Michigan/MSU Basketball Open Thread

Submitted by M-Wolverine on January 26th, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I'm getting called away from my tv, so I'm going to be following this thread to get some context to go with the score of the game. Go Blue! Beat State!



January 26th, 2010 at 6:46 PM ^

I will be watching the bball game until it becomes clear that gouging out my eyes with a barbecue skewer would be a better time, at which point I will change the channel and see what Barack is up to. Sounds like a plan.

Jayme in MN

January 26th, 2010 at 7:37 PM ^

cause I'm fixing dinner for the family. Have seen no ski masks yet, no signs. I did see someone whose face was painted black and white jail stripes. I think I maybe saw someone wearing a similar jailhouse shirt. But, mostly a maize-out, no signs and no masks (at least what ESPN is showing us).


January 26th, 2010 at 7:45 PM ^

See, I agree with Lavin that Lucas wasn't trying to hurt Perry, but Manny was suspended a game for basically the same thing. But because LLP didn't show his grit by collapsing to the floor and waving a bloody towel afterwards, the game will continue. Man, I really hate that Kramer kid.

MC Hammer

January 26th, 2010 at 7:46 PM ^

No reason for him to be ejected.

Harris shouldn't have been ejected last year. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Perry was hounding him defensively. A misplaced elbow is dangerous, but it is what it is--misplaced. It's a part of basketball

The Barwis Effect

January 26th, 2010 at 8:31 PM ^

For those of you who didn't click on the link I provided earlier, the following comes from http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=Katz_andy&catID=Team~317…...

The Big Ten's reminder to look for flagrant fouls and to use the monitor as necessary after the call to ensure a flagrant foul and possible ejection was reinforced by a memo sent out by the NCAA's coordinator of officials, John Adams.

One of the officials in that Tuesday Purdue-Wisconsin game was Jim Burr. He also worked the Michigan-Purdue game Saturday. He made the call to eject Michigan's Manny Harris after Harris, on the top of the perimeter, swung his elbow to create space to make a move and connected with Purdue's Chris Kramer's face, breaking Kramer's nose. Harris was whistled for a foul, Burr went to the monitor and Harris was issued a flagrant foul and an ejection, much to the dismay of Harris and Michigan coach John Beilein. Michigan, which held a 26-25 lead with Harris in the game, lost 67-49 without its 17.2-points-a-game scorer.

"There was no intent to injure Kramer, but he makes contact,'' Adams said. "The only option for Burr is to call a flagrant foul and to eject him. [Harris] makes contact.''

Adams said he issues a bulletin every month to look at a specific issue. Increased incidents of elbow clears was one of these issues. Adams reiterated that an official can go to the monitor after a personal foul is called to see whether it is flagrant. He said there is heightened awareness for officials like Burr to look for contact resulting from an elbow.

"As soon as there is an excessive use of the elbow, there is no option for the official -- he must call a flagrant foul and eject the player by rule,'' Adams said. "You can't read intent. How would we read intent?''

Adams went on to say that once Harris had the ball, he was responsible for his actions.

"Manny Harris had an inadvertent elbow,'' Adams said. "It wasn't a judgment for Burr. Harris made contact, it's a flagrant foul. You tell the coach that's the rule. In this case, I'm defending [Burr] that he made the right call. But there was no intent for Harris to injure.''

Nantucket Blue

January 26th, 2010 at 7:55 PM ^

I like the fight in our guys after a half. Seriously active defense.

But someone has to start hitting some shots. Shooting 14% deep and 30% overall won't cut it. I think Izzo's team won't turn it over a dozen more times to help keep it close.

Regardless of the second half, wish I was there. The fans looked f-in pumped.


January 26th, 2010 at 7:59 PM ^

It is an ugly offensive game. Both team Off Efficiency are under 90 at the half. MSU = 80.6 and UM = 89.4

State turning the ball over on 35% of possessions. Michigan eFG% of 32.3.

It'll be interesting to see if Michigan can get a few more shots to fall and if MSU can break the 1-3-1 a bit better.

South Bend Wolverine

January 26th, 2010 at 8:08 PM ^

How many times can the announcers call Novak a "good shooter" who just isn't shooting well this season before he stops being a good shooter? Don't get me wrong, I love the kid to death, he's my favorite player. I'm just confused by that.