to play football, not to play trumpet
The thing is, we could have the best team in the nation for the next 10 years and it is still not a guarantee to go 5-0 against the best competition in the nation and get back to this game. It's not college football.
the Spartan troll.
Looks like somebody's mom forgot to take her pill before she fucked her brother. Let me guess, are you an 18 year old third grader from Ohio, or are you a Mickey's drinking, Axe reeking, Skrillex blowing bro from EL?
Unfortunately I had the same thought pretty much right after the game ended. Better teams than this have failed to reach the finals. The tournament format is so exciting but it also makes for more random results than probably any other sport. That's why it hurts so much to get so close but not win, knowing how tough it will be to get back no matter how good future teams will be. This one will sting for a while.
It is SO HARD to go through the NCAA tourney. One off night and you're done. The best team often doesn't win the whole thing because it's just about whoever is on a hot streak. I just wanna stay around the Sweet 16/ Elite 8 level for the next couple of years.
Your post just made my night!!! Thank you for the laughs!
I remember making a comment (that was upvoted!!!) a few years back that said that if Coach Beilein made the NCAA Tournament every year, got a few Sweet 16s and then transitioned to a hot yong coach everybody would be happy. LOL @ that.
Ha! You came here hoping to get a glimpse at how small we feel and instead we got to see how small you are. Good luck at life.
Your grammar makes it seem like you couldn't even get into a school that burns couches. Shame on you, where did your high school finish in the tournament this year? Certainly not playing for the title. Go back to cooking
was your team doing tonight wanker?
Maybe he was just a little tired from polishing all the awards that numerous organizations have independently heaped on him.
Please remove the peasant.
You mean Craft... Burke was the one who got McGary involved late in the season... And having double doubles in points and assists doesn't qualify him as a bad player. Go home, and look at your facts. Maybe find a couple of friends... That's a decent solution to fill time instead of going on your rival team's blog and just flaming up a storm. Get a life.
Thanks. I needed a laugh.
Didn't even flinch what a boss
Perfect. If I hadn't just noticed your MGoPoints, I'd say you're exactly what this blog needs right now. Good god, man
Hats off to the kids who worked their tails off for several years to get to this point. It was an awesome, unexpected ride that didn't deserve to end like this. One team loses, one team wins, this is true. We lost by 6 points to a damn good basketball team. Just sucks that the "Patino to the HOF the same day he wins Nat'l title" is too good of a story line to allow anything else to happen. Even if calls were missed, obvious calls have that game letting the players on the floor decide who wins. That game had every right to be within 2 points at the finish, and someone on either side deserved to be able to make a play, make a shot, make a defensive stand to win the game.
History will show that this was the most talented team we've ever had. I don't know that we'll have this good a chance at a national title for a long time.
I don't see another national title appearance for a long long time.
THJ, GRIII, and McGary back for next season, we will be absolutely loaded offensively. Defense should come as well with time. Sad thing is, though, I see all of them leaving. Great and memorable season, though.
True enough. But I am not going to post anymore tonight. I am not in a good place right now. Sorry of I offended anyone.
I'm not so sure about ANY of them leaving. THJ is the most likely but he can correct some inconsistency with another year and make a big jump in the draft. The other two can potentially be POTY candidates next year after getting their freshman jitters out. Burke will advise both of them to stay. We have two of the best recruits in the country coming in next year in Walton and Irvin and we all know Beilein can get the best out of his recruits. Kentucky will be scary next year, but we'll push for the Big10 and make a run.
that is not happening.
don't be ridiculous.
they deserve the money they will get in the nba
History will show that you were incorrect.
Burke and McGary will be very good NBA players. Robinson will be a good one. Hardaway and Stauskus will be role players in the NBA. Morgan and Horford could potentially make pro rosters. That has never happened and will probably never happen again at U-M.
The 89 team and fab five teams had as many pros as this team and both likely had more lottery picks than this team.
I'm old enough. I think we'll look back at upon this team in ten years and realize how incredible it was to have five legit NBAers on the team. Burke, McGary, and Robinson will all be lottery picks if they time it right. Hardaway and Stauskus will have longer, better pro careers than King or Jackson just because of size and niche skill set, respectively.
Um, but they're not all leaving. Plus, you're looking at their potential only and then making the claim that Michigan can't do better. We were the most inexperienced team in the tourney! Michigan could win a title with less talent and more experience.
The Fab Five had a Hall of Famer, a 20-year veteran and Jalen Rose. I'd be shocked if this team comes close to that. Plus, there's no way in hell Stauskus becomes a quality NBA role player. He vanishes far too often.
True. No one has ever improved their game beyond their freshman year.
Jon Deibler is Stauskus's best case scenario and he doesn't play NBA basketball. I just don't see it.
Stauskas id forget.... Too soft to play at next level
glen rice, loy vaught, terry mills, rumeal robinson, sean higgins....
1992... you know who
2012/13...again, you know who.
there will be others to come.
I didn't see a title game team this year two years ago either. We know we have a coach with an almost unreasonably good eye for talent and a university that has committed massive amounts of capital and effort to make sure you're wrong. There's and old saying where I'm from... You don't sell Dave Brandon short. The man wants titles and by God I believe he is going to bring us titles come hell, high water, or atrocious officiating.
If you thought the loss was painful, I've got some bad news for you: it is now baseball season.
Oh hey troll, I didn't see your team play tonight, what time were they on?
All the negativity about us not being able to make it back to a title game for a long time might just be misguided due to the circumstances tonight but come on! Coach B has built a solid foundation with incredible recruits coming in, we will be battling for years to come and in the thick of it.
at getting back here again. We have talent all over the roster with more coming in. If only Trey and Jr go, we could still get back. It's pretty damned hard, for sure, but with the players we have now and we have coming in, why would we give up and assume another lengthy exit from the big stage? Doesn't make sense. We exited before because we screwed up off the court. There are no signs that this will happen again with the leadership we have in the coaching box. It's silly.
Can you please kick these ignorant Ohio fans out? They really need to get out of their trailers more often.
In the last ten minutes of the first half, without Burke, against the best team in the country:
All year I've heard how completely dependent this team is on him. They showed tonight they're ready to stand on their own.
That I haven't read any "fire bee line" comments tonight. Kinda outta place, but didn't think it was a thread worthy comment. Proud if everybody tonight.
the first time all 5 freshman were on the floor at the same time this year? I don't recall it happening all year and tonight they did great together on the floor.
I know it's incredibly tough, but I could see this team (if all 5 freshman stay and THJ), making another run. Scan the country, and the best teams heading into next year are who? North Carolina, Duke, Arizona? We look like a top 5 team. Certainly top 10, and we won't be the third youngest team in the country.
I think Siva was their only sr that started. UK will be ranked pretty high too. OSU will probably be up there. They have most of their players coming back and a couple of the younger guys really started stepping up towards the end of the year.
about Ca$hipari's NBAD-Leauge squad. Easy considering how bad they were this year. They'll be the pre-season #1. Speaking of the southern mid-major, Florida could be good again too.
OSU is a good call, but I'm not sure who they're go to guy is for points.
Regardless, we now have a legit reason to look forward to October 15 for something other than a football game week.
I think there's some question if Dieng bails due to weak draft year issues, but yeah, wow, Siva's the only senior.
Espn didnt have us in there early top 25
...and it is perhaps the dumbest look ahead I've ever read.
So, we lose one player and bring in #12 recruiting class and are...not top 25. Sparty loses one player, brings in a nothing recruiting class and are...#3?!? Kentucky loses in the first round...of the NIT, and is preseason #1? Until those freshmen show up and play, not buying it. Their freshmen this year were supposed to reload, as they were preseason #3.
Okay, Burke was POY, but Spike + Walton only < Burke, not <<<< Burke. And when you factor in our current freshmen making their biggest improvement, plus the overall effect of replacing the value of Burke, Vogrich, McLimans, Akunne, Person, and Bartlestein with Walton, Irvin, and Donnal, I just don't get how you drop from the 2nd best team in the nation to around #30.
Stauskas, GRIII, McGary, LeVert, Albrecht. If any of the rest of them make the leap like Mitch did in the Tourney, we might actually be, ahem, a BETTER team than this year...and I didn't even mention improvements by Horford and Morgan. Biggest thing possible - toughness and strength. Levert and Robinson especially need a year in the weight room.
We should still be pretty damned good next year.
Problem is McGary feeds off of Trey Burke, and with him sitting out almost all of the first half he wasn't able to do much. That and foul trouble. At this point McGary isn't dominant enough to create his own points, that will come though...man am I excited for next year!
So we have 5 seniors gone and almost certainly 1-4 players leaving early yet our incoming class is 3 players? Shouldn't we have gotten more guys?
This season should be evidence of the fact that we are indeed in good hands now and for the future. There have been several threads around here in the past few weeks which have touched on aspects of this, but the overarching themes in all of them are the talent that has come to Michigan both to coach and play as well as the culture around this team.
John Beilein has built this program - through recruiting and being an advocate for it - into a program which has awesome new facilities and revamped its culture into one that consistently strives to be better. He has recruited talent which thrives in his system, and through program-building and with the help of runs like this run, will be doing so for a while. Despite the loss last night, the future hasn't been brighter for Michigan hoops in a long time.
There is now a culture around this program that everyone has a role and that role is essential to the team's success and they are all appreciative of one another. Last night, they played as a unit, and one of the most important players was not even a starter and no one hesitates to point that out in interviews. It's a small thing but it is a detail which will get this team farther - in many cases - than most would expect on paper.
I think we're set up as a program to be in many future "discussions" in March, if you will. It is not a bad place to be at all.
No shame in losing to a good team like Louisville
Michigan went a lot further than I'd thought they'd go and a lot of boys became men during the ride
Hopefully Burke stays but if he doesn't the program is in good hands with other prospects
We played hard till the very end ! Couldn't be more proud !
the Wolverines. Sad to see Burke have to exaggerate the effects of the holding, grabbing, cross checking, etc., to urge a foul call. Every time downcourt there were Cardinals fouling the ballhandler. Dan Patrick and Doug (forgot his last name) were commenting today on the horrendous officiating, tilted heavily against Michigan. When the poor officiating could have arguably cost UM the game, I have good reason to be disgusted with them. This team did not deserve that sort of treatment by the refs. Go Blue