March 6th, 2013 at 9:44 PM ^

Derrick Walton is not 2013 Trey Burke (who is?). But he's going to surprise people. His style is very similar to Burke in many ways and he's got more size. Since GRIIIs stock seems to be falling, we should be a very good team if Burke is the only loss. And that's not even factoring Zak Irvin who may be Indiana Mr Basketball.

Mr. Yost

March 6th, 2013 at 10:46 PM ^

With Morgan back, GRIII should be back and in a bigger role, we'll rely more on the front line. Obviously McGary and Max B will be in there too.

I think LeVert will put on some weight and become an even better defender and he'll get more confident offensively.

Stauskas will have to get better on the defensive side, but offensively he should improve because he'll have a bigger role.

Albrecht will be back for some consistency and a "coach on the floor" type.

Toss in the freshman and I like the team. I'm not saying we're going to win the National Championship or even the B1G...but I like the team for sure.

Secretly, part of the reason I want THIS team to succeed and get to the Final Four and win a National Championship is because I'm looking forward to next season and the growing pains of reloading/starting over.

I think it'll be fun to see a new crop of guys trying to leave their mark. It'll be fun to not go into EVERY game feeling like we should win, but rather "if we play well, we can win." It's just a different mentality as a fan.

At the same time, it's comforting knowing that we should at least be 21-9 type good. If that's the floor, pulling out a few more wins or upsets shouldn't be that hard. It'll be fun to watch.

I know one thing, there will be less negativity after wins.

Mr. Yost

March 7th, 2013 at 6:18 AM ^

Don't forget THJ...I don't have him coming back either.

Take Burke and Hardaway Jr. away and yes we'll have to "reload." Like you said, still funny/weird because it's not a huge number, but obviously we all know what they bring to this team.


March 7th, 2013 at 9:14 AM ^

In fairness, with Burke leaving, THJ will be the leader next year. He will be the one who has to put this team on his back. If Michigan does well next year (and they should) it could really increase his draft stock, especially if he takes over a game that we win, which I still don't think he's done yet.


March 6th, 2013 at 9:25 PM ^

I would like to know what the conference tourney seeding is going to look like with regards to a W/L on Sunday. I know there are other factors involved but what are we looking at?


March 6th, 2013 at 9:38 PM ^

This is incorrect. The only way we're a 2 seed is if we win, OSU loses to Illinois, and State beats Wisconsin. We could be anything from 2 to 4 if we win, depending mainly on what happens in the MSU-Wisco game (root for State if you want us to be off the 4 line).

Mr. Yost

March 6th, 2013 at 9:54 PM ^

I wasn't in the thread today.

I mean I was upset at times, but NEVER like that. I'm almost embarrassed. That is such an OSU reaction and statement. They're always the ones to go overboard.

I hope my MGoBrothers were MGoDRUNK. In that case, I can let it go. Otherwise, that's pretty disgusting when you talk about a team that has lost 5 games.

snarling wolverine

March 6th, 2013 at 9:56 PM ^

I had to give up reading the open thread early in the second half.  The level of negativity was brutal.  I understand being upset, but to be so mad over a regular-season college basketball game (and not a rivalry game or anything) is just not worth it.  If we would have lost we would have been 24-6 instead of 25-5.  First World problems, those.



Mr. Yost

March 7th, 2013 at 6:25 AM ^

Ban them or send them to Boliva. Put them on "read only" status.

People only do it because they can get away with it.

And I know some people say "just neg them and self-moderate" but in an in-game thread so many people are posting, you're not moderating every post...or even any post. At least I don't...from time to time, I may upvote, but I almost never neg a post unless it's something crazy like "Fire Hoke" or "Fire Beilein" or "Trey Burke #$&%* SUCKS!!!"


March 6th, 2013 at 11:12 PM ^

The thread was my play by play during class while watching the gamecast. While they were saying exactly what I was thinking, i would never actually say most of that stuff during a game because it's sunniest to change, like it did, and you don't want your pessimism to perhaps jinx the action. I was embarrassed to be reading for a while. Just glad when I shut it off and paid attention to the prof door a while I came back to a closer score and ultimately a win. Living watching it now and looking forward to Sunday.


March 6th, 2013 at 9:29 PM ^

I believe we are 2nd or 3rd with a win Sunday.If we lose we'll be 5th unless OSU loses vs Illinois or the MSU/Wis winner loses their other game.


March 6th, 2013 at 9:30 PM ^

We have to play better defence, but I think we will rise to the occasion.Not enough can be said about trey, the road losing streak is over!!!!




March 6th, 2013 at 9:30 PM ^

Not great defense.  Up early, Purdue playing poorly, and we let them get back in it and then get on a roll.  We are not a good road team.  Burke takes over games late while others stand around.

The good:  Trey Burke takes over late in games and wins them.  We didn't totally go in the tank like at PSU.  We are not shooting well lately.  Burke is awsome, it is a shame to see his career here coming to a close.


March 6th, 2013 at 9:33 PM ^

Don't play D and don't push the ball hard.  Settle for long two or contested three and don't follow the shot.  We went from down 3 to down 12 during one stretch.

Eliminate these stretches in the game and we win going away.  Case in point - we out scored them by 17 after being down by 12.


March 6th, 2013 at 9:32 PM ^

Just compare our current state to last year at this time. 

Last year, we won at Penn State and then had an agonizing wait, hoping OSU could knock off MSU at Breslin.  For 90% of that game, it didn't look like the Bucks would pull out the W. 

Now we get to play our final game AT HOME, against the first place team with a shot at a share of the conference title.  This is big stuff.  We need Crisler to be rocking like it's never been before on Sunday. 

Too bad Jim Harbaugh will be in attendence wearing IU gear.