Mich favored by 13.5 over IU in Bloomington

Mich favored by 13.5 over IU in Bloomington

Submitted by PeterKlima on September 26th, 2010 at 9:33 PM
I just notice we have moved up to 13.5 point favorites against Indiana this weekend in Bloomington.

http://www.vegasinsider.com/college-football/odds/las-vegas/line-moveme…

I think we win, but that seems REALLY high considering IU's offensive power.

Let's hope the money is right.

MSU/Wiscy-UM/Indiana scenarios

MSU/Wiscy-UM/Indiana scenarios

Submitted by MGlobules on September 26th, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Let's assume for the sake of argument two plausible scenarios for next week: MSU gets their hat handed to them by Wisconsin, and we beat Indiana on the road. 

What kind of psychological condition is MSU in when they travel to Ann Arbor a week later?

Possibilities: 

a) they don't give a crap; they're our little brother and they want to kill us

b) their egos are dented and they play with less conviction/confidence

c) they're more dangerous still

d) something that I haven't thought of

 

P.S. If this kind of looking ahead or conjecture is not your cup of tea, that's great; you are not required to respond

Away Game Seating

Away Game Seating

Submitted by UMAmaizinBlue on September 23rd, 2010 at 3:34 PM

My friend and I are planning on going to the game at IU this year, and this will be our first time in Bloomington. We've both taken trips to EL for an MSU-UM game before to sit in the student section, but other than that, we have no experience in other stadiums in the Big Ten.

 

We were planning on buying tickets through the UM ticket office in order to sit with other Michigan fans, but we were told that the seats were at the mercy of the IU Athletic Dept. I don't mind having "bad" seats if it means I sit with fellow Wolverines, but we can easily get "bad" tickets from other sources for a cheaper price.

 

I guess my question can be both general and specific:

  • Can anyone who has gone to a game @ IU comment on the seating of opposing fans?
  • How "nice" are other B10 seats for opposing fans?

 

If anything I'm curious to know how other B10 stadiums seat their opposing fans, especially given that our own athletic department seats many opposing fans in the top rows in the SE corner of the stadium.

Question about the 1979 Michigan-Indiana game

Question about the 1979 Michigan-Indiana game

Submitted by SportsBrewKings on July 26th, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Without giving too much boring information, I live in South Carolina and my parents are big Clemson fans. I miraculously became a Michigan fan after seeing Desmond strike the pose in 1991. I was 6. I've been obsessed ever since.

I've seen the 1979 highlights countless times but growing up in SC and not being able to attend my first Michigan game until 2006, I don't get to talk Michigan football history with many people, aside from MGoBlog, forums, etc.

Was there anything significant about the Indiana game of 1979? I realize how ridiculously awesome Wangler to Carter is by itself but is there any storyline behind that game? I've just always wondered if that game had more context or if it was simply a great moment in Michigan football history. Can anyone help?

Baseball: BTT Games 1 & 2 Open Thread

Baseball: BTT Games 1 & 2 Open Thread

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on May 26th, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Michigan doesn't play today, but they'll take the highest seed of the two teams winning. Game 1 is half way through with Iowa tying it up 4-4. The big surprise in this game is Purdue's coach Doug Schreiber starting their #2 starter and saving ace Matt Bischoff for game two. Well, despite a solid start from #2 Matt Morgan, he's been removed from the game after a Hawkeye 4-run 5th.

It's vital for a team to avoid the loser's bracket, especially those that don't get a bye. They'll have to win 6(!) games in a row to finish the tournament. That's 7 games in 5 days. No way any team has the arms to do that. By saving Bischoff for a potential winner's bracket game, Scheiber has essentially said we're winning it in 3 games or bust.

Indiana and Northwestern are due to start at 3:30pm ET. Both the current game and the 3:30pm are both being shown, as all games in the tournament, on BTN live.

Baseball: Conference Midpoint Recap

Baseball: Conference Midpoint Recap

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on April 25th, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Side Note: Derek Dennis's status is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

With half of the Big Ten regular season complete, it's time to take a look at the conference to see where Michigan is and what it will take to get a good seed in the Big Ten Tournament. In this post, we'll walk through the series we've already completed and then look at the opponents we still have on the schedule.

So, for all you late comers to the baseball season, here's what you need to know.

Where We've Been

@Indiana

Series Record

2-1

Indiana Recap

Scores

16-10

6-4

6-26

Game One

Wild and crazy high scoring affair as it goes back and forth
after Michigan was all but dead early. Dufek wins it in the
10th with a RBI double. Two bench clearings. Crazy.

Game Two

Brosnahan is sporadic but his emotion carries him through
for the win in a well pitched game by both teams. Michigan's
early lead is enough to get by.

Game Three

Katzman makes the start and can't get through the first. Yours
truly quits the game early as Michigan was down 17.

Outlook Then

For as exciting and tense as the first two games of the series
were, the last game left a sour taste in the mouth. IU was
better than expected and Leininger is the real deal.

While not much has changed in terms of outlook, Indiana hasn't turned out just as good as I expected either. They've been quite inconsistent, with their top hitters going ice cold the weak after they torched us. That freeze of course happened against Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes a pretty easy 2-1 series victory. They did sweep Iowa, though, something Michigan couldn't do.

Purdue

Series Record

2-1

Purdue Recap

Scores

5-8

6-4

9-4

Game One

Alan Oaks continued to struggle and Michigan could do nothing
with Purdue's Matt Bischoff in the loss.

Game Two

Big inning early and a solid Brosnahan start allows Michigan to
coast to a victory with Burgoon locking down the 8-9th.

Game Three

Brandon Sinnery gets his first start and makes good. A 7-run
4th inning caps off Ryan LaMarre's POTW winning series.

Outlook Then

Michigan is going to continue to make decent to good pitchers
look great. We're hitting well overall though, and attendance
has been great. We'll take 2-1 if the loss is Bischoff.

The loss to Bischoff is still nothing to worry about. It really would have helped for Michigan to get a sweep. Ohio State isn't on their schedule, but I'm not sure if that helps or hurts us. Purdue may be able to steal a game from the Buckeyes, or they may get blown out in all three.

@Illinois

Series Record

2-1

Illinois Recap

Scores

17-1

2-6

11-4

Game One

Alan Oaks is back! 8 innings of great pitching and the offense
explodes for 17 runs? We're rolling.

Game Two

The bats fall asleep and Brosnahan has his shaky start that
should be good enough for a win. Bad defense doesn't help.

Game Three

After 3 ugly innings by both teams, Tyler Burgoon steps in and
shuts down the Illini for Pitcher OTW honors. Offense explodes
late, sparked by POTW Patrick Biondi.

Outlook Then

2-1 series win over a BTT contender will work. We really had
a good chance to sweep if offense can stay consistent.

Things haven't changed much here in a week. Illinois lost 2 of 3 at Michigan State, which means the Spartans are just keeping pace with us.

Iowa

Series Record

1-2

Iowa Recap

Scores

2-5

3-5

7-5

Game One

Jarred Hippen is really good. He overshadowed anything
Michigan related in this game.

Game Two

Due to rain in the forecast, it was a double header, & Hippen
momentum carried right through game 2. Michigan grabbed an
early lead then blew a big inning. Brosnahan's luck runs dry.

Game Three

Michigan jumps ahead and, for the most part, stays ahead.
Offense finally shows up late in the game.

Outlook Then

1-2 isn't going to cut it. Losing one to Iowa in the Hippen
start would have been alright. Letting game 2 get away
shows lack of leadership.

That happened. Nothing has happened in our season and it still stings. I can't wait for this weekend to come so I can get it out of my head. Plus, the Buckeyes did us a favor losing a home series to Penn State just so we could keep pace.

After the jump, we look at the present and then haphazardly predict the future.

Oversigning in NCAA Baseball

Oversigning in NCAA Baseball

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on April 8th, 2010 at 9:43 PM

The BuckeyeNine interviewed Indiana's Tracy Smith in build up to their series this weekend. The last question had to do with the oversigning problem that Rich Maloney also laments about constantly, and the response is definitely worth a link.

Now, I do believe the Big Ten recognized this as a huge disadvantage for our league and instituted a rule change this year that allows schools to over sign up to one scholarship spread over two players.

It does help, but when other schools are over signing by 6-8 scholarships, the playing field is not even close to being even. The part that drives me nuts is nobody talks about this issue. Everyone wants to talk about weather, and huge stadiums, etc., as being the things the hold our conference back, but it’s not. The issue of over-signing is the real problem.

My friends who coach at southern schools laugh when I tell them that we can’t over-sign kids until our underclassmen physically sign a contact. They are like, “how in the heck do you guys recruit?” I have my response down to a science now, I put my hands behind my back and say, “like this.”

Big Ten coaches in baseball haven't been able to sign players until their players who leave early for the draft actually sign their pro contracts in June-August. That leaves them potentially 2 months before school starts to find talent to replace their draft picks. So pretty much, they're left with no options as nearly everyone signs either in the fall or spring. What kid with talent is going to wait until after their summer season is over to decide to go to a school? Yeah, no one.

Couple other good questions, including Smith recruiting his own son to graduate early and play an immediate role in the IU baseball team. Pretty interesting if you can put up with reading white and red text on a black background. I just typed this whole post while still blind.

Baseball: Indiana Recap

Baseball: Indiana Recap

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on April 4th, 2010 at 4:33 PM

slides safe
LaMarre back on the field, picture by Aaron Ferguson, IU Athletics

Michigan went into Bloomington this weekend for a three game set to open conference play. The first two games were high intensity with plenty of drama, the last game was a huge let down. Despite that let down, Michigan currently sits tied for first place with 4 other Big Ten teams as we emerge 2-1 on the weekend.  That's more important than how badly the team face planted on Sunday.

So for full recap, take the jump. My thoughts on the series come after the individual game recaps.

Baseball: Indiana Series Notes

Baseball: Indiana Series Notes

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on April 1st, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Michigan (13-9)

@

Indiana (12-11)

Friday 3pm, Sembower Field, Bloomington, IN
Alan Oaks (3-3, 2.79 ERA) vs Walker Stadler (3-2, 4.91 ERA)
Stats Audio (IU)  
Notes: Michigan is 125-56 all time, including 1-2 in Ann Arbor last year

Michigan

@

Indiana

Saturday 2pm, Sembower Field, Bloomington, IN
Bobby Brosnahan(2-2, 4.15 ERA) vs TBA
Stats Audio (IU)  
Notes:

Michigan

@

Indiana

Sunday 1pm, Sembower Field, Bloomington, IN
TBA vs Drew Leininger (3-1, 1.22 ERA)
Stats Audio (IU)  
Notes: My guess is Miller starts. I've heard rumors of Katzman.

Having done the pretty thorough Q&A already (and returning the favor here), I'm not going to focus a ton on previewing Indiana in this post; instead, I'll focus just on a few thoughts.

They come after the jump: