February 2nd, 2013 at 11:34 PM ^

We shot poorly, they came out on fire.  Then we beat them in the last 30 without our starting center for the most part.  I'm pretty sure we'll be fine.

One of the youngest team in the nation in one of the toughest places to play in the country.  This will happen.  Need to beat the Buckeyes on Tuesday and at least one of Wisky/Sparty.  Preferably both.  And then win the return matchup at the end of the year and the inevitable seeming Big Ten title game.  These are the two best teams and whoever wins the Big Ten Tournament is getting the Indianapolis region.  Be a big advantage for us if we can get it.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:34 PM ^

Not sure how this is going to go over with the rest of you, but Glenn Robinson III has no business going anywhere next year. I think he has a lot of potential but there's no way he is near being ready to play at the next level. He is at his best rebounding and put backs, open jumpshots from other people's penetration, running the floor for easy transition baskets, and playing off other people. His individual offense is quite undeveloped. Don't get me wrong, I think he still has a bright future but he has alot of work to do if he wants to play in the league. The league is all about individual offense and your ability to get your own shot that's not what he does well right now.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 PM ^

I made that point (sort of) above. I mean, if he is a lottery pick, he may as well go for it, but he is not in any way prepared to contribute to an NBA team in a serious way yet. That's okay, a lot of young guys aren't. But he needs time to develop. 

It's not that there isn't a place for a hustle guy, someone with athleticism that will grab rebounds and make put-backs, but I don't think he will find that easy to do in the NBA.

It's nothing against him. He's a good player and a lot of fun... but then I hear people say "Top 15 draft pick" and I wonder if they're watching the same guy I'm watching. 


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 PM ^

I agree with what you're saying. This reminds me of a couple years ago and even last year when thinking about Tim Hardaway Junior. Yes, he has NBA potential but he does not have NBA quality play right now. Which by the way I still think that about tomorrow away. He just turns the ball over too much and is not as consistent with this game. That's why Trey Burke looks so good out there because his one-on-one game is that much better than everyone else's. Not hating on any of these kids as they are still kids but it's just an honest assessment of where I think there.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:36 PM ^

I would like to see some screens off the ball for some easy dunks rather than 100 screens for Burke.  He was the reason we were in the game, but he also took too many shots.  I'm not sure who that falls on, but I know nobody was moving off the ball a lot of the time.  I don't know if that was a result of Burke not giving it up and guys getting lackadaisical or if Burke was shooting so many because they weren't moving.  I can't imagine Beilein wanted the entire offense to consist of Trey jacking up step-back jumpers every possession though.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:36 PM ^

I love the swag, but if you want to flash a 3 sign or stare down your entire home crowd whenever you do something sweet, you better be able to be a functioning basketball player when on the road.   My god those two guys have disappeared at ohio and indiana.  Again, I like their games, and it's tough to expect much more out of 18 year olds, but if you want to act like JJ Reddick at home, you better man up and act like JJ Reddick on the road....or at least do SOMETHING.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 PM ^

I've always thought Robinson is pretty stoic on the court actually and could probably get into it a little more.  He is known for putting up quiet points after all.  Not sure if he deserves the criticism for that, although he wasn't very active tonight.  And I also don't think we can blame Stauskas too much for poor shooting.  We expect a lot of him but he was still a freshman in the biggest game of his life thus far.


February 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 AM ^

I'm concerned about all the minutes he's putting in because we don't have a real backup for him at the 4 if we want to maintain the floor spacing offense. He's regularly playing 35+ minutes and we're up at about the number of games he would be accustomed to playing in high school. I know these guys play year round with AAU, but there's a different effort level there. Hope he's not hitting a wall, but he looked really tired tonight.


February 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 AM ^

I'm concerned about all the minutes he's putting in because we don't have a real backup for him at the 4 if we want to maintain the floor spacing offense. He's regularly playing 35+ minutes and we're up at about the number of games he would be accustomed to playing in high school. I know these guys play year round with AAU, but there's a different effort level there. Hope he's not hitting a wall, but he looked really tired tonight.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:37 PM ^

In the two losses (one in person, one from the couch) we tied both games up in the 2nd half, but just couldn't take it from there.

We need that killer instinct to close. Plain and simple. If we want to run deep in the tournament and/or win a title, you have to be ready to get punched in the mouth yet respond like nothing ever happened.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:37 PM ^

We will learn a lot more on Tuesday with our first big game at home. Regardless, our defense needs a lot of improvement, in both effort and ability. I feel like the on ball perimeter D is subpar (foot speed?) and it's hard for us to match up anywhere around the block with only one guy with in at a time with the size and strength to be effective. It's hard for me to say how good we actually are right now when I think about our potential and what we can be on the best night. Personally, I think Tuesday is a must win.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:39 PM ^

I really don't agree with all of the people getting worked up about Oladipo's dunk at the end. Yeah it was kind of a dick move but when you are in college and just beat the #1 team in the country, you earned the right to have fun. Why are people calling him c*nts and other things like that? You don't even know the kid.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 PM ^

generally difficult to win basketball.

Deer Antler Spray award to Stauskas and GRIII tonight.  For the second time in a huge road game, they both went out and looked like deer-caught-in-the-headlights.   You'd think they were true freshmen or something.

Look forward to the rematch.  We'll be fine.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:55 PM ^

I noticed toward the end of the game when IU was at the free throw line, that we had 4 freshmen in there at the line (McGary, LeVert, GR3, Stauskas) and Albrecht was back there as the PG (before Burke came right back in)

Point being, we have 5 true freshmen that are significant contributors to our (currently) #1 basketball team. Worse things have happened to us than this. Our future is bright


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:41 PM ^

God damn it makes my blood pressure go up when we spot good teams 15-20 points in the first 5 minutes on the road. FUCK that.

But moving on, we've got (most of) the big road tests behind us and only have 2 losses. Now we continue taking care of business in Crisler, take the B1G outright, and breeze our way to the Final Four. I'll take it.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:41 PM ^

 I think the 2 fouls in the first possession really impacted the team.  Burke was clearly hesitant for a while after that, Horford got pulled and I think it was a key factor to the early run.

Overall, I don't think the officiating was bad.  IU was more aggressive and earned their extra FTs.  

Play another close game or two, and these guys will start learning.  Road games against top teams can only help in the B1G race.  Losses are expected, wins are bonuses.  As of now, only UM (Minny), MSU (Wisky), and Wisconsin (IU) have quality road wins. 



February 2nd, 2013 at 11:41 PM ^

Didn't get enough players involved offensively, relied to much on burke.   Didn't move well offensively or defensively at times, allowed easy baskets by Zeller.  Too many possessions one pass and a shot, no flow, movement kills this......



February 2nd, 2013 at 11:41 PM ^

I love McGary's energy and hustle but twice he left Zeller to "help" on a drive to the basket that had zero chance of going in, so of course when the ball comes off the rim there's Busted Nose to clean up the miss.

Box out Zeller and Michigan rebounds that ball, down two points.


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:48 PM ^

We didn't shoot well and they did.  We missed Morgan's D in the post.  We have a young team with plenty of time to improve.  Go Blue.




February 2nd, 2013 at 11:48 PM ^

Burke took way too many poor shots. Needed more penetration and less jump shooting.

Like the mental toughness that they showed, just like in the OSU game in coming back. But they did not play smart. 

Not only were Stauskas and GR3 invisible on offense but they were used on D too. Played freshman which is gonna happen. Oh well. 

I don't have all that big of a problem with Zeller's putbacks. He's a beast and they are 6th in OReb so giving up about 35% on those is not unexpected or that bad. 

Officiating was horrible. Seen it so many times at Indiana it is just a running joke. 

F Oladipo. And someone please make Vitale retire.

Bit of bad luck as Indiana isn't going to hit 88% of their 25 FTs very often. We never drove to the rim for easy 2s in the endgame, just more 3s, not a good idea.

Missed about 5 shots right at the rim too in the first half which was part of how they built their lead.

You play bad and you lose sometime. I think the bigger concern is that when we run into adversity Burke does the heroball thing and runs clock down and then shoots a 3. Not a winning strategy against other top teams. Need to run the offense like normal. 


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:49 PM ^

This is a 4 game stretch where we knew going in that 2-2 was a likely outcome.  The OSU game is more important than this one because we need to hold serve at home.  Beating IU in Bloomington would have been awesome but was not critical to us winning the B1G as long as we can do our thing in AA.  Can't lose both games to OSU, IU or MSU though, which is why Tuesday is so important.  Win the next 2 games and we'll be OK.

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February 2nd, 2013 at 11:48 PM ^

care if Burke had 20+ points... He shot only 37.5% and distributed it terribly.  His shot selection, like almost every game now, was terrible again, and just about every play was a clear out for him.  If we are going to win a BIG Championship, let alone a National Title, we need to learn to play smart, team ball.  It's not I on... It's WE ON. Tough loss, but let's come back and beat Ohio on Tuesday... and Oladipo is a douche. 


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:49 PM ^

Michigan is a GREAT team. I think they did extremely well responding to Indiana's insanse first 8 minute flawless run. IMO they improved because they responded fast and brought that 13 point deficiet down to 4 at the half.

I think Michigan needs to learn how to stop huge runs and stop being so flat to start games. I think in our 2 losses this year, that is what killed us. 

Michigan has the talent, the coaching, and the players to learn from this and become better. Please remember that this is still a VERY YOUNG TEAM. We are still at top 4 team after this loss (I believe Kansas will be ranked 5th after their loss). 

If Michigan can learn to stop early runs like Ohio and Indinia have done against us. We will the tourney. Seriously, that is the only thing holding this team "slightly" back imo.

We rebounded from the deficiet WAY faster than we did against Ohio against an Indiana team team that played LIGHTS OUT.

Michigan will learn from their mistakes and will make a HUGE tourney run from this. Indiana WILL be scared to play us the last game of the season.



February 2nd, 2013 at 11:49 PM ^

It seems to me he forces a lot of shots, and he just is not a great shooter. I get nervious when he takes a key shot. GR111, I know he had a bad night but he has got to hustle down on D.



February 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 AM ^

You need players who want the ball when things are tight. He and Burke were the only ones who did tonight. Stauskas got taken out of his game by a guy he had 6 inches on that had his ankles broken by a Butler walk on. GRIII just looked tired and had no interest in attacking Watford on the rare occasions he had the ball. 


February 2nd, 2013 at 11:57 PM ^

I'd count Minnesota; they're a good team (though not as good as Indiana or Ohio) and it's not easy to play in the Barn. So 1-2 on the road versus good teams.

I'm more worried about the sleepwalk out of the tunnel in our two losses. Against Ohio, it looked like a fluke. Now that we've done the same thing against Indiana, it concerns me a lot. Just freshman being freshman, I guess, but if it happens in a big game in the tourney, that will be the end.