Game 26: Indiana at Michigan Open Thread

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Tip off is at 4 p.m as Michigan looks to continue its newfound success. A victory would be Michigan’s fifth in six games while a loss would effectively eliminate Michigan’s slim NCAA tournament odds. Christian Watford’s status is still shrouded in mystery as neither Jordan Hulls or assistant coach Steve McClain would address Watford’s status in media availability yesterday.

Make sure to read the game preview here and also submit your pick to click. For all the recruitniks out there, we also posted scouting and video from Larry Nance Jr.’s game last night. Michigan’s other 2011 target, big man Max Bielfeldt had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks in front of John Beilein and Bruce Weber last night. 

Join the discussion in the comments before, during, and after the game.

  • SubAlum_06

    3 fouls on Stu

  • wayman britt

    No way was that a block by Smot

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    Those stretches need to end… IU in the bonus for the final 15 minutes. Michigan gets foul happy too quickly around this time. Need more discipline.

  • Mattski

    wtf fouling

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    Uhm, Tim Hardaway Jr. is still hot: 22 points on 8 of 10 (4-6 3pt) shooting.

    • Nick

      we gots ourselves a player

      • Ben

        This Kid is on fire!!!!!!!

  • JB

    Timmy continues to score in bunches. Loving it!

  • Alex

    Hardaway Jr. is here yeah.

  • wayman britt

    How many holds have been called in this game? Seems like many.

    • chris

      what are our free throw numbers thus far? just pathetic

  • Bgcasino

    Good offensive showing today, but we need to cut down the fouls if we plan to compete with the big boys. Lucky IU can’t make their free throws.

  • Other Matt

    I’m not usually an advocate of taking the air out of the ball, but that should’ve been the strategy starting at around the 7 minute mark given the foul situation, we’ve been pushing the ball a little too much. Run our offense, start looking for a shot at about 10 seconds, then switch everything on the other end and if they get a mis-match so be it. We got goaded into running up and down the floor here and it’s biting us in the ass.

    • Bgcasino

      Totally agree. We still have a ten point lead, so we need to slow things down on the offense.

  • Brian W

    Hardaway Jr. having an awesome game. Refs on their way to a career high for inept foul calls.

    • Other Matt

      Agreed. And it was totally predictable. Crean goes ballistic and now everything is being called on their offensive end of the floor. Two halves were called as if they were totally separate games, and it happens all the time in the Big Ten. We have the most inept refs in the nation.

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    There have already been 42 fouls called in this game.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Michigan games average somewhere around 32 total.

      • Other Matt

        Why exactly is that an intentional foul? That seems like an awful call.

        • Dylan Burkhardt

          I think it is because it is a “fouling situation” and he blatantly grabbed him away from the ball. Basically you have to foul the guy with the ball in that situation.

        • wayman britt

          He was not going for the ball, he just grapped Morris. That was a good call.

          • Other Matt

            I dunno, man. If that call had been made against us in the same situation, I’d have been pretty angry about it.

  • Other Matt

    Oh, hey, a made free throw. I’d forgotten what that looked like.

  • Bgcasino

    This getting scary

  • BeileinsBricks

    Free throw shooting has definitely not been an asset this game, to say the least.

    • Bgcasino

      We better make ’em now.

  • JB

    This is brutal to watch…ugh

    • Other Matt

      Indeed. Having to listen to Shon Morris not see a questionable call he couldn’t agree more with makes it even worse.

  • Alex

    Maybe work on FTs in practice?

    • Bgcasino

      Gotta get out of the corner. Find some space.

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    Michigan is 14-25 at the line, just awful.

  • BeileinsBricks

    I think we can show film of this game to show people how not to close a game.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Or the last one.

    • Bgcasino

      So true.

  • Bgcasino

    FT shooting is killing us.

  • maxwell’s demon

    This is absolutely embarrassing.

    • Bgcasino

      Sure is. Takes away any good feeling you get from playing close with KU and OSU.

  • SubAlum_06

    Coach is going to have them shooting FT until their arms drop off tomorrow.

  • Other Matt

    I cannot believe what I’m watching right now.

  • Bgcasino

    They are feeling the pressure big time now

  • Bgcasino

    Hardawy needs to seal this right now

    • Bgcasino

      Can’t believe he missed both FT’s.

  • Bgcasino

    How do you give up 25 points with less than 6 minutes to go? Ridiculous.

  • wayman britt

    A win is nice but that was ugly and I mean ugly.

  • maxwell’s demon

    Let’s just pretend the last 4 minutes of game time didn’t happen.

  • Slim

    Pitiful . That honestly disgusted me so much.

  • BeileinsBricks

    The good news is we’re going to win. Hopefully the team learns from this fiasco, but I thought they had learned after Northwestern so it’s doubtful. They completely lost focus when they had the big lead, and then they started choking and feeling the pressure.

    I would really be pissed if I bet the over on this game. The spread was 6…our free throw shooting almost looks like a point-shaving….not that I’m saying this was the case.

  • Slim

    Proud of darius hitting those two big free throws at the end.

  • Nick

    that was the worst thing ive ever seen.

    ive never seen a team-wide choke job like that….

    but even in light of that, the RELEVANT portion of the game, the part of the game that gives us an indication of the true ability of the two teams, was Michigan putting a beatdown on Indiana… and we shouldnt forget that.

    • Slim

      True

  • Azad

    I am going to try to pretend a silver lining is that we go into Illinois having confidence that we won but a fire lit under us because we closed the game so poorly, hopefully we just continue to stay hungry and keep improving

  • Chris

    poor FT shooting… 19-37. they couldn’t make any because they are so unaccustomed to shooting all those freethrows. Isnt 37 close to the last two games combined

  • tin mad dog

    I’m happy that they held on but that went from being one of the most enjoyable games of the year to one of the least enjoyable games of the year.

    I hope they can work through the mental block they seem to have when it comes to finishing a team off.

    Still, a win!

    GO BLUE!

  • mgocanada

    A win’s a win, guys. Nobody’s going to hold this weak finish against us any more than they’re going to hold Kansas’s OT win last month against them. To be sure, this team does have a tendency to choke but no point being disgusted after a W. Hopefully we go into Champaign with our best underdog mentality and make Weber do some more Bob Knight impressions.

    As of this moment, we in sixth in conference, half a game behind State. Not bad.

  • Mattski

    This is the kind of game that can leave a team doubting themselves, even when they win. The silver lining is that we’re a’ good free-throw shooting team.

    I sometimes think coaches should have a little mantra and procedure for kids shooting under pressure.

    Nonetheless, if you’re the coach I’m not sure you make a huge deal about the tense close. Just start looking at the next game. . . and make everyone shoot 200 FTs after practice Monday.

  • gpsimms

    darius morris was terrible, terrible today. but we won. so, we won.

  • AG2

    We’re a young team, so much so that there’s always a legit chance of losing every game. I’ll take THJR stealing Big Ten Freshman of the Week from Jared Sullinger and the W, thanks.

    • SubAlum_06

      You nailed it AG2.

  • KAB

    This was not the best game of the season but this team is on a roll right now.We shot 50% from 3 again.As long as we continue to shoot like this then the IL game is going to be interesting…

  • MikeSal

    Don’t stress a month ago if you would have told me free throw shooting was the worst part of our game i would have been thrilled giving the lack of intensity we had on the defensive end. We played pretty well despite the free throw percentage. A win is a win. Take it for what it is.

  • sven

    Darius needs to spend a little less time crying to the refs.

  • Kenny

    A win is a win. The team should get used to sit on a huge lead and stay aggressive but not try to wait the time out. However, this game is different from last one as I give Northwestern a lot of credit in their coming back, but this game is more about our collectively collapsing on the FT line.

  • KAB

    Agreed Sven…

  • jmblue

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a FT shooting performance like that from a team that doesn’t have a Shaq-like bricklayer. Just glad we hung on.

  • tin mad dog

    I think they should take those rims down and melt them in a ceremony….or kill a chicken. Whatever works.

    I’m sure they’ll be better next time but so long as we are playing well enough to wind up with the win that’s fine.

    Winning ugly is better than losing with style.

  • John

    Na, that intentional foul was a crap call just like the travel that didn’t happen afterwards was also. The ref knew he screwed up and then called us for a traveling violation that didn’t happen. If that was an intentional foul then most fouls in Big Ten games should be intentional also. Personally, I’d prefered he just made the right call on both cases.

    The biggest problem was watching us choking on free throw after free throw. Talk about a game that should have been out of reach up 22 points with 6 minutes to go.