Game 8: Kennesaw St. at Michigan Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan hosts Kennesaw State this afternoon at the Crisler Center in a game that’s only available online with a subscription to¬†BTN-Plus. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and you can join the conversation here before, during and after today’s contest.

  • Little chance to check out UCLA at Kentucky on CBS before the Michigan tip…FAST team that can flat out shoot it, crazy elite offense early on.

    • They also look like a team playing its first road game…. against Kentucky.

    • bobohle

      Bryce Alford

  • Today’s officials: Rob Riley, John Floyd, Josh White

  • Cory

    I’m very excited to cancel my BTN+ after today and write the Big 10 and tell them it’s because of the officiating in the Ohio State game.

  • gobluemd16

    Not watching M today, but been able to catch a good part of UCLA-Kentucky. They are going to CRUSH us. Could be like that game @Arizona a couple seasons back. Just so good and athletic offensively.

    • The key in the UCLA game will be keeping up and scoring points… It’s not like @Arizona two years ago where the Wildcats were terrific defensively.

      UCLA isn’t going to defend like that, but the pace and tempo and efficiency could be a lot for U-M to handle.

      • gobluemd16

        Definitely not up to that standard defensively, but I have little faith in our offense to sustain a high level throughout the whole game, especially on the road.

  • MGoTweeter

    Like the early post touches to dj although they didn’t get anything out of it. Also seem to be looking to get Wagner involved a lot more which is huge.

  • Some nice offensive possessions early on.. good to get DJ involved a bit with a transition dunk, a few rebounds, two post touches that went no where.

  • Champswest

    DJ with 3 rebounds in first five minutes is a good sign.

  • MGoTweeter

    Simpson just got schooled on defending flex. Didn’t realize al skinner coached this team. All flex, all the time

  • Back to back possessions where Xavier Simpson got schooled defensively, but then with a nice steal. Still a lot to learn for X.

  • malcolm bolt

    Is anybody able to access the Big Ten Plus stream? I have tried on a tablet and phone and have no success, and I have a paid subscription.

    • Using the app or website on your phone/tablet?

      • malcolm bolt

        Yeah. Seems to be down today.

  • Champswest

    Halftime UCLA 49 UK 45

    • gobluemd16

      They have so much skill, man. Made some really hard shots down the stretch there.

  • Derrick Walton’s 2-point woes continue….although he picked up an easy one there on the putback too.

    • gobluemd16

      Had a lane, searched and jumped into the defender’s body, then missed a layup?

  • Champswest

    Are we going to see Teske this half?

    • The great pump fake: bring him to Friday availability and don’t play him on Saturday :-)

      I would suspect we’ll see him though. Moe got some extended run (8 mins) to start the game so the big man rotation is behind a bit.

      Nice to see some extra minutes for X… but he’s learning a few lessons defensively trying to chase Ray.

  • MGoTweeter

    Might want to get a hand up there Walton that guy has all their points

  • Champswest

    Might be time to roll out the zone. We can’t guard these guys.

    • MGoTweeter

      Really just one guy and besides the last wide open three on Walton, most his shots have been tough

  • gobluemd16

    What’s going on? Very close game and Kennesaw shooting 61% and 75% from three

    • MGoTweeter

      A couple of blown assignments guarding flex screens and this Ray guy has made a bunch of tough jumpers

  • MGoTweeter

    Love this Irvin. He is so much better when he lets the game come to him and thinks attack the rim first. Also gotta keep feeding Wagner touches

  • Jdubb40

    No zone. 0 just a shooter.

  • The Zak Irvin baseline drive is working … and honestly it was working against Virginia Tech too.

  • Champswest

    Another Meh game by MAAR so far.

  • MGoTweeter

    Wow Wagner just made a sick behind the back move but unfortunately got fouled before he could get to the rim

  • Michigan really needs DJ to start hitting wide open threes… Going to start bogging down the offense if he can’t.

    • Cory

      Yep. Teams are going to start to sag and give him that shot. The thing is these shots he’s putting up don’t even look close.

    • Champswest

      And there it is.

  • malcolm bolt

    Donnal man, smh.

  • Champswest

    Oklahoma 40 Wisconsin 37 at halftime.

  • gobluemd16

    Looks like we really turned it on the last 4-5 min of the half. Good to see

  • MGoTweeter

    And Walton finishes thru contact to end the half. Great offensive half by Michigan. Defense needs some work but did a better job of challenging shots late in the half. Irvin and Wagner were fantastic and Walton was solid all around. Rahkman was basically invisible out there. Not sure what his role is right now on offense. Disappointed that they couldn’t get any run for teske or Watson.

    • Turnovers were the biggest equalizer, plus the Wolverines did a good job of getting to the free throw line and capitalizing on being in the bonus.

      This is a really, really bad KSU defense, so not surprising to see Michigan pick it apart. Just need to do better on Kendrick Ray.

      Nice to see Wilson hit a three, Walton hit a contested layup, some good moments all around for the U-M offense.

      • Irvin hit the baseline three early, but then was just dribble drive down the baseline and repeat, over and over. Not sure he’s taken more than one mid-range jumper which came as the shot clock expired.

        Moe Wagner? Great offensive showing and he’s staying on the floor and playing smart. Great half from him (14 points in 15 minutes).

  • Champswest

    I am a big Beilein fan, but I don’t get all of this pro Teske talk and saying that he needs to find a way to get him more minutes and then he sits him the whole first half in an 18 point game. Who is deciding on when to put him in the game?

    • Wagner was really, really good that half: 14 points in 15 minutes. More minutes for Teske is important, but I also think it is important to get as many minutes for Wagner at almost all times.

      • MGoTweeter

        Yea that was a tough half to find time for him. That was probably the upper limit for minutes Wagner can handle. He seemed to be struggling a bit towards the end with his conditioning

      • bobohle

        I know Donnal is the senior but to get Teske minutes it’s going to have to come from Donnal.

      • jemblue

        I’m thinking more and more that Wagner is the best player on the team. We will rise and fall depending on how he does.

    • GTFOmycourt

      I believe there were pictures on twitter of Teske and Davis lifting weights this morning.

  • Ha, Zak Irvin proving that he can actually hit the shot that he missed late vs. Virginia Tech :-)

    • malcolm bolt

      That looked to be a designed play.

  • Odd fact: DJ Wilson is 0-of-8 on right corner threes, 2-of-2 on left corner threes.

  • MGoTweeter

    Haha Wilson just dunked on rahkman

  • malcolm bolt

    Donnal is not a B1G talent.

    • The Mark Donnal hate has really picked up… Hasn’t been a great week for him, but he was great in NYC.

      • malcolm bolt

        That’s true, but when he commits errors, they are very bad and embarrassing. Very remedial. Plus at his height, he cannot dunk a basketball for some reason.

  • MGoTweeter

    Simpson just doesn’t look like things are coming together for him yet. He’s tried going to the basket a few times but has either been blocked easily or struggled with his handle in traffic.

  • Champswest

    DJ working on a double double. By the way, so is Ray. He has 7 turnovers to go with his 18 points.

  • gobluemd16

    UCLA is the best offensive team in the country. I am confident saying that the way they are dominating a strong Kentucky defense on the road

    • Cory

      They’re playing at a very high level for December.

    • Champswest

      They might hang 100 on UK today.

    • jlustig22

      Yeah, they’re legit. They have a lot of offensive talent. Really like TJ Leaf. Goes without saying that he would have looked quite nice in the maize and blue.

    • gobluemd16

      UK has won 44 in a row at home — last home loss in February of 2014.

    • David DeMember

      Thankfully, UCLA students get kicked out of their dorms for winter break the day before we play them :)

      Hopefully the student section will be lighter.

  • Champswest

    Double double for DJ.
    He has 10 and no one else has more than 3.

  • Champswest

    With 8 assist, Walton also has a chance for a double. Except he may be done for the day.

  • Freshmen checking in and I’d guess the starters are done for the day..Improved defense by U-M in the second half.

  • malcolm bolt

    Xavier Simpson is really diminutive in size. Will be interesting to see his development.

  • bobohle

    Now lets carry this over to the Texas and UCLA games.

  • Cory

    Everyone remember to cancel your BTN+ subscriptions!

    • David DeMember

      haha, I forgot one year and a single game cost like 40$