We all know what's at stake today. Illinois has been playing much better of late, so I expect this to be a tough game. The Illini are a pretty good defensive team (Top 15 Kenpom) and horrible offensively. Michigan seems to do well against teams that can't light up the scoreboard and rely on defense to win games. Illinois' defense is predicated on getting turnovers, but we don't turn the ball over. Still, this should be a close game throughout, and let's hope we can avoid another awful first 10 minutes before the shots start falling. 63-61 Michigan. Predictions?
But its down to the last couple possessions.
A banner night
10 point W says the homer in me. Hopefuly no Illini player decides to go Yogi or Johnson or Kaminsky on our asses.
Don't forget Marble
We don't play D and leave whoever it is open for wide open shots?
Win by 10+ points. Come out hot and put them away early, making the outright championship very anticlimactic, yet still wonderful.
54-45 Michigan! We clinch it tonight!
Show them our big balls early and often.
Did you hear about the man with the 132 pound scrotum?
Now that IS overinflated!
I predict every single person who watches the game will complain about the refs.
Really going out on a limb there, aren't ya?
Me laugh, but you are right! I'm surprised that there isn't a thread already about how the refs are planning to screw us.
LSA's breakdown of our opponents season, more specifically about the Illini interior defense if possible. I think that if UM can force the ball inside like they finally started figuring out the other day, and get it in there early, they'll do well tonight. Need to break up the interior defense of Illinois so that the 3-pt opportunities are easier. Sort of like using the run to set up the pass in football.
And it never feels that close.
I want some more AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH dunks.
Muppets, Subs, GIFS, Dunks, Tweets, POSBANG
Subs, Dunks, Tweets, Muppets, POSBANG, GIFS.
I thought the subs came later that night, at the Beilein house celebration party, so probably after the posbang and before the GIFs
and I had contemplated that very thing, but I went with the "pre-game meal" angle.
And I respect that the pre-game meal may have been born out of a need to immortalize the original house party.
probably after Dunks, comes multiple big balls dances.
Not because we struggle as much as we have recently on the road, but because Illini are a good defensive team, with a hell of a lot to play for. They beat us here and they are all the rage in bubble conversations Wednesday morning. 61-57; late free throws are important.
Double prediction, Daniel Horton shows up and scores 39 points.
I don't think it's going to be as easy as some of you are saying. Illini have nothing to lose. But a banner none-the-less.
Or is it...Welcome home from Bolivia?
It's worked so far this season.
Illinois - 64
Michigan - 61
Shun the nonbeliever!
I feel like Michigan has been very successful under Beilein against teams that rely heavily on turnovers on defense and the fast break on offense. If Michigan can get shots to fall early(big IF right now) I don't think Ill can catch up.
We crushed both of those teams last year
I wouldn't say we "crushed" Syracuse.
Obligatory response to any request for a prediction:
Both teams will play hard.
Total team effort with 4 guys in double figures.
WIN THE CONFERENCE!!
If this ends 63-61 .. I don't think we win. But my prediction is a 69-57 Michigan win
I'm trying my best not to tempt Kenpom, hence the 63-61 prediction.
Coach McGary sez: Win the Game!
hit them with some early emotion and D. This is for the championship!
UM knows they don't want to wait until the weekend to wrap up the whole G Darn thing...
UM losing or a relatively high scoring game with UM winning.
I hope we win it tonight so we can face IU on Saturday with nothing on the line and really put a beat down on them.
Win or lose tonight and "Revenge" will be on the line against IU.
Really hoping for a win tonight so we can play loose on Saturday, and all we will have to focus on is blowing that ass clown Crean out of our arena.
I want Michigan to be the final, yet overly resounding nail in IU's coffin for the season.
but Tom Crean will cut down his nets in Indiana tonight, unless a falling beam hits him first.
So then there is this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/37-people-who-failed-so-spectacularly-...
and those who predict Illinois to lose will be negbanged
but I'll also be negbanging those that make no prediction. Have at you!
71-57 good guys.
but win anyway like the last three games.
The projections were slightly revised this morning, but our chances of winning out still look rather good:
TeamRankings compares them thusly:
|Avg Score Margin||+9.8||+3.0|
|Effective FG %||55.3%||46.2%|
|Off Rebound %||26.9%||30.5%|
Opp Effective FG %
I've been anxiously awaiting this post!
So, seems to me that they're somewhat more aggressive (more fouls than us), have more steals and more blocks than Michigan as well. I'll stick with my original post that we need to bang it inside and get some fouls, get Illinois on its heels and then open up the three point rain storm.
Michigan knows what's at stake tonight. I think they come out focused and win a tough, hard fought game in which they lead most if not the whole game, but Illinois puts up a good fight as a team fighting to make the tournament.
61-58 good guys
Call the sub shop, its about to get crazy!!!
The Illini won't be able to score, at least not consistently. This team seems like a worse version of OSU. I think the team will be ready to play knowing whats at stake, plus Caris will have a great game. We'll have open looks all night and when they aren't falling, a renewed focus on D will keep us in it. Won't be a cake walk but we win.
70 - 61 UM.
UM 70, Illinois 66. I hope it's not this close but the Illini are on a streak, they're at home, and UM might be a little distracted. I'm just glad it's at 7, not 9!!
'Michigan seems to do well against teams that can't light up the scoreboard and rely on defense to win games."
with that said, our height and length on the perimeter is the difference in the half court and their lack of offensive efficiency will fuel our transition game. Win by 6.
I pray that you give Michigan health and victory. If you cannot grant both, I will be happy with Health, please and thank you.
Michigan by 11, 62-51, Undisputed Title