MBB 11-0 Snowflakes Thread

Submitted by Mr. Yost on December 15th, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I'm sitting here in the Barclays Center after a pretty solid game and another Michigan victory. I thought I'd share my thoughts since this is the first game I've seen live this year.

  • Early in the first half it was clear we came to play - the level of focus and execution made the second half a little sickening at times because you saw what "they COULD do."
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  • Burke and Hardaway play big in big games...both guys truly came to play and it was clear from the jump. I've NEVER seen Burke as animated as he was after WVU called the first timeout to stop the bleeding. A little Novak came out!
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  • Stauskas is waaay to emotional - hopefully as he matures he can control this. It was clear he wanted to show out on the big stage (hence all the dunk attempts). However, after he got that tech, he was a completely different person...he was trying to force everything and it looked like he was playing with a Me vs. The World mentality. Completely took him out of his game.
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  • I also thought Stauskas should've been pulled midway through the 2nd half - he wasn't making shots, he was turning the ball over and his attitude was SHIT. I don't know if it showed on TV, but you could tell he was just whining and crying about everything. Granted he has a VERY good case at least two times, but after awhile it was past letting the freshman play through "freshman moments" and it was clear he needed to just sit and regroup. If WVU would've climbed all the way back --- I would've put it on Coach B not pulling Stauskas.
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  • With that said, I thought we needed to go with Burke AND Albrecht with Hardaway and a couple bigs. We needed a 2nd ball handler vs. the press --- it was clear they were taking away Burke and trapping everyone else.
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  • With THAT said --- I've been saying this for 2 years now..."why do team wait so long to press us?" It's clear we don't handle pressure very well. I know everyone doesn't have the personnel to do this, but top level teams should press us all game. And zone press, if you man press we'll give it to Burke and he'll work the ball up, but if you zone press we turn the ball over more.
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  • I thought Burke played his best game since that OSU game at home last year.
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  • Hardaway played within himself - even with all the 3's, they were mainly good shots.
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  • I touched on Stauskas, but also, his defense - it's atrocious. He's AMAZING on the offensive end, but he's almost just as bad at defense. I've been saying this all year, but his man just hasn't been making shots. Tonight he was. They were running his man through screens and he doesn't know how to read a screen on defense yet. He also helps too much and leaves his man too often. Moving forward, he's clearly one of the best 5, but late in halfs and in games we should sub him out on defense.
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  • Morgan is Morgan, glad he got his Morgan charge call late in the game.
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  • Speaking of which, the officials were pretty bad tonight. WVU was allowed to get up in our grill and play old fashioned Big East basketball, yet we got called for every ticky tack foul. I didn't mind most of the no calls on WVU, but don't call them on us! At least 5 fouls were called on Michigan that were complete crap and at least 5 times we got fouled and a whistle never blew.
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  • My heart sank for Horford, I couldn't tell if he was just pissed that he hurt himself again or if it was a Fitz pissed cause he knew it was season ending.
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  • Levert looked nervous out there (I would be too).
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  • Again, thought Spike should've played WITH Burke. Also should've given him a blow before the 4 minute media late in the game. Burke was GASSED. He wanted nothing to do with the ball before that timeout.
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  • McGary has to sloooooow down on offense. Defensively, I'm okay with 100mph because he gets so many rebounds because of it.
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  • Huggins whines more than my 6 month old nephew. It's beyond annoying that he literally cries about EVERYTHING. Shut up. YES - it was a foul. ON YOU. ARGH!!
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  • Moment of the night: Drunk WVU fan sitting courtside kicks over his beer (or the guy next to him) and the whole arena boos him INCLUDING WVU fans.

Awesome experience! Great night! AMAZING ARENA! GO BLUE!!!!

Comments

Blue boy johnson

December 16th, 2012 at 5:18 PM ^

Stauskas hits the weight room with conviction and he will be a lottery pick in two years. By next season Stauskas will be taking defenders off the dribble with authority.

Would anyone dispute Stauskas has a higher upside than Tim Hardaway? I like Tim Hardaway and think he has a chance to play in the NBA, but Stauskas has some skills that Tim just doesn't possess.

What the hell was West Virginia doing on the inbounds plays from under the basket? Beilein must have seen something on video, because 3 times Hardaway drifted to the corner for an open three, and three times nobody defended him. Weird.

Hardaway is like a one cut back in football. He's fast as hell, and when he makes his decision and goes quick off the dribble he is a load to defend. When Tim goes side to side with the ball; He frightens me.

DingoBlue

December 16th, 2012 at 10:38 PM ^

A guy with a big spalding notepad and sporting Oklahoma City Gear all over thought we were in his seat.  He was actually higher up and not as close to the floor.  Didn't confirm with him, but everything about him screamed "NBA Scout" to me.  Not that it's terribly surprising with Trey and Tim and the national audience, etc.  But perhaps some confirmation that people are looking.