February 27th, 2013 at 7:22 PM ^

Penn State on par to score 20+ above their conference average against us, again.   Ugh.  I also feel like every single game I hear about how are turning the ball over much more than our season average... at some point doesn't our average go up?


February 27th, 2013 at 7:20 PM ^

This koala kid or whatever his name is does nothing but camp 2 inches outside the charge circle. Excellent strategy. Like an annoying COD player


February 27th, 2013 at 7:21 PM ^

Hire our own full-time referees.  The B1G makes too much money not to be able to have their own full-time refs in football and hoops.  If the Big East could go to 6 personal fouls for a couple years, we should be able to lobby to have our own refs.


February 27th, 2013 at 7:25 PM ^

Nice idea in theory, but then where do they come from.

No good referee is going to willingly limit his number of games by agreeing to only work the B10.  Therefore, you're stuck with the refs who are willing to do that and they certainly will be bottom of the barrel.


February 27th, 2013 at 7:31 PM ^

According to Outside the Lines back in 2010 (

This quote from the article: "The average Division I ref might make $50,000 a year, if he can officiate 40 to 60 games a season, but that's before taxes -- and that earning power goes away the minute a guy is injured or sick or can't work for whatever reason."

This is referring to college basketball, but I'd let this be the starting point in the conversation.  I think the B1G should at least look into it.  



February 27th, 2013 at 7:35 PM ^

Interesting. The B10, however, gets the top officials in the game. Guys that routinely work 80-90 games and thus are making closer to $80,000+ a year.

Can we really pay the top X officials 80k a year to work only 20-30 games each?

I don't see the referees going for it. Especially considering working only B10 games is going to affect their upward mobility (re: working the national tournament).

Maize and Blue…

February 27th, 2013 at 7:26 PM ^

They have a shot at a BIG championship and that's the type of effort in the first half.  Also, what does it take for Coach B to figure out he needs to cover the inbounder at the end of the half? 4.1 seconds and they give up an 8 foot jumper. Good thing PSU doesn't shoot all that well.


February 27th, 2013 at 7:27 PM ^

Here's the shooting at halftime:


  FG% 3FG% FT% Eff. FG%
MICHIGAN 53.6% 22.2% 87.5% 57.1%
PENN STATE 41.9% 50.0% 71.4%


We've got eight offensive rebounds and eighteen overall, which is a much better pace than last week. We could stand a few less turnovers in the second half (10 compared to Penn State's 7), but otherwise very competitive and, from an offensive standpoint, in Michigan's favor. Having Morgan out there definitely helps - he was responsible for half of the offensive rebounds last week despite playing less than half the game, although McGary has the most of anyone tonight.


February 27th, 2013 at 7:27 PM ^

Look top teams have lost to worse teams already this season.

Not playing the best at the moment but I think this team will pick it up in the second half. Good way to almost score the last four points of the half and it started with good defense McGary.


February 27th, 2013 at 7:31 PM ^

Cut the turnovers down and hit a couple threes. I think we still hit Kenpom's prediction.

Trying to figure out our 3-pt defense here....

Our rotations are often too slow or too late. I think what we're really missing is that on-the-ball defender that can recover from the ball screen quick enough so we don't have to wait on rotating back into place.

I won't be surprised to see some 2-3 in the second half.


February 27th, 2013 at 7:32 PM ^

I would really like to see a team just go cold against us. Like have a ton of things open and just miss it. We have our share of this, but it feels like forever since a team has done this against us.