Game 19: Michigan at Rutgers Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan faces Rutgers tonight at in Piscataway, NJ. The Wolverines will be without Caris LeVert while all other injured players at least participated in warmups. The game will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network with an early 6:30 p.m. tip-off and you can join in the open thread before, during and after tip-off.

  • Corperryale

    Disagree with the announcer. This game doesn’t have an asterisk, it has an exclamation point !

  • jemblue

    What a gutty performance. The team had every reason to pack it in and didn’t. Go Blue!

  • Corperryale

    Very gutsy. A real team effort.

  • MGoTweeter

    really nice job by the players andcoaches. schedule is about to get a lot tougher, but good to see the competiveness andscrapiness of the team. great contributions from max andaubrey.

  • polisci

    Bielfeldt should transfer to Michigan for his grad year.

  • Tyler Carter

    “In this league you cannot win with 50 points.” Right…you need at least 54.

  • camblue

    That might have been the most fun I’ve had watching M basketball this year. That was some heart right there

  • “I don’t even know if they believed they could win without Caris, but the coaching staff did.” – John Beilein to BTN after win at Rutgers.

  • lhdanhof

    Always great to get a win on the road in the Big 10 no matter what the circumstances

  • A2MIKE

    Hate to be that guy, but I called the W in the preview. Keep the faith! It will take an A+┬▒ game on Saturday, but we can win and really turn some heads and maybe pick up a stellar recruit in the process. GO BLUE!!! BE THERE ON SATURDAY AND BE LOUD… THE TEAM MORE THAN DESERVES OUR BEST EFFORT AS FANS!

  • Chris De Sana

    All I can say after this big win is I am very proud of the effort given, especially by those guys who got more minutes tonight than they have any other. Lonergan, MAAR and Dakich all stepped up and gave quality minutes. On the downside Irvin was a huge disappointment.

    • A2MIKE

      Huge dissappointment might be a bit harsh. His shot is still off but tonight he didn’t let it drag the rest if his game down. He played solid defense, he rebounded and in general kept his head up. I hope he brings that effort every night, his shot will eventually fall.

      • Chris De Sana

        We just disagree is all Mike.

  • Steve Feller

    Congrats on the win…great win for these young guys on the road. Walton – better late than never…huge down the stretch

  • Indiana_Matt

    If you’ve watched sports for a decent amount of time you’ve seen guys lose their way mentally. They lose confidence and they start overthinking every little thing. Instead of just reacting their thought process completely undermines their natural talent, which may be immense. This does not just happen in basketball. And it happens to grown professionals. All star baseball players can’t make simple throws to first base anymore, etc. It is hard to watch. With all the pressure surrounding these young men, sometimes this happens to college athletes, too.

    I couldn’t watch tonight’s game but this what I am assuming is happening with Irvin.

    Sorry for the longwinded post, but when I see this sort of thing with a Michigan player I feel bad for them. It is not a lack of effort. It is not a lack of talent. Let’s just pull for a kid and hope he gets his game back. I am not sure what piling on a kid does for us in a forum like this.

    This has been a year of adversity. Just happy we won!

    • Chris De Sana

      At the 16:01 mark of the first half Zak Irvin committed his 2nd foul, as per Coach B’s track record he sat the balance of the half. By the way a half in which we some how defended our way to a two point lead. My point below was based on the fact that with such a depleted line up I would have thought he would have done more while in the game be assertive such as attacking the basket.

      All that said I am not giving up on him, just expect more.

  • Corperryale

    I would like to see Kam get more PT in a game like this. Let him play through whatever issues his game has. He is too high potential of a recruit not to play him more, especially without Caris on the floor. While I am not advocating any “assurances” to big-name recruits, I am not sure dropping him behind an (admittedly good) walk-on sends the right message either, and UM seems to have enough issues when it comes to recruiting.

    • Chris De Sana

      So if the coach feels that Lonergan will do a better job on defense and do a better job protecting the ball he should sit for a high ranking recruit who has failed at both? Just wondering……..

    • Indiana_Matt

      isn’t he banged up? knee?