Game 7: Syracuse at Michigan Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt

Brady Hoke’s firing has the attention of Michigan fans today, but the Wolverine basketball team tips off against Syracuse tonight in its biggest home game of the non-conference season. Michigan and Syracuse both enter tonight’s game at 5-1 and will face off in a rematch of the 2013 Final Four. Derrick Walton is questionable for today’s game, but he is dressed and looks sharp.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast by Mike Tirico and Dan Dakich on ESPN.

Pregame Reading:

  • MGoTweeter


  • Burke_Does_Work

    Syracuse snatched defeat from the jaws of victory…we got away with one this game guys.

  • Madrox

    GO BLUE!!!! Go Big Ten

  • Chezaroo

    Another step on the growth ladder

  • Cory

    Well, sometimes you gotta win ugly. We’ll take it. Go Blue!

  • Madrox

    Also right on the KenPom number I believe

  • Dustin Stone

    And we win this game of Survivor. Growing as a team slowly but surely…Hail!

  • Burke_Does_Work

    So question, do we want OSU to beat Louisville for the B1G-ACC challenge (plus screw UL), or do we want OSU to lose every game they play?

    • jakerblue

      That’s always the question

    • Chezaroo

      I always root for the B1G in non-con games

    • Corperryale

      At the very least, I will hope to see Amir Williams looking soft and disinterested as always.

    • Dustin Stone

      a win-win either way

  • Guest

    Always the big question

  • Richmond_Eric

    Good TEAM win. Our big 3 shot 28% from 3 point land and still won.

  • Hail Blue

    Well those last 4 minutes were ugly ugly ugly. Lucky to come away with a win, cant blow those two FT’s especially two guys like Levert and Walton.

  • camblue

    God I HATE HATE HATE not guarding the inbounds pass. That and Beilein’s insane foul trouble stubbornness are the only things I don’t like about him. Lucky it didn’t burn us here.

  • Mattski

    Big Ten 5-0 against the ACC–that is impressive.

  • jemblue

    Good win, but late game FTs again . . . arrgh. I never understand why such a normally good-shooting team makes it such an adventure at the stripe in the closing minutes.

    • Bluebots


      • jemblue

        Maybe, but this has been an issue for a few years now. The ’13 team was really bad at this and it cost us the IU game (and B1G).

  • Tony DeMaria

    Thank you Syracuse for all the unforced turnovers down the stretch. We needed this win as we grow as a team. Villanova was a moral victory but UM needed to take the next step and it did.

    • Hail Blue

      I feel worse coming out of this game than the Nova game. Of course its not really that big of a difference but the stagnant offense and missed FT’s were concerning. However it could just have been an off night overall.

      • camblue

        It’s early December college basketball. It means nothing. A win’s a win. How quickly people forget some of our terrible early season performances in years past.

      • Tony DeMaria

        Tough for a young team to play against that Syracuse zone. They are still learning to play the game at a college level and learn JB’s system and all the sudden they have to completely alter their gameplan to beat the zone. It’s a tough matchup for a young team IMO.

        That said I do not believe the Michigan offense will end up even close to as good as the last 2 teams.

  • Alex

    There’s tons of things to work on but happy to be 6-1 which is pretty good. I think Syracuse is a tough team to play for anyone but especially a young team; our guys are going to have to get better especially at free throws but experience in pressure situations is what they need to overcome that weakness. Sweat, practice, and minutes are this team’s friends. By March I don’t think anyone will want to play them and maybe there will be some good surprises, but of course this team’s identity and growth is not yet complete.

    Go Big Ten we can do this and improve the strength of the conference which will be good for all of us when it comes to seeding and getting into the Tourney which is most important. I’m loving this season and watching these guys growth and realizing their potential.