Game 30: Michigan at Wisconsin Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan is on the road tonight for its last away conference game of the 2015-16 season. The Wolverines will face Wisconsin, one of the Big Ten’s hottest teams over the last month, in hopes of supplementing their NCAA tournament resume with a quality road victory.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:06 p.m. on the Big Ten Network and you can join the discussion in the comments section below before, during and after tonight’s game.

  • mpbear14

    We are going to have virtually the same team next year. Not much to get excited about. Really need a big 2017 recruiting haul or we may be a bubble team for the foreseeable future

    • MLaw

      I think the guards next year will actually be a big help. We get 1-2 more scorers per night and it hides the dependence on Walton and Irvin. If 1 of Watson or Simpson is ready to go, I do think we can make the push to be a 6-7 seed. Probably best case scenario next year.

    • A2MIKE

      Disagree. Xavier Simpson is going to play. No way they will be able to keep him off the floor.

      • Steve2081

        I think we’ll see him and Walton on the floor at the same time quite a bit with Walton playing off the ball more

        • A2MIKE

          That is certainly possible. Might be best for all parties.

      • bobohle

        I believe Simpson is a candidate for Ohio Mr. Basketball

    • iBleedBlue

      There’s a reason every coach wants an experienced team, each year of ball is another chance at getting better. The offseason isnt just idle time. And I agree with alot of other posters, Xavier Simpson looks legit.

  • malcolm bolt

    It’s a disappointing season. A lot of these guys never really developed. Dawkins is still one dimensional, he misses dunks all the time. Doyle was never really good, except for this game. Donnal came along, bust still has lapses. Walton is never consistent. Same as Irvin. And the coaching needs to be questioned. Michigan right now is a program that is happy to have made a deep run a few times but isn’t hungry to do that in the future. The quality of recruits shows that.

    • iBleedBlue

      Yeah, I am sure Beilein has intended to miss out on upper-echelon talent…If anything, JB should be held accountable for a noticeable lack of passion. I cant argue the points about Walton, Irvin, and Dawkins, though. Walton’s shot is inconsistent, Zak’s shot selection and passion are poor, and Aubrey might be, defensively, the conference’s worst rotation player.

      • malcolm bolt

        It’s a bad situation. I see so many other schools with better athletes than Michigan, that don’t have the resources of Michigan. Where are the men?! Where is the toughness? These guys know they are automatically underdogs when on the floor. This a mediocre product.

        • Vince

          Em… this is less of a mediocre product than it is a broken product. The MEN – the senior All American and the senior player-coach-sniper-sixth man is on our bench out with injury. When a two-guard offense team lose 50% of their top gurards to injury can we really be surprised with how the team would struggle?

          • malcolm bolt

            There are guys that can’t dunk. Miss easy layups. There are deeper issues.

  • iBleedBlue

    Cold shooting stretches and bad rebounding (first time we were killed on the glass, in a while) lose us another game. Call me a blind optimist, but if this team could get back to shooting how everyone knows they should, there’s still potential to win games like this, tournament games.

    • Dave

      They’re rarely hot though.

      • iBleedBlue

        I cant argue that, as of late. But the first half of the season, and general sense, would suggest the team should be a better shooting team than it has been over the second half of the conference season. But I am definitely just ‘hoping’ that they get hot, because it’s possible, not necessarily likely.

  • malcolm bolt

    Michigan has no toughness when playing the upper echelon

  • Vince

    No toughness, lacks fire, no leadership, bad defense, poor shooting, failure at recruiting…. these are what I’ve seen in game threads mostly these past few games. Seems few of us are willing to acknowledge we are missing levart and spike almost ALL season and is forced to be playing DWalt and RAWK and Irwin way too many minutes. We are NOT ONLY missing Levart and Spike’s production, skills, leadership, etc but their absense also severely strained and drained Walton and Irvin. This also had an knock-on impact to make our 4s, be it Robinson, or Dawkins, very easily defended and forced Irvin to handle the ball way too much than he is accustomed or is equipped to. Just a recipe for disastrous season. We can probably abosrb the loss of one of Levart or Spike but missing both is just too much to overcome. Let’s hope with one week rest we will be able to muster whatever we have left in our tank and pull out just one more win. These kids fought so hard against such adversity they really deserve a chance to dance.

    • malcolm bolt

      I agree, but the lack of toughness has shown when Levert was available against UCONN, Xavier, and SMU.