When it's a 1-1 why do not have anyone in there to rebound? Makes no sense to me.
I guess it's a pick your poison but Indiana's transition game is tough to defend. I understand why Beilein gambled and I'm sure he didn't figure that they would miss the free throws. Make a FT and have the defense set and waiting instead of scrambling down the court trying to match up. It really was a good strategy and a decent bet that Hardaway and Burke could have hit their FTs. It just didn't work out.
We don't want an intentional foul to decide the game. The game will be decided by shitty officiating. Or missed free throws.
Has to be the worst rule in college basketball!
Forget how young this team is. They were a missed tip away from beating the #1 overall seed in the country for a second straight B1G title. They were ranked #1 earlier this year. Where is it that 'we want them to be'?
Rebound, motherfucker: do you speak it?
This team needs to get bigger. Just got eaten alive on the boards.
Bigger? Oladipo led all rebounders with 13, he's listed at 6"5". Michigan's bigs put up respectable enough rebound numbers as compared to Indiana. Oladipo, Hulls and Ferrell combined for 21 boards, Hardaway, Stauskas and Burke came up with 8.
Indiana had 47 rebounds. Michigan had 26.
I'm very proud of our team. We played hard and for the most part, very well defensively. We led the majority of the game against a great team. Young guys like Stauskas and Robinson stepped up and played hard. Even Spike played well and contributed. There are a lot of positives about this game and yes, not winning due to lack of ability to knock down free throws is extremely frustrating. But I am proud of our guys and their effort and strength against a good team. We're poised for a run in the tourney. Proud to be a Michigan fan. Go blue
I do like our chances in the tourney. I think this team is built well for a run. Teams lead by a dynamic PG with an unique offense with athletic shooters are usually very successful in the tourney. Getting into a tourney setting against teams that are not as physical and have not seen coach B's offense I am expecting the O to click like it was per-conference play.
It may be a struggle with this team/style to win the BIG, but if we can be close, occasionally getting a split title (like last year), are always in the title conversation late in the season, but really take off at tourney time and have successful runs, I will take that, especially give the past decade+.
Over the result, buy would take this effort every game. We pretty much know we are going to get out rebounded and shoot poorly from the line. Gotta play balls out for forty minutes and hope for the best. Today wasn't a bad effort.
Sucks to lose especially when it's handed to the other team by clanging at the line. After choking at PSU and today, we don't deserve the B1G title. Wanted it, just didn't earn it.
Regardless, a great game with unbelievable effort. Crean acted like a dolt and our guys took the high road which says a lot about our program.
Hopefully we get another crack in the next few weeks, otherwise I look forward to Oct 19 in the Big House and Hoke better show zero mercy.
Long run in the B10 Tourney to wear team out, or win a few, lose a close one and get some rest?
We have to make freethrows. They often decide games come tournament time, and there is no excuse.
Maybe its me trying to engineer a way to justify the loss, but why not make the bonus optional. It seems problematic that a team can be rewarded for commiting a foul. The game should be won or lost playing the game of basketball, not the ticky tac crap that makes the last minute and drags the game out. I'm sure one of the statistics gurus around here could crunch the numbers, but if I'm fouled with 20 seconds left give me the ball back. It is also kind of intereting that had Indiana fouled more in the second half they could have started forcing us to shoot earlier, instead they had to burn a couple to push us into the bonus.
I will keep watching and support the Wolverines into the tournament, but am kind of glad basketball season is almost over so I won't have to watch highly arbitrary officiating and suffer two or three heart attacks in the waining seconds of a game.
Because free throws are supposed to be easier, they are wide open. You should be happy in basketball when the other team gives you an open look from a spot on the floor where people can jump from and dunk. Free throw shooting is a fading art in the game now. I hate when someone says 70-75% from the line is good. It is not. It is average at best.
"Make" and "free" are two of the more popular, though far from the only four-letter words I have been uttering the last several hours. Man, I guess that happens sometimes but why the fuck shit cock Cody refs did it have to just happen when we're about to win the biggest game of the year. Damn you sports you are not being 50-50 in the type of luck you dish out to my teams, and we're way past the point where this can be sampling error.
1. need a football commit and a Hello: post about a weekend visitor
2. need a B1G team from the NCAA bubble to win the B1G to get an 8th team in (while all the favorites rest their guys for a deep run)
Felt like we got more calls in our favor today (few times, maybe first, all year). We played pretty decent. And we still fucking couldn't get a win. We can have it all, just not all at once.