Michigan returns back to Crisler tomm night against in state Western Michigan coming to town. It will be at 830 on BTN. I think Michigan continues its superior play and gets a win to make it 8-0.
Western Mich 56
I hope Western keeps it close, because I think this teams needs practice closing out games more than anything else right now.
You aren't wrong about this team needing to close out close games. But, when playing a team that is clearly inferior, this team needs to be able to get a lead and keep the pressure on until Beilein clears the bench. I would like to see a 10-14 point halftime lead and end with 16-20+ win. I would love to see a 70-52 type game, but I guess it's a bit closer after allowing a late run. 76-68 Michigan with Stauskas hitting lots of free throws in the last couple minutes.
of the game--playing a complete game, start to finish--would be more useful.
If we blow them out, Belein can experiment with different lineups and plays that could be useful down the stretch. Close games should be the ones we win over competition that is supposed to beat us!
Michigan will score more points than Western Michigan.
Bold move stepping out with a prediction against Western Michigan.
that Michigan wins in convincing fashion - 79 to 61
michigan 737 western-37.685
I bet you a dollar that this isn't the score.
Upvoted for large and strange sig. Whaa?
Michigan wins 83-61. Robinson III goes for 20+.
Easy win... Next question
Michigan rolls 84 to 59. 4 more threes for Stauskas.
I don't know how you people can look ahead, we should be focused on South Carolina!!!
81 - Nik and friends
58 - Broncos
Western Michigan: Not as many points
I will say 74-52 Good Guys Rock the house.
Stauskas - 35
Western - 34
I'm gonna 1-up you and say Freshmen 54 Western 53
I think Michigan is going to win by 10 vs. Western. I'm more worried about Arkansas.
If Michigan only beats western by ten I'll be worried.
Michigan will be ready for that Razorback pressure defense, unlike last season when they were clearly overmatched for much of the first half.
Secondly, this Michigan team is way more athletic and better equipped to handle said pressure.
Lastly, and most importantly, Arkansas is a very different animal away from Bud Walton Arena. Oh, and they won't hit 80% of their shots in the first 10 minutes.
x > y
UM- A Lots
UWM- A Lil
before Michigan fights back and takes a commanding lead. Then the game is called early due to lightning. NCAA will still count the stats though, don't worry.
The last two times Michigan played western (11/23/2001 & 11/30/2002) they lost. Payback time.
Michigan 87 western 67
This is a good MAC team, but Michigan is on the verge of being a great team. Michigan 77- Western-63.
Michigan 83-47 Western Michigan
I think Michigan literally wins by a mile.
Kellen McCormick, son of Tim McCormick, is a freshmen on WMUs squad. He was a HS classmate of my son's, so I'm interested to see if he gets any PT.
Far and away, just looking at Western's summary numbers, we are the more productive, opportunistic team, right down to being 4th in FG percentage and 25th in points per game. Western, on the other hand, is 159th and 178th in those respective categories. I have to guess that we handle them fairly easily. I'll go with a 82-62-ish Michigan win.
for about the first five minutes.
La Vert scores his first points as a Wolverine, finishing with 6.
What do I win?
Josh Bartelstein also takes the court, in full suit, and manages to not score, only making his mark in the stats book with an assist.
Michigan wins it with a buzzer beater from Stauskas as Duke's players all don WMU uniforms and attempt to hijack the game.
Michigan - 73
Western Michigan - 66