Game 20: Michigan at Arkansas Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
Alabama A&M at Michigan 8

Michigan is the first Big Ten team to play a game in Bud Walton Arena and the first to face Arkansas in Fayetteville since the 1981-82 season. The Wolverines’ visit has also inspired the first sell out of the 19,368 seat arena in three years. The game will be televised at 2 p.m. on CBS, with Kevin Harlan and Bill Raftery on the call, and streamed for free online.

Follow along and participate in the discussion below before, during and after the game.

Pre-Game Reading

  • Brendan

    I think here you go for the best shot that you get

  • Alex

    Drive to the basket. Good effort.

  • ugh.

  • so close

  • MGoTweeter

    didnt like the shot, but oh well

  • Ace_maker4

    LOL that is the shot we get?

  • rlcBlue

    Woo Pig Phooey.

  • MGoTweeter

    well great effort for the most part, first ten minutes were just killer.  

    • rlcBlue

      Luckily the team doesn’t give up as easily as some of its fans…

  • i don’t like that set at the end of the game. i don’t like anything with 7 seconds left that starts with a pass into the back court. oh well. tight game.

  • that one hurts…

  • itsalwaystherefsfault

    good game doesn’t matter much

  • Great comeback…8-28 from 3!  yikes.  Another loss on the road though! Good thing its early

    • Grey

      what has happened to Hardaway Jr.? Hes in a slump…only 8 shot attempts? Didnt even seem like he was demanding the ball. I dont get it. No way hes leaving early for the NBA. Im really discouraged by his lack of progression this year. I hope he gets hot towards tournament time.

      • that ball pressure against his dribbling isn’t going to end well, and he’s not taking contested threes any more because his shooting has come back to earth since the second half of last year.

      • MGoTweeter

        yea i dont know what is going on with him.  I think he really struggles to understand when to attack and when to let things come to him.  Which means that there are times when he just floats around and other times when all he does is force up bad shots.

  • Mpartington87

    Man, I really thought that was going to go in. Heartbreaking to come back from that big of a deficit and fall short by two points. At least it wasn’t a B1G game.

  • still proud of this team when they get practically zero production from Smotz  who should be a double-digit scorer

    • Mpartington87

      He’s shooting horrendously. Not very good decisions either. It just doesn’t look like he’s engaged when he’s out there.

  • Joe

    ugh. close road losses don’t really help us. beilein needs to make sure burke isn’t dead before the tourney too

    • i don’t think he had much option there, douglas would have gotten eaten alive against that pressure.

  • hopefully this helps the kids get their sea legs for the road. that was a tough environment. burke needs to get in the ice bath 20 minutes ago his legs must be gone. great effort on that shot, wish something else transpired in terms of the play in general.

  • A2MIKE

    That can’t be what Beilein called up

    • Indiana_Matt

      they played pretty good D.

    • MGoTweeter

      i think he probably drew up a pick and pop.  Told Burke that if he has a lane take it to the hole, if he gets cut off kick it.  If he gets the look at three take it.  Burke had options, he chose the three.  Didnt go in, oh well.  Not on Beilein.  You put your players in a position to make plays and let them do so.

  • Indiana_Matt

    dang, dude. heck of a comeback effort. in a hostile environment. just painfully short.

  • itsalwaystherefsfault

    we only have 1 1/2 pgs

  • umnyc

    I’m not mad at that shot. He’s our best player (sorry, I think Tim’s star is fading quickly) and was inches away from winning the game for us. Just can’t expect to win after spotting them 20 in the road.

    • Indiana_Matt

      couldn’t have said it better.

  • guest

    never took advantage of all those arkansas missed free throws…really bums me out. but they’ll learn and get better

  • Rkwboo

    At some point this team has to win away from crisler.tired of playing close but not gettin the wins.

  • A2MIKE

    so… this game couldn’t have come at a worse time.  Any chance we recover by Tuesday night for Purdue?

  • Dave

    We absolutely suck on the road.  That was a ridiculously bad last shot.

    • Acone56

      I know I am lat to the discussion but how can anyone possibly say what you do? The shot almost went in and the defender could have easily been called for a foul and had the situation been reversed I guarantee a foul would have been called….

  • Rkwboo

    T HJ is nice ballplayer but disappears for too long in stretches of games.

  • JDiesel

    sickening loss.  Was it me, or was THJr open for the inbounds pass, but looked off in favor of Burke?  I have mounting concerns that THJr is getting disconnected.  Hope it won’t lead to him being so discouraged by the end that he tests the waters no matter what.  I remember the sentiment that Manny shouldn’t go pro we he had that bad stretch but in retrospect in probably precipitated his way out the door.

  • Danguilm

    Only option I saw was the kick back to Smotz – everyone else was standing and watching – other than Novak who about ran up Burke’s butt prior to the shot