3/18 Round of 32 Open Thread

Submitted by urbanachiever on March 18th, 2018 at 5:33 PM

A thread to talk about basketball that is actually happening. Reveling in Spartan tears can happen in the other 5 threads recently created.

Our next opponent is playing right now: Texas A&M and UNC on CBS



March 18th, 2018 at 5:47 PM ^

Is anyone else having trouble with the NCAA tournament app? It keeps cutting to commercial in the middle of play for this game only. It's fucking maddening.


March 18th, 2018 at 6:00 PM ^

Man, both these teams are beastly.   But the picture of Beilein in a room with his assistant coaches watching this game intently gives me hope.

Maybe they are even eating subs.


March 18th, 2018 at 6:00 PM ^

The rest of my night is basically Texas A&M / UNC and then whatever game I want, having eventually gained knowledge of who we will face on Thursday. As I said last night (well, earlier today technically), I need to set my baseline paranoia level and know whose numbers to pour over when I am in a meeting or something. 


March 18th, 2018 at 6:06 PM ^

not smart.  That was the dumbest travel ever.

With a week to prep, Beilein could have these guys running in circles.


March 18th, 2018 at 6:08 PM ^

i was telling people not to sleep on A&M against UNC.  they underachieved this year and have some good athletes; likely a couple nba players on that team.


March 18th, 2018 at 6:11 PM ^

UNC is geting good looks, but they are missing. 

Unlike our opponents, T&M is making them pay for it.

We won't beat either of these teams if we don't hit shots and especially threes to offset the easy two's they can get.

Fergodsakes, when you get to an NCAA regional you can't expect to advance just shooting 37%.  You don't really deserve it.



March 18th, 2018 at 6:11 PM ^

TAMU may be a worse match-up but would much rather play them than UNC that can light it up more consistently. Especially if they play out of their minds today - more likely to be off next week.


March 18th, 2018 at 6:12 PM ^

Not that it matters in general as Sweet 16 teams are going to be good, but A&M is going to be a crappy matchup if this result holds. They start 3 guys over 6 9 and seem to be a really complete team. Admittedly, this is the first I have seen them all year but this is quite impressive in what is basically a road game.


March 18th, 2018 at 7:38 PM ^

UNC going down is a HUGE advantage Michigan..Theres about 6 teams out there I dont want to see until Final 4...UVA UNC,, MSU, PUR Duke and Villanova....   3 have lost and Purdue loses Haas and have to play Villanova at some point so theres another one down ..we wouldnt play Duke until NC game SO......the path just got way easier..If theres one team that benefits trom all this its Michigan


March 18th, 2018 at 6:25 PM ^

If Michigan gets back to post-Northwestern through BTT form we’ll be a tough out whoever advances. May still lose but it won’t be easy to beat the team. Hopefully a few days rest and getting back to a more normal schedule will help. Not to mention the feeling of playing with house money.