NCAA Tournament: Michigan vs. VCU Open Thread

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Michigan will play for a trip to the Sweet 16 at the Palace of Auburn Hills this afternoon.

John Beilein’s Wolverines challenge Shaka Smart and his VCU Rams in a South Regional four-five matchup. Today’s winner will head to Dallas next week to face the winner of Kansas-North Carolina on Friday.

Tip off is scheduled for 12:15 and Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist on the broadcast for CBS. Join in the discussion below before, during and after the game to share your thoughts, predictions and observations.

Pregame Reading:

  • Drae

    Spike is in

  • Spike Albrecht has mastered the art of dribbling around aimlessly until the shot clock winds down before drawing a foul.

    • Wayman Britt

      yeah he does that a lot

      • Northern Blue

        That pass to Robinson on the break was beautiful. He also has great timing and makes big plays.

  • Mattski

    When do we start feastin’ at the foul line?

    • Mattski

      One more.

  • Drae

    If spike can handle the 1, look out for Trey at the 2…

  • Drae

    Mattski how many times have they used the 1-3-1 today.

    • Mattski

      Just remember the single time, but you should ask some of the gurus around here, tweeter, rlc, or Dylan.

    • MGoTweeter

      Yeah pretty sure it was just one possession. Thy got a deflection and then vcu made a guarded baseline jumper.

  • Mattski

    TOs not a bad thing for us here. Yeah, TCU’s press has advantages in the tourney, but. . .

  • MGoTweeter

    Spike! Wht a pass

  • CCC

    holy sht spike.

  • Look at GRIII jersey!

    • davis104

      Adidas fail…again

  • Drae

    SPIKE!!!!

  • Drae

    Gotta put the throttle on now

  • Plenty of time….they wont quit…nor should we let down.

  • MGoTweeter

    GRIII’s jersey is torn off his body. I know Adidas sucks and all but if there was ever a demonstration of vcu intentionally fouling

    • For sure, but if I were guarding Michigans starters I’d be holding jersey 2.

  • MGoTweeter

    Michigan is starting to
    Gamble too much on D. Just stay at home and make them make shots

  • Mattski

    Four guys in double figures. When we do that, we win.

  • Drae

    They have been fouling the whole game… Refs just not calling it

  • CCC

    someday stauskas will hit open 3’s agian. and we will be very good.

  • mstein23

    Send it in, Timmy!

  • CCC

    don’t let up, blue.

  • Hops

    Eating the press alive, wonder what PPP is against it

  • MGoTweeter

    Yeah baby

  • RikSmits

    McGary the key today – no doubt about it

  • Wayman Britt

    I would get Morgan in the game. We are going to need him against KU. Keep his spirits up.

    • MGoTweeter

      I agree michigan will need him if they play kansas particularly at the 4 to guard Ellis. But I would say its pretty even money between them and unc. Not sure which I would rather face

    • Erob

      KU has to get by UNC first.

  • davis104

    Michigan doing their best Minnesota impression on the offensive glass. Man, it feels good not to play Big 10 teams anymore.

  • Mattski

    All the VCU fans have vacated the chat at sportsline.

  • MGoTweeter

    Mcgary on the floor in a thirty point game. LOVE IT

    • JOHNNAVARREISMEYHERO

      I loved that too!!!

  • Spike will be the best backup PG in the nation in a few years

  • Drae

    Agreed gotta get J Mo in

  • Michigan scoring 1.46 PPP in the second half, 1.27 for the game.

  • Drae

    Morgan must really be in the dog house… 30 pt lead and not in…

    • gobluemd16

      I feel like it was an insult at that point to put him in the game with it so out of reach. Especially the last 2 minutes when Beilein put in all the benchwarmers.

  • Mattski

    Yank the starters, no?

  • Wayman Britt

    Who would be a more beatable team for Michigan: UNC or KU?

    • davis104

      UNC….they have played well by going small. Withey would be a problem

    • UNC easily…no inside game

  • CCC

    is that bartlestein?

  • Hops

    Over/under on Akunne shots?

  • Drae

    Still no J Mo what gives

    • davis104

      Maybe his comments after the Thursday game?

    • would be an insult to play him with them at the end

  • MGoTweeter

    How sweet it is! Time to relax and then get ready for another test. Go Blue!

  • Wayman Britt

    It sure is nice to play against a team that doesn’t walk the ball up court and low number of possessions.

  • Mitch McFugginGary is the shizzle. Nuff said!

  • Drae

    What going happen going forward with J Mo?