I keep waiting for GR3 to have a big game and show up. Guess I will have to keep waiting
I keep waiting for you to come up with an original comment. Guess I'll keep waiting.
Wonderful court vision by Stauskas
Yikes, horrible transition D.
stopped at the free throw line and allowed the easy pass.
Guys need to SPRINT back on defense. Holy shit
I thought there was a "D" in Canada.
We only have 1 turnover? Omg Walton Holy shit that pass.
But the DEFENSE?! GET BACK ON D JESUS CHRIST
need him to be aggressive like that, even in traffic. great look there.
come on D
Want Walton to be more aggressive.
Maybe Sparty is just suffering from some collective feminine cramping this year.
Maybe Sparty is just suffering from some collective feminine cramping this year.