Predictions for MBB vs. Arizona

Submitted by GVSUGoBlue on December 14th, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I'm pretty surprised this hadn't been posted yet so I figured I would create some morning discussion.


I think we see an in-shape Mitch M-F'in McGary dominate this game and do what he did last year in the NCAA tourney. I'm expecteding 24 points from him to go with 12 boards and 3 steals. Stauskas is close behind him with 20 pts including 3-5 from behind the arc.


Michigan pulls the upset at home against the #1 team in college basketball.


Michigan 65 - Arizona 59



Mr. Yost

December 14th, 2013 at 10:14 AM ^

Didn't think that game really mattered much.

I think we win this game, escape in Brooklyn vs. Stanford and run off straight wins until we visit EL.


Mr. Yost

December 14th, 2013 at 10:46 AM ^

Every time I watch, I watch "The Shot" 3-4 times, then I go back a replay the shot and watch every Michigan player on the court once, then the coaches, then the bench a couple times.

Anyone know what Eso is up to these days? I'd love to hear his thoughts were after the shot. The team is in the huddle and he seems to be a little misty standing all by himself well outside of the huddle.

Sorry for a minor thread hijack...but when you watch that. You can't help but share.


December 14th, 2013 at 10:40 AM ^

Here are TeamRankings' matchup stats to aid discussion. As you'll note, they are reasonably similar, so hopefully we're looking at a competitive game that results in a win for the good guys. 

Arizona Michigan
Points/Game 77.4   80.3
Avg Score Margin +19.4   +18.2
Assists/Game 15.7   16.3
Total Rebounds/Gm 42.0   37.9
Effective FG % 55.1%   54.3%
Off Rebound % 41.5%   30.8%
FTA/FGA 0.439   0.340
Turnover % 15.6%   11.9%
Arizona Michigan
Opp Points/Game 58.0   62.1
Opp Effective FG % 40.4%   46.6%
Off Rebounds/Gm 11.5   9.8
Def Rebounds/Gm 27.2   25.2
Blocks/Game 5.8   2.7
Steals/Game 5.0   6.4
Personal Fouls/Gm 16.6   14.9



December 14th, 2013 at 11:02 AM ^

Vegas has Michigan as a 2.5 favorite.  West Coast team playing at 9am Central?  I predict Michigan up 10-12 at halftime, AZ rallies late, but M pulls out the win.  71-68.

The Geek

December 14th, 2013 at 11:14 AM ^

and Michigan wins by 8, 72-64.

Sean Miller will eat his Papa John's pizza sitting on a golf cart inside the bowels of Crisler Center this afternoon. 


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death by trident

December 14th, 2013 at 11:37 AM ^

The top of the Pac-12 is pretty light on good squads.  According to KenPom the top 5 Pac-12 teams -

6 Arizona

24 Oregon


35 Colorado

47 Arizona St.


Compare that to the Big 10 -

2 Ohio State

9 Wisconsin

11 Michigan St.

15 Iowa

20 Michigan

34 Indiana


The top 4 Big 10 squads are ranked higher than Arizona's strongest competetor.  It will be interesting to see how the Pac-12 looks after Arizona loses today.  Caveat: it is still pretty early in the season, but still...



December 14th, 2013 at 11:57 AM ^

Arizona will walk into Crisler with their heads held high.  They will take a big lead early.  But this version of Michigan will finally "get it" in the second half and win by 10 as Arizona players begin to wonder why this team they were supposed to beat is playing so well.

Arizona may walk in confident, but they will leave disappointed.



December 14th, 2013 at 12:01 PM ^

like "oh man, the best team in the country is here" but we were top 5 all year last year and we got beat and in the tournament we took down #3 KU, #14 Florida, #16 Syracuse. We're pretty great at home and this is a winnable game. I think even if we lose, it'll be by a hair

Strange to feel so reasonably confident against the #1 team