Game 3: Michigan vs. UCLA Pre-Game

Dylan Burkhardt

Who: UCLA vs. Michigan
Where: Madison Square Garden
When: 9:30PM EST
Radio: WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050), WCHB-AM (1200)

I’m traveling today so I have to stick to a short game post. Make sure to check out my 5 reasons why Michigan can and can’t beat UCLA for more analysis. This is a big game whether it is a measuring stick, statement game, or whatever else. On paper this is a game UCLA is supposed to win, but it’s against the one elite team that Beilein has consistently fared well against. There are a lot of factors that come into play when you play at a site like the Garden: UCLA is traveling across the country, NBA arenas and rims can lead to cold shooting, and Michigan will most likely be the crowd favorite.

It should be a fun one and I’ll give this Michigan team a fighting chance. The Arizona pre-season NIT game from a couple years back comes to mind — Michigan played with Arizona til the end losing 61-60 in overtime. I could see a similar path for this game where Michigan is in the game but UCLA just has too much in the end.

My biggest fear with this game is one of the UCLA freshman just going wild and having a huge night. I think Manny, Collison, and Shipp will get theirs. The question is who steps up. DeShawn Sims has had the tendency to disappear in some big games but Michigan will really need him tonight. Win or lose this game will tell us a lot about this team and how much work needs to be done this season.

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  • Will


  • MAKES THE SECOND . 3 pts 4.1 secs

  • Kevin in GR

    NO time outs for UCLA, we are up 3 with 4.1 to go.


  • hoosierine


  • MaizeNBlue2


  • Kevin in GR

    GAME OVER!!!!!!!! Looked like Manny may have fouled Collison on the 3pt shot………HUGE WIN! :) GO BLUE!

  • Will


  • Kevin in GR

    We were outrebounded 33-21 and we only shot 5-19 from 3pt……..I’ll take it :)

    “Stu Jackson”……nice Doris Burke!

  • MaizeNBlue2

    Definitely not a foul Kevin. He never left his feet, and on that last replay, he hit all ball.

  • Kevin in GR

    No, didn’t look like a foul on the last replay either….Collison never reacted either.

  • Will

    so do they play tomorrow against Duke? what time?

  • MaizeNBlue2

    All this adrenaline pumping, and now I’m supposed to go to sleep? I have to be up at 6. LOL. Go Blue!

  • UMDC

    WOW!! Totally awesome!!!

  • MaizeNBlue2

    Will – 7PM on ESPN2.

  • Kevin in GR

    7pm v Duke tomorrow on ESPN2, consolation game prior at 5….so it will more likely tip around 7:30

  • PR Wolverine

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Huge Win for the Program- feels fucking GOOd to taste victory

  • It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine.. BASKETBALL FAN! :-)

  • Mason

    Yeah Kevin i was thinking the same thing…Stu Jackson wtf? :) :) :)

    This is a state of euphoria right now.

  • Will

    wow I cant believe i missed the biggest michigan upset since the illinois game when Horton went for 30 and I had tickets. Guess what i was doing then? Studying, did i say i hate my life?

  • AG2

    That was ALL BALL!!!

  • Kevin in GR

    Yeah, economy is in the take, UM hoops is on the rise! People are going to take notice of this win, even if it was against a somewhat overrated UCLA team

  • Kevin

    Is this considered regular season?

  • Mason

    What a night this has been…can’t even describe how it feels…

  • Cory

    I wonder what Udoh is thinking down South right now!?! HAHAHAH! GO BLUE BABY!

  • Will

    if they can pull it off tomorrow night, we have the start of a wonderful tournament resume, two big wins on a neutral court, anybody want to go dancin??!?!?!!?

  • joe s

    hell yea go blue baby

  • Cory

    Split with Duke and we’re in great position to go dancin’!!!!!!

  • Kevin in GR

    Duke won’t have much time to prepare for the 1-3-1….so that should be to our advantage…..Beilein said they were tired though, so we will need all hands on deck tomorrow night.

  • Will

    alright goodnight everyone GO BLUE!!!!!

  • MaizeNBlue2

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves Will. It was a great win for sure. Beating Duke is going to be tough. The slaughtered SIU in the second half. I’m not saying we can’t do it, but even if we do pull of the upset of Duke, we’re only 4 games into the season. There is a LOT of basketball to be played.

  • Cory

    We go 11 deep and they have nobody that can pressure the ball like UCLA did. Manny will have much more free reign tomorrow…….LET’S GET EM!!!!!!

  • Mark

    We won. We won. We Won. WE WON!!!

  • MooN

    Wow, I was chatting on GBW had no idea this place blew up!!!!
    Hail Hail…..

  • RB

    Wow. I feel like a new man. We needed this.

    Not too many teams are going to struggle that much against the 1-3-1, so I don’t know what this means for the rest of the season. But for now this feels damn good.

  • hoosierine

    i know im getting ahead of myself, but, we beat duke tomorrow and we are a top 25 team for the first time in how many years?? 8?? unbelieveable win tonight

  • Gerv

    We’re back baby!!!!!!!!

    No matter what happens against Duke (times 2) we know now we can play with anyone.

    GO BLUE!!!!!

  • JJ

    Stu Douglass for Naismath Award. Amazing game, almost worth the whole struggle last year. 1 game at a time Blue.

  • gooter9

    Great win tonight. Hit the 3’s, 1-3-1, beat duke tomorrow.

  • UMDC

    I’m just bouncing of the walls right now after watching that great win!!

  • josh


  • Post game post coming… Hotel internet is messing up. And adrenaline is just too much :-)

  • DC Dave

    Great win tonight. UCLA clearly isn’t a very good offensive team but the Michigan defense made them look worse than they really are. They’ve got some great guards but Michigan did an excellent job of cutting guys off after initial dribble penetration and rotating to limit open shots.

    On the other hand, I thought UCLA played really tough defense. They applied a lot of pressure and made it difficult for Michigan to get into their offense. I doubt Michigan will see many teams that are able to lock up the guards like that over the course of the season.

    I’d be shocked if Michigan beats Duke tomorrow but I’m pretty shocked right now, so who knows. Michigan is playing with house money, which is a great position to be in. Go Blue!

  • Greg

    At the game today UCLA fans were leaving early!!! BRING ON DUKE TOMORRROW. If you’re in NYC, go. All those UCLA fans are selling their tickets.

  • ryan

    hoosierine, we have been ranked… Hortan’s senior year (05-06) we were ranked for 1 week. We lost that week to IU.

  • NVE

    Never been happier to post such an off base prediction. Coach Beilein is the truth…this team has come a long way in one year.

    Biggest win for the program in a decade!

  • ohmigods

    i really believe we have a good chance of beating Duke.
    especially if duke has off night shooting 3’s
    plus wolves played better on 2nd day in a row against a good N’eastern in a2 last week.

    ps didn’t the fight song sound especially sweet after win
    i’m still playing it in my head with a big grin here at work!