Game 7: Michigan at Virginia Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan opens up the Big Ten-ACC Challenge looking to steal one for its conference on the road. There’s no shortage of travel for the Wolverines who make the trip to Charlottesville, VA, less than a week after returning from Hawaii. Virginia is 5-1 but has yet to beat a high-major foe, can Michigan add a quality high major road win to its resume? Tip off is 7:00 pm eastern and the game is televised on ESPN2 with Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla on the call.

Join in the discussion before, during and after the game to share your thoughts in the live comments below.

Pre-Game Content:

  • Blazerine

    Not the game for Horford/Stu/Vogrich/TimmyJr/Akunne etc. to lay eggs…

  • Mikebainbridge20

    Man if we can just sneak out a win here…we can finally enjoy a homecourt again. Lets get it boys.

  • Bhallcidera

    We’ve been inconsistent, we can’t string together buckets, and theyre getting multiple shots on offense

  • Blazerine

    Trey needs to be in otherwise there is virtually ZERO offense.
    Vogrich…smh. 

  • Wayman Britt

    This does not look good. 

  • Mikebainbridge20

    now it really not lookin good

  • Blazerine

    Well I still believe we can win but it’s blatantly obvious that we do NOT deserve to win this game. 

  • 16-2 Virginia run… Not sure how Michigan comes back from this one.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    game

  • MGoTweeter

    UM is just soft on offense.  Screens are weak, no one dribbles through contact

  • M C

    Pack it in….g’nite boys

    • skitchbeatz

      not over but goodbye.

      • M C

        If they pull it off, I’ll apologize but it’s more that we don’t DESERVE to win this game! Virginia’s making us look just awful tonight….but I hear ya, I’m by no means a bandwagon fan and it sure sounded like that. Just so damn frustrated!

  • storm33

    This is disgusting; our offense is a joke right now.  Credit to Tony Bennett and Virginia though, they’re executing their gameplan and their guys are knocking down their shots.

  • MGoTweeter

    UM just never made virginia pay for being over-aggressive on the ball.  At some point guys have to just attack through contact

  • Matt

    Need to get some 3’s or its over

  • Wayman Britt

    With a lost here, now we have to steal an away game against a top three team in the Big Ten to make it up.

    • MGoTweeter

      why?

  • guest

    uva is playing some good d….but a 19-2 run….thats just wrong. 

    • Jalen Rose

      Anyone can play good D if the refs don’t call fouls on you

  • Mikebainbridge20

    ok I know it is a bit early for this but….after this the next 7 games should…should be wins. 12-2 going into Indiana is not bad at all. Maybe we will need this kick in the butt.

  • Alex

    Still time let’s go.

  • skitchbeatz

    DOUGLASSSSSS. lets go! Also, set better screens, Michigan.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    the dagger

    • skitchbeatz

      Nope. THAT was it.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    soo Iowa State…

  • MGoTweeter

    man, frustrating to watch two terrible wing guards beat UM defenders off the dribble.  Novak with just a horrible closeout there.  

  • Matt

    smot lacking the passion tonight

  • Wayman Britt

    This has been a very disappointing game.   Lots of teaching points for Beilein.

  • Wayman Britt

    We sure let the Big Ten down with this stinker.

    • MGoTweeter

      i mean I dont think most people thought we would win this game

      • Wayman Britt

        Are you sure. 

      • Joel C

        We should have won this game, I think it’s more of us playing poorly than Virginia playing well.

  • Mark

    This team won’t win many games when Hardaway disappears like he did tonight. Awful game by him.

    • Jalen Rose

      Refs called stupid fouls on him and Virginia was getting away with murder while guarding him.  He tried to make things happen but the refs were awful

  • Mikebainbridge20

    Guys I know it sucks to lose but this is one of those..doesnt hurt nor help the resume. Virginia might be good but would this have been a quality win? It’s def not a bad loss

  • guest

    no words. uva is good, but michigan looks completely different. normally were the one controlling the game (except for the first half against duke). really gotta just play michigan basketball

  • Joel C

    What happened to the team we saw in Maui? This is very frustrating.

  • skitchbeatz

    ok. that was a bad call refs….

  • Mikebainbridge20

    oh and the refs have been awful tonight.

  • Matt

    Is the thought with Vogrich to just keep him out there and hope he finds his stroke.  He just doesn’t have it so far this season.  

    • MGoTweeter

      perhaps, but he is also a junior that does other things well and gives you some hustle plays.  Plus there are not a ton of options.

    • The thought is that there aren’t really any other options as we saw in the first half.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    cant wait to get back to the maize rage

  • Mikebainbridge20

    good move by coach. sit down Burke and get Carlton some work

  • MGoTweeter

    Two big areas to work on: 1. stopping penetration.  Absolutely terrible tonight and in it was a problem in Maui, but at least in Maui we played teams with good attacking guards.  2. playing through physical defenses.  The offense just plays weak.  Its ok to be finesse in style, but you cannot play weak.  

  • Alex

    This is good preparation for Wisconsin. At least that ones at home.

  • Mattski

    Few good looks from anywhere, couldn’t make em when we got em.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    again this is a great prep game. Next seven all at home I believe and very winnable. Get those and we are 12 and 2

    • andrew

      Michigan needs more talent. Ie, guys who can get their own shot. College basketball can be frustrating to watch sometimes because of all the hand checking etc that goes on. You need guys who can break the flow, get offensive rebounds etc. to be good. I loved last year’s team but Darius bailed them out a lot on long offensive possessions by getting into the paint. IDK. It seems like this might be an above average year, but I’m not sure it will be great. Need more talent. Just wish it was now, so I didn’t have to watch a bunch of guys slide their feet, clutch and grab a little, and shut M down.

      • andrew

        Essentially, agree with the idea that M needs to play through contact off the dribble. Darius Morris was excellent at that. They missed that tonight. Unexpectedly, at least to me, Evan has gotten much better at playing through contact even if it looks wild at times.

  • Mikebainbridge20

    Can Eso play the spot Vogrich does?? At least he can shoot it this year.

    • Wayman Britt

      Might be worth a try.  I think he deserves the minutes over Vogrich.

  • Wayman Britt

    Hardaway had a bad game, but it is disappointing that none of the subs or other starters stepped up.  Sometimes your star is going to be off, but good teams get over come that by having someone else step up. 

  • Jalen Rose

    Did we really just lose to Virginia?  Can someone tell me this is just a nightmare and I’ll wake up shortly?

  • johnnyumfan

    UM needs an inside presence like McGary. With GRIII and McGary next year UM will have a legit team.

  • Bill

    Seems to me they just stop running their offense when Tim started going alone 3 straight trips. They need to understand they are only good when they play together and run the offense,

  • Anthony

    Anyone else see a reason for vogrich playing ? He is not hitting shots which is what he is there to do i would play cb over him for a short period of time.

  • Anthony

    Dont blame the refs were they bad sure but thats how college basketball is you dont get calls on the road you have to play through it and its not like michigan really attacked the rim to get calls.

  • jaisdaddy

    Looking at the stat line why wasn’t Horford used more?? No fouls, no shots… There was a section of the game when they could used Horford and Morgan at the same time…

    • Anthony

      Horford had a few horrible shots he was brutal tonight if you use horford and morgan at the same time it takes away from the offense because neither guy can make shots out of the post.

  • jaisdaddy

    Another question which i seen asked already but i will ask again… How much longer is the Vogrich project going to last… Something is off with him… Suppose to be the snipper off the bench but hasn’t shown it so far…

  • Indiana_Matt

    A very disappointing loss. But not a horrible one, I suppose, on the road at an ACC school. I hope they can put it out of their mind. On to the next. I think Iowa State is going to give us a run at home. Funny to look at their lineup and see 4 of their 5 starters began their NCAA careers someplace else.

  • Bill

    Hopefully they come out ready to play in the next 2 games or it could be 3 losses in a row. Iowa State can score a lot of points and OU will be pumped for us.

  • Jalen Rose

    That sucked.  If you can’t handle Scott, how can you handle Scott how are you going to handle Jared Sullinger, or even Draymond Green? 
    Dumb, dumb  fouls by Smotrycz and Morgan.  Horford simply looks lost.  I don’t get how a D-1 player could have such little touch around the hoop. 
    If the big men don’t improve, this is going to be a long season.