Game 4: Michigan vs. SMU Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan faces SMU tonight for the 2K Classic Championship at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. as the Wolverines look to move to 4-0 and get some revenge for their last two losses to the Mustangs.

Join the open thread below before, during and after the tonight’s game.

Pregame Reading

  • gobluemd16

    That shot by Zak makes me want to pull all my hair out.

    • Chezaroo

      Drive and mid range. Put that 3 ball to bed

      • gobluemd16

        Yup. Those two drives were beautiful. Stick to that and midrange, as you said, and setting up teammates.

  • Cory

    I’ve had enough of the Larry Brown split screen.

    • Joel_C

      I need to know his real-time reaction to EVERY PLAY

  • iBleedBlue

    Zak’s scoops > Zaks jank jumpers

    • bobohle

      He shoots from the base of the palm of his hand.

  • DJ out here swatting jumpers now.

  • bobohle

    Wasn’t that an intentional foul?

    • iBleedBlue

      guess they thought there was a play for the ball

  • Mattbuckets

    Wow we look like a totally different team, very impressed right now

  • duffy

    I think I’m going to be sending the athletic director of Wright State a gift basket for Christmas for being so stupid in firing Conlon and letting us scoop him up

  • Stephen Chang

    Wilson’s length is causing a lot of problems. Will be interesting to see how it affects teams like MSU, Purdue and Maryland.

    • Even before he blocked that three, he does a great job of at least contesting jumpers.

      • Chezaroo

        Biggest transformation since …..?

      • Stephen Chang

        Which I like a lot, have not seeing anything like that in a long time

  • Mattbuckets

    It really is amazing what experience does for our front court.

  • iBleedBlue

    Such active hands. Donlon is a wizard

    • Stephen Chang

      We did not have that type of active hands type of defense last year

  • Mattbuckets

    That Rahkman jumper looking smoother and better than ever this year

  • iBleedBlue

    DJ looks like a lock for all-B1G defense and I cant stop grinning

  • Chezaroo

    BEAUTIFUL

    • iBleedBlue

      a la 2012-2013

  • Stephen Chang

    Great unselfish passing that led to the shot

  • gobluemd16

    This is unbelievable. Utter domination, just like they did to us the last two seasons. Refs even gifting SMU the ball now, and I don’t care. Wow

  • MGoTweeter

    Even stranger thing about this turnaround, Howard and iupui ripped the Michigan defense up at times in those games. Impossible to see this coming

  • Mitchell Jacobs

    Wilson played in a small private school in Sac which while its the capital of California its really a cow town. Although he had some major matches against powerhouses like the high school team Rabb played on most of his competition wasn’t great. Some of the change might be just getting used to the competition.

  • iBleedBlue

    Too many SMU offensive boards

    • MGoTweeter

      Yea Michigan is not as active on the glass this half. A lot of watching

      • iBleedBlue

        When DJ has to switch onto the shooter, our defensive rebounding takes a shot. Something I cant believe Im saying

    • Stephen Chang

      Hopefully they get better at boxing out in the second half when they have this type of lead as the season continues.

  • Alex

    So much hustle. Loving it all. Also Donnal not getting much love. He’s doing well.

  • iBleedBlue

    Hot damn

  • Cory

    We better be top 20 next week.

  • Derrick Walton missed last year’s SMU game with an injury, think he wanted to play? 7 threes tonight.

  • iBleedBlue

    Walton’s man-defense has been sick. Just getting overshadowed by Cali Swag

  • gobluemd16

    This is epic. 1) the only thing I regret about this game so far is betting on SMU ? ; 2) can we please get the postgame again from the opposing coach — especially after playing SMU the last two years; 3) Mo Bamba, you watchin?

    • Wayman Britt

      Love the name drop of Bamba

      • bobohle

        That was beautiful.

  • Stephen Chang

    Walton is absolutely unreal right now

  • MGoTweeter

    FYI Purdue down 12 to Georgia st with 11 mins left

    • Wayman Britt

      How is Spike doing?

      • MGoTweeter

        No idea. Just looked at the score on the interwebs

  • gobluemd16

    Coach, can we get X and Ibi some burn? We are up 27 :)

  • Joel_C

    Lol why is this commentator trying to call shots?

  • bobohle

    Starters are starting to lose focus now.

  • iBleedBlue

    Maybe JB is just telling them to kill clock, but I wish we would still run the offense. Or at least let X, Ibi, and Teske kill clock

  • MGoTweeter

    My one complaint tonight, and not really a complaint just something I would like to see more of, Michigan is not getting any post touches for Wagner. Really think getting him 3-5 touches in the post each game would add a huge dimension to the offense

    • iBleedBlue

      Same. Strange that we havent, since there were plenty last night. Maybe coaches didnt like something on tape

    • gobluemd16

      I agree. To be fair, he hasn’t played more than 2 or 3 straight minutes until this most recent run where the game is essentially over.

      • MGoTweeter

        Yea that is a good point

  • Chezaroo

    I’d love to see DJ get that shot in his game down

    • iBleedBlue

      A baby hook would be so nice

  • GTFOmycourt

    Amazing help defense from dj there.

  • Cory

    What’s happening to Purdue? GA State?

    • Chezaroo

      Down 13

    • gobluemd16

      No fun to see Spike hustling around for Purdue!

    • Joel_C

      Purdue eventually won by 8

  • Quite a week for U-M in the Big Apple. Going to be a lot of people adjusting expectations — myself included.

    • Chezaroo

      SOLID

    • Stephen Chang

      I am really thrilled by what I have seeing so far.

    • Indiana_Matt

      Me, too. Always loved these guys but… wow. Expected to maybe eek out a win. This is awesome.

  • iBleedBlue

    This commentary has been pretty entertaining. it’s fun trying to figure out which of our players they’re actually trying to reference vs what they actually say

    • Ethan

      The game against Marquette was the most amusing. I can slightly understand mixing up Walton, Watson, Wilson, Wagner. Saying that UM has a shot to win the Big 12 repeatedly is another story.

  • Final: 76-54. Dominant.

  • iBleedBlue

    Greenberg and Jay Williams: “Michigan is a top 10 team…Michigan could win the Big Ten”

  • Michigan represented by Derrick Walton Jr., Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and MVP Zak Irvin on the All Tournament Team.

    • gobluemd16

      No DJ! A crime!

  • iBleedBlue

    The Tyus Battle Cuse highlights, they hurt

    • Indiana_Matt

      The Donte Grantham Clemson stats sting a little also. Remember when it was him or Chatman.

  • Chazer

    Wow….

  • Joel_C

    So.

    We’re good, huh?