Game 1: UMass Lowell at Michigan Open Thread

Michigan 61, Syracuse 56-21
Dustin Johnston

Michigan basketball is back. Seven months ago the Wolverines walked off the floor at the Georgia Dome after falling short against Louisville in the National Championship. It feels like yesterday, but Michigan finally has a chance to move on as it tips off the 2013-14 season at the Crisler Center tonight.

The Wolverines will hold a Final Four banner raising ceremony at 6:40 p.m. before facing UMass Lowell at 7:00 p.m. There will be no television coverage but game will be broadcast by the Big Ten Digital Network (how to watch?) over the internet.

Join in the discussion in the open thread below to follow along with in-game updates and add your two cents on Michigan’s season opener.

Pre-Game Reading

  • mistersuits

    Of note, there has not been a single charge called in tonight’s game. Almost all of Michigan’s fouls are blocking fouls. Michigan is going to have to account for that in their gameplan.

    • jakelam2116

      Twice Michigan players tried to take one (Walton and Lavert) I thought they were dives and the right no-call by the ref. Like the officiating. Definitely feels different with the new rules.

  • DingoBlue

    After much consideration, I’ve decided I like this half more than the last one.

    • Kam

      lol tough choice!

  • vince from hk

    This production crew need to concentrate… did anyone catch the wtf score just now? Embarrassing even for a student crew

    • Kam

      you mean they didn’t know the score? they have messed up the score at least 5 times if thats what u mean

      • mistersuits

        They’re on the honor system tonight.

      • vince from hk

        Not the garden variety, at one point before a timeout it showed UML 54 – UM 33 ………

  • DingoBlue

    Coast to coast Walton

  • TBlake

    Score?

    • DingoBlue

      58-36 if the cast is to be believed.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      61-37 Michigan.

  • jakelam2116

    Anyone else notice how on many defensive rebounds, three/four guys are there to grab it (and Horford ultimately does)? JB’s seem to have gotten through to the wings the importance of hitting the glass.

  • Kam

    wow glenn is mad? play the game

  • DingoBlue

    new walk on is playing!

  • guestavoe

    Caris looks like a year long starter to me.

    • DingoBlue

      100% agreed. How can you keep someone with those D skills, the handling, and the ability to take it to the rack himself off the court?

      • guestavoe

        Yep. In my opinion, he should get the nod over Nik, once McGary comes back or we move GR3 to the 4.

        • DingoBlue

          I’m pleased that seems like an issue for this team right now.

        • arsenal926

          If you’re going to play your best 5 it seems like it would be Walton LeVert Stauskas GR3 and McGary.

          No clue who will start, but I’d be shocked if that wasn’t the lineup that finished games.

  • jemblue

    17 for Caris. Amazing how much he’s improved in one offseason. This is a guy who had many scoreless games last season.

  • jakelam2116

    Biggest takeaway tonight is Caris. Different player. Smooth, stronger, stroke looks good. Exciting to see. Also impressed by Horford.

  • michiganman01

    Little sluggish in the first half. This team is pretty good, no reason to be overly worried.

  • Zach JOnes

    Who starts? we know Mitch GR3 and Nick start? beyond that who starts? I like a small line up with Levert in there. thoughts?

  • Kam

    where can i get a box score lol

  • Zach JOnes

    IMO Horford has passed Morgan as the starting center

    • DingoBlue

      If he is gonna be able to hit mid-range jumpers, yes for sure. But we’ll see a lot of both because they both foul like crazy.

      • Zach JOnes

        Mitch does as well haha…. Obviously Mitch is our best big guy but I am ok with a three man rotation of Mitch, Horford and Morgan. Max is a good rebounded but at times he seems a little lost out there.

        • DingoBlue

          Hah, of course. I am used to Mitch hitting those. I thought you were one on one comparing between Horford and Morgan.

          • Zach JOnes

            Oh yeah I was lol I would assume that Mitch plays the 4 so either Horford or Morgan has to start at 5 right? Or will they go small line up with GR3

    • jakelam2116

      Tonight he certainly showed that. He rebounded the ball really well and didn’t show the butterfingers that have plagued him in past seasons. He also had a couple McGary-like outlet passes and hedged well.

    • guestavoe

      I don’t think either starts when McGary comes back.

      • DingoBlue

        probably not. But a 2 post lineup becomes more viable if you have a lineup of Walton, Stauskas/Levert, GRIII, McGary, and Horford.

      • Zach JOnes

        So your saying you think that GR3 starts at the 4 again? I hope not

        • DingoBlue

          I would agree that as far as starting lineups go, GRIII at the 4 is likely to happen. But I expect heavy doses of McGary at the 4

          • guestavoe

            No doubt

        • Kam

          i hope so! the offense is better

          • Zach JOnes

            Yeah but hes out of position.. hes a small forward

          • guestavoe

            Doesn’t matter if Caris is this good. Rather have ballhandling and shooting versus size of Horford or Morgan

          • Zach JOnes

            good point… I think Caris has earned a starting spot

          • Zach JOnes

            Its good to have the problem of so many different line ups

  • Kam

    caris had 17.. glenn had 15 Irvin had 10

  • Luke Danhof

    The offense needs to be much more aggressive getting points from driving to the basket and also feeding it to horford or morgan. Hopefully when mcgary returns it will be better

  • gobluemd16

    Missed this one (first in years), decided to go to a pro game instead. Thanks for providing me basically a game recap in these comments.. Looks like Caris has continued his really improved play! My sources are now totally to be trusted, haha!

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