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03/17/2019 - 5:16pm Not this time - not today! 

Not this time - not today! 

C'mon guys, finish this one!

03/17/2019 - 5:06pm That's too harsh. He makes…

That's too harsh. He makes mistakes, all kids do, but he's not a low IQ player.

03/17/2019 - 5:05pm On paper Poole vs. McQuaid…

On paper Poole vs. McQuaid seems like a big mismatch in our favor; in the game, it's exactly the opposite. Crazy.

 

03/17/2019 - 5:04pm I don't understand this. We…

I don't understand this. We play so smart and so tough all year, and every first half against Sparty - but completely break down in the second.

Wake up, guys!

03/17/2019 - 4:50pm We had all the momentum, and…

We had all the momentum, and that crazy back-and-forth really turned things around, along with Poole's lazy rebound.

 

03/17/2019 - 4:49pm Oh boy, here it comes. Gotta…

Oh boy, here it comes. Gotta be tough here, guys.

03/17/2019 - 4:44pm Iggy!!!!!

Iggy!!!!!

03/17/2019 - 4:42pm Dammit, exactly what we didn…

Dammit, exactly what we didn't need. Dumb shot by Teske and McQuaid hits a contested three.

03/17/2019 - 4:41pm I agree. Goins scares me.

I agree. Goins scares me.

03/17/2019 - 4:37pm Nah, Izzo cries about…

Nah, Izzo cries about injuries every fucking year, and the committee always seems to give them an Izzo bump.

03/17/2019 - 4:35pm Yep, but he's deadly when he…

Yep, but he's deadly when he has space. Don't give that guy an inch.

03/17/2019 - 4:33pm I do too, but when Sparty…

I do too, but when Sparty has their bigs in there, they just crush us on the boards, especially without Teske.

Was really smart to go small the same time Izzo did. We win that matchup.

03/17/2019 - 4:31pm ...by Seth Davis. Dude…

...by Seth Davis. Dude absolutely hates us, for some reason.

03/17/2019 - 4:31pm I really like the way we're…

I really like the way we're making a point of getting the ball down low to Teske. Forces Sparty to close in, and opens up the three-ball.

Iggy's been super aggressive and really effective.

C'mon boys, finish them!

03/17/2019 - 4:27pm He's the straw that stirs…

He's the straw that stirs the drink

03/17/2019 - 4:26pm That was really smart…

That was really smart coaching and execution by Michigan. Sparty got some easy buckets/boards early on, but we avoided foul trouble.

Now we have all our weapons fully operational for the second half. Go Blue!!

03/17/2019 - 4:24pm Probably, but at least our…

Probably, but at least our guys will be able to play normal minutes. I'll take it.

03/17/2019 - 4:23pm Great half. Only one foul! 

Great half. Only one foul! 

Keep it up, boys!

03/17/2019 - 4:21pm Iggy is having one helluva a…

Iggy is having one helluva a tournament, and a fantastic game today - wow!

Terrific play on both ends.

03/17/2019 - 4:20pm Boy these teams know each…

Boy these teams know each other so well - it's like boxers on their second rematch.

03/17/2019 - 4:18pm Livers!!!! Huge 3, need to…

Livers!!!! Huge 3, need to make some of those today

03/17/2019 - 4:15pm We just cannot let Mcquaid…

We just cannot let Mcquaid or Goins have open looks. We're usually so good at stopping that.

03/17/2019 - 4:12pm Oh man, really? That's…

Oh man, really? That's horrible. I'm glad I didn't see that - can't unsee it.

Best wishes for that kid. 

03/17/2019 - 4:11pm I dunno man, sprains,…

I dunno man, sprains, especially bad ones, are serious injuries, and they hurt like a BITCH.

03/17/2019 - 4:09pm OTOH, he's also great at…

OTOH, he's also great at creating momentum. You take the good with the bad with him.

03/17/2019 - 4:08pm Ouch - I just did that to my…

Ouch - I just did that to my ankle, and it hurts like a bitch. High ankle sprains are no fun

03/17/2019 - 4:07pm This game comes down to:

This game comes down to:

Who shoots better from outside; and

What's a bigger factor - MSU's rebounding or their turnovers.

03/17/2019 - 3:22pm Man, it's amazing how much…

Man, it's amazing how much Seth Davis hates Michigan and the B1G.

Is there something behind that? Is it just ESPN favoring SEC/ACC, or something more?

03/17/2019 - 3:16pm Penn State is WAY WAY better…

Penn State is WAY WAY better than St. Mary's, and that game wasn't on a neutral floor.

The only comparison I can think of with Michigan is when we lost to NJIT - and that game was a really low-stakes early season affair.

03/17/2019 - 3:12pm As you probably know living…

As you probably know living in Seattle, west coast basketball is horrifically bad this year.

Gonzaga is really the only decent team in the whole west; Nevada was badly overrated.

No question Gonzaga has some good players, but jeebus, St. Mary's really sucks. I didn't watch the game, but I just can't imagine how the zags didn't just crush them at the rim like they did in their earlier matchups (which I did see).

I'm not saying Gonzaga couldn't beat us - but there's no way we would have ever gotten beat by St. Mary's. No team that loses a game like that deserves a #1.

Wow, that Pac 12 final was ugly last night.

03/17/2019 - 2:53pm Honestly, things are setting…

Honestly, things are setting up as well as could be for us. Tennessee looks terrible against Auburn. Gonzaga got beaten by a horrible St. Mary's team - and scored 47 points! 

Meanwhile, we've crushed our first two opponents, and have a chance to finally beat Sparty in a very high-profile matchup.

I would not be a bit surprised if the winner today gets a one.

03/17/2019 - 2:48pm Gonzaga beat St. Mary's by…

Gonzaga beat St. Mary's by almost 50 points in February.

I watched that game, and St. Mary's didn't belong on the court with them - or with anyone for that matter. They stink. No athleticism AT ALL.

It's a travesty if the 'zags get a 1 seed after a loss so embarrassing.

03/17/2019 - 2:43pm Livers would be crazy to go…

Livers would be crazy to go pro IMO. He's just now starting to emerge, and has the greatest potential on the team to blow up next year. 

He's averaging 8 points a game - no way he'd get drafted.

03/17/2019 - 2:38pm I think everyone but…

I think everyone but Matthews comes back - unless we win the NCAA's.

Both Poole and Iggy have real potential for improvement, could be big stars next year and improve their draft position. 

I strongly disagree with those who say they couldn't/wouldn't improve their draft position by staying in college - Beilein is a master of player development.

Iggy is 20, right? Hardly ancient. Going pro at 21 won't hurt him in the least.

That said, if a kid wants to go pro, best of luck to him.

03/17/2019 - 2:25pm I don't know how much the…

I don't know how much the tournament committee listens to/cares about "Joey Brackets" and the lot.

Media has a very strong east coast/ACC bias, for sure. To me it makes no sense.

B1G and ACC are mirrors of each other. Split B1G/ACC challenge, both conferences deep and strong, with teams at the top that could win the whole tournament. 

IMO it would be ridiculous to give 3 ACC teams #1 and shut out the B1G. Beyond ridiculous.

Hope the committee feels the same.

03/17/2019 - 2:15pm Thanks Hollywood - should…

Thanks Hollywood - should have been more clear. Bad memories.

03/16/2019 - 10:48pm Ok, I really hate Bilas, but…

Ok, I really hate Bilas, but maybe Bill Walton is my least favorite announcer. 

 

 

 

Nah, I'll take batshit crazy over condescending and arrogant.

03/16/2019 - 10:38pm You're right - Raftery…

You're right - Raftery brings a love of the game, and makes every game he broadcasts more fun. Bilas just sucks the life out of any game, but especially Duke games. Also, fuck Duke.

03/16/2019 - 10:33pm He's also humorless,…

He's also humorless, condescending and insufferably arrogant.

God, he's annoying.

03/16/2019 - 10:24pm Jay Bilas is now my least…

Jay Bilas is now my least favorite announcer. Listening to him call a Duke game removes all objectivity - and fun from the broadcast. 

03/16/2019 - 6:54pm The last two years kind of…

The last two years kind of go against the fatigue thing. Michigan won 4 games in 4 days, and looked pretty damned fresh doing it.

College kids recover much faster than older dudes like me. Sigh.

03/16/2019 - 6:50pm Sure, I hope we shoot better…

Sure, I hope we shoot better and run better offense than we did in the last matchup with them; just don't expect a ton of easy buckets like we've gotten the last two games.

03/16/2019 - 6:49pm I agree, and St. Mary's is…

I agree, and St. Mary's is NOT good this year. Gonzaga blew them off the floor in their earlier matchups - they looked like a high school team.

For some reason, our pasting of NC doesn't seem to carry much weight with the pundits; maybe it will mean more to the committee.

03/16/2019 - 6:45pm You may be right, but I don…

You may be right, but I don't agree. Setting Teske up high takes Tillman away from the basket, and Teske is really good at both drawing doubles and finding cutters/open wings. 

He doesn't have to drive on Tillman every time, just enough to keep him honest. As for switching on the step out, Teske is tall enough to shoot over almost anyone.

I really love the Simpson Teske 2 man game with Teske up high.

03/16/2019 - 6:32pm I didn't think we had a…

I didn't think we had a chance for a 1 seed before the tournament, but the combination of some upsets in other tournaments, Michigan's utter dominance against Iowa and Minny, and a chance to show we can beat MSU might just be enough.

It's a nice problem to have - 2 seed at the worst!

03/16/2019 - 6:26pm That's not a totally…

That's not a totally accurate picture. MSU plays WAY better defense than either Iowa or Minny; it's not likely we can operate with the same offensive efficiency against them.

It's the same reason most teams shoot poorly against us.

Foul trouble has really hurt us against Sparty; if we can stay out of trouble, I think we can take them.

03/16/2019 - 6:23pm Though we can be effective…

Though we can be effective with Teske at the high post. He's got good vision, can drive, and can step out to three.

03/16/2019 - 6:22pm under.

under.

03/16/2019 - 6:21pm Yes, and a hernia, an…

Yes, and a hernia, an impacted wisdom tooth, ingrown toenail, syphilis, and a raging case of herpes. It's amazing he can even put on his uniform.

03/16/2019 - 6:16pm Today's thrashing shows just…

Today's thrashing shows just how amazing the last two years' runs were. It's so damn hard to play winning basketball 4 days in a row. 

Minnesota was gassed after 2 tough wins. 

We have been treated to some spectacular tournament basketball! 10 straight - turn it up to 11!!