Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Wisconsin Open Thread

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Michigan 83, Penn State 66-16
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Michigan faces off against Wisconsin this afternoon in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal action. The Badgers will be playing their first game in Chicago while Michigan topped Penn State on Thursday afternoon. Will Michigan benefit from the early adjustment to the United Center on Thursday or will the Wolverines suffer from tired legs. John Beilein will hope for the former as Michigan looks for a second win at the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 1998.

Tip off is scheduled for 2:30 eastern time with Mike Tirico and Dan Dakich on the call for ESPN. Join in the discussion below before, during and after the game to share your thoughts, predictions and observations.

Pre-Game Reading:

  • arsenal926

    do we lose a 3 seed with this game?

    • Think losing this game probably means a 3-seed, but depends on everything else around the country obviously.

  • Mattski

    Funny. Everyone coming to the same conclusion!

    • Hops

      Retractions?

  • Dan

    Berggren sitting with 4 fouls. The lane should be a bit more open. Let’s see if we can exploit it.

  • MGoTweeter

    Not quite done

  • MGoTweeter

    Nice flop timmay

  • make up call…

  • MLaw

    Fouls come back to bite Wiscy?

  • arsenal926

    I think we should all keep complaining it seems to be working

  • Stunned… lol

  • MLaw

    Eat it Bucky

  • MGoTweeter

    Unfortunate there that the shot was blocked and put spike in a bad spot

  • Horrible call W over spikes back on the airball. Total bail

    • MGoTweeter

      It was a good call. Decker didn’t go over spike. The ball went right to him and spike was face guarding to box out

  • MLaw

    Boy I don’t think it will happen but that was a good show of passion. If we play that way in the tourney for a full game we can beat anyone.

    • MLaw

      and if we only play that way for 5 minutes like here we can lose in the second round.

      • MGoTweeter

        Or first

        • rlcBlue

          Disappointing as our stretch run has been, I doubt the committee will place us in the 12-13 games in Dayton.

    • Jeff

      That may be the biggest “if” of all time.

  • arsenal926

    Not too many positives to take from this game

  • I’m real anxious to see this team play against non-B1G. Either it really was the conference or this team is just not that good

  • MLaw

    Game. If we make free throws and defend we win easily.

  • MGoTweeter

    Game. Nice that they tried toward the end but the overall issues still there.

  • Jeff

    Well, looking on the bright side, six days between games might be good for this team, but looking on the negative side, they’ll still be really bad at defense and rebounding.

    • rlcBlue

      Timmy’s ankle can use the rest, I’m sure.

  • Jeff

    Did anybody else notice that Morgan has looked completely lost in this tournament? Wonder what’s going on with him.

  • These past few years I have absolutely loved watching this team. This year..not so much.

    • Joel_C

      The 2011 season was great because we had our backs to the wall and no one gave us a chance to make the tournament. Then we went on an amazing run and nearly upset d00k in the 2nd round……this year seems to be the opposite

  • skitchbeatz

    Wisconsin Tripled their point output in the second half. pretty cool, guys.

  • mattbuckets

    i hate losing to wisconsin, we forced them into a couple bad situations and them no talent bigs just keep throwing the ball in the hoop

    • skitchbeatz

      that’s talent

      • mattbuckets

        they were lucky desperation forces to me.

        • skitchbeatz

          i know.. i’m just miserable.

  • robpollard

    I think 4 seed, here we come. I can’t see the committee thinking we’re one of the 12 best teams in the country based on how we’ve played the last 10 games. I might be wrong, but that’s my prediction.

    • Jeff

      I think it’s definitely in play, but depends on how others in our range finish. After last year and the way this year has been going, I’ll be quaking in my boots over a 4/13 matchup.

  • shenanigans

    Is Burke playing for Michigan or player of the year?

  • Chazer

    Well lets see what they have left in the tank. Maybe they play to many Freshman and their energy is gone. Remember Trey was shot at the end of last year. I think Getting to the sweet sixteen will be a great accomplishment at this point. I hope they can put some positive aspects together because it seems like their confidence is shot.

    Always scary now playing agianst mid majors with 4 or 5 seniors. Time to move on and regroup, get some rest.

    Go Blue!

    • Jeff

      Agree with all your points.

  • Mattski

    Probably my allergies, but that one felt like a new low. Our #5 seed for the tourney is going to look about right. With the up and down nature of recent weeks we’ll come out strong in the first NCAA game, get thumped in the second one.

    • Jeff

      No chance of dropping to a 5. We actually have one of the most impressive non-conference performances in the country and played in the toughest conference in the country. Will be very interesting to see if we get the Auburn Hills site though. Lunardi’s been predicting it the whole way.

      • Joel_C

        Hope so cause I already bought tickets!

  • MGoBlue_JT

    After watching the first three or four Wisconsin possessions of the second half I SCREAMED at the TV for coach B to play two bigs….pretty disappointed he never made the move. Should have just rode Mitch and Horford to the end, as Morgan lacked focus in a big way.

    Besides, UM doesn’t necessarily need Robinson on the offensive end of the floor for what they were trying to do. He was a HUGE liability defensively.

  • gobluemd16

    Welp, that was no fun. Defense in the second half was atrocious, obviously. For the first 15 minutes it was wide open three or layup for the Badgers. No matter who we play against that isn’t going to cut it. At best we are a 3 seed now, which I think is still most likely, that is unless KState, Marquette, or Syracuse goes on a huge run to win their conference tourneys. At this point, hoping to get healthy and make the second weekend. Oh how expectations have changed.

    • gobluemd16

      Marquette already lost, but I should say Arizona

  • Fred Merkle

    They plain & simple looked like a very tired team today. Hopefully, a week’s rest will do some good.