Game 16: Kansas at Michigan Open Thread

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Michigan has thrived in marquee non-conference home games under John Beilein but this one is going to be tough. Tip off is 4:30 p.m. after the Chiefs/Ravens game on CBS. If you are going to the game, make sure to wear maize as this one is officially designated as a Maize Out. The stage won’t get much bigger this season and a multitude of recruits are also expected to make the trip to Ann Arbor — we’ll do our best to confirm who actually makes the trip. We encourage you all to participate in the game thread and join the conversation.

Pre-game content: Game preview, Beilein video, player notes & quotes, and opposition Q&A.

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    Ugh, that’s a killer foul there on the rebound. Michigan needed to grab that one.

  • mgocanada

    Hopefully the guys from Buffalo Wild Wings can send this into overtime.

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    Ugh. That jumper from Hardaway was half way down.

  • Bouje

    Man just gotta get those. Rims are not kind today!

  • wayman britt

    If only Hardaway would have hit that 3

  • billiam

    Imagine the recruits’ thoughts at this point…

  • Bouje

    Who was saying that recruits wouldn’t like this game…

    Whoops!

    • CJD

      Guilty!

  • mgocanada

    AAAHHH I am sooooo nervous

    • mgocanada

      Remembering UCONN last year, I can safely say I won’t criticize a student court charge if they can pull this off.

  • wayman britt

    Is it me or are we not getting any home court calls from the ref’s?

  • Alex

    So close. Come on let’s go Blue.

  • Bouje

    Come
    On 3 pointer to go up by 1!

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    OVERTIME.

  • Bouje

    OVERTTIME!!!!!!!!

  • wayman britt

    Wow must give UM credit they are fighting

  • wayman britt

    We don’t want to get conservative on offense now.

  • bouje

    Whoever was that guy who left. Stay away!

  • Bouje

    How is that not over the back?

  • Ronald Coleman

    GO BLUE! From recent Wolverine #24 Ronald Coleman!

  • Alex

    Poise Michigan come on Blue.

  • Bouje

    How in the hell is that a foul? What a joke.

  • JimC

    crap, i come back here just when Morgan fouls out….not good

  • Go Blue

    Why in the heck did we go away from that zone defense??????????????

  • mgocanada

    1. Marcus Morris threw an elbow and the refs are in the bag for the favourite.
    2. Smotrycz at the 5 again? That hasn’t worked thus far — WHERE IS HORFORD!
    3. Hardaway playing like his dad today.

  • Bouje

    Man we are getting the shaft here. Big time programs get big time reffing.

    • mgocanada

      refs are in the bag for KU.

  • Go Blue

    man to man??? wtf

  • Bouje

    Okay I’m trying not to be mean but Douglas needs to not touch the ball

  • Slim

    Im so proud of these guys . Win or lose in this game. Man we hung in their blow for blow with Kansas the third best team in the country.

  • Bouje

    Before that play Douglas was 1-8 and 0-5 from 3. Awful awful awful game.

  • mgocanada

    As Kellogg says, a valiant effort, especially from Tim Hardaway Jr. Refs didn’t want to preside over a wonky upset, and they got their way today. If we hang with these guys, we can hang with Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and above all our greenish state rivals.

  • Go Blue

    Michigan had the lead , all the momentum, and the zone had Kansas out of rhythem and frustrated. Then we switched to man to man and allowed Kansas to regain their composure. Kansas is far superior to UM at every position, Man to man is not going to work.

  • CJD

    Although it appears we will lose this game; they gave a much better effort than I expected down the stretch. I still wish we had better ball movement but love what Morgan and THJ continues to bring to this team.

    The open 3 shooting was horrible and we gave the # 3 team in the country a heck of a game.

    Big stat of the game is (other than the obvious poor 3 pt shooting) is Stu going 0 for 5 from 3 and Smot getting blanked again without a single point.

  • grandchamp

    Great effort from our guys. JB obviously feels that if they play the zone to often that they will get exposed.

  • Alex

    Really big effort. Can’t let this affect them negatively. Good job Blue, even though it was a loss you played really tough.

  • junderground

    To echo CJD, I give them credit for playing so close without hitting 3’s. That puts a big dent in my skepticism.

  • Kenny

    should’ve continued 1-3-1 in overtime. It was very effective at the end of the second half.

  • DFORD

    Great effort still hurts though ugh…

  • Fine effort. Augurs well for the rest of the slate. We can hang with anybody. Agree that going to man-to-man may have been a mistake.

  • steve

    it certainly helped that a team who shoots 50% from 3 was just as awful as we are… we have been really close to both syracuse and kansas… good fight… unfortunately couldn’t get it done today

  • mgocanada

    I guess we DON’T live or die by the three. We have many role players who can play their roles, and when they’re playing stingy D, getting buckets wherever they can, and making free throws, we can hang tight. The three-ball is the missing ingredient on days like today, and it seems that once again, the puzzle goes unsolved. But this team is actually better against athletes like KU than they are against perimeter clones like Wiscy. Since KU is a potential national champion, this is very encouraging indeed.

    GO BLUE. Hopefully recruiting will solve the puzzle by getting us more guys who, like THJ, can create their own shot and not just chuck up the long ball.

  • C weezy

    Great effort!! Oh so close

  • BeileinsBricks

    Definitely a good effort. I honestly can’t believe the game made it to overtime. It was a very weird comeback, but shows the fight in the team. Now onto an even tougher game.

  • steve

    we have been in every game pretty much… except for the 2nd half of the purdue game… but all of the teams we have lost to play tight man to man D and we dont have enough penetrators to get open shots… we have two guys that will help with that… all that is left is an athletic big and we will have a good team

  • CJD

    Can Christian still be re-shirted? Because based on his limited play he could use the year more than anyone else on the roster.

  • Eddie

    Beilein only goes 131 after makes. Be they from the field or the stripe. There were a lot of makes at the end of regulation, hence a lot of zone. They went zone after the Novak three in ot, but after that they were unable to get it set it up bc there were no makes.

    It’s pretty clear that the 131 has come a long way since the beginning of the season. And I expect more of it in the future. But again, don’t look for it unless it follows a made bucket.

    Great effort today. Let’s beat the Buckeyes and get the one of three we all thought would be more than respectable when we embarked on this murderer’s row of UW, KU, OSU.

  • tin mad dog

    Tough loss but great comeback. There is reason for optimism.

    GO BLUE!