We go down by 8 early and we fight back to only be down 2 at halftime. Our best player in Glenn Robinson iii goes out with an apparent knee injury early in the 2nd half. We fall back down by 6 and fight back to take the lead. Irvin and Walton play like the players we all hoped they could be right out of the chute. I love this team! I love 2014!
Tonight was a season defining game
2014, I like you...
Nice win, but maybe juuuust a little overreation...
That's why I said ".....so far". I'm aware we have 363 more days of the year lol
At this point I'm just happy with a win. I don't care who they are playing.
in huge type read 2014
At first glance, I thought it was part of a new MGOBLOG banner.
Most likely a sprain. Just came down awkwardly. We have 3 games coming up that are easily winnable so hopefully he can rest up
DON'T JINX THE PENN STATE GAME
Completely agree with u. We needed this win so bad.
I like the tone of this post. It appears positive in nature and does not mention our in- state rival. High five OP.
In case you're curious, he's also a motherfucking sorcerer.
Turns out there are creepy, Nosferatu-esque stills of almost every basketball coach on the web.
and so on...
Older white guys who comb their hair straight back are particularly vampirian when they snarl.
I would be shocked if GR3 is out for more than a week, but it could be one of those lingering type of injuries.
but if Robinson is out for any length of time this could get ugly.
I wondered on here if this team was going to be able to get over the hump after losing that crushihng game to Arizona. This was a game that there would have been plenty of excuses had they lost, but they buckled down and got it done. Extremely proud of the effort tonight. Only thing is that we need GRIII to be okay.
This team is going to surprise a lot of people. Don't underestimate nik, he's a player.
Luckily, Nik's mistakes late didn't come back to bite us.
For a while I was wondering why we didn't have Nik bring the ball up with Walton and Spike struggling, but tonight it was clear that Nik doesn't quite have that handle. Just not his strength. We'll need to be a PG by comittee team until, hopefully, we can rely on Walton to carry the load.
Something to add to this, is when Nik is about to go, and is really going to dribble hard somewhere, he brings the ball up high and at 6'6 is very prone to letting hands get in there. He's done damn well this season and don't mean to slight him too much, but in discussing him as a ball handler, he's pretty good but definitely not PG material.
and shooting threes
Walton looked much better last night - more confident ball-handling and he positioned himself well for several rebounds.
Assuming we take care of business, a 4-0 start in the Big Ten looks very likely. Then we have a tough 3 game stretch of @Wisconsin, Iowa, and @MSU. If we can start 5-2 or 6-1 I would be thrilled.
This shows you how good Beilein is. We've come a long way since Charlotte/Duke and the team is playing better even though we lost McGary and now Robinson.
I would still like to retroactively slap everyone who dared mention "Fire Beilein" or anything else dissing the coaching staff early on. They're not perfect, but I don't think there's any doubt they're one of the top 10 (maybe even top 5) coaching staffs in the country. And if you doubt that, I'm sure a poll of college coaches would support me
According to Division 1 coaches, Mr. Beilein is actually #2, only behind Izzo.
1. Every win on the road in this conference is a signal event.
2. Hung in there when GRIII went down.
3. Looked today like perhaps Irvin flipped positions with Spike -- he was on the floor at the end of the game.
4. Lots of film to identify problem areas. Got to be better at switching when guys get beat off the dribble -- that cost us 10-12 layup/dunk points tonight. Need to box out a lot better.
It looked to me like Beilein was putting Spike in on offense for better FT shooting and then bringing Irvin in for better D when Minny had the ball.
And I agree that interior D and rebounding were the most glaring weaknesses, especially when GRIII's shot-erasing ability left the game.
He missed a couple of bunnies and had a terrible full court pass to the other team, but overall I thought he was a huge part of the win with his play down low on offense and his defensive rebounding.
Horford was 6/8. The last miss was much more difficult than people are making it out to be. It wasn't a lay, more of a 6-footer. The FC outlet pass was the right decision, but poor execution. Caris had his man beat, but Horford needed to lead him to the right and instead poorly underthrew the pass.
He was crucial and we would have assuredly lost without his game tonight.
I was not trying to be too critical of his play, just saying there is still clear room for improvement. He had one of the best games of his career tonight.
I thought thatwas Horford's best game as a Wolverine. Just needs to get back to his guy a little quicker afyer helping on d, but he looked aggressive on offense and defense.
Zak Irvin is very good at basketball.
he is just a shooter?
We have younger guys that can get a lot better if they are playing. It may not be comparably optimal to, eg, having McGary in shape/playing, but it will make the team stronger as the year goes by and as March approaches. Hopefully we will see Walton benefit a lot from this - our biggest need is still a point guard who can shoot and distribute the ball consistently.
It's hard to remember at times how young these guys are! Our "vet", Stauskas had some "odd moments" down the stretch that made things closer than it should have been. Any road win in the B10 without your two best players is really an accomplishment. Have to wonder about our defense on the last play AGAIN - open look from the top of the key. Next up Northwestern, who got blown out by Wisky...
In what world isn't Stauskas the best player on the team? He isn't the best athlete, but he is a better basketball player than GRIII. I'd also give him a nod over McGary, but I am glad for all three of them.
was really rough most of the night on both ends of the court. but they found a way to win. that's what good teams do. to win with such adversity; on the road, without mcgary and GRIII and struggling PGs is truly a defining game. thank you big time horford and irvin.
Really. We win our biggest basketball game of the season and you bring up Michigan State. sad really. I focus on Michigan athletics.
Settle down. Was just kidding, kind of. You really need to not let MSU bother you so much based on your posts in the MSU threads.
I'm glad we started out 2014 with a win. Here's to a better year in 2014.
Huge road win. Gotta win on the road to be over .500 in this conference. I like the gameplan Beilein had and Horford played a good game despite missing a few bunnies.
6-8 shooting. can you really expect more; bunnies or not? plus he hit a couple mid range jumpers.
Horford showed some nice touch and how about that Irvin?!? What a great win!
Tonight just showed that we learned from the ISU, Charlotte and Arizona losses.
I won't take anything more from this game.
learning from past mistakes and how to win close games, particularly on the road is huge in College bball.
I agree with the OP completely. Just like tonight, few wins for this team are going to come easy, but if they play their game they can match up with any team in this conference. They can get it done.
We need them for the BIG.
much needed indeed, great to start off the B1G season with a road win. Hope Glenn is okay and not too injured or hurt. Horford played a great game today.
Why was Mitch on the sidelines, when is his surgery?
The BTN guys said Mitch's surgery is Tuesday
this win could be huge for determining bubble teams and/or seeding. In the B1G, every win counts for a lot, as 10-8 would likely get us in safely.
With McGary out it's hard to force the issue, as it leaves us with Morgan, Horford, and Bielfelt(sp) for bigmen and we're to young with Walton and Irvine to put ourself in foul trouble. I believe it was Walton who got called for a foul when the goofer player chest bumped him with both players moving down the court. Huge win. That place was crazy loud and we kept our composure, great way to start the B1G off ! " GO BLUE "
This felt really, really good.
Horford really looks like he's emerging as a leader. Really cool to see him step up on and off the floor in this game.
Horford is another recruiting find for Beilein. He was rail-thin and had next to zero recruiting buzz when Beilein surprisingly offered him. Fast-forward a few years and he gives us 14 and 9 against a big Minnesota front line.
I wouldn't say he had zero recruiting buzz. He has always been a developmental project but his bloodlines alone with his height have him some upside.
He did seem to make a big step forward this game though. The smoothest he has looked as well as the most aggressive. That dunk was a significant play. Also had some nice tough on a jumper.
that make the difference between making the tournament or at the very least bumping us up a seed or two. Great win!
agree, big big win. without mcgary, this is closer to a bubble team, especially till we get walton going.
speaking of, i saw him make the most cerebral read i've seen from him yet ( i thin it was down to horford who missed the bunny). hopefully a sign the game is slowing down for him.
cool to see irvin blowing up. seriously, 5 threes on the road in your first big ten game? i think this was as impressive as any regular season game by a frosh last year (saying a lot). caris is having a great season (wasnt great tonight) but irvin is breathing down his neck for that starting spot.
i think horford/morgan is just good enough that if the rest of this team gels (read, figure out pg thing) we could still really get rolling.
i gotta think 9 B1G wins puts us at least on the bubble. very do able.
I thought Walton had some great minutes tonight including his own personal 5-0 mini-run which included drawing a charging foul on Minnesota. He also had a couple of tough rebounds. He's not yet an opening tip to final buzzer take command, floor general but Beilein has other tricks, like running the offense through Stauskas which they did quite a bit tonight.
he isnt up to speed on the offense but he clearly has tools. i wouldnt mind seeing him play the 2, but i dont think we have the depth at pg - and probably too much depth on the wing anyway.
i trust he'll figure it out eventually. beiliien always gets alot from his pg.
If Michigan wins the next three games, in which they will be strong favorites, then .500 the rest of the way would be 11-7 in the B1G. That not only gets you into the Dance, but a reasonably high seed as well.
and hope this builds momentum for us.
Road wins are tough to come by in conference play and it was huge to pull that one out.
Great to find diff ways to win. No Robinson, Caris not good, Morgan in foul trouble, Stauskas neutralized, but still won. Pays great dividends.
I feel like our on ball defense is so much better this year as a whole. Really sucks that we didn't have the same defense last year to go along with that magical offense.
I took a picture with him, my sister and girlfriend after the game tonight. He was in a boot. He said it was just a sprain though. He did try and warmup midway though the 2nd half and then sat back down.
Really need to piggy back off this and win the next 3. 4-0 heading to Madison would be wonderful.
But Robinson is not our best player.
Any conference road win is HUGE!
an opening night win when the reality of seasonal expectations haven't been dimmed by actual performance in key matchups. Nobody won easily on the road this week in their openers besides the Badgers who beat up on Northwestern last night.
Michigan showed character, chemistry and patience in their victory despite failing to put the game out of reach with a three possession lead in the final 40 seconds. Playing through injuries enables this team to understand how valuable every contribution and execution is when you are seeking to close a team out. I think Walton showed great will, passion and desire to lead along with Stauskas who has become the creative leader of this offense.
The defense made three straight stops that enabled Michigan to grab the lead and hold off the Gophers when the back and forth action seemed to suggest Minnesota might prevail.
I love the way Belein coaches this team in a way that alwys suggests he is imparting a game lesson and that the consequence of winning and losing is secondary to getting his kids to constinue learning how to play when faced with adversity. I think that is the message of this long season and that contest will help going forward especially in Madison.
There's only one team I want Michigan to beat this year above all others, and that is Wisconsin.
Of course beating the rivals and winning the conference is paramount, but I will take special pleasure in beating the Badgers, especially in Madison.
I've followed JB since before he arrived at Michigan. I think he is he best x's and o's technician in the game today. If there is a way to win he will schematically put his players in that position. That's one of the reasons he was successful with Nobody rosters.
Give him great players and you saw last year what can happen.
Great win to start conference play on the road no less. I think the team is starting to find its identity and gel at this point. While I'm not sure this team is as bad as some lamented previously I still had high hopes as all but one of the teams they have lost to are top 15 teams.
This team could be better than most think, but by no stretch are they yet the best in the conference. Here's to hoping they keep improving and notch many more conference wins. 2014 has been good to us thus far.