"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
We just lost to Penn State... I don't even know anymore... Snowflakes
It was embarrasing. But it was a meaningless regular season game. Better to have a wake up call now when less is on the line than like last year in the tournament
And if we can't beat Penn State, losing 3 of our last four and an early out in the B1G Tourney is not the makings of a 2 seed.
I care about making a deep tournament run much more than a big ten championship, which has become basically a meaningless title since the big ten tournament.
And yeah, a long tournament run cures all ills. But after losing to Penn State, I'm not sure anything less than a Final Four heals all wounds. Elite 8 and might be breaking even. I'm not sure Sweet 16, which should be a given with this team really makes up for tonight.
And regular season title > B1G Tournment title. Regular season determines a champ; the tourney is just a money grab.
Just seem the team gave up tonight. Not a good sign as we approach the tourney! It still possible to win out but this team will have to play with a lot more effort! I could see both MSU and iU beating us at home fairly easily if we don't play harder! Games like this make me wish spring football was here! But I'm still hoping that the team can recover after such a horrific loss!
attitude and heart, this team is NOT getting to the Sweet 16. They clearly don't have the leadership and experience to get very far. Talent yes. But, that isn't nearly enough.
Should've been the wake up call on top of the three other road wake up calls in February. A 3-4 record in the month of February is brutal.
Snowflakes? This is going to be a goddamn blizzard.
This is as bad as Kansas's loss to TCU
Bunch of pussies with no heart or commitment to defense. Useless on defense.
Sums up how I feel. I don't know how much more I can yell at the TV to block out and play some damn D! Every team outhustles us.....every one. What the hell? It is McGary and THJ playing with emotion and that is it. A whole game of "Aw shucks" defense.
Remember that these are kids, most of them can't even drink. It is inevitable that there will be some growing pains. How about we put together a highlight reel of all the stupid mistakes mgobloggers made in their twenties and then we broadcast it on television.
You can be sad that we lost - it hurts, I know - but think about how you would feel if someone was saying those things about your kid.
i cant imagine what the team is thinking right now - just gotta MIB mind erase this one.
also, i think the team is calling themselves the same stuff this guy is saying, probably worse. they arent kids - they are grown men who know how to take the heat when they lose to the worst team in the conference. no need to coddle them.
What i would question would be beilein defenses in his coaching career - has this guy put up elite type defenses? I am questioning the man's defensive coaching ceiling without any basis here but he may not have a solid defensive mind.
Stauskas was the worst offender. 12 points on 9 shots does not make up for his deficiencies on the other end of the floor. What happened to the swag?
I want to say it's time for him to come off the bench instead of start, but who do we put in his place...?
I think Belein needs to be seriously questioned. He has completely lost this team, and the effort on defense is beyond embarassing.
The only reason we're all so righteously pissed right now is because Beilein took us from the netherworld all the way up to the point where we were expecting to be a 1-seed
What say you, Phil in Scio Township?
I'm not saying that his job should be questioned. I'm saying there are legitimate questions to ask about how he is preparing the team and why they are getting worse as the season goes on.
That's fair. But to say he has "completely lost this team" when they are 23-5 is going overboard.
I dunno. 3-4 in the month of February. A complete whooping at the hands of Sparty, poor coaching decisions down the stretch that led to an OT loss to Wisconsin, barely and uninspiringly hanging on at home against the worst team in the B1G and now, when at least a share of the Big Ten title was in our control, we just gave PSU their first conference win of the season when we were up by 15 with 10 minutes left.
There's an immense amount of talent on this team, enough to win a national championship I dare say. Understandbly, any team is going to struggle in this conference, however, the way we tumbled so suddenly and in such apathetic fashion is inexcusable. To say Beilein has lost this team (to a very mild extent) is not as far fetched as it seems. A team doesn't just go from #1 on Feb 3rd to by the end of the month having 4 more losses, including one against the worst team in the conference, unless mental mistakes are occuring by all members of the team, coaches and players alike.
Now, do I think Beilein lost this team? No. From what I heard from sources directly connected to the program, they've been lost since day one; At each other's throats and not getting along by the time the freshmen first rolled in. That lack of comraderie and morale is finally affecting them as their pure talent can no longer coast them through games this late in the season. They need to wake up and decide if they want to be champs. We'll know on Sunday what they decided to do.
I had thought the off-the-court chemistry was pretty good
Or was I just eating up the mgoblue and mlive feel-good stories?
... in the person of Trey Burke.
people were trying to compare them to the Fab 5 which is ridiculous. Its the most talent we have had in 15 years, but that is not saying a whole lot.
you're gonna piss the God's off. Hush
I has them
When I made this exact thread after UM lost to PSU, I got removed as a mod
Lulz PSU lulz
Sweet 16 and that's all folks. Too young, and an overreliance on Burke.
Sweet 16 would be amazing with the way we have played this entire month. Seriously, our last dominant game was Jan 30th vs Northwestern. Even when we beat Illinois this past week, we played one good half only.
Any 15 seed that can commit to outhustling them and outworking them has a real good shot of winning. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they lost in the first round. Also wouldn't surprise me to see them in the Final Four. Such a wishy washy and confusing team...
That was terrible. Only snowflake was Beilien actually calling out Stauskas' on his pathetic defense
am i you? Nice post ^
Absolutely no rotations on defense. Morgan is the only one who even looks to have a clue on defense. Pathetically bad. Stauskas needs to sit whether that's in favor of Caris(who brings good defense) or McGary who would give us two bigs and more intensity, I do not know. But either way he needs to come off the bench.
I think I agree. Stauskas is becoming a liability. His 20% 3-pt. these days shooting isn't worthy of keeping him on the floor.
meh, all things considered, i'd much rather lose this game than lose in 3 weeks.
you make it sound as though the two are mutually exclusive
But they're really not dependent on each other either. Teams have bad games. Duke had a game like this against BC that they pulled out because BC couldn't make a bucket at the end. This stuff happens, so let's not get all chicken little just yet.
Bad game? They haven't played well in weeks. This team refuses to hustle defensively, and it's gonna kill them in the BT tournament and the NCAA tournament.
Well, it's a good thing that's how it works. Since we lost now, it's guaranteed that we won't lose in three weeks. I don't know why every team doesn't follow this awesome strategy.
Maybe losing this game and looking like crap during the past few weeks is a good indicator that we will lose in three weeks.
How does this comment still have 2 points? This is idiotic and typical of an ESPN.COM comment. Is your IQ lower than tonight's score?
Come on Herm, let's all play nice
How did Herm get sent to Bolivia? This better be epic.
Herm remembers when Bolivia was called "Upper Peru," and probably prefers to still refer to it thusly.
I think it was because he (and by "he" I mean RDT) used some overly profane language and Profitgoblue decided it was over the line. There was probably a warning or something.