February 9th, 2013 at 5:11 PM ^

I was high fiving the other Michigan fan in my section, happy that the dude in front of me who stood up every time a shot was taken would be disappointed. Then that happened.

UM Indy

February 9th, 2013 at 5:41 PM ^

I question the coaching. JB is a great coach, certainly smart enough to know the ONLY thing that can't happen at the end of regulation is a friggin 3. Is this a case of him telling kids to foul and them not doing it? Kids failing to execute happens. Extremely frustrating in such a situation but it happens. OR is this a case where the coaches just missed it and decided to play it out? Inexcusable if that happened. This is Michigan. If we've learned nothing else, we should know if there's a half court prayer against us in crunch time, it's going in.


February 9th, 2013 at 7:24 PM ^

How many basketball games at the collegiate level have you coached? You do not have a clue about how easy or hard it is to get 18-23 year olds to do something in a hostile arena . Whining and criticizing coaches about things you know nothing about seems to be the way you deal with any loss . Sometimes, the other guys get the calls or non-calls and get lucky too.


February 9th, 2013 at 11:12 PM ^

So fouling Burst, who got his shot off with a good second to spare, would have given Wiscy the ball out of bounds at half-court with ~1.5-2.0 seconds to go.  And within range of a normal catch-and-shoot three point shot.

A miracle three-point runner trumps strategy.  I think the chance of making three free throws from the next foul on the ensuing play would be greater than the chance of making that prayer.


February 9th, 2013 at 6:39 PM ^

The thing is fouling isn't a 100% foolproof solution either. Foul them, now they're inbounding at half court and have a decent chance at an even better shot, never mind if they manage to get into the act of shooting while getting fouled. I've seen other people mentioning putting a defender on the inbounder as if that can't give up even better shots. And sometimes the other team doesn't let your players do what you told them to do. The coaching limited them to a really low percentage shot, but sometimes shit happens. Criticizing the coaching after that is looking at the results instead of the process when no process is 100% foolproof.


February 10th, 2013 at 2:13 PM ^

The play you linked to is incredibly unlikely to happen.  They basically threw the ball up and hoped someone caught it.  If you tried that 100 times, I'd bet you'd convert 2 or 3.  On the other hand, allowing an uncontested pass to center court to a player in stride allows a pretty good look.  College players can make near half-court shots.  We've seen it twice under JB, and it's pretty inexcusable.

UofM Die Hard …

February 11th, 2013 at 11:01 AM ^

made a half court shot to push it to OT, how can you question coaching on that?  If the foul they had was to put them on the line then you foul the first person you see.  JB should take no heat from that. 

They made a clutch shot and took that momentum into OT.  


February 9th, 2013 at 5:33 PM ^

Ace, I am so glad you moved his face down. I had to make myself not look at the main part of the page when I was checking the boards.

I never want to see that skeleton again. F*CK them always hitting half court shots on us


February 9th, 2013 at 5:45 PM ^

...and the schadenfreude from some of the little tykes community is annoying.

Good grief, Big Ten Basketball. The muppets seem like so long ago...alright, on to Tuesday-and a date with Sparty. 


February 9th, 2013 at 6:36 PM ^

Kansas doesn't suck, but they aren't that good. They should definitely be outside the top 12 now. Honestly, Indiana, Michigan, and Duke are the top 3 teams IMO; with Florida, Gonzaga, and Miami composing the second tier. Arizona could make a case to be in the second tier group of teams but they looked non-competitive at home against UCLA.


February 9th, 2013 at 6:46 PM ^

Agreed except I think Miami is going to get some love as a top 3 or 4 team this week. They had some really bad losses early but now seem to be the "sexy" pick.

Not sure what Florida's early season resume looks like but I'm not sold on them. Granted, I just watched them get destroyed at Arkansas.

Michigan will still be Top 3 on Monday.


February 9th, 2013 at 7:42 PM ^

I'm getting sick and fucking tired of away game refs, and shut the fuck up Dakich about how the refs missing 20-some fouls against us is great officiating.  Every time we took it to the hoop we got fouled, they didnt call a single one.  Worst officiating Ive seen all season which is impressive.


February 9th, 2013 at 8:20 PM ^

is it me or does anyone else feel the same way I do?  Everytime Michigan loses especially the close losses at Ohio, today, bowl game, ND, and Neb.  That I don't want to do anything productive the rest of the day and rather just sleep it off.   I hate losing more than anything maybe its me being so competitive but I don't take it that well. 


February 9th, 2013 at 8:39 PM ^

the no calls by the refs, coaching is the reason we lost today.  Not having someone guard the inbound pass is unacceptable.  Given there was only 2.6 seconds on the clock and you want to foul when the ball gets in bounds why would you setup at almost mid court and not put a man on the person inbounding the ball.  We're just lucky that Levert didn't foul because it would have been a four point play and there would not have been an OT.


February 10th, 2013 at 7:58 AM ^

Don't worry Burke. One game, when it really matters like in the NCAA tournament, you are going to make that shot.  No one will care about the ones you miss in the regular season.  Then we will mentally high five.