Michigan 79, Penn State 71

Dylan Burkhardt

UM vs PSU-4
Dustin Johnston

Michigan topped Penn State, 79-71, to remain two games behind the Big Ten leaders but did little to inspire confidence after its recent mid-season swoon in form. The Wolverines trailed for most of the first half before before managing to tie the game entering halftime. While Michigan led throughout the second half, the Wolverines’ advantage never felt comfortable and they never managed to extend the lead to double digits.

For long stretches it was the Nittany Lions, winless in Big Ten play, that looked like the team with more motivation, energy and execution. Trey Burke led the way with 29 points and five assists while Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas both reached double figures with 22 and 18 points respectively.

Full post game coverage to follow, here’s your post game discussion thread.

  • rlcBlue

    There’s no such thing as a bad win, but… yeesh.

  • Alex

    I’ll take it.

    Just have to continue to work on D.

  • Jonathan Cummings

    Have we been going with a hard hedge on D all season. I can’t recall, but it seems very ineffectively lately. We end up play D with with 3 against 4 and no inside rebounding presence. I’m not sure if it is on Burke not quickly getting back in front or our big following too long, but I’m not a fan of the results. Thoughts?

    • Wayman Britt

      It is all on the bigs. Horford and McCary stay on the guard too long especially when it is 25 feet from the basket. They have been doing that all season, why I don’t understand.

  • skitchbeatz

    I can’t remember the last time I saw Michigan give up that many lay-ups.

    • gpsimms

      Since the state game, you mean?

      • skitchbeatz

        That game…. Never happened.

        • gpsimms

          ha, good point.

  • Northern Blue

    Hopefully next weekend Morgan is back fully healthy and ready to start. Need lots of work on defense, rebounding and boxing out like the start of the year if michigan wants to win anything.

    • Mattski

      Wish we had that 9-10 points a game that we were getting from Morgan last year and the year before. We miss interior D AND O.

  • Indiana_Matt

    I wish we wore that style of uniforms all the time.

  • jemblue

    I hope Morgan’s ankle is progressing. If we need to keep him off the practice floor for 3-4 days, we should do it. We need him out there for 25 minutes a game if we want to be a contender.

  • Mattski

    Wisconsin killing OSU. This stuff does happen.

  • Indiana_Matt

    At least Robinson scored the basketball again.

  • Dr_ZC

    We lost the stats game, but we won the game. Out rebounded by 10, out assisted, etc. I would take a win anytime, but this one was too close, against an 0-13 team. We made them looked good. Positives, GR3 and Nick are back. Burke is steady but he needs to get his teammates involved on offense early. Otherwise we become one-dimensional and predictable. The only thing we did not do defensively, is to roll the red carpet to our hoop. Timmy and our bigs will have their mugshots on milk cardoons tomorrow.

  • champswest

    We got something like 0 points and 6 rebounds from the 5 position today. Only 4 players sored a field goal today. That is not going to get it done.

  • BK

    Missed the game. Is there somewhere online where I can watch a replay?

    • jemblue

      Not sure, but it will be rebroadcast on BTN this evening.

    • rlcBlue

      mgovideo will have it up sometime tomorrow.