I say we win 83-66. Slippery Rock is one of the best teams in D2 but we are one of the best teams in D1.
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
We win big. Would anyone like to disagree? (If yes, you are a fool)
Michigan starts the game out shooting badly, and warms up to pull away.
a well-seasoned team. But talent wins out, probably by 12-15 points.
EDIT: Profile of them now up at UMHoops; they just kicked Navy's behind in a preseason exhibition. Probably a nice right-sized challenge for the first game.
They won 3 games last year. One of them was against a D2 school.
79-58. We won't win by quite as much as the women's team did, who won 106-35. Ouch.
I believe that this now qualifies for the tag "obligitory".
Michigan 87 Slippery Cock errr Rock 58..
You don't mock the 'Rock.
I agree a well seasoned team can be tough, but after all my scouting (reading the opponent preview below) and the fact that is a DII school, and the fact that Michigan is a really good D1 school, we should win by 20+
132-31. Webber scores 32 and Rose has a double-double.
Mitch McGary will have another steal + dunk. 84 - 69 Michigan
Not sure why everybody is saying Slippery Rock is one of the top teams in D2. They are picked to finish second in their division and at least 3rd or fourth in their conference. They aren't receiving votes in the top 25. LINK
Aside from that, Michigan rolls by 20.
I predict I will drink 6-8 beers before the game. For real though, really looking forward to seeing the new Crisler and the B1G Championship banner.
I was looking forward to seeing the Big Ten title banner raised as well but I just read that it won't be unveiled until the NC State game.
New Crisler is awesome. The concourse is sweet (especially the waterfall), they now have an M Den shop inside, there's a tribute to Cazzie Russell on the wall, walking around in the place is great (the words to The Victors are on the ground as you go around as well). Hell, I was even excited about the bathrooms (they've even got the Dyson Airblades in there).
As far as this thread goes, we win big. We also put all second string in with about 10 minutes left in the 2nd half. They give up some extra points without scoring as much, 84-60.
Playing a pretty good team combined with the fact that we are still learning to play together and first game jitters I think it will be close early. However, our superior talent will allow us to run away with it 75-50.
If Michigan beat Slippery Rock anything less than 25 pts. Even though Slippery Rock is a good team for a D2 but it isn't the same as the Horror. Michigan should roll 85-48
...about The Horror. Top 5 preseason ranking for M, highly regarded lower tier team, 1st game of the season, at home. But ultimately I agree with you, this is not a game that Michigan loses. 78-67 Michigan. Glenn Robinson III will have 20pts, Hardaway 15.
there are ton of D1A basketball schools compared to D1 football schools. If the game is closer like your prediction, I would absolutely consider it a failure, period. Slippery Rock is medicore, not highly regarded team like Appy State.
Aww, hell. 102-49
Does anyone know if its gonna be on, my tv shows Indiana on BTN and I can't find it anywhere else.
It will be online on BTN.com
100-0. Anything less is unacceptable.
Actual prediction: 85-65
Michigan!!! By a large margin.
As it is the first non-exhibition game of the year, I will predict a performance somewhere in the middle of the exhibition performances against Slippery Rock, so taking into consideration how the Rock did against Navy and how our opponents have done to date, my guess is 80-52 Michigan.
Cant wait for real season to start!
Slippery Rock 55
Michigan 92 SRU 48
Isn't it about time to change your tag line?
Slippery Rock will lose by a considerable margin. Michigan will win by this same margin.
I know that this is a regular season game for Michigan...but the Slippery Rock website consideres it an exhibition.
Can one team count it and the other team not?
I saw this too. Kind of an odd situation. If I were a DII team playing the 5th ranked DI team I'd probably call it an exhibition as well.
Did you guys read about how Stauskas broke the all-time 50 in 5 mins record for our coach? The dude hit 78 in 5 mins the first time he tried. Holly balls, that guy is a dead eye shooter. McGary will rule the world, GR will be our best player, and our lineup isn't tiny anymore. Can't wait to follow this team - Go Blue!!!
I am going to predict McGary starts up front with Morgan and Vogrich comes off the bench.
Slippery Rock's strength is their frontcourt and they don't shoot the 3 well. Perfect opportunity for Beilein to go Big, especially with Horford demanding minutes in the frontcourt as well, and Stauskas being questionable with a bad back.
A lot to a little
So if I have BTN do I still have to pay to stream the game tonight?