Game 29: Michigan at Illinois Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan battles for an outright Big Ten Championship tonight against Illinois in Champaign. The Wolverines and Illini have both won three straight entering tonight’s game and are playing some of their best basketball this season. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)

Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (eastern) with Dan Dakich and Mike Tirico handling broadcasting duties for ESPN. Join in the open thread before, during and after the game.

Pre-Game Reading:

  • catwomanrx

    Dylan, anything else on Jordan? He didn’t start second half.

  • jakelam2116

    Well, still no Morgan.

  • Chazer

    11 for 14 from Three and one from Canada!

  • kam

    caris a quick foul when he didn’t even move

  • Jon Pence

    Michigan doing work with an offensive efficiency above 160, live tempo-based stats for Michigan/Illinois http://www.scacchoops.com/ViewHDGame.asp?hSchedule=25614

  • jakelam2116

    Dakich just perfectly described why Robinson’s such a poor 3-point shooter. Doesn’t follow through, soft shoots it. That’s also why he misses so many short right.

    • jemblue

      Has he talked to GRIII about this? He should, as a team parent.

  • jemblue

    Will we see Max B. get in today? It’d be nice for the hometown guy to get some run.

  • mstein23

    I’m betting that Nik finally meets the Bacari 7 three’s in a game challenge.

    • kam

      he did it last year against florida and once this year

    • mstein23

      Just checked, and 6 is his career high, FWIW.

  • MGoTweeter

    Lot of settling early this half as expected when you shoot so well in the first. Time to start probing inside a little more

    • guestavo

      This is where Caris’ penetration is missed.

      • MGoTweeter

        Without doubt but I also think there are a lot of back door and screen/roll possibilities open.

  • Chazer

    max will be next off the bench

  • Chazer

    Don’t chase imaginary butterflies…..note to self!

  • kam

    wow Nik

  • Madrox

    IT GON RAIN

  • MGoTweeter

    Spike the ref. lol

    • MGoTweeter

      And then tunover

  • jemblue

    How do they not call that foul on Irvin’s 3?

  • MGoTweeter

    Did you really have to run out clear of all the players to call the and-1 valentine

  • Madrox

    Terrible continuation call there

  • guestavo

    I hope Ill keeps running zone for tourney prep

  • Epicrapbattlechem

    3 free throws

  • kam

    hes sat soooo much he seems off

  • Chazer

    Max…..you’re better than that!

  • Chazer

    Ok 9 points in 10 minutes

  • kam

    nice pass spike

  • kam

    7!!!!!

  • jakelam2116

    I would complain about the rebounding, but…

  • Madrox

    Have we had the under 12 tv timeout yet?

  • MGoTweeter

    Such a weird half. Michigan seems to be playing very poorly but they have extended the lead

    • Cory

      Feels like a pickup game.

    • kam

      Because i cant remember the last time Illinois made a shot

  • Chezaroo

    Wonder if Brunson is watching this?

    • guestavo

      Playing tonight with Izzo watching

      • guestavo

        He also saw the Illinois beat down of MSU in person

      • Chezaroo

        Someone send him the tape

  • jemblue

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before – the under 12 timeout happening under 8 minutes.

  • Rich74

    Please boys, finish strong, please.

  • Chezaroo

    We owe Groce this, after that debacle two years ago. He lucked up getting this job.

  • Madrox

    Horford with a nice strong rebound there

  • Rich74

    Wow, is this the same team that beat our spartys.

    • kam

      AT their place

  • Ben Sheler

    Kenpoms computers are going to love this. They had us as a 2 point favorite

  • MGoTweeter

    Cuse, creighton and isu losses tonight
    Would be huge for michigan. All teams competing for two seeds

    • guestavo

      Tons of teams eating each other alive this weekend, too.

    • And Milwaukee (huge for the UM Hoops travel budget).

      • Chezaroo

        Solid!

      • sshow

        Nice.

  • Chezaroo

    Andrew Dakich appearance time?

    • guestavo

      Rather work on our zone and giving Irvin reps lol

      • MGoTweeter

        Don’t want them to work on it live. It’s best value is the lack of scouting on it.

        • guestavo

          Good point

  • MGoTweeter

    Gotta stop playing the 1-3-1
    Right now. Illinois is starting to put on film how to beat it with ease

  • MGoTweeter

    Spike two straight turnovers?!?

  • guestavo

    Irvin attacking off the bounce would be cool to see

    • MGoTweeter

      Yes it would. Guessing we won’t see it until sometime next year

  • Madrox

    Spike is killing his A:TO ratio here, brutal

    • Rich74

      No problem, it was at about 13 to 1 ratio before the game.

  • Ben Sheler

    Dakich!!

  • Chezaroo

    Odds on a Dakich bucket?

  • kam

    CHAMPS

  • MGoTweeter

    Alone at the top! Congrats michigan!

  • guestavo

    Still need payback on the Hoosiers!

  • Chezaroo

    All class, we will celebrate in our locker room. Take after our coach.