December 1st, 2012 at 6:05 PM ^

Too many sloppy, lazy possessions on both sides of the ball, but especially on offense.  Too many times Burke and THJ dribbled into traffic with no clue.  Too many disinterested defensive sequences.  A seeming lack of focus down the stretch, allowing Bradley to claw their way back into the game.  JB will no doubt let the guys know of his unhappiness with that level of play.

However, it's always tough to win on the road so any victory over a decent team in their house is a good one.  This game felt like a B1G road game with Bradley's home crowd.  Learn and move on to the next one!


December 1st, 2012 at 6:03 PM ^

I am kinda glad that we are having trouble here...I would rather we struggle away in the non-conference so we can learn how to fight at the end of the game. I don't want this team to learn how to finish games in the B1G schedule


December 1st, 2012 at 6:11 PM ^

Bradley has no real talent, and we just sleepwalked through this game.  No intensity at all, matador defense.  We won't do well in the Big Ten AT ALL with this kind of play.  We have a very long way to go before we're a top 5 caliber team.  The difference between us against Bradley and IU against a really good North Carolina team is a chasm.


December 1st, 2012 at 6:17 PM ^

Relax, brother.

IU played at home in a big-time game. This was us working out the kinks in a mid-major's arena. It was a solid if uninspired performance.

We have 3 quality wins against KemPom's #2 major conference schedule. We're fine.

San Diego Mick

December 1st, 2012 at 6:13 PM ^

with some of the comments here that we need to keep running our offense instead of dribbling the clock down in order to take a desperate shot.

However, our studs played average at best, Bradley chucked up some ugly 3's and hit them and yet we never trailed or even were tied in this game. Learn from it and move on.

Wolverine Devotee

December 1st, 2012 at 6:20 PM ^

I'm glad this game was scheduled. To get the freshmen an idea of what playing on the road is like. 

Just like how the NIT Season Tip-Off was great prep for the NCAA Tournament/B1G Tournament. Neutral site, high-stakes. 


December 1st, 2012 at 6:24 PM ^

Concerned about depth. After an off season of thinking that M could be 8-10 deep this season, it seems there are really only 6 consistent contributors, same as last season. I'm glad that LeVert is getting a shot. Where is Horford? I wish Spike could see a bit more time as well for the sake of Burke's legs, but I understand that one. I'm also glad to see Vogrich and Akunne getting fewer minutes.

If Bielfeldt continues to develop then things might be just fine, but I'm worried about the lack of contributing guard reserves.


December 1st, 2012 at 6:29 PM ^

I think it's to be expected after three straight tough games with a lot of hype to have a bit of a letdown when you travel to a MVC team.  And if they just keep running the offense instead of going into grind it out mode, they win by double digits.

Interior defense is concerning though.  That's been a repeated issue.

I Bleed Maize N Blue

December 1st, 2012 at 6:46 PM ^

Stauskas was impressive: 22 pts on 8-15 shooting (4-5 for 3), 2-2 from the line, 3 rbs, 2 stls

Trey Burke had 16 pts, not so efficient shooting at 5-13 (1-5 for 3), hit all 5 FTs, 5 assts to 2 TOs, 3 rbs

Little Big Dog got us going early, finished with 13 pts on 4-6 (1-2 for 3), 4-5 from the line, 4 rbs, 2 assts

Jordan Morgan got a double-double, 10 pts & 10 rbs.  3-5 shooting, 4-6 from the line.

THjr only 9 pts on 4-9 (1-2 for 3), 0-1 from the line, 5 TOs (ugh!), 2 rbs, 2 assts, 2 blks, 1 stl


Here's my concern: with Stauskas starting, there's hardly any scoring off the bench.  McGary and Biefeldt had 2 pts each.  Nada from LeVert, Albrecht and Vogrich.


Only 13 turnovers?  Seemed like more.  THjr with 5, Burke, Morgan, and GRIII had 2, Stauskas and McGary 1 each.

from ESPN box score


December 1st, 2012 at 6:54 PM ^

evan turner taught beilein everything he knows about closing out games.

which does not appear to be much.

hire a coaching consultant for end of game pleeaase!


December 1st, 2012 at 7:07 PM ^

People are getting a little too worked up about the last few minutes.  Basketball's a game of runs.  It's not like we were up 15 all game long.  For most of the game, our lead was around 5-7 points.  We happened to go on a spurt to go up 15 and they went on one, too.  The final score was pretty indicative of how the game unfolded.