Never take title game appearances for granted

Submitted by UMxWolverines on April 2nd, 2018 at 11:23 PM
Divincinczinscnzio was on fire and the rest of their team made their 3's any time we tried to make a run. It was gonna have to be a perfect game to beat them, but it wasn't meant to be. I still hate how touchy the refs called it, though. But no shame in losing in the title game. Villanova was clearly the best overall team this year without a doubt. Those of you who saw a basketball national title, football national title, and 2 hockey national titles should remmeber how good you had it. Some of us who were only in diapers when those NC's were won haven't seen us win one in a major sport. But it'll happen soon enough. Just remember how bad things were in 2014, no postseason for either of the 3. I'll take losing in the championship over being an also ran any day. This was a fantastic season, and we'll hang 2 banners! GO BLUE


Bando Calrissian

April 2nd, 2018 at 11:32 PM ^

For those of us who are pissed off about a team basically not showing up for a championship game, maybe this isn't about feeling good about ourselves. Been with this program my entire life. I'm sick of watching also-rans, no matter how good the team on the other end might be. Just want to win one of these freaking things once. Sorry if I'm not all "let's hug it out and feel good about a second-place banner."


April 2nd, 2018 at 11:39 PM ^

do know we already did win one of these freaking things.  This team gave everything they had and got the most of the talent they were working with. What you really looked at this team and thought it was good enough for that run?  We were the 5th seed in the B1G tourney, 2013 was a year to expect a win, not this year and not against this Nova team.


April 3rd, 2018 at 1:54 PM ^

Didn't show up? What the fuck? There is only 1 winner and while it pains me to say it, Nova was the better team last night despite our best efforts. Divencenzo was hittting contested 3's from 30 feet, sometimes it is just one of those days. These guys played their heart out and gave it their everything and played a damn good game, it just wasn't enough yesterday.  We may not have won it all, but this season was a huge success and I'm very happy for all the players. Not that a guy in the band would know anything about that though. You sound like a whiny little bitch. 

Bando Calrissian

April 2nd, 2018 at 11:41 PM ^

No one thought this team would get this far. But no one thought they'd go 3/23 from behind the arc when the chips were down, either. Again, if being disappointed is wrong, I don't know what's right. Nova is a great team. But Michigan should have been much better than a 19-point rout where even the most open shots couldn't fall.

Yost Ghost

April 3rd, 2018 at 9:45 AM ^

They shot well below their seasonal 3pt average this tourney run. For the season they shot 35.7% from the arc. This tournament they shot 28.67% from the arc. If you remove the TAMU game it drops to 22.69%. That's not going to get it done for a team that lives by the three ball. 

Had they shot their seasonal averages against Nova that would have translated into 79 points on the attempts they took. They would have been in the game. 

This team played as well as they could play it just wasn't enough to get by a team like Nova. Sometimes your best just isn't enough.

However, I am optimistic about the future of this program.


April 3rd, 2018 at 12:00 AM ^

They gave us a helluva run. Of course, I'm disappointed, but I'm also supportive and don't go throwing around "also ran" at a team that worked damn hard to improve from unranked team in early Feb to a team playing in the title game.

No, I don't think they played their best tonight, but damn they gave us their all and a great season, and for that I'm grateful.

Bando Calrissian

April 3rd, 2018 at 12:05 AM ^

Well, sorry if I was initially pissed off and it came off wrong. Of course they didn't miss on purpose. But 3/23 is egregiously bad when this is the game. And sorry if the weight of a national championship, after nearly 30 years of waiting for another one and having it slip away, got the best of me. Of course they gave their all, but tonight, well, it didn't work. If we can't admit that and still love this team, well, OK.


April 3rd, 2018 at 12:29 AM ^

... which we almost did, save for the Poole Party miracle. 

Instead, we got some well-earned luck through persistence and the god of buzzer-beaters and get to hang a banner for the second time in six years.  Something none of our conference rivals has gotten to do.  

Sports are a distraction from real-world stresses and disappointments, and we've had a highly entertaining, and mostly cathartic, distraction from the B-ball team for the last couple months. 

So, I guess what I'm saying is you don't need to "tell" me anything.  But maybe you need to tell yourself something different about losses, something that makes you take it less personally to heart. 

You'll be happier.  





April 3rd, 2018 at 10:21 AM ^

This year, not so much. More joyful appreciation for what I just watched, a team that overacheived and became brothers, that loved one another and their coach, and apparently represent their School much better than you seem to be able to do.  So proud of them and my thanks for the last 2 months, warm winter nights smiling at the TV and coming to work here in Indiana and just being able to laugh at Purdue, Indiana and ND fans. Oh man it was great.  That's what I know Bando. And what you don't seem to get.

You make a lifetime of memories, you need to remember all of  the little ones.  A big disappointment doesn't cancel out the whole year.  Man I am so much better off than you.

Later dude.

Occam's Razor

April 2nd, 2018 at 11:36 PM ^

Idk what it is, but Michigan has got to break through eventually no? Hockey still has a chance. 

Jay Wright and Nova were always eternal chokers in March Madness until 2016 and a buzzer beater against UNC. 

Michigan will be a lot better next year especially on offense. 

John Beilein will be back in the title game sooner than later especially if we don't go through another post-championship swoon like we did after 2013. 

OSU and MSU are not going to be that good next year. Look up.