NCAA Tournament: Michigan vs. Louisville Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan 61, Syracuse 56-28
Dustin Johnston

There’s no next game. Michigan or Louisville will cut down the nets tonight in Atlanta as champions. Michigan’s season has seen its fair share of ups and downs but the Wolverines have reached the season’s final day flying high.

Tip off is scheduled for 9:23 p.m. (eastern) on CBS (streaming here) with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson handling broadcast duties. Join in the discussion below before, during and after the game to share your thoughts, predictions and observations.

Pregame Reading

  • Chazer

    Excellent year Blue….great job!

  • MIke

    Can I request a 5 Keys to the game involving the worst calls by the refs….

    • mstein23

      May need to expand it to 10 key plays to make it work.

    • Rich74

      How about 10 while we are at it.

  • rlcBlue

    Great season by the players, coaches, and UMHoops staff.

  • davis104

    Great season, proud of the season, proud to be a Michigan basketball fan

  • Alex

    Great job really proud of you. Sorry you didn’t win but what a great year and effort.

  • Indiana_Matt

    What a game. Really hurts now. Really frustrated. Great, great year though. What a group!

  • Indiana_Matt

    Couldn’t believe how many calls the announcers were dumbfounded by. Never experienced that before. But as others have stated, they didn’t lose the game for us.

  • MGoTweeter

    Maybe I am overstepping bounds here, but can you please take the fab five reunion off the top posts on the site. Personally I could give two sh*ts about those guys right now. This years team and all the teams under beilein have accomplished so much on their own. No reason to give the selfish guys props on the front page.

  • Paul Anderberg

    Any of our guys who are contemplating turning pro should definitely do so – just to get away from those f***ing college refs!

    • MGoTweeter

      ? U serious Clark?

  • MGoTweeter

    Just cause I don’t see it from anyone else, not that I wanna be the one, but congrats Louisville. Well played and well deserved.

  • Bill

    Great season they played great nothing to be ashamed of. To me there is a difference in making bad calls and just plain incompetence. That absurd not called goal tending, handcock threw the ball in bounds in the first half with out even trying to go out of bounds he was under the basket. Mitch kicking the ball. How do you call a foul on a guy not even close to the play. How many points did handcock score after he had 5 fouls. These a were just basic things these guys couldn’t get right. For pete’s sake its the championship game.

  • kblue

    Don’t buy into the NCAA fascists BS about the fab five they were no more selfish then any other division I bball players…they accomplish so much on their own too

    • MGoTweeter

      Really? So you think trey Burke took over 200,000 dollars from a random booster?

  • MIke

    Thanks to the legend of this team…which they are now.

    Congrats to Louisville for taking advantage of all of the blown calls, biased crap that they got.

    Refs….I hope you choked, and I hope that you weren’t paid.

  • MGoTweeter

    C’mon guys be better than blaming refs and proping the fab five. Michigan lost. They didn’t play their best. It sucks. But guess what they had an unreal season that every school in the country besides Louisville would kill to have

    • CDeSana

      You are right; have to give credit where credit is due Louisville was able to turn this game into a physical battle and they took it to Michigan. Our guys are young and this experience will make them better next year no matter who stays or not.

  • Tony

    Disappointed in how Hardaway ended his season and probably career at UM. His last 4 games he shot a combined 16-53 (30%) from the field. And its not just the low shooting percentage but he took some terrible shots, and frankly too many.

    All that said, I appreciate everything that he and the rest of the team did this year. Fantastic run.

  • MGoTweeter

    Ok maybe I will get a perma ban for this and maybe I deserve it according to michigan fans. But it is really pissing me off, that a Michigan team just made a great run in the tournament. One of the best in school history. And yet when I open the first story that pops up is about the fab five. REALLY? Am I taking crazy pills here? This team and the players on this team are so far beyond the fab five it is crazy. Those guys were great from a cultural perspective but I wouldnt trade a single game from this years team nor last, to watch another game from their era. Just makes me sick that they are still idiolized like this.

    • MGoTweeter

      can whoever downvoted me please explain themselves? I just dont get it. i loved the fab five when they were playing and still love the memories I have from that era, but the bottom line is they also sent the basketball program into a tailspin that took nearly twenty years to recover from.

      This years team is so far beyond anything those guys ever did. Not to mention that the class that this years team has, is in another stratosphere compared to those guys. Add to that the foundation and actualy sacrifices that players before hand made, such as Novak and Douglass. I just don’t get it.

    • Well, first and foremost, the interviews were at halftime. Meaning, the game wasn’t over yet. Chances are Dylan and Joe are in the locker room recording player interviews and the like.

      Believe me, there’s more content coming. It was a tough loss and the officiating was brutal, but let’s not be oversensitive. It was a GREAT run.

      Go Blue, always!