Crushed: Wisconsin 53, Michigan 52


Josh Gasser off glass at the buzzer.

  • dave

    ARRRRRGH!!!!!!

  • mat

    I thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous than Evan Turner’s buzzer beater.

  • http://www.offtackleempire.com GregGoBlue

    I almost just vomited.

    • KRN

      I did just vomit.

      • Chris

        The only reason I didn’t is I was too nervous to eat anything.

  • Chris

    Never, ever, leave them open on the perimeter like that.

    • wayman britt

      Yup. That’s two Stu has left open on last second shots.

      • Jeff

        Double teaming Taylor was a must.

      • Beast1530

        It was the right call to double team Taylor and make Gasser make the 3 point shot in which he is currently shooting 28% for the season. Good execution, bad luck just like Turner’s half court shot.

    • JB

      Reminds me of that 2005 NBA Finals game where Sheed doubled someone and left Horry wide open for a 3. Very similar plays.

      • Beast1530

        Difference is Gasser is a 28% shooter while Horry is known for that stuff. Similar yet different.

  • AG2

    Why not just concede the 2? Don’t let them beat you with the last shot. If you’re going to leave someone wide freaking open because you’re triple teaming Jordan Taylor leave someone whose inside the arc open!

    My rage against Wisconsin just can’t be contained. I’m sorry I know this makes me a bad person to say it, but if we face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament, I hope before then Keaton Nankavil tears an ACL.

    • Slim

      Yes…

    • Jeff

      Concede the two with a two point lead? I don’t think so.

    • AG2

      I’m serious though! I don’t care if Wisconsin is the best ft shooting team in America. Anything is better than giving them the ball with the last shot and a chance to win!

      • Beast1530

        That’d be stupid because you play to stop them from scoring. Better chance of winning game that way because you’re forcing them to make tough shot.

        • BK

          they had the ball with a last second shot to win. the only way we gave that to them was by missing free throws. Plus that’s not even true. Giving them a chance to tie with Taylor shooting two free throws would not have been better than giving Gasser that horrible shot.

          • Beast1530

            Taylor is a 85% FT shooter. It’s as close to automatic. I rather have them try to make a desperation shot given the fact that Wisconsin struggled to shoot all game long rather than having a 85% FT shooter to make two FTs to tie the game.

    • gpsimms

      are you serious?

      he has a <28% chance (i'm assuming that three is tougher than the average 3 he's taken this year) to beat you. You win 75% of the time.

      OR you can concede a two when JMo just took his 4th foul and give wiscy a 60-40 (let's face it, they're the better team) to win in OT.

  • Nick

    Why not just concede the 2? How about make free throws. We do that, we win.

  • KRN

    Up on youtube already eh?

  • mike

    ya’ll dont even know how depressed I am right now, Im bout to cry. We had to deal with Kalin Lucas in the reg season last year, then evan turner’s miracle half court shot and then this lucky shot. I mean are you kidding me, we had this.

  • TRUBLU78

    BANK SHOULD BE CLOSED AT 8:20………………………….

  • Jeff

    I said earlier I thought we were being set up for heartbreak, but that was unreal. How does that happen to us two years in a row?

  • skitchbeatz

    it was the cumulative sum of not getting defense rebounds, missing free throws…and a miracle shot… but really the fist two if you think about it

  • Mattski

    It’s not over, folks. We just played the toughest team left on the regular-season sked. Let’s go thump Minny and Sparty. . . and make a couple of FTs down the stretch. Really fun game, btw.

    • Jeff

      Got to win four in a row now though.

      • Beast1530

        No, Michigan needs to win BTT or they’re in the NIT. A win against Minny and Sparty plus a game in the BTT is not enough. MSU may not be in RPI top 50 by the end of the season especially if Michigan beat ‘em.

        • Jeff

          Somewhat disagree. The 2nd round game in the BTT will be the opportunity for a marquee win that we didn’t get tonight (will be against top-3 of B10). Unless MSU collapses, beating them twice would give us 4 top-50 wins. Anyway, winning the last two and making the BTT final would get us in 100%. I realize this is most likely academic at this point.

          • Beast1530

            I think MSU will go outside of RPI top 50. They will lose to Purdue and beat Iowa. If they lose to Michigan, they’ll drop out of top 50. Otherwise, they stay in top 50.

            Michigan beat Minny and MSU. Minny will give Michigan their 2nd win(assuming that MSU is out of top 50) against RPI top 50. They win 1st round and beat Big 10 top 3 team in 2nd round. That’s 3 against RPI top 50 and 1st win against RPI top 25. That’s not good enough for Michigan to get into NCAA tourney. NCAA tourney committee tends to reward teams with marquee wins(meaning beating RPI Top 25 teams) especially if you have multiple wins. Michigan needs to win the BTT and they’re automatically in.

            You have to consider the possibility of lesser teams(that would not make the NCAA tourney as an at-large bid team) winning conference tourney which would reduce the at-large spot.

          • Dylan Burkhardt

            Minnesota is much more likely to fall out of the top 50 than Michigan State, who is currently in the 30s.

    • Mattski

      And phenomenal, decisive coaching by Beilein down the stretch.

      • JB

        Yes, in all the basketball I’ve played and watched I’ve never seen that strategy of fouling to shorten the opposition’s final possession. It rarely comes up bc teams rarely have 3 fouls to give in the final 30 seconds, but still, great move just didn’t pay off.

  • Adam

    this game and the OSU big ten tourney game of last year are the sickest I have felt in as long as I can remember… so sick to my stomach.. not even gonna be able to function the rest of the night

    • maizeandbluebasketball

      You’re not alone. I’m not going to be able to sleep…

      I thought the TV was kidding when he made that.

  • BSKURTZ

    Because Morris always has to have the ball in his hand,we couldnt actually get it to someone who can make a clutch freethrow.I know thats harsh,Ime just tired of these heartbreakers.

  • BeileinsBricks

    Holy sh*t…didn’t realize how wide open he was….and he misfired completely, and it still banks in…..

  • mgocanada

    Only saw the box score which listed a whole bunch of weird fouls on our guys towards the end… thought it might be a computer error, either that or Bo Ryan’s whipped referees rushed over from the Kohl to help him over the edge once again.

    Well gents, it was a good year. We mustered a lone big win in East Lansing and made cocky guys like Bill Self and Thad Matta break a sweat in Ann Arbor. Remember this: next year, senior teams like OSU, Illinois and Purdue will be decimated, and the other conference contenders all lose their best and brightest. Meanwhile, our guys will be vets, maybe not upperclassmen, but more experienced than the inevitable All-Americans and Mr. Basketballs than Izzo and Matta lure with dreams of NBA cash. if we want to be great next year, we can, behind the play of great guys like Darius, Tim, Jordan, Zack and Evan. And Stu, don’t forget Stu, Sure, maybe Bo Ryan will continue to find ginger-haired nobodies with the glassy stares of Idaho Freemen to drop three-bombs on us while their fans spit on our players. (No amount of luck will get them past the sweet sixteen, however). Still, a year from now we should be able to muster a top-4 finish in conference — or we need to start asking questions. But for now, no questions. Just thanks, guys, for a great season. And a great blog.

    Now beat Tubby and beat State and at least ruin a few other teams’ seasons, even if ours slipped away tonight.

    • Chris

      Intentionals to keep them from running anything. Trap on the inbounds and then foul if it looked like anything was getting going. There were fouls to give.

      • mgocanada

        Ah thanks, my friend. Wasn’t sure if we were under the bonus or giving up free points to ace shooters (there’s a lot of black ink to analyze in a box score). We don’t get Big Ten Network in Canada, plus even if we did, I wouldn’t want to pay to watch random Penn State-Northwestern games. Too bad there isn’t more piracy.

      • J.D.

        Man JB is like the safest coach I have ever seen in my life, he kinda deserves to lose that game (just him as a coach). He was using Morgan like he had 4 fouls the entire game. I get his basketball philosophy but man it seems like we were intentionally fouling with like 30 seconds left. If I were the coach I would have done exactly what Bo Ryan did, we got lucky once when Taylor took that three and was fouled during the shot but they called it on the floor. I don’t know how to feel about JB any more, sometimes I think he’s trying to lose. Losers do stuff like don’t trust their own team to make a stop. If we would have just let them take a shot instead of running all that time with intentional fouls we could have had the last shot of the game

        • Matt

          Yeah, JB is trying to lose. Playing the odds correctly is the wrong thing to do. GMAFB.

          • Mboy

            Agree with Matt
            JD I think you are on the wrong site
            you have no idea what you are talking about

        • BK

          J.D. no offense but you are dead wrong. It is obviously harder to score with 7 seconds left than 18. Plus look at the shot they got.
          My only concern with the fouling was that we would have been in foul trouble had it gone to overtime, but you have to try to win it in regulation if you have the chance.

  • billiam

    Episode IV a New Hope:

    Win against Minn and State and twice in the BTT. It’s still possible. The way I see it, we barely lost to Wisco, OSU, AND Kansas. Thus, we have a chance to win two in the BTT.

    If, at the beginning of the year, I had told you that we’d take Wsco, Kansas, and OSU down to the wire, and make the NIT….you’d think I was on meth. Even though we’re most likely out of the NCAA, we’re still better than last year. Take it and try to smile (it might be hard for a few days….)

    • Jeff

      Once I get over the shock, I’ll be able to appreciate the season this team is having a little more.

    • That Guy

      Obviously the reverse of this is true as well. Michigan could easily lose to Minne in the Barn and lose to Michigan State and then lose the first game in the BTT. They are a .500 team after all. I am betting on splitting with Minne and MSU and 1-1 in the BTT. All that equals NIT.

  • MikeB

    Michigan had trouble the last few possessions with the Gasser and Taylor hand-off exchange (Hardaway got called for a foul with about 8 sec. left where he almost missed a switch and gave Taylor a look at the 3). Wisconsin came right back to it. Timmy did his job, but it looks like Stu panics a little, tires to make a play, ends up out of position, and Gasser pulls that shot out of his arse.

    • BeileinsBricks

      Yup, sounds like it was Stu’s issue once again that leads to a heartbreaking loss. He’s our upperclassman, though…he’s supposed to know better, especially considering the other shot that went over his head last year.

      The good news for Stu, is he’ll be part of the BTN highlight package for the rest of his life. He’ll be getting lots of airtime with this and the Evan Turner shots.

    • Jeff

      I’m pretty sure double-teaming Taylor was part of the plan. He has a tendency to hit huge shots on a very frequent basis. I think it was a good decision. Wisconsin got a miracle. If you want to blame something, free throws are a good place to start.

      • Gary

        I also think the double-team was part of the plan. It’s not like Stu just lost his man – there seemed to be a clear decision there to focus on Taylor.

        • BK

          wasn’t part of the plan. check out his interview in the next post.

  • Colby

    Cannot discuss the finish so curious instead if any recruits were at the game? Atmosphere and crowd seemed good

  • BSKURTZ

    No disrespect,but I dont want Michigan to have a good year in a weak bigten next year.I want the bigten to be as strong as possible and Michigan to have a good year,and once the tourney starts I will be rooting for all the bigten cause we need a NC in the worst way and unfortunately its not going through AA.But yes next year should be fun,and I think Michigan is taking the necessary steps to Elite status no matter what happens the rest of the way.Go Michigan.Go Bigten.

    • BSKURTZ

      I was replying to Mgocanada

      • mgocanada

        The B10 will never be weak, and MSU/OSU/PU will reload as always, probably stealing the best players out of our own backyard as usual. We’re not in Conference USA for goodness sakes. Not saying it will be easy, but a slight down year for the conference should help getting us the small boost we’ve worked hard for. Look at the ACC this year; we would probably have come in third if we were in that conference.

        • BSKURTZ

          I know man, just really frustrated,I dont have a dog so I have to take it out on somebody (Just Joking)But Iam sick of the BigTen not getting any respect,I just cant wait for the bigten and Michigan to get back to being the elite confrence and Michigan being an elite team.I do think this year is the start of something really special,and we all have been really really patient and its about to pay off.I really do believe that.

  • mgocanada

    Wisconsin sucks; while I would like to have their efficiency and home-court advantage, I would be ashamed to have to cheer for such an unappealing bunch of pale, robotic dorks. Give me THJ, Jordan Morgan and Zack Novak any day. BTW, I hope none of you cheered for the Packers.

    • AG2

      Its Wisconsin, they’re all unappealing pale robotic dorks. Even the Packers (except Charles Woodson, whom the Lions should have signed when he was a free agent but didn’t.)

  • Other Matt

    I feel sick to my stomach. That was Rasheed leaves Horry wide open in Game 5 level crushing. I feel totally deflated. This team deserves better, they’ve been a joy to watch this year. I worry that at a certain point they’ll tighten up in close games because they haven’t been able to get over the hump.

    All that said, the fact that I’m even feeling these emotions on February 23rd is incredible. This team had no chance at the beginning of the year. Realistically, they will enter the NIT with a real chance to make a deep run. That is a wild success based on the expectations we all had at the beginning of the season.

    The second paragraph doesn’t make me feel any less disgusted. That shot didn’t look anywhere near good when he let it go. It looked way long. And it goes in? Sickening.

    • mgocanada

      The only problem with the NIT is that I don’t even know who won it last year (Rhode Island maybe?), whereas I could probably list the academic majors of the 2010 Cornell bench or the heights of each player on Pine Bluff. Plus, do they even televise the NIT? All that being said, I look forward to owning me some South Carolina Gamecocks, or UAB Blazers, or whatever Duquesne’s mascot is.

      Suddenly the miracle shot doesn’t hurt so bad!

      • AG2

        The NIT is on ESPN. Last year Dayton beat North Carolina in the final at Madison Square Garden.

  • Joe

    Really…I mean really…A bank shot 3 at the buzzer. Michigan should have won that game. Make a couple of free throws at the end. That just seems to be the story of the season…playing well against some of the better teams on our schedule, but, not being able to close the deal. Elation turned to frustration.

  • J.D.

    Tough loss lets face it NCAA tourney was a pipe dream. We don’t have one senior who plays. We lost to one of the best teams in the nation by a last second lucky shot. I’m bitter and you know the team is feeling bitter, just like after the Illinois loss. But people are watching this game. I heard us compared to a mystery team (Butler) at halftime on the BTN. Let Michigan play Butler in the first round actually let’s see Butler play in the Big Ten. But to be the best you gotta beat the best that’s why these annoying little teams with great records stink and are empty comparisons (they’ll never win a NCAA title anyway).

    Anyway we can roll over or we can win at Minn. and against MSU and see what happens but true champions always rise above.

    • mgocanada

      How can you say it was a pipe dream? That fluke-shot was the only thing between us and an 11 seed.

      • Jeff

        Yeah, don’t get that comment. If we had won that, and won two out of our final three, we probably would have gotten in. Maybe not easy, but certainly a reasonable possibility. It’s probably a pipe dream now though.

      • J.D.

        Right I meant from what I expected at the beginning of the season. And it wasn’t a half court shot, we fouled them into taking the last shot, it was a pretty good look, why would you force a team into taking a pretty good game winner. It was a bad decision, from a coaching perspective, it showed JB’s losing attitude, and a complete lack of faith in your team to make a stop and to make a winning shot themselves. A “safe” team is 7-9 not 8-8 right?

        A loser might think your “icing” the other team but a winner is just going back to the huddle and drawing up a play.

        We still have two games to go 9-9 and do some damage in the big ten tournament

        • Mboy

          What are u talking about?!?!? JB is a great coach. Yah lets play for the last shot OK. There where thirty seconds left, the shot clock was off. It’s not like wisconsin would take a quick shot, they never do. Oh and this losing attitude is a bunch of bs. F we didnt foul they would have been able to run a set and get off the shot they wanted at right about the same time. If ur so mad at JB maybe u should give amaker a call, what did he do for us. . . oh yah LOSE. Have some respect or go away.

          • Mboy

            If*

          • J.D.

            No lets not call Amaker back (even though he’s having a good season in the IVY league) I like JB for real. I was just venting. And you’re right with thirty seconds left they would not have taken a quick shot, but they wouldn’t have likely taken a three either. He probably did the right thing. The plan just back fired.
            See you say he is a great coach, and you are spot on. He is under .500 at Michigan, but it’s close and a lot of people wouldn’t have had the diligence to do what he did tonight. We still have a chance to go 9-9 in conference and do some damage in the Big Ten Tournament. I feel 20 wins was the benchmark.

  • Andrew

    I wasn’t particularly excited about the fouling strategy at the end. I’d have rather been solid and given them a chance to shoot it with ten seconds or so left rather than having them hit it at the buzzer. I’ve seen that strategy a couple of other times this season, and I’m not sure it winds up helping. Just be solid.

    • blue86

      umm if you don’t foul they’re not going to shoot with ten seconds or so left unless they have a wide open shot. otherwise, they’d drain the clock anyway. if you only give them a 5 second possession and they get one shot whether open or not. and with the number of offensive boards they got you want to give them MORE time? ridiculous.

      • j-turn14

        When you’re losing you don’t wait for the last shot. You take the first open look you get.

        • blue86

          that’s exactly what i said. and if they didn’t get an open look? they’d have another 20 seconds to work with. in this case, they get one look, open or not.

          • Jeff

            blue, you’re right of course. It was a good strategy. Giving Wisconsin five seconds to score is much better than giving them 15 seconds to score. It’s not that complicated. Wisconsin ended up with the last guy on the floor they wanted shooting, taking a desperation shot that was very ugly but very lucky. Some people need something to blame when things go wrong, whether it makes sense or not.

      • GoBlue2011

        If Michigan didn’t foul them, I’m sure they wouldn’t have scored. Bold prediction, I know. But if you let them run down the clock, chances are they would at least try to tie it instead of going up for a desperation 3 in the final seconds like what had just happened. And offensive boards? Again, they would’ve gone up for a two(which at least would still give Michigan a chance to win) or they would have to reset the game plan which would make them run down the clock.

        • blue86

          so in your scenario, they get a chance to tie, and then with an offensive board get ANOTHER chance to tie or get a chance at the type of last second three they just got against us.

          in the real game scenario, they get one chance at one shot. and your argument is this is worse because in this scenario they’re simply more likely to take the miracle three? what kind of insane reasoning is this? you’re SURE they wouldn’t have made the two to tie, but a miracle bank three is just so likely that you think we should have given them more time on the clock so they wouldn’t have had a chance to take it.

          this is absolutely ridiculous.

    • J.D.

      Right on well said

      • Mboy

        you have no idea what your talking about JD

  • Andrew

    I’m fairly certain that ruining any flow in the game is not a good strategy. Fouling intentionally over and over puts your defense on its heels. And yes, teams do usually shoot with ten to go or so when they trail by two. Have you watched any games ever?

    • blue86

      nope andrew, i’ve never watched any games ever. good point. this was my first ever basketball game.

      they would have shot WITH AN OPEN LOOK. with five seconds left, we play good d for five seconds and they get nothing. with 25 seconds left, we play good d for 15 seconds and they won’t take the shot but STILL have ten seconds to work with.

      and john beilein would disagree with you that fouling intentionally puts your d on its heels and is not a good strategy. but hey, you probably know a lot more than he does.

      • mgocanada

        this was your first basketball game? what a bummer, man!

        don’t worry, though, it gets better!

        • blue86

          thought the sarcasm was pretty direct…

          • mgocanada

            likewise…

          • blue86

            haha my bad, i don’t understand canadian humor. or is it humour

    • Other Matt

      What flow? It was a game against Wisconsin! They goad their opponents and the officials into a game of neanderthal ball, and I mean that in the worst possible way. I loved the strategy. We forced the ball out of their best player’s hands and into the hands of the guy we’d all want taking the final shot. The guy got lucky and threw in a horrendous bank shot. They were scrambling. I was terrified of them getting to run an offensive set, when was the last time they didn’t execute one of them when it mattered?

    • Matt

      Please quantify “flow” and “putting on heels”.

      There is no such thing, move on.

  • GoBlue2011

    Do you guys hear yourselves? Yes, it was a crushing loss. Yes, we lost by a miracle three pointer but we exceeded everyone’s expectations this past year. I’m proud of our young wolverines and with the direction they’re heading in- in the next few years, we’ll forget about losses like these. Remember, last year when we were hoping to at least be considered for the NIT? Yeah… This is a major step up. We still have games at Minn. and home against MSU plus the tourney. Head up, guys.

    • grandchamp21

      Most of the guys that you hear talk like this are posters that have just jumped on the bandwagon. There’s no reason why we can’t win our last 2 games and a couple in the BTT. If we cannot do that then we don’t deserve to be in the tournament. Regardless though, we have exceeded expectation and the future is very bright. Most people had us winning one or two conference games this season.

    • BSKURTZ

      I totally agree, this team has been so fun to watch this year,the way they have improved and the way they fight each and every game.This is a very good young team,who every Michigan fan should be very proud of whatever happens the rest of the way.I have no doubt this team will come out very focused and play one heck of a game on Saturday.John B definetely has Michigan back,and this is just the start of something special.

  • Andrew

    To boot you had Jordan Morgan picking up his fourth and putting other guys in foul trouble with overtime a fairly strong possibility. It’s a good theory, this fouling. It just doesn’t seem to actually work in actuality.

    • KRN

      Lots of teams use up their remaining fouls to give. I remember MSU did this to us after the Kalin Lucas shot in order to get the clock under 2 seconds. If MSU had not fouled, the lob pass to DeShawn would have given him enough time to juke the MSU player guarding him and make the game winning layup.

    • blue86

      please give me other situations when it hasn’t “actually worked in actuality.” THEY MADE A MIRACLE BANK THREE. he misses that, like he should have based on how badly he messed up his shot, the game is over. guess what happens if there are 25 seconds left in the game and they take that shot with ten seconds left on the game clock and then get an offensive board? or we get a defensive board and go to the line for another one and one? yeah, let’s give wisconsin more chances to tie or win the game instead of a chance at the miracle three. you are not winning this argument.

  • mgocanada

    I just watched the shot. I just clicked the button and watched it. Then I regretted having eaten a big tub of sour gummies beforehand. They might not stay down.

  • ATLblue

    “The loss hurts, but not a killer for Michigan; it wasn’t expected. Wins against Minny, Sparty and a good showing in Indy can get UM in”- Jay Bilas

    • blue86

      Bilas has always had a soft spot for us. Maybe if we beat one of the top three in the big ten in the BTT we can get in, but in the past the committee seems to weigh wins against a good team in the tourney as less than a win against that same team in the regular season. This team was so close with Kansas, the two OSU games, Illinois, and now today, but I don’t think it was meant to be.

    • Joel

      God I hope he’s right. THAT’S WHY YOU MAKE YOUR #!@%#@!ing Free Throws!!!!

  • KRN

    Gotta beat Minny. There is absolutely no reason to lose to a team that starts four power forwards and a shooting guard.

  • Nick

    SO proud of this team, i know it hurts but after cooling down I have a sense of calmness for some reason. I think its like many others who stated this wasn’t even expected for this season. But there’s the part of it where its like damn we’re so close to having a couple big-time wins. Gota keep pushing, work hard every day, im sure coaches will preach that and hopefully things start to turn our way. The look on TImmy Jr’s face after the shot went in was gut-wrenching, feel for the kids. Let’s go get these next two, one game at a time and head into BTT with some mojo.

  • Mason

    This is unequivocally the worst I’ve ever felt after a sporting event, ever. I felt bemused after the Appalachian State game, but this is a new sort of sadness I’m feeling. I’ll never forget that last six seconds, or that feeling when that godawful shot whatsisname threw up somehow managed to bank in. Or watching Stu run off the floor as quickly as he could, crying and looking inconsolable. Or the middle-aged gentleman at the top of my section who, as I was walking up the stairs with tears in my eyes, was still in his seat, staring straight ahead, with tears just pouring down his cheeks. It’s an awful feeling.

    I feel so sad because I wanted this win so badly for this team. This is a group of really likable guys who have punched above their weight for most of the season. I can’t recall a time that I’ve wanted a win to happen more for the team than for myself as a fan (selfish, isn’t it?). They deserve to play on the biggest stage in the game. To be so close so many times this season has been tough to stomach; to lose it tonight the way that they did just breaks my cotton-pickin’, Maize-and-Blue heart.

    Beat Minnesota. Beat MSU. And then beat everyone else.

    • Mboy

      Totally agree

  • JB

    How does a team learn to win?

    This game, Illinois, OSU, Kansas, we were in all of those games until the end but our demeanor was like we were getting away with murder by even being in the games. Jumpy and hesitant. Even the Indiana and MSU games we had comfortable leads and all but blew it.

    I think (and hope) it primarily comes from experience, but also I think it comes from the attitude and confidence (swagger?) that you WILL win the game and the other team will have to do something spectacular to wrestle it away from you. When you have that attitude free throws are expected to drop and are a surprise when they miss, not the other way around.

    We’re young, we’ll learn, and hopefully we’ll develop that swagger.

  • Scott

    Did UofM even make a free-throw the 2nd. half?

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Nope. 0-3.

      • Nick

        dang.

  • Matt

    Too many results oriented people here. We just ran bad.

  • AG2

    Ok, SULKING TIME IS OVER! Guys, we’re going to make the tournament! We beat MSU and Minnesota and we will probably end up 4th or 5th in the Big Ten.

    Nine and Nine = First Round Bye. Its just that simple.

    Just keep thinking positive, this season is not over.

  • SS

    We lost a heartbreaker but there are some positives to take away from this game. Vogrich and Smotryz should walk away from this game with some confidence. Vogrich looked real good both times he came around the pick and shot right away..his feet were set he went straight up. Hardway should continue to have sky high confidence in his offensive game. Darius always seems like such a confident guy I hope that his missed FTs and turnover (esp the one to Vogrich/the front row) late in the game serve as a little extra motivation for these next couple of games.

    If we beat Minny and Sparty then end up winning in the 4 vs 5 B10 tourney game I think we get in the NCAA tourney even w/o beating the 1 seed.

  • ChathaM

    I didn’t watch any of the game, as I was reffing a game out of town. I got in the car just in time to hear the final possession and the radio call of the winning shot. This one will be like the Evan Turner BTT game; I’ll always remember where I was when it happened.

    I completely understand the emotional comments re: this program being cursed, etc. I was thinking along the same lines in the first few minutes of my drive home. For whatever reason, year after year, this program just can’t seem to get over the hump. Of course, logic says that the program is headed in a positive direction. We have a fantastic practice facility on the short term horizon (can’t underestimate the impact that can have on recruiting), and we have a stable, ethical coach in place. Really, even this season isn’t yet a lost cause. The nice thing about kids is that they have short memories and are very resilient. It’s easy to think that the team can’t bounce back from something like this, and it’s easy to envision two more losses to end the regular season. But, at the same time, there’s no way that any of the players are thinking that way. Two losses to finish up wouldn’t surprise me, but neither would two wins and a 9-9 regular season record. This feels like such a low point, but things could do a complete 180 over the next 10 days. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on NIT right now, but this is a crazy game, and this team, despite it’s inability to close out games against top notch opponents thus far, does have a great deal of heart.

  • Tweeter

    I will save my thoughts on the game itself and the last play for the post game thread whenever that gets up (aside, gotta say fantastic work by Dylan and Co. for getting all the postgame vids up. I know if I was doing this, I would be crying in the corner alone with my bottle), but on my feeling after the game.

    I gotta say this feels completely different than the OSU game. Well maybe not completely different, since both were big dong punches. But with the OSU game, I went into it expecting nothing, largely because the team had given me nothing to expect for most the year. Then they found themselves in a game at the end and looking like they were going to win. When the shot went in, I went thru all the emotions, but I was left with a feeling that it was sort of fitting considering the year that happened. Not that the guys on the team deserved it, just that as a fan, it felt fitting considering all the hype went for not.

    Tonight, it is an utterly different taste that is left in my mouth. To start with, I went into this game expecting them to win. Not for any sane reason, but just because I felt like and still feel like, this team has something special. So when the game was where it was at the end, I fully expected that shot to brick off the backboard and everyone to exhale. From my vantage point, it looked like a complete brick the whole way. After it went in, I went thru all the stages of emotion again much like OSU. But after sitting on this for several hours and drinking heavily, I feel much different than I did post-OSU.

    The feeling is pretty much epitomized by what I have been saying for the last several hours, “that didnt happen. no way.” I still cant believe it. This is isnt fitting. This isnt how this is supposed to go down. We won that game darnit. And the more and more that I say that, the more and more I have to remind myself that I am a fan, that these are a bunch of kids (for real kids, not upperclassmen) and that what they have done this year has and is remarkable. Absolutely nothing has been given to this team. They have had to work their tails off everyday just to get into this position (a position that no one expected them to be in). Because of that, I doubt nothing that they believe they can accomplish.

    With the OSU loss their also came a feeling of finality. The team at least in that incarnation was gone, but with this team, there is no finality. Only hope remains. Hope in the form of a bunch of young kids that are only learning how to become men. These are the battles that will make them men and will bring not only us fans great satisfaction in watching them accomplish great things but will also bring them to the places only they thought and believed they would get to. Go Blue!

  • jim-e-p

    Failure to grab defensive rebounds, some careless turnovers, and poor foul shooting left us in position to lose. This was a game that should have been won by double figures. I am a Beilein fan in general, but his strategy at the end of games often seems to be a “try not to lose strategy”. See at Minnesota in “09, the Turner fiasco, and even last week at Iowa for examples. On Morris’s free throw attempt with thirty seconds left – why do we not have a single person on the lane? If we are going to use up our fouls (which I am fine with), then do so as needed, when Wisconsin gains an advantage. The strategy here is to leave then no good time on the clock, not to exhaust the fouls with 8 seconds left. Under no circumstances do you leave a three pointer open, regardless of the shooter. Some of you will disagree, but giving up a two or even fouling up two is far better than letting a three get launched. Admittedly it was a lucky piece of crap heave, but it is the only way to walk off the court a loser at the end of regulation. The game should have been won and both players and Beilein bear responsibility.

    • Tweeter

      really? You want to foul up two and put Wisconsin, team that either leads the nation or at least is close to it, in free throw percentage at the line. Not to mention you would probably be fouling Taylor who is about as clutch as they come. The strategy was not to leave a shooter open. Listen to Beilein’s postgame, he says they didnt want to help like that. It happened. The end result sucked. But if you told me beforehand, I would have a choice between Gasser, one of Wisconsin’s worst three point shooters on the court, getting a look at a three and Taylor getting any shot, I would take my chances with Gasser.

      I dont like the way things played out, but it sounds a lot like you are just talking about results rather than strategy.

  • J.D.

    we’ve gotta win 2 straight to finish the regular season.
    Some people don’t like the truth because it stings a little, but if you watch the play again it looks like we were allowing the three (really watch it). It turns out somebody missed on a switch. Either way it wasn’t a miracle shot. He set his feet and took a pretty good look considering the circumstances. You just don’t question JB on this forum it’s a naughty o.k. Get over it.

  • Eric

    I tell you what.. I love this team!! They have soo much fight in them its crazy!! I want to know who on this board Dylan included. Would have thought at the beginning of the season we would be talking about any tourney bid NIT or NCAA. Let alone the chance to SWEEP Sparty!!! I am DAM proud to be a Michigan Wolverine!! To think how far they have come. I know the close losses dont mean anything when it comes to selection sunday. But to know the youngest team in the Big Ten and the 4th youngest team in the counrty has hung with some of the elite teams in the nation.It makes me think of the future! I really don’t think we as loyal fans should complain about to much. This season as we all knew was gonna have its ups and downs but I think it has had more ups than downs.The close losses suck don’t get me wrong I hate them just as much as the next fan..But I will take them over the 15,16,19 and 20 point losses we had to start out the Big Ten season. Come on now guys let quit bickering at each other and pointing fingers at to why we lost this game and look at the BRIGHT side.. The season will not be over after the Big Ten tourney!! We WILL PLAY ON!!

  • Andrew

    I guess from my experience playing, coaching and watching basketball I think that it’s a good theoretical strategy. However, despite the other foibles I’ve pointed out above, it obviously puts you at risk to foul a guy in the act of shooting. It also puts players in a situation that they aren’t familiar with. Ie, it puts you on your heels to be trying to execute a strategy that you pretty much never employ. Most good coaches want you to defend well without fouling. Thus, the strategy of defending kind of but then fouling does in fact take players out of their natural comfort zone. I think it’s a 50/50 kind of thing. Some people will like the strategy and some won’t. However, to categorically call the strategy a rousing success, particularly all the hand-wringing over offensive rebounding when M rebounded 76 percent seems a bit misguided. Despite the scoffing from some folks on the site I think intelligent people can probably disagree on the merits of this strategy. Time/score matter as well.

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