Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Wisconsin Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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  • Tony DeMaria

    Man if only we had won either the second Illinois game or second NW game. Both games were games that you win 95% of the time and either would have made us a likely NIT pick. Now we have to pray that an 8-10 conference record, wins over Oregon and OSU and recent performance (in terms of offensive and defensive efficiency more than in W/L) is good enough to sneak in.

    More than likely it’s over, which is a damn shame because Beilein has this team playing well despite all the adversity this season.

    • Corperryale

      Heck, if our healthy, pre-Xmas squad could have held serve against NJIT and EMU we would be an NIT team. Split the conference nail biters (i.e. the overtime games and @IU) and Michigan is an NCAA tournament squad, easy.

      • scipiodreams80

        We were not healthy. Walton’s foot was a mess from mid-Villanova game on – and that really set us off kilter.

        • Corperryale

          EMU didn’t even end up being halfway good in the MAC and NJIT, though not horrible, was still worse than bad. A school like Michigan should never lose to such teams on its home court.

        • Tony DeMaria

          Dammit that reminds me of the Villanova game again. If we win that one we are easy NIT even at 16-16 IMO.

          • scipiodreams80

            I was there. We had that game. If Donnal, who caught the baseball pass can get it to Spike before getting fouled (and he had a good one to two mississippis), we win that game. Donnal’s miss of the front end of the 1 and 1 was fatal.

  • Corperryale

    I think the last few games have shown us that even if, as hoped, LeVert and Walton return healthy next year, the “Big Three” narrative is finished. Aubrey Dawkins, MAAR, and Spike are each essential pieces of this team and keys to its depth and success going forward.

    (With big hopes for Doyle and Chatman to take major steps, too.)

  • Tony DeMaria

    From my count, Michigan won 5 games that could have gone either way (Syracuse, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, @ Rutgers) and lost 8 that could have gone either way (Villanova, NJIT, EMU, Wisconsin, @ MSU, @ Indiana, @ Illinois, @ Northwestern)

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      On the flip side, a team like Maryland won nearly all their close games.

      The two non-conference losses were inexcusable. Even though numbers-wise those losses weren’t terrible in that regard, you can’t be praising the zone defense of a mediocre Mac team after the game.

      For us to go 7-5 and not 9-3 in the non-conference was simply a joke.

  • Corperryale

    One thing I observed about the strong performances to close the season (Rutgers, Illinois, Wisconsin) was that, with everything on the line, the lineup had coalesced into a pretty clear starting five (exception being the usual carousel situation at the 5 spot). There were no lengthy auto-benches and no extended spells with two walk-ons in the game. It is definitely a good thing that roles and strengths are getting much clearer and there is less need to “experiment”.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      I think it comes with players getting smarter and not taking dumb fouls.

      Its hard when your roster has 5-6 guys that are completely unavailable (Levert, Walton, Robinson, Wilson, Hatch)

      We went mostly with guys playing the entire game the last few games.

      I keep having to remind myself that Spike has an injury (hip?) that requires surgery that was mentioned back in November/December that he was played through.