Game 9: Arkansas at Michigan Open Thread

Arkansas Basketball

Michigan looks to remain undefeated and revenge last year’s loss as it hosts Arkansas (4-3) for a Saturday matinee at the Crisler Center. Tip off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Eastern broadcast by CBS. Join in the discussion before, during and after the game in the comments section below.

Pre-Game Reading

  • MGoTweeter

    Lets Go Blue!

  • Steve2081

    We will have our revenge in this life or the next!

    • Daniel

      Preferably this life, to the tune of 112-58.

      • Steve2081

        Sounds good!

  • Ben

    when is vincedwards going to visit?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    This was one of the more disappointing losses last year for me. I want revenge. Go Blue!

  • Jon Pence

    Live tempo based stats for the game here http://www.scacchoops.com/ViewHDGame.asp?hSchedule=15602

  • rlcBlue

    Jordan Morgan at both ends early.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    Morgan dominating on the glass so far!

  • DB

    So the announcers think it is goaltending, see a replay that clearly shows it is goaltending, then say it isn’t. Ooookay.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Michigan offense is just fine early on with a strong start from Jordan but the defensive intensity isn’t quite there and Arkansas hitting threes is a bit scary.

  • JDR

    Charges and blocks are so random. The first McGary one was surely a block and that one had to be a charge.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Especially with Ted Valentine in charge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    WOW

  • JDR

    Man, you know a team is good when you can sit your all american point guard for a minute or two and go on a run without him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    Have other people been impressed with Levert? Seems to be playing smart, with solid defense. May not score much obviously this team doesnt need much help with that right now

  • JDR

    You could feel that three coming a mile away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    HA looked like Stauskas gave the Ark bench the 3 sign!!

  • JDR

    Hugely mature move by mcgary there.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Michigan’s rebounding in the first half has been nothing short of dominant — on both ends. Impressive stuff.

  • Alex

    Whoever said Robinson may have trouble with turnovers today props. Despite that he’s doing pretty well as is the team. Enough Hogs players are making shots to keep them in it but only just.

    • JDR

      I was thinking he was struggling too, but the stat sheet says he’s got 10 pts, 5 rebounds and 2 turnovers. I’d take that any time!

      • Alex

        Agreed. Both he and the team is playing well. Have not seen as much pressure as I would have expected but I think that may be due to our rebounding prowess which doesn’t allow them to set the press. Just got to keep up the pressure since they are able to put up points.

  • MGoTweeter

    Can’t complain too much about that half. Defense was solid; Arkansas just made some threes and only a couple of them were wide open. Offense has been a bit shakier but the rebounding has made up for it

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Michigan leads 42-32 at the break. Michigan scoring 1.3 PPP, Arkansas 1.0 PPP

    Michigan: 59% eFG%, 25% TO Rate, 57% OR Rate, 28% FTA/FGA
    Arkansas: 50% eFG%, 19% TO Rate, 32% OR Rate, 0 FTA

    Difference in the game is Michigan’s offensive rebounding extending possessions but U-M turning it over and allowing Arkansas to make half their threes is keeping the game relatively close.

    • JDR

      So Arkansas actually has a better OR Rate than Mich? I wouldn’t have guessed that at all…

      • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

        No. Michigan is rebounding 57% of its misses… Arkansas has grabbed 32% of its misses.

        • JDR

          Whoops – totally misread that. Obviously.

  • Steve2081

    I just found some alternate footage of Hardaway’s missed dunk attempt.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ptyA9nyKes

  • Matt

    Holy crap late in the 1st half the entire Arkansas team was shooting threes like Stauskus. It’d be nice if they would miss a couple.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    I don’t feel bad about skipping over Haydar in my game preview. John Beilein didn’t have him on the scouting report either.

  • JDR

    Is it just me or does it look like Robinson isn’t used to his body yet? Every time he comes down he seems to do it awkwardly. I hope he gets that sorted out soon or he might get injured a lot.

  • MGoTweeter

    Wow what a lazy start to the second half. What the heck did they do in the lockerroom at halftime? Take a nap?

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Definitely a slow start to the second. Terrible to see BJ Young potentially be hurt though…

    • Alex

      Good that he looks ok now. Agreed to injuries for anybody.

      • Alex

        Meant to say no injuries for anybody.

  • serious

    Come on Trey – drop that off to Mitch. My only complain with him this year is his selfishness on the break.

    • Chazer

      Agree 100 percent…you gotta give up the rock to the big man and reward him for running the floor….I really like Burke but there is room for improvement.

  • MGoTweeter

    No energy. Cuts are way to slow. Lots of guy standing around on defense. They just do not seem into this game at all

  • MGoTweeter

    The team needs a Novak spaz out to wake them up

  • Mattski

    Sometimes I wish that Beilein would call more pre-emptive time outs.

  • Alex

    For some reason Arkansas is just able to hit some really tough long shots against us. Doesn’t matter just play through it.

  • JDR

    This is ridiculous. They’re playing out of their minds. Mich just has to weather it though.

  • MGoTweeter

    Defense is garbage right now. Guys are switching or helping for no reason and leavin wide open shooters

  • rlcBlue

    Huge defensive possesion by Horford!

  • Mattski

    Horford battling like a grownup in there; wow.

  • DB

    Spike is having a really good game

  • JDR

    Two PGs on the court is huge for the press

  • JDR

    Wow…I would hope he got fouled on that nonsense

  • MGoTweeter

    Burke wastes an entire possession dribbling but gets bailed out. I like the way michigan has responded to Arkansas runs today but overall michigan has played pretty poorly

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

      Its really getting annoying, yes we understand the value he brings but he last second heroics hardly ever pan out

    • JDR

      But then he goes and does something like that…and TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbainbridge2 Mike Bainbridge

    What a terrible call IMO

  • Alex

    That is not a T. Refs getting a little overly zealous on calling the hanging on rim. Was on it for one sec.

  • DB

    If Burke had done that when the issue was still in doubt, they don’t call that Technical.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Always going to call that T when you do the chin-up on the rim I think.

  • JDR

    I can’t believe Robinson has 17/6. Quietest ever.

  • MGoTweeter

    Final score looks shiny but lots of work left to do. First ten plus minutes of the second half were not good at all

  • DB

    Same story with most of the season thus far. They play great except for a random 5-10 minute stretch.

  • DB

    On the plus side, one of the big reasons this game was close was Arkansas was on fire from 3. Kenpom seems to indicate that’s pretty random.

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