February 3rd, 2013 at 8:21 AM ^

Took a few bad shots but without him, we get buried. Our problem continues to be defensively. Another team shoots too high of a percentage. We are average at best defensively, you can't be average on defense and win on the road. We cannot give up 20 points in the first 4 minutes and continually rotate too slow and close out poorly.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:55 PM ^

Agree that Burke is great when he lets the game come to him, and while he had a game high in points, he was around 30% shooting because he kept forcing the issue.  In the two biggest games on the road, he has really gone away from looking to create opportunities for the team and has forced bad possessions, I mean at one point trying to force a drive against 3 players on a pick and roll just made no sense.

Several comments on the leadership from Hardaway and Burke  which they do provide to a certain point, but they also seem to be two of the players that will press to hard at times as well.  

Robinson has been very good, but they need to get him into some situations where he can create and make some plays.  He is the most athletic player on the team, and seems to only be out there to get out on the break and try to go for offensive rebounds.  He needs to use his abilities to get to the basket more often.  I just do not see a top 10-15 player in the draft at this point unless he can start making that transition and creating some additional shots off the dribble, etc.

They also need to work a bit more on getting ball movement vs. relying on the pick and roll for the majority of the possessions, IU had multiple open shots in the beginning of the game with wide open looks due to the extra pass.  

Another area is pressure on defense could be brought up a few notches.  I thought that Lavert should have gotten a few more minutes for either Stauskus or Robinson as he appears to try to defend with some urgency and attack the basket more often.

Still a long ways to go, but both this game and the OSU game were within reach with a bit more control from Burke.  He needs to trust his team to make things happen through his creating open shots with his ability to drive and create vs. trying to take over.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:26 PM ^

My limited impression is that Michigan has had trouble playing its best style of team basketball in tight situations on the road. That is, against Indiana and Ohio State after closing to a tie. Of course, the road is a hard place to play.

Here's the thing about GRIII: People talk about how he's "physically ready" for the NBA. Scouts talk about him. He's good, an asset to the team... but if he goes pro the closest analogy I can think of is Marvin Williams.

Of course, if we win a title like Williams did, I don't care. GRIII is a fabulous player, but he's raw and could really use another year here. NBA players don't go 0-fer in the biggest game of the year.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 PM ^

It's already been said but Oladipo's dunk was classless...FWIW Tom Crean's reaction as he was going in for a handshake and heard the dunk was a head turn with an expression that said "What the fuck are you doing." 



February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 PM ^

Quick question since I didn't watch the whole game: Did Morgan play and, if he did, was he hurt again? I hope not, because we need him down the stretch.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:28 PM ^

grew up tonight. We needed to get off to a strong start (didn't), limit Oladipo from taking over the game in spurts (nope) and keep Zeller off of the offensive boards (nada).

Those were the keys to the game. Most important thing now- beat Ohio.

Perkis-Size Me

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 PM ^

I'm not overly disappointed. It's so hard to win on the road in the B1G, especially at Assembly Hall. Burke and McGary played extremely well, but GRIII was nowhere to be found. A little upset about that, but he's a freshman. It happens.

We shouldn't drop any lower than 2-3, and we'll be fine as long as we don't go out and lay another egg against OSU on Tuesday. Being back in front of the home crowd against your biggest rival that gave you your first loss of the season may be exactly what this team needs to get back on track. They should come out angry and fired up, ready to make a statement. We can count on Crisler being a madhouse come 9pm Tuesday night.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 PM ^

Also, I think having Morgan out hurt us a little more than I expected, although our bigs played decently.  Still, I think Morgan could have done better defensively against Zeller.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:29 PM ^

I think some Michigan fans need to quit getting on J-Mo's case. He is a key player to both the offense and defense. He contributes a ton to the squad but it doesnt show up on his stat line. His positioning and box outs on defense help other guys (Hardaway) swoop in to grab boards. On O he knows where to be and when to set picks. McGary and Horford are flashier players but Jordan is the glue guy.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 PM ^

The Ohio State game is arguably more important for the B1G title and a #1 seed. No shame in losing to Indiana in Bloomington, but a loss to OSU at home would seriously dent both of those goals. How the team responds to tonight's loss will tell us quite a bit about them, moreso than against the cupcakes they played after the OSU loss. 

This is the stretch that is tournament prep; hard games against hard teams. Consistency over the next two weeks is key.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:35 PM ^

Glad to have another calm and collective mind around here.  I don't mean that as a shot at most others around here, I'm not particularly taking this loss too well at the moment either.  Life goes on and so does the College B-ball season and we all need to realize that.  This was a loss from the get go and Tuesday night is a "should-be-win", in some ways more important than tonight's loss.  Go Blue.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 PM ^

The thing I like best about college football is that every game matters.  You only get one shot. You lose a big game and you are most likely out of contention for the National Championship for the year.

Um, never mind.  Heh, heh.


no joke its hoke

February 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 PM ^

I think this is a top 5 top that can beat anyone. its only the 2nd loss and doesn't hurt that bad. regroup and beat Ohio. everything is still there for the taking. calm down everything is fine.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 PM ^

and we did not. If you let a margin get away early, it's hard to make up late, and their inside presence was more productive in terms of points (though the low foul calls on IU is suspicious).