Game 2: South Carolina State at Michigan Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan 69, UMass Lowell 42-25
Dustin Johnston

Michigan takes on South Carolina State at the Crisler Center tonight (7 p.m.) for its second game of the 2013-14 season. The Wolverines will look to iron out the kinks in their offense after scoring just 23 points in the first half against UMass Lowell before they travel to Iowa State this weekend. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern and there will be no television coverage but game will be broadcast by the Big Ten Digital Network (how to watch?) over the internet. (Tickets are also available starting at $5).

Join in the discussion in the open thread below before, during and after the game to share your thoughts and predictions.

Pre-Game Reading

  • Michigan 1.72 PPP, SCSU .67 PPP in the first half.
    Michigan: 87 eFG%, 14.6% TO Rate, 40% OR Rate, 27% FTA/FGA
    SCSU: 34 eFG%, 17.5% TO Rate, 14.3% OR Rate, 21% FTA/FGA

  • arsenal926

    State up 10 to 0 and looking dominant.

    • DingoBlue

      was going to say the same thing.

  • Burke_Does_Work

    Anyone watching the MSU UK game at the same time? Anyone see that monster alley oop by MSU?

  • gobluemd16

    Kentucky looks really bad, and MSU is reinforcing how bad they look.

  • Kyle

    That’s odd, MSU is arm-baring and not getting called for it.

    • gobluemd16

      They just got called for it before that TO

  • gobluemd16

    LIU up 3 with 3 mins left over indiana

    • DingoBlue

      tracking that one also. bad shooting nights can hurt you.

  • Burke_Does_Work

    I want MSU to win. Tired of Calipari’s one and done crew. Plus I don’t want UK’s team even being in the same discussion as the Fab Five.

    • gobluemd16

      I don’t like MSU at all and I completely agree

    • arsenal926

      I was actually going to ask who people are rooting for. Im definitely pulling for MSU quite hard.

    • ColinNer

      I pull for B1G teams when they are in big non-conference games. Helps the reputation of the conference.

  • guestavoe

    Randle can’t bully Payne or Dawsen and those corny up and under shots and pumpfakes aren’t fooling anybody

  • Burke_Does_Work

    Gotta admit watching the MSU UK game, the refs are really letting them play. It’s getting really physical and they’re not calling fouls that they have been so far this year.

  • LIU-Brooklyn with the ball down 1 at Indiana with 33 seconds on the clock.

    • gobluemd16

      A guy from my high school was on the team and graduated last year. Was their leading scorer. They made the tourney the last 2 or 3 striaght years, I believe. Obviously didn’t expect to win this game, though.

      • gobluemd16

        Rival high school*

  • gobluemd16

    IU held on by one

  • Cory

    It’s all about confidence with Irvin at this point……

    • DingoBlue

      Disagree. I think he should try stuff other than standing 3 pointers. I know he’s a player, but just being a spot up shooter isn’t going to get him serious time this season.

  • DingoBlue

    That possession there looked a lot more like the first half against UMass Lowell.

    • DingoBlue

      The one before the JMo jam that is.

  • Tyler Carter

    Knock knock who’s there. Boom shakalaka.

  • Burke_Does_Work

    Bring your cole slaw, bring your potato salad.

    • DingoBlue

      Caris is hosting.

    • jakelam2116

      Caris is hosting!

  • Cory

    I think they just did 5 consecutive cliches after that block. Is that a record?

    • jakelam2116

      So entertained haha

  • DingoBlue

    That 4 minute session was definitely worse than the previous ones.

  • DingoBlue

    SCSU has scored 16 points to Michigan’s 14 this half so far.

    • gobluemd16

      19, I believe

      • DingoBlue

        Then the box score I’m looking at is wrong, sorry.

        • Cory

          A lot less Stauskas.

      • Yep. 19-14 SCSU this half

  • DingoBlue

    Nice dish by Walton, unlucky no assist.

  • DingoBlue

    Jon “Mr. Clean” Horford?

    • Kam

      clean the glass!

  • Burke_Does_Work

    I think GRIII wants to be the guy so badly that he is taking poor shots just so that his scoring goes up. He doesn’t seem to want to take a backseat to Nik and Caris even though they have been the most comfortable at shooting thus far.

    • gobluemd16

      Yeah, he has looked a bit selfish at times, unfortunately

      • gobluemd16

        He isn’t a selfish player either

      • guestavoe

        I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

    • DingoBlue

      There’s something to be said for what the gameplan is. It may be they are trying to take away GRIII’s stuff, but that’s not helping much with LeVert and Stauskas having great nights.

  • Kam

    wow glenn

  • DingoBlue

    ok, now GRIII is forcing it.

  • Kam

    smh glenn wtf

  • arsenal926

    Michigan is a lot better team if Glenn is able to consistently beat people off the dribble. So yeah, he may be forcing it a bit, but I don’t have a problem with him doing it in a meaningless 88 to 51 game.

  • jakelam2116

    Three really poor offensive possessions in a row for Robinson III. Seems to have lost interest.

  • jakelam2116

    Watching both games, how do people think Horford would match up against MSU’s bigs defensively? Last year, I actually thought Morgan played as good D as anyone against the Spartans (even in the EL route).

    • arsenal926

      I think he’s probably a bit of a step up vs. costello but Im more worried about Caris and Nik having to guard Harris and Dawson. They may have to go to the two big lineup for that game.

      • Kam

        Harris is 6’4 Nik wont guard him but maybe caris length could bother him.

        • jakelam2116

          Yeah, I like the idea of Caris on Harris (rhyme not intended).

        • arsenal926

          I’ve got no doubt that Caris could pose a challenge to Harris but if Michigan plays with GR3 at the 4 than Stauskas will most likely be guarding Harris and Caris guarding Dawson.Thats why I’m thinking they may have to play a lot of Walton Caris/Nik GR3 McGary and Horford that game.

          • jakelam2116

            Couldn’t agree more. Especially with the new rules, hard to imagine GR3 being able to guard Payne (just look at Randall, who is bigger, struggling with him tonight).

          • jakelam2116

            *Randle

      • guestavoe

        Caris can hold his own against Harris or Dawson. Hopefully Irvin can find his spot in the rotation so we can switch him and Stauskas for D.

  • DingoBlue

    Good for Bielfeldt. I’ll take banked 3’s from him there.

  • Burke_Does_Work

    Bielfeldt scored! It’s the end of the world!

  • michiganman01

    Caris for POY
    why not?

  • river

    Caris is having fun

  • Mgomedschool

    Awful 2nd half, I know they were coasting but would have liked to see more than 34 2nd have points

    • DingoBlue

      I’m kind of like you. I want to blow the kenpom predictions out of the water, so I’ll consider myself disappointed and the fact that I am disappointed an overall good sign for this team for now.

  • Burke_Does_Work

    2nd half was a bit disappointing

  • Kam

    2nd half wasn’t as good, but it wasn’t AWFUL imo. Just not like the first.. Glenn had a very poor 2nd half

  • Chezaroo

    Free flowing game against an inferior opponent. Pretty much what we all expected. As a long time supporter of Caris he makes me Happy, Happy, Happy! Is it possible he plays himself into the first round of the NBA draft? Crazier things have happened. Go Blue!

    • Kam

      He would wait until next year to grow into more muscle and maybe height

      • guestavoe

        If he can get to 200 lbs and work on posting up smaller guards over next summer, he will be scary. I’m getting a little ahead of myself lol

        • Kam

          haha i agree tho! That was his goal 200. at around 6’7 200 Next year(just guessing) with his defense and improved offense there is no reason to say he couldn’t be a pro.