Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Illinois Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan and Illinois face off this afternoon with hopes of keeping their seasons alive. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (eastern) at the United Center in Chicago and the game will be broadcast on BTN.

Join in the open thread before, during and after today’s tip-off in Chicago.

Pregame Reading

  • MGoTweeter

    huge start to the half. one more good run, might put this away

    • ChipperFliet

      It’s over. Just look into the eyes of the Illinois players.

      • MGoTweeter

        the way these two have played each other thisyear, im not looking ahead

        • Yep… The collapse in Champaign is a reminder that this is never over…Even Rutgers made a 19-0 run.

  • bobohle

    OOH BABY!!!!

  • Steve Feller

    AHHHH SPIKE!

    • ChipperFliet

      Somebody needs to tweet a vine of that to ESPN. #topten

  • jemblue

    The guys are just having fun right now. Reminds me of the Tennessee game.

  • psickert1

    All of the games that we loss at the end of games this year – might’ve been been a blessing. If we can compete for two legit quarters then watch out. I think that they are finally getting the memo… attack!

  • MAZS

    I, like others, have had questions about some in-game decisions made by Beilein (i.e. getting the ball in), but the job this staff has done preparing them for each game has been amazing. Plus the whole player improvement thingee.

  • Third foul on Aubrey Dawkins means a big stretch coming up for Kam Chatman.

    • ChipperFliet

      Crazy as it sounds, I’m alright with that. I’m a new Kam Fan

  • psickert1

    MAAR attacking like he did when he was in high-school. HE JUST BLOWS BY PEOPLE.

    • ChipperFliet

      Playing with the most confidence since the first MSU game.

    • MAZS

      still struggles finishing left–in part, because he doesn’t use his left hand

      • psickert1

        True but had a nice left handed finish today that should’ve been a and one..

  • MGoTweeter

    love the aggressivness and going for the kill but this is getting a little too sloppy

    • Yep. Need to settle down and play a bit more composed. I know they want to attack the press, but burning a little clock wouldn’t hurt.

  • MGoTweeter

    like the tweak of rahk/irvin inbounding against the press. spike is a little better at getting open

    • ChipperFliet

      Yup. Almost seems to obvious, doesn’t it?

  • MAZS

    Jesus–dunk it!

  • psickert1

    Chatman reminds of Lester Abrams with better handles.Maar reminds of Kevin Sheppard with skill and handle.

  • MAZS

    hasn’t chatman noticed Max’s jumping ability in practice?

  • ChipperFliet

    Who did Kam think he was passing too? A lob to Bielfeldt?

  • Indiana_Matt

    I hope we play them a fourth time in the NIT (on an off chance we don’t win the B1G tourney).

  • MGoTweeter

    couple more minutes of solid basketball

    • ChipperFliet

      Put the managers in.

  • psickert1

    Our players really have great basketball IQ ‘s especially Spike!

  • Assist number 6 for Zak Irvin.

  • ChipperFliet

    Gotta be a career high in assist for Irvin 6 now I think

  • MGoTweeter

    ok. that should do it. get spike, irvin some rest

  • Chezaroo

    Happy recapping Dylan!! Go Blue.

  • Tony DeMaria

    Can UM make the NIT at 16-16 (8-10)? Obviously beat Wisconsin and you’re in but just curious.

    • Indiana_Matt

      I think you just have to have a .500 record.

      • Tony DeMaria

        Sorry I should have phrased it as “Will UM make the NIT if..”. Actually there is not an official rule that says that they have to be over .500, its more of an unspoken rule.

  • Champswest

    A much needed win. This team is playing very well the last two weeks. More scoring threats available with Max and Aubrey stepping up. Keep hitting threes and spread out the floor.