Game 25: Michigan at Michigan State Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan 62, Wisconsin 65 (OT)-18
Dustin Johnston

Michigan and Michigan State face off as top ten teams for the first time ever this evening at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. with Dan Dakich and Mike Tirico handling announcing duties for ESPN. Zack Novak, Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison are all expected in attendance for the game.

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

Pre-Game Reading:

  • tgio24

    If we match up with a team in the tourny who defends well and has a decent down low presence then YES we are in trouble..Our defense does not string together enough stops to go on extended runs..look at the OSU game how the hell does Hardaway hit 5 threes in a row and we still never had a lead of over 3 points..the tourny is about runs and until this team holds others to one shot on possesions and defends better we cannot make a run past the sweet 16 in my opinion

  • Angman

    Not the worst time in the world to have 2 games in 12 days, and Penn State up next on the schedule. Gotta pick up the pieces, get back to work. Obviously tonight’s effort was very disconcerting. Need to learn from it, and most importantly get some confidence back.

    Without question that was a murderer’s row of 4 games, and it honestly looked like they were still feeling sorry for themselves with what happened in Madison. It’s unacceptable, but at the same time they are kids and things like that buzzer beater at Wisky can linger in your head. Credit to MSU for putting the foot on our throat as well when it was obvious UM was off tonight.

    As said, we can’t play any worse than tonight. How they respond from this loss will determine the course of the remainder of the season.

  • mikey_mac

    Going 2-2 over this four-game stretch was all we could have wanted. That was ripped away from us by Brust’s prayer, so losing this one badly shouldn’t be a huge surprise. The air was clearly sucked out of this team. The schedule was incredibly grueling, and we’re the team with a target on our backs.
    I will admit I’m scared of this team’s inability to stay in front of a perimeter player. Stauskas, THJ, and LeVert are all constantly caught flat-footed. Watching McGary/Morgan trying to compensate when opposing wings not only turned a corner on their man, but actually passed him, is painful.