Game 8: NJIT at Michigan Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan is back in action this afternoon with a noon tip-off against NJIT. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Stephen Bardo and Josh Lewin on the call. Join in the open thread before, during and after the game.

Pregame Reading

  • Corperryale

    On the bright side, this will make our eventual victory over Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker in the national championship game even sweet.

    • Corperryale

      -er

  • Cory

    Well, I’m going to the bar.

  • Ben

    Glory days are over………

  • jakerblue

    Like Charlotte, Irvin couldn’t hit anything

    • itsjustaherb

      and NJIT couldn’t miss anything

  • Ben

    We don’t have a team of scorers…..bad recruiting catches up.

    • itsjustaherb

      It’s one just one game and NJIT couldn’t miss anything in the 2nd half. They were able to get too easy of looks as well

      • Rich74

        Unfortunately it will play as more than one game. If it comes down to it (bubble time at the end of the season) this could well keep us out of the dance!

        • gpsimms

          Don’t be silly. This is not a bubble team.

          • Ben

            correct. They might not make the bubble.

          • Rich74

            Sure looked like a bubble team today.

          • gpsimms

            I didn’t say we didn’t.

          • jemblue

            Let’s not overreact. We’ve looked a lot better at other points this season. It is unfortunately bad for our resume and may cost us a seeding, but this is still a tourney team.

        • itsjustaherb

          one game doesn’t keep you out of the tournament no matter how bad the loss is. This isn’t college football

  • Hail Blue

    Wow just wow.

  • mattbuckets

    35 minutes of Lazy play = Loss

  • Ben

    No excuses. Get in their faces. Michigan loses to NJTech whatever. No excuses. We have 3 guys that can score. 3. and when they are gone we don’t have replacements. Gonna get bad.

  • moenice

    That man to man defense is a concern for Michigan…they went to the rim with ease.

    • Chris De Sana

      No options for protecting the rim, in fact when was the last time they had an actual eraser in the middle?

  • mattbuckets

    Normally I am extremely disappointed in a tough loss, but I am just beside myself and too shocked to feel anything. disgusted

  • Alex

    If this had to happen I’d rather it happen in November as opposed to a potential game in March.

    These things happen and yes it is a bad loss. You better believe these guys will listen to the coaches now. The question is how do they respond. Eastern Michigan looks decent this year so if they play like this again it could be the start of a losing streak. It’s only the second loss of the year but technically speaking it still only increments the right hand column by one. They can come back but they’ve got to keep working if they want to achieve whatever goals they’ve set for this season.

    This is the ultimate advantage of college basketball: you may lose the battle but you could still win the war. I hope these guys don’t crumble because of one bad outing.

    • gpsimms

      The amount of people who have apparently never seen a good college basketball team lose to a bad college basketball team and yet remain a good college basketball team is ridiculous.

  • umnyc

    That’s the downside of the soft defense we play. All it takes is one or two makes to allow the opponent to catch fire. Irvin needs to be more consistent. His no show is glaring. Where were the dribble drives from the past few games?

  • itsjustaherb

    That Damon Lynn is a hell of a player and hes only a sophomore. Dude can straight up light it up. NJIT shot better than 55% from the field and hit almost 65% from three!!

  • jakerblue

    With chatman and Irvin playing like garbage why didn’t dawkins at least get a shot

  • Justin

    Please Please recruit a dominant post player!!!!

    • Corperryale

      Why recruit a post player when you can have a fifth guard on the floor? Rebounding shmebounding! But for serious, Horford’s comments made recruiting a power big that much harder.

      • Chris De Sana

        What were Horford’s comments as I do not recall?

        • Corperryale

          ” …it’s a system that’s difficult for big men to have success, especially when compared to the guards … there is very little emphasis on getting bigs post touches.”

          And other stuff too. Read the MLive article from April 11, 2014. “Jon Horford opens up on decision to transfer, limited opportunities at Michigan”.

          • I don’t think Jon Horford’s comments will effect recruiting at all.

        • gpsimms

          http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2014/04/michigan_jon_horford_transfer.html

          Says its a guard system. Any big could have success, and the only reason he didn’t was because of lack of playing time. Among other kind of silly things.

    • jakerblue

      Teske

      • Corperryale

        Far too early to say one way or the other, but 7’0″ doesn’t equal dominant. I think Hillsdale had a 7 footer coming off the bench.

    • Chris De Sana

      I keep saying the same thing, we have no one to protect the rim and we have no interior options when the 3 balls do not fall. That said even when our bigs are open on the block they do not get the ball, touches now would serve the whole team down the road.

      Not to mention they would probably just kick it back out most times.

  • Justin

    Lucky me my wife got her degree from NJIT : (

  • GotBlue33

    Young teams win games they shouldn’t and the lose games they shouldn’t. We have talent but lessons to be learned. Just part of how it will go this year.

  • Jake

    We have literally zero dribble penetration aside from Levert and Spike. Very disappointed in Walton, his game still very much relies on perimeter shot and can’t facilitate the team offence.

    • Chris De Sana

      You must have watched a different game than I did, Walton got into the heart of the paint a few times for short pull up jumpers which he hit. No if you are saying he struggles to understand the proper angles to feed the bigs on the block I would agree.

      • Jake

        How is that driving to the basket? When your PG can’t drive for layups the entire team is forced to be a jump shooting team.

  • Corperryale

    Open question for discussion: Today’s loss was obviously disappointing. Kudos to NJIT but they are still NJIT — this is not a run of the mill Ivy League upset, or a Canadian college team winning a summer exhibition game. This is on par with a 16 seed beating a 1 seed, a loss to Chaminade in Maui. So: Will there be big changes after this wake-up call? Or will it be a Brady Hoke-esque “just gotta execute better” type deal? If so, what will the changes be?

  • Dustin Stone

    Didn’t even watch the game because like most of the fan base, figured it was a given 20 pt win…Dear lord what happened?

  • mattbuckets

    why do my comments keep getting deleted.

  • umgoblue525

    What about Chapman’s 0-6? I know let shooters shoot thru slumps, but he
    hasn’t proven he can shoot yet. I think his minutes should be reduced a
    bit til he earns then. Maybe more Dawkins or Beifeldt?

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    Very surprised by the lack of effort, including the coaches. Something was way, way off today. It didn’t seem like anyone cared to be there. I didn’t like the body language of our players or Beilein. It always seemed like he wanted to lose towards the end or he knew we were going to lose and didn’t pull out all the stops and wake these guys up.

    It appeared our whole entire team either didn’t sleep well or had a little too much fun on Friday night.

    Lastly, very shocked that our leaders would let this happen. For so many years now, you have seen a refuse to lose attitude – it looked like we accepted we were going to lose this one.