February 2nd, 2013 at 11:19 PM ^

No Morgan. That's the difference in the game. Then you add the fact that GRIII forgot to show up and Michigan wins by 15 if those two things change. The good news is it's not a huge deal. We'll likely swap places, then come out wanting to prove that they're still the best through this next tough stretch. I don't see us losing another game in this stretch now.

The good news is they played almost as bad as they could have and stil didn't really lose by much. If you account for the home court advantage, it's probably a break even game without our best low post man. Plus no GRIII for the entire game. To me, this just showed exactly how good they are when they come to play. Still the best team in the nation when fully healthy, in my opinion.



February 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 AM ^

Not really sure where this comment in coming from or why you worded it like that. I do not agree though that GRIII was "shut down." There's a difference between someone getting shut down and someone just literally doing next to nothing on offense, so you don't really even need to try and shut them down. GRIII hasn't ever really been fantastic on offense. A lot of his points come from alley-oops and fast break points or a size mis-match. Which wasn't going to happen with Watford. I think GRIII could have had a better game, but the game plan doesn't really revolve around him. He actually seems like a 4th option sometimes. Especially when they're trying to get the 3 ball going with Stauskas.

GRIII still has a lot to work on in his game. He's crazy athletic, so that's how he gets a lot of his points. But, Indiana has a lot of very good athletes as well, plus good low post defenders, so it's much harder to get points off the fast-break or back door alley-oops like a lot of GRIII's baskets come from. I do think GRIII will develop a better game overall as the season wears on, and then we'll see how he does. But to say IU shut him down isn't entirely true, when he wasn't really even try to do much at all it seemed like.


February 3rd, 2013 at 8:04 AM ^

As definitely missed and GRIII was bad but to say we are 15 points better than them at Assembly Hall, I think you are looking through maize and blue glasses. Could we have won? Maybe...will we win at Chrysler? Probably but I doubt it will be by 15.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 PM ^

Robinson and Stauskas were invisible most of the game.  It happens to freshman on the road against one of the best teams in the nation.  We will be fine.

Leaders And Best

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 PM ^

we have no other player like him on our roster. No real backup especially in a game like this with Watford at PF. Maybe you go big with Horford at PF, but I think our best chance was keeping GR III in the game.

GR III's performance is another reason why I continue to be amazed by the draft projections on him. I think he has the potential to be great, but he is nowhere near ready for the NBA right now.


February 3rd, 2013 at 9:16 AM ^

I am fine with Stauskas being off of his shot, but he needs to be better on D. He gives up alot more points on D when then he gets on O in big games. If you are going to huff and hollar bc you think you are the top dog, you need to prove that in big games. he didn't again, so he should probably stop barking and just play


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:21 PM ^

Can't start big games like that.   While I did not expect a win in Bloomington, I expected a better start than that and it was all-too-similar to the Ohio State game.   


Play like that in the tournament and I don't care how big or small the school you play is - you'll be out in a hurry.   I expected more.   I don't' care that they tightened the game up,  they should have never let it get so out of hand so early.     



Bad game.    

snarling wolverine

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:48 PM ^

But in both losses, we also rallied to tie it in the second half - only to revert to the "Shoot a 3 ASAP" mindset right after.  It wasn't just the big initial deficits.  Against Ohio we did nothing but shoot 3's out of our halfcourt offense the last five minutes of the game, and we had a similar stretch today during IU's 11-0 after we tied it at 40.



Brown Bear

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:21 PM ^

I said it in e live chat. The kids played like kids. With GRIII doing nothing and Stauskas practically nothing it's tough to win on the road against a team as good as IU. Morgan out hurt too. I must say though they played well given those factors and almost stole a win.

MGJS SuperKick Party

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:21 PM ^

Shot selection by our guards was beyond awful. Way more live by the three die by the three than in any other game this season.

As good as Trey Burke is, he looked for his own shot before looking for anyone else.

Referees were awful. 17 free throws for Indiana before we needed to foul, to our 7. It was awful.

Tom Crean is creepy. He looks like a villain from a horror movie... Or Dwight Schrute

I am bitter now

Champ Kind

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:22 PM ^

GR3 and Stauskas looked like freshman playing in a big game.  Frustrating to have two of your biggest weapons turn into liabilities/non-factors.  I expected IU to win, so the final score wasn't a big suprise.  It was just a frustrating game.  Also, I hate Tom Crean.  He is my least favorite Big Ten coach, and there is some stiff competition in that category.  Also, the Oladipo dunk at the end was a douche move.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:23 PM ^

Will start by replying to a few notions already posted but GRIII didn't have a "bad" game.  When you look at his past performances this year not much was different than what happened tonight.  He isn't a player who is "revolved" around in the offense.  He's a bit of a clean-up guy, if you will, and there wasn't much room for clean-ups.  That's putting it in a simple way, I will say.  He was quiet, for sure, but unless Beilein starts making up plays for him not much wull change from the type of role he is already playing, including tonight.

Naked Bootlegger

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:49 PM ^

Agree 100%  GRIII did not have a good game, but I'm not sure he's at fault.  The offense doesn't flow through him much, especially when we're executing pick and roll stuff - which seemed like 70%+ of our offensive sets in this game.   There was a lot of one on one stuff with little offensive flow, perhaps by design to exploit supposed mismatches.   He also excels in the transition game - another facet of the game that was dormant throughout the entire match up.

He'll bounce back, as will Stauskas. 


snarling wolverine

February 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 AM ^

Sorry, but he had a bad game.  He was shooting 58% from the field coming into the game but  went 1-6 tonight.  He also grabbed only four rebounds in 40 minutes (his season average is almost six a game) while also struggling mightily on defense.  On top of it all, he seemed a step slow going for loose balls.  The environment seemed to get to him.



February 3rd, 2013 at 5:17 PM ^

In the post-game interviews, Oladipo went out of his way to apologize and talk about his respect for UM. He said he was running on pure adrenalin at the time and made a really bad choice. 

I know he makes a good villain but Oladipo is actually a really nice, classy guy. It may not make the loss feel any better, but I feel like the UM-IU series this year is one characterized by both intensity and mutual respect. 

A lot of IU fans were also quite upset by the play. I would expect that Oladipo already chatted with a few of the Michigan players and apologized.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 PM ^

We missed too many bunny shots early. Stauskas didn't shoot well from three. Burke took a lot of bad shots. Glenn Robinson wasn't much of a factor.I credit IU for hitting their free throws. I thought the refs weren't bad considering where we were playing at.

We should be able to take IU next time.